With the warm summer months finally approaching and with the hope that we have another gorgeous summer, we thought it'd be fitting to compile a list of activities that are coming up this coming June in and around Bristol. We've combined a wide range of activities indoor and outdoors that are suitable for adults, kids and families so you'll never have to complain you're bored this month. Whether you're looking to keep the kids entertained or planning a future date night this list combines all kinds of activities ranging from shows, classes, festivals and sports, this blog has got you covered no matter your taste.
For the Adults
Britpop Racenight at Bath Racecourse
Not only will you be in for a brilliant night of fantastic racing but with the Britpop race night, you'll also get a chance to watch live music from two cover bands Definitely Oasis and Blurd, who'll be taking you back to the 90s with music by two of Britpop's most iconic bands – Blur and Oasis. Whether or not you've watched live racing before you'll be guaranteed a night of excitement with up to 7 races and 7 potential chances of flaunting your winnings. There'll also be a variety of foods and drinks on offer whilst you soak up the racing atmosphere and preparing for the excitement of your horse crossing that line.
Tickets: Prices start from £12 for centre enclosure and £20 for the grandstand. Under 18s go for free.
Date: 7 June 2019
Bristol Craft Beer Festival
Bristol Craft Beer Festival will return for two days of world-class beer, great food and live music on Bristol's buzzing harbourside. The event will be a carnival of craft beer, with international and national brewing icons pouring special and one-off brews, DJs and food stalls. The line up of beers will also be joined by all kinds of artisanal drinks, including ciders, whiskey, wine and gin too for the non-beer lovers. Bristol Craft Beer Festival will once again operate our unique ‘all in’ ticket, meaning that festival goers get the opportunity to explore, experience and discover over 250 beers from the 35 specially selected breweries in attendance.
Tickets: Early Bird £35
Dates: 7 June 2019 - 8 June 2019
The Rocky Horror Show at Bristol Hippodrome
Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll musical returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. This classic musical extravaganza will star Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor Duncan James as Frank. Kristian Lavercombe will also be reprising his role as Riff Raff, following more than 1,300 performances in The Rocky Horror Show around the world.
Tickets from: £13.00
Dates: 17 June 2019 - 22 June 2019
Trust 10k Run at Tyntesfield
Grab your trainers and take part in the National Trust 10k run. The run will involve 2 routes which are 5k each and will circle the tracks and trails of Tyntesfield. The track will involve some up and down slopes and will feature views across the valley, you may have your breath taken away in more ways than one!
Times: Last registration at 8.45am. Run starts promptly at 9am. Only the run route is open during the Trust 10, the rest of the grounds open at 10am and normal admission applies.
Tickets: Free to enter. Under 16's must be accompanied, sorry no under 14's.
Date: 23 June 2019
Altered Ocean - Mandy Barker at Royal Photographic Society
Altered Ocean is a powerful exhibition that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans, highlighting the effects on marine life and ultimately ourselves. The exhibition, Altered Ocean, documents Barker's visual journey as a photographic artist combining science, with the issue of marine plastic pollution. Large-scale prints from her previous series' provide an insight into her journey and connection with the issue over the past 10 years. Supporting sketchbooks and research notes connect the relationship between the practical work and the research that informs it. Plastic and scientific samples allow the visitor to engage fully with the current critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.
Time: Open Thursday 10am-6pm │ Friday 11am-7pm │Weekends 10am-5pm
Tickets: Standard admission £7 │ Concession £5 │ Under 18's free│ Groups of 10 or more pre-booked £45
Dates: 4 Apr 2019 - 23 June 2019
Rhod Gilbert – The Book Of John at Bristol Hippodrome
It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show. In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod. Almost all of it s**t. And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke...called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before. Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense.
Tickets: £31.65 - £57.65 + Booking Fees
Date: 27 June 2019
Somerset Cider Festival at The Grand Pier
Returning for 2019, the Grand Pier is proud to present it's Somerset Cider Festival - now running for 10 days between Saturday 29th June and Sunday 7th July! The Somerset Cider Festival Bar will be open from midday on all dates and will remain open until the Pier closes on weekdays, and until approximately 8pm on the Saturday and Sunday dates. The South Deck will be transformed into a sunny beer garden for the 10 days.
Times: 12pm - 8pm
Tickets: Free entry; VIP Tickets £15.00
Dates: 29 June 2019 - 7 July 2019
2019 ICC Cricket World Cup at The County Ground
Eleven world-class venues will be used in the 46-day tournament in which each side will play the other once in a single-league format with the top four sides after 45 matches progressing to the semi-finals.
