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You don’t need to break the bank with these free things to do in Bristol

Lacking the cash after one too many nights out at Motion? Well fear not, there’s a mountain of free things to do in Bristol, 34 of them in fact!

1. Visit the M-Shed

2. See Alfred at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

3. Jump aboard ‘The Matthew’ ship

the matthew ship bristol

Via James Packwood

4. Play table tennis in one of the many free locations across Bristol

bambalan table tennis

5. Pop up to the Clifton Suspension Bridge (you can also slide down the infamous rock slide)

6. Walk about in Leigh Woods

Unfortunately the boats have now gone!

7. Sit and watch the Bristol balloon fiesta

8. Drink lots of cider at Bristol Harbour Festival 

bristol harbour festival

9. See the deer at Ashton Court

ashton court deer

10. See the pigs at St Werburgh’s City Farm

11. Check out an exhibition at the Arnolfini

arnolfini

12. See all the street art around Bristol… it’s not just Banksy!

stokes croft street art

13. Marvel at loads of kites during the Bristol Kite Fest

14. See the inside the spectacular St Mary Redcliffe Church

inside st mary redcliffe church

15. Walk through the beautiful Arnos Vale Cemetery 

16. Take part in the annual naked bike ride

naked bike ride bristol

17. Check out some awesome Bristol art at the Fifth Wall

Clifton Suspension Bridge Art

18. Sit on the Durdham Downs

durdham downs

19. Cycle down the Bristol to Bath railway path

20. See lots of graffiti at Upfest

street art

Via Andrew Parsons

21. Pet some animals at Windmall Hill City Farm

windmall city farm

@windcityfarm

22. Pop up Cabot Tower

23. Hang out in Eastville Park

eastville park bristol

24. Organise a flash mob in Bristol… like 1 of these 6

25. See the big shiny mirror ball in Millennium Square

millennium square

26. Visit the stunning Blaise Castle

Found at: Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, Bristol, BS10 7QS

27. Eat a sandwich in Castle Park

28. Admire the beautiful Bristol Cathedral 

29. Pop into John Wesley’s Chapel

john wesley chapel

Found at: 36 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JE

30. Watch the St. Pauls Carnival… whenever it’s on again!

31. Get all Downton Abbey at check out the Georgian House

Found at: The Georgian House Museum, 7 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RR

32. Check out old stuff about Bristol at the Bristol Record Office

Found at: Bristol Record Office ‘B’ Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN

33. Have a read at one of Bristol’s 28 libraries

34. Walk across Pero’s Bridge

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You’ll also probably finding out about alternative Bristol tourist information.

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The 20 Best Bristol Street Art Pieces Of 2017

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Best Bristol Street Art

It’s been another great year for the local street art scene. Here’s a list of some of the best art from 2017, some of it is still there to view and some has been replaced; all part of the natural evolution of the art form. We were treated to another stellar Upfest festival which is the biggest in Europe and in my opinion the best. Anyway, here is the list. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram (@streetartbristol) for many more photos from this year and fresh work as we make our way into 2018. Happy new year!

1. Paul Monsters (@paulmonsters) & Copyright (@copyrightart)

2. 3dom (@3dom22)

3dom street art

3. Liz C Illustration (@lizc_illustration)

liz c

4. Irony (@whoamirony) & Boe (@placee_boe)

irony

5. Kobra (@kobrastreetart)

kobra

6. Voyder (@voyder) & 3dom (@3dom22)

voyder street art

7. Woskerski (@woskerski)

Woskerski street art

8. Kristx (@kristx_)

Kristx (@kristx_)

9. Aspire (@aspireartwork) & D7606 (@d7606)

aspire

10. N4T4 (@n_4_t_4)

n4t4

11. Dzia (@dzia)

dzia

12. Andrew Burns Colwill (@andrewburnscolwill

andrew burns street art

13. Lemak (@lemak_art)

lemak

14. Si2 (@hull_graffiti)

bin street art

15. Melike Painting (@melikepainting) & Nino Viegas (@nunovviegas)

melike painting

16. Bex Glover (@bexgloverart)

17. Unknown Artist

unknown street art

18. Cheo (@cheograff)

cheo

19. Louis Masai (@louismasai)

louis masai

20. Angus (@angusart85)

angus

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Bristol’s Hidden Street Art Part 1

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Hidden street in Bristol: Shop Shutters

I used to think I kept fully up to speed with the urban art scene in Bristol and knew the majority of locations to find anything of interest. Then one day I went for my usual wander around Bedminster and realised this wasn’t totally the case. This did happen to be 8 o’clock on a Saturday morning so more importantly what the hell was I doing up and out at that time?! This was during the week before Upfest 2017 so I wanted to make sure I had photos of all the pieces soon to be lost.

All along North Street was art I hadn’t seen before; on shop shutters! I probably had seen a couple of them on a previous weekend wander but there were maybe 6 or 7 completely new to me, some more classical graffiti and some more so ‘street art’ by brilliant artists. This started a quest to walk around my usual graff/art spots of the city on weekends or after closing times to see what other art was waiting for me. Here’s is some of what I found.

1. Andy Council (@andycouncil) – North Street, Bedminster

andy council

2.  Dan Leo (@danleodesign) – Stokes Croft

dan leo

3. Sled One (@sledone) & Smak (@smaktown) – Moon Street, Stokes Croft

moon street art

4.  Ok so this one isn’t a shop shutter but still deserves a shout. By 3dom (@3dom22) in Brislington/St Annes

3dom street art

5. Alex Lucas aka Lucas Antics (@lucas_antics) at Stokes Croft Vintage Market

lucas antics

Alex has done more recent shutters on North Street that I don’t have a photo of (yet!) but it’s white butterflies on black background, go find it and tag your Instagram photo with #streetartbristol 👍🏻

6. Mayflower Chinese Restaurant near bus station, artist unknown

mayflower chinese restaurant

7. Mr Impossible by Loch Ness (@lochnessart) on North Street

8. Jamaican Diner, North Street. Artist unknown

jamican diner street art

9. One of my favourites on North Street is this one by Copyright (@copyrightart)

copyright street art

10. Lokey (@lokey_bristol) at North Street Standard

north street standard street art

11. The Bollywood Beauty Lounge on North Street

bollywood beauty lounge street art

12. Tamrakar on North Street

tambakra

13. SHAB (@s.h.a.b) at North Street Standard

shab

14. A few doors away from Hamilton House in Stokes Croft

oj street art

15. Dons Car Wash painted by Sepr (@sepr) in St Pauls

dons car wash

16. Another from Stokes Croft

17. Pete’s Barbers, West Street, Bedminster

petes barber

18. Vandal by Nick Walker (@nickwalker_art) on St George’s Road

vandal street art

19. Another Mr Men & Little Miss themed shutter from Upfest 2016

mr man

20. Bird is the word, one on North Street…for a change 😏

bird street art

That’s it for this article, part two of the list will be coming your way in the near future. If you enjoyed this please come and follow us on Instagram and tag your Bristol street art pics with our hashtag. Thanks for reading.

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Tag your photos: #streetartbristol 

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It’s time for a good old fashioned Bristol pub quiz

There are endless places where you can find some good Bristol pub quizzes. Fridays and Saturdays are unlikely but here are loads of places Sunday – Thursday.

Monday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Tuesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Wednesday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Thursday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Sunday Bristol Pub Quizzes

Others:

Blankety Quiz – Found across Bristol and voted the best pub quiz in Bristol

Got any that we’ve missed? Pop them in the comments below.

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