Bristol bucket list: 50 things to do when you visit Bristol including food, pubs and festivals

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A Bristolian’s guide to Bristol - with things you need to check out this year

Having nothing to do in Bristol is an impressive feat with hundreds of events held across the city each week.

Whether you’re visiting at some point during 2023, still adjusting to life as a student living in the city, or if you’ve lived here your whole life Bristol World guarantees you can discover and love something you didn’t know was happening at some point this year. Whether it’s delving into the history of the city, which will celebrate several prominent anniversaries this year, or searching for a pint costing less than £4 in the city centre, we will help guide you.

We’ve put together a 50-strong bucket list for you to read through and check off. You might not be able to cross off every item on the list but it’s always better to aim high. Some events and places to visit will already be known to you while others are waiting to be explored.

Here’s our list of things to try in 2023, enjoy...

Food and Drink

Anniversaries to explore

  • 650 years since Bristol was declared a city
  • 200 years of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
  • 200th anniversary of St George’s concert hall
  • 125 years of Cabot Tower
  • The 60th anniversary of the Bristol Bus Boycott
  • 55 years of St Pauls Carnival
  • 21st anniversary of Tobacco Factory Theatres

Things to do

  • Have a smooth bus journey from south Bristol to the centre
  • Attend St Pauls Carnival for the first event since the pandemic
  • Buy a ticket to an unknown artist at any of Bristol’s great music venues
  • Visit the Bristol Beacon when it reopens in November
  • Find a Bristolian accent in Clifton
  • Take part in the Tuesday quiz night at the Bag O’ Nails cat pub
  • Enjoy a day of board games at Chance & Counters, at the bottom of Christmas Steps
  • Harbour boat ride
  • Attend the Balloon Fiesta in August
  • Love Saves the Day festival: headlined by Fatboy Slim and being held on May 27/28
  • Take part in the Bristol half-marathon / 10k
  • Bristol Harbour Festival: July 15/16
  • Shop local - Bristol has hundreds of independent businesses and traders, many of whom have struggled during the cost of living crisis.
  • Spend the day gin tasting
  • FORWARDS festival: September 1/2
  • Take a Voi scooter for a spin
  • Attend the King’s Coronation on May 6
  • Dine Naked with strangers

Places to go


  • Cheer on the Gas at the Memorial Ground
  • Cheer on City at Ashton Gate
  • Cheer on the Bears at Ashton Gate
  • Paddleboarding in the harbour
  • Take part in a game of volleyball at Queen Square, near the harbourside