1st June: Afghanistan v Australia
7th June: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
11th June: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Social Media Week Bristol
Social Media Week returns to Bristol from 10 – 14 June 2019. Designed to upskill, inform, explore ideas and opportunities and further the conversation on key issues in social media, marketing and technology - Social Media Week Bristol is the only UK city outside London to host and joins 25 cities worldwide in holding this truly global conference.
Dates: 10 June 2019 - 14 June 2019
Harbour Nights is returning to the Arnolfini quay from April 19th. Running every Friday through the summer months, Bristolians will be able to see-out the working week with lip-smackingly good street food, alongside DJs and live music in one of the city’s favourite suntraps.
Bristol’s street food scene is booming with some of the city’s most creative menus being cooked kerbside; Harbour Nights aims to showcase Bristol’s brightest culinary entrepreneurs, with a changing cast of traders serving up world food, using local produce. From steamed Tibetan dumplings to Japanese soul food, inventive vegan dishes and award-winning tacos, full line-ups will be announced each week on social media.
Times: Friday 17:00pm to 22:00pm
Dates: 10 May 2019 - 27 Sept 2019
For the Kids
Baking Class for Children at Cooking it!
Kids will get down to the joys of baking. Creating bread, puddings, cakes, doughnuts and biscuits. Suitable for 8 to 12-year-olds children.
Times: Saturday 14:00 to 16:30
Date: 8 June 2019
Rocketship Adventure (2D) at We The Curious
Join Stella the Bear on a quest to explore Earth… and beyond in a brand new Planetarium show! This delightful presenter-led show combines immersive visuals with lots of audience interaction to create an exciting experience for children - and their grown-ups. This brand new show has been written by We The Curious' Planetarium team and is specially designed for 4-6 year olds, but suitable for up to age 7, so ideal if you’re already a qualified Space Explorer!
Times: Weekends and school holidays at 2pm
Tickets: £2.50 per seat (members £1.25), in addition to standard admission
Dates: 1 Nov - 30 Sep
The Sculpture Lab at the RWA
his spring is all about sculpture at the RWA, combining two fantastic exhibitions, Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth and Sculpture Open exhibition, as well as an interactive Sculpture Lab. Come along and share in Sculpture Lab's creative workshops where all ages and abilities are encouraged to explore, investigate, and enjoy making sculpture.
Times: 10am - 5.00pm
Dates: 16 Mar 2019 - 2 June 2019
Big Bear Sculpture Trail at Wild Place Project
Take part in Wild Place's Big Bear Sculpture Trail this Easter! On the 6th April, 20 six foot tall hand-painted bear sculptures will be placed around Wild Place Project, each decorated by talented artists from around the UK with a unique design and story to tell. Sculpture seekers will embark on a journey around Wild Place Project; equipped with a trail map, stickers and a drive to discover all 20 sculptures alongside amazing species from around the world.
Dates: 6 Apr 2019 - 1 Sept 2019
Horrible Histories: Dreadful Deaf at Bristol Old Vic
Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories: Dreadful Deaf – Live On Stage! as it delves into the dreadful, dangerous and deluded stories of the deaf. From groovy Greeks to gorgeous Georgians, ruthless Romans to vile Victorians, come with us into this incredible world to discover the extraordinary people and amazing stories you simply won’t believe!
Tickets: £8 (Kids) / £12 (Adults) | £2 Friends discount | £32 Family Ticket
Dates: 29 May 2019 - 1 June 2019
Teddy Bears Picnic at the Avon Valley Railway
Free train travel for children who bring their Teddy Bear. Plus there'll be a chance to see magic shows, balloon modelling and giant bubbles!
11.00am - 4.00pm
Tickets: Normal admission prices apply. FREE train travel for all children who bring their Teddy Bear!
Date: 29 June 2019 - 30 June 2019
Varsity Boat Race: Bristol v UWE on the Harbourside
Ashfords LLP is this year's event sponsor of the oldest event within the Varsity Series and this year's series finale, held in the most iconic part of the city; with the SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Princes St swing bridge & the Harbourside industrial cranes as a picture-perfect backdrop. Traditionally it's been a 1300m course through the floating harbour, but this year it's a Boat Race with a difference. The Varsity Boat Race Sprint Series, this year will see just that, a series of scintillating edge of your seat racing that is nail-bitingly close; from the start at Brunel's Lock to the finish near the SS Great Britain, so be prepared for the finest of margins on the finish line.
A series of sprint races between UWEBC and UBBC, including Men's and Women's Alumni races and this year re-introducing the Best of West where local clubs and regional universities compete for the right to name themselves as the Best of the West.
Times: 11am to 5pm
Tickets: Free Entry
Dates: 8 June 2019
The Goram Fair at Blaise Castle Estate
Join Blaise Castle Estate for Goram Fair, a funfair and community event that celebrates the legend of Goram, their local giant.
