The Bristol Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bristol this month, including having a wapping time at the Harbourside Festival, enjoying a carnival comeback and planning your awesome summer ahead.

HAVE A WAPPING TIME

Head over to Wapping Wharf’s maritime shindig on Saturday 21 July, part of Bristol’s Harbour Festival. With a host of sea shanty singers, bubble-blowing pirates and storytelling mermaids, the whole family will be entertained at the waterside hotspot. Don’t miss out on the first ever fringe event from midday and enjoy an afternoon of free family entertainment plus the chance to browse the independent shops, tuck into delicious food and enjoy a drink on the sparkling waterfront.

wappingwharf.co.ukImage by joncraig.co.uk

GET ON UP

Bristol’s beloved street art festival Upfest is south of the river once more this summer as renowned artists return to the city between Saturday 18 and Monday 30 July. Marking its 10th anniversary, the event is set to feature animated megastar family, The Simpsons. This year, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has selected three Upfest artists to bring the characters to life in their own unique styles so you can expect to see interpretations of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie throughout the festival. Welcoming around 50,000 visitors across the weekend, it will see over 400 talented artists who will be painting 50 venues throughout Bedminster and Southville.

upfest.co.uk

CARNIVAL COMEBACK

After a four-year hiatus, St Pauls Carnival is back this month for its 50th anniversary. Bringing people from around the world to celebrate the best in African-Caribbean culture, the streets of St Pauls will be coming to life on Saturday 7 July. Starting at 12 noon and finishing up at 10pm, the carnival will be adding yet more creativity, vibrancy and diversity to our culture-rich city. Put on by the community, for the community, this event is all about unity and celebrating together. Grab your carnival outfit, get dancing and enjoy a day of carnival vibes African-Caribbean style.

stpaulscarnival.net

PLAN YOUR SUMMER

School is nearly out so this issue we’ve collated a summer fun guide with a round-up of all the goings on around the city during the holidays. We’re talking about the likes of Polka Theatre production of Chocolate Cake, seeing the last Concorde to ever fly, visiting the only Grade-I listed pier in the UK and taking an almighty leap of faith. 

CLIMB ABOARD WITH SHAKESPEARE UNDONE

As part of the annual Bristol Shakespeare Festival held throughout July, The Natural Theatre Company will be bringing the city Shakespeare Undone. From 25 – 29 July, be taken on a theatrical journey through the nooks and crannies of the SS Great Britain with this unpublished play ‘unearthed’ and stored among Shakespeare’s memorabilia. With early sketches of his most iconic characters, first drafts of famous scenes and just a little bit of nonsense, see Shakespeare come to life around you.

bristolshakespearefestival.org.uk