When it comes to things to do in Bristol, the tourist publicity emphasises the 'B' in Bristol - the city of bridges, balloons, boats, bikes, Brunel and Banksy. But,especially this Saturday for the Revitalisation meeting, there’s another 'B' as the city of beer.
A good attendance and debate is expected for the meeting at the Hen & Chicken from 2 to 4pm.
If you’re heading into Bristol early or wish to linger after the meeting, there is lots to do, especially down at the riverfront or you could hop on a bus tour.
Bristol offers an abundance of free activities such as the riverside walks, the cathedral, museums, the Clifton suspension bridge and Queen Square, a magnificent Georgian park area in the heart of Bristol, surrounded by trees and cobbled streets.
To get around the city local buses run frequently and the TravelWest website has all the latest information. The Bristol Insight Bus tour is a hop-on-hop-off bus service with a tour guide as you go around Bristol. If you're not here for long then this is a great way to see as much of the city as possible.
Alternatively, experience a completely different perspective on board one of the local ferry boat services: Bristol Ferry Boats runs a water taxi service and is a fun way to get from place to place; Avon River Cruises, Bristol Packet Boats and Number Seven boats will give you a boat tour of Bristol harbour and even further afield where you can sail underneath the Clifton Suspension Bridge and through the Avon Gorge.
If would rather view the city at a leisurely pace, then don your walking boots for a selection of top-class walking tours, including the Ultimate Bristol Walking Tour, Bristol Pirate Walks and Bristol street art walking tours. For a full list click here.
For those who wish to take a look at some of Bristol’s pubs - and that probably most of those coming to the meeting, North Street (where the Hen & Chicken is situated) has a number of pubs worth visiting and most are back in the direction of the Centre and Temple Meads.
On the opposite corner there's Zazu's Kitchen (free - usually at least one real ale).
Five minutes' walk away from town there's the Tobacco Factory (Bristol Beer Factory beers).
Towards town there's the Spotted Cow (free house), the Masonic (Butcombe and Courage Best) - an old fashioned boozer with skittle alley - The Old Bookshop (free house) , The Hare (free house), The Steam Crane (free house), The Robert Fitzharding (Wetherspoons), to name but a few within ten minutes' walk.
After the Revitalisation meeting, Bristol and District CAMRA is planning a guided pub crawl.