bristol moments

The biggest moments that happened in Bristol between 2010-2019

50. Theresa May gets booed out of Bristol in 2017

49. Bristol Whales sculptures arrive in Bristol in 2015

bristol whales

Via Neil James Brain

48. Colston Hall decides to drops Colston from its name in 2017

47. The various times Ashton Gate got covered in beer during England celebrations at the 2018 World Cup

46. Arcadia comes to Bristol in 2015

45. Bristol’s first ever cat café opens in 2017

44. The UK’s biggest ball pit comes to Bristol in 2017

43. Brenda from Bristol happens in 2017

42. Bristol Wave opens in 2019

41. Eats Everything DJs in a chippy in Weston in 2017

40. A tank goes through Clifton in 2014 in protest against the residents parking scheme

39. Bristol Rovers get promoted back to football league in 2015

38. Bristol Rugby becomes Bristol Bears as they return to the Premiership in 2018

37. Bristol City win the double in 2015 as they return to the Championship

36. Bristol City beat Man United

35. Bristol votes remain with 61.73% during the 2016 EU referendum

donald trump street art

34. Gromit Unleashed happens in 2013

33. Bristol turns red in 2017 with 4 Labour MPs

32. The Metrobus finally arrives in Bristol in 2018

31. Bristol Big Issue vendor, Jack Richardson gets married

30. Bristol In:Motion seasons start, completing their final season this year

in motion new years day

29. Bristol raises a load of money for a van for Big Issue Jeff in 2019

jeff the big issue man

28. See No Evil happens on Nelson Street in 2011 and 2012

stik graffiti bristol

27. The Olympic flame is carried through Bristol in 2012

26. Darth Vader returns to Bristol as a balloon in 2019

25. Grecian catches on fire in 2017… and luckily reopens again 

24. Finzels Reach bridge opens in 2017

23. Extinction Rebellion protests take over Bristol Bridge in 2019

22. The UK’s first ever poo bus arrives in Bristol in 2014… and lasts a year before being taken out of service

21. The various Naked Bike Rides that took place

20. Occupy Bristol takes over College Green in 2011

19. Stokes Croft skyline changes as the Carriage Works gets demolished in 2018

18. Closing of the Star and Garter in 2017 after the death of its landlord Dutty ken and subsequent reopening in 2019… featuring Damien Marley and Dave Chappelle

17. Bristol named as one of the best places in the UK for a variety of different things… including :

  • Best place to live in Britain
  • Food destination of the year
  • Kindest city in the UK
  • UK’s most artistic city
  • Best city for women in business
  • UK’s greenest city

16. The rise of Upfest as it eventually becoming Europe’s biggest street art festival

greta street art sam gillies bristol

15. The amazing Foozie events that took place throughout the decade, including:

  • Tiny cookery school
  • Prosecco & sushi bus tours
  • Gin boat tours
  • Bristol bingo wings
  • Fancy dress sess
  • Brunch discos
  • Hip hop in a chip shop

aperol bus

14. The failed Bristol arena bid… will it ever get built?

13. Love Saves The Day begins in Castle Park in 2012, quickly becoming Bristol’s best music festival before moving to Eastville Park

12. Wapping Warf cargo crates open in 2016

11. Bristol votes to have a mayor and in 2012, George Ferguson and his famous red trousers run Bristol until 2016

10. The regeneration of the Bearpit including Bearittos, Bearpit Social… and the sad fall again, culminating in Ursa being removed

Bearritos Bus

9. Massive Attack headline the first Downs Festival in 2016

8. The times it snowed in Bristol… including when Bristolians went skiing down Park Street in 2013

7. DJ Derek sadly goes missing in 2015 with his death confirmed in 2016. RIP DJ Derek

6. The 40th Bristol Balloon Fiesta takes place in 2018

5. Dismaland takes place in 2015

Dismaland at night

4. The Clifton Suspension 150th anniversary fireworks in 2014

3. St. Pauls Carnival returns in 2018 for its 50th anniversary

2. A Tesco finally opens in Stokes Croft which causes a riot in 2011

1. A giant water slide arrives on Park Street in 2014

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Sam Gillies, the founder and editor of Best of Bristol. Purveyor of numerous Bristol lists, guides & videos. Most likely found attempting to find interesting street art across Bristol and other cities.

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