Top 10 things to do in Bristol: March 22-28
1. [CINEMA] Thurs 22: Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet, Vue Bristol
Tonight's screening of the Royal Ballet's romantic production of Romeo and Juliet was recorded live at London's Royal Opera House. 7.15pm. Tickets cost £15. Tel: 08712 240 240.
2. [FASHION] Saturday 24: Alternative Miss Bristol, The Cube
If you are creative and are up for a laugh then don’t miss The Cube’s Alternative Miss Bristol. Inspired by Andrew Logan’s The Alternative Miss World, the competition invites locals to parade homemade outfits before a panel of judges including Bristol-based artist Annabel Other, performance artist Tom Marshman and the Old Vic’s Lina B Frank. The competition is open to both men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes and organisers say it will celebrate transformation, rather than beauty. Tickets cost £4 advance, £6 on the door. 7pm at The Cube, 4 Princess Row, Bristol, BS2 8NQ. To get involved, email Eva on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, check out the Facebook page
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3. [FOOD AND DRINK] Saturday 24: Zion Food Market, Bedminster Down
Pork rolls with stuffing and apple sauce, sauces and spice mixes along with whole rotisserie chicken for £5 (to take home), homemade texas link hot dogs and onions £3.50 and bacon wrapped meatballs (Moinks) 5 for £3, all fresh off the BBQ. Is your mouth watering? Then don’t miss the March Zion Food Market in Bedminster. Browse a great selection of tasty food – from decorative chocolate Easter treats and gifts to Marmite and cheese bread from Winnie's Bakery. 10am-1pm, Zion, Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down, BS13 7JW. Visit the Zion website or the Zion Facebook page for more details.
4. [CINEMA] Tues 27: Advance screening of Aardman’s new film, Curzon Cinema
Get yourself to the advance screening of the latest film by Bristol-based Aardman The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, is being shown at the Curzon Cinema on Tuesday, March 27 at 7.30pm. The film sees Hugh Grant starring in his first animated role as the boundlessly enthusiastic Pirate Captain, alongside the voices of David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Imelda Staunton and Salma Hayek. Tickets for the screening are £15 and are available from the box office on 01275 871 000.
5. [FAMILY] Sat 24-25: M Shed Vintage Weekend
M Shed goes vintage! Join the M Shed team for a 50s and 60s inspired weekend with Blind Lemon vintage market. Have a retro makeover, create a 50s-style turban, reminisce about the swinging 60s with museum objects, enjoy family activities, shopping and more.
Exclusive Vintage Weekend offer: Dress vintage and get £1 off a full-price ticket (normally £5). 10am-5pm, M Shed, Wapping Road, Princes Wharf, BS1 4RN. Call 0117 352 6600 for more info.
6. [CULTURE] Sat 24- April 3: Sunday Times Magazine exhibition, Paintworks
The Sunday Times Magazine is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a special free exhibition at Paintworks Event Space in Bristol. It will showcase images from some of the world’s finest photographers who have worked for the Magazine over the years. Photographers featured include Don McCullin, David Bailey, Eve Arnold, Snowdon, Richard Avedon, Eugene Richards, Sam Taylor-Wood, Terry O'Neill, Chris Floyd and Stuart Franklin. The exhibition will also highlight the contribution made to the Magazine by renowned writers such as Ian Fleming, Martin Amis, Bruce Chatwin, Jilly Cooper, Zoe Heller, James Fox and Nicholas Tomalin. The exhibition attracted 160,000 visitors at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Paintworks, Bath Road, BS4 3EH. 10am -6pm. Free entry.
7. [CHARITY] Sun 25: Bristol Sport Relief Mile
The Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile is back in Bristol this weekend. Event participants will enjoy the new picturesque route along the waterfront and around Queen Square, lined with a range of entertainment including BMX demos to Zorbing, to help them reach their goal. There are 1, 3 and 6 mile events taking place. Event opens 9.45am - 3pm at the Millennium Square, Canons Way, BS1 5DP. £6 adult, £3 children and £15 family. Visit the Sport Relief website for more info.
8. [THEATRE] Until Sat 24: Connections Festival, Bristol Old Vic
Don't miss the last couple of days left of the Connections Festival at Bristol Old Vic. It is the National Theatre's celebrated outreach project, and is a chance to support young people from across the region by enjoying new plays from some of the most exciting writers around. Bristol Old Vic, King Street. Shows £9 or £6 cons double bill Wed/Thurs/Fri or 5 a ticket for a single show. Visit the Bristol Old Vic website for a list of the plays and to book tickets.
9. [FAMILY] Blaise Castle Estate walk, Blaise Castle
If the spring sunshine has inspired you to put on your walking boots, why not take a trip to Blaise Castle? There are many paths you can take and you can admire the nine rustic cottages designed by John Nash, situated around a picturesque green. Access to the green only, cottages are not open to the public. Mon-Sun 7.30pm, open access site. Free. Blaise Castle Estate, Blaise House Museum, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QS. 0117 903 9818.
10. [ART] Ongoing: Born on A Rainy Day by Billy Connolly, Castle Galleries
Well known for his stand-up Billy Connolly has turned his hand to fine art and Castle Galleries at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, has a limited edition collection of six prints on display for all to see - and buy. They cost £395 unframed or £625 framed. Visit The Castle Galleries website for more info.