Things to do in Bristol in May

Things to do in Bristol in May

The Bristol calendar is always exciting. If you visit in May 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 amazing 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 May, there are plenty of fun things to do in Bristol. With three bank holidays and the school half term, 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.


Bristol Upcoming Events

Bristol Walk Fest

Throughout May, Bristol Walk Fest includes heritage tours, nature walks, street art and statue explorations, walking sports tasters, woodland story times and plenty of ways to discover new places and enjoy the fresh air.

Theatre Shows at Bristol Hippodrome

Some exciting family shows are on at The Bristol Hippodrome this May, including Disney's The Lion King from 18 May to 1 July. It is a powerful story of Simba and his epic adventure to become King of the Pridelands. Earlier in the month, you can see Fisherman's Friends The Musical, the Official RuPaul's Drag Race tour, Richard E Grant and The Proclaimers. 

Have a laugh

If comedy is your thing, there are plenty of stand-up shows during May. See One Man and His Cow and Pride and Prejudice* (Sort Of) at the Bristol Old Vic, True Dating Stories at the Hen & Chicken, Jack Barry: Don't Happy, Be Worry at The Alma Tavern & Theatre and Shewolves at the Old Market.

Foodies Festival

The UK's biggest food festival returns to Bristol between 12-14 May 2023. The Foodies Festival has live music, masterclasses with top chefs, artisan producers, delicious street food, and challenges, including a chilli-eating competition. Remember to get your tickets in advance!

Put on your Running Shoes

On Sunday 14 May 2023, you could take part or cheer on the participants of the Great Bristol 10k and the Bristol Half Marathon. The route guides you around Bristol, passing under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, through the famous Avon Gorge and finishing at the historic Harbourside.

Love Saves The Day

Love Saves The Day returns to Ashton Court on Saturday 27, and Sunday 28 May 2023. It is Bristol's biggest music festival. Fatboy Slim will be headlining the main stage on Saturday evening, with other big names announced for the Saturday so far, including Andy C, Nia Archives, Kelis and Piri. On Sunday, the solo project of Olly Alexander, Years & Years, is top of the bill. Other acts on the main stage on day two of the festival include Folamour and SG Lewis.

The Arctic Monkeys 

The indie rock band, The Arctic Monkeys are playing at Ashton Gate Stadium on Sunday 29 May 2023. Playing together since 2002, they are known as one of the first bands to achieve fame solely via the Internet and have released five studio albums. Fans often describe it as the best concert they've ever attended, with the crowd full of energy, singing and dancing. You can expect to hear, "I bet you look good on the dancefloor", "A certain romance", "Fluorescent adolescent", and "Mardy bum"


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Other Things to Do in Bristol this May

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. 

On 5 May 2023, St Nick's Night Market returns to the Bristol Old City Market. Alongside late-night shopping, there are mobile spa treatments, street food and live music. 

Go Wild for While

Wild Place Project is a fun family 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. This May, ready for half term, is Springfest with street art, crafts and lawn games. 

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 May!

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 because the weather starts to get warmer in May. 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 night 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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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 May

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal for fuelling before and after exploring Bristol this May. 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 local selection includes Buttcombe, Bristol Harvey Cream and Bristol Rum. An extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for 1 cocktails are also available. 

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

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