Bristol is a great city any time of the year, but during the summer it really comes alive with things to do.

There are great festivals, events and action packed summer activities, whether you’re looking for food, sport, or outdoor fun there’s something for everyone!


Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo:

With the balmy summer evenings upon us, why not take advantage of the good weather and take a trip down to Bristol Zoo’s Friday Twilights. It’s a great way to spend a Friday evening.

What is it?

You can exploring the award winnings gardens or discover more about your favourite animals, while getting a chance to see them at their nocturnal best (you can even get your face painted too while you’re at it!).

And if that doesn’t take your fancy, we recommend just relaxing on the lawn with live music throughout the evening.

How do I get involved?

Head on over to the Bristol Zoo Website for a chilled summer evening that works for a fun evening with friends or active outing with all the family.

Here’s the link:


Get Boating

Bristol is a city that was built on the trade from its docks. And while these days they play a less prominent role in city life, the beautiful waterways remain.

What is it?

Whether you just want a quick trip around the harbour, or feel like a longer sightseeing tour up the River Avon, or a classic trip through the Avon Gorge, there are many ways to enjoy the local waterways.

How do I get involved?

Bristol Ferry Boats offer many options, from guided tours to a simple point A to point B ferry service. Even better, they run 364 days a year, stopping only on Christmas Day. And many of their services offer food and drink.

You can find out more here:  


Go Ape

What better way to cool off this summer than with the wind rushing through your hair as you ‘Go Ape’ among the treetops or explore the forest floor on all terrain segways!

What is it?

This award winning outdoor adventure park is set within beautiful forests and is suitable for friends and family.

There’s lots to do, from flying through the air on zip wires, leaping off the Tarzan Swing or taking on challenging obstacles, all surrounded by beautiful nature.

How do I get involved?

You can answer the call of the jungle at the Go Ape website here:


Bristol Bubble Ball

Bristol Bubble Ball is football like you’ve never experienced it before!

What is it?

Bristol Bubble ball takes ordinary football and turns it into something spectacular. This very silly, very fun activity sees players getting bounced, flipped and knocked around, all while being safely strapped inside their full body zorbs.

It’s open to everyone and every session is personalised so sporty and non sporty types alike can decide if they want to have a ‘serious’ game and take advantage of the workout (it isn’t easy being flipped around!) or those just use this as an excuse to knock their friends around!

How do I get involved?

The bouncing madness begins at the Bristol Bubble Website (good thing you’re already here!). Just browse around the site and find your favourite package.


Clay Pigeon Shooting

If you and your friends are the competitive type and you’re looking for something a bit different this summer, clay pigeon shooting is a great way to earn some bragging rights.

While you can technically do it any time of the year, it’s a lot more fun (and easier) in the summer when you aren’t weighed down by layers of warm clothing.

What is it?

Weston Lodge Shooting Ground provides the instructors,12 bore and 20 bore shotguns and complete woodland layout for a day of fun bantering with your mates and proving once and for all who the best shot is, no Xbox or Call of Duty necessary.

Everyone is given full instruction on how to shoot correctly by highly qualified instructors and a scorecard to prove who’s best. Gold, silver and bronze medals are even awarded to the top three in your group, so be sure to bring your A-game for an adrenaline packed day of summer fun!

How do I get involved?

Weston Lodge offer multiple packages, whether you’re going on your own or with a large group of friends. And they provide all the equipment. All you need to do is check out their website and book. You can find the link here:


Rock climbing

There are few places in the UK better than Bristol for rock climbing. We have a huge amount of local cliff faces, including the fantastic Avon Gorge. For beginners, Bristol boasts a multitude of indoor climbing facilities.

What is it?

Climbing in Bristol is great all year round, but in the summer you really get a chance to enjoy the great outdoors. For the more experienced climbers Avon Gorge offers testing climbs up to 80 metres right on your doorstop. And some of the best views around. The nearby Cheddar Gorge offers some ridiculously steep climbs and great bolted routes.

Beginners can get stuck in at one of Bristol’s many indoor climbing facilities. Our favourite is Redpoint Bristol, built inside an old Odeon cinema, which offers great courses and has fantastically experience instructors on hand.

How do I get involved?

You can check out Redpoint Bristol and their great courses for beginners here:

Or learn more about outdoor climbing in Bristol here:


Ashton Gate Stadium

Freshly redeveloped, Ashton Gate Stadium is home to Bristol City FC. With the main season over, summer might seem a weird time to be mentioning the stadium. But July is full of pre-season friendly matches, before the season gets underway again in August.

What is it?

Your favourite team, in your favourite stadium, in your favourite city. Surrounded by other supporters and watching some great football, let’s be honest, there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day!

How do I get involved?

Head over to Bristol City FC’s site for tickets: