What’s on in Bristol this summer?

As fellow Bristol residents will probably already know, we’re lucky to live in and around an active city, full of events, things to do and places to see. Summer 2016 promises to be no exception, with Bristol offering some fantastic ways to get out and about and enjoy all that the city has to offer. A quick search on the Visit Bristol website reveals 456 events scheduled before the end of August, so what are some of the highlights we should all be taking note of over the coming months? 

Bristol Shakespeare Festival: 8th June – 29th July

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which should make Bristol’s near two-month long Shakespeare festival extra special this year. Performances take place in a range of unusual spaces, with the amount of scheduled events at its height in July.

Bristol Summer Series: June 22nd – June 25th

The popular mini-festival returns to Lloyds Amphitheatre, this year boasting James Bay, Sigur Rós, The Last Shadow Puppets and Catfish and the Bottlemen. The Last Shadow Puppets, who play on midsummer’s eve, promises to be a particularly memorable experience for those so inclined!

Sunset Specials at Bristol Zoo: 17th June, 8th July or 5th August

Bristol Zoo is once again opening its doors late into the night (tickets allow access from 6.30pm-10pm), accompanying your twilight trip with live music and special talks. A nice mid-summer treat for the family!

Bristol Harbour Festival: 15th July – 17th July

The Harbour Festival is always a lively affair in Bristol with plenty of nautical focus for those fond of messing about in boats, as well as more land-friendly activities (often involving a lot of nice food and drink) for those without a solid set of sea legs. The event takes place around Harbourside and into Queen Square.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta: 11th August – 14th August

The Balloon Fiesta is now well-established as a summer highlight and this, the fiesta’s 38th year, promises more of the same. Photography fans are advised to attend the festival or the surrounding area early in the morning or in the pre-sunset hours (or both) for those special ‘magic hour’ shots.

Bristol Beer Week 2016: 27th August – 2nd September

What better way is there to end the summer than with a West Country brew in hand, or by sampling a craft ale from further afield? We certainly can’t think of one!