The Bristol Magazine rounds up five things to do in Bristol this month, including putting the boom-boom into your heart at Bristol Hippodrome and tickling your funny bones

Golden hour

If you’re missing the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (we sure are!) then look to local cider makers Thatchers for a hot air balloon flight with a difference. The brewery has teamed up with First Flight to offer private trips across the South West for two or three people. After taking in the spectacular views of the West Country from high above, you can come back down to earth and be greeted with a tasty treat – a hamper full of goodies such as Thatchers’ sparkling Family Reserve, Wyke’s vintage cheese and rosemary biscuits. We’d be more than happy to substitute a champagne flight with a chilled glass of the appley stuff waiting for us… The perfect push-the-boat-out gift for a true cider lover. The three-hour experience costs £250 per person.

firstflight.co.uk; thatcherscider.co.uk

Put the boom-boom into your heart…

Pay homage to late global superstar George Michael by heading to Bristol Hippodrome on Saturday 15 September, 7.30pm, for Fastlove – a new production celebrating music which inspired generations. From Wham classics, to fan favourites like Freedom, Faith, and Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, this show will transport you from the ‘80s up to the noughties with George Michael’s iconic music. Tickets from £23.25.

atgtickets.com/bristolEnjoy a tribute to George Michael at Bristol Hippodrome

New lease of life

After an extensive two-year redevelopment, Europe’s oldest continuously working theatre – Bristol Old Vic – is starting a new chapter in its history when it throws open brand new doors on Monday 24 September, following a multi-million pound transformation. This autumn sees big changes to other cultural hubs around Bristol too, including Tobacco Factory Theatres and St George’s Bristol opening new extensions, as well as plenty of developments happening at Colston Hall. 

Harvey’s hoopla

Bristol’s Harvey Nichols is celebrating its 10th birthday this month, with the range of events to include a foodie reunion focusing on renowned chefs who cut their teeth in the Second Floor Restaurant. The alumni will be returning to cook a course each at a celebratory banquet on Tuesday 25 September, 7pm (£50 per person). Or you can get your party hats on for the store’s weekend birthday shindig on 29 and 30 September, where there will be DJs, live demos, wine bottle customisation by Bristol street artists Inkie, Cheba and Jody plus complimentary mini cocktails, a gift with purchases, and beauty treatments.

harveynichols.com/store/bristolJon Craig Photography

Funny bones

Bristol-born Russell Howard heads up a stellar line-up of comedians who have come together to raise funds for Bristol’s official city-centre hospital charity Above & Beyond for two very special live comedy shows. Tickling your funny bones will also be Jon Richardson, Joel Dommett, Stuart Goldsmith, Laura Lexx, Andy Askins and Mark Olver (MC). All profits will go towards vital funding for local city centre hospitals. Takes place on Sunday 30 September, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, Bristol Hippodrome, tickets from £34.55.

aboveandbeyond.org.uk; atgtickets.com/bristol