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    Wild Place Project
    Family

    Follow a trail to find ten little fairy doors, then listen to fairy tales in a yurt at the Wild Place Project for an enchanting time in the school holidays.  Visit the lemurs and meerkats before playing on the fort.

  • Tue
    29
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    Holbourne Museum, Bath
    Art, Family

    Children's art camp led by experts based on the Holbourne's collections.  For children aged 5-12.

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    Montacute House
    Family

    Net a plastic duck in the Mill Copse stream by the stunning Montacute House.

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    Tyntesfield, North Somerset
    Family

    Head to the Sawmill to how to make a kite and then fly it.  Who can fly the longest?

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    Watershed, Bristol
    Family

    Adults and children get the chance to make their own models at the Watershed .  Talk to the experts and take the chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios and hear about the animation process involved in the making of their award-winning films.  A second workshop is running on 6 April.

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    Peasedown St John, Bath
    sport

    Always wanted to learn croquet but don't know where to start?  Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club is offering classes running on Sundays thoughout April and May.  If you're a fast learner the club is hosting the World Championships from 15 May.

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    9am - 12pmRedhill

    Park your classic car up, have a natter with like- minded people, enjoy a full English breakfast, tea, coffee or bacon roll in Redhill Village Hall.

     

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    Farrington Gurney
    Community

    Choose from over 50,000 tulips growing at Farringtons Farm Shop, pick you own bouquet and support Dorothy House Hospice

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    2016
    Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
    Art

    Always fancied drawing but not very confident?  This workshop  is designed to give adult learners who are new to drawing the chance to find out more with expert tuition from local artist and tutor Will Smith.  Explore pencil, charcoal and pen and ink drawing on the site of Bristol's famous landmark.  Free but booking essential.

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    Bristol Museum
    Art, Family

    Become a botanist for the day and learn how specialists identify plants using our collection of historical specimens.  Draw a spring flower with a botanical artist and experiment transferring coloured pigment from flower to paper to make beautiful cards.  Free but donation appreciated.

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    Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean
    Family

    Can't find the stick for the wood?  Take the little ones out on a short 1 mile trail for fun in the forest inspired by Julia Donaldson's Stick Man.   Beechenhurst Forest is a great way of getting out and exploring in some spring sunshine - free to enter the forest and the Stick Man activity pack costs just £3.  This event is ongoing throughout the year so if you don't make it this weekend there are plenty more opportunities throughout the year.

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    No 1 Royal Crescent Museum, Bath
    Family

    Style yourself Georgian with wigs, 'mouse-skin' eyebrows, face patches and white 'lead' powder.  At this annual celebration of Bath's World Heritage status there's a chance to dress as a Georgian as well as a tour of the stunning house to see how the upper echelons of the time lived.

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    Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath

    Fancy a change?  Clear out your wardrobes and swop your unwanted clothes for new-to-you gear.  £5 entry, drop clothes at 6pm, and Bath's big clothes swop starts at 7pm!  Part of Bath Fashion week.

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    Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society.  A celebration of HM the Queen on her birthday, including great British classics including Elgar Nimrod (from Enigma Variations), Jerusalem and Parry Blest be Sirens.

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    Bordeaux Quay, Bristol

    Gin tasting has become increasingly fashionable.  Can you tell your Dutch Genever From classic London Dry?  This gin tasting promises to explore a diverse range of Gins and taste through a selection of different tonics in a relaxed and social environment.   At £35 a head there's some cucumber sandwiches thrown in too at Bordeaux Quay.

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    Community, Family

    Libraries around North Somerset will be celebrating Shakespeare's birthdays with special activities for children.

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    Prior Park, Bath

    Enjoy this pungent plant which carpets woodlands in spring.  Pick your own, learn about recipes with cookery demos and foraging expeditions.

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    Prior Park, Bath

    You'll learn about the edible plants in the garden on a foraging walk with a chance to taste them in different recipes.

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    Congresbury, North Somerset
    Family

    The Birds of Prey Centre at Congresbury will open to the public for the second time this year.  Only £3.50 for adults.

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    2016
    Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre
    Art, Family

    Learn the wonderful world of pinhole photography and take home a negative.  All materials provided.  Classes for young children, teens and adults.  Booking required, free but donation encouraged!

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    Theatre Royal Bath
    Family

    This heartwarming and uplifting story of an evacuee - adapted from children's classic novel by Michelle Magorian

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    Learn to make cute little Japanese crocheted animals at The Little Red Beetle, Wrington. This class is for those who can already crochet and who would like to move on from the traditional scarves, blankets and cushion covers.  All materials provided.

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    Feel a little more comfy and make bespoke knickers tailored to your own behind with this course from the Bristol Sewing School

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    Motion club, St Philips Marsh Bristol

    Motion club presents Asian Dub Foundation, Voodo Love Orchestra and one of Live Mendips favourite local bands, Cut Capers.

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    Art

    Celebrate spring flowers with the origami workshop at the Museum of East Asian art in Bath

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    Get set for summer and make your own espadrilles for chilled out holidays at the Makery, Bath,

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    Bristol
    Community

    Prepare yourself for something special with this food festival.  Kick started by the BBC's Food and Farming awards there are so many events on we can't count them.  Anyway from Averys wine tasting, dumpling workshops, street food, cocktail competition and Yotam Ottolenghi there really is something for everyone.

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    sport

    Montacute House is hosting the 5k Park Run over the summer - come and participate in this regular fun event.  Be early - starts at 9am sharp.

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    01
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    2016
    Community, Music

    Over 25 artisan cheese and cider makers as well as local food producers are travelling to the Ring O'Bells at Compton Martin.  There are too many fun things going on to list but there'll be circus workshop, tug-o-war, morris men and hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) with live music as well as bagpipes.

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    A whole pop-up German experience arrives in Millennium Square so you can enjoy a stein or three and German sekt - a sparkling wine.  £5 entry

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    2016
    Community

    Make it a date for all the fun of the fair with local attractions, games, goods, plants, prizes, refreshment and ices at the annual May Fair on the Green - the community event for all where tradition thrives!

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    2016
    Community, Family

    Come and enjoy a cake and a cuppa whilst you browse a fine selection of plants at Wrington Primary School.  Fill up your beds, borders and veg patch.  All proceeds to PTA.

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    2016
    Farrington Gurney Farm Shop
    Watch as over 150 classic cars set off from Farrington’s at 10.30 am on the annual Mendip Tour. Classic marques including Alvis, Triumph, Jaguar, Porsche, MG, Austin, Lotus and many more will be on show from 8am in the morning.  Breakfast will be available too.
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    They say: the best and most affordable fair.  Whether you’re after 1920’s beading or 1990’s grunge, a totally unique outfit or the latest winter trend, we’re sure to have something for everyone! Throw into the mix sale rails, designer bargains and street style and you’re in for a corker of a day!  At the Paintworks, Bristol.

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    The film, starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant is on general release, but The Curzon at Clevedon is always worth a special mention.

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    Community

    Axbridge's Roxy cinema - surely one of the smallest in the country - screens The Lady in the Van for two nights.

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    The Bramley & Gage 6 O'clock Gin Distillery Tour gives you unparalleled access to Bristol's only distillery. With the help of an expert guide you will meet Kathleen, our unique "double bubble" still and experience all the steps of the gin making process from botanicals to bottling. Plus; find out how we craft our artisan whole-fruit liqueurs - the whole process is covered field to bottle. Discover the secrets to our robust sloe gin and how we get damson gin so clear. Your evening will include a tutored tasting and your own glassful of "Ginspiration."

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    Food and Drink

    Bristol is really the food capital of the known universe.  Find out more about a weekend of food on the Downs, and try as you buy.

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    The zenith of knitting; a whole city spread out before you in wool at the M:Shed.  What could be more exciting?

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    Family

    Paddington arrives at Avon Valley  Railway for a weekend of family fun.  As well as storytelling there's face painting, Punch and Judy, craft and train rides.

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    Community, Family, sport

    A 3 mile lap of Wrington village to raise money for the Wrington Primary School PTA.  Fun for all the family.  Find out more and register in advance for this popular event!

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    sport

    The refined yet vicious sport of croquet has its World Championships in Bath this year.  Free entry to spectators - watch out for those mallets.

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    Bristol Hippodrome

    The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place.

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    The Theatre Royal Bath has Breakfast at Tiffany's for five days.  Lovers of the iconic film take the chance to see the stage version while you can.  Stars Emily Atack from The Inbetweeners.

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    Tour Central Library and the Cathedral and learn more about the novel Wolf Hall.  Contact the Central Library to find out more about the tour which costs £6.

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    2016
    Art, Film, Music

    Special screening of Nosferatu in the beautiful surroundings of Barley Wood accompanied by live music.  A glass of fizz and canapes on arrival are included in the ticket price.

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    2016
    Music

    The whole city will rock to the sound of free music for you to enjoy when the Bath International Music Festival kicks off at 5.30pm on Friday 10th May.  From choral to indie, folk to jazz the free party will celebrate the 10 day music festival.

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    Music Festival

    Party in the City kicks off this year’s Bath International Music Festival. Thousands of performers will take over the city’s live music venues, churches, parks and museums to deliver Bath’s biggest, free event. Featuring the best of Bath’s choirs, orchestras and up-and-coming bands, expect to hear everything from rock to opera, and jazz to hip-hopera. For the first time there will be two outdoor ‘festival hubs’ with great music, local food and drink, head to Parade Gardens and Queen Square for the best festival atmosphere on the night.  Plenty more included in the festival's repetoire.

