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7 things to do in Bristol this summer

A culture-filled maritime city through and through, not a day goes by that the Associated Windows team forgets how lucky we are to live and operate in a place like Bristol. The beauty and excitement of the city make themselves most known during summer, so we thought we’d help our customers out by sharing some ideas about how to best experience it. Here are 7 things to do in Bristol this summer!

Bristol Harbourside

1. Visit the wildlife at Bristol Zoo

From open-air bird displays to Friday night Twilight experiences, you can be sure that there’s always a unique way to get up close and personal with the animals at Bristol Zoo. As well as the standard range of popular enclosures featuring penguins, lions, flamingos, and the like, this year the park is celebrating the addition of a new attraction featuring two tree kangaroos called Kitawa and Mian. Bristol Zoo is perfect summer sun for all the family!

2. Bristol Harbourside Festival

Chock full of food to try and music to fill your ears with, Bristol’s annual Harbourside Festival is when the centre of the city comes to life. This year’s is scheduled to take place between 20th-22nd July 2018, meaning that there’s not too much longer to wait before colour, crowds, and culture take over the city. Fingers crossed that the Sun will make an appearance!

3. Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Coming hot off the heels of the Harbourside festival is this equally-enjoyable city celebration. The Bristol Balloon Fiesta rolls around every summer, with both locals and visitors from all over the world gathering in Ashton Court estate to witness the lifting off of many a hot air balloon. There’s the opportunity to see them take flight during the day or light the evening on any one of the two night glow shows. Taking place this August, this event certainly is one to marvel at.

4. Go Gromit hunting all over the city

This summer will mark the second time the Claymation hounds will be released onto the city. Originally adorning Bristol’s streets with 80 giant Gromit sculptures for 10 weeks back in 2013, Bristol’s Gromit Unleashed trail has since grown to capture the imagination of the public every other year. Since then, we’ve seen Shaun the sheep also roam the streets, but Aardman’s original plasticine pup is set to do it all again with a host of new locations to seek out.

Clifton suspension bridge

5. Take a boat’s-eye view along the River Avon

There’s no better way to experience the city than from a boat sailing along the historic River Avon. There are various tour companies primed to let you sit back and relax when coasting up and down the harbour, with some even letting you travel all the way from Bristol to Bath. With the sun shining you’ll suddenly get to see to historic cities in just one day in the best way possible.

6. Go to a gig in any one of the city’s many venues

Bristol isn’t short of any type of artform. From the street graffiti gracing Gloucester Rd to both the Hippodrome and Old Vic playhouses which regularly put on great theatre performances. However, Bristol has made a particular name for itself in the music scene, with many venues like The Fleece, Louisiana, Thunderbolt, and Exchange hosting local and touring music nights almost every night of the week. Whether you’re into pop, punk, R&B, or house music, this summer will see multiple ways to get your rock on.

7. Cross the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Arguably Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s crowning glory, despite not living long enough to see it completed, the Clifton Suspension Bridge is a great way to take Bristol in from above. The bridge is punctuated by two parks either side, perfect for having a picnic when enjoying the city sights. There’s also a visitor’s centre and observatory for those wanting to learn more about this truly great architectural achievement.

Associated Windows: Getting you and your home summer-ready this 2018

There’s plenty of ways to entertain yourself in the city this summer, but when having experienced all, why not assure that the home you come back to is one you can enjoy. For more information on how we can help achieve this, get in touch with a member of the team today.

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