Meanwhile in Bristol: Things to do in Bristol this July

St Pauls Carnival, Bristol events in July

With so many events to keep you entertained in this glorious weather, there is no better place to be than Bristol this July. Major highlights include Bristol Pride, St Paul’s Carnival and Upfest, but there is something for everyone this jam-packed July.


Bristol Shakespeare Festival – Various venues
An annual festival held throughout July, hosting performances and events inspired by the Bard in alfresco and unusual spaces across Bristol.
Sun 1st – Sun 29th July | Prices vary

Gromit Unleashed 2

Photo by the Grand Appeal

Gromit Unleashed 2 arts trail – Various venues around Bristol this July.
The Grand Appeal’s trail with Aardman is set to be the biggest yet, with more than 65 sculptures dotted around the Bristol area. This time the award winning character Gromit is bringing along some friends so watch out for him!
Sun 2nd July onwards | Free

The Arts House - Stokes Croft

Photo by Folk and Honey

Poetry Unlimited – Never too late – The Arts House
On the first Tuesday of every month Poetry Unlimited hold an event to discuss poetry. This month’s theme is Never Too Late (not a strict theme, just a guide).
Tues 3rd July 11.30 – 12.30 | Free entry – buy a coffee
Nothing at The Exchange
Nothing – The Exchange
Bristol performance collective
A Room Full of People are performing their latest show ‘Nothing’ this Thursday and Sunday only. Produced with the help of Creative Youth Network, this amateur production features an international cast of young creatives based in Bristol.
Thurs 5th and Sun 8th July | Tickets £5

Insane Root - Romeo and Juliet at Eastville Park

Photo by Jack Offord

Romeo & Juliet – Eastville Park Swimming Pool
Insane Route are performing their latest production of Romeo and Juliet in Eastville Park Swimming Pool. The rollercoaster of a show features 10 performers playing multiple roles in this open air adaptation of Shakespears tale of love-at-first-sight.
Wed 4th July – Sat 29th July | £22 a ticket

St Paul's Carnival, Bristol this July

Photo by Colin Rayner via Bristol Post

St Paul’s Carnival – St Paul’s
Our city’s beloved Carnival makes a welcome return, this year celebrating its 50th anniversary. This iconic Bristol event represents the best of Afro-Caribbean culture, as well as the diversity, creativity and vibrancy of its home city, Bristol. There are also official afterparties at Lakota and Motion.
Sat 7th July | Free

Women’s Hour Craft Prize – Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Showcasing the most innovative and exciting craft practice in the UK today, this touring exhibition from the V&A marks the 70th anniversary of BBC Woman’s Hour.
Sat 7th July – Sun 2nd Sept | Tickets from £5
LGBT+ Bristol, part of Bristol Pride
Talking LGBT+ Bristol – Millennium Square
With Bristol Pride very much upon us Bristol 24/7 are sharing a ground breaking documentary ‘talking LGBT+’ at various venues. 
The two screenings in Millennium Square are free of charge as part of Bristol Pride and no tickets are required.
Sat 14th July 2pm and 5pm | Free
Bristol Pride, Bristol harbourside
Bristol Pride – Harbourside
Bristol Pride works all year round to champion equality and diversity and challenge inequality across the South West. This year, following the parade, the main event will again be held at the Bristol Harbourside with Alexandra Burke and Republica taking centre stage.
Sat 14th July | £3 donation
Strategic Market Planning – Business West, Abbots Leigh
Identify where your business sits in the market place and create a strategic marketing plan based on your long term business goals and short term objectives.
Mon 16th July | Tickets £48
Create a Profitable Creative Business – Bristol Museum
Patricia van den Akker, a well-known creative business adviser, trainer and the Director of The Design Trust, leads this strategic but practical workshop designed to help you to make your creative business more sustainable and ultimately more profitable in the current economic climate.
Wed 18th July | Tickets £39

Nina Beier at Spike Island - July exhibitions in Bristol

Nina Beier Beast (2018) Mechanical bull, plastic tanks, powdered milk. Installation view, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen. Photograph by Sebastian Stadler.

Nina Beier and Harriet Bowman – Spike Island
Nina Beier works with an array of objects that carry particular social histories and Harriet Bowman presents a series of new works based on an ongoing narrative about a fictional character called Fled who explores Bowman’s own curiosities for cars.
Sat 21st July – Sun 23rd Sept | Free
The Other Art Fair, Bristol
The Other Art Fair – The Passenger Shed
Discover and buy art directly from artists themselves. The fourth Bristol instalment of the fair present a variety of hand picked works by 100 contemporary artists chosen by a committee of art industry experts.
26th – 29th July | Tickets from £4
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Upfest - July in Bristol

Upfest 2017, image via Visit Bristol

Upfest 10th Anniversary – Bedminster & Southville
Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival will this year attract over 400 artists, painting 50 venues throughout south Bristol. One of the biggest events happening in Bristol this July.
28th – 30th July | Free – donations welcome

There are many great events happening in Bristol this July whether it is art, theatre music or even poetry that you are into! Be sure to check our blogs every week for more great ideas this summer!

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