From our Bristol Host

Serena Salvatore is our Bristol Host!

For the current President of Bristol Central Speakers, the conference this year is right on her doorstep and she cannot wait to connect with delegates attending in person (or online!)

If you are making it to the conference in person (or to Bristol anytime!) Serena has great tips for what you can see and do!

Keep an eye out for updates from Serena leading up to the conference weekend.

You'll find Serena at the conference as part of our host team!

Discover Bristol’s Maritime Marvel

Did you know that Bristol has a fascinating maritime history? This city was once one of the most important ports in England, playing a vital role in exploration and trade. The iconic Harbourside area, with its renovated warehouses and museums, offers a glimpse into Bristol’s seafaring past. One of the highlights is the SS Great Britain, a historic 19th-century steamship designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which you can explore. The Harbourside is also home to several cargo restaurants housed in converted shipping containers, offering a unique dining experience.

As you stroll along the waterfront, visit the M Shed museum to delve deeper into Bristol’s industrial and maritime heritage. Alternatively, the Arnolfini gallery in a former tea warehouse showcases contemporary art exhibitions with a stunning Harbourside view.

As you stroll along the waterfront, you’ll also come across the Portbury Railway, a steam train that transports visitors through Bristol’s industrial heritage. Attending the Toastmasters International district conference here will allow you to soak in the atmosphere of this historic port city that has shaped global commerce and culture. Immerse yourself in Bristol’s maritime legacy and let it inspire you as you hone your public speaking and leadership abilities.

31 March, 2024

Bristol: A City of Culinary Delights

Dear Toastmasters,

We’re on the verge of a delicious escapade as we gear up for the upcoming Toastmasters International district conference in Bristol. This city has blossomed into a veritable haven for food enthusiasts. Let’s journey through Bristol’s eclectic and vibrant food scene, where tradition and innovation meet at the dinner table.

Bristol’s Culinary Canvas: A Diverse and Sustainable Palette

In Bristol, every bite tells a story of sustainability, creativity, and community. The city prides itself on its commitment to local produce and ethical eating, which shines through in its dining options.  Bristol is a city where food is much more than sustenance—it’s a celebration.

A World of Flavours: International Delights

Bristol’s food scene is a melting pot of cultures, each adding unique spice to the city’s culinary mosaic.

Indian Cuisine: Dive into the rich flavours of Indian cooking with Nutmeg, where regional dishes from across India are served with a modern twist. Nadu offers a journey through the flavours of South India, presenting a symphony of spices and aromas that are both comforting and exhilarating. For dosa enthusiasts, Kal Dosa is a must-visit, offering crispy, flavourful dosas that are a testament to the art of South Indian cooking.

Italian Flair: Pizzaland and Bosco transport you to Italy’s heart with authentic pizzas. At Pizzaland, the pizza is a canvas of fresh ingredients and traditional techniques, while Bosco Pizzeria offers a contemporary twist on classic flavours, making each bite a memorable experience.

Noteworthy Nods: Michelin Stars and Culinary Wizards

Bulrush is at the forefront of Bristol’s upscale dining scene, a Michelin-starred gem known for its innovative approach to British cuisine. Chef George Livesey’s creations are a testament to the beauty of locally sourced ingredients, transformed into exquisite dishes that captivate both the eye and the palate.

Wilson Restaurant offers another exquisite dining experience, where seasonal and local ingredients take centre stage, crafting a familiar and thrilling menu. It’s a place where each dish tells a story of Bristol’s rich culinary landscape.

Let’s make our visit to Bristol a culinary discovery and delight journey. We look forward to sharing this savoury adventure with you!

Till then, keep your appetites adventurous and your spirits high!

7 April, 2024

Explore Bristol’s Vibrant Art Scene
Did you know that Bristol holds the title of the street art capital of the UK? The city’s dynamic streets are a living gallery adorned with a rich tapestry of murals that transform ordinary walls into extraordinary art. Renowned for its cultural vibrancy, Bristol is home to the iconic works of the elusive artist Banksy, whose thought-provoking pieces are scattered throughout the city, offering a unique blend of artistic heritage and contemporary commentary. Banksy Walking Tour →
Joining us for the Toastmasters conference in Bristol promises an enriching learning experience and an immersive journey through an urban landscape pulsating with creativity. This artistic backdrop is not merely decorative; it is an integral part of the city’s identity that encourages innovative thought and a bold approach to communication. As you explore the winding streets adorned with artworks, you will find endless inspiration to embolden your public speaking skills and motivate you to think outside the box.
Embrace this opportunity to enhance your oratory abilities in a setting that celebrates creativity and expression. Let Bristol’s artistic spirit inspire you to new heights in personal and professional growth.
14 April 2024
Gala Dinner Venue Sneak Peak
Check out the gala dinner venue in this sneak peak video below!
14 April 2024
Get Green

Bristol, renowned for its commitment to environmental sustainability, earned the prestigious title of European Green Capital in 2015, recognising its dedication to ecological conservation and sustainable urban living. The city is well-known for its expansive network of cycling paths and its proactive stance on renewable energy use, making it a prime example of eco-friendly urban development.

