Quirky places to visit near Bristol Airport you’ve never heard of but will instantly love

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Whether you’re staying in Bristol as a staycation or if you’re flying in, we’ve got the best and quirkiest places you have to visit and things to do.

We’ve picked a range of hipster cafes to lesser known museums and attractions and hold up… is that Gromit?

Bristol’s a great place to visit, so let’s dive right in! Remember you can always browse the latest attractions in Bristol with our Amenities and Attractions page.

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New M&S Simply Food outlet at Bristol Airport

Attention all Bristol food lovers! M&S is in the process of opening a new store within Bristol Airport. The outlet, which will provide high quality food and beverages, is expected to have longer opening hours compared to its equivalent high street stores.

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Even better still, both departures and arrivals will have access to it, too.

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Bristol Airport launches new hidden disabilities assistance card

Bristol Airport have exciting news; April will see the full launch of their new hidden disabilities assistance care,a programme put in place in an attempt to increase ease of travel for passengers with specific extra needs at the airport.

With planned implementation around the end of March 2017, qualifying passengers will be issued with a pass which is expected to be a similar size to a credit card.

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£2.3m redevelopment at Bristol Airport

New work has begun at Bristol Airport as part of its £2.3 million redevelopment project. Highlights of the new work include major improvements made to the immigration hall and a new hotel.

The 201-room accommodation, owned by Hilton Bristol Airport, is the first of its kind on the site which will be situated just a few minutes walk from the terminal building itself.

Noticeable facilities such as free wifi, hot breakfast for all guests, business and fitness centres and meeting spaces for up to 20 people mean that the new hotel will be accommodating for everyone! If you would like to reserve a room here, there hotel are taking reservations as of March 1st.

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Get some winter sun with new flights from easyJet!

Take the chance to catch the sun this winter with the new flights launched by easyJet from Bristol Airport! The budget airline has started running a flight route to the sun soaked shores of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria which has been known to reach 25 degrees in mid-December, while Britain are reaching for their coats! .

Known for its white sandy beaches and black lava, Gran Canaria, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, will have easyJet flights running twice a week from Bristol throughout autumn and winter from £26.99 per person each way.

UK Commercial Manager for easyJet, Ali Gayward, said: "We’re really pleased to launch yet another great route from Bristol Airport which is already proving extremely popular with our passengers.

"Gran Canaria has a something for everyone – from enduring beaches to the sand dunes in Maspalomas, the shopping in Las Palmas to the night time entertainment in Playa del Ingles.

"We’re absolutely committed to making travel easy and affordable for our passengers in the South-West and Wales – we now fly to 60 destinations from Bristol Airport and it’s one of the biggest bases in our network."

Since the beginning of operations 14 years ago, Bristol Airport marked a milestone at the beginning of the year of carrying over 40 million passengers. Passengers travelling from Bristol Airport can also grab some winter sun through destinations such as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Funchal in Madeira.

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Bristol sees biggest ever passenger numbers within the last 12 months

Back in 1957, the first commercial flight from Bristol Airport took to the sky. At this time, it was used to welcome just 33,000 passengers per year. Back to the present day and things have certainly stepped up a gear for the West-Country airport. It has recently been announced that, 49 years later, a staggering 7 million passengers travelled through Bristol Airport within the last year.

Not only have the staff achieved major success this year, but the airport has been consistently growing since 2010. All of the hard work has now paid off as they were recently named the 9th busiest airport in the UK.

This is all down to the chartered airlines who operate at Bristol Airport increasing their number of destinations to 116, 16 of which are capital cities. New routes include; Bristol to Katowice in Poland, Kosice in Slovakia and Orlando in the United States.

Robert Sinclair, who is the CEO of Bristol Airport, has told Bristol 24/7: “Increased demand for air travel is a positive sign that our region’s economy continues to thrive”. It would seem this isn’t only good news for the airport, but for the city itself. They are well and truly ready for the increase of passenger numbers, with a new £24 million west terminal expansion already in place. We are looking forward to watching this airport grow even more in the near future!

If you’ve got a Bristol Airport-related story, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section!


Flights from Bristol Airport to Nantes and Venice now boarding!

Whilst the English weather is lovely in it’s own way, we know that by now, you are probably craving a little bit of sun! Well, easyJet can give you just that with their two brand new routes now available from Bristol Airport. The two routes – which let you escape to the French city of Nantes or the equally picturesque Venice in Italy – are expected to take 70,000 people in and out of Bristol per year.

Not only will you be able to visit these two beautiful cities, but you will be able to do it for probably cheaper than you think. Bristol to Venice could cost you just £32.24* per person whereas a twice-a-week Bristol to Nantes flight could cost as little as £22.24* per person.

Ali Gayward, who is easyJet’s UK Commercial Manager, said: “Being one of the most romantic and magical places in the world, Venice often tops people’s list of places to visit at least once in their life. Meanwhile, Nantes attracts flocks of holidaymakers every year thanks to its numerous art galleries, museums, fine dining and beautiful architecture.” We have to admit, both sound absolutely lovely!