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    Cafe Kino
    Music

    The melodious and heartwarming sound of Emily Teague and Ami Kaelyn at Cafe Kino

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    2016

    Be part of history and knit your own city.  The M:Shed invites you to create a museum out of wool.  One for experience knitters and crocheters only.  This session will allow you to create bits of the M:Shed which will be put together to be part of Briswool.

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    2016

    The swans that swim in the Bishop Palace's moat are the inspiration for this needle-felting worjshop.  £10 for experienced needle felters who bring their own mat and equipment, £20 for beginners.

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    2016
    Colson Hall, Bristol

    A chance to see Adam Ant at the Colston Hall.  Promising to be a thunderous live show, full of bravado and swaggar.

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    2016
    Music Festival

    Live music for free at the Ship Inn,. Keynsham.  For more details visit their FaceBook page.

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    2016
    Music Festival

    Dot -to-dot festival features over 100 acts playing over 17 stages in Bristol, one of three cities, the others being Nottingham and  Manchester.  Bristol has been part of Dot To Dot festival since 2007 when the festival took place in just Thekla, The Louisiana and Fiddlers. This year Dot To Dot has some amazing venues in the centre of Bristol including some historic spaces. Where else could you have a music festival with stages on a boat, in a bowling alley and underground in police cells all in the same day! Bristol we love you.

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    Music Festival

    Love Saves The Day returns to Eastville Park, Bristol for its fifth instalment on 28-29 May.  The two day event will once again immerse Bristol in the very best electronic and bass music, boasting an eclectic mix of installations, elaborate decor, with a level of production that would normally be expected from carefully crafted boutique festivals.  The line-up is massive, and the headline act is Dizzee Rascal - can't wait.

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    Tyntesfield, North Somerset
    Family

    Woodworking for children.  Learn how to whittle, and craft something small out of wood with the North Somerset Bodgers

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    2016
    Food and Drink

    Ingrid Bates opens her vineyard to celebrate English Wine Week - try the wine and visit the vines.  The tour is free but places must be booked in advance.  Whilst you're there visit the beautiful Garden Cafe for lunch and pick up a bouquet from the Somerset Flower Farm.

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    2016
    Family

    At the Bishop's Palace, Wells there'll be a Minibeast hunt - please help find the critters might be hiding in our Community Garden! Join Amanda any time from 11am-3pm for a fun, creepy crawly session!  Included in admission price.

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    2016
    Family

    Come and explore the reserve and have a go at pond dipping.
    Search for exciting minibeasts, learn how to identify them and see how clean the water is.  We will be here between 11am and 3pm and will provide equipment. We will be along the wetland walkway, signposted from the car park.  Suitable for all ages.

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    2016
    Craft, Family

    If you have not yet seen Briswool - our beloved Bristol made out of wool - then hot foot it to the M:Shed.  For little ones inspired to create their own woolly wonder, there's a workshop for 3- 10 year olds.  Start designing your own woolly creations through finger knitting and making pom-pom creatures.

     

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    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Rucksack? Check.
    Binoculars? Check.
    Blind faith and unfathomable courage? Check. Check.
    Sense of direction?
    Well…
    This has received great reviews, and at £7 a ticket it is an affordable night out for the whole family.  At the Wardrobe Theatre, Old Market, Bristol

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    Community

    England's biggest celebration of rural life near Shepton Mallett.  The Royal Bath and West Show is massive event full of attractions including cider championship, animals, livestock, family fun, trade stands, art exhibition and horticulture.

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    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    The Egg theatre presents The Curious Adventures of Pinnochio.  Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books, while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy.

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    2016
    Community, Family

    Windmill Hill farm are running different activities every day over the half term.  On Thursday it's alfresco pizza making in the outside kitchen from 9.30-12 for only £2.

  • Fri
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    Jun
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Family Fun Friday will be taking place in the Stable Yard Room. Join the crafty team to make spinning spiders, dangly dragonflies and beautiful bugs. There will also be garden games and dressing up to keep little ones entertained.

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    Festival, Theatre/Live performance

    Big names in comedy come to the smallest city.  Omid Djalili, Katy Brand, and Sarah Pascoe along with many other stars.  The festival will be opened by legendary grump, Arthur Smith.

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    Community, Music Festival

    Get down on the farm this half term.  Cut Capers - one of Bristol's favourite bands is playing at St Werburgh's summer fair, which also includes carnival samba, three music stages, local artists and a bar as well as lots of family activities.  Advance tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for youths (aged 13-17).

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    The Community Farm near Chew Magna hold one-day volunteer events at the Farm called Community Farmer Days. These involve volunteers coming to help out in the fields.  Volunteers actively participate in the work of the farm, but these events are intended to be sociable and fun too

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    2016
    Sun
    05
    Jun
    2016

    Take a 30 minutes trip around Bristol harbour on the John King – a 1935 diesel tug built to tow cargo ships from Bristol City Docks to the mouth of the River Avon.

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    07
    Jun
    2016

    Former Newsnight reporter and journalist Paul Mason talks about possible futures at Bristol's Festival of Ideas.  He will argue how a revolution in information technology has the potential to reshape our familiar notions of work, production and value, and to destroy an economy based on markets and private ownership. He explains how we now have the chance to create a more socially just and sustainable global economy. Moving beyond capitalism, he argues, is no longer a utopian dream.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    A literary night inspired by St John on the Wall, the church built into Bristol's medieval city walls.  This will be an evening of atmospheric tales, music and poetry written and performed by local authors and musicians.  £3 entry and bar.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2016
    Art, Theatre/Live performance

    Slapstick Festival, Bristol’s annual celebration of silent, visual and classic onscreen comedy is delighted to host this special one-off event at the Arnolfini with the creators, writers and stars of BBC2’s anthology of dark comedy INSIDE NO 9.

    Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith make a rare onstage appearance to discuss their influential comic incarnation with Infinite Monkey Cage co-host and stand up comedian Robin Ince -  a chance to ask the pair a question to boot. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016

    The Bishop's Palace hosts a garden festival over the Queen's birthday weekend full of activities in the stunning gardens and top gardening experts - more details to be announced.

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    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Music Festival

    Home Farm Fest, off the A37 is in its eleventh year and going from strength to strength.  It has five stages and loads of family fun over three days.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    Mells Open Gardens has been going since 2009, with between 10 and 15 gardens expected to open this year, in this beautifully preserved estate village. Among them will be the garden at Mells Manor, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Norah Lindsay. Homemade lunches and teas will served in the Tithe Barn, as well as at the community-run Mells Village Café

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    Head to Blagdon Club, blagson village at 7.30pm for a pig roast to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    Bring a plate of sweet or savoury food to share at this fun party in the street.  For more details click here.

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    Whilst not necessarily for the Queen's birthday there's a summer jazz tea party at East Woodlands Village Hall near Frome.  In aid of Mama Upendo Children’s Home.  Tea and cakes. Flowers and dancing. Book stall and bric-a-bric. African baskets and cloths. Music from Jum white and his jazz friends.

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    11
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Music Festival

    A vintage festival of the forties complete with live music, vintage stalls, children's entertainment, non-rationed food, wartime vehicles and artillery.  This brand new festival will be held at the North Somerset Showground.

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    11
    Jun
    2016
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    12
    Jun
    2016
    Festival

    Nature-lovers of all ages are invited to explore and enjoy the natural world in this unique celebration of the natural world. Spanning two days, this huge event features more than 100 organisations with an exciting programme of hands-on activities, fascinating talks, live entertainment, a market bursting with local produce and much more.  The festival then sails up the Avon through Keynsham to Bath.

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    11
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Family

    All aboard for the train outside the M:Shed all the way to the SS Great Britain. Single £2, return £3 - under 6 free.  It's quicker to walk but not half so much fun.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    Wrington Rec invites you to party in the park from 12noon until 8pm on 12 June.  £2.50 for adults, children free.  There'll be afternoon teas, live music, coktails and BBQ.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    On Sunday 12th June a picnic will take place in Bath’s Parade Gardens. This event will be a ticketed event with live music and food on sale throughout the day. All ticket sale proceeds after expenses will go to local charities. All music and food sales will be provided by local artists and vendors.

    Children’s entertainment will also be available throughout the day.  The day itself will run from 10.30 to 17.00 and tickets will cost £10 but be free for under 12s.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Craft, Festival, Music Festival

    Green Scythe Fair, a one day environmental fair in a beautiful setting on the Somerset Levels run entirely by volunteers on wind, sun and muscle power. Live music, over 70 stalls displaying traditional skills, crafts and produce, lively environmental debates, delicious organic local food, a variety of the best ales and ciders and a large kids area with activities throughout the day

    The Green Scythe Fair includes the celebrated West Country Scythe Championship, known far and wide for the stupendous and often hilarious feats of haymaking by international scythesmen and women, who mow a swathe through the summer festival scene. The organisers claim it is probably the most authentic, and enjoyable, country fair in all England!

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth at the Redgrave Theatre – wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, IT Crowd, Pointless and Countdown survivor - on an etymologically uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words.

  • Sun
    12
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    It’s back! The Sell Out Stand Up For Slapstick returns to Colston Hall this summer for a fifth year, featuring Marcus brigstocke, Boothby Graffoe, Lucy Porter and Jeremy Hardy.  It has since grown into an established yearly event in it’s own right, and now welcomes some of the finest stand up comedians in the UK to Bristol for one night of the year.  Come to the Colston Hall for an evening of fun, madness & hilarity.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016

    Victorian falconry at Tyntesfield brings their Victorian season to a close.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    The Grain Barge presents pop-up comedy.  pop in and find out more.

