Bristol has so much going for it as a destination whether it’s the culture, food, music, nightlife or general all-round quality of life that the city offers to its residents. Whether you love music, food, literature or outdoor pursuits, you’ll find Bristol’s packed festival calendar has something to offer everyone. In fact, there’s so much to do, we decided that a single festival guide simply wouldn’t do which is why we’ve split it in two.
In part one we looked at legendary festivals like Harbour Fest, St Paul’s Carnival and the Balloon Fiesta.
Here in part two then are some more of our top picks for a great summer ahead!
The Bristol Walk Fest
Now running in its sixth year, Bristol Walk Fest brings in more than 500 eager walkers from across the region who take part in a wide range of walking-related sports, street art, guided city tours, historic walks, nature rambles and more. The event takes place every year and is designed to celebrate the many excellent walks across the city, allowing participants to take in the diverse and stunning architecture of Bristol.
It will take place this year throughout the whole of May, with a month of special guided walks, celebratory walks and other events. Most events are free and suitable for all ages and all fitness levels are catered for, with distances ranging from under a mile to over ten. You can find a full range of walk listings and sign up at the event website.
The Grand Pier Fizz Festival
If champagne, prosecco and other fine sparkling wines and delectable cocktails sound like something you might possibly enjoy, then the Grand Pier Fizz Festival is definitely for you. Guests will be greeted with a free glass of bubbly as they arrive at the welcome station and will be presented with an information booklet packed with details about the array of bars and tasting areas on offer in the event.
Why not pimp up your prosecco at one of the cocktail stations, learn how the finest sparkling wines are produced, attend a masterclass or talk and enjoy plenty of tastings, all to the backdrop of live music. You’ll also be able to buy your favourite bottles to take away on the day.
The event is cashless, so you’ll buy tokens to redeem against your purchases. Tickets cost £12 in advance for door entry and your complimentary drink and branded prosecco glass or £15 on the day. Find the event at the Weston Super Mare Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare Marine Parade on 12th May.
A classic in Bristol’s music festival lineup, Redfest has accrued a dedicated and significant fan base over the years it has been running. It’s a completely free community festival that is run and staffed entirely by volunteers (sign up here) and this year sees the festival return to Bristol’s glorious St George’s park for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic lineup.
This year will be the first year that there will be official after parties run by local Bristol promoters, so when the daytime fun ends, the nighttime fun begins.
The festival is free and runs for one day on the 4th August.
Bristol Refugee Festival
This free festival runs throughout June and celebrates all of the contributions that Bristol’s diverse refugee populations have made to the city. Bristol Refugee Festival is designed to bring all communities together under an exciting series of arts, entertainment, culture, food and education events, it will be a colourful and inclusive festival with events across the city. The Bristol event also links up with the UK-wide event happening across the country to celebrate World Refugee Day on 20th June.
Find out more on the website and sign up for the newsletter to be kept up to date with event details as they are released at.
How does the biggest music and BBQ festival in the UK strike you? Bristol’s legendary Grillstock festival will be heading back to the Harbourside on the weekend of 30th June. It will be bringing a packed agenda of music, BBQ meat and good-natured mayhem, with bands such as Black Grape and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals in the line-up. The festival brings together a range of pop-up spaces for performances and two large music stages, with BBQ competition teams and the famous Clifton Chilli Club battling it out in their infamous chilli eating competition on the main stage.
Tickets start at £27 for a day pass and kid’s tickets are £10. The event is being held at Bristol Harbourside and it promises to be a truly memorable summer festival experience.