The best bank holiday weekend events taking place in Bristol

Whether it’s a sunny one or a wash-out, the final bank holiday before Christmas is always one to celebrate in style.

If a few drinks down your local with friends and family isn’t enough, there are plenty of events taking place across the region.

From guided tours of the city’s brilliant street art or a free food festival to a club night or a Del Boy and Rodney extravaganza, August bank holiday has something for everybody and every budget.

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Bristol Street Art Tour

Where The Wall hosts regular tours of Bristol’s unique and legendary street art locations and it has three planned for the bank holiday weekend. The city has been one of the world’s epicentres for street art and graffiti for more than 30 years so if you want to know your Banksy from your Inkie and your Stinkfish from your Kobra, this two-hour guided tour is highly recommended.

It starts at College Green and the exact location information is emailed once you purchase the tickets.

Friday, August 27 (12noon-2pm), Saturday, August 28 (11am-1pm) and Sunday, August 29 (11am-1pm).

Tickets £7.50-£15 from wherethewall.com or call 07748632663 for more information.

DnB Allstars Summer in The City

The first UK tour from DnB Allstars is eagerly awaited and this open-air Summer In The City all-dayer promises to be one of the highlights of the bank holiday weekend. Hosted by Carasel, Texas, Ad and XL, the line-up includes appearance from K Motionz, LSB & DRS, The Sauce, Randall, Born On Road, Alcemist, Goddard and EJ Kitto.

Saturday, August 28, 2pm-9pm

Tickets £16.95-£24.86 from lakota.co.uk

Only Fools and Horses 40th Anniversary celebration

(Image: Isle of Thanet Gazette)

Visitors to the Arnos Manor Hotel may not realise that it has impressive links to classic TV comedy Only Fools and Horses.

Back in the 1980s and 90s, this was the Parkside Hotel and used as a location in a number of episodes starring David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Del Boy and Rodney Trotter.

This celebration of the show includes a full-size set of the Trotter flat, a wine bar with hatch you can fall through like Del Boy and even a Trotters Independent Traders yellow three-wheel van.

Throw in props from the show (including boxes full of Del’s bankrupt stock, betatime radio alarm clocks and Romanian reisling wine), appearances from cast member lookalikes and food, this sounds a ‘lovely jubbly’ way to spend a bank holiday weekend.

Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 10am-2pm (food served 12noon) or 2.30-6.30pm (food served 4.30pm)

Tickets £49 for adults, £20 for children aged 10-15. No under-10s allowed. Tickets are available here.

DJ Andy Smith at Bambalan Summer Sessions

The Terrace Sessions series first took place at Bambalan in 2019
(Image: Adam Streames Photography)

Bank holidays on the terrace at Bambalan are always more Balearics than Bristol and especially when it’s time for top DJs to grace the decks at the Summer Sessions.

The terrace session on Sunday, August 29, promises to be unmissable as local legend Andy Smith makes an appearance. Since the late 1990s, Smith has been regarded as one of the UK’s best DJs and he is closely associated with Portishead, having provided the samples on their first two albums and then appeared as their tour DJ around the world.

Sunday August 29, 3pm-10pm.

Tickets from £20-£60 from Bambalan’s website.

Eat:Chipping Sodbury food festival, Chipping Sodbury

This one-day celebration of local food and drink takes place on the High Street and Broad Street in Chipping Sodbury. With around 60 regional food and drink producers well-spaced out around the town centre, the festival will include stalls selling a range of food and drink items, with DJs and live entertainment to keep visitors of all ages amused.

Saturday, August 28, 10am-4pm, free entry

Good Time at Thekla

Franc Moody at Thekla

Bristol MC Gardna launches his new venture, Good Time, with two sessions aboard The Thekla on Sunday, August 29. Both the daytime and evening sessions are powered by the mighty Electrikal Sound System, one of the best sound systems around.

The daytime line-up features live sessions from Prince Fatty, Horseman, Shniece, Eva Lazarus, Gardna and Charli Brix. After dark, there are DJ sets from Boom Sound, Sabrina, Dr Meaker, Diemantle and DJ Zinc.

Sunday August 29, 5pm-10pm and 10pm-4am.

Tickets from £11 from Thekla’s website.

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