This year seems to have flown by. The clocks have gone back which means it’s time for apple bobbing, fireworks and festive fun. Here’s our pick of Bristol events this autumn and winter.
Bristol Film Festival, October, November & December
We love the Bristol Film Festival and have been following it since it started; in fact, our daughter was the introductory voice for spooky screenings in Bristol’s Redcliffe Caves a few years ago!
The festival specialises in showing movie classics in unusual venues and this autumn and winter, there’ are some absolute corkers! They include:
- Hocus Pocus, Bristol Museum, 31 October
- Alien, We The Curious planetarium, 1 November
- Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Clifton College, 15 November
- Titanic, SS Great Britain, 17 November
- Nosferatu, Bristol Cathedral, 20 November
- Die Hard, Averys Wine Merchants, 20 December
- Elf, Passenger Shed, 22 December
- The Greatest Showman Singalong, Passenger Shed 22 December
- The NeverEnding Story, Bristol Museum, 29 December
— Nina🇫🇷 & Dan🇬🇧 in #Bristol (@LStyleDistrict) October 29, 2016
Halloween After Hours, RWA, 31 October
Afraid of the dark? Experience the 167 Annual Open Exhibition, hundreds of works by artists from around the UK and beyond, in low lighting – if you’re brave enough.
There will also be music from the gallery’s resident DJ, Spinthief (Supersmash), horror film screening, Halloween-themed art activities and professional special effects make-up artists turning a model into a spooky character.
Bristol Fireworks Fiesta, Canford Lane, 2 November
Billed as “the biggest and best charity fireworks display in Bristol”, this fireworks display has been run for many years by Bristol Round Table.
We love this on the event website FAQs: “How long do the fireworks last? The fireworks go on until we run out of matches. No really, the firework display will be of even higher impact than last year and will last around 16 to 18 minutes.”
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Rooms, 8 November
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra at Colston Hall and performs a series of concerts every year. While the Hall is being transformed, the orchestra is performing in several venues in Bristol and Bath.
The first show is Mendelssohn’s Caledonian Grandeur, a symphony inspired by a Scottish walking holiday, is the first concert in the season which runs until 1 May 2020.
Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic, until 16 November
This epic love story is the big show at the Old Vic this autumn. You can check out our four-star review here.
No bah humbugs from us! 🎄
— Nina🇫🇷 & Dan🇬🇧 in #Bristol (@LStyleDistrict) December 10, 2018
A Christmas Carol, Bristol Old Vic, 29 November – 12 January
After a record breaking run last year, this brilliant adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, A Christmas Carol, is back for this year’s festive season.
We loved it last year (read our five-star review here) and can’t wait to see it again!
Sheelanagig Xmas Party, Fiddlers, 7 December
Sheelanagig is awesome. We’ve seen the band lots of times including at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival and they always deliver with their exhilarating folky mayhem! A Christmas party with Bristol’s favourite Balkan trio sounds brilliant!
Etsy Made Local Christmas Market, City Hall, 1 December
Lifestyle District’s very own Nina Allwood will be selling her Bristol in a Box handmade wooden lightboxes at this event so pop along for some Christmas shopping. The market is jam-packed with local Bristol handmade businesses to selling unique festive gifts.
Dick Whittington, Bristol Hippodrome, 7 December – 5 January
We love a good panto and had a great time with Gok Wan and Brian Conley at Cinderella last year. The Hippodrome’s festival extravaganza for this year is Dick Whittington with Eastenders actor Shane Richie. He’s behind you!
Bristol Bach Choir Spirit of Christmas, St George’s Bristol, 14 December
The stunning surroundings of St George’s with its brilliant acoustics is the perfect setting for a classical Christmas performance.
We’re promised “a sparkling evening of uplifting choral music and witty, entertaining readings.”