The lockdown is easing, the sun is coming, June is going to be pretty special!
The wait has been long but the gloomy weather is expected to fade away with a warm couple of weeks on the cards, plus this month also brings hope and a closer return to normality as the remaining restrictions are lifted. This summer, we’re all raring to go and luckily there are plenty of fantastic things on the horizon this June to start the season with a bang and make up for some of last year’s summer stuck in lockdown. Fancy getting your calendar jam-packed again? Check out our guide to some of the best things to do this June in Bristol.
Join The Bristol Cheese Crawl for two and a half hours of non-stop cheese: from swanky blue cheese and gooey grilled cheeses, to cheesy jokes and interactive cheese-themed quizzes and competitions. Find your tickets here.
2. Dance again!
It’s been a long time coming, but clubs and dance floors are finally coming back. Currently set to return on June 21st under the government’s lockdown exit plan, night clubs will be opening their doors for the first time in 15 months – allowing us to dance, meet with friends and finally enjoy absolute freedom. It’s been a long time coming, but it’ll be well worth the wait.
One of the most unique Candlelight venues so far, fans of the ballet will be able to experience a performance of Swan Lake, plus the elegant sounds of Tchaikovsky, Strauss, and more Romantic masterminds. All the while immersed in a stunning, candlelit environment that is the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Tickets are on sale here.
4. Enjoy a waterside tipple next time the sun’s out
Bristol Ferry is back with a series of gin and rum boat cruises which will take place aboard their distinguishable yellow flotillas this summer. The experience gives lovers of the drink a chance to sip away on some refreshing juniper or rum-based beverages whilst taking in the many sights along Bristol’s harbourside. The ferry operator has a total of eight boozy trips lined up for the summer, with each gin cruise setting off at 7pm. Find out more here.
5. Escape to this poolside pad just a stone’s throw away from the city
Tucked away in a woodland area near Long Ashton and just four miles away from Bristol city centre, you’ll find Poolside Pad – a gorgeous little cabin looking out at the valley. It’s a far cry from the city life that we’re used to – swapping concrete and the sounds of scuffling humans and traffic, for wonderful nature and the peaceful songs of nearby tweeting birds. Once you do find this getaway pad, however, the real fun begins – with guests being able to plunge into the private pool and take in the idyllic views.
A truly unique dining experience is coming to Bristol this June, Dining In The Dark is back for a limited time only – with limited availability for sessions taking place on both June 17 and June 30. The delectable event sees guests blindfolded at their tables, before being served three courses of delectable dishes – with the ‘dark’ element of the event amplifying the senses, allowing guests to experience the flavours of their food in a whole new way. The sell-out event has proved a huge hit with fans since its launch last year, so you’ll need to book fast if you want to experience it for yourself. Book here.
7. Get some sea air and stay overnight at a beach retreat
With staycations planned for most of this summer, why not head to the coast for the day or stay overnight at a gorgeous beach hotel? From quaint, quiet retreats, to luxury seafront destinations, check out our guide to the most beautiful beach retreats to try this summer.
Here to tick “learn something new” off that list are Fever Talks, who are bringing a fascinating lecture about The Science of Psychedelics to town. The guest speaker will be diving into the research to explain how psychedelics could find new uses in the modern world, whether that be in the potential treatment of depression, anxiety, and addiction, or exploring how the human brain connects to nature. You can find your tickets here .
9. Try these gooey Scotch eggs at your next picnic
Sandwich Sandwich is not just known for their incredible cross-section snaps of their delicious sandwiches (which are award-winning) as their Scotch eggs are quite jaw-dropping. Or drool-inducing. Coated in a thin crust of seasoned breadcrumbs, these Scotch eggs have a thick sausage meat filling encasing a rather spectacularly-boiled egg, oozing with a gooey yolk. And they make the perfect addition to any lunch or picnic this summer.
Celebrating some of the greatest songs by the iconic women of soul, Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone, this month’s Candlelight Tribute events will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved soul singers, under the roof of the Paintworks. event space The Arnos Vale venue will be completely bathed in candlelight, providing an unbeatable atmosphere that’ll have you feeling on Cloud 9. Expect to hear covers of Franklin’s ‘Natural Woman’ and ‘Respect’ and Simone’s ‘I Put a Spell on You’ and ‘Feeling Good’, plus more of their greatest hits which you may struggle to resist swaying in your seat to. Tickets are on sale now here.
11. Head to this street art exhibition at M Shed
Museums and galleries are back! With their return comes new and exciting exhibitions and this eye-catching one by Vanguard focusing on street art is worth adding to your list. The exhibition will explore the instrumental role of Bristol’s creatives in the development of British street art, from the 1980s to the present day. Find out more about the exhibition here.
12. Check out the brand new Lane7 bowling venue
Opening up for the first time in May, Lane7 is here – bringing immersive games of ten-pin bowling, food from Burger Theory, and the city’s biggest screen. Bringing party vibes to the games, guests will be able to opt for a more fun game of bowling – with light triggers when you strike, DJs, drinks and so much more. It’s the perfect place to lose yourself for a while – with tons of different activities to suit your preference. Find out more here.
13. Visit Bristol Loaf’s new branch at the Bristol Beacon
You may already know The Bristol Loaf for their cafés in Redfield and Bedminster, but they’re about to complete the triangle with a new branch in the foyer of the Bristol Beacon. Their third outpost will be a café and wine bar on the ground floor of the concert hall, taking over the space previously held by Bowl of Plenty. From the beginning of June, the award-winning, artisan bakery will be serving up delicious Scandi-inspired breakfasts, lunches, and small evening plates.
Fever’s dazzling array of candlelight concerts are taking Bristol by storm, and with a huge range of musical styles and incredible venues on offer, there’s something for every music lover. This June, a string quartet will be performing Vivaldi’s well-known Four Seasons at the stunning Church of St Thomas the Martyr. Candlelight, music and a beautiful setting- what more could you want? Grab your tickets here.
15. Soak up the sun
While June typically marks the beginning of summer, we haven’t exactly seen many steps towards it yet. But don’t fret, because a heatwave is reportedly heading our way – with over two weeks of glorious sunshine predicted right here in Bristol. Goodbye rain, hello summer. Check out these refreshing spots for outdoor swimming in and around Bristol if you’re looking for somewhere to relax or cool off.