Bristol what’s on 8-10 July: Bristol Pride parade, music on the SS Great Britain and surf championships

From music into the night onboard a boat to surfing championships, it’s clear that Bristol has it all going on this weekend

<p>Bristol Pride marches through the city centre. Photo by Dan Regan.</p>

Bristol Pride marches through the city centre. Photo by Dan Regan.

What’s better than a summer weekend when there really is something to entertain the whole of the family happening in your local area? Bristol has it all going on this weekend from Adaptive Surfing Championships to late-night music and beer festivals.

Take a look through our what’s on list to find out what tickles your fancy for the coming weekend. You won’t be disappointed!

Bristol Pride launched on June 25 but this Saturday (July 9) will see this year’s Pride parade march through the city centre. 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Pride marches in the UK and thousands of people are set to descend showing their support for LGBT+ lives and rights.

Anyone can take part and there is no need to register, just bring a sign, show up and get involved. The route is around two miles long and starts at Castle Park where the crowd will gather at 10am before departing at 10.45am.

Bristol Pride marches through the city centre. Photo by Dan Regan.

Starting on 7 July, the SS Great Britain are delighted to present a series of Summer Lates where you can step on board and relax as the sun sets over the iconic views of Bristol Harbour.

SS Great Britain are running an exciting Summer Lates Series this July

You’ll find BBQ food and a pop-up bar serving local beer and cider from Dawkins Ales as well as their signature Steamship Cocktail, and each event will be hosting a local musician or band. As an added bonus, you will be able to enjoy exploring the SS Great Britain without the crowds.

Alex Lievesley in the Pro Park at NASS in 2019

NASS Festival is a 4-day festival and the UK’s biggest music, street art, skate and BMX combination festival. Taking place from 7-10 July in Spepton Mallet, you can expect music headliners such as Headie One, Loyle Carner and AJ Tracey.

There will be 11 stages and epic skate and BMX competitions, with some of the biggest names across the world battling it out. Street art also continues to play a huge part in the festival.

After huge success in 2021, the English Adaptive Surfing Open returns to The Wave. The event will take place on Thursday 7 July, and will see a full day’s surfing action.

Surfers from breaks across the world are welcome to travel and compete, as The Wave Bristol brings together the global surf community.

The contest heats of the 2022 English Adaptive Surfing Open will take place on the Advanced setting at The Wave, and surfers will be scored on their rides on both the left and right side of the lake.

Competition will take place between 10am and 7pm, with presentations to follow and a relaxed social gathering to end the day.

Ashton Beerfest is in its first-ever year and raising money for a good cause

Ashton Beerfest will be taking place on 9 July and poses a good opportunity to have some fun, drink a bit of the good stuff and raise money for a good cause in the process.

This first-ever beer festival is for everyone, from the discerning beer drinker to the discerning non-beer drinker — and families too.

As well as a chance to sample the best beers from across the Bristol brewing scene, you’ll enjoy live music, child-friendly entertainment and delicious locally-sourced food. Best of all, all of the proceeds go towards a much-needed new minibus for Ashton Park School.

The BSpoke16 team is collaborating with Mangotsfield Secondary School art teacher, Dawn Beedle for an exciting event on 9 July. From 11am-4pm, the school will be open to visitors to celebrate the Creative Arts.

The school is hosting over 30 creative local artists and makers who will have stalls selling their creations. Dawn Beedle, Head of Art, is keen to support and be part of the drive of the arts in the community. 

The talented artists and makers involved include printmakers, painters, fused and stained-glass artists, jewellers, ceramicists and more.

Plants and beer, what more could you want?

From 12-5pm on 10 July at the Wiper and True Taproom in St Werburghs you’ll be able to find a Plant Swap and Shop day where you can take along your cuttings, unwanted plants, seedlings and decorative pots, and meet like-minded gardening pals, and swap the day away.

You’ll also find houseplant experts such as their very own Dan Yeo, great beer, wine and soft drinks on tap, as well as delicious shawarma wraps from Leaf and Sizzle.