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Monday 01 - Wednesday 31 BRISTOL WALK FEST 2017 This year’s walk fest will take place between Monday 1st May and Wednesday 31st May 2017 with an aim to get as many people moving and exploring the city as possible. There will be walks suitable for all ages and abilities. Where: Various Start: Various W: Tuesday 02 - Saturday 06 JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Having enjoyed some sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance. X Factor winner Joe McElderry stars as Joseph. Where: Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ Start: 7.30pm W: Sunday 07 GREAT BRISTOL 10K The Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10K will return to the city this spring. Over 12,000 runners will take on the 10K course, which makes the most of Bristol’s picturesque backdrop. This fast and flat course is perfect for achieving a personal best. There will also be a family fun race after the main run, which will be suitable for children aged three and over. Where: Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB Start: 9.30am W: Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 GIN FESTIVAL Described in Timeout as one of the “Top 10 things to do in 2016,” the UK’s biggest and oldest gin festival is coming back to Bristol for 2017, serving over 100 different gins. There will also be lots of new brands, delicious cocktails and fun masterclasses to take part in at the festival. Where: The Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG When: Various W: Friday 12 REALLY CLASSICAL RELAY Really Classical Relay comes to Zion with great classical music by Mozart and others, plus a few folk tunes and some friendly chat. Enjoy a drink as you listen! Where: Zion Bristol, Bishopsworth Road, Bristol BS13 7LW Start: 7.00pm W: Friday 12 - Sunday 14 FOODIES FESTIVAL Foodies Festival returns to Bristol this May with a chance to meet Michelin starred chef Josh Eggleton and TV chef Dean Edwards, who will be cooking their signature recipes. Where: The Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG Start: 11.00am W: Saturday 13 WILD OUTDOORS DAY A great day out at the farm for all the family to include nature activities, outdoor cooking, foraging, wood cutting, music, tasty street food, and much more! No need to book for this event - just turn up on the day. Kids go free. Where: Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bristol BS3 4EA When: 11:00am - 5.00pm W: Saturday 13 - Sunday 14 SOUTHBANK ARTS TRAIL All kinds of venues in the local area will be open between 11.00am - 6.00pm, for the Southbank Arts Trail. There will be work from artists, makers, performers and musicians, all displayed in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Where: Various When: 11.00am - 6.00pm W: Saturday 13 POP-UP TENTS Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports will be turning the Downs into a sea of tents on Saturday 13th May between 10.00am and 5.00pm to highlight its range of tents, just in time for the summer camping season. With a huge array of over 30 pitched tents on display near the water tower, there will be something for everyone to explore. Where: Bristol Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG Start: 10.00am -5.00pm W: Saturday 13 UWE’S ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY UWE’S annual family fun day is taking place this May. You can book your free spaces at Children aged 5 -13 years old will be able to enjoy inflatable fun, climbing, tennis, trampolining, squash and more. Where: UWE Frenchay, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS16 1QY Start: 10.00am - 3.00pm W: Friday 19 - Sunday 28 THE BATH FESTIVAL Classical, jazz and folk music will be heard alongside contemporary fiction, intelligent debate, science, history, politics and poetry, with concerts, discussions and collaborations and many free events across the city of Bath. Where: Various, Bath Start: Various W: Thursday 25 - Monday 29 GERMAN BIERFEST A German market selling all things Deutsch will be available by day, while in the evening there is the Bavarian FestTent with German DJ show, a dance floor and waiters in Lederhosen and Dirndl - as well as beer! Where: Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5LL Start: 12 noon W: Thursday 25 THE SECRETS OF BBC PLANET EARTH WITH PENGUIN LIVING Find out all about the TV series at this book celebration event. Penguin Living’s guest for the evening is Mike Gunton, creative director at BBC Studios Natural History Unit. Venue: Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA Start: 7.00pm W: Friday 26 THE POWER OF BUDDHISM Hear one of the greatest living Buddhist teachers describe how the transformative power of Buddhism can lead to happiness even in today's turbulent times. Ratna Vajra Rinpoche is the Head of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and this is a rare visit to the UK. All welcome. Where: City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR Start: 8.00pm W: Saturday 27 DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL The UK’s premier festival for unearthing the best new talent, Dot To Dot Festival, returns to Bristol on Saturday 27th May for its 12th edition. This year’s line-up across multiple venues includes Amber Run, The Growlers, Sundara Karma and Honeyblood. Where: Various Start: Various W: Saturday 27 - Sunday 28 LOVE SAVES THE DAY The popular festival Love Saves The Day is back in town this May with a festival jam-packed with headliners. Little Dragon, Mura Masa, Kate Tempest and Fat Freddy’s Drop all play on the main stage - and there’s even some Bristol favourites, too! Where: Eastville Park, Bristol BS5 6XA When: 11.00am - 11.00pm W: Wednesday 31 RUSSELL BRAND - RE:BIRTH In RE:BIRTH, Russell Brand wrestles with some big questions while unravelling the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death! The show is suitable for those aged 16 and above. Venue: Colston Hall, Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR Start: 8.00pm W:


South Bristol Gardening Club


This small friendly club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at St. Paul’s Church, Coronation Road, starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome at a cost of £3.50.


Memories of Bedminster


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.


Parson Street Station Meeting

2nd May

At 6.30pm, a Parson Street Station meeting is going to be taking place at Parson Street Primary School. All users of the station are welcome to go along.


Metro Mayor Election

4th May

The inaugural West of England mayoral election will be held across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and BANES to elect the mayor of the West of England metropolitan area.


Knowle Walk

6th May

Knowle Library in cooperation with Bristol South Skyline Walk

are planning a walk on Saturday 6th May starting at 11.30am. Meet at 11.00am at the library to look at old prints and photographs of the area. For more information, please email


Gardening Market

8th May

The Tobacco Factory Market is holding a plant and gardening sale from 10.00am - 2.30pm. The sale will be in addition to the regular market - all are welcome to go along.


May Fair

20th May

Bedminster Methodist Church,  British Road, are holding their May Fair from 11.00am - 2.00pm. Stalls include cakes, perfumery, bric a brac, a plant sale, refreshments and more.


Arnos Vale May Fair

21st May

Arnos Vale’s May Fair takes place from 10.00am - 4.00pm, with free entry. Showcasing a host of local craft and produce suppliers alongside some fantastic family fun. All money raised on the day goes towards the future of Arnos Vale.


Alzheimer’s Café

22nd May

On Monday 22nd May, an Alzheimer’s and dementia café is going to be held from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Monica Wills House, in the conference room. The event is free to attend for people living with dementia and their carers. Why not go along together for an afternoon of music, socialising, afternoon tea and more?


Walk Fest Family Farm Trails

29th - 31st May

This spring, see behind the scenes of the animal pens and have a go at the brass rubbing tour around Windmill Hill City Farm as part of Bristol Walk Fest. Walk one takes place on Monday 29th May from 10.30am - 11.30am. Walk two takes place Wednesday 31st May from 10.00am - 11.00am. The cost is £2.00 per child.



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