As you plan to attend the Bristol District 91 Toastmasters International conference, you’ll find that the city’s commitment to green spaces aligns seamlessly with Toastmasters’ values of personal and professional growth. Exploring these verdant areas can provide a refreshing backdrop to your developmental journey.

For those interested in experiencing Bristol’s lush landscapes, here are some notable green spaces to visit:

The Bristol Botanic Garden offers a diverse collection of plants and flowers, emphasising ecosystems from around the world and conservation projects.
Ashton Court Estate provides 850 acres of woodland and grassland, ideal for walking, cycling, and observing wildlife in their natural habitat.
The Downs is an ample, green public space that offers extensive views of the Avon Gorge and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, perfect for picnics and strolls.

Blaise Castle Estate features the historic Blaise Castle, set in a beautiful parkland with a folly castle, extensive woodlands, and a children’s playground, making it ideal for a family day out.

By visiting these sites, you can enjoy a blend of natural beauty and tranquillity, complementing the enriching experience of the Toastmasters conference. Each location offers a unique way to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.

Limitless Bristol

Bristol, a city celebrated for its pioneering spirit and rich history of innovation, perfectly encapsulates the theme of the upcoming District 91 Toastmasters International conference, Limitless You. Known for its iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge and the historic Clifton Observatory, Bristol combines breathtaking architecture with expansive views that encourage visitors to think broadly and embrace new ideas.

Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by the illustrious engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is an engineering marvel and a symbol of the city’s inventive past. This stunning structure spans the picturesque Avon Gorge and offers visitors a glimpse into the ambitious spirit of the 19th century.

Just a short walk from the bridge is the Clifton Observatory, a historic site that provides panoramic views of the city and beyond. This spot is perfect for those seeking inspiration and reflection amidst their professional growth journey at the conference.

In addition to these architectural wonders, Bristol’s vibrant theatre scene adds a layer of creativity to the city’s cultural fabric. Here are some highlights:

– Bristol Hippodrome: Catch a Broadway or West End musical at one of the UK’s top provincial theatres. Their dynamic schedule often includes opera, ballet, and dramatic performances.
– Bristol Old Vic: Known as the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, this venue offers a mix of classic dramas and innovative new plays, reflecting Bristol’s blend of tradition and modernity.
– Tobacco Factory Theatre: This theatre is renowned for its bold productions and plays a pivotal role in Bristol’s cultural scene, offering everything from cutting-edge dramas to family-friendly shows.

Whether exploring historic sites like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Observatory or enjoying a show at one of the city’s renowned theatres, Bristol offers many experiences that complement the limitless potential explored through Toastmasters. Each visit promises entertainment and a deeper connection to the city’s innovative and creative ethos.

For a complete guide to theatre performances, particularly around the bank holiday, and to book tickets, please check out the respective websites of

Quick Tour ideas from Satchin Semage, Bristol Toastmaster

Park Street

Discover Bristol’s lively street, a scenic 20-minute walk from Engineers’ House. Begin at the Wills Memorial building, stroll past pubs and shops, and reach College Green with its iconic cathedral. But just before reaching there, don’t forget to steal a glance to your left at the foot of the hill—for there lies a delightful surprise waiting to be discovered! Discover Park Street


A mere five-minute walk from College Green lies the enchanting waterfront, steeped in history. Bursting with pubs, restaurants, and activities, it’s a vibrant hub. But truth be told, you won’t need any of them to appreciate the serene atmosphere amidst the city’s hustle. Beware: time flies in this area! An hour might slip away unnoticed! Enjoy Harbourside

Clifton Village and the Suspension Bridge 

Just steps away from Engineers’ House lies Bristol’s iconic attraction—the suspension bridge, a sight not to be missed! As you make your way towards the bridge, stroll through Clifton Village, adorned with charming pubs and restaurants. It’s the perfect spot for a leisurely morning coffee or a refreshing evening pint! Got time for a little adventure? Take a dive to the Giant’s cave at the observatory!

Make the most of Clifton Village

21 April 2024