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Six Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Bristol

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Bristol has long been a cultural hub and is home to some of the world’s best clubs, galleries and theatre. There’s also a whole range of lesser-known activities on offer in the city that are perfect for all ages, tastes and budgets. Here are a few of our picks.

The Bristol Food Tour

Bristol has countless independent restaurants, cafés and food carts that pride themselves on their individuality. However, due to their loyal and often local customer base these gems are not always the easiest to find. Fortunately, the newly established Bristol Food Tour is on hand to introduces you to eight great food spots on offer in the city with the help of a friendly guide and plenty of free samples. Itineraries change for every tour so each tasting experience is never the same. Tours also cater for many dietary requirements from gluten-free to vegan.
On of the stops on the Bristol Food Tour
Bristol Food Tour

The Bristol Food Tour runs most Saturdays, 12-3pm. Tickets are £35pp, including all food and drink consumed. Book your ticket.


Anyone who lives in Bristol is aware of the booming street art scene thriving in areas such as Stokes Croft and Bedminster. For one weekend each summer the city becomes a hub for artists worldwide, as Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival takes place in its centre. Artists will cover 30,000sqft of surfaces during the event alongside art sales, music stages and art workshops. Best of all, it’s free! This festival also opens up street art to the whole family and encourages children to get messy and creative. Upfest runs 29-31 July at various locations throughout Bedminster and Southville.

To find out more about Upfest, see their website.

Chance & Counters Board Game Café

This café, tucked away at the bottom of the Christmas Steps, was created with all lovers of board games in mind, from seasoned enthusiasts to those who just want a bit of nostalgia with their coffee. Housing a collection of games over 300 strong, Chance & Counters are bound to stock all your childhood favourites to while away a rainy afternoon with. The café also boasts a range of delicious food and drink options making it perfect for a lazy lunch or quick cake stop whilst exploring the city.

Chance and Counters Board Game Cafe
Chance and Counters
One-off entry is £4, plus food and drink costs, but reduced rates are available for those who wish to buy the £20 yearly membership. Monday –Sunday, 10am-11pm. Find out more.

6 O’clock Gin Distillery Tour

Trying to think of something to do with your friends this weekend other than another visit to the local? Why not visit the Bramley & Gage 6 O’clock Gin Distillery Talk, Tasting and Tour which takes you through the process of creating gin and liqueurs from start to finish. An expert guide demonstrates how botanical gin and whole-fruit liqueurs are distilled with plenty of tasting opportunities along the way, including a glass of ‘Ginspiration’ to get things started.
Gin Distilling equipment from Bramley & Gage
Bramley & Gage 6 O’clock Gin Distillery Tour

Tours available over two weekends a month, various times. Tickets are £25 including the tour, tasting and a glass of gin and tonic or chosen liqueur. See their website for further details.

Dine in the Sky

Ever fancied eating your dinner elevated over 100ft above Bristol’s waterways? Events in the Sky are hosting a pop-up event this autumn which invites 22 foodies to experience the cuisine from Bristol’s best chefs such as Executive Head Chef Louise McCrimmon of Harvey Nichols Restaurant. Guests are securely suspended around a table above Waterfront Square and are wined and dined by a guest chef whilst taking in breath-taking views of the city.

7-10 September. Seats are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner and range from £50pp-£150pp. Book your tickets.

Bristol Blue Glass

This glass blowing studio uses traditional methods to create beautiful examples of glassware, glass art and handmade jewellery available for purchase on site. The team at Bristol Blue Glass also invite you to come along for the ride by joining a group to watch as they create their wares and offer the opportunity to have a go at blowing Bristol’s famous blue glass for yourself.
Group visits to Bristol Glass occur on Wednesdays and Thursdays, £5pp. You can blow your own glass for £20.

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