The best indie things to do in Bristol this spring

Last updated on Tuesday 23 April 2024

Spring is like coming up for air, isn't it? When the first few pips of sunshine come through the grey you feel lighter, happier, and ready to go out and explore the city again. It's almost as if we have a... spring in our step (haha)!

Bristol is absolutely gorgeous in spring. I first visited Bristol in the late springtime when hot air balloons were floating across the city. I fell in love with the place, found somewhere to live, and haven't looked back since!

With spring bringing everyone out of hibernation, there are loads of things to do in Bristol to dust off the old cobwebs. Here's some of the best things to do this spring with indie businesses and creators in Bristol:

Spring paper-cutting workshop with Sarah Dennis

Paper cutting workshop with Sarah Dennis illustration

In homage to the blessings of spring, craft beautiful paper art to bring the blossoms indoors. Join published illustrator and paper artist Sarah Dennis for a wholesome masterclass in the centuries-old art of paper-cutting. Some of her clients include BBC Four, Tatler, The Guardian and Gosh Arts, and she shares her carefully honed craft in a series of seasonal paper cutting workshops throughout the year.

✂️ Find out more about Sarah Dennis papercraft workshops here


Foraging walk for wild edible and medicinal plants with Healing Weeds

Wild garlic, sticky weed, elderflowers and more edibles can be found growing around Bristol in spring. The woodlands, hedgerows, and green spaces around Bristol are actually bursting with wild food that's ready to be eaten or made into healing medicines. I've made wild garlic pesto, rosemary focaccia, and a very boozy elderflower wine from treats I've found growing around Bristol- and it was incredible!

Join forager Maria to discover the wild food to be found in abundance in your favourite Bristol locations!

🌱 Find out more about Healing Weeds foraging workshops here


Singing in the park with Sound Your Voice

Singing lessons in Bristol

Join jazz singer and vocal teacher Lise for a singing workshop and fill your lungs with the fresh spring air. You'll discover your voice whilst discovering new techniques in singing. This jazzy workshop will certainly put a spring in your step and is suitable for non-singers, beginners and more advanced performers.

🎵 Find out more about singing in the park with Sound Your Voice here


Full moon guided river swim with Go With The Flow Swimming Adventures

This dreamy full moon guided river swim experience is one for those that enjoy the still and tranquil beauty of nature at night. Qualified open water swimming coaches and experienced wild swimmers Sally, Andrea and Julie will guide you down the river under the spring moonlight. 

🌝 Find out more about wild swimming adventures here


Bristol cider tasting tour with The Cider Box

Cider tasting best cider in Bristol

Cider seasonnnn! Does it get any better than warm sunlight, a light breeze, and a cider by the harbourside? Yes, it does. How about good weather and a number of ciders by the harbourside? What a way to enjoy the West Country's tastiest export! This experience with The Cider Box will also take you to their friends at Bristol Cheesemonger for some local and artisanal cheeses.

🍎 Find out more about The Cider Box cider tour here


Make your own dried flower spring wreath with Sprouts of Bristol

Join Sprouts of Bristol for a wreath making masterclass complete with tasty treats from 404 Bakes. Think of this as spring's answer to wreaths and mince pies. This experience is BYOB, so you can enjoy a cheeky prosecco whilst making a beautiful wreath to celebrate the spring! Light, delicate, fanciful and downright gorgeous! Plus you get discount on all sorts of magical plant bits and bobs in the store to get properly ready for the sunny seasons.

🌸 Find out more about Sprouts of Bristol experiences here


Forage to Fork at Combe Hay Vineyard with Living Wild

Foraging food workshop Bristol

Join bushcraft practitioner, Leah from EcoWild, and safely identify and gather wild food in Combe Hay Vineyard's private woodland. Once you've gathered some incredible edible delights from the woods, you'll return to the vineyard to be welcomed by a delicious wild cocktail made with seasonal British ingredients and Living Wild's chef.

You'll learn about sustainable and seasonal produce and tuck into a light forager's lunch with fresh breads, dips, pickles, salads, and more!

🥗 Find more foraging workshops with Living Wild here


Discover more incredible experiences to be found with Bristol's passionate independents here!

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