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Andrew Burns Colwill Sketches Exhibition

24th July - 9th September

Incorporating small sculptures of gold false teeth and sunglasses, Andrew Burns Colwill’s work is taking a new surreal turn in his latest show, SketcheS. Exhibiting from 24 July – 9 September at Bocabar Bristol, the unique show will display a collection of his latest works together.  “It is a great opportunity to show some new work and give people an insight into the process of how I produce my pieces.” Andrew is one of the original Bristol street artists predating Banksy by some years.…

Viking Voyages from Clevedon Pier

25th July at 10:00 am - 2nd September at 5:00 pm

From Clevedon Pier to the Holm Islands 25 July - 02 September What were fierce Scandinavian warriors, explorers and champion shipbuilders the Vikings doing on Steep Holm and Flat Holm. Find about the Severn Estuary super highway, Viking adventurers and how the Holm islands got their name. There will be things to make and do in the Porthole Room and something fun to make your Pier walk even more special. Normal Pier Entrance fees apply. For further information about events,…

Victorian Explorers: Tyntesfield Through Time

8th August at 10:30 am - 31st August at 2:30 pm

Experience life as a Victorian, in summer day camps at Tyntesfield.  Aimed at seven – 12 years, these day sessions will allow children to see the estate through the eyes of the people that would have historically lived at and visited Tyntesfield. The Tyntesfield estate, near Bristol, was once the home of the Gibbs family. The wealthy City of London merchant William Gibbs, bought Tyntesfield for his growing family in 1843 and the family transformed Tyntesfield into the Gothic extravaganza…

Aardman Model Making Workshops

18th August at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Learn how to make your very own Gromit, Shaun or Morph character at SS Great Britain. On 18 August, enjoy a fun, hands-on clay modelling workshop. The sessions will be led by expert model makers from the award-winning Aardman Animations, creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and many more. When: 18 August, 10am, 12pm and 2pm Where: SS Great Britain Tickets: Under-18s £8; adults £10 Visit: ssgreatbritain.org  

Combe Countdown Race Day

27th August at 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

This is where the season heats up at Castle Combe! Visit the track for the penultimate rounds before the Castle Combe Champions are crowned. Visit: castlecombecircuit.co.uk

The Nature of Mind – Openness, Clarity, Sensitivity (Six Week Course)

5th September at 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

The course, hosted by St Werburghs Meditation Group, will explore approach to the view, meditation and action, using a Dzogchen Buddhist approach. Week 1. Openness, Clarity, Sensitivity – The nature of mind, with Tim. Week 2. The great space – Openness, with Toby. Week 3. The vivid display – clarity, with Tim. Week 4. Responsive compassion – sensitivity, with Toby. Week 5. Meditation - resting in natural openness, clarity, sensitivity, with Tim Week 6. Skillful activity - the action of…

Expressions – Opening Minds art exhibition

15th September at 10:00 am - 16th September at 7:00 pm

Social care provider Milestones Trust will host an arts festival inspired by nature and the environment at Bristol’s Paintworks, bringing together the creative talents and original artworks of those supported by the charity. Opening Minds will showcase the artistic work of people with mental health needs and learning disabilities in the South West. Key exhibits include Halfway to the Sun, a cascading plastic installation created from recycling old plastic bottles and a multi-sensory installation which uses sound and light to…

James Blunt and Tom Grennan at The Bath Cup Festival

15th September at 12:30 pm - 9:30 pm

To celebrate the city during the Bath Cup Festival weekend, Bath Racecourse will be hosting a day filled with racing and music performances. On Saturday 15 September, the inaugural Bath Cup Festival, will feature a big money race for the coveted Bath Cup, which will start as the modern era of the traditional Somersetshire Stakes. Top class racing and a headline live music performances by James Blunt and Tom Grennan on 'Cup Day', it's a raceday not to be missed.Please note…

Chamber Opera Tours presents Jane Austen’s Persuasion: A Musical Drama

19th September at 7:30 pm - 20th September at 3:00 pm

Chamber Opera Tours is thrilled to bring its original musical adaptation to the Jane Austen Festival in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Persuasion. This popular production has toured the UK and North America over the past five years and features music from Jane Austen’s manuscripts, fully staged with chamber orchestra, beautiful Regency costumes, projected scenery, and world-champion Irish dancers. Tickets: £18. Performances take place on Wednesday 19 September, 7.30pm, and Thursday 20 September, 3pm. Running time:…

Autumn Yoga Retreat

21st September - 23rd September

The Orchard Retreat is hosting its first yoga retreat on Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September, with the option to stay until Monday morning. A couple of local yoga teachers for its guests, a masseuse available and caterer courtesy of its supper club, it already had all the right ingredients to put on a yoga retreat. For a reduced price of £335 for a shared room and £365 for a private room, you can also grab an early bird discount…

Hillside Studios Workshops

29th September at 11:00 am - 30th September at 4:00 pm

The artists at Hillside Studios are opening the doors to their workshops on the 29 - 30 September from 11am – 4pm There will be lots of original artwork for sale from established local artists. Go and book your workshops for the winter in pottery, jewellery and printmaking. Vouchers are also available to buy. Artists: - Rosie Musgrave - Stone - Jacqui Watkins - Printmaking - Liz Vidal - Ceramics - Aimee Winstone - Jewellery - Ruth Molloy - Steel and…

Antique Vintage & Collectables Fair

30th September at 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Enjoy an antique vintage and collectables fair at Ashton Court Mansion on Sunday 30 September. With 40 stalls inside the Georgian lounges and grand music hall, you can also enjoy an afternoon cream tea in the café. Fine jewellery, china, furniture, memorabilia pictures, retro items, vintage clothing and so much more will be gracing the fair. Mansion Car park - Kennel Lodge Entrance via Portishead Rd (A369) Where: Ashton Court Mansion, Long Ashton Bristol When: Sunday 30 September, 10am –…

Opera in a Box: A Foreign Field

10th October at 7:30 pm - 13th October at 7:30 pm

Bristol-based Opera in a Box will be reviving local composer Eric Wetherell’s A Foreign Field at The Redgrave Theatre to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Set during the Great War, the lyrical opera tells the story of three soldiers who find love and betrayal when caught behind enemy lines. The singers of Opera in a Box will be joined by John Telfer from BBC’s The Archers as director, Bristol’s Ben England as musical director…

Craft4Crafters Craft, Quilt & Textile Show

18th October at 10:00 am - 20th October at 5:00 pm

This October the quilt and textile extravaganza is taking place at the Bath and West Showground and will be set over two halls as well as a balcony area. From 18 – 20 October, over 100 of the finest craft suppliers will be partaking in over 70 workshops, demonstrations and make and takes each day. The many guilds and artists in attendance including the West Country Embroiders, the Guild of Machine Knitters, Avon Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Lace…

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