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COMMUNITY DIARY Memories of Bedminster Mondays A Bedminster group for older people with speakers on various subjects meet at South Bristol Christian Centre Hall on Churchlands Road from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. All are welcome. __________________________________ Christmas Fayre 1st December Friends of Parson Street Primary are holding their annual Christmas fayre on Friday 1st December at the Malago Hall from 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Stalls, hamper, raffle, games, Father Christmas and more! Entry for children is free, £1.00 for adults. __________________________________ Winter Festival 2nd December A Winter Festival is taking place at Compass Point South Street School and Children’s Centre, South Street, from 10.00am - 12 noon on Saturday 2nd December. At the festival, children can enjoy lots of activities, and Father Christmas will be in attendance. __________________________________ Cheeki Monkey Market 2nd December A children’s sale of pre-loved goods will be taking place at St Aldhelm’s Church, Chessel Street, Bedminster from 1.30pm - 3.30pm. To book a stall or for further information, please email __________________________________ Christmas Tree Sale 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th & 16th-17th December Ali & Joe’s Christmas tree sale will be taking place in Victoria Park for the first two weekends of December (2nd - 3rd and 9th - 10th) and at the Tobacco Factory in Southville for the first three weekends of December (2nd - 3rd, 9th - 10th and 16th - 17th). There will be quality trees and stands on sale, fresh cut misteltoe, and a complimentary tree trimming and netting service. __________________________________ Sporting Memories Group 5th & 19th December A group of older sporting fans who love to share their memories, meet up on alternate Tuesdays from 2.00pm - 4.00pm at the Southville Centre, Beauley Road.If you love talking about sport you are welcome to go along. For more information, call 0117 923 1039. __________________________________ St Aldhelm’s Services and Events 8th December Messy Christingle: Children’s Christmas activities, story, songs and food - 3.30pm - 5.30pm. 13th December Candlelit Carol Service: Wonderful atmosphere, singing and refreshments - 7.30pm. 24th December Crib Service: Go along dressed as a character from the first Christmas - 4.00pm. 25th December Christmas Celebration: Everyone is welcome to go along and enjoy the Christmas Day service - 10.00am. __________________________________ Fun Quiz 8th December St Paul’s Church are holding a fun quiz on Friday 8th December from 7.30pm. Teams of four are invited to go along to the quiz at a cost of £5.00 per person. The price also includes a light supper. __________________________________ Windmill Hill Christmas Fair 9th December Windmill Hill City Farm is holding its annual Christmas fair from 12 noon - 4.00pm. At the fair there will be a market selling home grown produce and crafts, holly wreaths and much more. Festive food, mulled wine and mince pies will also be available along with farm produce. And look out for the magical wishing tree! Entry is £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for children. __________________________________ Christmas Craft Market 9th December Southville Centre Christmas Craft Market will have over 25 stalls selling locally handmade gifts, jewellery, textiles, art and ceramics. As well as craft stalls, there will also be face painting, family activities and delicious food from Kate’s Kitchen. Santa will also be in his grotto. Tickets for Santa’s grotto cost £5.00 and are available in advance from reception. Starts 11.00am. __________________________________ Christmas Carols 13th December Bedminster Methodist Church, British Rd, Bedminster is holding a Christmas carol evening on Wednesday 13th December at 7.00pm. There will be poems and readings, as well as carols, all in aid of the charity Julian Trust Night Shelter. __________________________________ Christmas Coffee Morning 16th December A coffee morning with Christmas stalls will take place at Bedminster Methodist Church, British Road, Bedminster at 10.30am on Saturday 16th December. Everyone is welcome to go along and browse, chat and make new friends. __________________________________ Christmas Concert 17th December Local choir ‘Break Out Voices’ will be holding their Christmas concert and party on Sunday 17th December, 6.00pm - 9.00pm. Both the adult and the children’s choir will be performing - and this year the choir will be raising money for homeless charity Emmaus. The event takes place at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB. Tickets cost £5 (under 18s free). __________________________________ Lunchtime Carols For All 20th & 22nd December St Mary Redcliffe Church will be holding lunchtime carols this Christmas, taking place at 1.15pm on Wednesday 20th December, and at 2.00pm on Friday 22nd December. All are welcome. __________________________________ BS3 Helping Others Tuesdays (Not School Holidays) Anyone wishing to know more about volunteering opportunities in BS3 can go along for a chat at the Tobacco Factory on Tuesdays at 10.15am. BS3 Helping Others are based on the big table as you walk in - look out for the sign! The meetings are not held during school holidays. Saturday 18 November - Tuesday 16 January MILLENNIUM SQUARE WINTER FAIR Millennium Square will once again be providing winter fun for everyone to enjoy. The winter fair will