Pick of the best Bristol events in 2019

Bristol is a vibrant city to visit anytime of the year with plenty of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained. To help plan your visit to the city in 2019, we’ve done the hard work for you and listed all the highlights taking place throughout the year you won’t want to miss.


Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing
1st February – 6th May 2019
Bristol is one of 12 cities across the UK who’ll be simultaneously showing drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, as part of events marking 500 years since the artist’s death. 12 drawings by one of history’s greatest geniuses will be on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery as part of Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing.


Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival
22nd – 24th March 2019
Some of the world’s biggest jazz and blues musicians descend on Bristol in spring for the seventh Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. Liane Carroll, China Moses and The Herbaliser + Rodney P are some of the highlights of this year’s festival which takes place at venues across the city.

For jazz and blues fans who can’t make the festival, head to The Old Duke, just minutes from Merchants’ Almshouse, to catch world famous live jazz any night of the week.


Pop Legends at Ashton Gate Stadium
22nd May – 10th June 2019
Ashton Gate Stadium has an incredible line up of pop legends performing this summer. Kicking off on 22nd May Sir Rod Stewart brings his show to the home of Bristol City and Bristol Rugby, followed by Take That (28th May), Muse (5th June) and The Spice Girls (10th June).


Festival of Nature
1st – 9th June 2019
Bristol is world famous for being the home of the BBC Natural History unit so it’s not surprise the city is also home to the Festival of Nature. With 50 organisations set to take over Millennium Square and a brand new area this year on Merchants’ Almshouse’s doorstep – Queen’s Square, families will be able to take part in loads of activities to get up close with the natural world.

Bristol Sounds
20th – 24th June 2019
If you haven’t been lucky enough to get a Glastonbury ticket this year don’t worry. Catch some of the acts as they stop off en route to Glastonbury at Bristol Sounds – the city’s series of open air concerts minutes from Merchant’s Almshouse, at the amphitheatre on Bristol’s Harbourside.
Acts confirmed for 2019 are Bloc Party, Tom Misch, The Cat Empire and Elbow. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 31st January at 9am from See Tickets.


Bristol Harbour Festival
19th – 21st July 2019
Bristol is home to one of the UK’s largest free festivals which takes place every July – the world famous Bristol Harbour Festival. This annual celebration of music, dance and arts takes place around the harbourside – right on the doorstep of Merchant’s Almshouse.


Bristol Doors Open Day
13th – 15th September
For one weekend a year the doors to some of Bristol’s most impressive buildings are opened to the public. Take the chance to look behind 101 buildings at Bristol Doors Open Day.


Bristol Christmas Markets
Do your Christmas shopping a bit differently and explore Bristol’s Christmas markets throughout the festive season. From The Harbourside Christmas Market to the German Market in Broadmead there are plenty of amazing traders to buy some completely unique gifts from.


Merchant’s Almshouse – located next to the Harbourside, in the heart of the historic and theatre district of Bristol, is the perfect place to stay to make the most of everything the city has to offer throughout 2019.

You might even spot more than one event here which takes your fancy so why not book a couple of stays with us?