A bumper year for Bristol

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a fan of festivals or an art lover, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Bristol this year. Read on for five of our top things to do in this vibrant city this spring and summer.

Located alongside the iconic SS Great Britain, the new national Being Brunel museum threw open its doors at the end of March. The new museum tells the hero engineer’s extraordinary story through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and an audio-visual experience.

Bristol is fast becoming recognised as the food festival capital of the UK, so get the taste buds tingling and head to the city’s annual Foodies Festival (11-13 May). Tuck into delicious dishes from pop-up restaurants, watch Michelin chef’s cook live or sample the best champagne in special masterclass.

The world-famous Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, held over four days (9- 12 August), offers an amazing opportunity to see colourful hot air balloons fill Bristol’s skies. The fiesta is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, so expect something extra special this year.

When you think Bristol, you think Banksy. So it’s no surprise that the city plays host to Europe’s biggest street art festival, Upfest (28- 30 July). The streets of Bedminster and Southville are filled with music and live painting as fantastic displays are created before your eyes.

Enjoy an evening listening to world-class musicians at one of the country’s finest concert halls, the newly revamped St George’s Bristol, which re-opened this spring. Boasting superb acoustics, the venue attracts the world-renowned artists including the best in classical, chamber, folk, blues and jazz.