Top 10 things to do in Bristol: March 8-14
1. [FAMILY] Thurs 8 onwards: Day out at Old Down Country Park
Now spring has sprung and the daffodils are out, it's time to enjoy the great outdoors and what better way than to take the children for a day out at Old Down Country Park near Thornbury. Meet the farm animals, go on the nature walk, visit the Victorian garden and picnic in the beautiful grounds. There is plenty to entertain children in a low-key environment, including ride-on toys for pre-school children and trampolines for the older kids. Cafe and farm shop on site. £3.50 for 2-15yr olds, £6.50 for adults. Family £18. Open daily 10am-5pm. For more info visit Old Down Country Park website. Read reviews here.
2. [GREEN] Fri 9: Fairtrade talk plus cookery demonstration
Do your bit for Fairtrade Fortnight. Join Nicaraguan Fairtrade Grower Sandra Rojas on her walkabout of Keynsham Farmers' market, then Farrell's Irish Italian Restaurant in Temple Street, Keynsham, between 11-12pm. For more info visit the Fairtrade website.
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3. [SPORT] Sat 10: Orienteering for Beginners at Ashton Court
Orienteering is a great outdoor sport for all ages and all families. Bristol Orienteering Klub (BOK) members will demonstrate how to read the special orienteering map and navigate your way round the beginners' course. Walkers and runners welcome. 1pm to 3pm, entry is free.
4. [FOOD & DRINK] Wed 14: Hunter’s Dinner at Bordeaux Quay
All the way from New Zealand, welcome Peter Macdonald from award-winning Marlborough producer Hunters for a special wine-matching dinner. With a menu featuring Cornish gurnard, lamb rump and Sicilian orange and rhubarb pannacotta accompanied by a specially chosen selection of wines. Tickets £39.50, for more info visit the Bordeaux Quay website or call 0117 943 1200.
5. [ART & CULTURE] Until April 1: Landscapes from the edge, The Glass Room, Colston Hall
Local artist Mike Rennie showcases his landscape paintings at Colston Hall's Glass Room exhibition space throughout March. Inspired by particular places, either by their immediate appearance or by the associations of events in their history, Rennie's show of work mixes complex creations with more simplistic offerings. Free. Glass Room is open Monday-Friday, 8am-11pm and Saturday, 9am-10pm. On Sundays, Colston Hall is open only when a show is on.
6. [THEATRE] Until Sat 10: The Maharajahs Hockey Stick at The Alma Tavern
Fancy an evening being entertained by members of the Westbury Mens Hockey Club and Westberries Ladies Hockey Club? This is the tenth production by Westbury Hockey Players and the sixth at the Alma. The play is set in 1930s New York. Sam Shovel, Private Dick, is sitting in Death Row, awaiting execution for murder. How did a streetwise PI like Sam get himself into this spot? And what has become of the priceless Maharajah’s Hockey Stick? Find out the answers to these questions as Sam uses his final few hours to tell his story. Double dealing abounds in this film noir comedy. Tickets £5. 8pm
7. [Gardening] Sat 10: Afternoon talk: Get the most from your greenhouse.
The sun is shining and it's time to roll up our sleeves and get gardening. Get some expert advice on how to make the most of your hobby and reap what you sow with part one in a programme of Saturday afternoon talks designed to benefit your garden. Given by experienced horticultural lecturer and manager John Addison, the event runs from 1pm-4pm. £15 per event (book three or more and pay £12 per session) at University of Bristol Botanic Gardens. Click here for info on how to get there.
8. [COMMUNITY] Sun 11: Six Nations France v England on the Big Screen - Millennium Square
Enjoy the action from Stade de France in the company of other rugby fans in the Bristol fresh air. Bring a chair to the Millennium Square and cheer on the England rugby team as they take on the French in Sunday's RBS Six Nations match. Free. Parking available in @Bristol, located underneath Millennium Square. Start 3pm - 5pm.
9. [DANCE] Weds Mar 14: Salsa Mania at Vanity, King Street.
Get your dancing shoes on as Salsa Mania takes over Vanity on King Street. This class is for those already up to speed with Salsa, offering tutition for intermediates - level 3 - dancers. Guest instructors take the class from 9pm-10pm and then you can hone your dance skills on the dancefloor until 2am. Music by Eldj, playing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cha Cha & Reggaeton. £3 for all. All night long. No entry after 1am. For more info visit the Salsa Mania website.
10. [COMEDY] Weds 14: John Hegley at The Croft
Your chance to see this former Bristol schoolboy who is widely regarded as one of the country's best-loved and most innovative comic poets, musicians and songwriters, in action at The Croft. John says: "There will be lots of Bristol references and it will be nice to be back." Tickets cost £6 adv, entry 16+. Doors open 8pm. For more info visit The Croft website