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10 Terrific Things To Do In Bristol When It’s Raining

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

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Bristol doesn’t have to be boring in the rain.

Here in Bristol we sure do get our fair share of rain (even in the summer), meaning that day out in the park or on a gorgeous outdoor terrace goes from dreamy to downpour. So if you and your mates were hoping for a day of fun in the city in the sun, only to have your plans scuppered by the wet weather, fear not! We’ve got you covered with a range of rainy day-friendly activities.

1. Get bowled over at Lane 7

One of the latest arrivals in the city, bowling alley and all-round adult playground Lane 7 has opened on Millennium Promenade. From day one, they’ve aspired to be more than just a bowling alley, offering a one-stop shop for the ideal night out. They’ve got a fully-stocked bar with everything from cocktails and spirits to Champagne and craft ales, as well as enough interactive games to keep you occupied for hours. Find out more here.

2. Polish up your darts skills at Flight Club

Open from the end of July, Flight Club has a whole lot of fun in store for your visit including cocktails, pizza and interactive darts. From ‘Push for Drinks’ buttons at the tables, to a whole host of competitive games to challenge your mates to (as well as various photo-opps!), you’re sure to be in for a good night. Find out more here.

3. Pamper yourself at a luxurious spa

Is the spa calling you after months in lockdown? We feel you. Whether your body has countless knots that need loosening up, or your hair has seen better days, Bristol and the surrounding area boasts a number of top spa and pamper spots to treat yourself at. Because after these metaphorical and literal downpours, we definitely deserve a pamper session or two. Check out our guide to the best places in Bristol for a pamper session here.

4. Go axe throwing at Whistle Punks

Perfect for a mates date, axe throwing is the immensely satisfying and surprisingly social activity that gives you the chance to embrace your inner Viking. Experienced throwing instructors will get you throwing like a pro in no time. Then once you’ve got the hang of it they’ll take you and your group through a tournament until the king or queen of axes is crowned. Book your session here.

5. Go to the cinema

Need to hide away from the rain for a little while? Nothing beats a classic day out at the cinema – and Bristol has some seriously cool spots to catch a movie. From the uber-cosy Everyman that’s decked out with plush sofas and offers bar-to-sofa service, to the super-smart Vue cinema – there’s a cinema for everyone.

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6. Get rid of all boredom with board games at Chance & Counters

Offering up board games, food and tasty drinks, Chance & Counters is a great place to entertain you and your household whilst sheltering from the rain, with a number of board games to play for couples and groups. Chow down on tasty nibbles such as pizza fries, or take advantage of the diverse drinks menu where you’ll find something for everyone’s tastes.

7. Soar to the top at this indoor bouldering wall

Put that energy to use and escape the rain by clambering up these challenging bouldering walls at Flashpoint. Located near Temple Meads station, you and your mates can take on various levels or gradients on the bouldering wall. Flashpoint offers taster sessions, adult group sessions, coaching and private lessons too to tailor to your ability and group size. Plus, if you have any energy left you can visit indoor trampoline arena Freedog next door.

8. Putt away at Jungle Rumble

Drink and putt your way through Jungle Rumble’s outrageous and colourful course with fun little touches to keep you entertained. Choose from two 18-hole courses for your game, Jungle or Swamp, and enjoy cocktails and beers as you compete with your mates for the crazy golf crown (which doesn’t exist, but a little competition never hurt nobody!). Book a session here.

9. Tackle an escape room

If you’re after a trip outside of the city and a challenge then head to this prison south of Bristol which is full of exciting history and open to the public to explore as part of an escape room experience. What was once the County Gaol, Shepton Mallet Prison near Wells now offers a range of activities for you to get involved in- but they’re probably not for the faint-hearted. Here you can take part in an immersive escape room experience by donning an orange jumpsuit and being locked away in a cell and solve puzzles in order to get out. Find out more here.

10. Take part in a cheese and wine tasting with KASK

Join KASK on North Street to try three of their unique, sustainable wines alongside a selection of local cheeses- which is also available to take part in from home with their DIY at-home and virtual tastings. Your wine flight will include a selection of their minimal intervention wines, each sourced for its unique flavours from independent growers. Alongside your wine you’ll have a cheese board to devour, loaded up with delicious cheeses that pair perfectly with your wine.