Things to do in Bristol in July

Things to do in Bristol in July

The Bristol calendar is always exciting. If you visit in July and want to know what's on in Bristol this summer, you're in luck. There are so many Bristol events you'll be spoilt for choice.

Events in Bristol 2023

Something extraordinary is going on in the city every single day. Whether you're coming together as a couple or a family or enjoying much-needed time with friends this July, there are plenty of fun things to do in Bristol. With the school summer holiday on the horizon, you'll want many activities to entertain you. Live music, street theatre, sporting events, family entertainment, food and culture are enough reasons to excite you about Bristol. 

Events in Bristol this Month

Be sure to check out Visit Bristol events listings for everything that is going on in the city.

St Paul's Carnival

The annual African Caribbean carnival is held on the first Saturday of July. Around 100,000 people will descend on the city centre on 1 July 2023 to enjoy St Paul's Carnival, with a vibrant procession, live music and street food. 

Bristol Pride

Bristol Pride features multiple stages, attracting some of the biggest live music and entertainment names. This year the headliners are Jake Shears, the frontman of the Scissor Sisters and international icon Natalie Imbruglia. Join the festivities on Saturday 8 July 2023.

Bristol Tattoo Convention

Two hundred and fifty of the finest tattoo artists from around the globe will showcase their work at the Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday 8, and Sunday 9 July. They will come from the USA, Australia, Europe and, of course, the UK. There's also live music throughout the day at the Bristol Tattoo Convention

Bristol Harbour Festival

The annual free festival takes place between 14 -16 July 2023. The Bristol Harbour Festival is over 50 years old. It invites people to celebrate the city's rich maritime history and enjoy live music, entertainment, circus acts, and food and drink stalls. 

Theatre Shows at Bristol Hippodrome

Some exciting family shows are on at The Bristol Hippodrome this July, including Fastlove – a tribute to George Michael, Jimmy Carr, the Music of Lord of the Rings and Beyond and Strictly Ballroom with Kevin Clifton and Faye Brookes. There's also The Bodyguard starring Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton, and Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. 

Have a Laugh

If comedy is your thing, there are plenty of stand-up shows during July. See Heidi Regan, Sophie Durker, Matta Forde, Sara Barron and more in their Edinburgh previews at the Old Market Assembly. The Bristol Comedy Walk is on 6 July, where you'll discover some of Bristol's most humorous and surprising secrets. 

Graduation Week

UWE students will celebrate their achievements at the historic Bristol Cathedral between 17-28 July. If you're yet to book your hotel stay or are looking for a restaurant to celebrate with family and friends, check out our Graduation Special Offers.  

Other Things to Do in Bristol this July

Things to do with the Kids in Bristol

Are you stuck for ideas on what to do with your kids in Bristol this Half Term? Bristol is packed with great activities, attractions and free days out. There are so many family-friendly activities and fun things to choose from! 

Discover Bristol's Street Art

You do not have to walk far in Bristol and Clifton Village to discover cutting-edge graffiti art decorating the walls along narrow alleys, down side streets, across building walls, and boldly displayed on bridges. Many pieces are by world-famous artist Banksy, who hails from Bristol. Download the free walking tour to your phone or tablet, featuring an interactive map guiding you to each piece.

Hit the Shops

Shop until you drop in Bristol. Bristol is home to night markets, Victorian arcades, modern shopping malls and winding streets of quirky independent shops. Bristol Shopping Quarter is home to hundreds of shops in the heart of the city centre, this links to Broadmead and Cabot Circus. Of course, there's also Stokes Croft and Gloucester Road for everything weird, wonderful and wacky, or Wapping Wharf on the glistening waterfront. 

Go Wild for While

Wild Place Project is a family fun attraction where you can meet amazing animals from around the world, including bears, giraffes, cheetahs, lemurs and more. There's also plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures with 50 acres of woodland, gardens and meadows to explore. 

Days Out with the National Trust

The National Trust properties throughout Bristol and the surrounding area have great outdoor spaces, culture and history. There are nine National Trust estates within 30 minutes from Future Inn Bristol. All of which are open this July!

Free Things to Do in Bristol

Bristol is such a vibrant and exciting place that there's no doubt you will have fun, whether you are on a budget or not. There are many exciting free and cheap things to do in Bristol. Whether you are looking for fun things to do in Bristol for adults or things to do in Bristol for couples, here are the free things to do in Bristol today. 

Things to do Outdoors in Bristol

Heading outdoors seems more appealing than ever, especially in the July warmth and sunshine. Even though Bristol is a city, it is surrounded by glorious countryside. Bristol is great for walking, cycling enthusiasts and outdoor activities. There are plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and explore its numerous attractions, including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Leigh Woods, Ashton Court and Arnos Vale Cemetery, one of the unusual things to do in Bristol. 

One of the great things about Bristol is the breathtaking scenery, and the beach is just a short drive away. Whether it be building sandcastles in the summer, or an evening walk along the shore, check out our list of the best beaches near Future Inn Bristol.

Bedrooms at Future Inn Bristol

Hotels in Bristol

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for the night. The hotel is in the heart of the Bristol city centre, offering various-sized bedrooms, including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family. Under 12's stay for free. The hotel is opposite Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, close to the famous and free tourist attractions. Alongside parking for £9 per stay and free WiFi throughout the hotel, there are many home comforts. The hotel is a 15-minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads.

Address: Bond Street South Bristol, BS1 3EN

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Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or email

Future Inn Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem in the bar every time you stay and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Dishes on the menu in Chophouse Restaurant

Where to Eat in Bristol in July

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal for fuelling before and after exploring Bristol this July. Or for a date night. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. All produce is local, and the food is homemade on-site. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £25 daily from 5pm. Under 5's always eat for free.

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our regional selection includes Buttcombe, Bristol Harvey Cream and Bristol Rum. An extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £15 cocktails are also available. 

Reservations can be made on 0117 304 1010 or by emailing Alternatively, you can book online:

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