The Bristol Bucket List


A glutton for punishment, one week later he’s back for round two.

Yes, I did forget actually remember I had a blog! That’s a start. I’ll get writing.

I moved to Bristol last year, coming fresh out of Cornwall with five too many suitcases and a boozy holiday to Magaluf (don’t say a word) my only previous sign of independence.

My parents left me behind that day and my eyes opened wide (40% excitement, 60% sheer panic). There was so much to see in a brand new city but I wasn’t going to find anything when locating the Sainsbury’s down the road required a map.

That’s when my brother sent me the link to Bristol Fashionista’s blog ( – on it they had created a list.

The Bristol Bucket List 

It was immediately printed out and stuck up on my door. I stuck to crossing things off for a week or two then.. Freshers flu

The list was forgotten and now, one year (and about 5 freshers flu) later. I’m going to start it again.

Every time I accomplish one of the 84 tasks, this post will be updated and it will be crossed off.

1. Walk over the Clifton Suspension Bridge
2. Have an Exhibition cider at the Cori Tap
3. Go to the Bristol Balloon Fiesta
4. Visit one of Bristol’s oldest pubs, The Hatchet (the door is said to be made of human skin)
5. Go to a gig and meet Big Jeff (there’s even a Big Jeff documentary!)
6. Get The Bristol Ferry around the harbour
7. Hop on board the SS Great Britain
8. Listen to some jazz at The Old Duke (also, go to the Jazz Festival there)
9. Have a cider at The Apple (Old Bristolian is recommended)
10. Eat a Pieminister
11. Visit St Nicks market and see the sausage man
12. Go to St Paul’s Carnival. Eat jerk chicken
13. Visit The Invisible Circus next time they’re in town
14. Follow the ‘Red Light’ and have a cocktail
15. Go to the Harbour Festival (and cruise all of the food stalls on Queens Square
16. Learn how to Eat, Drink Bristol Fashion…in a tipi
17. Milkshakes at Rocotillos…got to be done!
18. See or be part of the Bristol Zombie Walk
19. Go to a party on a boat (Thekla might be a good place to start)
20. Learn about the history of Bristol at the M Shed
21. Visit the cat pub (Bag O Nails, Hotwells)
22. At Christmas, go to the German Christmas market in Broadmead
23. Get some cheese at Arch House Deli in Clifton
24. Go food shopping on Gloucester Rd- don’t miss Licata & Sons Italian deli, just off Glos Rd
25. Visit Wai Yee Hong Chinese supermarket and Watersky restaurant above it
26. Have dinner at The Runcible Spoon
27. See a weird film at the Watershed
28. Have a curry at one of the Thali cafés
29. Go to the Lido for a swim
30. Go up Cabot Tower
31. Have breakfast at The White Lion (overlooking the Gorge)
32. Eat a Magic Roll – preferably after a night out (now called Taka Taka on the Triangle)
33. Have fish and chips on the Christmas Steps
34. See a play at the Old Vic or Tobacco Factory
35. Do the Bristol pirate walk with Pirate Pete
36. Do a course at the Folk House
37. Drink a craft beer at every bar on King Street
38. Eat your weight in meat at Grillstock
39. Go to a Bristol Bad Film Club screening
40. Do the Bristol-Bath cycle track
41. See the Camera Obscura at the observatory, then walk through the caves underneath to reach a great view of the Gorge
42. See a band at the Tunnels
43. Enjoy a frozen cider at the Lock & Weir (best in summer)
44. Check out DJ Derek (when he comes out of retirement for the umpteenth time!)
45. Watch anything at St Georges on Park Street (and find out why there’s a star shaped light above the stage)
46. Attend an open day at Goldney Hall grotto
47. Play on the bike trails in Ashton Court and Leigh Woods
48. Have a sundower on the balcony at Mud Dock (and pronounce it BALL-CONY)
49. As soon as the sun comes out, run to the Arnofini to sit outside with some beers
50. Check out the line up at the Cube cinema
51. Go to a gig at the Louisiana
52. Go to the Bump roller-disco at Motion
53. Have a Sunday lunch at the Bird in Hand in Long Ashton
54. Join in a summer Tai Chi group in Queens square
55. Keep up to date with Mi Casa’s pop up restaurants and events
56. If you’re feeling flush, have a meal at one of these fly places: Casa Mia/ Pony and Trap/ The Ethicurean/ Manna/ Flinty Red / Poco/ Bravas/ The Old Bookshop
57. Have a cocktail at The Milk Thistle or Hyde & co
58. Go to see Sheelanagig for a proper knees up
59. Have tea and cake in the treehouse at St Werburgs Farm whilst visiting the piglets
60. Visit Bristol Zoo
61. Eat in Zaza Bazaar and then moan about it to your friends
62. Dance and get sweaty at Mr Wolfs
63. Go bowling, retro style at The Lanes
64. Join the dots at Dot to Dot festival (if you can get those gold dust tickets!)
65. See some live jazz at The Chelsea in Easton on Tuesday evenings
66. Take a trip up the tower at Wills Memorial Building
67. A visit to the Cathedral and the little squashed church at the bottom of Park Street is a must
68. The open top bus tour – it’s the only way to find out where the PG Tips Chimps used to live and come face to face with the evil Penguin from Wallace and Gromit. It’s a great way to learn some stuff about the awesome city we live in.
69. Go on a Banksy hunt, there’s a street art walking tour you can take, or failing that go for a wander around Nelson street and North street and check out the art
70. Buy a “I Love Numpnett Thrubnell” T-shirt, just cos you can and frankly there is no better named village on the planet! If you can’t find one of those, try Beast Clothing, for a wide selection of Bristol themed apparel
71. Go to the Clifton Sausage for food – if you don’t like sausages, the mussels are also amazing there
72. Visit Beese’s Riverside Bar and Tea Gardens – take a boat from the harbour
73. Have dinner at Cherry Duck restaurant on Welsh Back
74. Go to the Riverstation and sit out on the terrace in the sunshine with a nice chilled glass of wine counting the swans….bliss, if you like swans
75. Do the Clifton Rocks Railway Tour
76. Visit Hausbar in Clifton for cocktails
77. Have a cheesy night of dancing at La Rocca nightclub – a bit dirty but great fun!
78. Take walk down North Street to check out the world-famous graffiti
79. Learn how to rock climb in St Weburghs
80. Have a pint in the Llandoger Trow – the pub where Daniel Defoe found inspiration to write Robinson Crusoe, apparently
81. Go wild swimming at Claverton Weir, on the River Avon
82. Learn to understand the accent
83. Go to one of our many festivals
84. Go to Bristol Fashion Week!

I’m also adding an 85. ( No explanation needed.

So today, on the 6th October 2015 the start of the Bristol Bucket List begins. I’d like to thank Bristol Fashionista for the list and I’m inviting you all to take part, especially if you’re new to the city!

Let’s just hope I finish it before it becomes my actual bucket list.

See you next week.


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