Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace Free

For a display of British pomp and ceremony, watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace.

Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting is the process involving a new guard exchanging duty with the old guard.

The Guard that looks after Buckingham Palace is called The Queen’s Guard and is divided into two Detachments: the Buckingham Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding Buckingham Palace) and the St James’s Palace Detachment (responsible for guarding St James’s Palace).



Secret London Bike Tour

£22 adults, £18 ages 8-17, over 60s and students with ID


Cycling along a route that follows river and canal-side pathways, cycle lanes, back streets and hidden passageways the SECRET LONDON BIKE TOUR is a must for those that seek out an alternative ride through London.

We explore the majesty of the financial district, the ‘City of London’, the mystery of the old London Docks, along with the magical wizarding London of Harry Potter.

The distance covered in the Secret Tour is 9.25 miles, around 15 kilometers
The tour starts at 3.00 pm and finishes at 6.30 pm (3 ½ hours including a 20 minute break)
The tour includes bike hire, helmet, bike lights and rain poncho in the case of rain and a 20 minute break in Brick Lane to explore some breathtaking street art, grab a coffee or even a pint at a cornerstone of British culture – a classic East End pub!
Reservations are required. To check for late availability call us on 07824 353274.



Star Wars Experience at Madame Tussauds

Adult Ticket: From £31.00 per ticket
Child Ticket: From £25.00 per ticket


In collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilm, Madame Tussauds presents 11 immersive walk-in sets capturing iconic moments from the popular Star Wars films. Come face to face with Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Yoda and Luke Skywalker, and take the controls in the flight deck of the Millennium Falcon





The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl at Southbank Centre

Until 3 July 2016

Adult Ticket: £10.00 to £11.00 per ticket
Child Ticket: £8.00 to £9.00 per ticket

At least one adult must be present for every three childre

Let your imagination run wild with The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl at Southbank Centre.

Designed for children aged seven to 12 years old, this interactive experience takes visitors on a guided journey through the imagination of Roald Dahl.

Jump between seven different worlds as you discover the extraordinary life, much-loved characters and magical stories of the famous storyteller. Take a look at original manuscripts, drawings, photographs and personal items, and test your own creativity in the interactive installations.

This experience is part of Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival, celebrating 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.




Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern

Until 12 June 2016

Adult Ticket: £14.50 to £16.00 per ticket
Child Ticket (under 12 years old): Free
Concession Ticket: £12.70 to £14.00 per ticket



Explore the changing relationship between photography and performance with Performing for the Camera at Tate Modern.

From capturing performances to creating a new kind of stage for performers, this exhibition looks at the interactions between photography and performance across 150 years, from the invention of the camera in the 19th century to the emergence of the selfie.

On display are photographs documenting the performance works by Yves Klein, Eleanor Antin and Yayoi Kusama; collaborative projects between performers and photographers including Nadar and mime artist Charles Deburau or Eikoh Hosoe and choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata; and photographic work by Charles Ray, Erwin Wurm and Boris Mikhailov capturing performances staged exclusively for their cameras.

Through more than 500 images, the exhibition also examines the development of self-portraiture and the improvisation of posing for the camera, as well as the influence of social media



Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr at Guildhall Art Gallery

Until 31 July 2016

Adult Ticket: £5.00 per ticket
Child Ticket (under 16 years old): Free
Concession Ticket: £4.00 per ticket

Witness what goes on behind the scenes of public and private events in the City of London, with Unseen City: Photos by Martin Parr at Guildhall Art Gallery.

In this major photography exhibition, British photographer Martin Parr gives us a new perspective on the City of London’s traditions, ceremonies, banquets and public occasions through informal and unguarded pictures of the people involved in these events.

From the Lord Mayor’s Shows and elections, to guest appearances that include Her Majesty The Queen, catch a glimpse of the unseen side of the City of London




Cutty Sark Tours In British Sign Language (BSL) at Cutty Sark

Until 11 June 2016

Adult Ticket: From £17.00 per ticket

Join deaf historian John Wilson for a special BSL interpreted tour of the famous ship Explore the 1869 clipper, celebrated for her record-breaking passages around the globe and find out about life on board and the story of this ship’s survival




A Power Walk at Somerset House

Until 21 October 2016

Adult Ticket: From £18.00 per ticket


This guided walk investigates London’s forces of political, economic and social power, and their impact on us. The route from Somerset House to St Paul’s Cathedral includes a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice to witness a court of law in action




Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

Until 11 September 2016

Adult Ticket: £5.85 to £6.50 per ticket
Child Ticket: £5.85 to £6.50 per ticket
Family Ticket: £19.80 to £22.00 per ticket


Come face to face with hundreds of fluttering butterflies with Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum.