  • Wed
    15
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    Pascoe's tour stops at Komedia in Bath for a night and is a mix of completely true stories about Tony Blair, Oedipus Rex and the wildlife of Lewisham, plus other less true stories about Jason Donovan, Henry the Hoover and when God took over the Tannoy in Sainsbury’s. All animals evolved, but only humans evolved to the point of knowing they evolved. This troubling and confusing position is explored in a creative and honest way in a show about empathy and its limitations.

  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2016
    Family, Festival

    Family fun at the Southbank Centre, Southville, Bristol.  Creative writing, face painting, games, batik and live music

  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2016
    Food and Drink

    The Milk Thistle have a whole week of gin and if your liver is up to it why not go to their gin party.  Promising to be a night to remember (if you can) you experience gin through the ages through the media of cocktails, burlesque and live music.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Community

    The Red Arrows will be wowing crowds at the Weston Air Festival this year whilst those on the ground will enjoy all the fun of the fair, marching bands and military vehicles.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Festival

    Bath Festival of Motoring will be held on 18th and 19th June 2016 at Walcot Rugby Ground, Bath. Featuring an eclectic display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles, the event will be a fun-filled weekend for all the family.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016

    Tickets are still available for the biggest show and shine in the south west, with DJs, food stalls and lots and lots of VWs of course!  Bring your Dad for car heaven.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Mon
    20
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    Geordie lass and self-confessed cake pigeon Sarah Millican is without a doubt a household name of British comedy. 2011 saw her named as The People’s Choice: Queen of Comedy at the British Comedy Awards, and her debut stand-up DVD became the all time best seller from a female comedian.  At the Colston Hall.

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Bristol Old Vic
    Art

    A portrayal of a descent into madness and family betrayals, this King Lear stars Timothy West and Stephanie Cole

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Bishop Sutton
    Community

    Chew Valley's very own scenic running event.  Race around the lake from Bishop Sutton and get a technical running t-shirt (whatever that is).

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Festival

    The Festival of Nature is the UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world, and this year it’ll will be visiting Keynsham for the first time, bringing with it the wonderful Dreamshed Theatre for a unique performance of Wind in the Willows.

    Pull up a seat at the bandstand to follow the wild and wacky adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the ever-eccentric Mr Toad, then join them for hands-on workshops and activities around the park, where you can unveil some of the best kept secrets of the riverbank. What will you discover?

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016
    Family

    Explore all the different makes and models of classic cars at Tyntesfield this weekend, find a favourite and maybe even get a photo of Dad behind the wheel. For the dad who has everything, why not try a unique Bodgers woodworking workshop as a special Father's Day gift.

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016

    Enjoy a lazy Sunday cruise up the leafy River Avon. Explore the sights & sounds of the tranquil countryside right on our doorstep We cruise along the Feeder Canal and through Netham Lock to the leafy riverbanks of St Anne's and Conham River Park. Look out for otters, ducks, swans, kingfishers, deer and foxes as you glide slowly towards the famous Beeses Tea Gardens nestling on the river bank for lunch.

  • Sun
    19
    Jun
    2016

    Treat yourself or someone you love to a trip in a hot air balloon with a glass of champagne as you fly above the west country

  • Tue
    21
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    Enjoy an evening of comedy with Stuart Goldsmith hosted by Mark Olver.  Local comedian (he lives just over the way!) Mark Olver hosts an evening of comedy at Arnos Vale with Stuart Goldsmith's Edinburgh Festival preview, and his pick of the best new Bristol talent all to make you laugh and to raise funds for Arnos Vale's 'For a Lifetime' fund.

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016
    Food and Drink

    Take a trip around the world without leaving Bristol's harbour.   Step aboard the magnificent ss Great Britain, designed as a deluxe passenger ship for the route between Bristol and New York and enjoy a glass of Prosecco on the Weather Deck, boasting one of the Bristol best waterside views.

    The incredible seven-course feast will be served in the First Class Dining Saloon, where you will be greeted by Mr. Brunel sharing stories about the ss Great Britain and her many voyages.

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    One man. One walk. Following a successful debut hour show, Brookes returns tot the Tobacco Factory with a new bundle of silly faces, uncomfortable poses and unnecessary confessions. ‘Superbly crafted, he cleverly switches between characters, stand-up and something a little more avant-garde.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016
    Festival

    The Festival of Nature returns to Bath on 25th June for another free day of fun, celebrating wildlife in the heart of the city. An array of national and local organisations will flock together for a day of hands-on activities, innovative arts and inspiring entertainment designed to showcase the natural world - all free in Royal Victoria Park.

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2016

    If you're aged 14 - 18 and want to learn more about bushcraft and survival, Wild Westonbirt is for you!  Wild Westonbirt is a youth club with a difference, where you'll participate in a range of traditional forest and survival skills, including den building, fire lighting, star gazing, wildlife watching and woodland crafts.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Take a flight in the summer months on an evening flight and enjoy the tranquility of the flight as you get to see Westonbirt Arboretum in all it's glory from high above.

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Chapterhouse Theatre Company proudly presents The Railway Children, at the Bishop's Palace, Wells, the unforgettable and heart-warming story of adventure and family set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

  • Mon
    27
    Jun
    2016
    Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    Bedtime stories like you have never seen them before.  Hilarious grown-up retelling of Three Little Pigs by Living Spit comedy duo.

  • Tue
    28
    Jun
    2016
    Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    Top names come to Bristol this summer: Reginald D Hunter, Sara Pascoe, Josie Long, the unique John Shuttleworth and Al Murray among many others.  Bristol Comedy Garden takes place in Queen Square for intense comedy in the Big Top

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    Comedy

    Workers of sector 14, your glorious leaders have found your recent work production to be above satisfactory. As a result of this they have generously granted you two things. 1- An evening of allocated humour and 2. you'll need to click more.  Comedy night at the Grain Barge, Bristol.

  • Wed
    29
    Jun
    2016
    Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Birmingham Royal Ballet visit Bristol Hippodrome.  Choreographer John Cranko adapts Shakespeare's tale of mismatched marriage to create his undoubted masterpiece.

    In this sparkling comedy, independent and tempestuous Kate gives her suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for. Cranko breathes new life into this witty battle of the sexes, set to a sparkling baroque score.

  • Fri
    01
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Art, Community, Music Festival

    Frome Festival is no mere weekend.  Frome Festival spans ten days from 1-10 July and encompasses art and literature as well as music.  Eclectic activities including ukelele workshops and a Magical Folk Tree feature.  Billy Bragg is headlining.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    Backwell, North Somerset
    Community, Music

    Backwell Festival returns with double the fun over TWO days.  Now you can camp there too.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    03
    Jul
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music Festival

    Grillstock: music and meat meet in a mash-up.  A place to indulge your carnivorous fantasies whilst watching great music.  The Levellers and the Fratellis headline Saturday and the Stranglers headline Sunday.  World Championship barbecuing and world class music on Bristol harbourside.

  • Sat
    02
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016

     The Story of Children’s Television is the story of all of our childhoods, and how television helped to shape the way we view the world around us. Take a wander down memory lane, to a celebration of children’s television, past and present.  Entry charge to exhibition at the M Shed.

  • Mon
    04
    Jul
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    Multi-award-winning singer songwriter Seal first came to widespread attention as vocalist on the Adamski single ‘Killer’ in 1990. The single reached number 1, and Seal released his self-titled debut album shortly afterwards, which featured the single ‘Crazy’ (another worldwide hit) and his own version of ‘Killer’.

  • Mon
    04
    Jul
    2016
    Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Bristol Hippodrome
    Music

    “Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award winning Broadway and West End musical, CHICAGO, which comes to the Hippodrome for one week only

  • Tue
    05
    Jul
    2016

    Join Community Gardener Amanda Clay in exploring the Herb Garden at the Bishop's Palace, Wells. Use all your senses to learn more about different types of herb and see what your favourite is

  • Thu
    07
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol team up for the first Bristol Americana Weekend, bringing together some outstanding home-grown and US artists in the spirit of collaboration to celebrate the remarkable roots music that grows from deep in the American soil

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Art, Music Festival

    Enjoy Hazy Days at Weston-super-mare, its first annual not-for-profit music and arts festival.

    Taking place on the weekend of the 8-10th July in 2016, this event will be the first one of its kind in Weston. Covering a diverse range of live music, contemporary art in the newly refurbished Tropicana on Weston Seafront they are looking to create a carnival like atmosphere for both people from Weston, and visitors from around the South West to enjoy.

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    The Priddy Folk Festival on 8th-10th July has a loyal following and deservedly so.  A wonderfully authentic festival, Priddy is in its 25th year.  Fab music on the village green with plenty of stalls to check out.  Camping is at the nearby site, this friendly fest is known for a great weekend for all the family.

  • Fri
    08
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    10
    Jul
    2016
    Festival, Music, sport

    The NASS festival at the Royal Bath and West showground features the latest in BMX and skate as well as a collaboration with Upfest, Bristol's Street Art festival.  Music includes dance, drum n'bass, hip hop and grime.  Witness some of the world's best BMX and skate stunts in NASS Pro Park and Vert competitions.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Community

    The annual skatepark fest is in its 14th year.  This time, the festival will open the revamped skatepark and visitors will be able to watch displays, try their hand at different activities and listen to live music.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    At the RSPB's West Sedgemoor wetland centre you'll find a lovely opportunity to explore the fascinating worlds of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies, and discover some of the different species that call the Somerset Levels & Moors their home.
    Sun hat, sun cream and insect repellent recommended.  Bring a drink. Toilets on site. £5, directions provided on booking.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Community

    Cream tea, traditional stalls and the ever enjoyable egg throwing competition.  From 2.30 until 5pm.  Entrance to Court Paddock via Wiltons, Wrington.

