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Guide To Getting To & From Bristol Summer Events & Festivals

Bristol’s summer calendar is always a busy one, and 2018 is no different. This summer is jam-packed with plenty of events and festivals for you to enjoy! To save you the stress of planning your journey to and from your destination, read our handy guide so you can have a good time without the hassle!

St Pauls Carnival

July 7th 2018

It’s back! Bristol’s answer to London’s Notting Hill Carnival returns to St Pauls after a four-year hiatus, and as it’s their 50th anniversary it’s set to be a big one, with 17 sound systems set to be scattered throughout the streets. This celebration of African and Caribbean culture is going to be huge, featuring a procession not to be missed and local names like Laid Blak, My Nu Leng, Dutty Girl, and more set to hit the stages.

Getting to and from St Pauls Carnival
The carnival is set in the very heart of St Pauls, and although the NCP car park is right next door in St James Barton, spaces will fill up fast. Parking will be tight in the surrounding streets too, with the crowds expected to reach the thousands.

So to get there, it’s worth getting the train to Montpelier station. When you get off, it’s just a 10 minute walk to the festival (although you’ll probably be able to hear it from Clifton!).

What time you leave depends on how much of a party animal you are. Early birds might leave earlier and head back to the station. But if you plan on having a late one, heads up: the last train to Temple Meads is at 11:40. But don’t worry! Just drop AA Taxis a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.

Bristol Pride Day
14th July

In the name of love! Bristol Pride is one of the fastest-growing celebrations of LGBT+ culture and community in the UK, and this year is set to be the biggest yet. Alexandra Burke and Republica are set to headline the festival this year, but they’ll surely be upstaged by the colourful and creative participants of the festival’s annual march through the streets. Come and join the fun!

Getting to and from Bristol Pride
Attendees to Pride should invest in Pride Supporter wristband to receive discounts and free travel with First Bus, who will be running routes to and from the festival throughout the day. Or if you want to make an entrance in style, why not take the ferry to Cascade Steps from Temple Meads?

And when you’re done partying (whenever that may be!), AA Taxis will be happy to pick you up and make sure you get home safely!

Bristol Harbour Festival
20th - 22nd July 2018

Another staple of Bristol’s summer festival calendar, Bristol Harbour Festival is a three-day romp of local music, community, and culture. As well as big names like Jimmy Cliff and Grand Master Flash, local legends such as the Gurt Lush Choir, the Bristol Reggae Orchestra, and the Severn Jazzmen will be gracing the stage to please the baying crowds.

Getting to and from Bristol Harbour Festival
Taking place throughout the city’s harbourside, you’re spoilt for choices for ways of getting to and from the festival. First Bus will be running buses covering Bristol and beyond to get you right where the action is. A good parking space will be like gold dust on the day, so you might be better off taking one of the many Park & Ride buses available if you’re coming from further afield. And for cyclists, Bristol Harbour Festival offers dedicated lock-up points for your bikes.

The nearest train station is Temple Meads, but trains operating throughout the day to get you to and from the harbour. The acts won’t go on past midnight, so you’ll have plenty of time to get a train home. And finally, AA Taxis will be around all day to make sure you don’t miss a second of Bristol Harbour Fest!

28th - 30th July 2018

Bristol don’t do things by halves! That’s certainly true when it comes to Upfest, Europe’s largest urban street art festival. Sprawling throughout Bedminster and Southville, south Bristol come alive with more than 400 talented artists painting the streets red (and blue, and green, and yellow, and the rest!). Whether you’re a budding Banksy or just a graffiti aficionado, Upfest is sure to blow you away.

Getting to and from Upfest
Getting to Upfest is easy: First Bus will be running the 24/25 to North Street for the main events, or you can hop on the Bugler Coaches 500 Harbour Link from the city centre for events in Hotwells. And if you’re grabbing the train, the nearest stations are Bedminster and Parson Street, both only short walks away from Upfest — just follow the colour!

There’s lots of street parking in Bedminster and Southville, or you can park yourself up at Bristol City Football Club, a 5 minute stroll from the Tobacco Factory. But if you fancy leaving the car at home, give AA Taxis a call: we’ll take you there and pick you up as well (and maybe take in the sights while we do!).

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
9th - 12th August 2018

Famous the world over, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is the city’s yearly celebration of hot air balloons. With more than 130 balloons arriving from all over the world, it’s the largest gathering in Europe, and the sight of hundreds of roaring hot air balloons rising into the sky is one you shouldn’t miss.

Getting to and from Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
The fiesta takes place in the gorgeous Ashton Court Estate, a short distance away from Bristol’s city centre. If you’re driving, there are plenty of dedicated car parks set up specially for the event. But beware: don’t follow your satnav! Instead, head to Ashton Court and follow the road signs.

Fancy enjoying the lovely weather and heading over on foot or bike? Take Festival Way along National Cycling Route 33 from Queens Square. Head down Cumberland Road and cross the river onto Kennel Lodge Road — it’s a scenic route that lets you take in some of Bristol’s lush surroundings.

If you don’t fancy the walk, why not take the Balloon Shuttle bus service from Temple Meads or from St Augustine’s Parade? Tickets can be bought on the day, and they run regularly throughout the fiesta. And of course, AA Taxis will be on hand to make sure you get to and from the fiesta quickly and safely!

This summer in Bristol looks to be one of the most lively the city has ever seen, so don’t miss out. If you miss your train there or you’re too tired to walk back yourself, drop AA Taxis a call — we’ll do the travel so you don’t have to!


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