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Longleat’s Festival of Light

9th November, 2019 at 10:00 am - 5th January, 2020 at 7:00 pm

The Festival of Light showcases Myths and Legends. Head on a thrilling odyssey as epic stories from around the world is brought to life. Legendary figures and mythical beasts await around every corner. Marvel at the gods and magical beings of ancient Greece, re-live heroic tales of British folklore and beware of the colossal Kraken. Don’t miss the ever-popular Enchanted Christmas Tree Show and Flight Before Christmas flying owl display, plus much more. Gaze in awe at the breathtaking choreographed…

Makers Market Christmas Pop Up Shop

11th November at 9:30 am - 21st December at 5:00 pm

The Makers Market Christmas Pop Up Shop will showcase a range of beautiful jewellery, homeware, pet accessories, stationary, gifts, cards, artwork and more for sale, all of which are produced by local, independent businesses from the South West who are supported on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme. So if you're looking for the perfect Christmas gift or a special treat for yourself, then look no further. Find the market at location 64–65 in the covered market at St Nicholas Market.…

Christmas at Cheddar

16th November at 12:00 am - 24th December at 12:00 am

Visit Cheddar Gorge and Caves to see the elves preparing for the big day within Gough’s Cave. Meet Father Christmas, receive a present, sing some songs and marvel at the magic. Tickets £14.95 – £19.95 For more information and tickets: cheddar gorge.co.uk

A Very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

23rd November, 2019 - 5th January, 2020

Expect stockings full of festive fun, eating and shopping at the National Trust's Tyntesfield this Christmas period. Join in with dancing and carols in the house, or book tickets for one of many festive workshops and events. For the first time, visit the house during evening opening five nights a week through December, or pick up your Christmas tree from the Cow Barn shop. Visit: nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield Main image: Paul Blakemore

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

11th December at 7:30 pm - 14th December at 7:30 pm

Exultate Singers perform an exquisite programme of Christmas music, bringing the perfect preparation for the festive season. Enjoy a wonderfully atmospheric evening in the beautiful surroundings of Bristol's oldest building. Tickets from £14–£20 from Opus 13 music shop Performances 11 and 14 December For tickets and more information: exultatesingers.org / 0117 923 0164

The French Film Festival

12th December - 15th December

The French Film Festival UK is the only festival dedicated to French and Francophone cinema, embracing French and Francophone cinema in all its diversity, featuring a bumper programme bursting with variety and vitality. The 27th edition runs from 1 November – 15 December, showing more than 50 films in 35 towns and cities across the UK. Four films will be coming to Watershed, Bristol from 12–15 December. The films featured are: - Happy Birthday | Fête de Famille (N/C 15+)…

Acorn residency at Dela

Acorn Residency at Dela

13th December at 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until 21st December, 2019

Acorn Restauarnt's residency at Dela in Easton will see its ‘Do No Harm’ small plates menu served on Fridays and Saturdays from 15 November to 21 December. To book, visit: acornrestaurant.co.uk

Christmas Spectacular

Christmas Spectacular

19th December at 7:30 pm - 20th December at 7:30 pm

Bristol Ensemble takes to the stage with Bristol City Choir and Exultate Singers to bring Christmas cheer and festivities. A wonderfully entertaining and uplifting evening of Christmas music and readings. Under the baton of the inimitable David Ogden, enjoy some wonderful Christmas music with choir items, audience participation and festive orchestral music. Tickets from £14–£28 for adults, concessions available for students and under 18s. Performance 19 and 20 December. For more information and tickets: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / 0845 4024 001

Beauty and the Beast

21st December at 12:00 am - 31st December at 12:00 am

The Redgrave Theatre is staging its first professional pantomime this Christmas with a run of performances. The cast of the pantomime, which is co-produced by Polka Dot Productions, includes the hilarious Andy Brennan as Dolly Doughnut, Daniel Chambers as French Franc, Emma Wilson as Belle, Benny Bright as the Beast, Amanda Williams as Grimalkin and Helena Mitchell as Fairy Flambé. Family tickets are available for £58. For tickets and further information: redgravetheatre.com

Organ Elevenses with Richard Johnson 

Organ Elevenses with Richard Johnson

21st December at 10:30 am

The organist Richard Johnson performs a festival programme of organ music in his Organ Elevenses recital. Coffee and cakes to be served from 10.30am followed by a 40-minute recital and a large screen projection showing all the action from the organ bench. Suggested donation of £5 on the door for adults, under 18s, go free. For more information: westbury-parish-church.org.uk

