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Enjoy a family vacation in Bristol and explore the many activities around the Floating Harbour, like M-Shed and SS Great Britain. Photo: Mauro Rongione
Enjoy a family vacation in Bristol and explore the many activities around the Floating Harbour, like M-Shed and SS Great Britain. Photo: Mauro Rongione

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7 family-friendly things to do in Bristol this summer

Bristol has got oodles and oodles of activities for the whole family, as well as city festivals filled with music, barbeque and balloons.

Grillstock

Grillstock is Graceland for barbeque lovers and a two day festival full of “meat, music and mayhem”. There will be competitions in grilling as well as eating, all topped off with lashings of live music.

July 11-12
Harbourside
grillstock.co.uk/bristol-festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

Music, food, fireworks and a magnificent flotilla heading into the harbor. This is Bristol’s biggest free event that sees tens of thousands of visitors.

July 17–19
Harbourside
bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

M-shed

The history of Bristol presented through its places and people, with a great gift shop and an adjoining café with views over the Floating Harbor.

Princes Wharf, Whapping road
bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed

SS Great Britain

Brunel’s legacy and work lives on in Bristol, through the railway to London, Clifton Suspension Bridge and the majestic SS Great Britain, the latter now a tourist attraction worth a visit.

Great Western Dockyard
www.ssgreatbritain.org

Arnolfini

Internationally renowned contemporary arts center, presenting dance, theatre, film, music and visual arts.

16 Narrow Quay, Harbourside
arnolfini.org.uk

Arnolfini, for lovers of culture and al fresco dining. Photo: Mauro Rongione.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The iconic event of the Bristol Ballon Fiesta is a highlight of the year. Weather you visit the fiesta for an afternoon or the full four days, do not miss the magical Nightglow show. There is camping available and a wide array of attractions, including balloon and model aircraft parades, a parachute team, a fairground and more.

August 6-9
Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton
bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk

St. Nicholas Market

Old covered market and glass arcade with food stalls and independent shops. Chosen by The Guardian as one of the ten best markets in the UK.

The Exchange, Corn Street
stnicholasmarketbristol.co.uk

 

Eat, drink and do in Bristol

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