Bristol Visitors Guide

Read our Bristol visitor guide and find out what's on in Bristol and things to do in and near Bristol.

Bristol has so much to offer tourists, visitors and locals alike with a fantastic array of attractions, places of interest and things to do. You will really be spoilt for choice. Here is a selection of events in and around Bristol that happen each year. 

Bristol offers a great selection of cultural experiences to suit all tastes and all ages - just take a look and it may surprise you! For further events information you can visit or

Bristol Balloon Festia

Four fabulous days of free fun in Bristol. Held yearly at the beginning of August for 4 days The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe.Bristol Balloon Festival, near Whitehouse Guest Rooms Bed and Breakfast in Bristol

The Balloon Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol - within easy reach of our Bristol B&B - the event itself is free with charges only made for parking on the event site. Tickets can be purchased at the official Balloon Festival website. Alongside the fantastic site of hot air balloons filling the skies, there's a large number of great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment for the whoile family. A world centre for ballooning - Bristol has become home to the Europe's largest hot air balloon festival.

The Bristol Balloon Festia was founded over 30 years ago in 1978 when Don Cameron, owner of the world's largest balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, decided to create an event that would draw together balloonists from around the world. Bristols Balloon Fiesta is an amazing spectacle! Well worth a visit but get there early as it gets busy. To find our more, please visit Bristol Balloon Festival

Lets Rock Bristol - Music Festival

Lets Rock Bristol - previously Ashton Court Music Festival - is an outdoor music festival held annually in the grounds of Ashton Court, Bristol, in June.Ashton Court Festival, Bristol near Whitehouse Guest Rooms Bed and Breakfast in Bristol

Let’s Rock! has been leading the way for quality, family-friendly music festivals since 2009. You can bring your own picnic into the main arena however they provide a wide variety of catering on site, including a large BBQ, Indian, Mexican and Chinese.

It is a weekend music festival in South West England featuring a variety of local bands and national headliners. Individual and family tickets can be purchased online from their website. Once you arrive you will be issued with a wristband which allows you to leave and re-enter the festival site if you wish. As it is mainly aimed at local residents, the festival is not widely promoted, but having a B&B near Ashton Court like Whitehouse Guestrooms is ideal as a base for music festivals near Bristol. For Lets Rock Bristol tickets and to find our more, please visit Lets Rock Bristol

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival, near Whitehouse Guest Rooms Bed and Breakfast in BristolBristol Harbour Festival is Bristol's liveliest and largest harbourside event held yearly in mid July. The summer festival features a wide range of entertainment both on and off the water.

Family friendly festival activities include large music stages, dance performances in the dance village, water sports for children, craft stalls, food stalls, shopping, maritime events, street theatre, water displays and circus zones.

All Bristol Harbour Festival activities take place before a backdrop of hundreds of colourful vessels in the floating harbour throughout the weekend. Averaging 250,000 festival visitors, this summer festival is a great day out or weekend away in Bristol, with our B&B only minutes away.

The festival started in 1971 when a collection of boat owners headed to the harbour to save the Brisol docks from being filled in. They succeeded, and the Bristol Harbour Festival has been with us ever since. From babies to teens to the young at heart, all are invited to explore and discover leafy Castle Park over Bristol Harbour Festival weekend.

There’ll be things to make and do, places to get muddy and sandy, singing, storytelling, racing, impressive skills and tricks to learn and plenty of nooks and crannies in which to soak up the atmosphere and watch the wildlife go by. To find out more, please visit Bristol Harbour Festival

St Paul's Carnival

St Paul's Carnival is an annual Afrikan Caribbean carnival. A glittering pageant of costumes, cultures and floats, each reflecting powerful cultural traditions from around the world.

St Pauls Carnival, Bristol. Carnival with Bed and Breakfast in BristolThe carnival started in 1968 as a multi-cultural event. St Paul's Festival, which was aimed at bringing together the European, African-Caribbean and Asian communities living in the area was first organised by the St Paul's and Environs Consultative Committee and the West Indian Development Association, aided by the vicar of St Agnes Church and Carmen Beckford, Bristol's first community development worker.

It attracts an average of 70,000 people each year and has grown to become nationally recognised. The carnival is a great day out for people of all generations and a major West Country attraction.

Music genre includes Reggae, World music, Folk music, Hip hop, Poetry, Dub, Visual arts and is located at St Pauls, Bristol and takes place on the first Saturday of July. To find out more, please visit St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival

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