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Ellis Brigham in partnership with Clifton High School present: Adventurous Tales

Join us for an evening of inspiring tales as four debut authors share their stories of adventure. From paddling the Amazon to a solo hike across the Continental Divide, hiking the length of Israel to championing diversity these four women have been powered by perseverance and the determination to overcome many of the challenges that stood in their way to achieving their goals. 20 October, 7.00pm. Clifton High School, College Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3JD

Bristol 1904 Arts Society 110th Paintings Exhibition

Bristol 1904 are excited to announce their Annual 110th Paintings Exhibition, open to the public free of charge, with the chance to buy members' work. Traditionally held in May, but due to earlier COVID restrictions the Exhibition will now be held from 23rd - 30th October. This time around, Bristol 1904 will not only celebrate decades of creativity, but also the rebirth of their Society. The event will be held in their iconic hall, built in the style of an old Tythe Barn, adjacent to The Red Lodge on Park Row, Bristol (BS1 5LJ).

Tom Stade - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Following his last smash-hit UK tour and direct from this year’s Edinburgh festival Tom Stade is back on the road with a brand-new show. The kids have moved out and it’s the dawn of a new era! Tom’s embracing change with his usual spirit and irrepressible sense of mischief; what’s coming is way better than what has gone! 30 years on the comedy frontline and this Canadian legend remains as engaging, innovative and hilarious as ever. 24 October - 6pm & 8.30pm (Two shows). Hen & Chicken Studio, 210 North Street, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JF

The Lady Boys of Bangkok return to Bristol

Chocks away! The Lady Boys of Bangkok are back with their most sensational show yet, Flight Of Fantasy! Climb aboard for the trip of a lifetime as the world’s most glamorous showgirls (who just happen to be men!) send you soaring to spectacular diamante-dipped song and dance destinations, with over 400 stunning costumes. Prepare for a night you’ll talk about for years with The Lady Boys of Bangkok as they flirt, tease and tempt! You will laugh, rejoice and sing your heart out at a party with hundreds of friends you’ve yet to meet! 9 - 24 October. The Sabai Pavilion, Castle Park, St Peter’s Square, BS1 3XE

Harvey’s Scarecrow 2021

Harvey’s Scarecrow Trail is back. The annual community event for all the family to enjoy involves residents, schools and businesses making scarecrows and displaying them around the Chew Valley. It’s similar to a giant treasure hunt. The Scarecrow trail is a great day out for small and big children, with a sense of fun and adventure. So bring your Children, Mums, Dads and Dogs! And enjoy our wonderful trail in beautiful countryside. There are plenty of places to refuel on the trail. Over 50 Scarecrows will appear from 3rd October to 31st October 2021

Halloween at Wookey Hole

It’s the Witch of Wookey Hole’s favourite time of the year! With ghostly goings-on, spooky stories and eerie adventure, Wookey Hole is the place to be at Halloween. Come and see the Witch in her Halloween Grotto, where she’ll be mixing potions from her bubbling cauldron… every child receives a free treat too! Meet our walkabout Ghostbuster and be a part of the audience in the show-stopping Halloween Circus Show! 24 - 31 October. Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset, BA5 1BB

Pumpkin Fest is back!

From 9th – 31st October the event returns to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, turning the Zoo Farm and Farm Shop Autumnal bright orange for the month. Featuring a wonderful ‘pick your own pumpkin’ patch populated with pumpkins planted and grown on site from Elephant poo within the 100 acres of Somerset countryside. With fabulous pumpkin themed treats at the Food Barn and Farm Shop, an Autumnal Top Trumps trail and special half term activities. Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG

AirHop Bristol Halloween Sessions

Bounce into Halloween with spooky bouncing fun for kids of all ages. Situated by The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, AirHop have over 140 interconnected trampolines that span right across the floor and up the walls on the Main Court – as well as the famous Obstacle Course, Wipeout Zone, Foam Pit, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, Battle Beams and AR Trampolines. Walk through the doors into a bounce enthusiast’s paradise – whether you’re 7 or 57, they can guarantee you’ll leave with a big smile on your face. 31 October. AirHop Bristol. Unit 5 Britannia Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5TA

Bristol’s Hottest (and shortest) Sponsored Walk!

Do you have what it takes to walk along a path of hot coals, at temperatures of 1200˚F in bare feet?Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is bringing a Firewalk to The Galleries in Bristol on Thursday 11 November & is inviting brave individuals to take on the challenge. Sponsorship raised by participants will go towards helping CHSW support over 220 families in the area whose children have been diagnosed with life-limiting conditions.

Bonfire and Firework Events in 2021

This autumn the skies will be full of sparks and bangs and the air full of the smell of bonfires. We at Whats On Bristol have put together a diary of some of the best firework displays and bonfire events taking place in the region. Just click the picture or title to view the bonfire night events we think you might enjoy this year.


We are delighted to present our very first Christmas illuminated gardens trail, ILLUMINATE. Extending the popular colourful lights which adorn the route to Father Christmas’s grotto, ILLUMINATE will light up the entirety of Rook Wood with a beautiful multicoloured display, including its natural features and terrain, before taking you through the light-studded Yew Tunnel and onto a stunning, dynamic pixel display on the turning circle. 27 November - 2 January. Hestercombe House. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine ,Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG

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