Top 10 things to do in Bristol: March 29 – April 4
1.[THEATRE] From Thurs 29 – Sat 31: Wasted by Kate Tempest, Tobacco Factory Theatre
If you fancy an evening of culture then head to the Tobacco Factory for the showing of this one-hour play about love, life and losing your mind from one of the country’s leading producers of new writing. Kate Tempest is the UK’s most exciting performance poet, currently serving up a storm in the UK hip-hop scene with her band ‘Sound Of Rum.’ 8.15pm. Tickets £10, cons £8. For more info visit the Tobacco Factory Theatre website.
2. [COMEDY] Fri 30: Fascinating Aida, Colston Hall
The three times Olivier Award nominated comedy cabaret trio became an internet sensation last year, when their infamous anthem to budget travel Cheap Flights was viewed on You Tube more than 7 million times! Now’s your chance to see them live at Colston Hall on Friday. 7.30pm. Tickets £18.50. Visit the Colston Hall website to buy tickets.
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3. [MUSIC] Fri 30: The Numbers Racket, The Old Duke
Why not start the weekend with an evening at Bristol’s music venue world-famous for its live traditional, New Orleans inspired Jazz music – The Old Duke on cobbled King Street. The Numbers Racket, a versatile horn section able to play blues, pop, swing or jazz will no doubt impress you as they have impressed audiences all over Europe and the UK performing with such artists as Mick Taylor (ex Rolling Stones), Snowy White, Eddie Martin and Leo Sayer. Admission is free. Music starts 8.30pm/9pm.
4. [ART] Saturday 31 – Sunday June 10: Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
As part of the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, the Bristol City Museum is proud to present the exhibition of 10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s finest drawings from the Royal Collection. The drawings are selected to reflect the whole range of Leonardo’s interests from art and engineering to botany, anatomy and map-making. Free entry.
5.[FAMILY] Sat 31 – April 22: Hunt for golden eggs, Bristol Zoo Gardens
For a great day out for the family, take the children to Bristol Zoo where they can take part in the free golden egg hunt. There will be 10 golden eggs hidden around the zoo for visitors to find. Children who complete the trail will receive a tasty treat. For more info visit the Bristol Zoo website.
6. [SCIENCE] Sat 31 – April 15, The Glow Show, Live Science Studio, At-Bristol
Explore a whole spectrum of light-based phenomena in At-Bristol’s new show the Glow Show. See the gleaming colours metals make under the At-Bristol flame gun and discover how scientists use colour to explore other planets. Plus, experiment with refraction to make the visible invisible. Check times on arrival. 10am-6pm. Adult £12.50 child £8. Concessions and family tickets available.
7. [EDUCATION] Sat March 31-Sun April 1: Electric and Steam Crane visits, M Shed
Go back in time and take a ride in the electric crane cabin on the harbourside and experience the working life of a docker this weekend. Rides last 20 minutes and run between 12pm-5pm. Small charge. Or if you don’t have a head for heights visit the Fairbairn Steam Crane. This crane is the oldest surviving exhibit of its type in Britain. Visit between 12pm-5pm Visits are free.
8. [FOOD AND DRINK] Sat 31 – Sun April 1: The Love Food Spring Festival, Brunel's Old Station
Get yourself down to Brunel’s Old Station at Templemeads if you are a food fanatic. The Spring Festival is the biggest event of the Love Food calendar and is in its third year. 'The Fabulous Baker Brothers" of Hobbs House Bakery will be headlining the cookery school and they will be joined on stage by Barny Haughton with his new project The Square Foundation along with a whole host of local chefs, foragers, growers and producers. With more than 70 of the finest producers in the South West - including Trealy Farm charcuterie, Bath Soft Cheese, The Real Olive Company, Thoughtful Bread – you will be in for a treat. Plus, there is lots for the children to do: arts and crafts workshops, storytelling, cycling fun, free cookery lessons, gardening, face painting, wall doodling, an Easter egg hunt and the chance to meet some newly hatched chicks. 10.30am-6pm and 11.00–5pm. Adults: £2.50, cons: £1.50, children: free.
9. [THEATRE] Saturday 31: 'Chatterton' - Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse... ,
Support theatre in Bristol venues by going to see Backwell Playhouse presenting an evening of musical entertainment. ‘Chatterton’ following the meteoric life and untimely death of Thomas Chatterton, Bristol's boy prodigy, performed live by a band with songs and words from the acclaimed musical by MacVeigh and Milton and performed in amazing 18th-century costumes. Tickets £6.50 . Doors open 7.30pm. Bar and refreshments available. For tickets call 0117 9641723.
10. [CULTURE] Tues 3: Get up close to Aardman’s pirate ship, M Shed
Bristol is to be home to another ship that is sure to attract a lot of attention as the £100million yacht Mogambo did. This time it is quite a bit smaller. The pirate ship from Bristol-based Aardman Animations' new pirate-themed movie -The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists will drop anchor in M Shed's foyer on Tuesday, April 3 for six months. The pirate ship is 4.2 metre-long with a mast reaching 4.6 metres high Visitors to M Shed will be able to get up close and see the captain's own garden on the poop deck, where he keeps his collection of cacti. Household items such as a cricket bat and broom collected by the pirates hold the ship together.