April has finally arrived.
And with it comes the loosening of a number of COVID-related restrictions, many of which it’s about bloody time for (we’re looking at you, bottomless brunch). Who knew leaving the house could be such a novelty? Without further ado, here are all the best things to do in Bristol this April.
1. Go for an alfresco pint
Finally. The sweet, sweet taste of beer fresh out of the barrel. We’ve been waiting for this day for what feels like forever, and we’re so ready to meet up with friends, soak up the Bristol sun and knock back a couple of pints. And to help us do just this, many Bristol restaurants have created their very own pop-up beer gardens – even taking over our streets to make sure we can get socialising this month.
2. Head to the beach
Since the government announced that we were now able to visit the beach, we’ve obviously had a keen desire to do just that. From the beautiful yet super busy Severn Beach, to underrated wonders such as Clevedon Beach and Portishead – there’s plenty of lovely beaches just a short drive from Bristol to explore this summer.
Drag Race UK might have just come to an end, but we’re still hopped up on RuPaul fever – and thanks to this epic line-up, we can get our fix right here in Bristol. Taking to the stage for a special drive-in show, Baga Chipz, Ginny Lemon, Divina de Campo and more will be taking to the stage this month, with a tasty food market and live DJ set getting us fuelled up for the show. Get tickets here.
4. Explore all the reopened traders at Wapping Wharf
Wapping Wharf has confirmed their re-opening this spring, complete with fantastic retailers and hospitality businesses in individual shipping containers like Seven Lucky Gods, Something Elsie Vintage and Pigsty alongside a wonderful line-up of independents. Expect great food and drink, plus plenty of unique items to buy whether you’re treating yourself, a family member or friend.
Missed out on the Easter fun this year thanks to lockdown? Celebrate a belated Easter at Bristol Airport this month, with pre-show DJs getting the fun started, two hours of immersive fun, a silent disco, car-e-oke, party bingo and so much more. It’s a fun experience for all the family, and you can get tickets here before they’re gone.
6. Meet up for a walk with friends
Since socialising is finally on the cards, we’ll be meeting up for some spring strolls with our pals – with maybe a few tinnys in tow for the occasion.
7. Take part in outdoor sports
Need an excuse to get back into shape before the pubs reopen fully in May? Well, this is it. Outdoor sports are now permitted, which means you can visit an outdoor lido, hit up a tennis court or whatever floats your boat before gyms reopen next week.
We might have been watching movies for the past year, but not like this. Taking over Bristol Airport this spring, Big Screen Movies is coming to town, with some huge Hollywood blockbusters in store for us. We’re talking the likes of Harry Potter, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and more – all from the comfort of your own car. Book a screening here.
9. Go to the gym (at long last!)
From April 12th, we can finally get ourselves back to the gym – and oh boy do we need it. We never thought we’d say these words, but we missed spin class and we can’t wait to get back to it.
10. Chow down on doughnuts at this Gloucester Road pop-up bakery
The home of the sour-dough-nut, Pinkmans Bakery, has opened a pop-up store in this month in collaboration with 25a Old Market and it’s on Bristol’s longest road, Gloucester Road. The legendary bakery will be serving plenty of doughnuts, coffee, sourdough bread, pastries and lunch dishes for those in the Bishopston and Horfield areas to enjoy.
11. Try out Bristol’s new beer garden
The top alfresco destination at The Downs is back in town, and the first part to open is their beer garden by The Pipe & Lovers, and it’s the perfect spot for a spring booze-up. With plenty of space to socialise with mates, Breaking Bread will be be serving food and drink under a canopy, including a Sunday roast with plenty of hearty food, as well as a selection of drinks. With a lot in store, Breaking Bread is set to be a lively post-lockdown hangout to enjoy over the warmer months.
Pantos aren’t just for Christmas as this April you can witness a performance full of twists, turns and shouts of “It’s behind you!” Follow the story down the the yellow brick road from the comfort of your own car with this drive-in pantomime performance of The Wizard of Oz. Cheer, boo and hiss along to a professionally-produced live production of this classic tale. Get tickets here.