Top 10 things to do in Bristol: March 15-21
There is a lot to choose from this week, from the Bristol Beer Festival to Bristol Fashion Week, and Radio 4s More Than Words Festival. Celebrate St Patrick's Day and Mother's Day. Plus a cookery class and a top night at the Hippodrome.
1. [DRINK] Thurs 15-17: Bristol’s Beer Festival, Brunel Passenger Shed
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s annual beer festival takes place on March 15-17.
It is the 15th year it has been running and is promising to be the biggest and best yet, so if you fancy whetting your whistle you will need to buy your tickets now as they are selling out fast. As we write this there are still some tickets left for Saturday evening and a good number for the new Thursday evening session. The festival will showcase 140 different real ales plus have a great range of cider and perry, and food will be available at all sessions. £10 a ticket. For more information visit the CAMRA website.
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2. [FOOD] Thurs 15: Provencale cookery class, Papadeli
Love your food and haven’t missed an episode of Masterchef? If you are inspired to cook then this could be the class for you. Learn how to cook regional fish, meat and vegetables from the South of France with the Papadeli chefs. 6.30pm. £75 per person. Tel 0117 9736569 for details.
3. [CHARITY] Thurs 15: Frock Exchange
Update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. With spring in the air, now's the time to go through your wardrobe and sort out what you want to keep and what you don't wear anymore. Here's your chance to swap your unwanted evening dresses, handbags and shoes and help Weston Hospicecare in the process. Varied stalls including jewellery, makeup, photography, handbags, toiletries, accessories, plus Butlers in the Buff. Tickets £7 in advance, £10 on the door. Includes glass of bubbly on arrival. 3pm - 6pm. Cadbury House, Congresbury, Bristol, BS49 5AD. For more details visit the Cadbury House website
4. [COMMUNITY] Sun 18: St Patrick’s Day Parade, Bristol
Get into the Irish spirit of things by supporting the tenth St Patrick’s Day parade. At 1pm on Sunday the parade will roll through the streets of Bristol, starting at Russell Town Avenue and finishing at St Patrick’s Brooks Hall, Redfield. There will be Irish dancing displays, ‘Peel your own spuds’ live band, bagpipes, kilts and games from 2pm-5pm. Admisson £3 adults, £1.50 11-18s. Under 11s free.
5. [GREEN] Sat 17-18: Bristol Green Doors
The second major open homes event is now only days away when more than 40 homes across Bristol will be opening their doors so that people can see a range of low cost improvements to whole house retrofits. If you are interested in transforming your home into a zero carbon home, or want the latest technology in your four walls, this is the event for you. Visit the Bristol Green Doors website to find out where the properties are around Bristol.
6. [FAMILY] Sun 18: Mothering Sunday lunch
Treat your old mum to a lovely lunch at one of Bristol’s many eateries. Bristol has so many places and different cuisines for you to choose from. What better excuse do you need to get the whole family together over lunch – a special treat for mum. Check out the many different Bristol restaurants here.
7. [THEATRE] Weds 21-31: Top Hat, Bristol Hippodrome
Strictly Come Dancing winner and Holby City heartthrob , Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen star in Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' legendary Hollywood hit of the 1930s. One of the greatest dance musicals of all time. Tickets £21.50-£53.50. 2.30pm and 7.30pm performances. Visit the Bristol Hippodrome website for more info and to buy tickets.
8. [FASHION] Weds 21-25: Bristol Fashion Week, The Mall
Bristol Fashion Week comes to Bristol again. Check out all the latest spring and summer trends that are hitting the catwalk this year and more importantly are available to buy from The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. Standard tickets are £8.95 each and Platinum tickets £13.95 each which guarantee a front row seat. Visit the website for show times and to buy tickets.
9. [FAMILY] Until Sun 18: Brilliant brain week, At Bristol
This year Professor Hood from Bristol University delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. Come and take part in some of the amazing demonstrations he used, meet other psychologists and brain scientists from Bristol University, see real sections of human brain and learn all about your own incredible brain at At Bristol. 10am-4pm Tickets under 2s free, child (aged 3-15) £8, adults £12.50. For more info visit the At Bristol website.
10. [CULTURE] Fri 16-18: BBC Radio 4’s More Than Words Festival
The Bristol three-day festival is all about the art of sounds and storytelling and includes dozens of workshops, comedy nights and poetry readings at locations around Bristol. Singer/songwriter and jazz pianist Jamie Cullen is cast away on Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young at the helm at St George’s tomorrow night. Celebrated poet Michael Rosen will be taking part in a Load of Nonsense at Bristol Central Library on Saturday with guests including writer Philip Ardagh and actor Paul Nicholson.
Events continue on Sunday with Welsh singer/songwriter Cerys Matthews. For more info visit the Radio 4 website. Pre-registered tickets only.