The Guide: Bank Holiday weekend in Bristol and Bath

Crowd on deck chairs watch Simon Boccanegra relayed live from Covent Garden
Image caption Big events are often shown on the big screen in Bristol's Millennium Square

He spends his evenings exploring the cultural scene in Bristol and beyond, so who better to ask for Bank Holiday weekend suggestions than BCFM's Billy Quain.

Billy is the community radio station's arts correspondent, and these are his picks for the next four days.

We have tried to include events and locations which are free or low-cost to attend.

Out and about

Bristol's city farms at Windmill Hill and St Werburgh's will be open during the Bank Holiday weekend (Windmill Hill closed Monday).

There's a May Day celebration taking place at the Boiling Wells conservation site in St Werburgh's on Monday 2 May from 12-6pm. It costs £3 per adult, £1 per child, under 5's free.

A keen cyclist, Billy favours the following family-friendly routes in our patch: Bristol and Bath Railway Path, the Strawberry Line (which runs from Clevedon to Cranmore via Cheddar) or for something more exhilarating you could mountain bike your way round Leigh Woods or Ashton Court.

History and wildlife

If the weather is fine, you could do worse than take in some free fresh air at Blaise Castle Estate or Arnos Vale Cemetery. Both are havens for wildlife and also have rich pickings for people interested in history. (Please note, the cemetery is closed on Friday 29 April and Sunday 1 May).

And if the weather's not outdoor activity-friendly there's always Bristol's museums, which are all free to visit.

In Bristol, the City Museum and Art Gallery is still hosting the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (until 5 June).

Royal wedding

A promenade along the seafront at Weston-super-Mare or Clevedon will cost you nothing. There is a £1.50 (concessions available) charge for entry to Clevedon Pier - where there is a royal wedding fancy dress competition on Friday. Entry to the Grand Pier at Weston - which is also hosting a big royal wedding street party - is free.

If you're not going to a street party but you want some company while you watch the Royal Wedding, the BBC Big Screen in Millennium Square will be showing the BBC's coverage from 8am.

Or head for the Cinema De Lux in Cabot Circus for 1030BST to watch the wedding free of charge on the big screen.

More events

Details of more events and activities in the Bristol area and beyond can be found on the BBC Things to Do website.

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