Support Bristol from home: lockdown fun for everyone

One of the most difficult aspects of living through this pandemic has been not being able to support our local favourites who formed such a huge part of everyday life back when the world looked a bit different. Luckily, thanks to Zoom and some ingenious thinking, a lot of Bristol’s independent scene has made the move online, shifting their offer to suit our lockdown lives. To help you continue supporting your locals, we have listed some of our favourite at-home experiences, brought to you by the best of Bristol.

Cook up a feast with a recipe kit

Totterdown’s favourite cookery school Little Kitchen have adapted their in-person classes to work from home with delicious recipe kits, which can be collected every Friday for a weekend feast like no other. From jerk chicken to mushroom dumplings to ricotta and lemon pancakes, these recipe boxes include all the pre-measured ingredients and a step-by-step recipe card for 2 people to make a scrumptious meal from scratch. The best bit? All ingredients are sustainably sourced, predominantly from Bristol-based businesses.

Watch a play online

The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world has put together a starry season of contemporary work to be enjoyed from home. For just £12.99, you can enjoy five of Bristol Old Vic’s most popular productions, from The Grinning Man to Swallows and Amazons, recorded live on stage back when audiences were still the norm.

Get crafty with at-home pottery

The popular Clay Club, hosted by Trylla Shop, has had a lockdown twist: Clay Away! For just £15, you can pick up a 1kg blob of clay, shape it at home to your heart’s desire, and drop it back off to be fired. An extra £10 will get you a handy tool kit full of equipment to keep, helping you take your creations to the next level.

Order food from the best of the best

This one is for the real foodies out there. Bristol-born online marketplace Good Sixty is working with some of the highest quality independent food retailers and producers across Bristol, showcasing the best food and drink available in the region to be delivered straight to your doorstep. Whether you’re looking for a brewery, butcher, baker or bee keeper, you’re bound to uncover some real local gems through their platform.

Try some yoga – and reap the rewards

Clem Balfour’s uber-popular Yoga Brunch Club has taken the Bristol fitness scene by storm – with totally accessible, energising yoga classes followed by beautifully designed and delicious feasts by some of Bristol’s yummiest restaurants. The online version of Yoga Brunch Club takes place over Zoom, with 3-course meals delivered straight to your door to be enjoyed together – sort of.

Give in to some retail therapy

Bedminster is home to some of the most exciting shops in Bristol and you can continue to support them by checking out the newly created #WeAreBS3 hub – an online version of Bedminster’s high streets and one-stop shop to satisfy your online shopping cravings. Time to ditch Amazon and go local!

Gift an experience

As we count down the days (weeks? months?!) until lockdown is finally over, the Yuup platform is getting us properly excited to get out there and support all that Bristol has to offer. From cocktail making classes with 6 O’clock gin to comedy workshops with stand-up Angie Belcher, all experiences are available to book now and scheduled later, when you or your gift recipient are ready get out there and explore.