September's budget Bristol experiences to enjoy before payday
Keep yourself entertained (and on budget) this September with these wallet-friendly activities.
It's the middle of the month and roughly about the time that we start to tighten our purse strings and begin to be a bit more selective about what we get up to at the weekends- but we still want to have a good time and make the most of Bristol.
If you have the urge to try something new but don't want to break the bank in doing it, we've got a selection of experiences that range from £4.30 to £30. There's something for the energetic, the creative, the curious, and the cultured.
The beauty of the experiences curated below is that they can be done as an intimate twosome or they can be done with a group of mates. There's no excuse to be stuck inside with our list of frugal fun times, so grab your loved ones and take them out to make the most of Bristol this September.
£5 and under
Walking tours are a fab way of getting to know the history and hidden nooks of Bristol, and they are fantastic whether you're a new resident or you have spent your whole life in this amazing city.
There's a tour to suit all tastes in Bristol. Into rock and roll, a beverage or two, history, spooky stories, or street art? There's all these (and more) to dive into and give you a fresh perspective on the familiar sights of the city.
For September, we have a couple of tours that are under a fiver so they are easy on the ol' bank account. These experiences are perfect for if you have someone visiting for the weekend, if you are a new Bristol student, or if you fancy a cheap date.
£10 and under
Fancy a flight for under a tenner? Soar over to The Cider Box for a taste of some of the South West's most famous exports...
Nestled in a Victorian railway arch in St Philips, The Cider Box's laid back taproom is where you'll find a beautifully curated selection of artisanal ciders that have been hand-selected for their heritage, flavour, and provenance.
Discover three key ciders and be taken to new destinations by their immaculate flavours and get the in-cider scoop on the best of the West at The Cider Box.
£15 and under
Start your morning off right with Bryce and get your limbs up and moving with outdoor Zumba and carnival fitness.
Set in Millennium Square, right under the shadow of the giant disco ball (the Planetarium at We The Curious), you'll combine dance and fitness into a great way to start the day full of energy.
The location of this experience is ideal for a wholesome and active day. Set slap bang in the centre of Bristol, Millennium Square has become quite a hotspot for the retro pastime of rollerskating! During the weekends and evenings you're likely to come across people young and old skating about to disco beats.
After shaking your thing to some rapturous and buoyant Latin music, why not make the most of the prime location and grab some food from the Harbourside Street Food Market before taking a wander.
£20 and under
Bristol Beer Factory is ready to take you on the journey of a lifetime with its taproom tasting flight. BBF is opening its doors for multiple dates throughout September and you'll be able to taste three carefully selected beers that they have lovingly, and locally, brewed themselves.
You get to choose which beers to taste, so how you'd like to enjoy this experience is up to you. Once you've whet your appetite with some delicious beer, you'll be presented with your very own three-pint growler to take home! Fill the growler with your choice of any of the beers on offer and fly the experience home with you.
£25 and under
Join Pot Heads Pottery and give your goofy side a go with their clay and play workshops. In St Werburghs you'll be given exclusive access to the Pot Heads artist residence and creative hub before being whisked away to the studio for some clayfulness.
You'll create your very own Pot Head before they are transformed and given a full head of hair with a succulent or cactus of your choice. This workshop is BYOB so it's an experience that is just asking for mates to be brought along to and is a great way to laugh, get relaxed, and feel silly- Pot Head style.
Whilst you are in the area, pop by St Werburghs City Farm and say hello to the animals that live there. There's also a couple of great pubs and cafés nearby that you wouldn't want to miss.
£30 and under
Team up with a professional gin slinger and let Jan from Chew Valley Distillery walk you through all things gin. Make your way through the distillery's current range of gins whilst witnessing firsthand which fine botanicals create gin's distinctive flavour profile and the distillation process used to master this timeless and iconic beverage.
Groups and couples are welcome at this cheery distillery, so take the opportunity to round up a bunch of fellow gin lovers and take yourselves off to Chew Magna.
Whilst you are there, soak in the beauty of this quaint village and try out the other bars and restaurants that call this place home or enjoy some fish and chips by the lake.