Of course, it was earlier this year that easyJet marked their milestone of 40 million passengers from Bristol Airport after setting up a base there 14 years ago. With these two stunning destinations added to the 56 others that easyJet already fly to from Bristol, it looks set to be another good year for both the airport and the airline.

*all prices found on Bristol Airport’s official website.


Getting to Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

If you were lucky enough to get your hands on tickets for the Rugby World Cup, that’s great news! We thought we’d make the trip a little less stressful by comparing easiest ways to get to the stadium on match days, including travel time and costs.

The Fixtures to be held at Kingsholm Stadium will be;

19th September – Tonga v Georgia23rd September – Scotland v Japan25th September – Argentina v Georgia11th October – USA v Japan

Bristol Airport is ideally located and relatively cheap to fly to; a return flight from Scotland will cost from £120 direct. A range of public transport is also available, making Kingsholm easily accessible.

Bristol Airport Address:

Bristol Airport, Bristol, BS48 3DY

Distance to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium:

50 miles, 60 mins

By Train

Although not the quickest route, taking a train is the most convenient option;

Take the train from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meades.Depart the train here and jump on the connecting train to Gloucester. An off peak return ticket will cost around £28.It is then a short, sign posted walk to the Stadium.

By Car

Your quickest option may be to hire a car from the Airport and drive to Gloucester. Prices start around £28 and gives you the option to go and explore the beautiful city and surroundings.

Sat-Nav Postcode: GL4 3RS (for park and Ride)Leave the airport and join the M5Leave the motorway at Junction 11A and merge onto the A417You will see the EDF Energy Building in front of you. follow signs for the Overflow / park and Ride Car park. For Match Days, the price for Park and Ride is £6.

By Coach

National Express Coaches run a convenient service into Gloucester, their quickest journey takes just over 2 hours and prices for a return ticket are around £25, depending on the times of travel.You’ll then need to get a 15 minute taxi journey to the stadium.

By Taxi

An average price for a return journey comes in at £167! We would suggest the train with a short taxi journey at the other end!

Hotels

If you plan to stay for a few matches, or want to explore Bristol further, be sure to compare hotel prices to make the most of your stay.


How to get to Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

If you are planning on heading to Sandy Park Stadium, Exeter to catch Italy, Namibia, Tonga, Georgia or Romania battle it out for the World Cup Trophy, you may find our travel information useful!

The Fixtures to be held at Sandy park will be;

29th September – Tonga v Namibia7th October – Namibia v Georgia11th October – Italy v Romania

The UK is expecting a surge of international supporters throughout the World Cup, so we detailed the various ways to travel to the stadium from Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport Address:

Bristol Airport, Bristol, BS48 3DY

Distance to Sandy Park Stadium:

65 miles, 1 hour 10 mins

By Car:

Driving direct is probably the easiest option if this is available to you. You can hire a car at Bristol Airport with prices starting at just £27!

1) Sat-Nav Postcode: EX2 7NN2) Leave the airport and follow signs for the M5 (South)3) Continue on M5 and exit at Junction 304) Follow signs for the A3052 / West Point Arena (Park and Ride) 5) Shuttle Bus will take you to the Stadium Car park so will require a 2 minute walk to the stadium.

Taxi

An average price for a return journey comes in at £235. We think you’d be better off hiring your own car!!

By Coach

If you choose a National Express Coach, the journey will take around 3 ½ hours, and a return journey will cost from £18.40 depending on the times you choose to travel!

The Coach will take you to Exeter Bus and Coach Station, from which you can catch the Service 52 A, B or C (Exeter to Sidmouth) bus which takes approx. 30mins, or jump in a taxi direct in just half the time.

By Train

1) Grab a Taxi or Bus to Bristol Temple Meads Station2) You’ll need the Cross Country service Towards Plymouth3) Exit the Train at Exeter St Davids4) From this station, you’ll need the First Great Western service towards Exmouth5) Depart the train at Digby and Sowton. Your train journey cost is approx. £45 for an open return (return within one month)6) Sandy Park is a 10 minute walk from here.

Hotels

Thinking of extending your stay, or simply getting a bit of rest in before you head home? With plenty of local hotels to choose from, comparing prices couldn’t be easier when using our guide here. Pick from a wide selection of hotels, including those on the Airport itself.


Three new routes from Bristol Airport

BMI launches three new routes from Bristol: Paris, Düsseldorf and Nantes. The new flights to Paris and Düsseldorf will start from 27 April 2015, and the flights to Nantes will start on 4 July 2015.

Flights to Paris will be available 6 days a week, whilst the Düsseldorf flight will operate six times a week from Sun to Fri.

The route from Bristol to Paris will be a double-daily weekday service to the French capital’s key airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle. This new route also means business passengers will be able to complete a same day return trip to the French capital. Residents and businesses from surrounding areas benefit from direct flights to Europe’s large cities such as Paris, with the convenience of boarding a flight locally instead of having to use London airports.