August Bank Holiday 2017 in Bristol

August Bank Holiday 2017 in Bristol

Posted on: 24 Aug 2017

It's August Bank Holiday this weekend and as always there’s plenty going on for all in Bristol. At 365 we’ve scratched our heads and managed to come up with a select few highlights for the 3-day-weekend.

Bank Holiday weekend in Bristol

Avoid the packed motorways and nose-to-tail A roads this weekend - stay in Bristol! Our fine city has plenty of events and attractions for people of all ages. This is by no means a definitive list, there’s so much going on that would be impossible… just check out our packed What’s On calendar for proof of that!


Events, Music and Festivals

Michael McIntyre at The Colston Hall on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August. As expected this event is SOLD OUT so check social media for anyone selling tickets, don't pay more than face value! Or perhaps buzz The Colston Hall on 0117 2034040 in case they have had any returns.

Michael McIntyre at The Colston Hall 25/26 August 2017

Oas-is + The Bad Losers at The Fleece on Friday 25th August. Oas-is are Five Oasis fanatics who live and breathe Manchester’s finest band and are now dedicated to giving you the best look and sound that you should expect from an Oasis tribute band. Oas-is are made up of experienced musicians who have toured all around the world and who take great pride in reproducing the classic Oasis sound with frightening accuracy and all the attitude you would expect from the real thing. Get tickets here.

Afterwards it's the Supersonic Club Night celebrating the Brit Pop era until the early hours of Saturday morning. £4 in advance or £5 on the door, brilliant drinks deals!

oas-is at The Fleece in Bristol

The Lanes Summer Festival returns and is bigger and better than ever! From Midday on Sunday 27th August until 3am (under 18's allowed until 10pm) they'll be showcasing bands, DJs, local traders, craft beers, a huge cider selection and Ray's Pizzeria workshops and activities. What's best is that it will be FREE ENTRY all day and night.

The Lanes Summer Festival

How about a Food Tour with EatWalkTalk Bristol, one of the leading foodie events in the City. Check out or call Brian on 07860 770436 for details of this weekends events.


Children and Families

At Bristol - More info here

As well as their permanent exhibits and summer exhibitions, At Bristol also have a special event for the bank holiday weekend.  As part of Festival of What If, performers will prompt you to think; Does my gut have a mind of its own? You will have chance to contribute to a living archive with two performers who will be exploring the links between food, digestion and feelings. 

Tom's Family Fun Day & Dog Show - Sunday 27th August

A charity fun day at Oldbury Court together with a dog show open to all breeds big, small, noisy, quiet, cross breed and pedigree! Crufts judge Marina Foley will be attending and there's plenty to keep all ages occupied with bottle stall, raffle, activities, food, drink and so much more! Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of fundraising. For more details, check out the Facebook Page

Tom's Family Fun Day and Dog Show in Bristol

Happily Ever After...Noon Tea Saturday 26th August at Bristol Harbour Hotel

Take your little prince, princess or superhero for a family-friendly afternoon tea where your little ones can meet their favourite superheroes and princesses. There’s lots of fun for grown-ups too; you’ll be sipping Champagne and enjoying some delectable treats! Have a look at the website for more information.

Bristol Boat Tours

Fancy sailing away for the day? What about a boat trip with Number Seven Boats? With trips to Beeses and the Lock and Weir, there’s a variety of options. See the website at for more info.

Number Seven Boat Trips in Bristol

Bring your mind, body and spirit into balance with the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain during their Tai Chi Awareness Day in Millennium Square. Find out more on their website

Ongoing exhibitions include Dinomania at Bristol Zoo, Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017 at RWA and Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed.



Tyranny at The Trap returns on Saturday 26th August, underneath The Crown by St Nicks Market. Haunting Goth and thunderous Industrial in the heart of Bristol, Tyranny is the monthly night that packs The Trap time and again. Expect a few others to be thrown into the mix as you sup on easily the best drinks available at any alternative night.

Disco Party and Magicians at Illusions - A great Saturday night made even better with expert magicians Saturdays are a notoriously tough choice in Bristol as there's so much to do. You will never be disappointed by this. Each week sees guest DJs take to the stage at the famous Illusions bar and there will be plenty of magic to sample throughout the night. It would make for a great bar on its own, but the addition of experts of their magic craft takes it to another level every Saturday. 

Illusions Magic Bar in Bristol


Friday night football as Bristol City face Aston Villa at Ashton Gate, 7.45pm kick off. In the corresponding fixture last season Bristol City hammered the Villa 3-1 coming from behind with goals from Tammy Abraham, Joe Bryan and Lee Tomlin.

Over to Filton Avenue on Saturday afternoon where Bristol Rovers host Fleetwood Town. This was also a win back in November last year for Rovers, 2-1 thanks to goals from Matty Taylor and Cristian Montano.

Bristol Rugby travel over to head coach Pat Lam's former team Connacht in Ireland for their last pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon before launching into their promotion winning 2017/18 season with a home fixture v Hartbury on Sunday 3rd September.

On Sunday, Western Storm take on Lancashire Thunder in the final group game of the KSL (Kia Super League). Western Storm are the West country ladies cricket team and tickets are just £5 for adults and only £1 for Under 16's.It's going to be dry and sunny with 22 degrees forecast so remember the sun cream! Tickets available here

Women's Cricket in Bristol : Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder

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Article by:

Sarah Starling

Sarah is a writer and blogger, as well as running workshops and teaching. Her passions are food and travel, and you can follow her on Instagram at YesStarling and find her website at .