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Bristol on a Sunny Day

The vibrant city of Bristol has so many great things for you to enjoy when the sun is shining.

From city centre sightseeing to cruising the River Avon, we run down our favourite things to do in and around Bristol on a sunny day.

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Go For a Run

Go For a Run

It's never too early or too late to start working on your beach body!

Running is a great way to keep fit and stay in shape. Its inexpensive and also a great way to keep active on a beautiful sunny day.

If you're running in the afternoon, make sure you pick a shady course and drink plenty of fluids; shade will provide relief from humid environments and keep you cool.

The coolest time of the day is usually just before dawn, so if it’s going to be a scorcher your best bet is to run during the evening or at night.

For hints, tips and tricks make sure you check out our Total Guide to Running.

Go Sight Seeing

Go Sight Seeing

When better to enjoy the city’s stunning architecture and famous sights than on a sunny afternoon?

From walking, bus and boat tours, to day trips further afield, Bristol has plenty of sightseeing options available.

If you're looking to make the most of the weather, we'd suggest discovering the sights by foot. Local attractions include the SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Cathedral.  

Play Tennis

Play Tennis

If you’ve never played tennis before, don’t be afraid to try it out, especially on a beautiful sunny day.

Tennis is fun, energetic, and great way of keeping fit with family and friends. If you're looking for a place to play, Coombe Dingle Sports Complex is home to ten quality outdoor courts. 

All courts must be pre-booked and the courts welcome none members - who can book upto 7 days in advance. 

Take a look at where you can play Tennis in Bristol!

Go to The Park

Go to The Park

If you're looking to enjoy a lazy day in the sun, The Downs is the perfect place for a game of footy or a leisurely stroll.

The park, on the edge of the city, boasts stunning views of the Avon Gorge, Leigh Woods and the Severn Estuary. It is the perfect place for family picnics, exercise, sports and hosts numerous exciting events throughout the year.

Not only is there free parking, a café retreat and a children’s play area, but its exposed position makes it an ideal place for a spot of kite flying on a gusty day.

Click here for a full list of Bristol's parks and gardens.

Enjoy a Bike Ride

Enjoy a Bike Ride

You certainly don't have to be Bradley Wiggins to enjoy Bristol's eclectic mix of cycle routes.

Whether you're planning on exploring the city by cycle or just fancy a family bike ride, Bristol really does have something for everyone to enjoy.

For those looking to go that extra mile, the famous Bristol and Bath Railway Path is a 13 mile off road route connecting the two iconic cities.

The cycle Path is also an important wildlife corridor and is full of fascinating local history. And to keep you cool on those extra hot days, you can refresh yourself at several points along the way.

Have a Picnic

Have a Picnic

On a sunny day in Bristol, there is nothing better than chilling out in the sun. However you may get a little peckish and thirsty, so taking a picnic with you is the perfect answer.

Bristol plays host to many parks and open spaces, even though it may not look it being a busy city. You can escape the hustle and bustle of the city to one of Bristol's many parks and come rain or shine they play the perfect setting for your lunch!

No matter the weather, a picnic is the perfect way to spend an afternoon out. Also while tucking into your sandwiches, many of Bristol's open spaces are well located in some stunning, scenic areas fpr you to enjoy as well as your food!

Check out some of Bristol's Best Picnic Spots.



Have a BBQ

Have a BBQ

While the weather is absolutely beautiful, we want to make the most of it by eating outside and doing something a little out of the ordinary for dinner! Here in Bristol there are many open, green spaces for you to set up a BBQ, relax and indulge in the greasy delights of juicy burgers and hot dogs. 

Although if you do choose to have a BBQ in a public park or open space in Bristol, they ask that you follow these guidelines: 

  • Elevate BBQs (especially disposable ones) off the ground to avoid damaging the grass.
  • BBQs should not be left unattended at any time, and should be extinguished completely after use (it’s worth bringing along a large bottle of water just for this purpose).
  • Hot coals should not be placed in any of the park litter bins.
  • All litter should be removed after the BBQ.

Take a look at spots in Bristol you can have BBQ's.

Play some Golf

Play some Golf

When there are bright blue skies and the sun is glistening you certainly have to make the most of it! So why not visit a golf course in Bristol where you can feel the heat whilst having a little challenge. It's a true test of golfing ability for all levels and is the perfect activity when the weather is shining.

From driving ranges to 18 hole golf courses to footgolf, there are plenty of places for golf in Bristol where you can practice your putt, streamline your swing and improve your golf game.

Take a look our golf guide in Bristol.

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