10 things to do in Bristol this weekend – February 16-17
Make the most of your weekend with our guide to what’s on in Bristol and the surrounding area.
1. A new running track opens in the city centre on Saturday, giving runners and walkers a choice of six accurately measured distances ranging from 100m to 1 mile. It has been designed in collaboration with Run Bristol and Run England and follows a fairly flat and scenic waterside route around Harbourside, passing the Amphitheatre, Millennium Square and Cathedral Walk. At the launch event on Saturday from 10.30am runners can limber up and take part in some challenges including a business challenge and a family fun run. Visit http://www.harboursidealive.co.uk/sports-trail for more information.
2. Join artist Julie Roberts and create a balloon-themed art work which M shed will send off as part of their nomination for the Kids in Museums Award. Tell them what you like about M shed- your drawings and comments will be part of the big art work and could help them win the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award. From 11am-3pm.
3. Now in its 3rd successful year, Raise The Roof returns to St George's on Saturday. Join leader David Ogden, members of City of Bristol Choir and fellow fans of musicals and films for an unashamedly indulgent day of singing the blockbusting hits from The Lion King, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and Oliver, together with pop songs by Adele. The day culminates in a grand (but very informal) showcase performed by the day’s cast accompanied by a live band. Sessions: 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm, including performance at 3.15pm. £12 or £5 for under 18s.
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4. The Life After at Bristol Old Vic explores loss and change, be it as monumental as death, or seemingly incidental, like the opening of the first daffodils in spring. It’s the last night on Saturday at 7.30pm and there will also be a matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets £5-£15.
5. You’re Not My Friend Anymore! is a funny, delightful and poignant look at the ups and downs and ins and outs of young friendships. Suitable for children aged 3-7, it’s on stage at Brewery Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at 11am and 2pm. Tickets £6.
6. Celebrate the arrival of the Chinese Year of the Snake from 11.15am on Sunday at Bristol's Eastgate Oriental City, where there will be a live firecracker and traditional lion dance performance. The event is free and everyone is welcome to go down and join in the festivities. The event is organised by Wai Yee Hong , a family-run Chinese Supermarket based in Bristol for over 30 years. Manager, Allison Chow says: "Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar; when families get together to see out the old year and celebrate the new. We love organising this event because it's a lovely way to share our culture with everyone."
7. Bristol Rovers are playing at home at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 3pm – they will be taking on Wycombe Wanderers.
8. Pub of the week to try this weekend: The Railway Tavern
9. Restaurant of the week to try this weekend: Thai Pepper
10. Recipe of the week to give a go if you decide to eat in: Sausages, Stilton and mustard mash with sautéed cauliflower
For some ideas of how to occupy your time next week check back at ThisisBristol on Monday.