The Bristol Artisan Guide ... to Bristol!
Bristol is an exciting City rich in independent shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, breweries and bars not to mention a plethora of museums and green spaces.
But where are the spaces and places you don't find on Trip Advisor when you visit for a weekend away, hen party, stag do or romantic break? The places you only know about if you live in the City. We have put together a little list for anyone visiting this lovely City!
Spaces to breathe...
The Wave Bristol is the first inland-surfing destination of its kind, where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can experience the joy of surfing and its many physical and mental health benefits. But it’s not just about surfing. It’s about getting back to nature, improving health and well-being, connecting with other people, enjoying great food and drink, having a great day out and having a load of fun in the process!
A nature reserve with woodland, streams and areas of meadow in north Bristol, Badocks Wood is a hidden gem that sees low footfall compared to other nearby parks. In Spring it hums with snowdrops and cow parsley and in summer makes for a great walk in dappled sunlight under the canopy of trees.
Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate, this wildlife-rich nature reserve has ancient woodland, streams and plantations. Not forgetting, magnificent bluebell displays in spring!
Prior Woods Path
Jekka Herb Farm
Jekka’s is home to the largest collection of culinary herbs in the UK. A family run herb farm on the outskirts of Bristol with over 35 years’ experience in sustainably growing and using medicinal & culinary herbs, both plants and seeds. You can visit Jekka's Herb Farm for one of their herb experience days.
At the Lido you are invited to take time out and just do nothing.
The Lido is a cool, urban oasis tucked inside a courtyard of Georgian Terraces, nestled at the heart of historic Clifton, comprising of a spa, restaurant, outdoor heated pool, sauna, hot tub and steam room.
Located west of Bristol, escape the hustle and bustle of the city and visit Ashton Hill for a peaceful woodland walk. Located near Ashton Court Estate, It is not very well known, but that makes it all the better for exploring the 148 acres of mixed woodland with conifers, broadleaves and areas of ancient woodland as well as a magnificent stand of Californian Redwoods.
It is very easy to walk in a circular route around the woods, which will take you about an hour to explore, or you can cut across the woods to have a shorter walk and visit the ‘Big Tree Grove’, which houses impressive, towering Giant Sequoias planted in the 19th century.
Spaces to Drink...
Wiper and True Micro Brewery
he freshest pints, brewed metres away from your seat. Locally made spirits, natural wines and dreamy street food from some of Bristol's best chefs. A flourishing, plant-filled oasis of a beer garden; brewery tours; events galore. A friendly, inclusive venue with a big emphasis on accessibility and a safe, welcoming atmosphere - for everyone. That's what's waiting at Wiper and True's stunning new brewery and taproom in Old Market, Bristol.
City Business Park
The Boot Factory, Artists Residence
The Boot Factory is open all day, every day for guests to enjoy – a buzzing neighbourhood hangout for night or day, work or play. With a relaxed atmosphere and a casual menu from brunch through to small plates of vibrant veggies, hearty bowl food and pizzas in the evening, this is a fun & friendly hub for both the local community and our guests alike.
28 Portland Square
Left Handed Giant Brewpub
Left Handed Giant are a Bristol-based brewing company, with three premises across the city. They make a variety of styles from their two brewery sites based in Bristol, one at the taproom in St Philips, and one at the huge brewpub in the heart of the city overlooking Castle Park.
Spaces to Inspire...
The Cube is a Microplex, Arts venue, adult creche, independent museum, and progressive social wellbeing enterprise in Central Bristol, England. Its small, its local and its completely unique. They are the cheapest venue in town and if you're an asylum seeker you can go in for free. You can buy a lifetime membership card - it's the best £1 you'll ever spend.
Dove Street South
Upfest was founded in 2008, It was originally conceived to get a group of 20 like-minded artists together for a day of painting here in Bristol, however the first festival quickly grew to 50 artists once the word was out and the first Upfest took place.
Since then the festival has grown year on year with artists travelling from around the world to paint the walls across Bedminster.
The Straddling Collection
Ken Straddling MBE was buyer at the Bristol Guild from 1948, rising to become its Managing Director. During Ken’s incredible 60-year career at the Guild, he collected many of the items that he also sold. In reflecting the stock at the Guild, this collection shows how his unique vision helped shaped the tastes of shoppers at such an exciting and innovative era of design. The Guild became a design shop that introduced Bristolians to new and exciting ceramics, glass, furniture and decorative objects from makers in Britain and Europe,
In 2006 he created a charitable trust and gave the Collection a permanent home
48 Park Row