Get back to nature this festive season, plus upcoming Bristol events for your diary!
Reconnect with nature
Escape the hubbub of Christmas with a visit to Dyrham or Prior Park…
Enjoy refreshing walks in nature, children’s trails at Prior Park Landscape Garden and Dyrham Park, or take in some historic winter poetry as you wander through the gardens.
Both National Trust sites will offer the opportunity to learn about some historic festive customs while taking a moment to stretch your legs, take stock and reconnect with nature.
In December at Dyrham, there will be a children’s trail around the garden, a poetry trail and the chance for a selfie with a specially created giant wreath against the backdrop of the baroque house. On selected days you can sample some 17th-century-style tea in the house’s Tasting Kitchen or listen to carols sung by local choirs in the church.
At Prior Park Landscape Garden there will be an advent trail of 24 doors to follow, as well as some 18th-century winter verse displayed on boards dotted through the garden.
Senior visitor experience officer Rachel Beaumont said: “You can forget tinsel, baubles and Father Christmas but we can offer some space to breathe and reflect as well as a selection of trails.”
On selected Saturdays in December, local choirs will sing festive carols in St Peter’s Church which adjoins Dyrham house.
The children’s trail running through the garden from 4 December to 3 January will allow families to step into the wonderful world of Percy the Park Keeper. The self-led trail will involve helping Percy’s team as he races to get Dyrham Park, and the animals that call it home, ready for winter.
There are also two trails aimed at adults. The poetry trail leads through Dyrham’s quiet terraces area offering an opportunity to reflect on 17th-century seasonal verse in a peaceful setting. The winter mindfulness trail takes you around the park and garden suggesting spots to stop, think and focus on you, your feelings and your connections with nature at that moment.
Following a two-year hiatus, Bristol Sounds is returning to the city’s much-loved harbourside with a stellar first wave line-up including headliners Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds, Jungle and First Aid Kit.
Event promoter Conal Dodds of Crosstown Concerts said: “We’re proud to announce the first acts from our strongest line-up yet for Bristol Sounds 2022. After a long period without live music, the 2022 event marks a new and exciting rebirth for our harbourside series. We’re putting together a bill that represents the city’s diverse musical tastes and heritage and bringing some great names to play in one of our best locations with the backdrop of Bristol’s harbour.”
A limited number of early bird tickets has just been released for next year’s beer festival for a weekend of beer, food, music & more. Over 40 breweries from all over the world will bring multi styles of beers for you to explore. Plus, expect headliner music acts spinning the decks and some of Bristol’s top restaurants will be bringing delicious dishes.