Colourful butterflies and moths from across the globe, including Africa, Asia and America, fly freely in this interactive family exhibition, now in its eighth year.

Witness the remarkable life cycle of the intriguing insect, from a crawling caterpillar, to the elegant flying creature emerging from its chrysalis; learn more about the secret life of butterflies and get involved in the interactive family activities.

Opening times: 10am to 5.50pm (last entry at 5.15pm





Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics at House of Illustration

Until 15 May 2016

Adult Ticket: £7.00 to £7.70 per ticket
Child Ticket (5 to 18 years old): £4.00 to £4.40 per ticket
Family Ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children): £18.00 to £19.80 per ticket
Concession Ticket: £5.00 to £5.50 per ticket

See the works of leading female comic artists with Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics at House of Illustration.

For this major exhibition, the museum brings together original comic works by generations of women artists, from newspaper strips and zines, to graphic novels and webcomics. With a focus on 21st century British comics, the exhibition also investigates influences from international works and comics from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Flick through works by 100 different artists, including Audrey Niffenegger, Tove Jansson, Marie Duval, Posy Simmonds, Nina Bunjevac and Nadine Redlich, working across diverse genres, from provocative satire and observational comedy, to fantasy and biographical works.




States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness at Wellcome Collection Free

Until 16 October 2016


Join the discussion on human consciousness with States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness at Wellcome Collection.

A changing programme of exhibitions and installations examines this intriguing and difficult subject, bringing together philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists and artists to offer their perspective. Through objects, works of art, and historical and scientific materials, the show explores the area that lies between consciousness and unconsciousness, including phenomena such as sleepwalking, memory loss, anaesthesia and synaesthesia.

Follow the history of neuroscience with Science | Soul, learn more about somnambulism, mesmerism and sleep paralysis in Sleep | Awake, consider the impact of language and its development on our sense of self with Language | Memory, and take a look at how a trauma or injury can affect our conscious experience in Being | Not Being.




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May events at Demuths

Wednesday 4th
Asparagus & Seasonal Treats, 6.30pm to 9pm, £55
Asparagus is the queen of vegetables and May and June herald the short season of our favourite English asparagus. This class will feature asparagus alongside other delicious ingredients of late Spring and early Summer, such as broadbeans, fresh peas and sorrel. You will learn how best to prepare and cook asparagus in different ways

Friday 6th
Easy Bread Making, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
Perfect your baking skills with our expert Chef Tutors who will teach you in a fun and relaxed way, all the basics to achieve a perfect loaf. Our bread day offers an introduction to bread making, one of the most satisfying cooking activities there is. There’s a certain magic in starting with a bowl of flour, yeast and water and ending up with a warm, sweet smelling loaf.

Saturday 7th
Middle Eastern Mezze, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
The cuisine of the Middle East is a delight for vegetarians: zesty bean dips and falafel, aromatic roasted vegetables with sumac, labna cheese, honey drenched sweets all using the best seasonal vegetables and herbs. This day will focus on the cuisines of Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, and Syria whose simple, fresh and healthy foods are a delight to make and eat throughout the year.

Monday 9th to Friday 13th
Vegan 5 Day Course, 9.30am to 4.30pm, £895
The course is suitable for those just beginning a vegan diet and for those who want to expand their vegan repertoire and immerse themselves in a fun and informative week long food experience. The Vegan foundation course will set you up with the fundamentals of vegan cooking, covering basic nutritional information, tailored for vegans and for those who want to reduce the amount of dairy and eggs in their diets.

Saturday 14th
Spanish Andalucian Tapas, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
Andalucia, the most southerly state of Spain is as large as England and is one of my favourite regions of Spain. With its Moorish influence and abundant natural produce makes Andalucían cuisine some of the most delicious in Europe.

Sunday 15th
Fresh Pasta Class with Ottavia, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
In this class Ottavia will explain the differences between various types of fresh pasta and will teach you how to make basic egg pasta, naturally coloured pasta and aromatic pasta. You will also learn how to create different shapes of both flat and filled pasta, how to cook it to perfection and how to associate the right sauces to the various shapes.

Wednesday 18th
Indian Street Food, 6.30pm to 9pm, £55
Eating Indian Street food is the best way to eat in India, watching the food cooked in front of you and then eating from a cone of paper as you wander through the street market at dusk. Here in Bath we will recreate our favourites, giving you a whirlwind tour of regional Indian street food.

