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An Evening with Max ZT (of House of Waters) and Dan Whitehouse

“Force of nature”, Brooklyn’s Max ZT, is an innovator of his instrument. His unorthodox playing and bold experimental style have led him to be described as the “Jimi Hendrix of hammered dulcimer” (NPR). This, his first solo UK tour, sees him pushing the boundaries even further as he embraces the spoken word, soulful singing, and “lyrics that avert your gaze to the sky” (BBC Radio 6) of award-winning Black Country singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse. Alongside compositions from a joint EP release (available only at the live gigs on this tour) both artists will also perform solo material – Dan from latest release Dreamland Tomorrow (Reveal Records) and Max ZT from his forthcoming debut solo album Daybreak (Six Degrees Records). Doors 7pm music from 7.30pm, £15 / £6 students. 29 November, St George’s Bristol, Great George Street (off Park Street), Bristol, BS1 5RR

Christmas Dining & Comedy Show with Roger Monkhouse, Jenny Collier & Tom Toal

Roger Monkhouse is one of the most original and distinctive acts on the comedy scene. A consummate stand-up who employs a deadly combination of charm and menace to exert a masterful control over any audience. A highly original and quirky performer, Roger's trademark stage-prowling style and curious, inimitable manner have established him as one of the hottest names on the comedy circuit. Enjoy a 2 course Christmas dinner and 2-hour live Comedy Show featuring three comics from the UK comedy circuit this December for an inclusive ticket price. 11 December - 8.30pm (doors 7.45pm) Hen & Chicken, 210 North St, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1JF

Light Up Bristol

Walk through the beautiful grounds of Ashton Court Estate and enjoy the wonder of Light Up. A stunning illuminated walking experience in the heart of Bristol. With something for everyone, stroll through the gardens with a warm mulled wine or hot chocolate and your closest family and friends by your side. Light Up Bristol will be running every night from November 19th to December 24th – make sure you don’t miss out! Sessions start from 4:30 pm with admissions every 15 minutes from then. The final session is at 8:30pm. Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Vintage Winter Wonderland

Bristol’s best festive day out, with vintage rides, games, bars and all the festive food you can eat. This year’s event will be bigger and better than ever. The stunning Observation Wheel is now open daily from 10am on Anchor Square. Enjoy a sky voyage 40 meters above Bristol’s historic harbour. Vintage dodgems, open daily. Making its Vintage Winter Wonderland debut, the Vintage Chair-o-Planes fly through the Bristol sky this festive period. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a little festive tipple. Enjoy warm mulled wine, warm mulled cider and hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows. Freshly made German bratwurst sausages and Yorkshire pudding wraps. Christmas bar serving all your local favourites every day. runs till 3 january 2022. Millennium Square Bristol BS1 5DB

Avon Valley Railway Santa Experience 2021

Once onboard the train, you’ll enjoy a mince pie or festive biscuit as you travel the line and when you return to Bitton Station you’ll meet Santa and have the chance to take family photographs with him. All good boys and girls will receive a present from him too! Finally, you’ll be pleased to know that the festive Christmas donkeys will be returning once again and you’ll be able to see these on the lawn at Bitton Station, either before or after you’ve travelled on the train. Once you’ve left the elves will then be working hard cleaning and sanitising the train before the next passengers arrive. runs to the 24 December. Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol, BS30 6HD

Bristol Christmas Market

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come and celebrate the festive season at Bristol Christmas Market, where you’ll find an array of traders selling seasonal delights, crafts and unique items. Located in the very heart of Bristol City Centre, Bristol Christmas Market is home to over 50 unique stalls, as well as entertainment from the likes of Santa and reindeer visits in December. Visitors can enjoy heated seating, delicious drinks and live music in the Jäger Barn Bar or can book one of the Igloos if relaxing in private is preferable to the bustle of the Bar. Runs till the 23 December. Broadmead in Bristol Shopping Quarter, BS1 1UX


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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