Things to do in Bristol May Bank Holiday Weekend

Are you looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend. Bristol has so much going on here is a selection, I cant wait to attend the Bierfest and the Treasure Island story walk.

Vintage Food and Craft Market – Portishead

When : May 28th Hosted by Court House Farm    Where : Church Road South, BS20 6PU

A creative and bohemian market, intended to be a celebration of independent traders. Tasty food and great bargains to be had. £1 entrance

German Bierfest – Bristol

When : May 25th to May 29th    Where : Millennium Square

Free event, German village festival. Sit outside and enjoy a German Bier or a Bratwurst with friends and family. In the evening there is a party where you an try a Heidi wig.

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Treasure Island Story Walk

When : 27 May- 4 June at 2pm and 4pm   Where : No booking required; meet at the start: Merchant Venturers Almshouses, junction King St/Prince St, BS1 4DT.

Led by a professional actor in period costume, Treasure Island Story Walk is full of pirates and buccaneers; hidden spy holes; dark secrets, dirty deeds, lashings of doubloons – and the odd parrot. Suitable for families with children aged 8+, you’ll hear the story in the place where is all began 250 years ago: Bristol docks.

Adults £8, under 16 £5, family (2+2) £20.  Duration: 1 hour.

In association with the Long John Silver Trust, creators of Bristol’s Treasure Island Trail. Supported by Bristol Festival of Ideas. Part of Bristol Walking Festival

Meet a Mermaid : Bristol Aquarium

When : 27th – 28th May   Where : Bristol Aquarium Anchor Road, BS1 5TT

Come face to face with a real-life mermaid! Bristol Aquarium’s mesmerising mermaid is back telling you tales of life under the sea. Go and say hi and have your photo taken with her. Please note the mermaids are taking a holiday from the sea to share their stories – so they won’t actually be swimming in the displays!

Standard (13 yrs+) £14.75
Junior (3-12 yrs) £9.75
Concession £13.25
Family of 4 £47.00

Engines, Stokers and Steam : Brunel’s SS Great Britain

When : 27th May – 4th June   Where : SS Great Britain

Bristol’s top tourist attraction has lots going on this weekend and rolling into half term next week.

Become a ship’s stoker Every day

A good night’s sleep follows a day’s hard graft. Kids can dress up and take on the coal shovelling challenge on the dockside to see if they have what it takes to be a stoker on the SS Great Britain.

Explore the Engine with Mr. Brunel Every day at 11,30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Get fired up and explore the beating heart of Brunel’s iconic ship with fascinating new talks from the engineer himself. Discover how Brunel’s innovative engine powered the biggest and fastest ship of her day.

Spot “smoke” from the ship’s funnel Every day

This spring, see the SS Great Britain come to life. For the first time in 140 years, witness the spectacle of “smoke” billowing from the ship’s funnel.

Special Extended Archive in Five (Tuesday-Saturday, 11.30pm – 1.30pm)

Join the curators and get up close to rare, engine-themed artefacts from the vault.

Go Aloft! Every day

For visitors who do not fancy being a stoker, experience the life of a Victorian sailor and Go Aloft! Brave souls can ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step 9m out over the harbour on the main yard.

Go Aloft! costs £10 plus the price of admission. Other May half-term activities are included in the admission price to Brunel’s SS Great Britain with family tickets offering added savings. Tickets cost £14 per adult, £8 per child (5-17 years old) and under 4’s go free. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months. In addition to enjoying the May half-term activities, admission includes exploring the ship, Dry Dock and Dockyard museum.

Coal advertising campaign. Photo by Adam Gasson /

Love Your Zoo Week : Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

When : 27th May – 3rd June 10.30am – 5pm   Where : Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™ Clevedon Road Wraxall Bristol BS48 1PG

The event encourages visitors to find all the hidden hearts in the animal enclosures for a chance to win an Animal Adoption, as well as workshops to make delicious treats for the animals. There will also be a photo competition and plenty of love-themed festivities. On top of this you will find a 2 for 1 kids offer available on the website.

Love Saves the day : Eastville Park

When : 27th – 28th May – Sunday is sold out   Where : Eastville Park

Little Dragon have been confirmed as Saturday headliners while Fat Freddy’s Drop will headline on Sunday. Also on the bill are Kate Tempest, Mura Masa, Kano, Bicep, Nao, Hunee, Move D and Fatima Yamaha. The lineup for the Crack Magazine stage has also been confirmed: BadBadNotGood, Novelist, 67, Jessy Lanza, Mykki Blanco, Hannah Faith and very, very special guest Stefflon Don.


If you are looking for somewhere to grab some food here are some of my favourite places in Bristol

Burgers – I love Burgers and Bristol have so many amazing ones on offer. Check out Hobgoblin on Gloucester Rd, The Burger Joint Clifton, Bedminster and Fishponds, The Three Brother Burgers Welsh Back

Wapping Wharf – So many delicious places to eat see my review when I visited a few months ago. I am going back on Friday so will be able to share information about the new venues that have opened up in Wapping Wharf Cargo 2.

The stable – Great for pizza and cider

Yurt Lush – I love this place that’s all I need to say yumyum!!!

yurt lush

Yurt Lush

Information found on VisitBristol and also provided by relevant PR contacts.

Please share with me if you do anything exciting so I can check it out next bank holiday.



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