Thursday 19th
Fast & Delicious Half Day, 10am to 1pm, £80
The Fast and Delicious half day workshop is perfect If you have a busy life and can’t fit in a full day’s cookery class, but still want skills and tips to speed up your cooking. The workshop runs from 10am-1pm, ideal for the school run or shopping in Bath. we will make dishes which take around thirty minutes to prepare and cook, saving you time and effort in the kitchen.

Friday 20th
Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
This course is designed to take the mystery out of gluten free baking. The foods that are missed on a gluten free diet are mainly freshly baked bread and pastry. This course will show you how to put these delicious treats back into your daily life.

Saturday 21st
Anna Jones – A Modern Way to Cook, 10am to 4.30pm. £185
Come and join Anna Jones for an inspiring day in the kitchen, she will cook her favourite recipes from her beautiful second cookbook “A Modern Way to Cook”. Anna Jones is a cook, stylist and writer and worked with Jamie Oliver for 7 years.

Sunday 22nd
Foraging Wild Plants: Collecting to Cooking, 9.30am to 4pm, £125
Spring is the start of the forager’s year and for many it’s their favourite season because of the variety of what’s available. Join forager Christopher Robbins on a spring forage near Bath, which will teach you how to identify the marvellous array of edible plants available this time of year. After a two-hour walk, we’ll take our bounty back to the cookery school where you’ll learn how to cook what you’ve collected and turn it into a delicious lunch.

Tuesday 24th
Myanmar (Burmese) Teahouse Cooking, 6.30pm to 9pm, £55
Myanmar is sandwiched between better known culinary neighbours China, India and Thailand and you can find influences from them, Samosas and pakoras from India, stir-fried rice and noodles from China and green mango and papaya salads from Thailand. Balancing flavours with sour, spicy, bitter and salty is very important and is achieved by serving many small dishes each with a difference flavour balance. For lunch, the main meal of the day, you will be served soup, large quantity of white rice, a selection of curries, salads and condiments.

Wednesday 25th
Mezze Evening Workshop, 6.30pm to 9pm, £55
Mezze is a term which refers to small dishes which are traditionally served across the Mediterranean and Middle East.  The cuisine of the Middle East is a delight for vegetarians; zesty dips, aromatic roasted vegetables with sumac and spiced flatbreads, all using the best seasonal vegetables and herbs.

Friday 27th
Moroccan and Southern Spanish, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
This course concentrates on Moroccan cooking and the Moorish influences in southern Spanish cooking. The food is a delight for vegetarians, and is simple and quick to make. You will learn all about the flavouring, herbs & spice mixes, learn knife skills, how to work with chillies to make firey harissa, how to use traditional ingredients such as Argan Oil & Saffron.

Saturday 28th
Fast & Delicious Spring, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
This is one of our most popular courses offering fast, seasonal and easy to make food. The dishes we cook will use the best of what’s in season, with an emphasis on local ingredients which we source from our suppliers Eades and Castle Farm, as well as wild food and produce from our own garden.

Sunday 29th
Asian Street Food, 10am to 4.30pm, £160
Asian Street food offers exciting and spicy flavours, quick cooking techniques and dishes that are perfect for summer parties but also great to serve as main meals with large plates of colourful salads.You will learn how to use coriander, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, garlic, tamarind and chillies. How to whizz up fresh sambals, marinades & dips without the ubiquitous fish sauce. How to make tofu taste really delicious. We will also show you how to use ingredients such as green papaya, black rice and mung beans and where to source them



7 – 8 May 2016

Newbridge Arts Trail

Day Times
Saturday 11:00 -18:00
Sunday 11:00 -18:00

In Newbridge and Lower Weston, 50 artists and makers, at 25 venues, will open their doors to the public over the weekend of 7 and 8 May. Work ranges from painting and printmaking to illustration and photography, from sculpture and ceramics to contemporary jewellery and decoupage. Visitors can meet the artists, see their work, find out how it’s made and even buy or commission a piece of original work at an affordable price.

The trail covers a variety of locations across the area. As well as private homes and studios, there are group venues where artists exhibit together, including Bath Artists Studios, Fairfield House, Weston Methodist Church Hall, Frontier Picture Frames and Newbridge Primary School. A full list of venues and details of artists can be found online at A printed trail brochure, with map showing all locations, is available from local shops, businesses and Bath Library.

