Cheap flights to Bristol
Everybody loves Bristol. Not only for its picturesque harbour, its Georgian streets, and its beautiful setting on the River Avon, but also for its lively music scene, world-class restaurants and beautiful countryside surroundings. Located in the south west of England, Bristol’s setting can only be described as idyllic.
Riverside views surrounded by rolling hills and the city’s very own 400 acres of parkland known as The Downs all do their bit to attract tourists in their thousands. Once here, visitors can expect a city that revels in its pre-Victorian heritage with plenty of Georgian squares, crescents and churches to feast your eyes on. And when you’re not gawping at the magnificent buildings, you’ll no doubt be down at the trendy harbour checking out the bars, restaurants cafes and museums.
Trace the walls of Norman Bristol on the fascinating Walled City Walk. A beautifully illustrated map guides walkers around the area's architectural gems, revealing, step by step, the architectural heritage of Bristol's Old City. bristololdcity.co.uk/old-city-heritage-trail
For a green fix of adventure sport in the city, rent a bike at Ashton Court and head off on the twisty tracks here and at nearby Leigh Woods. Spot grazing deer along the way and enjoy great views over the city (Ashton Court Estate, Abbots Leigh Road, BS8 3PX, pedalprogression.com/bike-hire).
Bristol is the spiritual home of the hot air ballon, and the cityscape and its green surrounds can be viewed from on high on a majestic hot air ballon ride. Taking off from Ashton Court, balloons glide over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, leafy Redland, and land in Muller Park near the Bristol Rovers football ground. In August, a whole host of balloons take to the sky at Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta. bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk.
Moved by Conflict, until 1 March, is a deeply moving exhibition showing the significant impact of World War I on Bristol. Wartime Bristol is evoked through a staggering array of original objects, video clips and interactive displays (M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN, bristolmuseums.org.uk).
Foodies won't want to miss the Autumn Love Food Festival, on Sunday 26 October, at Paintworks, Bristol's creative quarter. Come hungry! lovefoodfestival.com
Big names in comedy take to the stage on 2-6 July at the fun and frisky Bristol Comedy Garden event in the city's historic Queens Square. This year, crowds will be chortling to the likes of Mark Watson, Alan Davies, Ed Byrne and Russell Howard. On Friday and Saturday a silent disco promises to keep the high spirits going well into the night. bristolcomedygarden.co.uk
Love Saves The Day, on 24-25 May at Castle Park, is an all-out two-day party in the heart of the city that evokes Bristol's famously hedonistic spirit. Think tons of local and national DJs, some seriously cranked-up speakers and a crowd more than ready to let loose. For the 2014 event catch, among others, JamieXX, Just Jack and Hercules and the Love Affair (Castle Park, lovesavestheday.org).
Revel in the magic of Christmas under the gaze of the magnificent Bath Abbey at the Bath Christmas Market. A twinkling village of 150 wooden huts laden with a medley of gifts, from colourful crafts to delectable foodie treats, pops up from 27 November to 14 December. bathchristmasmarket.co.uk