8 reasons to spend the summer in Bristol

So, you’ve finished your exams, handed in your dissertation and are wondering what to do for the summer holidays. It just so happens that the wonderful city of Bristol comes alive over summer with plenty of festivals, sunny days and the finest cider in the country. So, here are a list of reasons to spend your summer in Bristol…

1. Balloon fiesta

For one weekend in August, the skies of Bristol are filled with hot air balloons. Thousands descend upon Ashton Court to watch balloons lift off and enjoy the rides, food and entertainment available on site. The night glow is the highlight of the four-day event and getting to the event is easy with shuttle buses running from the city centre every ten minutes!

2. Comedy Garden

Bristol has produced some of the finest comedians on the scene with the likes of Russell Howard, Stephen Merchant and John Robbins originating from this fine city. And from the 14th-18th June, even more of the country’s funniest people gather at Queens Square for a weekend full of laughs. This year’s line-up includes Greg Davies, Sara Pascoe, Rich Hall, David O’Doherty and many more – be sure to get your tickets before it’s too late!

3. Enjoy a cider on The Apple

Bristol is famous for its cider, and there’s no better place to be on a sunny afternoon than outside enjoying a cold, refreshing drink. So, head to The Apple; a beautifully converted Dutch barge with a large quayside terrace and deck bar, to soak up the sun and admire the views. Amongst the 40 different ciders available, give the ‘Old Bristolian’ a try – it’s The Apple’s own speciality cider, but at 8.4% ABV it’s not for the faint hearted.

4. Harbour festival

The Bristol Harbour Festival is held every July and spans over the harbour side and Queens Square. The event is FREE to attend and there are live music performances and entertainment running across the weekend. From arts, circus and dance, to boats and nautical capers there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And, it wouldn’t be a festival without a variety of tasty food and drink available for you to indulge in.

5. Escape the city

Living in the centre of a bustling city like Bristol can make those country folk yearn for the sight of green fields and wide open spaces. Ashton Court – a beautiful mansion house and estate with woodland, meadows, wildlife and much more, lies just beyond the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and is the perfect spot to escape the city. It’s free to enter, and after a relaxing walk in the sun, stop off at the gorgeous café for some well earnt tea and cake.

6. Spend the day Banksy hunting

The elusive street artist Banksy hails from Bristol and has left his mark over the city. Our student accommodation, King Square Studios, lies between two of his pieces of art. Taking you through Stokes Croft and up to College Green, an afternoon Banksy hunting is the perfect activity when the sun’s shining.

7. Eat ice cream at Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is situated just off of Park Street and has some of the best views in Bristol. Ascend Brandon Tower and make sure you treat yourself to an ice cream once you’ve made it to the bottom. Fun fact, many scenes of Bristol-based teen drama Skins were filmed at this location!

8. All-inclusive summer accommodation

If you’re planning on visiting Bristol over the summer months, make King Square Studios your first choice for living. Our Studios have everything you need to call them home. From beautiful en-suite bathrooms to fully fitted kitchens and plenty of storage space. We have some great social spaces too which you can enjoy during your summer stay. Spaces include large common areas, an on-site gym, cinema room and games area. And with our accommodation located close to the buzz of Bristol city centre, staying at King Square Studios is the perfect solution for an affordable city centre break throughout the summer months. Find out more about our summer accommodation here.

If you’re moving to Bristol to study, or are already a student living in Bristol, why not live with us? Rooms still available for academic year 2017/18. Find out more here or contact us for more information.

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