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Published, Nov 30, 2023

Our Bristol Winter Guide

From indie Christmas markets to live music, Origin Coffee shares some of the best ways to spend some time in Bristol this winter.

Bristol Guide

Escape the cold this winter. Check out our opening hours at 36 Victoria Street and join us for coffee over the festive season.

21st-22nd Dec: 7am-5pm

23rd Dec: 9am-4pm

24th-26th Dec: Closed

27th- 31st Dec: 9am-4pm

1st Jan 2024: Closed

2nd -7th Jan: 9am -4pm

8th January onwards, normal hours resume (Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-4pm)


Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, there’s no denying the irresistible pull of Bristol—a vibrant city where independence and community spirit manifests in every district. We spoke to friends and neighbours to ask them where they’d point visitors to on a trip to Bristol this winter.


We never need a reason to spend time along Bristol’s beautiful, historic harbour, but the Arnolfini definitely makes it hard to leave. This incredible space operates as an international centre for contemporary arts, and has been instrumental in championing Bristol’s art, performance, dance, film, and music scene since 1961. While exhibitions are free, we thoroughly encourage making a small donation if you can—the inclusive environment offers a myriad of options to while away anything from a few hours to the whole day. Enjoy events and exhibitions, workshops and crafting, classes and more. A family-friendly, community staple—explore the bookshop for great gift ideas, or enjoy time with friends in the café bar (run by the Bristol Beer Factory)—check out the Arnolfini’s opening hours over Christmas here.

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Make the most of catching up with friends and family at one of our favourite spots for exceptional food in the city. Sonny Stores is a real neighbourhood gem nestled in the heart of Southville. The family run business is the work of husband-and-wife team, Mary Glynn and Pegs Quinn. First inspired by Italian cuisine during his time at the River Café in London, Pegs has kept his love of ingredient-led dishes with an impeccable flair for curating a daily changing seasonal menu. Whether you’re dropping in for a heartwarming plate of pasta or snapping up a dinner reservation during the winter season, you’ll fall in love with this light, airy space where community and quality come together. Book your table here.

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Keeping active over the winter can be a challenge, which is why we’re big fans of the Left Handed Giant Brewing (FHG) run club. Join in for a one-off or regular meet-up with some of the friendliest people around—not surprising, really, from this awesome, community owned brewery. There’s no commitment or expectation from this running group, other than the promise of good vibes. With egos and personal bests left behind, whether your running shoes are need of a dust off, or you’re a keen pavement chaser, all are welcome. The weekly meet up takes place at Finzels Reach, and there’s the promise of hanging out for beer and pizza after, for those who fancy it. Find out more here.

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As ever, Strangebrew have a line up bursting at the seams all December and well into the new year. From regular jams to markets and record fairs, this independent music venue has quickly won Bristol’s heart. Opening in late 2020, the community rallied with a crowdfunder, and the rest is history. Between engaging and important talks, a Sunday Christmas market, adult panto, and NYE parties, there’s plenty of revelry and entertainment to be had in the form of regular club nights and one-off performances you won’t want to miss. Check out what’s going on here.

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Winter in any city is made a little more magic with a wander around a Christmas market. From supporting local artists, businesses, and craftspeople to getting in the festive spirit with plenty of food, drink, music, and entertainment, there are plenty of reasons to spend a cold wintry day browsing stalls, gathering gifts, and sampling local fare. Whether you’re stocking up on seasonal food ready for the big day, or keen to seek out independent makers and creators for unique and thoughtful gifts, Bristol is home to a handful of exceptional markets. We’re looking forward to the return of Unit 8 Studio’s Christmas Fayre on December 2nd and 3rd. Open on Saturday from 12-8pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm, the market, held on St Werburghs Road (BS2 9PG), will host over 30 traders and open studios, perfect for some thoughtful gift shopping, while fire pits, a festive bar, DJs, and plenty of food, will make for some festive socialising. Find out more here.

Bristol Markets