There is a plethora of things to do in Bristol when the sun comes out – especially if you’re looking to entertain the kiddos. Even if you don’t need to entertain any kiddos, you’d be hard pressed to find a weekday in Bristol with nothing going on. A couple of weeks ago, myself and my buddy Jules were invited along for an evening of fun at Bristol Zoo Friday Twilights.
I’ve written about these brilliant evenings before; they’re just one of the many events that the Zoo have rolled out over the last few years, including their excellent film screenings.
So what is a Friday Twilight evening when it’s at home? Well, for a mere FIVER a ticket, you have access to all the fun of the zoo after hours – including roaming performers, tasty food, refreshingly cold beers and live music. Not to mention saying hello to the lions, penguins, seals, red pandas and all the other animals as the sun sets.
We were soon invited ‘backstage’ to meet the animals before they got tucked up in bed, including an exceptionally cute family of lemurs. It was such a privilege to get up close with families of primates who were obviously well used to and comfortable being in the presence of humans. The staff at the zoo were quick to stress that the welfare of their animals is paramount at these evening events – noise levels were constantly being checked whilst we were there to ensure that the proceedings weren’t too rowdy for the animals’ tastes.
For my tastes, however, it was a bit of a different story. I have to admit that this being the first of these events of the summer and being fully sold out, it was quite a busy one. I wasn’t fully anticipating the amount of kids that were present, considering it goes on til 10pm, but I clearly underestimated the parents of Bristol. If you’re not a complete Scrooge McDuck like myself when it comes to being around kids, however, then this little detail shouldn’t bother you in the slightest.
After meeting the animals, we were whisked off to the Zoo’s brand new restaurant, The Hide, for some of their tasty fodder. Considering the tired cafe that this restaurant replaced, The Hide is certainly a vast improvement. Don’t come expecting haute cuisine – the usual family fayre is on the menu, including pizzas (with vegan options), chips, tapas-style sharing snacks and salads – but what we sampled on this particular evening was tasty and well cooked, and would leave any belly satisfied.
Should you want to pop along to experience a Friday Twilight evening at Bristol Zoo for yourself, they are on the following Fridays throughout summer:
- 20th July
- 27th July
- 3rd August
- 10th August
- 17th August.
Thanks to Bristol Zoo for inviting me along and feeding me and my friend. I was invited for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own.