In BristolVenues

Fancy making this year’s summer party an al fresco affair? There’s an excellent selection of venues in and around Bristol with outdoor space, where you can plan barbecues, summery cocktails and team building activities.

From unique city centre terraces to venues with acres of land, find the perfect outdoor space for your party here.  

We The Curious

Host a rooftop party at We The Curious, the city’s interactive science museum on the Harbourside. This year, their summer package includes exclusive access to Project What If, a new exhibition which uses questions asked by real people to delve into the real world of science.

As well as exploring the exhibition, guests can enjoy views over Bristol from the terrace, kick back in a deckchair with drinks from the private bar and tuck into food from a summer buffet.

Rooftop terrace at We The Curious

Image - We The Curious, Evoke Pictures 

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a fun and versatile setting for a summer party. Choose between hosting a large event on the grounds, which can accommodate up to 2000 people, or in one of the two venues with outdoor space. The Clifton Pavilion is a 1920s building with a private terrace area attached to its Garden Room, while The Hide is an animal-themed restaurant offering an immersive experience for guests.

Of course, a highlight of a party here is getting to wander the zoo after-hours and say hello to the animals that live there. You can even book a drinks reception in some of the animal houses, such as the aquarium and the reptile house.

The Hide at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Image - The Hide at Bristol Zoo Gardens, credit Barbara Evripidou

Bambalam

With one of Bristol’s best rooftop terraces, Harbourside views, a Middle Eastern-inspired buffet menu and a lengthy cocktail list, Bambalam has all the ingredients for a fabulous summer party. There’s also outside entertainment on the games terrace, which includes foosball tables, ping-pong and a photobooth. The restaurant is located right in the city centre and can host 250 guests, plus an additional 150 outdoors depending on the weather.

People sat around tables on the roof terrace at Bambalan

Image - Bambalan

Clifton Observatory

How about a summer party backdropped by Bristol’s most famous landmark? Clifton Observatory has a 360-degree roof terrace with panoramic views of Brunel’s magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge. It's undoubtedly a memorable setting. The terrace hosts up to 100 guests as does the William West Room, the Observatory's indoor event space.

Roof terrace at Clifton Observatory with view of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge behind

Image - Clifton Observatory, credit Roger Harris

Eastwood Park

Eastwood Park is a charming residential conference centre based in the Gloucestershire countryside, conveniently located just minutes away from the M4 and M5. With around 200 acres of stunning gardens and meadows, there’s ample outdoor space for summer parties as well as a host of function rooms inside the house. Arrange your drink’s reception, evening event or barbecue on the large terrace with views of the surrounding countryside.

Eastwood Park house and lawn framed by leaves

Image - Eastwood Park

Aldwick Estate

Another charming countryside venue is Aldwick Estate, a working Somerset vineyard set in the rolling Mendip Hills – a secluded location that’s still easily accessible from Bristol and Bath. The two light and charming converted barns and the extensive outdoor grounds here are perfect for summer events. Vineyard tours can be arranged as part of your party package, as can fun games and activities led by ACF Teambuilding, who are based at the vineyard.

Aldwick Estate

Image - Aldwick Estate

Racks Bar and Kitchen

Located in Clifton, just off Whiteladies Road, Racks Bar and Kitchen is a stand-out summer party venue thanks to the spacious and sunny terrace. The terrace is heated too, so even when the sun is hiding your guests can keep warm. Opt for the Classic Package for a BBQ menu and an Aperol Spritz on arrival, or the Smokehouse Package for a special smokehouse menu as well as strawberries and cream for dessert.

Three people having drinks on the covered terrace at Racks

Image - Racks, credit Evoke Pictures

No.4 Clifton Village

Part of The Rodney Hotel, find restaurant No.4 Clifton Village inside a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse, behind which there’s a beautiful walled English garden. Ideal for an elegant outdoors get-together, this space is available to hire on Thursdays and Saturdays. Let the chefs prepare you a summer barbecue – menus range from a classic BBQ to a bottomless prosecco package, with all including excellent vegetarian and vegan options.

Tables and chairs in the garden at No.4 Clifton Village

Image - No.4 Clifton Village

The Square Club

The Square Club is another Clifton restaurant with an amazing al fresco space – The Secret Garden. This is a new covered and heated terrace with stylish furniture and décor, where your guests can sip on cocktails and enjoy delicious food. There are three summer party packages available – the Simmer, Sizzler and Scorcher – ranging from a classic BBQ to a hog roast with canapes and dessert.  

Tables and chairs on the covered terrace in The Square's Secret Garden

Image - The Square Club, credit Evoke Pictures

The Radnor Rooms

This first-floor venue in Bristol’s Old City is unassuming from the outside but wows you once inside. It’s especially sought after for its urban roof terrace, which is backdropped by a dramatic bare brick chimney and a working Victorian fireplace. For summer parties, it can host between 40 and 140 people, with the option to book a DJ for a four-hour set for an additional £250.

Rooftop terrace with red brick wall and chimney at The Radnor Rooms

Image - The Radnor Rooms

Folly Farm Centre

As part of a 250-acre nature reserve, Folly Farm Centre is surrounded by green space with views across Chew Valley Lake and the Mendip Hills. It makes an inspiring setting for summer parties, barbecues and teambuilding, with activities such as woodland crafts, sheep herding and mindfulness sessions on offer. Conveniently located between Bristol and Bath, this is an environmentally friendly venue owned by Avon Wildlife Trust, with all profits supporting their work. 

Folly Farm Centre

Image - Folly Farm Centre

To discuss hosting your event in Bristol or the surrounding areas contact the Meet Bristol and Bath team on events@meetbristolbath.co.uk or make an enquiry

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