Sammy Jones is a writer currently based in Milton Keynes who has written for Metro, Crack Magazine and more, as well as previously being music editor at Bristol 24/7.
12 brilliant things to do in Castle Combe
Did you know, no new houses have been built in Castle Combe since the 1600s? Well it’s true, and that’s just one of the things that make this such a picture-perfect little town. Castle Combe is a special kind of place, and if you’ve been, you know. This is where you can live out all of your Downtown Abbey dreams (which was actually filmed here, don’t you know). Here you’ll find historic monuments, cute villages and traditional tearooms, all with that incredibly cute, honey hue across strings of Cotswolds-esque stone cottages, lined with rich greenery. You’ll only need a couple of nights here, as you can see the town by foot, but if you nab a nice hotel, why not stay longer? From famous pubs to fine dining, here are the best things to do in Castle Combe. RECOMMENDED: 📍 The best things to do in Bath📍 The best things to do in Bristol📍 The best things to do in the Costwolds
The 14 best beaches in Cornwall
Cornwall, what is it good for? Well, it's got Cornish pasties, quaint fishing villages, and of course, stunning beaches. And let us tell you, the Cornish coastline has an insane variety: there are sprawling sandy surfing spots, tiny, rocky coves, and hidden bays with crystal clear waters. But with so many stretches of sand to choose from, it can be hard to know exactly where to head for a day of sea, sun and sand in Cornwall. Luckily, we've rounded up the very best beaches in the county below. Take your pick. RECOMMENDED:🏖️ The best beaches in the UK🥧 The best things to do in Cornwall🏘️ The best Airbnbs in Cornwall🏨 The best hotels in Cornwall This guide was recently updated by Time Out writer India Lawrence, who is originally from Cornwall. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.
The 19 best restaurants in Bristol
You’re never far from a good munch in Bristol, whether you’re grabbing a doorstop bacon sanger from a kiosk on the harbourside or enjoying a chef’s table experience in one of the city’s top restaurants. The difficult part? Knowing what to try first. Some of Bristol’s best bites can be sampled at the various markets dotted around town, with the hotly anticipated BOXHALL set to bring even more choice to the street food scene. But if you’re hungry to really understand the beating stomach of the city, book a table at a few of the restaurants below, all of which show off what the Bristol food scene is about: local, seasonal and casual. No need to dress up, even if you’re going for a Michelin-starred meal – but make sure you’re hungry. Go on, tuck in: from the coolest coffee shops to the most moreish brunch, here are the best restaurants in Bristol. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in Bristol
The 20 best things to do in Bristol
With its pastel streets, maritime history and rich cultural output, Bristol really shouldn’t be missed. Among loads (and we mean loads) of other things, it is Banksy’s original stomping ground, the birthplace of Wallace and Gromit and a Unesco Creative City of Film. As a former European Green Capital, the city is also has some pretty solid eco credentials and is one of the greenest in the UK. It’s fuelled by innovative caffeine, forward-thinking galleries and some of the best pubs in the country. And if all of that wasn’t enough, it’s home to some of the UK’s funnest locals, so visitors are always guaranteed to feel at home.If you’re stuck for things to do, Bristol really is bursting at the seams. So here’s our round-up of the best ways to enjoy the city – expect street art, engaging museums, stunning bridges and no shortage of booze. You’re in for a real treat. RECOMMENDED: The best restaurants in BristolRECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in Bristol
The 20 best bars in Bristol
