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22-24
July
Art is everywhere in Bristol this July
Fine, modern, street - it doesn't matter which art you prefer, we've got a weekend for you!

Europe's biggest street art festival, Upfest, returns to North Street next weekend with artists from across the globe showing off their skills to a background of music and food.

The Other Art Fair comes to Arnolfini from 22-24 July - get 20% off entry by using our discount code OTHER20 when ordering your tickets here!

There are a host of other exhibitions and events happening across the city at venues including the Royal West of England Academy, The Island, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Spike Island.
Find out more...
Book a stay at The Bristol, right by the Harbourside, with rooms from £89 per night and breakfast on the house! 
Early-bird special at Aquila, enjoy a pizza and glass of house wine for just £8.95 from 4-7pm 
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
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11-14
Aug
Get ready for lift off!
Bristol's biggest event of the year is only a few weeks away. Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place at Ashton Court Estate on the edge of the city every August.

An estimated 500,000 people attend the free four-day event. Highlights include the mass ascents each morning and evening along with the famous NightGlow, where tethered balloons are lit up in time with music.

Two new additions this year are a 500-ft water slide and artist Luke Jeram's Museum of the Moon.
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Stay at the Mercure Bristol Brigstow Hotel, located in the heart of the Old City next to the water 
Eat at Prince Street Social, pre-booked tables get 20% off food throughout August! 
Childrens TV Exhibition at MShed
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Bristol is screen-tastic!
You'll already know Bristol has quite a reputation as a great filming location (see our Film & TV section) but we also love celebrating the finished results too. 

This summer visitors are spoiled for choice starting with this weekend's Cary Grant Comes Home for the Weekend festival. The Story of Children's TV from 1946 to Today exhibition at MShed is running all summer whilst Watershed hosts Cinema Rediscovered and the Roald Dahl season. In August there is also the Bristol Film Festival showing classic films in immersive environments across the city before the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival in September and Wildscreen in October.

Now all we need is some popcorn!
Check our what's on pages for listings
Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa, are offering a two-night weekend family stay from just £170 
Eat at Watershed's Cafe Bar, take the Tuesday Cinebites deal and get 30% off main meals with a valid cinema ticket 
Picnic at Ashton Court Estate
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Pick the perfect place for a picnic
We asked the trusty Visit Bristol Twitter followers for their recommendations of the best picnic spots in Bristol. We whittled the responses down to the top eight (or so). Our personal favourite is number three...
Check out the recommendations here
Stay at the Avon Gorge Hotel, close to Ashton Court Estate and with stunning views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge 
Grab some picnic items from Better Food Company, their brand-new outlet is located at Wapping Wharf by MShed 
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WIN an entertainment-packed
two-night stay in Bristol this July
We're giving one lucky winner a two-night break in Bristol at the end of July!

The winner will receive:
  • A pair of tickets to both Turin Brakes in concert (30 July) and Giggle Comedy Night (31 July) at Bristol Zoo Gardens 
  • Two nights bed and breakfast at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
  • Sunday lunch for two at The Rummer Hotel
  • A pair of tickets to Brunel's ss Great Britain (see below).
Click the link below and answer a simple mulitple-choice question to enter:
Enter now...
The lucky winner will stay in the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, located next to College Green in central Bristol 
....and enjoy Sunday lunch at The Rummer Hotel, nestled in the heart of St Nicholas Markets in the Old City - yum! 
Brunel's ss Great Britain
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Highlight - Brunel's ss Great Britain
The ship that changed the world.... step on board Brunel's majestic ship, one of Bristol's top visitor attractions. Brought back to the city in 1970, the ship is now fully restored in the dry dock where she was built over 170 years ago. Venture 'under the sea' to view the iron hull and screw propeller before stepping on board to experience life as a Victorian traveller. The adventurous can even 'Go Aloft!' by climbing the rigging. Look out for a series of special events taking place for Launch Week, 18-24 July.
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Eat at the Dockside Cafe Bar, munch through some 'baked on board' cake whilst taking in the lovely views across the harbour
Upcoming events
9 Jul
- 10 Sep
Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail at WWT Slimbridge 
29 Jul
- 4 Sep
Gromit Unleashed at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway 
29 Jul
- 11 Sept
Moving Targets at Arnolfini 
30 - 31 Jul
Multi and Thai Cultural Food Festival at Millennium Square 
2 Jul
- 25 Sept
Footloose at the Bristol Hippodrome 
1 - 27
Aug
Bristol Shopping Quarter's Summer of Sport in Broadmead 
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