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20 Apr 2016

Plymouth Gin Club at The Milk Thistle


The next event in The Milk Thistle’s Gin Club calendar is truly close to their Bristolian hearts, not only for its nautical roots, but for the fact that it’s widely heralded as one of the most approachable and versatile gins in the world!

Gin Club with Plymouth Gin!

Produced at the oldest working distillery in England, Plymouth is made using the naturally soft water from Dartmoor and botanicals including Juniper berry, coriander seed, angelica root, lemon peel, sweet orange peel, orris root and green cardamom. It’s one of the few listed products specified in the first ever Savoy cocktail book, included in the White Lady, Bronx and Dry Martini.

The Milk Thistle team will be joined on Wednesday 20th April by Plymouth’s brand ambassador Lizzie Lerwill, who will be on hand to impart her unrivalled knowledge on this classic spirit, as well as regaling guests with stories of the original Plymouth Navy strength gin, which was distilled to a higher strength of 57% – ensuring gunpowder would still light in the midst of battle if any of the spirit was spilled!

Tickets to this event are sure to be in high demand, so embrace Bristol’s nautical heritage and join us for Gin Club with Plymouth at The Milk Thistle on Wednesday 20th April.

7pm- 9pm



21 Apr 2016

River Cottage Wild Food Night with John Wright


River Cottage Canteen Bristol will be hosting a Wild Food Night with foraging celebrity John Wright on Thursday 21st April

Fresh from foraging, with his latest finds in tow, John Wright will be talking guests through what’s available seasonally and locally and how to sustainably source nature’s tastiest food, with tasters and tales from the fields.

John Wright talks in more detail about what guests can expect:

“Late April is a high point in the forager’s calendar. Leaves are at their greenest, spring flowers at their brightest, seaweeds their shiniest and there is even the chance of St. Georges mushrooms and Morels.”

Head chef Charlie James will be cooking up a delicious three course set menu based around foraged and wild foods, giving guests ideas for how to cook with their foraged finds.

Tickets are £28 which includes a three course set menu. The evening will start at 7.30pm.



23 April – 2 July 2016

Fish and Chip Trip on the Matthew


Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the famous Matthew as she sails around Bristol’s historic harbour.

Fresh fish and chips are delivered to you on deck as we moor up at The Pumphouse before cruising back to the M Shed.
(They can offer a vegetarian spring roll, chicken or sausage as an alternative to fish.)

The on-board bar will be open throughout.

Trips last approximately 2 hours
23/04/2016 4pm to 6pm
05/05/2016 6pm to 8pm
25/05/2016 6pm to 8pm
08/06/2016 6pm to 8pm
24/06/2016 6pm to 8pm
02/07/2016 4pm to 6pm

£28 for a standard adult ticket £23 for concessions (6 -10s, over 65s, carers, disabled). £10 0-5yrs (does not include food)


30 Apr 2016 to 5 June 2016

Victorian Festival at Tyntesfield


Her majesty will be making her annual inspection of the estate and Queen Victorian’s soldiers will also be popping in.

They will be welcoming back Mr Brunel and his Young Engineer School; Victorian visitors from both ends of society; and band of steam engines contraptions.


21 May to 22 May 2016

Vegfest UK at the Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square, Harbourside


VegfestUK Bristol 2016 is the UK’s biggest vegan event, a unique hybrid of vegan food/info during the day, and live DJ’s in the evenings.

The show runs for 2 days, opening its gates to the public at 11am – 11pm Saturday 21st May, and 11am – 9pm on Sunday 22nd May.

The organisers say: “VegfestUK events are all about GOING VEGAN. They’re not about eating less meat, or choosing eggs over fish, free-range meat, or anything like that. It’s about going vegan, pure and simple. Go Vegan. For the animals, for the planet, for your health, and for sustainable global food production. And it’s so easy. VegfestUK will demonstrate just how easy it is to go vegan and stay vegan.”

The daytime part of the show features around 160 stalls including food, bodycare, accessories, fashion, merchandise and information; 15 specialist vegan caterers, serving food from across the globe; 4 all day licensed bars; nutrition and health talks marquee; campaigns and lifestyle talks marquee; cookery demos; kids cookery classes plus play area and activities; vegan activists workshops; performance stage with acoustic acts; and a Teen VGN Zone for young vegans to connect with each other.

The evening part of the show features live music and DJ sets.

Advance tickets: £5 a day / £8 for the whole weekend + booking fees

Tickets on the gate: £8 (adults) / £4 (students / claimants) per day

Kids under 16 get free entry.


25 June to 11 Sept 2016

Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora at the Royal West of England Academy


Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora is a major exhibition showcasing Jamaican visual art – the first of its kind ever to be held outside of Jamaica. It’s co-curated by Kat Anderson and Graeme Mortimer Evelyn on behalf of the RWA

At a time when Jamaican art is receiving growing international acclaim, Jamaican Pulse will celebrate the diversity and legacy of Jamaican art, presenting contemporary work alongside key pieces from Jamaican art history. It will span multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, textiles and moving image and will be supported by 20th century artwork from a number of public and private collections including the Jamaican High Commission, London and The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston.

The exhibition is supported by the Arts Council and the Jamaican High Commission. It will be accompanied by an exciting learning and participation programme including a series of events at The Bluecoat, Liverpool and closer to home a range of learning and participation activities, funded by the Arts Council England Resilience Fund, taking place on and off-site and engaging with Bristol’s diverse BME communities.

The RWA is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 6pm and on Sundays 11am – 5pm. It is closed on Mondays.

Admission charged (see website for details). Under 16s, University of Bristol, UWE and SGS students FREE






1 July to 31 July 2016

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival



The Bristol Shakespeare Festival running since 2004 is passionate about bringing the freshest, most exciting productions of Shakespeare’s plays to some of Bristol’s most beautiful and unusual spaces every summer during the month of July. In previous years the very best national touring companies, including The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Shakespeare’s Globe, have taken part alongside other exceptional companies, schools, youth groups, special educational needs and disability arts groups. For this years programme please check their website.




15 July to 17 July 2016

Bristol Harbour Festival


Bristol Harbour Festival takes place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016



24 Sept to 25 Sept 2016

1940s weekend at the Avon Valley Railway


Turn back the clock as Avon Vallery Railway remember the importance of the railways in the War effort. See military vehicles, uniformed personnel and themed displays.












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