Watch the dog display, play games, explore the stalls, get crafty with Arts Enlarge, browse the stalls, take a ride on a vintage funfair, discover Blaise Castle, and meet the giant!
Times: 10am - 5pm
Tickets: Free entry but charges for funfair rides etc apply.
Date: 8 June 2019
Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Held in the heart of Clifton, the popular Friday Twilights returns to Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer. Get closer to nature and experience the Zoo like never before at a completely unique evening. Enjoy a live band playing top tracks, tuck into a BBQ and there's lots for families too. All money raised from these events will be spent supporting Bristol Zoological Society’s charitable objectives.
- Zoo At Twilight: See your favourite animals and explore the award-winning gardens in full bloom.
- Live Music: Relax on the lawn with live music from great local acts. (Dates and bands to be confirmed)
- Exclusive Talks: Discover more about the residents at the exclusive Friday Twilight animal talks.
Times: 6.30pm - 10pm, with last entry at 8pm.
Date: 31st of May and 21 June 2019
Tickets: £7.50 (£6.50 for members)
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe at The Redgrave Theatre
Performed by the young members of the West Acting Workshop this is a heart-warming tale of triumph over adversity, bringing the iconic C. S. Lewis story to life on stage!
£12.00 General tickets
Wildlife Week at Cheddar Gorge & Caves
Go wild for wildlife this May half term with activities, animals and much more.
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tickets: Included with your Day Ticket. Book online and save up to 15%.
Dates: 25 May 2019 - 2 June 2019
Festival of Nature 2019
The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world returns this summer with its biggest programme yet, promising a wild adventure for all the family. Between the 1st – 9th June 2019 explore the nature in your backyard and go wild at one of our family fun weekends in Bath and Bristol!
On Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, more than 50 nature organisations will take over Millennium Square with a brand new area stretching across Pero’s bridge to the open green Queen Square. Families can go wild with free interactive exhibitions, live performances and talks from the giants of the natural history world.
Date: 1 June 2019 - 9 June 2019
Bristol Food Connections
Bristol Food Connections festival is a citywide celebration of food of epic proportions. From 12th-23rd June 2019, residents and visitors alike will be taken on a journey of exploration and discovery of all that is GREAT about food in Bristol (and beyond) through a cornucopia of events that are sure to tantalise and tempt, educate and enlighten.
With over 100 events in all corners of Bristol, it’s a spectacular showcase of Bristol’s diversity and creativity, uniting the city through one common factor…food!
Dates: 12 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
Weston Air Festival
Weston Air Festival returns for 2019 on the Weston-super-Mare Seafront and Beach Lawns in Weston-super-Mare with a stellar line-up of aerobatic talent. The iconic Red Arrows will be showcasing their all-new 2019 display routine above the shores of Weston, as one of only a handful of Red Arrows displays in the UK this year. As well as a weekend of outstanding entertainment in the sky, Weston Air Festival offers airshow fans the chance to enjoy a whole host of family-friendly fun along the seafront and Beach Lawns and once again incorporates the town’s Armed Forces Day celebrations. The event village will feature exhibition stands, food stalls, family activities and fairgrounds, as well as the chance to meet RAF crews up close and personal, ensuring there’s plenty to see and do at ground level.
Tickets: Free Entry
Dates: 22 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
The Ghosts of Berkeley Castle
Wire sculpture exhibition by local ‘Slimbridge Soldiers’ sculptor, Jackie Lantelli. See Edward II, doomed in his cell; Elizabeth I, ready with her crossbow to kill the Earl of Berkeley’s prize stags and Dicky Pearce, the jester who fell from the Minstrel’s Gallery. With many other sculptures to spot as you wander around the Castle’s grand rooms and grounds, this exhibition will bring the Castle’s intriguing history to life.
Date: 2 June 2019 - 30 Oct 2019
RMHBFest at the Old Down County Park
The charity festival for the whole family is returning to the stunning Old Down County Park in 2019! This years event will see the festival take on a more intimate feel in the Walled Garden area of Old Down Country Park. Local bands will take the stage alongside activities and play equipment for children, licensed bar, good food and stalls.
There will plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy such as face painting, badge making, games and tombola. Live music will kick off at 12:30pm with confirmed local bands and artists including: The Fab Twins, Jack Skuse, Bartie Joyce, The Hogranch & The Angry Badgers, plus more to be announced! Festival-goers will also have access to the rest of the park including the Pets Corner and Adventure Park.
Tickets: Under 5 - Free; Child (5-15) - £6; Adult - £10; Concession - £8; Family (2 adults, 2 children) - £25
Date: 1 June 2019