The event runs from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm on both days. It’s a great way to spend a day or the whole weekend – on your own, with friends or as a family. Whether you’re walking or driving, the route is manageable and refreshments are provided at pubs, cafés and some artist venues




27 May – 12 June 2016

Bath Fringe Festival

Bath Fringe is a festival of all the artforms that anyone wants to put into the mix. It takes place for 17 days or thereabouts in the early summer in the beautiful city of Bath, with the collaboration of many of its beautiful & talented population



28 – 30 May 2016

Tractor Ted Big Machine Weekend

An action packed day with Tractor Ted! Over a million pounds worth of new farm machinery will be demonstrated and displayed to visitors at the Tractor Ted Big Machines Weekend.

This event is all about getting hands on and up close to big farm machinery! Add in Tractor and Trailer Rides around the Bowood Estate, including ‘Eye-Spy Farming’, have a bounce (or two) on the Tractor Ted Bouncy Castle, check out the Arena Displays, including the Dancing Digger with Digger Dave, spot a few Tractor Ted ‘celebs’ and don’t forget entry to Tractor Ted’s Little Farm itself!

No extra charge to normal Bowood House and Gardens admission




4 June – 16 August 2016

Iford Arts Festival

The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival takes place in the exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor, near Bath in the South West of England.  The award-winning garden and its intimate and unique performance spaces combine to create a magical experience.

Captivating and intimate Opera performances are staged in-the-round for an audience of 90 in the miniature Italianate cloister and are all sung in English.

Popular and informal free flowing promenades together with seated cloister concerts complete the festival programme.  All events offer a chance to relax over a pre-show picnic, whilst enjoying the peaceful tranquillity of the Peto Garden as the river Frome gently meanders through the Iford valley.

Visit for information about 3-to-Tea and other amateur performances, free with garden entry.

12 June 2016

Queen’s Birthday Charity Picnic

2016 sees the Queen celebrate her 90th birthday. In celebration of this there will be many events held throughout the UK and commonwealth. The theme as stated by the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips is Community, Charity and Celebration.

On Sunday 12th June a picnic will take place in Bath’s Parade Gardens. This event will be a ticketed event with live music and food on sale throughout the day. All ticket sale proceeds after expenses will go to local charities. All music and food sales will be provided by local artists and vendors.

Children’s entertainment will also be available throughout the day.

The day itself will run from 10.30 to 17.00 and tickets will cost £9 but be free for under 12s.

10 July 2016

Teddy Bears Picnic at the Avon Valley Railway

Teddy Bears Picnic at the Avon Valley Railway.

10th July.

Join in at the Avon Valley Railway for the Teddy Bears Picnic! Go on a Teddy Bear hunt, enjoy activities in the Craft Carriage and enjoy unlimited train rides throughout the day.

Children who bring their teddy bear will travel Free on this day!

‘When you go down to the station today your in for a big surprise.’ Children who bring a responsible Teddy Bears will travel FREE of charge on both the steam and diesel hauled trains. There will also be a number of other activities to keep the children amused, including (all subject to availability):

  • balloon modelling
  • punch and judy
  • arts and crafts
  • teddy bear hunt (with a small sweet for children that complete the hunt)
  • picnic baskets also available from the buffet at £4.25 each (buy on day)

Picnic Baskets

During the Teddy Bear’s Picnic event our station buffet will offering picnic boxes for sale which are ideal for both children and adults alike.

Children’s picnic boxes include a small filled roll, cuplet juice drink, Freddo chocolate bar, piece of fruit, packet of crips and a mini bear gift.

Adult’s picnic boxes include a large sandwich, cuplet juice drink, slice of cake, packet of crips and a piece of fruit. Prices £4.25.

Normal admission prices apply;
Adults: £7.50
Seniors: £6.50
Children (5 – 14): £5.50 (or FREE if they bring their teddy bear!)
Family (2 + 4): £21.50
Under 5’s: FREE


6 – 14 August 2016

Bath Folk Festival

Bath Folk Festival is in its 7th year and has a fast growing reputation as one of the most exiting new festivals to emerge. Focused on getting everyone involved, there is a five day summer school and lots of informal sessions which we believe are the lifeblood of folk music.

We also have the new shoots competition in collaboration with Real World Studios where many up and coming acts compete to win a days recording with Real World. Every year we discover a wealth of immense talent.

There are many concerts from around the world and artists featured include Flook! Hungarian Band Fabula Rasa, Himmerland from Denmark, Crossharbour, RSVP Bhangra band, Steve Turner, Deuair,Inu, Ranagri, Mike Danvers Scott, Izzy burns Quartet Kadia and many more.


