Situated on the River Avon, Bristol represents a city steeped in history. While many of its sites inviting us to look back at its past, the city encourages visitors and locals to look ahead with some new and exciting openings and events coming this year.
Bristol will be the home of many festivals this year, such as Bristol Harbour Festival, July 15–17. This iconic festival will celebrate its 50th year with music, maritime fun and markets around the city’s harborside. Visitors and locals will enjoy live performances, circus acts, street food, market stalls and more than 100 sailing ships in the harbor.
Another highly anticipated event, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, will take place August 11–14. Hosted at Ashton Court Estate, more than 100 hot air balloons gather for a mass ascent. One night of the festival, Night Glow, sees the sky light up with the balloons. The festival will also feature market stalls, live music and street food stalls.
Bristol’s museums have much to show in 2022, as well. At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, an exhibition of works selected by leading artist Grayson Perry will grace the halls. The exhibition runs through Sept. 4. At M Shed Museum, the Think Global, Act Bristol exhibition invites visitors and locals to engage in the city’s role in the climate and ecological crises and learn about the city’s role in the past and present. This exhibition runs from June 25 to the end of October.
The highly anticipated Wake the Tiger Amazement Park, slated to run this summer, will feature interactive and immersive art displays. The one-hour journey transports visitors into the magical realms of an ‘alchemist’s dream.’ Visitors will explore 27 artistic rooms, each aiming to transform the way we live and encourage us to make positive steps to create a brighter future.
Recently opened and soon-to-open hotels also bring excitement to Bristol. Located on Broad Street, the former Edward Everard printworks building becomes a 4-star Clayton Hotel, courtesy of Dalata Group. The early 20th-century property will include 255 rooms and a restaurant.
The Moxy Bristol Hotel, opened this April, joins the city, with its 214 rooms situated in a boutique and affordable hotel. Part of the Marriott group, Moxy Bristol Hotel embraces sustainable initiatives and serves as a convenient location for visitors wanting to stay close to the city center and shopping quarter.
The best food tours go beyond reliving a newly arrived traveler of having to figure out which restaurant or bar to hit first. They also provide context in explaining how a destination’s crops and cuisine tie in with a place’s historical events and different populations. During a vacation in Iceland, 20-year veteran tour guide and proud Madeira native Jaqueline Freitas was reminded of this when she put herself in the hands of a savvy Reykjavik guide leading a street food tour.
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Wilderness Reserve, an 8,000-acre estate of historic and charming properties, woodlands and lakes, invites visitors to its newly launched YOXMAN, a three-day, Michelin-starred dining experience. Four United Kingdom chefs come together to prepare an array of different cuisines throughout the weekend, and guests are treated to plenty of entertainment throughout the experience.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts adds to its growing collection with Rosewood Hotel Bauer, slated to open in Venice in 2025. Led by Venice-based architect Alberto Torsello and interior design group BAR Studio, the property will lie in the city’s historic San Marco district.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
PONANT recently announced a new collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys for a series of co-branded sailings for 2023. Led by two Smithsonian Journeys experts, such as an art historian, solar astrophysicist or international relations expert, the 21 itineraries seek to deepen travelers’ immersion and knowledge of different destinations.
Savoy Signature Hotel Group continues to generate a buzz in international hospitality about the way its diverse portfolio shapes Madeira’s future as a destination; the brand keeps existing fans (particularly the traditional group of older British and German visitors) interested while drawing younger, more active travelers beyond the confines of Europe. The Savoy Palace, opened in 2019, took on the “legacy” mantle of a predecessor (the former Savoy Hotel) that stood on the same site, and then reopened with a lot of enthusiasm after the height of the pandemic passed.
Acqualina Resort & Residences, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, invites guests to enjoy its new elevated pool experience at the adult pool on the property’s north side. Surrounded by palm trees and greenery, the space welcomes guests 18 years and older to indulge in its newest amenities and features.