Our guide to Bristol things to do in lockdown is the most popular post ever on Lifestyle District, but as Bristol reopens it’s great to be able to write another one now that we can finally get out and about.
Here are some great Bristol events, exhibitions and festivals to support. We’ll keep this post updated.
Love Bristol with the Bristol hearts
As illustrated by the image at the top of this post, hundreds of hearts have been painted in locations in the city centre to encourage people to enjoy Bristol in a socially distanced way. There are 365 hearts in total: 52 in College Green, 220 in Queen Square and 103 in Castle Park.
The #LoveBristol and #BristolTogether campaign is a partnership between Visit Bristol, Business West, Broadmead BID, Bristol City Centre BID, Upfest and Bristol City Council.
We The Curious reopens with a new look
The fabulous We The Curious science museum has opened with a new exhibition. The 68 exhibits and 25 art pieces in Project What If are clustered around seven questions on different themes including rainbows, illness, universe and soul. The questions were sourced from people across the city.
We were lucky to get a preview before it opened its doors to the public. It is absolutely brilliant. You must go!
Bristol Craft Beer Festival
The Bristol Craft Beer Festival returns to the harbourside on 30 July – 1 August. There will be over 30 breweries pouring hundreds of delicious beers. There also lots of yummy food options and other drinks including cider, wine and soft drinks. The ticket includes unlimited beer tasting and a festival glass.
Bristol museums reopen
M Shed has reopened with Vanguard, a major Bristol street art exhibition.
SS Great Britain
The fabulous SS Great Britain has fully reopened.
Breaking Bread is a socially distanced pop-up drinking and dining environment on The Downs. It’s a collaboration between The Pony & Trap, Pasta Loco & Pasta Ripiena, Team Love, The Love Inn and The Pipe & Slippers. We visited in July and it was brilliant.
Bookings are currently open for Breaking Bread’s Pipe & Lovers until the end of August.
New outdoor bar from Watershed
Upfest, Europe’s largest live urban street art festival, has been cancelled for the second year in a row but you can still see world class street art. Over 75 days, which started on 15 May, 75 walls in South Bristol are being transformed with new murals.
It includes an amazing 3D mural by Greek street artist Insane51.
This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING 🤩— Dan Martin (@Dan_Martin) July 23, 2021
3D (yes, 3D!!) @Upfest mural in #Bristol by Greek street artist Insane51 👓
Bristol, keep on being brilliant! 😍#streetart #3Dartist #3D #LoveBristol @WeArePlaster @VisitBristol @visitwestuk #75Walls pic.twitter.com/bf6ArdyhEk
In-person theatre and music at Bristol Old Vic
We loved watching Bristol Old Vic productions at home but it’s so good to be able to return to the amazing building for live theatre.
On the Courtyard Stage in the theatre’s foyer and bar area, there are four music gigs during August.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Fortnight
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has sadly been cancelled again but you can still see hot air balloons this summer.
From Monday 2 August to Sunday 15 August 2021, the ‘Fiesta Fortnight’ will see hundreds of hot air balloons taking off from multiple locations across the city and filling the sky with classic hot air balloons plus special shapes and characters including Stuart the Minion.
Over 700 nominations were submitted by locals to help pick take off locations including local parks, public spaces, car parks and streets. To find out the final list of locations, stay tuned to the Fiesta Fortnight’s social media channels and website.
Top image credit: Lorne Kramer