Our guide to Bristol things to do in lockdown is the most popular post ever on Lifestyle District, but as Bristol reopens it’s great to be able to write another one now that we can finally get out and about.
Here are some great Bristol events, exhibitions and festivals to support. We’ll keep this post updated.
Black History Month in Bristol
Several events are taking place in Bristol for Black History Month. Many are free to attend.
Black History Month events include:
16 October: Do The Right Scene, The Bristol Improv Theatre
Until 14 November: Black-owned business pop-up shop, The Galleries
We The Curious reopens with a new look
The fabulous We The Curious science museum has opened with a new exhibition. The 68 exhibits and 25 art pieces in Project What If are clustered around seven questions on different themes including rainbows, illness, universe and soul. The questions were sourced from people across the city.
We were lucky to get a preview before it opened its doors to the public. It is absolutely brilliant. You must go!
Bristol museums reopen
M Shed has reopened with Vanguard, a major Bristol street art exhibition.
The controversial statue of Edward Colston, which was thrown into Bristol harbour by protestors and made international headlines, is also on display.
Almost exactly a year on from the moment it was pulled down and thrown into Bristol harbour, here’s the Colston statue at @mshedbristol— Nina🇫🇷 & Dan🇬🇧 in #Bristol (@LStyleDistrict) June 6, 2021
Bristolians are being asked what should happen to it. What do you think?#Colstonstatue #Colston #BlackLivesMatter #Bristol #VisitBristol pic.twitter.com/G0kRJQItW3
SS Great Britain
The fabulous SS Great Britain has fully reopened.
New outdoor bar from Watershed
Upfest, Europe’s largest live urban street art festival, has sadly been cancelled for the second year in a row but you can still see world class street art. Over 75 days, which started on 15 May, 75 walls in South Bristol are being transformed with new murals.
It includes an amazing 3D mural by Greek street artist Insane51.
This is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING 🤩— Dan Martin (@Dan_Martin) July 23, 2021
3D (yes, 3D!!) @Upfest mural in #Bristol by Greek street artist Insane51 👓
Bristol, keep on being brilliant! 😍#streetart #3Dartist #3D #LoveBristol @WeArePlaster @VisitBristol @visitwestuk #75Walls pic.twitter.com/bf6ArdyhEk
Theatre, music and comedy at Bristol Old Vic
We loved watching Bristol Old Vic productions at home but it’s so good to be able to return to the amazing building for live theatre.
The theatre has guaranteed that for all long-running shows until March 2022, two performances each week will remain socially distanced to cater for vulnerable people or those who need to keep extra precautions in place. These socially distanced performances will also require mandatory mask-wearing, whatever happens to other rules in the theatre or in society at large.
Can I Live? is an energising and uplifting exploration of the place where the climate emergency and social justice meet, and a call-to-arms to anyone curious about what we can do to help. It’s available to watch online from 4 – 10 October.
Students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School will perform Macbeth from 11 – 20 November.
This year’s Christmas show is Robin Hood: Legend of the Forgotten Forest. It runs from 25 November to 8 January.
Theatre, music and comedy at Bristol Hippodrome
The Bristol Hippodrome was closed completely from March 2020 until August 2021 so it’s great to see it back open again.
A new production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast runs until 18 September.
Legendary 50s musical Grease is on 21 – 25 September. It features Peter Andre as Teen Angel and Vince Fontaine.
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical runs from 28 September until 2 October.
We really missed the pantos last Christmas so great to see a show for this year’s festive season has confirmed for 4 December to 2 January. It’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring actress Leslie Joseph and TV’s Rob Rinder.
There is much more happening at the Bristol Hippodrome. The full list is here.
Top image credit: Lorne Kramer