  • Sat
    09
    Jul
    2016
    Community, Music Festival

    Bristol hosts the largest free Pride in the UK, and it's one of the city's biggest events.  Celebrate the LGBT community and join the parade which leads to the music festival.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    The Whispering Woodfolk are currently touring their new show “Moon Princess”, a retelling of a traditional Japanese tale.  Journey with them into the wild wood at Prior Park for an immersive experience which combines aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    The ever popular (for children) Ice Age returns for the summer.

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016
    Festival

    Bristol Harbour Festival is one of the country's largest FREE festivals, with over 200,000 people attending each year. It features two miles of entertainment along Bristol's iconic harbour, including a Dance Village, three music stages, boating entertainment on the water, unusual vessels, a children's and circus mecca created by Cirque Bijou and regional food markets.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    Community

    Classic Cars, cream teas, maypole display and much more at Burrington House, BS40 7AD from 2pm

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    Community, Family

    Bug hunts, clay critters and family fun at Wild Westbury Quarry, run by Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty organisation from 2-5pm.  Free but donation appreciated.

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    17
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    This is sure to be popular with families.  Julia Donaldson herself is travelling to Bristol Old Vic with a host of her well-known characters from books such as A Squash and a Squeeze, Zog, and of course, The Gruffalo

  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2016
    Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Roll up, roll up and take part in The Luminous Robot Circus, a visually spectacular show with a cast of robot performers.  On at 12.15 and 3.15 @Bristol and included in admission price during the summer holidays until November.  The circus invites audience participation operating lights and mirrors and asks how robots might behave in the future.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2016

    Montacute House are allowing visitors to shoot balloons and meet some Tudoe archers and their weapons over the summer.  £2 for six shots.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer songwriter and opera composer Rufus Wainwright comes to the Colston Hall.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2016
    Thu
    21
    Jul
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    An immersive choral experience at the Tobacco Factory.  Each member of the choir blindfolds and hugs a member of the audience and sings so they experience the performance through sound, breath and vibration.

  • Mon
    18
    Jul
    2016
    Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    Art, Craft

    Exhibition of Indian inspired textiles by Graham Hollick at one two five gallery, Bath.  Stitch by Stitch reinterprets traditional embroidery and quilt-making skills, and commissions hand woven wools and Kala cotton fabrics from weavers, spinners and cotton growers in Kutch.  A fresh, modern collection of cushions, rugs, blankets and quilts is the result, all made with fair trade principles

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Join the National Trust at the Woodland Play area 10.30-12.30pm for den building mud pies and more for £1.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    On general release from 22 July the BFG has a special place in our hearts.  Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming - the trouble comes when the other giants notice her.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Asterix and Obelix and friends battle those pesky Romans who are set on building condominiums next to their little village.  On general release from 22 July.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    Live Mendips is more than a little excited that The Proclaimers are returning to the Village Pump Folk Festival for the 22-24 July.  Get grooving to the eclectic line-up of ska and contemporary Scottish folk near Westbury.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    Art

    Buy art direct from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists at The Other Art Fair at the Arnolfini.

  • Fri
    22
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    Cock & Bull is run by Jamie’s Farm with the belief that festivals should offer something for the mind, body and soul! Whether you like it loud or quiet, fast or slow they say they have something for music lovers of all genres.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music Festival

    THE PIG-near Bath have invited Angela Harnett a campfire dinner. Bands, including The Strangler's Hugh Cornwell and Turin brakes are on stage from 12-6pm so be prepared for a full day of entertainment. Bring a picnic blanket and make yourself comfortable on one of the many hay bales scattered throughout the festival.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    The Wardrobe Theatre hosts a day of improvisation as part of Bristol's Shakespeare festival.  Making it Up! is a fun introduction to improvisation for 8-12 year-olds. In improvisation we make it all up on the spot – definitely no scripts here. The results are very funny and can help your confidence with all kinds of performance from Shakespeare to everyday life, because - after all - all the world's a stage.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    Stroud based singer songwriter Hattie Briggs has played over 200 gigs since 2014 including 3 UK and 2 European tours.  She'll be performing songs at the Chapel Arts Centre from her debut album Red and gold and her second studio album Young Runaway

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Posy making from 12-3.  Join in free activities at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016

    Everyone enamoured of flying and new tech will love this show at Weston's Helicopter Museum.  Climb into real cockpits, experience the latest flying simulators and see demos of drone flying as well as nattering to people on trade stands.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, the Redgrave Theatre hosts seven players from The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will take you on a journey through his life, his plays and the Elizabethan stage. Designed for all the family, this is an inclusive show with audience participation.  Suitable from

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016

    Be impressed by the Living History skills, skirmishes and weapons demonstrations of the mighty Taunton Garrison. Step back in time all weekend on the South Lawn at the Bishop's Palace, Wells.

  • Sat
    23
    Jul
    2016
    Mon
    25
    Jul
    2016
    Art, Community, Festival

    Bristol festival Upfest, the Urban Paint Festival returns for 2016.  Following 2015's festival which saw 300 artist from across the globe and over 30,000 visitors descend on Bedminster, south Bristol, the team are currently working on gaining funding and sponsorship to keep the event free!

  • Sun
    24
    Jul
    2016
    Art, Family

    The  Bath Museum celebrates its relaunch by putting on a family trail

  • Mon
    25
    Jul
    2016
    Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    Family
     The week-long bushcraft course, for children aged 7 and up.  Super Camps RAW Adventure Bushcraft course taking place at Bristol's Colston's School this Easter and Summer will feature visits by Zoolab animal experts equipped with their famous wild-life back-packs.  One of three weeks over the summer holidays.
  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Tyntesfield will be holding its first ever Forest School day camps for children aged 6-10 this summer. From 10:30am to 2:30pm, children will explore Tyntesfield's beautiful woodland, guided by our Forest School leader and learning team. Activities will include fire lighting, cooking on the fire, den building, wild play and green woodworking.  three dates over the summer holidays.

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Illustrator Matt Jeanes who has worked on celebrity cartoons such as Winnie the Pooh, My Little Pony and Wallace and Gromit is at the American Museum to help children with their own illustration from 10-12pm.  £10

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Make some Animal comics with the help of an illustrator at Windmill hill City Farm then take them home.  All materials provided. £24, suitable for 8-12 year olds.

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Pot painting at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 1pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Wed
    27
    Jul
    2016
    Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Drop into one of Blaise Castle's Holiday Family Fun days to explore our fabulous collections and exhibitions through creative and hands-on activities for the whole family.  Every Wednesday during the summer holidays.  While your there if the weather is good why not talk one of the short walks around the estate?

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Join Squire Stage Combat at the American Museum for an exciting introduction to the art of stage fighting. Use aikido bokken (wooden swords) to recreate the opening fight scene from Star Wars: Episode V— The Empire Strikes Back.  Booking essential £10 – to register call 01225 820866

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Become a medieval detective and uncover hidden secrets in the ancient crypt.  Join the team at St John on the Wall, Broad Street Bristol, for crafts, family activities, medieval dressing up and make a keepsake to take home with you. 11am to 3pm.  Free - donations welcome

  • Thu
    28
    Jul
    2016
    Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    It's the renowned WOMAD, with its eclectic and inspiring line-up.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Looking for some crafty fun? Head over to the Stable Yard Room from 11am-3pm to get ‘hands-on’ with natural materials and make seed mosaics, funky plant pots and lavender bags.  Included in admission to the Bishop's Palace, Wells

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Salad making for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 1pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Fri
    29
    Jul
    2016
    Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    Bruton has become chic and more-than-slightly hip and FarmFest at Gilcombe Farm has everything you could ask for in a festival: beautiful land, beautiful line-up and beautiful people.  Camping is free is you bring your own tent or book a bell tent and glamp in your own marquee.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    The Bristol giant is back.  Celebrate the Blaise Castle giant story with the a fair which reurns after a break of over twenty years!  Explore the stalls, activities and take a ride on a vintage funfair supplied by Albert Rogers Funfairs, who were part of the 1950s fair.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    Music Festival

    Check out new Bristol artists and support up-and-coming talent with BrisFest music festival held in 15 venues for £15.  Genres include: Punk, folk, rock’n’roll, indie, ska, swing, jazz, latin, hip hop, electro swing, soul, disco, house, roots, reggae, dub,funk, old skool, RnB, garage, bassline, drum’n’bass, jungle, techno, electro, EBM, dub.

  • Sat
    30
    Jul
    2016
    Family

    Trees and den building at the Badminton Plantation, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    In the year that marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s sparkling, battle-of-the-sexes comedy, Much Ado About Nothing at the Bishop's Palace, Wells.

  • Sun
    31
    Jul
    2016

    At the North Somerset Bird Of Prey Centre they offer the chance to watch and interact with some of natures greatest avian predators.  One of six open days a year.

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Storytelling for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Prepare to walk the plank you scurvy crew.  Little pirates most welcome in Pirate Week at Tyntesfield - dressing up encouraged, normal admission fee applies.

  • Mon
    01
    Aug
    2016
    Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016

    Explore the Baths as you have never seen them before - by torchlight.  as darkness falls come to the steamy magical waters for an unforgettable experience.

  • Tue
    02
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Come on an RSPB adventure and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride out on to West Sedgemoor, run wild in the meadow and hunt for some of the creatures that live there.  Safaris at 11am and 2pm.  Sun hat, sun cream and insect repellent recommended.  Bring a drink. Toilets on site.  Directions will be provided on booking.