Mini Messiah and Messiah Excerpts

21st December at 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Bristol Choral Society's family-focused Mini-Messiah has been spreading bite-sized festive cheer for a decade. From 2.30pm younger audience members and their families will be able to experience a big choir and orchestra in this interactive, family-friendly show. Then at 5pm older children and families can enjoy a sequel to the afternoon's performance with a shortened version of Handel's Messiah. Hilary Campbell will be conducting both concerts, accompanied by Bristol Ensemble. Tickets: £7.50, under 14s free, under 25s £5 colstonhall.org

Festive Fiesta

Festive Fiesta

21st December at 7:30 pm

There will be plenty of audience participation in the sparkling festive concert featuring favourite carols, Christmas choral works and orchestral pieces. Enjoy a brilliantly festive and fun evening under the baton of David Ogden, with the City of Bristol Choir and the Bristol Ensemble, guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood. Tickets from £14–£28 for adults, concessions available for students and under 18s. For more information and tickets: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / 0845 4024 001 Main image: Chris Gray

Children's Christmas Carnival

Children’s Christmas Carnival

22nd December at 2:00 pm

Get Christmas off to a brilliant start with music from The Snowman, an enchanting musical tale that captures the hearts of children and adults alike. With plenty of audience participation in festive favourites, this is a seasonal delight for all the family. Tickets are £14 for adults including one free child's ticker, additional children's tickets are £7 each. For more information and tickets: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / 0845 4024 001

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

22nd December at 6:30 pm

The choristers of Westbury-on-Trym Parish Church sing beautiful carols and Christmas music, interspersed with traditional readings telling the nativity story. Free entry. For more information: westbury-parish-church.org.uk

A Baroque Christmas

A Baroque Christmas

22nd December at 7:45 pm

An exquisite evening of music from the golden era of the Baroque and Classical eras, including solo soprano arias sung by Mhaira Lawson. Intricate and flamboyant arias by Mozart feature alongside instrumental concertos performed by principals of the Bristol Ensemble. The programme includes the delicate and sparkling Christmas Concerto by Torelli, as well as Massenet's beautiful Meditation from Thaīs. Tickets from £12–£25 for adults, concessions available for students and under 18s. For more information and tickets: stgeorgesbristol.co.uk / 0845 4024 001 Main image: Lloyd…

Bristol Bridge Club

Bristol Bridge Club

8th January, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

Bristol Bridge Club's new weekly session, drop-in Wednesday, starting January 2020. Everyone is welcome to come and play bridge in this relaxed new format - with or without a partner, all standards welcome. Come to play, chat, watch, or find out more - just drop in! £3 table money on the night to play, no membership needed. Licensed bar, hot drinks and bar snacks available. For further information email hello@bristolbridgeclub.co.uk; or tel. 0117 929 1846; website: bristolbridgeclub.co.uk

Simply Social

9th January, 2020 at 8:30 pm

Simply Social is an active social group that provides an excellent way to meet others in a friendly welcoming atmosphere. This is a monthly gathering for existing members and potential new members-all are welcome. Have a drink, learn how Simply Social works and the various activities on offer. Visit: simplysocial.org.uk

A Yoga Retreat For Everyday People

23rd January, 2020 - 26th January, 2020

Whether you are a complete beginner or a regular yoga-goer, pop along to this relaxed and friendly winter retreat at cosy Garth Barns in Wales, hosted by Bristol-based Bobble Yoga. A chance to develop your practice in a way that is suited to your abilities - yoga is not a competitive sport after all. The team at Bobble Yoga create a personal feel by having an individual consultation with you before you arrive. Bring your friends, your partner or just…

St Peter’s Hospice’s Tour de Bristol

4th April, 2020

Cyclists from all over will take to the roads on 4 April, riding either 40k, 65k, or 100k to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice – Bristol's only adult hospice. The routes cover the beautiful South Gloucestershire countryside, with the two bigger distances also crossing the magnificent first Severn Bridge. Riders will encounter some challenging hills, as well as the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley and Tintern Abbey. The ride starts at Bristol UWE which is easily accessible from…

The Sixteen: The Queen of Heaven

22nd April, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Arguably The Sixteen's most popular programme of all time, The Queen of Heaven focuses on three composers’ unique devotion to the church. A new version of Allegri's renowned Miserere is paired with James MacMillan's own setting of the text and pieces by 'The Prince of Polyphony' Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina. Performers The Sixteen Harry Christophers – conductor Programme Plainsong Regina caeli Palestrina 'Kyrie' from Missa Regina caeli James MacMillan Dominus dabit benignitatem Allegri Miserere (evolution version) James MacMillan Videns Dominus Palestrina…

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