include an ice rink, fairground rides, après-ski bar, and chalet stalls selling a selection of hot food and drink. Where: Millennium Square, Anchor Road, Bristol BS1 5DB When: Daily, various times W: Thursday 30 November - Saturday 14 January THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES Emma Rice’s production of The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, comes to Bristol this Christmas bringing music, laughter, puppetry and magic. Where: Bristol Old Vic, 38 King St, Bristol BS1 4ED When: 7.00pm, mat 2.00pm W: Thursday 30 November - Saturday 14 January BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Tobacco Factory Theatres are pleased to be teaming up again with world-renowned theatre company New International Encounter to bring you Beauty and the Beast, a mischievous and music-filled Christmas show. Where: Tobacco Factory Theatre, Raleigh Road, BS3 1TF When: 7.30pm, mat 2.30pm W: Friday 01 - Saturday 23 BRISTOL LOCAL MARKET Visiting Bristol Local Christmas Market is a wonderful festive experience offering the chance to browse stalls full of unusual gifts and decorations. And when it comes to food and drink, you’ll find a great selection - all produced locally, and by hand. Where: Broadmead, Bristol Quarter, Bristol BS1 When: 10,00am, Sun 11.00am W: Sunday 03/10/17/24 TOBACCO FACTORY CHRISTMAS MARKET The Tobacco Factory Christmas Market has over 50 stalls offering local products, including food, drink, gifts, crafts, festive wreaths, mistletoe and Christmas trees from Ali and Joe. Where: Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Bristol BS3 1TF When: 10.00am; Christmas Eve 9.00am W: Wednesday 06 THE PUPPINI SISTERS The delightful Puppini Sisters return to Spiegeltent this year providing another evening of vintage musical entertainment. Their close harmony singing style and retro-futuristic fashion sense always delight audiences at Spiegeltent. Where: The Spiegeltent, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5LL When: 8.00pm W: Saturday 09 BEDMINSTER WINTER LANTERN PARADE The hugely popular winter lantern parade will once again be lighting up the streets of Bedminster. The lanterns, which come in all shapes and sizes, are made by local school children and organisations. The event finishes with a firework display at South Street Park. Where: Streets of Bedminster When: 4.30pm W: Saturday 09 December - Sunday 07 January ALADDIN Aladdin comes to Bristol Hippodrome this Christmas starring Joe Pasquale, Marti Pellow and Hayley Tamaddon. Expect laugh-out-loud comedy and great special effects. Where: Bristol Hippodrome St Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ When: Various W: Saturday 09 BRISTOL VEGAN FESTIVAL Bristol Viva! Vegan Festival takes place at the Richmond Building, Queens Road, with over 90 stalls selling all the vegan goodies you can imagine. There will also be a vegan bar, a kids zone, and cookery demos and talks all day! Where: Bristol Student Union, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1LN Start: 10.30am - 5.00pm W: bristol Sunday 10 CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE A musical medley of classic carols by Bristol Chamber Choir in the glorious Victorian surroundings of Arnos Vale’s chapel. Where: Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3EW When: 5.00pm -7.00pm W: Sunday 10 December SANTAS ON THE RUN Hundreds of Santas will be taking part in a charity 2k festive run taking place at Bristol harbourside. Santas of all ages and fitness levels will run, jog, skip or walk around the harbourside to help raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. Where: Lloyds Amphitheatre, Bristol Harbourside, BS1 5LL When: 1.00pm W: Thursday 14 December CHRISTMAS STAR CONCERT Join the Above & Beyond Singers and The Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School Choir for traditional carols in the magnificent Bristol Cathedral. Every ticket sold helps support Bristol city centre hospitals. Where: Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ When: 7.30pm Tickets: Sunday 17 BRISTOL FILM FESTIVAL: POP-UP CINEMA Bristol Film Festival is showing three films: Elf, Miracle on 34th Street and Die Hard in the run up to Christmas. The films are being screened in a pop-up cinema inside the Passenger Shed, Temple Meads, that has been transformed into a New York Winter Wonderland. Where: Passenger Shed, Old Brunel Station, Bristol When: 11.30am -10.30pm W: Sunday 17 PADDINGTON & THE SNOWMAN Settle in for a tale of mishaps and mischief as Pui Fan narrates the story of Paddington Bear’s first concert. After the interval, the classic animated film The Snowman will be screened. Where: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR When: 3.00pm W: Tuesday 19 G4 CHRISTMAS BY CANDLELIGHT X-Factor stars and operatic multi-platinum selling vocal quartet G4 will be stopping off at St George’s Bristol on their ‘Christmas by Candlelight’ UK tour. The show will see the band share songs from their recently released album, which includes Christmas classics and carols. Where: St. George’s Bristol, Great George Street, BS1 5RR When: 7.30pm Box Office: 0845 4024001 Sunday 31 DISCO BALL See the New Year in with a Studio 54 style nightclub with internationally renowned French DJ, The Reflex, topping the bill and a Saturday Night Fever lit up dance floor! Supporting entertainment includes Afro-Latin electronic band, Penya. Where: Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, BS3 1TF When: 7.30pm-2.30am Tickets:

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