• VE Day Celebrations in Bristol

    Find out what's on in Bristol for the 75th anniversary bank holiday weekend

VE Day Celebrations in Bristol

"My dearest friends, this is your honour" Sir Winston Churchill


VE Day is on Friday 8th May 2020. It will mark 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe. Years of carnage and destruction had come to an end and millions of people took to the streets and pubs to celebrate peace, mourn their loved ones and to hope for the future. The 75th anniversary will provide our nation with an opportunity to reflect on the enormous sacrifice, courage and determination of people from all walks of life.

Friday 8th May 2020 has been designated a bank holiday. To commemorate this important time there will be various VE Day Street Parties and Celebrations in Bristol.

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The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2

Join us in Chophouse Restaurant at 3pm on Friday 8th May 2020 and take part in The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of World War 2. Enjoy a glass of fizz or orange juice on us as pubs, bars and restaurants from all over the UK will be raising a glass to all who took part in the war.

Just before the toast, at the top of the four highest peaks in the UK, The Last Post will be played at 2.55pm. A feat never undertaken before. It will also be played at the six most widespread locations; Lands End, Lowestoft, St David's, Unst, Enniskillen Castle and the Tan Hill Inn. 

VE Day Celebrations

Head out for the day to Long Ashton Community Centre on Saturday 9th May 2020, between 11am-5pm. 

The celebrations include a bake-off competition with a celebrity judge, children's rides, inflatables and activities, a Maypole dancing display, Morris Men, plus a 1940s afternoon tea with wartime era sandwiches!

Themed dress is highly encouraged!

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Bristol Walk Fest

Ok, so this event is specifically for the VE Day Celebrations, but Bristol’s month-long walking festival, runs from 1s-31st May 2020 and is a great way to explore the city and the surrounding areas on foot.  

Choices include heritage tours, nature walks, explorations of street art and statues, wild food forays, walking sports tasters, woodland storytimes as well as plenty of ways to exercise muscles, discover new places or simply enjoy some fresh air. Most events are free, and most are accessible for those in wheelchairs or with children in buggies.

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Stay at Future Inn Bristol

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for the night in the heart of the city centre offering various sized rooms including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking at Cabot Circus, free WiFi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.

Pre or Post Event Dining

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after an event. Every day the team serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £20 daily between 6pm-9.30pm. Under 5's always eat for free, and the offer is extended to under 12's with a paying adult during school holidays. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or chophouse@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online: 

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