The Move it! guide to an active September in Bristol

So, Summer is officially over but our beautiful city still has loads to offer if you want to get out and about and make the most of September. Here’s our round up of some of the great things taking place this month that will get you moving.

Week One: 4–10 September

(Photos by National Trust, Sal Wyatt, Goram Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol Doors Open, Wildplace Project)

Street Pianos
Until 7 September
This is your last chance for a wander around the City to find (and play) the pianos.

Colston Hall’s 150th Breakfast Disco Roulette
6 September 7.30am
Not one for the kids perhaps but if you pass the Colston Hall on the way to work surely the chance to start your day with a boogie is worth an early start to check this out.

Bristol Doors Open
7 September to 10 September
Over 100 venues are throwing open their doors for you to have a nosey around so this is another great opportunity for a really good walk as you go from venue to venue.

Goram Fair
9 September 10am — 5pm
Blaise Castle House Museum
There’s all sorts going on at the Goram Fair from Giant Outdoor Adventures to circle dancing and streetdance workshops. And if that doesn’t tire the kids out there is the fab Blaise Castle playground right next door.

South West Outdoor Festival
8–10 September
Warren Farm, Blagdon, BS40 7XR
I can’t do the sheer number of activities on offer justice with a couple of lines. Needless to say there are tonnes of things to do in a beautiful setting and a day ticket costs just £5 — what’s not to like?

Wild Place Wild Run and Family Fun Day
10 September from 10am
Wild Place Project, Cribbs Causeway
If the Wild Run 10k or 5k races aren’t your thing the Family Fun Day with Wild Mini-Run, face painting, BBQ, bouncy castle and much more could be a great day out.

Week Two: 11 — 17 September

(Photos by Peaceful Portway, The Body Coach, Steve Gregory)

The Body Coach Schools Week
11–15 September
This is a bit of a cheat but I think it’s worth knowing about and, if you have kids, pestering their schools to sign up and join in for at least one of the live sessions. The aim is to get 1,000,000 kids taking part to encourage healthy lifestyles. The live exercise sessions take place at 10am each day and are suitable from primary school age.

Bristol Cycle Festival
16–24 September
Whether you are interested in cycling as a sport, a leisure activity, a way to keep the kids active or it’s just about getting to work on time — there are events for everyone in the 7th annual Bristol Cycle Festival. I’ll list some of them below but check out the link for full details.

Bristol Half Marathon
17 September 9am
City Centre
At the time of writing there were still spaces available to run. If running it isn’t for you then how about getting down to spectate and give the runners your support — the atmosphere is always fantastic and I personally know the more support the better (especially along Cumberland Basin!).

Kidical Mass bike ride
17 September 1pm
Baynton House, Lawrence Hill, BS5 0DH
Another Bristol Cycle Festival event the free family Kidical Mass bike ride travels across town from Baynton House to one of Bristols nature reserves; Bennett’s Patch & White’s Paddock and then joins up with the Carnivelo procession for the last part of the ride (see below). If you like the sound of this but don’t have your own bike there are some bicycles available to borrow, but must be arranged in advance.

Peaceful Portway
17 September 2–6pm
The Portway
Once all the runners have disappeared back into the city the Portway stays traffic free and the musicians, hot air balloons, bands and loads more move on in to provide you with a unique way to enjoy what is actually a very lovely spot in the heart of the Avon Gorge.

17 September 2.15–5pm
Meet at Cumberland Piazza
Part of Bristol Cycle Festival, the Carnivelo, UK’s only cycle carnival is one of the best loved events of the Festival. This years theme is Monstrous Creatures & Mythical Beasts! Join the pack to head out en masse to prowl the closed Portway.

Week three: 18–24 September

(Bridge photo by sagesolar)

Family Cycling Skills Session
19 September 4.15–5.45pm
Bristol Family Cycling Centre, Bamfield, BS14 0FE
A fun session for adults and children (aged 6–14) to practise basic bike handling skills on a traffic-free track. You can take your own bike or use one of the centres. Reserve a space at

Penny Brohn Stomp
23 September 10am
Meet at Millennium Square
Penny Brohn UK’s event, for all ages and abilities, stomps out from Millennium Square, under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and along the Avon Gorge to the charity’s home in Pill. The six-mile walk marks the 10th anniversary of the official opening of the Centre where the charity provide integrative care for everyone affected by cancer.

Little Monsters Mountain Bike Madness
24 September 10.30am — 2.30pm
Pedal Progression, Ashton Court Estate, BS8 3PX
This promises to be a ‘fun, friendly event for families who like to get active, get radical and love a good picnic’! There will be a mass ride-out at 10:30 followed by a picnic, your kids can test their skills against an obstacle course and other fun challenges. There are a few things to be aware before kids can ride so please do check out the event details via the link below before turning up.

Week Four: 25–30 September

(Photos by ANGELA FRANKLIN on Unsplash, Docks Heritage Weekend, Fitness Day)

Fitness Day
27 September
National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity across the UK. Use the Activity Finder on the National Fitness Day website to find activities in Bristol. The day offers a massive range of activities that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, such as ‘plank offs’, yoga and Pilates classes, treadmill challenges, high-street HIIT classes, dance-offs, mass walks, and loads more.

Docks Heritage Weekend
30 September 11am-5pm
Underfall Yard, Cumberland Road, BSI 6XG
The Docks Heritage Weekend is a celebration of Bristol’s maritime past with events for all ages at M Shed, Underfall Yard and the SS Great Britain. Add in the walk around the harbour from venue to venue and you have the recipe for a great day out.

24 hours in Bristol
30 September
City wide
24 hours in Bristol is a photography competition that encourages you to snap away in the City and you could be in with a chance of winning a lovely big cash prize. 24 hours in Bristol returns this year with a twist — this year entries can only be taken using a smartphone or tablet. So, armed with an incentive that you may win some cash and your phone, this could be the perfect excuse to get out and about in our wonderful city by foot or bike and start snapping.

Please remember to check details with organisers before attending. This is a guide and none of the events are affiliated with Move it!

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