Last year, four STA Travel Beat Makers (a photographer, filmmaker, writer and a responsible adult to rescue them from mosh pits) traveled to the UK’s greatest music festivals in search of Britain’s ultimate #OMGB moments. The festivals they knew they’d love – relaxed rules around personal hygiene, breakfast cider and three square burger meals a day… they were only human.
But what they hadn’t anticipated, was how much they’d fall in love with the city of Bristol along the way.
All the creativity of London but without any of the chaos, here are ten reasons why you will too.
1. The UK’s Street art capital
Forget Brooklyn, Brunswick and Brick Lane… Bristol is home to some of the greatest street art on the planet. The elusive Banksy may have put Bristol on the map, but Bristol beyond Banksy is an extraordinary canvas. Known for its rebellious civic pride, every street tells a story; with artists coming from around the world to graffiti, paste-up, stencil and sticker.
Mad to miss: Cosmo Sarson’s Breakdancing Jesus (Hamilton House), El Mec’s Woman and Child (Nelson street), Banksy’s Hanging Man (Frogmore street) and Cheo and Minto’s wrap of Lakota (Moon street).
2. The kindest people in Britain
Not a single person keeled over in shock when ‘Brizzle’ was voted the UK’s Kindest City of 2016. Community-minded, liberal and fiercely passionate for their beloved city, the good people of Bristol… we just love you.
Mad to miss: Random conversations with bar staff, dog walkers and approachable-looking strangers.
3. The best British accent
Of all Britain’s accents, Bristol’s has to be the most endearing. All lilting West Country vowels, flashing images of rolls in the hay and occasional talk of tractors, speaking to a Bristolian is like being hugged by a big bushel of cider. Aka *weak at the knees*.
Mad to miss: The opportunity to bait a Bristolian into saying “...