What’s On: Bristol in August
It may seem like everyone is fleeing the city for the beach/countryside/insert holi-yay preference here, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s favourite city isn’t packed with things to do. We’ve rounded up the great and good of the Bristol scene and got your to-do list for the month of August. From festivals and gigs to wholesome craft workshops and sensory experiences; all you have to decide is which mates to invite and do a sun dance.
Bounce Jam at Strange Brew | Mondays throughout August
Make Mondays great again! Kick off the week with live performances from Bristol’s MCs, singers, instrumentalists, beatmakers, dancers and artists. This is a fully open mic night in one of the city’s freshest independent venues. The house band can provide a backing track if needed and the order of the day is: whatever makes you bounce. Music tends to lean towards hip hop, jazz, funk and broken beat but you can expect the unexpected!
Craft Workshops at Prior | Selected dates throughout August
Brimming with eco-conscious, handmade goodies and the proud owner of a ‘Britain’s Best High Street Shop’ award, Prior is a must-visit in Bristol city centre. Alongside sourcing and selling a range of delectable goodies, the team hosts workshops from a selection of excellent makers. Throughout August you could learn to craft your own herbal salts, a fully lined cotton tote bag (with pockets!), unique jesmonite earrings or a perfectly scented candle.
See Monster | August – October
Okay, not strictly Bristol but we reckon this one is worth mentioning. See Monster has just completed a five-day voyage across the North Sea, making its way towards its resting point for the summer; Weston Super Mare. This decommissioned offshore platform is set to become one of the world’s largest art installations. Visitors will watch it transform off the coast as it becomes covered in vegetation and a 10-metre waterfall. The world’s bonkers, eh? In a good way. The project aims to spark conversations around repurposing large-scale industrial structures and sustainability.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta | 11th – 14th August
Making any day brighter, spotting a hot air balloon in Bristol is a rite of passage and so is the International Balloon Fiesta. Hundreds of balloons from across the UK and the world descend on Ashton Court for a weekend of live music, family activities and the famous mass ascents which sees up to one hundred balloons take to the skies. A Bristol must!
Valley Fest | 4th – 7th August
If you fancy a slice of festival action very close to home, head over to Chew Valley where Valley Fest reigns supreme. Headliner sets from Travis, Kosheen and Clean Bandit bring the tunes and you’re guaranteed a dance with a DJ set from Faithless. The Valley Fest crew take their food nearly as serious as the music with cookery demos and sampling sessions. Bristol heads, let it be known that the chefs behind Root and Sonny Stores are hosting five-course feasts. Delicious.
Bristol Shakespeare Festival | 5th August
Celebrate the Bard, Bristol style with a ticket to Bristol Shakespeare Festival. The annual festival has seen performances in unusual spots from Redcliffe Caves to Brandon Hill Bowling Green so you can expect your Romeo and Juliet to hit a little different. The festival begins in June but rolls through to August and this year you can catch Much Ado About Nothing at Boiling Wells Amphitheatre in St Werburghs.
Cables & Cameras: Jamaican Independence 60th Anniversary at Watershed | 5th – 7th August
A weekend highlighting the impact Jamaican culture has had on Britain and celebrating the island’s unique identity. Expect screenings of Dancehall Queen, Marley and Playing Away and the much-lauded film The Harder They Come. A celebration of Jamaican music and life.
Luminarium by Bristol Light Festival | 4th – 14th August
The crew behind Bristol’s shiniest festival (forgive us) bring Luminarium to brighten up College Green. This totally free event promises a sensory experience of soaring domes, winding pathways and a brand new way of experiencing colour. Slots are available to book throughout the exhibition but walk-ups are positively encouraged.
Van Gogh The Immersive Experience | Throughout August
This immersive Van Gogh exhibition has been holding court at Propyard for a couple of months now to rave reviews, so what are you waiting for? Step into the paintings of one of the greats and experience them like never before. Cutting-edge 360-degree digital projections and a unique VR experience turn some of the most famous paintings in the world into an atmospheric light show.
Sound Baths at Now Studios | All Mondays in August
If reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep and easing any discomforts are on your list of things to do in Bristol this August, head over to Easton’s best-kept secret – Now Studios. A beaut of a yoga studio, the talented team here offer sound journeys to soothe stress and replenish energy levels. Sound bowls, gongs and vocals will whisk you away to a far-off place, all you have to do is lie there snuggled in blankets and cushions.
Roll on August! We can’t wait to experience the best of what Bristol has to offer. Is there anything we’ve missed off the list that you’re excited about? Let us know! Have fun out there folks.