1 – 31 October 2016

Great Bath Feast

Bath is a handsome city at any time of year but in autumn it positively glows. Great food and drink is just one of many reasons to visit this golden Georgian gem. This is a city that attracts ambitious young chefs, drawn not just by the beauty of the place and the countryside that surrounds it, but by the provenance of the south-west. Typically, chefs work hand in hand with their suppliers to create menus that are both seasonal and locally sourced.

So for October, expect game and big wines; warming root veg and pumpkin soup; traditional puddings like apple and blackberry crumble; hearty pasta dishes. From beautifully sweet figs and crisp apples to earthy wild mushrooms and full-flavoured lamb and beef, October boasts a bumper crop of seasonal ingredients. This is soul food, so celebrate October’s rich bounty and make it your Great Bath Feast.

Plans are underway for the 2016 Great Bath Feast. You can get a taste of things to come from our 2015 highlights below…

Gin Palace
For one night only, Bath’s Holburne Museum will be transformed into a Gin Palace for a gin tasting extravaganza in sumptuous surroundings. Learn more about the history of gin with a fascinating tasting of selected fine gins from the South West. Learn about how gin is made and its ‘therapeutic’ properties.

Blessed are the Cheesemakers
The Fine Cheese Company will be assembling the nation’s leading artisan cheesemakers in the unique setting that is Bath Abbey for a unique and slightly ‘pongy’ cheese festival called “Blessed are the Cheesemakers”. The festival will be in aid of Bath Abbey’s Footprint Appeal.
A deluge of artisan ewe, goat and cow’s cheese from across the South West will be on display for cheese lovers to discover.

Bubbling up a storm with Demuth’s
Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School, the UK’s leading vegetarian school, will be offering a packed programme including the chance to dive into the world of fermentation with Charlotte Pike, cook autumn fare with Riverford and sample some local vegan craft beers.

Urban Foraging
Take a walk with Christopher Robbins and learn how to forage for food in the unusual urban setting of Bath, a World Heritage City. Edible goodies will include foraging for sloe berries, blackberries and mushrooms. Andy Hamilton, author of Booze for Free, has been specially invited by Independent Spirit for a ‘Wild Booze Walk’ to explore where and how to successfully forage for booze on your very own doorstep.

Talks on a Plate with Topping & Company Booksellers
Other culinary celebrities include Anna Del Conte – the doyenne of authentic Italian cuisine – and Tom Kerridge whose Best Ever Dishes transports his cooking into the very home and heart of today’s modern kitchen. Tickets to culinary talks, courtesy of Bath independent bookstore Topping & Company Booksellers, will be available throughout the month October.

The Richard Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School (and guests)
After learning to make bread with French baker, Richard Bertinet, converts will never again buy mass-produced loaves with a clear conscience.
Partnered with Waitrose, who supply his bread throughout the UK, Richard will head a line-up of suppliers at a ‘teach-in’ evening in October.
Special guests will include Ben Tish from the Salt Yard group – a star of the London restaurant scene – and Dhru Baker, author of “Spice”.

Beer and Buildings
Created by The Campaign for Real Ale and RIBA, “Beer and Buildings” is a walking tour of Bath with a difference; it shows the finest hostelries across the city, some dating to when Bath bustled with historic and unusual coaching inns. Visit fifteen of Bath’s most interesting pubs, from historic gems such as The Bell to pubs with a contemporary interior such as Colonna and Hunter. Explore Bath’s beer culture from a truly unique perspective.

A Grand Wine Tasting
Great Western Wine brings its suppliers to Bath for a popular grand tasting at the impressive Assembly Rooms, with a portfolio tasting from over 100 boutique wineries from across the world and the South West of England. Learn how to spit and slurp with the best of them!

Mushroom Mayhem
Green Park Station in Bath is home to the UK’s very first Farmers’ Market, a thriving weekly market selling fresh local and regional produce.
Fledgling foodie businesses include Green Park’s Urban Mushroom Farm, Fungi Fruits, where mushrooms are cultivated below ground in a surreal environment thanks to the recycled and discarded coffee grounds from coffee shops and various eateries across Bath.

Apple Fest With A Vintage Twist of Nostalgia
Green Park Brasserie will be celebrating Apple Day with a Friday night Cider and Apple Festival with a penchant for all things apple and cider based.

Kitchenalia by Bath VA will also be presenting a nostalgic fair dedicated to vintage kitchen paraphernalia including china, moulds, glassware and furniture.

Hartley Farm Teepees
Queen Square becomes the hub of the Great Bath Feast with the Hartley Farm Teepees. Meet the producer, butchery demos, and cooking with their famous Big Green Eggs.

For details of this year’s festival calendar and how to book your tickets visit





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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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