Welcome back Bristol!
17 August 2020
Quite a few of Bristol’s attractions reopened last month with some wonderful places to visit and activities to get out and enjoy during the late summer months.
We have rounded up a few highlights to look out for and look forward to in the area:
A Victorian Gothic gem
Tyntesfield was the family home of the Gibbs family and is an extraordinary time capsule of a near complete Victorian Gothic country house and estate. The stunning gardens and estate are now open again as is the shop and café, although booking in advance is essential. It is a wonderful place to visit with family or somewhere to simply wile away an afternoon enjoying one of the self-guided walking routes around the varied landscapes, parkland, terraces, or Kitchen Garden. The Cow Barn café will be open for take away drinks and cakes or snacks.
Bringing #BristolTogether again
Upfest, Europe’s largest urban arts festival, has had to be postponed this year. However, a group of artists from the festival have painted hearts on the lawns of Bristol’s Queen Square. The 224 hearts are all spaced at least two metres apart so that people can sit in their ‘bubble’ and enjoy the city. Hearts are also due to be painted at College Green and Castle Park. The #BristolTogether initiative is aimed at getting visitors back into Bristol as businesses begin to reopen. The total number of eco-friendly chalk spray hearts will be 374. Worth going to visit before they grow out and slowly disappear as the grass is cut.
Look up! Or you might miss them
Last month, Bristolians will have been thrilled by the sight of the first hot air balloons of the year floating over the city. The history of ballooning in Bristol goes back to the 18th Century, although the first balloon ‘flight’ took place indoors at Cooper’s Hall on King Street in 1784 at a three-day hot air balloon exhibition. Two hundred or so years later, the most famous balloon of all, the Bristol Belle, was launched in 1967. Don Cameron, who helped design the balloon, went on to found his own company, now the largest hot air balloon manufacturer. In 1979 the first Bristol International Balloon Fiesta took place with 27 balloons. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bristolians were treated to a Virtual Nightglow to watch from the comfort of their own homes, you can still watch playbacks on their website and social media. The fiesta will be back for 2021, dates are 12th-15th August.
More openings coming soon….
While the M Shed café has reopened, from Thursday to Sunday 12pm-9pm, the rest of M Shed and Bristol Museum and Art Gallery remain closed but are due to open in September. For those missing their art and culture fix, Bristol is famous for its street art and there is plenty to see just wandering around the city in the meantime, from artists like Banksy and Jody. Science museum We The Curious will officially re-open in November with a ground breaking new exhibition ‘Project What If’.
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