10 things to do in Bristol this week – October 15-19
Make the most of the week ahead with our guide to what’s on in Bristol.
1. It’s a big week at the O2 Academy with Hot Chip on Monday, Scouting for Girls on Tuesday, Labrinth on Wednesday, Bloc Party on Thursday and Trivium on Friday.
2. After first bringing his unique brand of Aussie humour to our shores more than 25 years ago, Kevin Bloody Wilson returns in 2012 for his final concert tour of the UK & Ireland at Colston Hall on Thursday – tickets £19.50.
3. Learn how to identify edible mushrooms whilst walking through the ancient and historic woodlands of Stoke Park on Monday from 10.30am-2.30pm, foraging for fungi with expert Steven England. Free event.
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4. There is a free talk on Thursday on Samuel Gist and the Gist Slaves at M shed (Studio 2), 6pm-7.30pm. It begins with the extraordinary story of Bristol’s Samuel Gist which spans Bristol, Virginia and London and whose legacy is still commemorated today by a group of African-Americans. It goes on to reconsider the links between Bristol and colonial Virginia in relation to the slave economy and the social networks it generated. Delivered by Dr Madge Dresser, Associate Professor of History at the University of the West of England.
5. Far more than just bowling, The Lanes has a large cocktail bar, private karaoke room, and a full service diner serving classic American fare and plenty of lounge space to relax over a drink. The Lanes’ in-house cinema, The Screening Room, also specialises in showing cult, classic and underground films, and the venue often hosts comedy nights, club nights and live bands. Try out bowling and karaoke at The Lanes, Nelson Street - open 12pm to late. One lane for bowling costs £26 for an hour, karaoke is £20.
6. Opened by HRH The Duke of York in 1989, Weston Helicopter Museum has a unique collection of rare aircraft, many of which enjoy top benchmark status on the National Aviation Heritage Register. Open 10am to 5.30pm Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets cost £6 for adults.
7. Try out Pirate Adventure Golf at Bristol Golf Centre in Hambrook. This 18-hole mini golf course is pirate themed and is something of an obstacle course too. With lots of rafts and boats to get you to and from each hole just make sure you keep out of the alligator’s way. Open 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults.
8. Pub of the week to try: The Shakespeare Inn, Redland
9. Restaurant of the week to try: The Olive Shed, Prince’s Wharf
10. Recipe of the week to give a go if you decide to eat in: Nutty toffee apples
And if you need some ideas for the weekend, check back at ThisisBristol later in the week.