Out for a few drinks in Bristol? You’ll be spoiled for choice with bars of all shapes and sizes across this exceptionally well-watered city, whatever your tastes or budget. Whether you’re pub-hopping your way along the cobbles of King Street (a brave decision, there are more than ten bars within a couple of hundred metres), sipping a cider on the harbourside, perusing the menu at a craft-brewery taproom or seeking out some of the city’s secret speakeasies, Bristol has plenty of surprises to throw your way. What’s more, plenty of exciting new drinking dens have opened up recently, from stripped-back natural wine bars to elegant themed cocktail lounges. Feeling thirsty? It’s time to hit the town: without further ado, here are the best bars in Bristol to grab a drink. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Bristol
The 13 best breakfast and brunch spots in Bristol
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So what does that make brunch? Equally important if you ask us. Life offers few pleasures greater than starting your day in sterling – and copious – culinary style, and that holds whether you’re more into the idea of a cheap full English or a continental brunch at a smart, tableclothed restaurant. Bristol’s offerings are second to none. Head down any central street, and you’ll find a sumptuous array of spots guaranteed to fuel your day of vintage shopping, gallery hopping, coffee guzzling and bar crawling (or to nurse that hangover from the night before). Sweet or savoury, take your pick. From a cafe-laudrette to a vegan one-woman show: these are the absolute best places for breakfast and brunch in Bristol. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in Bristol
The 11 absolute best clubs in Bristol
It may be renowned for its rich electronic music history, from the sound-system culture of the 1970s through to 1990s trip hop and the bass music that followed in the 2000s. But Bristol’s nightlife circuit has been just as affected by gentrification as anywhere else in the UK. Vital DIY venues like Clockwork, Brunswick Club and The Surrey Vaults have been forced to close due to noise complaints from locals or pressure from encroaching developers. Thankfully, Bristol is a resilient place. These days, many of the best nights out are to be found popping up in low-key studios and basements, and a handful of legendary venues (your Theklas, your Motions) are still going very strong indeed, diversifying their programme to bring in new sounds filtering up from the underground. All of which is to say that you’ll rarely find a venue that focuses on a single genre, or that caters to a distinct crowd – check out any of our favourite bars and clubs in Bristol and you’ll feel like you’ve had three nights out in one. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in Bristol
The 23 best pubs in Bristol
If you’ve been losing yourself on the Downs, getting thrifty on Gloucester Road or bathing in Bristol Lido, the likelihood is that you need to quench your thirst. So it’s good news indeed that you never need to venture far before you encounter one of Bristol’s many beloved pubs. From the so-called Beermuda Triangle on King Street to the stylish boozers around Cotham and Clifton, Bristol is filled with brilliant, brilliant boozers – and any decent night on the town here will involve stopping at a couple of them (at a minimum). Brizzle is also at the forefront of the UK’s craft beer revolution, with many innovative brews front and centre in the city’s pubs. If you’re looking for a sweeter tipple, we should also say that Bristolians are known for being partial to cider and indeed do it very well – this is the West Country after all. So without further ado, here’s our pick of the best pubs in Bristol. RECOMMENDED: The best things to do in Bristol
A perfect day in Bruton
Tucked into the Somerset hills but easily accessible from London and Bristol by train, Bruton seems to be the village on everyone's lips at the minute. Recently, the teeny tiny town has been attracting attention with its luxurious, arty air. It seems that art galleries like Hauser & Wirth, speciality shops, fancy places to eat, and luxe places to stay are around every corner in these cosy streets. As well as the cultural delights of the town, the opportunity to get into nature is always calling at this Somerset hideaway. Look above to see the Bruton Dovecote, a National Trust-enshrined tower, which you can tramp up to via allotments and charming stonework. A day out here is a perfect amalagmation of the old and contemporary, nature and newness combined.
