Where to find the best sports and hobby clubs in Bristol

Looking for a new hobby, way to unwind and relax, or a new social group to join in Bristol?

Marketing and advertising agency Dentsu analysed Google search data* to discover the sports and social clubs that have grown in interest the most over the past 12 months, and also found the highest-rated corresponding sports and social clubs in Bristol based on the Google Reviews scores – it’s time to take your pick!  

* Percentage increases are used from Google Trends from January 2021 – February 2022


Tennis is a great all-around activity to play with both family and friends that you can make as physically taxing or socially relaxing as you like. Whether it’s a competitive singles match or a more sociable game of doubles, it’s a great activity to fit into your schedule all year round. It seems to be the most popular sport that people were looking forward to getting back into as we head into spring, with searches for “tennis clubs near me” having seen a 775% increase.

The highest-rated tennis clubs in Bristol

Bristol Central Tennis Club
5.0 stars based on 14 reviews
Happy Ln, Derby Rd, St Andrew’s, Bristol, BS7 9AQ

Cotham Park Tennis Club
4.7 stars based on 18 reviews
80 Redland Rd, Redland, Bristol, BS6 6AG

Redland Green Club
4.4 stars based on 93 reviews
Redland Green Rd, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7HF


A less competitive alternative to tennis, but no less popular based on Google searches, is pilates. In the past 12 months, “pilates clubs near me” has grown by 750%. Pilates is a great way of improving your flexibility and core strength, while also being especially therapeutic and a good way of clearing your mind.

The highest-rated pilates clubs in Bristol

Bristol Pilates Studio
5.0 stars based on 69 reviews
148-150 North St, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1HA

Soul Pilates- City Centre
4.9 stars based on 51 reviews
57 Queen Charlotte St, Bristol, BS1 4HQ

Aqua Aerobics 

One activity that many of us won’t have had the luxury of being able to do at home during lockdown is aqua aerobics. Since January, people searching for their nearest aqua aerobics classes have increased by 700%. As these classes are usually done in large groups, they’re also a great way of meeting new people if you’re new to the area, or just looking to expand your social circle.

The highest-rated swimming clubs in Bristol

Jubilee Swimming Pool
4.3 stars based on 166 reviews
Jubilee Rd, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 2LP

Hengrove Park Leisure Centre
4.2 stars based on 627 reviews
Hengrove Promenade, Bristol, BS14 0DE


Another community activity that is surging in popularity is badminton. Searches for “badminton classes near me” have increased by 500% as demand for sports clubs re-emerges. Like tennis, badminton is a brilliant introduction to a new community as you can go along to your local badminton club either as a group of friends ready for the doubles court or on your own ready to meet and partner up with new people.

The highest-rated badminton clubs in Bristol

City Academy Sports Centre
4.3 stars based on 110 reviews
Russell Town Ave, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9JH

Kingsdown Sports Centre
4.1 stars based on 54 reviews
Portland St, Bristol, BS2 8HL

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts clubs are also experiencing a big uplift in demand. In the last 12 months, searches for “arts and crafts clubs near me” have increased by 420%.

Arts and crafts clubs are a great platform for learning new skills or discovering unexplored talents, and also meeting new people that share common interests.

The highest-rated arts & crafts clubs in Bristol

Love Art Classes
5.0 stars based on 4 reviews
All Saints Church Hall, Church Rd, Winterbourne Down, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1BX

Bristol Pottery Workshops
4.7 stars based on 13 reviews
14 Walton St, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0JG

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