Bristol’s Old Town will provide plenty of entertainment in the coming days,  including big market, music, comedy, film and art. The city promises one of the most bustling weeks of the year for the area. If you haven’t made any plans yet for this weekend, Bristol is definitely a place to visit.

BBGWAs a part of the Big Green Week – a  festival of eco ideas, art and entertainment,  Bristol prepared some great events this weekend. We are proud that our Thistle hotel in Bristol is actively taking part in the celebration. The Grand Hotel has recently purchased two bikes to its guests for complimentary use and to encourage cycling around the city and exploring its hidden gems this summer.


Bristol’s BIG Market – Saturday 22nd June

Bristol’s BIG Market will see the historic centre of the city transformed by over 200 stalls, selling food direct from producers, local artisan products, crafts, vintage and ethical with buskers and entertainment, turning it into a vibrant, bustling, open air event. You will enjoy themed areas –  indulge in delicious street food, listen to music on the street stage, relax in the rejuvenation area, and make something at a workshop in the family area.You will also have an opportunity to sample and buy a huge variety of Fairtrade goods in the Fairtrade Zone in Clare Street, from cosmetics and crafts to fine teas and chocolate brownies!Guildhall-Arts-Centre-Bristol

Guildhall Arts Centre opens to the public – Saturday 22nd June

Many wonderful Bristol City Centre buildings are having new life breathed into them and, this summer, the magnificent old Guildhall and Assize Courts, in the heart of Bristol’s Old City, will join them to become home to a new regeneration effort – The Bristol Guildhall Arts Centre.The Centre will be home to exhibitions of painting and photography. It will provide studios for painters with spaces for workshops, lectures and theatrical events. Artists will have the chance to present their work in the heart of Bristol for everyone in the City to view the work in an unusual and remarkable building.br1

Make Sunday Special

Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson is Making Sundays Special from 23rd June. He is closing city centre streets to motor traffic and is calling for community groups, activity leaders, artists and street performers to come and enjoy the space. Initially, just once a month over the summer period, though once successful it is aimed to extend it. The idea builds on the success of similar schemes in Bordeaux and Bogota, but with a very special Bristol flavour.

Located on Broad Street, just a short cycle or walk away from many of Bristol’s top sights, including Queen Square, the SS Great Britain and some of Banksy’s famous street art pictures, Thistle Bristol, The Grand Hotel truly lives up to its name. And with its superb city centre location, the hotel makes for the ideal starting point to enjoy the Big Green Week!

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