15 really great things to do in Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove is a sheltered, shell-shaped bay edged with bright white pebbles. Its striking views attract hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the summer – so we’d recommend a day trip during the early evening, or when the temperature dips. While you’re there you’ll become an amateur geographer, spotting and navigating towering rock formations that were shaped 25 million years ago when continental tectonic plates collided (also forming the Alps in the process). Though the smattering of pubs, restaurants and other great attractions in these parts might not have been around quite that long, plenty are still old enough to feel like a trip back in time. Ready? Here’s our pick of the very best things to do in Lulworth Cove. RECOMMENDED: Find the best things to do in nearby Weymouth, Bournemouth and the New Forest
16 totally brilliant things to do in Penzance
Nowhere sums up Cornwall’s contradictions quite like Britain’s most south-westerly town, Penzance. Jump off at the final stop of the railway line and you’ll find a seaside town that’s full of Cornish pride and eccentric charm. While it’s not as polished or packed out with visitors as its little sister St Ives, there are just as many galleries, cafés and restaurants to explore, all set alongside some of Britain’s most romantic and beautiful beaches. As it’s so exposed to the elements on a windy shoreline, this town is prone to moody, atmospheric weather. When the wind blows and rain falls, it brings its pirate-filled past to life, but when the sun comes out and the palm trees bob in the breeze, this working fishing port feels almost tropical. Pull up a deckchair – here’s our pick of the best things to do in Penzance right now. RECOMMENDED: The 12 best things to do in Cornwall
What to do in Easton, Bristol’s coolest neighbourhood
What’s the deal with Easton? Thanks to the fast-paced rent economy and our even faster-paced, hyper-connected smartphones, half of UK residents don’t speak to our neighbours any more. Not so in Easton. Here, as well as lending a cup of sugar or two, locals consistently go out their way to help each other out. This is where residents protested for seven hours against the forced immigration of their neighbour, a local man has opened a shop simply to improve the lives of others in Easton, and thousands gather for the annual Grand Iftar, a celebration of breaking Ramadan’s fast where locals and visitors share food and eat for free. And there are few better places to go out than here: Bristolians frequent all manner of brilliant independent bars, restaurants and shops in Easton’s graffiti-daubed streets, and there’s no shortage of exhilarating DIY events and pop-up venues either. It may not look polished on the surface, but for those who benefit from its community ethos, this neighbourhood’s scuffed streets shine. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the 50 coolest neighbourhoods in the world If you only do one thing... Photograph: Paul Box Shake down Sweet Mart for its first-rate selection of global delicacies. This much-loved independent shop is stacked wall-to-wall with exotic fruit and veg you can’t find anywhere else, an insane array of spices, and if hunger beckons, a deli filled with excellent ready-to-eat goods. Go off the beaten track A neighbourhood’s finest wellness options are
I went wild camping and roamed the Dartmoor hills for three glorious days
I’m perched on a majestic rock formation in the middle of Dartmoor National Park, and… I’m thinking about Rihanna’s greatest hits. I’m thinking about what my cats are up to at home. I’m thinking about the many, many TikToks I watched on the train here before I was scooped up in a minivan at Totnes station and whisked out to the moors. I know I shouldn’t be thinking about all this stuff. After all, I’m wild camping for three days with Wandering Wild, part walking tour, part mindfulness retreat. This should be the perfect opportunity for me to say farewell to my ingrained thought loops and let myself dissolve into nature. I should be ‘finding my quiet’. But letting go of my usual thought patterns doesn’t feel that easy. This concern eases a little after our first stop. Henriette Lofstrom, our walk leader, encourages our eight-person group to ‘meet’ our environment. I find this peculiar at first. Nature doesn’t have eyes or a mouth like we do, and it’s not likely to return a friendly handshake. But as we sit on the mossy floor of an ancient oak forest and turn our attention to our surroundings, peace starts to seep in. The soft, living ground supports us and our heavy backpacks, and we listen to the stream babbling, drips from the trees and passing birds. By the time we reach a stone circle perched on a granite-studded hill on the last leg of the first day, there’s a definite change in my outlook. I certainly don’t want to crack open TikTok. The Wandering Wild approach means we
The team behind Glastonbury’s Shangri-La have launched a brand-new venue in Bristol
Still gutted about two years without Glasto? Well, luckily, the people behind the coolest corner of the festival, Shangri-La, have just opened a new independent arts centre and bar in central Bristol – Lost Horizon HQ. In its festival format, Shangri-La stuns Glastonbury punters with larger-than-life art installations and secret stages that play host to every kind of hedonism right through till the early hours. The organisers promise to translate this energy into the new space – bringing art, music and cocktails to St Jude’s, just beyond the city centre. Photograph: Ramona Carraro Photography Shangri-La’s signature has to be its dizzying handcrafted structures, and Lost Horizon HQ will place just as much focus eye-popping artwork. They’ll be inviting artists from all over the world to display their pieces. There’s also an events programme planned – spanning live music, DJs, drag acts and more. The number of people who can get in right now is severely capped due to Covid, but the venue will be able to let in 350 merry-makers at a time when restrictions are lifted (fingers crossed that’ll be July 19). After a summer of glumly watching past Glastonbury highlights on the TV – and seeing venues closing basically everywhere you look – it’s enough to bring an optimistic tear to the eye. Planning a trip to Bristol? Here’s our pick of the very best things to do right now.