10 things to do this weekend – October 20-21
Make the most of your weekend with our guide to what’s on in Bristol and the surrounding area.
1. It’s Apple Day on Sunday at Windmill Hill City Farm. Whether you are a fan of Pink Ladies, juicy Cox’s, Granny Smiths or Bramleys, visit Windmill Hill and celebrate all things apple. The Farm will be celebrating national Apple Day with music and food with plenty of apple-related activities. As well as apple bobbing, pressing, peeling and coring there will also be an artist on site to capture memories of a particular food or recipe involving apples. The farm has also organised family and childrens yoga, knitting classes, storytelling, badge making and face painting. 12-7pm, tickets cost £3.50.
2. Let the colours and shapes of autumn inspire you at a silk painting workshop with Su Lees, Bristol Zoo’s wildlife illustrator on Saturday. 10am - 3.30pm at Bristol Zoo, costs £25. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project on 0117 9030609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. On Sunday take part in a walk through Leigh Woods with tree expert Tony Titchen. Discover the cascading waterfalls, tranquil ponds and stunning trees of Paradise Bottom. 1.30pm - 3.30pm, £5.
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4. A new exhibition is opening at M shed on Saturday. Real and Imagined Lives is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in London and looks at identity through fame and anonymity, reality and fiction and how people will be remembered. Local writers offer their alternative insight into the people we think we know through contemporary photographic portraits of people with a Bristol connection, including Damien Hirst, JK Rowling, Stephen Merchant, Iris Murdoch and Banksy. Entry: £5 standard, £4 concessions.
5. Visit the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for a natural science discovery session on Sunday from 12pm-3pm. Handle specimens from the collections and discover more about our natural world and its wildlife.
6. This weekend it’s Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier ’s birthday. Two years on from its grand reopening there are celebrations in store for the infamous pier. There will be free entertainment and special ride offers all weekend. Visitors will be greeted by clowns, mascots and fire eaters. And throughout the weekend dancers, children’s entertainers and gymnasts will perform.
7. On Saturday at the Ramada Hotel in Bristol it’s BristolCon - a convention for science fiction and fantasy-fans. The one-day event will include talks from experts, forums for discussion, a pub quiz and live music, and the chance to buy books, comics and specialist merchandise. This year’s guests of honour include writers Gareth L Powell and John Meaney and the artist Annie Sudworth. Also attending will be BristolCon's first international guest writer Aliette de Bodard. Tickets cost £20. Visit www.bristolcon.org.
8. Pub of the week to try this weekend: Clyde Arms
9. Restaurant of the week to try this weekend: The Living Room Bristol
10. Recipe of the week to give a go if you decide to eat in: Turkish kofta kebabs with minted yoghurt and kohlrabi and carrot salad
For some ideas of how to occupy your time next week check back at ThisisBristol on Monday.