Summer is finally here! Just when we’d given up hope of ever seeing the sunshine again, this August has been the hottest on record and the warm weather is set to continue into September. So we’ve been making the most of the English Summer by eating our meals al fresco style. In true English fashion, we stocked up on the sun cream, salvaged our sandals, and set out to find the best places to picnic in Bristol… and here’s what we found.
1. Brandon Hill
Just a stone’s throw away from our Park Street café, Brandon Hill park is one of our favourite spots. Pictured above it may be hilly, but the uphill climb is worth it for the amazing views. Reach the top of Cabot Tower (pictured above), and you can look out over the whole of Bristol. It’s also a bit of a sun trap, making it the perfect place to stretch out and relax.
2. The Downs
As you emerge from the jostling streets of Whiteladies Road, the sight of Durdham Downs stretching out before you is a breath of fresh air. With 400 acres of green grass and trees as far as the eye can see, there’s plenty of space to find your perfect picnic spot.
3. Clifton Observatory
If you’re feeling adventurous, a short walk from the downs will lead you to this spectacular view. Enjoying some of your favourite food, while looking out over Bristol’s iconic suspension bridge, what could be better? The observatory itself is an experience not to be missed, the camera obscurer gives you a unique view over Bristol and its scenery.
4. Ashton Court Estate
If it’s sophistication you’re looking for, you can’t beat a bit of wining and dining in the grounds of Ashton Court Estate. They also host Bristol’s international balloon fiesta here, which we look forward to every year.
5. University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Nestled away in the realms of Stoke Bishop, lies the tranquil University of Bristol botanic garden. For a small fee (unless you’re a student), you can wander around the garden and marvel at their collection of tropical and exotic plants. This one’s a bit of a hidden gem and well worth a visit.
Written by: Cat Marshall