10 Magnificent Things To Do In Bristol This May

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Your calendar can start to fill up with more events in store this month.

May is almost upon us which means more freedom and fun as further restrictions are expected to be eased (come on May 17!) The novelty of going out hasn’t worn off yet, and with these events and activities happening this month, it proves that in April we were only just getting started. So without further ado, here are all the best things to do in Bristol this May.

1. Meet with another household indoors

Come May 17, we can finally escape the bitterly cold weather outdoors by inviting one other household to socialise indoors. Up to six people from two households will be allowed to socialise indoors in a private home and up to six people from two households may socialise in an indoors public space. People in England will also be able to expand their social group outdoors by meeting up with up to 30 people outdoors from this date too.

2. Chow down on brisket-filled burgers at this new barbecue joint

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Low And Slow, the masters of authentic pit smoked barbecue, have revealed that they will be opening a brand new venue on Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Bristol. With the new opening happening this May it means we can get more of their meaty delights like their burgers filled generously with beef brisket or pulled pork alongside plenty of pickles, slaw and sensational sauces. Oh yeah!

3. Enjoy a pint with your mates indoors

Don’t get us wrong, we’re grateful for an alfresco pint, however the struggle to get a spot near an outdoor heater is real. Luckily, if all goes to plan, on May 17 we can enjoy a refreshing pint indoors with five other people from up to two households. Definitely something worth saying cheers to!

4. Experience a magical candlelight concert

With concert halls and music venues able to reopen and indoor and outdoor events allowed to resume, here’s one unique event for you to look forward to. On the night of May 18, you can experience classical music in a new light with a sensational concert in one of Bristol’s most magical locations, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Listen to a string quartet play classical pieces by Mozart surrounded by flickering candlelight, making for a mesmerising evening. Grab your tickets here.

5. Dine in one of these rainbow beach huts

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The Bristol Old Vic Theatre has launched 17 brightly-coloured “beach hut” style cabins outside their King Street venue, inspired by the well-known bright houses of Totterdown and decorated with a touch of theatrical magic. Bristol Old Vic’s artists and stage carpenters have put their skills to good use by creating the perfect haven for post-lockdown socialising. Why not enjoy a tipple and bite to eat here as opposed to the real beach? No sand in your shoes at this beach resort.

6. Make an escape from this prison less than an hour from Bristol

Credit: Shepton Mallet Prison

After countless days staying indoors, we’re all in need of an escape away from home. It might not be a holiday abroad but how about an escape from a prison cell instead? OK, so prison doesn’t necessarily sound like a place you particularly want to visit but hear us out. This prison south of Bristol is full of exciting history and from May 17 onwards it will be back open to the public to explore as part of an escape room experience.

7. Stay in a lavish hotel by the seaside

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Looking for an escape where you can wind down, stretch your legs and explore the wonders that are right on our doorsteps? Where better than the British coast to do just that? From May 17, hotels, hostels and BnBs can open their doors again. Whether it’s a quaint, quiet retreat or luxury seafront destination you’re after check out our guide to some of the best beach hotels and retreats in the UK. Go on, treat yourself!

8. Hear movie soundtracks come to life at this candlelight concert

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If one concert at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery isn’t enough how about two! At this candlelight concert you’ll follow the stirring journey through the great film soundtracks of history, where composers such as Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone have produced some of their greatest works. Music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Cinema Paradiso, James Bond, Titanic, and Edward Scissorhands will all be featured, and it’s a mesmerising way to enjoy some of the most recognisable tunes from the movies. Book your tickets here.

9. Find the most brielliant cheese spots

Edinburgh Cheese Crawl

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.

10. Soak up breathtaking views of the city at these rooftop bars

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Restrictions on hospitality are gradually being eased and British Summer time is here, therefore a rooftop drink is definitely overdue. From luxurious restaurants to cosy terraces, Bristol has some of the most incredible rooftop bars (and some are more hidden than others). Check out our outdoor dining guide featuring Bambalan’s rooftop for you to book and take in insane views of the city with your  family or friends this May.

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