Top things to do in Bristol this summer

With the clocks due to go forward in just a few weeks, it’s time to get planning your summer holidays.

Nearly 3m people chose to holiday in Bristol in 2018 and it’s no surprise when you see how much there is to do here. To help with planning your trip, we’ve taken a look at some of the top things to do in the city this summer and given you a taster of what’s to offer:

Merchants' Almshouse are Bristol holiday apartments located behind the brick building
Merchants’ Almshouse is located behind the brick building

The Harbourside
Head to Bristol’s harbourside – just minutes from Bristol holiday apartments ‘Merchants’ Almshouse’, on any weekend in the summer and you’re almost guaranteed to be entertained. The summer series of events launches with the Bristol Craft Beer Festival from 7th – 8th June. The event is a two day celebration of craft beers with tastings and talks from brewers all accompanied by great food and live music.

For those who can’t make it to Glastonbury, Bristol Sounds from 20th – 24th June sees some of the UK’s biggest music acts perform at the Lloyds Amphiteatre. Acts include Tom Misch, Bloc Party, Elbow, The Cat Empire and The Cinematic Orchestra.

July hosts arguably the highlight of the Harbourside’s event calendar as thousands of people head to the Bristol Harbour Festival from 19th – 21st July. For the first time the weekend will kick off with gigs from some of the UK’s biggest music legends – New Order on Thursday 18th July and The Specials on Friday 19th.

The UK’s leading comedy acts are being lined up to perform at the Bristol Comedy Garden from 3rd – 7th July. At the time of writing, the line-up is yet to be announced for the event which takes place in Queen’s Square (right in front of Merchants’ Almshouse), but we promise it’ll be the perfect way to fill your summer evenings with laughter.

Boat Trips
Throughout the year Bristol Ferry and The Bristol Packet run boat trips from just outside the Merchants’ Almshouse, around the harbour but they step it up a gear in the summer. Both companies have a series of lunch time pub trips where you hop on the ferry to go up the river to a local pub, enjoy lunch and then return back to the habourside.

For a unique way to enjoy the harbourside through the summer evenings take a sundown cruise where you can enjoy drinks on the boat while also stopping off at some of the harbourside’s pubs.

If it’s raining
From 25th – 28th July ‘Cinema Re-discovered’ at the Watershed is a unique chance to see classic films bought back to the big screen. There is also plenty to find out about Bristol’s recent history at the MShed or take in some art and culture at Arnolfini – all located on Bristol’s Harbourside.

If you’re looking for somewhere unique to stay to enjoy any of these events, Merchants’ Almshouse is a series of serviced apartments on the harbourside. Book with us direct to get the best rates.