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Children can fly a kite at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activit

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Old Down country estate hosts a flock of fairies for story-telling and face-painting

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Phil Jupitus plays Bottom the weaver in this brand new production of Shakespeare's best-loved comedy at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

  • Wed
    03
    Aug
    2016
    Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Spend time at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and the RWA, meet new friends and let our paintings, objects and ancient artefacts inspire you.  This special course for 8-11 year olds for £35 helps them create theirown masterpiece using a special Discover toolkit to receive your Discover Arts Award certificate.

  • Thu
    04
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Film

    Join the American Museum for a Star Wars celebration! Create your own intergalactic battle model, lightsaber, or Yoda ears. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (PG), the very first Star Wars film, will be screened from 2.30pm in the Stables.  Included with gardens only admission. Drop-in, booking not necessary, recommended age 3+.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Crafty fun at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Fri
    05
    Aug
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    The Sea Show at the Tropicana is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret by Squashbox, recommended age 4+

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Tractor cleaning at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Music Festival

    Come along to the free world music festival Redfest in St George's Park Bristol.  Free but donation appreciated.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Music, Music Festival

    There will be an extra special Extravaganza at Glastonbury Abbey on 6 August.  The 2016 spectacular, complete with traditional firework display, will be the 20th Extravaganza to be held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey.  Celtic legend Van Morrison will headline the 20th Anniversary Abbey Extravaganza on Saturday August 6th, one of only a handful of dates the singer will be playing in the UK this year.   Jamie Cullum is playing too so two great singers for the price of one.  Camping is sold out but you can go on the waiting list.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Craft

    Get the stitching bug on National Stitch Day 2016! Join Bristol Embroiderers’ Guild at Bristol Museum to make a stitched insect of your own using our collection of bugs, beetles and butterflies as inspiration. Materials will be provided and some handmade items will be available for sale.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Craft

    Create your own green man or woodland spirit face, under the expert guidance of the North Somerset Bodgers at Tyntesfield. Using basic tools such as knifes and small chisels to create your green man's unique personality from a piece of rounded Tyntesfield timber. You will be taken through 10 step by step stages, from your basic log to the face of your finished spirit.

  • Sat
    06
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    Music Festival

    Bath Folk Festival is not a traditional field-based folk festival. Instead, concerts, sessions, dances and workshops are held at a variety of venues across Bath, so the whole city becomes alive with traditional music, dance and storytelling.  Develop or improve your own performing skills, join the week-long traditional music summer school.

  • Mon
    08
    Aug
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

     

    The show is geared for children to relish – there is no educational content – guaranteed!  Audiences should come prepared to enjoy wonderful original songs, plenty of audience participation and a feeling of satisfaction that they aren’t related to him!  This pop-up theatre at the Tropicana is suitable for children of around 4+

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Pond surveying for children in the West Garden, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Enjoy a day in the woods with an opportunity to learn willow weaving, with a variety of forest school activities for the younger ones. Expect creativity, toasted marshmallows and a wonderful wild setting. Plus tea for adults! Optional picnic in the woods after (BY0 lunch).

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Developed in association with the egg (Theatre Royal Bath), Flit, Flap & Fly pop-up at the Tropicana is a squawking adventure that follows a young chick’s frantic and funny journey towards independence, and his relationship with his fine-singing father. Suitable for all ages (but particularly aimed at 3-7 year olds) the audience is invited to join the pair in the nest, where they find themselves part of the daily life of a unique bird family.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Practice making your own brush shelters for camping in the wild at the American Museum. Leave a message for visitors using Navajo symbols.  Included with gardens only admission. Drop-in, booking not necessary, recommended age 3+.

  • Thu
    11
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    14
    Aug
    2016
    Festival

    International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest hot air balloon festival with over 100 balloons gathered in the grounds of the stunning Ashton Court Estate to take off at dawn and dusk each day. A jam packed four days of fun for the whole family, with breakfast and balloons at dawn to the night glows on Thursday and Saturday after dusk, when the balloons glow to a soundtrack of music. Over half a million people attend each year.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Racing against the clock, Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout travel around the World by any means necessary to see if they can make it back to London in 80 days!  At the Bishop's Palace, Wells.

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Join Wild Place Project for a unique and wild start to the weekend at one of our Summer Sundown events for an evening of family fun.  One of three late opening evenings, on 12/8 there will be Wild Games – get your trainers and tracksuits on to take part in some of the games on site. Try the 3G Power Swing and if you're brave enough the Leap of Faith jump!

  • Fri
    12
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Posy making from 12-3.  Join in free activities at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Dry stone walling for children at the Old Lodge, from 1pm - 3pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sat
    13
    Aug
    2016
    sport

    A great coastal location at Portishead with a superb outdoor 33m pool venue means this event is continuing to create a buzz in the Bristol area and sold out in 2015. With a top sponsor on board and some renowned triathlon clubs in the vicinity of the venue, this race is set to continue it's soaring popularity.

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Planting food for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Mon
    15
    Aug
    2016
    Community, Family

    Go behind the scenes to feed the animals and help Windmill Hill's city farm team. Create dens, make fires and learn bushcraft skills in the woodland area

  • Tue
    16
    Aug
    2016
    Comedy, Family

    Come and join in the fun with hilarious Nutty Noah at Puxton Park

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Wild art for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 1pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Wed
    17
    Aug
    2016
    Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    The Rainforest is under threat, can the Wild Things at the Colston Hall combine their skills to summon the ultimate king of jungle to help?

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Stones And Bones is a marvellous mix of history and mystery by Squashbox Theatre.  Find out all about archaeology and fossils, say hello to one of your stone-age ancestors, hear stories of giants and wizards, see a volcano erupting before your very eyes, and maybe even glimpse a dinosaur or two.  Pop-up theatre at the Tropicana for children 5+

  • Thu
    18
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Hunt for a bear at the Colston Hall this summer.  “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.” A delightful, immersive retelling of the beloved children’s story with a few added twists and turns - a great intro to live music for little ones.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Children can fly a kite at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Film

    A new, BBC adaptation of Swallows and Amazons, refreshed for a more modern age.  Starring Rafe Spall and Kelly MacDonald.  On general release from August 19.

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    Festival, Music Festival

    2016 will see graffiti artists, circus performers, poetry and workshops among the many attractions sitting alongside a vastly eclectic musical lineup at Hamswell near Bath.

  • Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Wild art for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sun
    21
    Aug
    2016
    Community

    The only one day agricultural show in the South West with free entry for pedestrians. A fantastic family day out near Shepton Mallet with something for everyone from dog shows and cheese tasting to livestock displays and crafts stalls.

  • Mon
    22
    Aug
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    The show is geared for children to relish – there is no educational content – guaranteed!  Audiences should come prepared to enjoy wonderful original songs, plenty of audience participation and a feeling of satisfaction that they aren’t related to him!  This pop-up theatre at the Tropicana is suitable for children of around 4

  • Mon
    22
    Aug
    2016
    Music

    Ezra Furman and his unique brand of distinctly American pop-rock to Komedia this summer.

  • Mon
    22
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Storytelling for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activit

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Oddsocks are passionate about performing Shakespeare with energy and silliness and Macbeth will be no exception. Forget what you know about Shakespeare’s tragedy and expect the unexpected.  Pop-up theatre for families and children aged 8+ at the Tropicana

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Cult Screens at Clifton College

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Cult Screens at Clifton College

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Salad making for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 1pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Wed
    24
    Aug
    2016
    Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Chapterhouse Theatre Company proudly presents The Railway Children at Bitton Railway Station, the unforgettable and heart-warming story of adventure and family set in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.  A unique performance of Chapterhouse Theatre’s open air production of E Nesbit’s classic … with a real steam engine!

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    sport

    Every Monday and Thursday you can try stand up paddleboarding at Bristol's Floating Harbour

  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Make colourful tipi-shaped lanterns from willow and tissue paper and discover what other kinds of houses Native Americans lived in. Don’t forget to try out the large tipi in the American Museum grounds.  Included with gardens only admission. Drop-in, booking not necessary, recommended age 3+.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    A hilarious new show revealing just what happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their own version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator…pop-up theatre for people 10-108 at the Tropicana

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Cult Screens at Clifton College

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Storytelling for children at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2016
    Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    Music Festival

    Spanning the spectrums of House, Techno, Drum & Bass and Breaks, Field Trip near Trowbridge, Wiltshire promises to deliver the very best dance music has to offer.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Wild art for children at the Old Lodge, from 1pm - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer's timeless tales in under two hours!  Join the pilgrims at the Bishop's Palace, Wells for puppetry and poetry, music and magic, talking chickens and burnt bottoms. Fast-paced, physical and funny, this show is pure medieval mayhem for the whole family.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Children of Somerset perform a fast moving version of the tale around the gardens of Monacute House.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016

    The world of sci-fi and super-heroes come to Weston.  Stars of Time hosts various Doctor Whos and actors from your favourite TV shows.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    If the other half has a thing about stripy lawns and ride-on mowers they'll love this and hopefully get it out of their system.  This three day - yes 3 - is run by the YMCA and under 12s get in free.  Ticket price includes entry to beer festival and there will be classic cars too!  Add in racing & bands add you have a perfect storm on a lawn.

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016
    Festival, Food and Drink

    Details to be announced...celebrates Bristol beer

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music

    Bambalan presents a silent disco - where the DJ beams music direct to you headphones - over lunch on the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Cult Screens at Clifton College

  • Sun
    28
    Aug
    2016

    At the North Somerset Bird Of Prey Centre they offer the chance to watch and interact with some of natures greatest avian predators.  One of six open days a year.

  • Mon
    29
    Aug
    2016
    Family

    Wild cooking for children at the Badminton Plantation, from 12noon - 1pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Tue
    30
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    The Sound of Music needs no explanation - at the Bristol Hippodrome for five nights.

