What to do in Bristol under the new Covid rules

It finally feels like the world is opening up again. From today, restrictions are easing to allow non-essential shops, salons, outdoor hospitality venues and gyms to reopen. The new rules also mean that self-contained accommodation like holiday cabins, Airbnbs or camping sites can open to allow for overnight stays – aka staycations! Lucky for you, dear reader, there’s no better place to safely enjoy the new regulations than Bristol, with its wealth of culture, shopping, eateries and stunning scenery.

Go on a shopping spree

After months of relying on Amazon deliveries and online shopping, it is finally possible to browse in stores again – and even try stuff on before buying! Whether you’re headed to Cribbs Causeway or Cabot Circus for a jam-packed spending spree or are looking for a leisurely stroll to support independent locals on North Street or Gloucester Road, Bristol has you totally covered when it comes to retail therapy. Just remember to bring your reusable bags!

Find time for some self-care

Self-care can look like many things: it could be getting back in touch with your creative side during a pottery class or stretching it out on a yoga retreat – but this newest wave of Covid rules also allows for personal care services to reopen, so why not show yourself some love with a fresh trim, a gel pedicure or even a massage and swim at the Lido? Go on, treat yourself!

Enjoy the great outdoors

Bristolians are lucky to have such a broad range of outdoor activities on offer all year round. Now that outdoor hospitality venues and outdoor attractions are allowed to reopen, the must-see list has doubled – and you can take your pick from adrenaline-filled adventures like surfing at The Wave or a climbing session at Flashpoint to more relaxing experiences like a swim at Clevedon Marine Lake or a private foraging course. If you want to a bit of action without the exercise, why not visit a drive-in drag show?

Go on vacation (yes, really!)

Perhaps the most exciting announcement of all is that self-contained accommodation and holiday venues can open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble. We could hardly contain ourselves a few weeks back when we started planning our staycations, so be sure to read up on 5 of our favourite nearby destinations for some holiday inspiration. Whether you’re booking some cozy Airbnb accommodations for a couple of weekend trips away or are going full steam ahead with a week-long escape to the Cotswolds, when it comes to your perfect mode of transport, we’ve got you covered.

Get your sweat on

You may have discovered a whole new workout routine during lockdown or opted for a few weeks (months?) of rest, but just know that from today, indoor leisure and sports facilities are permitted to reopen for individual or joint exercise with your household, which means it’s time to get sweaty! Renew that old gym membership of yours or try out some new forms of exercise like tennis or martial arts – whatever you choose, it will be a welcome change to those daily lunch walks you’ve been doing for a year.

Find your perfect ride

As the country slowly returns from lockdown, Karshare is ready and waiting to take you to where you want to be. By renting a car with Karshare, you can get instant and affordable access to nearby vehicles parked right around the corner. From family SUVs to city cars to transit vans, the Karshare app allows you to book hundreds of vehicles instantly and unlock them with your phone. No queuing, no counters, no far away collection points – simply select the car you want, head to where it’s parked, verify your identity and off you go. Karshare’s vehicles are all owned by members of your community so for every car you book, you’re putting money straight back into the pockets of neighbours and friends – and helping us keep things local.

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