Bristol Summer Events!

by Aditya Palve (Senior Resident), Abhishek Gautam (Chief Resident) & Tanuj Sharma (Senior Resident)

ol Tattoo Convention – 8th-10th July

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

The Bristol Tattoo Convention is returning to Ashton Gate Stadium in 2022. Over 250 artists from all 4 corners of the globe will attend and over 30 trader stands will be present. There will be live music on both days from “The Old Time Sailors” who will be performing Matinee shows from 1pm-3pm. Demon Drome “Wall Of Death” will be performing 6 shows each day. There is a free bus service with buses running in a circular direction all weekend from Bristol Temple Meads Station, The Bristol Hotel on Prince Street, Broad Quay in the city centre then up to Ashton Gate Stadium. For ease of transportation, buses will be operating every 10-15 mins, traffic depending.

Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ


Bristol Pride Day – 9th July

Photo by Carlos de Toro @carlosdetoro on Unsplash

Bristol Pride is a unique event and one of great significance that celebrates the LGBT+ community and offers the chance to connect and bring people together from all walks of life. As well as showcasing our wonderfully diverse community, Pride is about overcoming prejudice, hatred, reducing isolation and showing members of the LGBT+ community that they are not alone. Pride Day is headlined by Carly Rae Jepsen and will be taking place on Saturday 9th July on The Downs. Pride Parade March returns on Saturday 9th July too, louder and prouder than ever as we mark the 50th anniversary of the first pride march in the UK. This is your chance to be visible and remember that we continue to fight for equality. The parade will gather at Castle Park from 10am and will depart at 10.45am.

The Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG (Bristol Pride Day)
Castle Park, Broad Weir, Bristol BS1 3XB (Bristol Pride Parade March meeting point)


Bristol Harbour Festival Returns – 15th-17th July

Photo by Andy Newton on Unsplash

Back for its 50th anniversary; Bristol Harbour Festival! The annual dance, music and arts extravaganza will be returning to Bristol’s Harbourside with plenty of family activities, circus performers, delicious food stalls, visiting vessels and some mega live music across all the stages on Bristol’s waterfront. The festival has been sorely missed over the past few years and this year’s event promises to be a celebration not to be missed!

Bristol Harbourside; various locations


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – 11th-14th August

Photo by Nathan Riley on Unsplash

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta features twice daily mass ascents featuring hundreds of balloons taking off from a ballooning arena at the centre of the event site. The event also features special shapes making an appearance in the area, with balloons tethered throughout the weekend by ballooning teams from all over the world. The event also features two magical nightglows, when the balloons light up to a soundtrack provided by BBC Radio Bristol. The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Arena features entertainment throughout the weekend. Find your spot around the ballooning arena to catch daily displays, stunts and tetherings, or head out to explore Ashton Court Estate and our 100 traders and activities. For families and children of all ages. Do not miss the acoustic bandstand, jam-packed with local bands throughout the event, with chances to meet the balloon pilots and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN

Useful links:
‘What’s on’ – Details of all events happening within the University
Visit Bristol – Events happening in Bristol throughout the year

Laptop Buying Guide

by Usman Sikander, Chief Resident, West Village

Usman’s top tips for laptop purchasing:

Are you looking for a new laptop and don’t know where to start researching for your next big purchase? I have got you covered! When you look at the technical specifications of the machine, you will find there is a lot of information out there and sometimes it gets tricky to decide what to purchase; should I go for a better battery life or a better performing machine? Is 1080p a good display or shall I spend some more and get at least 1440p? Is the body of the laptop sturdy enough? What are the hinges like? And the list goes on! Here are some of the tips that we think would help you understand better how to break down the specification and get the right equipment for you. (more…)

Be Safe at Night

by Gianna Gavriel, Senior Resident, Badock Hall, North Village

Do you sometimes feel afraid or unprotected during nights out? Do you sometimes get second thoughts whilst walking alone in the dark late at night around Bristol? Well, you are not alone in this, as the majority of Bristol students feel the same way. This is especially true nowadays where blind dates via apps are a thing and can occasionally result in uncomfortable situations. To avoid getting yourself involved in such unpleasant situations, there are a number of things you can do.


LGBT History Month: Reflecting on Queer Art

by Jamie (he/they), JCR Equalities Rep, Winkworth House, West Village

Photo credit: Jamie; art displayed on his corkboard.

This year’s LGBT History Month theme was ‘politics in art’. I wanted to write this short piece to focus on my own queer experience in Bristol, and how queer artistry has shaped that.

I came to Bristol knowing I wanted to get more involved in the queer scene here. I knew there was a lot to explore, and I started that exploration from the comforts of my new room. At my accommodation, we have a fairly big corkboard, which I spent a couple weeks intricately filling with iconic queer artistry, whether that be a painting of St Sebastian, a photo from a Gay Liberation Front march, or the more sombre ‘Perfect Lovers’  (1991) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres: two clocks that started in synchronization, but slowly drift apart due to batteries running out, representative of two lovers falling out of sync as one passes from AIDS.