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Children can make wild bird feeders at the Old Lodge, from 12noon - 2pm, free at Dyrham Park.  Usual entrance fee applies.  Ask for directions when you arrive and volunteers will help you find the activity.

  • Wed
    31
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Dominic Cooper plays debauched 17th Century rake the Earl of Rochester in this sexually charged masterpiece by award-winning playwright Stephen Jeffreys. The Libertine opens at the Theatre Royal Bath prior to a West End run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

  • Thu
    01
    Sep
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    This tale needs no introduction.  Pop-up theatre by Illyria at the Tropicana

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016

    The festival boasts over 30 of the best breweries, don't just take their word for it - pop in to try a few.  Taking place at Motion at the end of Bristol beer week, this event allows unlimited 90ml tastings for £35

  • Fri
    02
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    Chew Valley
    Family, Music

    Valley Fest  - the hills come alive for three days of all round entertainment including live music, top-notch locally-sourced food, festivals feasts, street art, cookery demonstrations, farm tours, kids workshops and welly-wearing dancing.  The first acts have been announced: Stereo MCs, the Blockheads, Craig Charles Funk and Soul Band featuring Hannah Williams

  • Sat
    03
    Sep
    2016
    Music

    Massive Attack play their biggest ever gig in Bristol on the Downs

  • Sun
    04
    Sep
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Bristol Sunset Cinema at Ashton Court

  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    11
    Sep
    2016
    Art

    Catch local artists such as Harry Bunce and Adam Warwick Hall at Bristol's Affordable Art Fair in Brunel's Old Station

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2016

    Unseen Bristol.  Take a chance to explore behind the scenes.  Take a tour at over 80 venues including the Bottle Yard Studios, Wills Memorial building, St Nicks Market, and the vaults underneath the Clifon Suspension Bridge.

  • Wed
    14
    Sep
    2016
    Comedy, Festival

    The Colston Hall plays host to a starry line-up of top comedy talent: Jack Dee, Susan Calman, Jason Manford raise money for Bristol's very own slapstick festival.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016

    Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the M:Shed's powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    Art

    Somerset Art open week focuses on artists in their working environment. See how artists make their work, their inspiration and the creative process.

  • Sun
    18
    Sep
    2016
    Comedy

    Miles Jupp, (Stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of The News Quiz) hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some bloody sense of it all at the Theatre Royal, Bath.

  • Tue
    20
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Festival, Film

    Europe's leading film festival at the Watershed, with events for aspiring producers, a film industry programme and free public screenings for families.

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Based on Ben Rice’s acclaimed debut novel about how the loss of two imaginary friends unites an opal-mining community in the Australian outback, this is a funny and heartbreaking story about love, loyalty and the enduring power of the imagination.  Pop-up theatre at the Tropicana for families and children 8+

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    Family, Film

    Outdoor cinema from Bristol Sunset Cinema at Ashton Court

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    sport

    Gloucestershire v Sussex - County Championship Division 2 at Brightside Ground

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Film

    Join Compass Presents near St Werbergh's on a promenade experience that will lead you around the wild places of Boiling Wells to discover hidden histories and forgotten stories told through the medium of archival film. Look out for signs of Pagan ritual and beware suspicious characters…

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016
    Music

    In a fundraising concert for Wells Cathedral, the world-famous choir sings one of the greatest choral works ever written, alongside other choral favourites at 7pm. Featuring Wells Cathedral Choir, Jonathan Vaughn (organ). Matthew Owens (conductor) this will be a memorable performance of a beautiful piece of music

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016
    Music

    ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing’

    Get on your dancing shoes for the Grand Pier’s first ever Swing In September! Learn the steps with a dance class courtesy of ‘Swing Dance Bristol’ before indulging in a 1930’s - 1950’s themed buffet. Dance the night away with live entertainment from the vintage-inspired band ‘Paper Moon’ whose sound would convince even the most determined of non-dancers to shake a toe!

  • Sat
    24
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016

    Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed to the SS Great Britain.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Bristol Sunset Cinema at Ashton Court

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Comedy

    THE ACTUAL ONE is Isy Suttie’s brilliantly funny new show at The Comedy Box about that moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you - featuring stories, songs and readings from the new book of the same name.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Comedy

    THE ACTUAL ONE is Isy Suttie’s brilliantly funny new show at The Comedy Box about that moment in your late 20s when you suddenly realise that all your mates are growing up without you - featuring stories, songs and readings from the new book of the same name.

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    Community

    Bath Cats' and Dogs' home has a large tree and you can climb up to enjoy spectacular views of theBristol Channel then abseil down.  small charge or you can abseil free if you raise £150 for the charity

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2016
    sport

    Take on the half marathon challenge!

  • Mon
    26
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    A comedy of love and manners...In the summer streets of Bath, social climber and "pineapple of politeness" Mrs Malaprop is determined to make her niece Lydia Languish a fortuitous match.  On until the 2 October at Bristol's Old Vic.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016

    Champagne is recognised across the world and as a celebratory drink and Averys' sparkling tasting will be no less bubbly as they explore all things Fizz. See if English sparkling or one of their other sparklers can knock Champagne from its top spot and see which bubbles you will be drinking at your next party.

  • Wed
    28
    Sep
    2016
    Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    English rose Lucy Honeychurch is touring Italy with her prim spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett as chaperone.  With its cast of vivid characters, this elegant comedy written in 1908 by E.M Forster, is widely recognized as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century, adapted by Simon Reade with Felicity Kendal starring at the Theatre Royal Bath.

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2016
    Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016
    Festival

    This literature festival has something for all ages from little ones to teens with writers like Holly Webb, David Walliams, Malorie Blackman and Simon Mayo and Robert Muchamore here in Bath to tell their tales

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    Craft

    A weekend at Tyntesfield celebrating food, drink, art and craft across North Somerset

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    Comedy

    Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social Media. Hipsters. Poo. Rage. Medicine. Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff.  At the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2016
    Food and Drink

    Yeo Valley open their doors for the second time this year.  It's a great opportunity to look around the beautiful farm & gardens and sample some delicious local treats.

  • Tue
    04
    Oct
    2016
    Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    It is as relevant a political and social story now as it was half a century ago, and has appeal for all generations. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.  At the Bristol Hippodrome,

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2016
    Art, Family

    Let your little one make a mess at the Scrapstore in Bristol and explore their creative side, part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival

  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music

    Prepare yourself for an assault on your senses as local producers, musicians, traders and performers take to the streets in and around the celebrated St Nicholas Market.

  • Sat
    08
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    09
    Oct
    2016

    Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed to the SS Great Britain.

  • Tue
    11
    Oct
    2016
    Colston Hall, Bristol

    Nina Conti plays the Colston Hall - hopefully bringing her hilarious puppets

  • Wed
    12
    Oct
    2016
    Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Amanda Holden heads one of the starriest casts ever to have stepped out on the Theatre Royal's stage in this wonderfully funny and heart-warming comedy which charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Bristol Sunset Cinema at Ashton Court

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2016
    Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Festival

    Enjoy a festival of books and ideas right here in the Mendips.  The Wells Literature Festival features Deborah Moggach, Frank Gardner, Vince Cable, Matthew Parris and Lauren Child.

  • Sat
    15
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016

    Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the M:Shed's powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat, on a trip around the docks that she was built to protect.

  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor cinema from Bristol Sunset Cinema at Ashton Court

  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
  • Sun
    16
    Oct
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Telling the story of a young girl called Betany in her journey from girl to woman, this promises to be an immersive experience combining aerial acrobatics, live music and storytelling and beautiful illumination of Stourhead's trees.

  • Mon
    17
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    Food and Drink

    Shake rattle and roll across 20 Bristol cocktail bars in this themed cocktail week.  Covers everything from making at home, the art of blending and a special themed movie night with cocktails based on favourite films.

  • Tue
    18
    Oct
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    The celebrated columnist and political/environmental campaigner and commentator George Monbiot joins forces
    with leading folk singer and musician ( and Bristol resident) Ewan McLennan for a unique collaboration in words and music.  At St George's, Bristol.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Enjoy a trip into the myths and mysteries of Ancient Egypt through original fiction written and read by four local authors.  Located in the Bristol Museum's atmospheric Assyria Gallery, the event is part of the Bristol Festival of Literature taking place throughout the city.  For children age 14+

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Art, Family

    Doodle to your hart's content at Paintworks.  Join Let’s Make Art, Anorak & Cass Art for a Big Draw event. A day of art workshops & storytelling for children and their families.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Get creative with spooky squash at Tyntesfield

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Free, drop-in session for families to experiement with products and materials from Artrageous, our art shop that is open to all.  Free at the Scrapstore, Bristol

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    The Imagination Museum at the Bristol Museum is a promenade dance piece designed to take you into a world of movement based on different museum objects.  The dance piece is aimed at children and families and has been designed for museums and heritage sites as part of the Dancing in Museums project.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016

    Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed to the SS Great Britain.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    Festival, Music Festival, Theatre/Live performance

    At various venues around Bristol, the Simple Things  16 hour line-up on Saturday 22 October includes Warpaint and UFO.  The legendary horror composer John Carpenter live at the Colston Hall for a breathtaking finale to the festival weekend.  Carpenter will be performing a retrospective of his soundtrack work as well as new compositions taken from his Lost Themes albums accompanied by a full live band and spectacular visuals.

  • Sat
    22
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Dress up in costume to stamp books in the Bookbindery, make sweets at the Confectioners, and other activities at No 1 Royal Crescent. Play mats are available with activities for younger visitors.  Drop in anytime to help bring history to life and take home the things you’ve made! Suitable for all ages

  • Sun
    23
    Oct
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Make a lantern to shine as the nights draw in at Tyntesfield.

