Bristol is a vibrant city with an endearingly quirky edge and a new sense of self belief, having undergone a decade of rejuvenation. Hailed as the creative hub and festival capital of the South West, summers are abundant with family events. From food fairs and fiestas (harbourside, kite, balloon, to name a few) to carnivals and agricultural shows, many events are free and jam-packed with entertainment for all ages.
At the harbour you can step back in time by visiting Brunel's majestic SS Great Britain - the world's first ocean liner, or explore the city's industrial heritage at MShed. Take a short walk along the cobbled streets and you'll find Bristol Old Vic, England's oldest working theatre, running workshops all year round.
Millennium Square is home to At-Bristol, a unique science centre where budding young scientists can join in with hands-on experiments – even the grown ups may learn a thing or two! You can take a virtual tour through space in The Planetarium or hang out with the sharks at the Blue Reef Aquarium.
For animal lovers there's Windmill Hill and St.Werburghs city farms, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Horseworld in the south and of course the famous Bristol Zoo in Clifton, housing 400 species and stunning gardens. On it's doorstep is The Clifton Suspension Bridge with captivating panoramic views, a great place to grab your bikes and support Bristol's burgeoning cycling movement with a ride through Leigh Woods or Ashton Court, where you may forget you are even in the city.
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