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A Perfect Weekend in Bristol

11 September 2016 | London Calling

Bristol is a city on the up. Situated east of the flowing sapphire waves of the Bristol Channel and surrounded by rich greenery, this beautiful city has become a hub for culture, culinary delights and cool nights out. All of those features have made it the ideal location for a weekend away! Here is how best to spend those precious two days...

Saturday
 
At-Bristol is a science centre with an important quirk. It has more interactive exhibitions than your average cultural hotspot. Visiting the Centre truly is a journey of discovery, not just for the expansion of the wits and wiles of the young and inquisitive, but also a fun-filled road of entertainment for all the family.
 
Going to Bristol and not eating fish seems like a bit of an oxymoron, the Fishers Restaurant is definitely the place to go. Freshly caught Cornish fish and seafood is delivered straight from the coast to your plate and the fresh, nautical themed interior of the venue creates a light environment to enjoy such a hearty meal. Alternatively, for those looking to sample some new tastes, Aluna is the place to be. Food meets drink, taste meets concept, the art-form of mixology is celebrated and your taste buds will be tantalised at this quirky bar.  
 
There is no better place to experience some culture through your peepers than to visit the Bristol Old Vic. This is the longest continuously running theatre in the UK, but you’d be wrong in thinking it’s a prehistoric venue. After a recent £12.5 million redevelopment project, the theatre is now a state of the art venue. Peter O’Toole believed this to be “The loveliest theatre in the world”. High praise from a theatrical legend is a sentiment that is shared by the illustrious list of people that have appeared here over the years, including Timothy West and Jeremy Irons.
 
There aren’t many places where you can experience the opulent fantasy of partying on a boat, for the price of a typical night out. Thekla offers this and a whole lot more. Once a drum & bass hub, boasting performances by the likes of Massive Attack, Santigold and The XX have helped to reposition this as one of the foremost Indie music venues in Bristol.
 
Sunday
 
Art doesn’t get more contemporary or grittily relevant than the Banksy Walking Tour. Tour guides are on offer, but the great thing about this open air treat is that with a little planning you can discover the delights of the world’s most famous contemporary artist, completely free. There are eight known pieces dotted around the city. One of these simply states that “You don’t need planning permission to build castles in the sky”, whilst incidentally proving that you don’t need to spend a pretty penny to enjoy this city’s bustling art scene.
 
If you are looking for an inspirational place to stuff your face on a sunny summer afternoon, then few places will be better than the Ethicurean. Delight at the bespoke roasts, each with a seasonal flair. Or just soak in the rays whilst you stroll through rows of rustic, homegrown ingredients. Bon appetite!
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