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2016
    Music

    Tunstall’s appearance on Later… with Jools Holland put her in the lime light.  She has not looked back.  Now based in LA the singer-songwriter is focusing on new material at the Colston Hall.

  • Mon
    24
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Free Fungi Day for young nature-lovers, at Folly Farm Centre. Hosted by Justin Smith Foundation. This is a unique opportunity for young people to spend valuable time learning from fungi experts in stunning surroundings. No previous knowledge required, just an enthusiasm to learn about the fungi kingdom. Lunch and free gift included!  To learn how to sign up visit the website.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Come on an awesome adventure of myth and legend, through a modern take on an Ancient Greek classic. Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage Cyclops, survive the sweet-singing siren sisters and overcome vengeful gods to save the day with the cleverest Greek hero of all time with Michael Loader and Tom Veck at St George's Bristol.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    Craft, Family

    Inspired by Charles Eames' twirling toys, Let's Make Art will teach you how to make twirling, whirling mobiles.  Each participant will take home their own amazing mobile. Book in advance or drop in on the day at the RWA, Bristol.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Can you build the highest tower, design a fantastical hat or make a working crane?  Be inspired by the historic exhibits and iconic cranes, let your imagination run riot and discover the designer hiding inside you, free at the M:Shed.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016

    Come along to see owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons swoop over the American Museum grounds.  Demonstrations at 12.30pm & 2.30pm.
    Included with gardens admission. This is a drop-in event, pre-booking is not necessary.

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Are you a budding scientist? Come and experiment with No 1. Royal Crescent. Join Dr Andrews and Professor Rogers to find a cure and mix your own herbal remedies. Use a quill and coloured ink to take home your own fancy medicine label.  Drop in anytime to discover what unusual cures and hidden killers lurked in the Georgian home! Age 7+

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    FREE train rides for children in fancy dress at Avon Valley Railway.

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016

    The American Museum’s evocative Period Rooms are the perfect setting for a sinister tale on a dark evening. Join them for a chilling journey through some of the darkest chapters of American history, starting in a seventeenth-century home in colonial Massachusetts at the height of the Salem witch trials.  Not suitable for children.

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Make a spooky Halloween mask and follow our pumpkin trail through the house and gardens to claim your chocolate prize at Blaise Castle

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Dallas Pratt’s map collection is populated with terrifying beasts and monsters. Design your own map of the American Museum and grounds, filled with scary creatures of your own invention.  Included with gardens only admission. Drop-in, booking not necessary, recommended age 3+.

  • Wed
    26
    Oct
    2016
    Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Looking for something to keep the kids busy this half term? We have two days of spooky fun here at the theatre. Scary stories, creepy creations and hair-raising hijinks at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Art, Family

    Families are invited to create multi-layered, mixed media prints in this exciting workshop with artist and printmaker Sophie Rae.  Budding artists will begin by adding vivid background colours with a roller, and will then use different materials (such as bubble wrap, pencils and paintbrushes) to add marks and patterns.  Suitable for children 7+ at the RWA Bristol.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Craft, Family

    What better place to celebrate Halloween than at the American Museum? Join Wiltshire Scrapstore to create an array of creepy crafts in preparation for the big day. Come along in fancy dress and enjoy the autumn colours in our gardens and grounds.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016

    Party with a Deadly DJ at Weston Pier for what promises to be a frightfully fantastic night of live scare zones as well as all the thrills of our rides and attractions with some added suprises with cocktails including Witches Brew.

  • Thu
    27
    Oct
    2016
    Mon
    31
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Scary bats have taken over the historic kitchen at No 1 Royal Crescent, Bath. Come and count them all for a Hallowe’en treat.

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Due to popular demand our Ghoul-Guided Family Friendly Torchlit Tours are back! The Harbourside attraction at the Aquarium is a seriously spooky place as twilight falls and who knows what may be lurking in the dark as Halloween approaches!

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    Community, Food and Drink

    Join the American Museum for an autumnal apple celebration: press your own apple juice, hear the story of Johnny Appleseed, and have fun with apple-inspired crafts.

  • Fri
    28
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Roald Dahl's entertaining tale of spooky women and mice at a witches' conference with Angelica Huston at the Curzon, Clevedon

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016

    Aimed at those brave souls who aren't afraid of things that go bump in the night, join our ghostly gang to discover what comes out to play when the lights go out.  What terrors of the deep lie in wait as you explore a twilight world filled with sinister shapes and spine-tingling sounds?  At Bristol Aquarium, 15 +

    NOT for the faint-hearted.

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Come and meet the goblins and the goblin King. Dress up in fancy dress and dance and sing out loud as David Bowie takes us on a magical adventure through the Labyrinth at the Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-Mare.  Bring your sleeping bags and settle with hot chocolate under the stars, for a fantastic family halloween event.

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Outdoor conema at the Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-mare.  Come and scare yourself silly with 28 Days Later.  Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Jack Nicholson stars in Stephen King's The Shining.

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016

    Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed to the SS Great Britain.

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2016
    Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016

    FREE train rides for children in fancy dress at Avon Valley Railway.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    Family

    Join the Bristol Museum for their annual Day of the Dead celebrations – the Mexican festival where families gather to remember their dead.  Create Day of the Dead crafts, add your memories and photos of loved ones to the colourful ofrenda (shrine), get your face painted and watch traditional Mexican dancing against the beautiful backdrop of the museum.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    Music

    Celebrate the Mexican festival of Day of the Dead with Mariachi Tequila at the American Museum from 2pm - 3pm, as the band perform traditional Mexican corridos, boleros, rancheros, and jarabes, included with gardens only admission.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016

    Join the American Museum for a fiesta to celebrate the Mexican festival of Day of the Dead, in which families honour deceased loved ones with sugar skulls, dancing skeletons, and piles of marigolds. Enjoy music from Mariachi Tequila and leave an offering on the altar.

  • Sun
    30
    Oct
    2016
    Festival, Food and Drink

    Market stalls at Paintworks, Arnos Vale, providing a vibrant, colourful, delicious and informative shopping experience. Showcasing a fantastic range of amazing local produce and the opportunity for customers and producers to communicate and network, finding ways in which we can create a more sustainable future for our food.

  • Mon
    31
    Oct
    2016
    Film

    Family screening of an all time classic, Hocus Pocus at Cheddar Football club. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teen-agers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.

  • Wed
    02
    Nov
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Grayson Perry - Typical man in a Dress appears at the Colston Hall.  Hopefully Claire will make an appearance.

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music

    Prepare yourself for an assault on your senses as local producers, musicians, traders and performers take to the streets in and around the celebrated St Nicholas Market.

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    Music

    Jools Holland, legendary composer and pianist, who began playing in pubs in London’s East End docks.  The pianist and his touring company return for their autumn show, the details of which will be released over the coming weeks.  At the Colston Hall, Bristol

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Create a Christmas Decoration with a needle at this fun needle felting workshop in the Bishop's Palace Wells.

  • Fri
    04
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Tickets to the Bishop's Palace market are available here.

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016

    Lots of treats and goodies this year at the Mendip Christmas Fair at Aldwick Court Farm, including clothes, accessories, luxury candles and lots of gift ideas.

  • Sat
    05
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    Art, Community

    Free community event in the Cam Valley.  Village Halls and churches in Clutton, Temple Cloud, Paulton, Timsbury, Camerton and Tunley host artists who are selling their work and doing workshops.

  • Tue
    08
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    It’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage at the Theatre Royal Bath with this special production of Barmy Britain. Using actors and stunning 3D Bogglevision, historical figures and events will come alive and hover at your fingertips!

  • Wed
    09
    Nov
    2016
    Mon
    02
    Jan
    2017

    This winter the Festival of Light will return and transform Longleat into a glowing winter wonderland. This year, Europe’s largest Chinese Lantern Festival will be a celebration of all creatures great and small.

  • Thu
    10
    Nov
    2016
    Tue
    03
    Jan
    2017

    Get your dancing boots on at Millenium Square's ice rink.  Disco fever sweeps the rink at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.  During the day you can have 45 minutes skating and little ones can hire penguins and bananas to get around on the ice.  You can book online.  This year, the real-ice ice rink will also be accompanied by some fun fairground activities including ‘Skyview’, a 35m observation wheel on Anchor Square; an après-ski themed container bar with rooftop views of the ice rink; and a selection of small chalet stalls selling festive foods,

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016

    Like vintage?  Visit Lou Lou's at the Passenger Shed.  £3 entry for adults, under 12s free.

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    Food and Drink

    With over 100 wines showcased from around the world, Averys Wine Merchants Celebration of Wine Event 2016 gives wine lovers the chance to taste a wide selection of vintage at Bristol Grammar School.

  • Sat
    12
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    Comedy, Theatre/Live performance

    Are you familiar with the comedy of Frankenstein?  No?  Well let Living Spit, the popular theatrical duo show you at the Tropicana.

  • Mon
    14
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    This new 2016 tour of Richard O’Brien’s classic musical continues to smash records in theatres across the country.  At Bath's Theatre Royal.

  • Wed
    16
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings.  With signature Kneehigh sorcery which uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets that the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    Film

    Showing in many cinemas, this is the release date for the new Ken Loach film, a social commentary on modern Britain.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016

    The festive season gets off to a great start at 5.30pm when the lights are switched on at St Nicholas Markets to mark the arrival of the beginning of the Christmas season.  There'll be live music, food, children’s arts and crafts workshops, roasted chestnuts and mulled wine to get you in the festive mood.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Unlock the secret to a professionally wrapped gift which looks too good to open! Print your own paper and get creative with your stylish flourishes.  At the Bristol Botanic Garden.

