One thing we can’t control at any event is the British weather – but whether the weather be good, or whether the weather be bad there is always a lot to see and do around Bristol from the multitude of museums and galleries to the plethora of parks and gardens to the abundant attractions of the shops and cafés.

This year there will be no Saturday market in the Bristol Bear Bar so you have the day time to explore and enjoy the city. Here are just a few of the local activities and attractions, follow the highlighted links for details:

SS Great Britain – Step on board the most extraordinary time-machine. Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner, Bristol’s no.1 attraction and one of the UK’s top ten museums (TripAdvisor 2017-18).Rescued from rust and wreckage in 1970, and since lovingly restored to her Victorian hey-day, a visit to the SS Great Britain allows you to step back in time and explore true stories from the opulent First-Class to the cramped and quarrelsome Steerage 

M Shed – Free entry! See amazing film and photographs, listen to moving personal stories, encounter rare and quirky objects and add your own memories of Bristol through the interactive displays. From prehistoric times to the present day, M Shed tells the story of the city and its unique place in the world.

We The Curious(Previously called @Bristol) With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, We The Curious is one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres

Colston Hall Record Fair – You’ll find everything in the hall from £1 bargains to expensive rarities, and dealers specialising in most genres of music from the fifties to present day.

Bedminster’s Secret Gardens – Discover Bedminster’s secret gardens, get inspiration, enter a world of plants and see creative, productive and beautiful gardens. Take a look through the keyhole – you’ll be surprised at what you find!

The Matthew – The Matthew of Bristol is a replica of the 15th Century caravel that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497.

Crane rides at the M Shed – Experience a working crane on the dockside with trips inside the electric cranes and the Fairbairn steam crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits!

Bristol Hoppers Triple Brewery Beer Tour – visit three fabulous Bristol breweries and learn about the beer making process with a tour.

#SPRAYSTREETART – This activity is for all ages and abilities and is a chance to be introduced to spray cans and stencil art.
Spray your own artwork and learn more about BANKSY’s favoured street art technique: stencil art.


When you are ready to eat there are a large variety of places to eat, especially in the Cabot Circus shopping mall just a few minutes walk from Old Market and the Gay Village but we highly recommend The Punchbowl Ale House And Kitchen for food, cocktails and Real Ale, which can be found just down the road from The Bristol Bear Bar (see the map on the Venues page).




BEARPIT: award-winning LGBT club night

NO DRESSCODE necessary but Rugby outfits are encouraged tonight for the weekends’ theme so pull on those rugger tops and shorts, grab those funny shaped balls and join us for club classics, dance, funky tunes and a bit of cheese with DJ Daddi at the helm again until the early hours of Sunday morning – a fun night of music and the main night of the weekend!