Why You Can't Miss Unicornfest 2023

Why You Can't Miss Unicornfest 2023

Calling all adventure enthusiasts and unicorn lovers! Bristol is hosting the most magical event of the year: Unicornfest 2023. This summer, you can explore Bristol and discover the decorated mythical creatures to celebrate Bristol's 650th anniversary.

Did you know that the symbol of Bristol is a unicorn? 

The unicorn has been significant to Bristol since they first appeared on the city seal in 1569. It can be seen on the top of County Hall, on the SS Great Britain and many other locations in the city. Apparently, there is a unicorn hiding inside the 12th Century Bristol Cathedral, among the exquisite carvings.

Unicorn Festival - Bristol Arts Trails

So, what is Unicornfest? The arts trail is bringing 60 life-sized unicorn sculptures to the streets of Bristol and the surrounding areas this summer. A local artist has designed each painted unicorn as part of Bristol 360th Anniversary.

Some locations include the unicorn UWEcorn at Bristol Aquarium, Silmycorn at We The Curious, Popcorn and Guardian of the Forest at Clifton Suspension Bridge and Carni near Gloucester Road. There's also Bristol Kiss at Ashton Court Estate, Goldie Horn at Puxton Park, The Grand Pier and West Country Water Park.

As well as the unicorn statues, there are 40 smaller foals that schools, colleges, nurseries and community groups have decorated. Four of these are at Cabot Circus, opposite Future Inn Bristol - a great place to start finding them all. 

Bristol Unicorn Trail Dates

You do not need to find all of the unicorns in one day. The art trail is running until early September.

Unicorn Fest Bristol Map

The unicorns are dotted across Bristol and the South West in 55 locations: Bristol Unicorn Trail Map. You can also download the app on Android, Apple and IOS devices. It is free.

Unicorn Farewell Festival 

From 22-24 September, all of the unicorns will be rounded up to say their final farewells. You do need tickets for this event, held at Propyard. Then, all will be auctioned off in October to raise money for Leukaemia Care.

Things to do in Bristol UK

The Bristol Festival isn't the only family-friendly thing to do this summer in Bristol. Bristol has excellent activities, family attractions and free days out - Bristol Events 2023. The Wild Place Project is a fun day out with outdoor adventure, play and animals from across the world. Or the bustling Harbourside, a vibrant part of the city and a true outdoor-lovers dream. Here you'll also find M Shed, which explores the city's history from prehistoric times to the 21st century. 

Remember to check out our guide for things to do in Bristol in July.

Bedrooms at Future Inn Bristol

Family-friendly 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.

Make a Reservation

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 reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk

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

Family-friendly Restaurant in Bristol

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal for fuelling before and after exploring Bristol. 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 chophouse@futureinns.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book online:

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