12 Sensational Things To Do In Bristol This September

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


We’re falling for this month’s events and activities.

The leaves might be starting to turn but you needn’t have to turn your back just because summer has technically ended as this city has plenty up its sleeve to entertain us this month. Some might think autumn is when things wind down and we start to retreat back indoors but in actual fact it seems Bristol didn’t get that memo. With festivals, concerts and entertaining experiences September will be the month to remember!

1. Head down to the world’s first tequila taproom

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There’s a new tipple arriving in town- our friend and foe, tequila. This September you can swap your favourite craft ciders, pale ales and beers for refreshing tequila cocktails, courtesy of the world’s first tequila taproom: the Jose Cuervo Tequila Taproom. Yes, you heard that right, tequila served from taps! Arriving at Stokes Croft from September 17-19, The Jose Cuervo Tequila Taproom is bringing a new age of tequila cocktails and long serves to create a unique, refreshing, ice-cold cocktail experience. To top it all off, there will also be table games and top-quality DJs banging out tune after tune.

2. Celebrate the return of live music at Love Saves The Day

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Bristol’s biggest music festival is back, welcoming 25,000 per day- Love Saves The Day is moving to Clifton Downs for its 2021 shows on the weekend of September 4 and 5. The sold-out show returns with a brand new musical line-up from some of the UK’s most exciting talent for an unmissable 2021 edition in a one-off location. Drawing from a range of DJs and live acts across all genres, it’s another diverse line-up of towering names and fresh talent. Love Saves the Day continues with its aims to combine the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe in one buzzing, unified space. Find out more information here.

3. Witness a magical candlelight concert celebrating incredible modern composers

Fever’s gorgeous Candlelight concert series returns to enchant your senses with a series of sublime concerts this month. You’ll hear music from some of the greatest contemporary composers, whilst enjoying the serene surrounds of the Bristol Harbour Hotel that’s been bathed in the gentle glow of candlelight. Follow a 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. Get your tickets here.

4. Explore the SS Great Britain like never before with this immersive multi-sensory experience

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From August 23 to September 19, the dramatic dry dock of the SS Great Britain will take centre-stage. The cathedral-like space is where the SS Great Britain was constructed between 1839 and 1843, now covered with a “glass sea” that helps to maintain the conservation environment that protects the fragile iron hull. For four weeks, the front end of the Grade II listed dry dock will be transformed into an immersive experience by Bristol-based multimedia design studio Limbic Cinema. The immersive multimedia experience will combine projection, lighting and surround sound to transport audiences on a journey through underwater worlds. Find out more information here.

5. Uncover the killer’s identity at this live murder mystery set in a real haunted hotel

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You may have tackled a fair few online murder mysteries during lockdown, but we’ll bet you’ve never tackled a mystery quite like this before. In a rare taping, hit TV show ‘Legends of the Paranormal’ is holding an open séance, and invites brave believers of the supernatural to stand by as the psychic medium, Madame Mothley, connects with lost souls within the hotel. But, are you fearless enough to step across the threshold of this haunted hotel? Taking place at Bristol’s historical Arnos Manor Hotel, this immersive murder mystery game challenges you to uncover the killer’s identity. If you’re up for the challenge you can get your tickets here.

6. Feast on some of the best wings in the country at Wing Fest

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The world’s largest chicken wing festival is coming to the city and is paying homage to one of the top poultry dishes out there. Taking place on September 11 and 12 down by the harbour at Lloyd’s Amphitheatre, the huge outdoor area will be transformed into a poultry eating, music thumping, axe throwing, beer and bourbon drinking space of epic proportion. Bristol Wing Fest will showcase a range of restaurants, street food traders and pop-ups, who will display their culinary talents and compete against each other over a whopping 80,000 drums and flats, for just a quid a wing, to decide who really makes the best wings in the UK.

7. Listen to the best of anime at this magical candlelight concert

This autumn, Bristolians will get a chance to truly immerse themselves in the music of anime with this new candlelight concert. The beautiful Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is the setting for this memorable night of music, so you will not only hear instantly-recognisable pieces from your favourite anime productions but also get to take in the marvellous art and historical pieces at this venue. Expect to hear compositions from shows such as Sailor Moon, Death Note, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, Attack on Titan, and Dragon Ball. Grab your tickets here.

8. Stay off-grid at this Somerset lakeside retreat with tipis and a hot tub

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Ok, so it’s been pretty impossible to snap up a staycation in the UK this summer, but if you’re planning to get ahead of the game for an autumn retreat, we may just have the spot. Sitting pretty within 35-acres of rolling woodland in the Chew Valley, an off-grid camp known as Nature’s Spectacular is the perfect escapism. This “hidden world” camp is the latest creation from award-winning performance arts collective Arcadia and features luxurious yurts, tipis and a wood-fired hot tub. Arcadia’s camp was created in response to the pandemic and brings together a festival spirit and communal campfires set against a stunning lake backdrop. Our bags are already packed!

9. Get inside the mind of a psychopath at this chilling talk


You may already know of famous psychopaths and serial killers Jack The Ripper and Ted Bundy, but have you ever thought that you may have already encountered a psychopath or more in your lifetime? For those with a stout heart and thirst for knowledge, you can join this fascinating Fever talk about the Psychology of Psychopaths and you may not be so surprised that the answer is yes! You may have waded your way through crime documentaries and psychological thrillers on Netflix featuring psychopaths, but are you ready to find out the neuroscience behind the condition? Kicking off on September 22 at Ashton Gate Stadium, it’ll take you deep inside the mind of a psychopath and tickets to this thrilling event are available here.

10. Take in the fresh air and be at one with nature with an autumn stroll

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From lakes to mountains, the surrounding area of Bristol offers a range of terrain for you to explore whilst the weather is still pretty mild. From climbing up Cheddar Gorge to a circular route around Chew Valley Lake, Somerset boasts amazing views and walking routes which vary from challenging to chilled. Check out our guide to autumn walks less than an hour away from Bristol, which are a must for you to do over the weekend as not only does it give you a break from your usual scenery but you can watch the leaves turn on some awesome routes.

11. Hear Nina Simone’s greatest hits at this candlelight concert

Celebrating some of the greatest songs by one of the most iconic people in jazz, Nina Simone, this month’s Candlelight Tribute event will see a highly talented jazz ensemble honour the beloved singer-songwriter, under the roof of The Paintworks. The venue will be completely bathed in candlelight, providing an unbeatable atmosphere that’ll have you feeling on Cloud 9. Guests can enjoy some of Nina Simone’s best selling songs such as ‘I Put a Spell on You’, ‘Four Women’, ‘Mississippi Goddam’, ‘Young, Gifted and Black’, and of course, ‘Feeling Good’, which has been used in multiple movie soundtracks and adverts. Tickets are on sale now here.

12. Enjoy a one-off gig from IDLES at Clifton Downs

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Bristol’s favourite sons, IDLES, will headline outdoor concert on The Downs for one night only on September 3. This one-off gig will be IDLES first headline outdoor show in Bristol. Welcoming 10,000 people to The Downs, to watch the iconic five-piece, there will also be a riotous full day programme of amazing bands, DJs and electronic producers. Taking place across three festival-sized stages, music kicks off from 3pm and rolls right until close at 11pm, meaning there’s a sizeable roster of national and local talent joining IDLES on the full line-up.  As well as the musical announcement there will be a full festival offering of local food traders, fully licenced bars, as well as extra space on site for people to enjoy the day’s entertainment but who may not wish to return to the centre of busy crowds just yet. Grab your tickets here.

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