10 things to do in Bristol this week – October 29-November 2
Make the most of the week ahead with our guide to what’s on in Bristol.
1. Bristol Zoo will be lit up on November 2 and 3 without the loud bangs which often frighten young children or the animals. The zoo says: “The specially designed, toddler and animal friendly Bonfire Nights include beautiful fireworks chosen to make the event one to remember. Hot drinks and wintery treats will also be available to buy. Please be aware we will do everything we can to ensure the fireworks are as quiet as possible, but inevitably there will be a few whooshes, whizzes and pops. If it is a rainy or damp evening, the noise level of a few fireworks might increase slightly, which is unfortunately beyond our control.” The display starts at 5.30pm. Tickets are adult £6, child £4.50 and family £18. Children under two go free but tickets need to be booked.
2. Dress up as a ghost or ghoul to join a story teller for a river tour to uncover the secrets of the Harbourside. The event on October 31 from 6pm-7.30pm is part of the Seeds of Change: A Floating Ballast Seed Garden. The garden is on the Floating Harbour next to Castle Park. The Hallowe’en event is organised by The Arnolfiniwith Bristol Packet Boat Trips. Cost is £5 and free for children under 12 but tickets for youngsters do need to be booked.
3. Head to the M shed for their Hallowe’en Film Screening - The Company of Wolves on Wednesday. The film provides a dark and imaginative twist on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood - rich with surreal folklore, euphemism and cautionary tales about what’s real and unreal. Based on a story by Angela Carter, whose portrait features in M Shed’s latest exhibition ‘Real & Imagined Lives’. Book your tickets via the M Shed shop or by calling the museum on 0117 352 6600. £8/£6 concession. Strictly 18+.
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4. Join in the Mexican Day of the Dead festivities at M shed on Thursday from 11am-3pm and make your own garland or skull mask. Handle real objects from the museum’s Mexican collections plus lots more. Don’t forget to book your Mexican store tour on the day. Suitable for ages 7+.
5. The Downend Firework Show takes place on November 2 at 7.30pm with this year’s chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support. There’s also a children’s display which starts at 6.30pm. Gates open at 5.30pm. Advance tickets are £3.50 and available at various outlets in and around Downend. On the gate prices are £4 for a child (child in arms/pram free), £5 for an adult. Takes place in King George V Playing Fields, Sutherland Avenue – there are two entrances one off Sutherland Road and the other off Westerleigh Road.
6. It’s your last chance to see Aardman Animations' Pirate Ship At M shed until November 4. The pirate ship measuring 4.2 metres-long with a mast reaching 4.6 metres high will remain at M Shed until November 4, providing a last chance to see and get up close to the pirate ship before it disembarks.
7. On Thursday it’s time for Awesome Owls – a children’s holiday event for 8 – 12 year olds. Discover the wonderful world of wild owls with Ian McGuire. Meet a real owl and in the afternoon craft your own feathered friend from autumnal materials. Children will need to take their own packed lunch. At Bristol Zoo and on the Downs. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 9030609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
8. Pub of the week to try: The Lamb Inn
9. Restaurant of the week to try: La Campagnuola
10. Recipe of the week to give a go if you decide to eat in: Chestnut, roasted butternut squash and Bramley apple soup
And if you need some ideas for the weekend, check back at ThisisBristol later in the week.