Welcome to issue three of Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and socialise (with or without the kids) on a shoestring. Every week, we’ll be letting you know about the best deals and local events to help you live life to the full on a budget.
Festival season is now in full swing, so this week we’re shouting about the best free festivals and events kicking off in the beautiful south west – this very weekend. We’ve also got the lowdown on how to get into the bigger more-expensive festivals for free including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds (but you might have to work your socks off!)
Totterdown Music Festival
This weekend, Totterdown hosts its very own music festival and, although you won’t find any big names here, it’s family-friendly and it’s free. What more could you want? Taking place over two days on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June on Oxford Street, this festival prides itself on providing a platform for local bands and talent. There’s always a great atmosphere and although pub prices at the Oxford are quite reasonable (compared to the city) Tesco Express and Patco also do a roaring trade for those feeling the pinch. Check out The Oxford’s Facebook page for more details.
Free summer rave at Motion
If you’re really feeling the summer party vibes, put on your dancing shoes and tart yourself up for Motion’s free rave. This event caters for Drum & Bass, Garage and House & Techno lovers and is free before midnight this Friday 10 June. Scared of missing out? Book online now to reserve your space for £1.73 which includes booking fee. After midnight, it’s a fiver. Click here for more details.
You’re really going to be spoilt for choice this weekend as the Farmfest Experience is also taking place at the Roth Bar & Grill in Bruton, Somerset this Friday 10 June. Be prepared for a night of free music, laughter and revelry! This is a free taster for Farmfest Somerset, which has taken place at Gilcombe Farm just outside Bruton for the last 10 years. The Farmfest team will rock up in style in their DJ booth come vintage combine harvester – now that’s got to be worth a look!
English Country Garden Festival
If all that sounds a tad tiring, the English Country Garden Festival at Bishop's Palace in Wells may be more your cup of tea. Celebrating the English Country Garden on the weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, visitors will be able to enjoy 14 acres of Palace gardens and a bit of peace and quiet. Top gardening personalities will be sharing new ideas on how to make the most of your garden and there will be lots to do for all the family with stalls, hands-on demonstrations, refreshments and entertainment. Tickets start at £6.90 for adults.
Think big. Think Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds!
Free festivals are all well and good, but they’re not quite Glastonbury are they? It’s certainly possible to get into some of the bigger, more-expensive festivals without paying a penny, but you might have to work your socks off! Volunteer with a charity like the Samaritans or Oxfam and you could find yourself helping out at whichever festival takes your fancy. Think Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds and V Festival to name just a few of the festival faves. Other companies which organise litter picking and car-park stewarding at some of these bigger events include DC SiteServices, Seed Staff, Hotbox and Festaff and many of them are looking for volunteers for this festival season! Farmfest is also currently looking to give away free tickets to anyone interested in becoming an ambassador, click here to apply.
No festival would be complete without a pair of sunnies. I usually pick mine up from Primark for a couple of quid, but if designer is more your bag there’s a hot bargain or two to be had this week. Wowcher is offering up to 85% off 14 different styles of Calvin Klein shades until 16 June, with glasses reduced from £135 to £19.99. They’re also offering a 78% discount on 35 styles of Diesel sunglasses, selling for £29 instead of up to £129, plus delivery charges.
If you’d rather relax with a drink in town then register with Pitcher & Piano to bag yourself a free cocktail worth £8.50 or a free bottle of Sol beer worth £4.50. Or if you happen to be by St Philips Causeway, The Black Castle is now running Wine Wednesdays where you can pick up a bottle of wine for a fiver. I often unwind mid-week at the Brunel in Bedminster as Hungry Horse pubs run this offer too, but I’ll have to take Ms Skint Single Mum to The Black Castle this week for a change of scenery!
For a full list of cheap and free things to do don't forget to head over to our What's On page. That’s it for this week’s blog but please let us know if you hear about a brilliant bargain or cheap local event and we’ll do our best to spread the word.
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