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How to Spend Summer in Bristol

13 August 2019 | Maisy Farren

It might be mid-August and there might be a lot of rain forecast for the next month, but in between light showers be sure to soak up the last of the summer sun in beautiful Bristol! 


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Have a picnic 
 
Nothing says British perseverance than planning a BBQ or picnic and going through with it come rain or shine. All you need is a packet of cocktail sausages and a box of rosé, summer sorted. Bristol has an abundance of large outdoor spaces and picnicking is welcome in all of them. Head to the Clifton Downs for a wonderfully calming city centre space, enjoying the tree lined space and distant view of the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. Rules regarding BBQing in outdoor spaces can be somewhat ambiguous, but Clifton Downs boasts a dedicated BBQ space on the Ladies Mile. Ensure you only BBQ on the dedicated flagstones, but otherwise spread out and enjoy the al fresco dining, perfect for those who don’t have a garden at home! 


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Go for a splash 
 
We love a lido here at Culture Calling, but a freezing outdoor pool on a breezy day can often feel like it’s going to send your body into shock. Bristol’s Lido is a luxury space with a temperature controlled 24-meter outdoor swimming pool, heated to a temperature that’ll leave you feeling energised and fresh! Thanks to quality (and private) showers the pool can use less chlorine, aiding in an even more refreshing swim! The Lido also boasts a spa with sauna, hot tub and steam room. For £25 you can enjoy 3-hour access to the pool and all three spa facilities, before heading to the poolside restaurant and bar for a well-earned dinner.  
 
Prefer a more natural water experience? With SUP Bristol you can enjoy stand up paddle boarding on the harbour! Head down on the weekend for the Harbourside Adventure, which offers an introduction to the art of stand-up paddle boarding and a trip around the harbour. Alternatively, take the 49 minute train to Bradford-upon-Avon and head to Barton Farm for some river swimming, as mentioned in our wild-swimming guide


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Enjoy an outdoor film
 
Chances are you’ve never been to a cinema full of monkeys, but with the Summer Screens at Bristol Zoo this August you can enjoy Hollywood blockbusters among gorillas, squirrel monkeys, and golden lion tamarins! Everyone knows the animal kingdom loves a sing-along, so you can see musical biopics Rocketman or Bohemian Rhapsody at the end of August, or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on the first day of September! Plonk down on a beanbag or deckchair and enjoy food from the BBQ stall and drinks from the bar. You can also head to Ashton Court in September for the city’s Luna Cinema instalment, showing Pretty Woman, Mary Poppins Returns and (of course) Bohemian Rhapsody in September. 


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Ride a hot air balloon
 
The image of hundreds of colourful hot air balloons floating over the Crofton Suspension Bridge is an iconic one, and even though Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta has been and gone, you can still enjoy viewing the city from this unique height. Bristol Balloons have been taking passengers souring over the city for over 40 years, and their champagne trip is a popular romantic voyage into the sky. A wonderful trip is their Weekday Sunrise, where you can see the city come alive as everyone heads off to work in the morning sun. They also offer flights over nearby Bath, both once in a lifetime experiences! 


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Get a round in 
 
We’re British, and we’ve got a bank holiday coming up. Obviously, we’re off to the pub. We’ve already featured a roundup of the Best Beer Gardens in Bristol, but the city also boasts a great selection of rooftop bars as well! The White Lion Bar boasts a fabulous drinks list and views over to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, whilst the funky Mediterranean inspired bar Bambala noffers a sunny terrace and live DJs.
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