  • Sat
    19
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Take the chance to have a look around the diminutive Tanyard Studio in Lower Langford, off the A38 in North Somerset.  Get some creative ideas and enjoy a mulled wine, a mince pie and talk to Stefan and Cathy about felting, drawing.  Browse some beautiful silk accessories whilst you're there.

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own posy at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Mon
    21
    Nov
    2016
    Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Now celebrating its 27th year in the West End, Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel has terrified nearly 8 million theatregoers.  Robin Herford's gripping production at the Theatre Royal Bath is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

  • Thu
    24
    Nov
    2016

    Ston Easton Park has become renowned as the only hotel to cultivate its very own loofahs. Join them for this year's harvest and take home your own loofah to use in the bath!

  • Thu
    24
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016

    Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    The American Museum Christmas Craft Fair returns with a diverse range of work on offer, from ceramics and textiles to jewellery and prints. Meet the makers themselves, discuss their techniques, and find unique Christmas gifts in a festive atmosphere away from the bustle of town.

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Music

    Music by Bach, Handel and Telemann.  In its 20th year.  Tickets: £12.00; available from Wells Cathedral Shop Box Office (01749 672773) and at the door.

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Community, Craft

    Christmas Fair at Nunney Village Hall from 11am-7pm, supporting village associations.  Local makers and festive cheer, all welcome.

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    Now celebrating 10 extraordinary years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical, one of the most beloved shows on stage today, is embarking on its first ever UK and Ireland tour and comes to the Hippodrome.

  • Sat
    26
    Nov
    2016
    Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016

    The Made in Bristol Gift Fair, is set to transform Colston Hall once again.  Check the website for details of which days it's on.

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    Art

    Join the Tanyard Studio for some costumed life drawing - but not the usual 'serious' class, held in silence. There will be background music, refreshments, a chance to socialise and an unusual selection of costumed 'models'.

  • Sun
    27
    Nov
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your christmas garland and table decorations at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music

    Prepare yourself for an assault on your senses as local producers, musicians, traders and performers take to the streets in and around the celebrated St Nicholas Market.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    Cheddar village has its festive night.  christmas lights, and seasonal cheer as well as the Gorge shops open late.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Music

    Jerry Blythe hosts an Open Mic night, an evening of live music from 8pm.  Details; Jerry 07900 587646

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Fri
    23
    Dec
    2016

    A magical journey through an enchanted winter market at Bristol's St Nicks, filled with wonderful illuminated willow animal sculptures, live music, children’s wishing tree and a fantastic variety of artisan Christmas gifts with festive food and drink.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017
    Theatre/Live performance

    This popular version - seen over 60,000 times - loses nothing in the retelling at the Tobacco Factory.

  • Fri
    02
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017

    Every Saturday and Sunday throughout December the 2016 Harbourside Christmas Market will be on near the fountains in the Centre, opposite the Hippodrome and in the Covered Walkway which leads to Bristol's Ice Rink in Millennium Square.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016

    Catherine Tate comes to the Colston Hall - whatevs!  Don't miss this riotous show full of your favourite characters, from filthy Nan, Berniw, Georgie and Sam with never-before-seen material.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Community, Family

    There’s nothing like a Victorian Christmas, with its party games, delightful decorations, and fragrant food and drink. Travel back to that era and learn how these wonderful traditions evolved.  Pay what you think at Blaise Castle.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    If you think your gift wrapping could be better book on the gift wrapping workshop at the Bishop's Palace, Wells

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Family, sport

    The very first 'Reindeer Dash' race, a one mile family fun run around Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.  Enjoy family fun, festive crafts, choirs and feeding the reindeers.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Open day at Bristol Blue, Bath Road.  Have a mince pie and try your hand at glass blowing to create a beautiful tree decoration for £20.

  • Sat
    03
    Dec
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    The Fratellis play at the O2 academy

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own wreath at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    Shipham's festive market is in the Church hall from 11-4pm.

  • Sun
    04
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    Come and see real reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh through Wells.  the Rotary Club's tenth Reindeer Parade will start from the Market Place in Wells as usual at 12 noon and lasts for around 45 minutes. The parade will progress down the High Street, through Queen Street and return to the Market Place where the wonderful reindeer from Scotland (six in total) will be in stalls for families to enjoy at close quarters.

  • Wed
    07
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own wreath at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Thu
    08
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    Dorothy House's seasonal Light up a Life services. A short service at the Wesley Chapel, Frome that includes readings, carols, and a chance for people to remember and celebrate loved ones

  • Thu
    08
    Dec
    2016
    Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Action packed, fast paced and fantastically funny this year’s egg Christmas show at Bath's Theatre Royal brings to life the legend of England's best-loved outlaw in a thrilling adventure for all times and all ages. Expect fiendish escapes, spectacular swashbuckling and sword fights galore-all performed by a fabulously versatile cast of four Merry men and a female ska band.

  • Thu
    08
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017
    Family, Theatre/Live performance

    Make tickets to see Aladdin the pantomime one of your three wishes this Christmas...climb aboard a magic carpet and let the Theatre Royal Bath take you on an amazing journey.

  • Fri
    09
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    The Christmas Tree lights are switched on at Wrington village green and villagers enjoy mulled wine, cider, traditional entertainment and lots of stalls.

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    Community, Craft

    Experience the sounds and smells of an Elizabethan Christmas at the Red Lodge Museum, complete with food, music and decorations.

    Join Bristol Embroiderers’ Guild to make a stitched Christmas decoration of your choice using beautiful material and accessories. Add embellishments such as buttons, beads and ribbon to give your creation the festive touch.

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    Music

    All are welcome to this free un-ticketed event at Wells Cathedral featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary carols performed by Mid Somerset Orchestra and Somerset Voices. Doors open at 6.15pm and seating is arranged on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    01
    Jan
    2017
    Theatre/Live performance

    Westton's Playhouse hosts John Challis aka Boycie for this year's panto.

  • Sat
    10
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017
    Theatre/Live performance

    A magical Cinderella comes to Bristol – its a singing and dancing extravaganza on ice with Torvill Dean take to the stage as the Fairy Godparents, real Shetland ponies and glittering sets.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    Food and Drink

    The tour gives you unparalleled access to Bristol’s only distillery. With the help of an expert guide you will meet Kathleen, the unique “double sphere” still and experience all the steps of the gin making process from botanical selection to bottling.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own table decoration at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    Community

    Raffle, lucky dip, tattoos, making decorations and refreshments available at Blagdon Village Hall from 2-4pm, entry proceeds to Blagdon under 5s.

  • Sun
    11
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    A professional florist will show you the tricks of the trade to create a luxurious Christmas wreath at Prior Park - booking essential.

  • Tue
    13
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    A workshop in Frome with the Somerset Skills & Learning where you will learn how to construct a simple wreath for your door, using willow withies and assorted greenery & decorative items. £21

  • Wed
    14
    Dec
    2016
    Colston Hall, Bristol

    Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer play the Colston Hall

  • Wed
    14
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own table decoration at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    Music

    Join Above & Beyond on Thursday 15 December for a magical evening of carols at Bristol Cathedral.  Compered by the BBC's Phil Hammond and all proceeds go to Bristol city centre hospitals.

     

  • Thu
    15
    Dec
    2016
    Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017
    Theatre/Live performance

    A new story about the little white mouse’s adventures in the snow for young ones at the Bath Theatre Royal.

    Winter has arrived and the woods are covered in white. A boy hurries to put on his winter clothes so he can run outside and play in a sparkly new world.

  • Fri
    16
    Dec
    2016
    Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    This popular annual workshop provides all of the materials you need to create and take home your own natural Christmas Wreath with tuition and guidance from the in-house wreath specialists at the Bishop's Palace, Wells.

  • Sat
    17
    Dec
    2016
    Music, Theatre/Live performance

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that can mean only one thing. For over 120 years Bristol Choral Society have been getting a seasonal handle on Messiah, and this year at the Colston Hall will be a great start to the Christmas festivities.

  • Sun
    18
    Dec
    2016
    Craft

    Try making your own Christmas with Mandy at Somerset Flower Farm.  £45 to include all materials and refreshments.

  • Mon
    19
    Dec
    2016
    Tue
    20
    Dec
    2016
    Theatre/Live performance

    The Dragonfly Theatre, Radstock hosts UK Live Production's 'Christmas With The Rat Pack'.  This spectacular production celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous entertainers and performers and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded.

  • Tue
    20
    Dec
    2016
    Comedy

    A very silly show for families from Nutty Noah at Komedia.  The show is geared for children and their families to relish – there is no educational content – guaranteed!
    He made mummy snort laugh through her nose – Freya aged 9

  • Tue
    20
    Dec
    2016
    Wed
    21
    Dec
    2016
    Music

    Two extravaganza evenings performed by professional orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, with the 100-strong voices of City of Bristol Choir at St George's. A brilliantly entertaining evening of festive music including sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience members to join in with the singing too.

  • Wed
    21
    Dec
    2016
    Food and Drink, Music

    Elvis is in the Valley...Yeo Valley.  Break out your blue suede shoes, and get those sideburns growing… the King is coming to Yeo Valley HQ for one hip swivelling night.  Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones is one of the top UK Elvis tribute artists, the only person ever to win Best Welsh Elvis three years on the trot!  You’ll be ‘All Shook Up’ and ready to ‘Rock’n’Roll’ for Christmas!  £40 including a delicious Yeo Valley meal.

     

  • Thu
    22
    Dec
    2016
    Fri
    23
    Dec
    2016

    A traditional carol service led by the Choir, plus bible readings. This year Wells Cathedral be hosting two Carol Services on Thursday 22 December and also on Friday 23 December.