Bristol Events September 2012
Doors Open Day
For one day only, visitors will have the opportunity to see inside some of Bristol's most important and impressive buildings, many of which are not normally open to the general public. Free.
Until 16 September
Exploring the Lion King from Inspiration to Realisation
Royal West of England Academy
Incorporating many of the iconic costumes, masks and puppets from the ground-breaking Disney production of The Lion King, this interactive exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to discover how the show was conceived and created. Free.
18 – 23 September
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
Arnolfini and various city centre locations
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival comes to Bristol from 18 to 23 September, screening up to 400 films from over 60 different countries. Visitors to Bristol over the six day event can unwind over pop-up screenings, plus the Encounters Outdoor Solar Cinema Tour will be travelling to many parks throughout the city and South Gloucestershire. Free.
22 – 23 September
Ashton Court Estate
Brisfest will move to Ashton Court for 2012, and will see 40,000 visitors on the 22nd and 23rd of September at the beautiful estate. The festival features an exciting programme of music, circus, street art, theatre and comedy, with hip hop legends De La Soul confirmed as the headline act. Tickets £31 for an adult weekend ticket, children free, Sunday family ticket £41
Bristol Half Marathon
Bristol city centre
The 24th Bristol half marathon takes place on Sunday 30th September and has become one of the most popular half marathons in the UK. Free
Love Food Festival
Love Food Festival returns to the National Trust’s stunning Dyrham Park. Visitors can indulge in a tasty lunch, shop for local produce, traditional arts and crafts or enjoy the grounds for a walk or picnic. Entry to Dyrham Park starts from £4.80 for adults, £2.50 for children.
Until 17 November
Disney’s The Lion King
The Bristol Hippodrome
A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. Tickets start from £22.50.
Our World – No More Waste Exhibition
Visitors to At-Bristol’s latest exhibition can investigate how humans are made from volcanoes, ancient seas and dinosaurs! Supported by SITA Trust, the exhibition invites visitors to track real-time weather around the world with the interactive globe, change the way water moves, present a weather forecast and even trigger a mini volcanic eruption. Tickets £12.50 for adults, £8 for children, free for under 3’s.
All About Us Exhibition
Visitors exploring the All About Us Exhibition can get under their own skin and discover how amazing the human body really is. With over 50 new exhibits, All About Us is a celebration of all things human. Tickets £12.50 for adults, £8 for children, free for under 3’s.
Morph joins a host of other Aardman Animations favourites in At-Bristol’s permanent exhibition, Animate It!, giving visitors the chance to become an animator for the day. Tickets £12.50 for adults, £8 for children, free for under 3’s.
Until 9 September
Bristol Urban Sport
Bristol Urban Sport is a free exhibition running through the summer at the new M Shed museum on Bristol's bustling harbourside. Bringing together contemporary and historical stories, Bristol Urban Sport reveals how the city's unique landscape influences particular sports and provides a picture of the people who take part. It uncovers unusual sporting activities of the past whilst tapping into a wide range of alternative sports that exist across Bristol today. Free.
Until 23 September
Raw Materials Exhibition
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Raw Materials brings together four icons of American art whose work has been a major influence on art today. Jenny Holzer, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha and Lawrence Weiner have pioneered new approaches to art since the 1960s. Entry is free.
Theatre and Music
4 September – 20 October
Bristol Old Vic
John O'Keeffe's careering caper of cross purposes, mistaken identity and confusion is a classic romp of a comedy, directed by the hugely exciting young director, Mark Rosenblatt. Tickets from £10.
Until 8 September
The Tobacco Factory Theatre
Les Dennis returns to the Tobacco Factory Theatre in Tony Staveacre’s blisteringly funny and moving play. ‘So cheerio, you’ve been a grand audience, it’s always nice to play to yer own. See you again after the bingo.’ Tickets from £14.
St George’s Bristol
The music of the Northumbrian pipes is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world and Kathryn Tickell is their leading ambassador. Tickets £19.
Ultravox follow the hugely anticipated release of their forthcoming new album Brilliant with a UK tour. Tickets £32.50.
Pirate Pete invites visitors to join him on his guided walking tour of Bristol's historic Harbourside and its maritime history of discovery, trade, slavery and piracy. Walk times: 2pm on weekends. Book at the Tourist Information Centre on Bristol’s Harbourside. Tickets £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children
Fairs, Markets and Food
Bristol Farmers Market
Local producers from a 40-mile radius sell a massive range of food from cheese, fish, honey, cakes and vegetables to meat, game and poultry at this award-winning market.
Tobacco Factory Market
The market features around 30 food & craft stalls, with a strong bias towards ethical, eco-friendly, fair trade, organic and local products. Many of the traders that populate the market are themselves producers.
This locally focused market aims to provide increased access to high quality locally produced food. It will also showcase arts and craft created in Bristol and the surrounding area. Taking place along the Watershed’s covered walkway on Bordeaux Quay.
Every third Sunday
Ashton Court Farmer Market
Ashton Court Estate
The new monthly market will take place in the courtyard of the estates’ mansion house from 10.30am – 2.30pm, every third Sunday of the month.
For further information on any of these events and more please check out www.visitbristol.co.uk/events