Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, is commemorated every year on 11 November. This year, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War and there are a diverse range of Remembrance events taking place in and around Bristol, to commemorate those who gave their lives in the two World Wars and all who have died in combat since.

One thousand poppies, for one hundred years, for one million lives, Bristol Cathedral (27 October)

For the launch of the 2018 Bristol Poppy Appeal at 11am on 27 October, The Royal British Legion will recreate a scene from the end of WW1 outside Bristol Cathedral on College Green. They will be joined by a Bugler and the Bristol Military Wives Choir who will be performing songs from their new album ‘Remember’.

Staff at MOD Filton will be filling 400 sandbags with eight tonnes of sand to build trenches and recreate 'Flanders Fields' and planting over 1000 waterproof poppies on College Green. Poppies and sandbags can be sponsored by individuals wanting to remember those who fought and died in conflict by following this link.

On the day, there will also be re-enactors in WW1 uniform, as well as medics and nurses with equipment from the time. Bristol’s own ‘War Horse’ will be on College Green behind the improvised barbed wire to represent the 350,000 horses that left Avonmouth for the frontline during WW1. There will also be 10,000 knitted poppies on display both in and outside Bristol Cathedral following 'The Charfield Yarn Bombers' incitement to locals to get knitting to mark the occasion.

Bristol Cathedral - Remembrance centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - Bristol Cathedral, credit Anna Kilcooley

6th Annual Bristol Poppy Day at Cabot Circus  (1 November)

During the fortnight of Remembrance, Cabot Circus will host the 6th Annual Bristol Poppy Day on 1 November, with 300 Members of The Armed Forces in uniform collecting for Bristol Poppy Appeal across the city and local area between 6am and 6pm. The Band of HM Royal Marines will lead seven hours of live entertainment in Cabot Circus Shopping Centre with a wide variety of acts. For details and timings please see the Bristol Poppy Appeal Facebook page.

Ministering Angels: VAD Nurses from Frenchay (31 October - end of January)

This new exhibition at Frenchay Village Museum tells the story of local women who devoted their time to aiding recovering servicemen as VAD nurses at Cleve Hill Hospital. It will also delve into the relationships formed between patients and nurses, as well as how war affected people in the village, and what they did to help with the war effort. The museum is open on Wednesdays 1pm-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 2pm-5pm.

Cleve Hill Hospital - Remembrance Day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - nurses and patients outside Cleve Hill Hospital, Bristol, source Frenchay Village Museum

Cinema in Bristol Cathedral: J'Accuse (1919) at Bristol Cathedral (1 November)

This special screening of J'Accuse (1919) is part of eleven days of World War One centenary commemorations in Bristol Cathedral as the centenary of the armistice approaches. Two men who love the same woman - one her husband, one her lover - meet in the trenches of World War One. Their story becomes a microcosm for the horrors of war, in this silent film classic with live organ accompaniment.

Released in 1919, Abel Gance's epic war film, J'Accuse shows real battlefields of the first world war on screen, and depicts the very real tragedy of war. This devastatingly affecting film will be screened in the nave of Bristol Cathedral, with an organ improvisation from the celebrated organist and composer, Dr David Bednall. Tickets £14.

J'accuse Bristol Cathedral - Remembrance Day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - Still from J'Accuse, Bristol Cathedral

Remembering the First World War at Bristol Cathedral (3 November)

Hear 32 former pupils of St John's, Bristol tell their fascinating experiences of the First World War. Suitable for children aged 10+. Admission free, 10am-12pm.

The Bristol Festival of Remembrance at Bristol Cathedral (10 November)

Join The Royal British Legion on the eve of Armistice 2018 for a special Festival of Remembrance at Bristol Cathedral, the centre piece of their south west commemorations.

Presented by distinguished humanitarian and author, Terry Waite CBE, the evening will include a poignant tribute from a variety of musical performers from across the South West. Following orchestral pieces, choral works, readings and a performance by local children, the night will finish with a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Peacemakers by the 100 Members of Lucis and Noctis Choirs and the Southern Sinfornia, conducted by Francis Faux; a piece dedicated to all those who have lost their lives during armed conflict. Tickets from £15, 7.30pm-10pm. All proceeds from the evening will go towards the work of the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal.

Bristol Cathedral - Remembrance day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - Bristol Cathedral, credit Dave Pratt

Duruflé's Requiem at Bristol Cathedral (11 November)

As the commemorations marking the centenary of Armistice draw to a close, hear the acclaimed voices of Bristol Cathedral Choir sing Duruflé's Requiem. Admission is free.

At the Going Down of the Sun, Bristol Cathedral (until 18 November)

This exhibition, the culmination of a four year photographic project by Bristol photographer Marko Dutka, pays tribute to people who lost their lives in conflicts over the last 104 years and who are remembered at sites in the Bristol and Bath region. Dutka’s series of photographs are a respectful repository of war graves, memorials, bomb and air crash sites taken between the hours of dawn and dusk. His images create a narrative about those who lost their lives and who continue to lose their lives in conflict, and those they leave behind. Accompanying the images are recordings made by living descendants and members of local communities. Throughout September a crowdfunded appeal will be held to generate funding for a 50-image book.

At the going down of the sun - Remembrance day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - At the Going Down of the Sun, Marko Dutka

Brodsky Quartet – In Time of War at St George's Bristol (9 November)

The title for Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli (In Time of War) is the starting point for this programme created by the Brodskys especially for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, as powerful reflections on subsequent wars. Karen Tanaka’s At the grave of Beethoven was composed during the Bosnian conflict. Irwin Schulhof died in a Nazi concentration camp, but not before writing some of the era’s most exciting and original music. Shostakovich’s powerful 8th Quartet carries the inscription ‘For the victims of Fascism and War’ and was a response to the devastation caused by Allied bombing of Dresden. Dave Brubeck’s Regret was his response to the 9/11 attack while George Crumb’s remarkable Black Angels was a daring critique of the Vietnam War. Tickets from £5-£25.

Armistice Centenary Exhibition at St Mary's Church (9-11 November)

Compton Dando will be bringing their community together to remember all those who fought during the First World War. The village has been awarded three First World War silhouettes from the 'There But Not There' campaign, which will be placed in the village as reminders of the three local soldiers who died between 1914-1916.

An Armistice Centenary exhibition will be open for three days from 9-11 November between 11.30am and 3.30pm in St Mary's Church, and there will be a church service at 10am on 11 November, followed by the Act of Remembrance at the war memorial. The church bell ringers will also be 'Ringing for Peace' for an hour at 2pm on Sunday.

Armistice Centenary Exhibition at St Mary's Church - Remembrance Day centenary in Bristol

Image - First World War silhouettes, St Mary's Church

Music for Remembrance Sunday at The Chapel (11 November)

This concert from Bristol Chamber Choir takes place at 5pm on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the end of the First World War. Expect music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Harris, Edward Naylor, Cyril Rootham, Carl Orff and Raymond Warren. Admission free with a retiring collection.

WWII animation, Adama at Watershed (11 November)

As part of the Afrika Eye Festival, Watershed will host an African Remembrance event, with a screening of the WWI animation, Adama. This one-of-a-kind feature film tells the story of a young boy living in a West African village in 1916. When his older brother runs away to join the white men, Adama is determined to find him and bring him home. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, Adama defies his elders and embarks on a perilous journey that takes him to the Western Front. Beautifully told, this story gives much-needed insight into the contribution of African soldiers and nations to the Great War. 

We’ll meet again at The Redgrave Theatre (11 November)

Be transported back in time with this fabulous remembrance day commemoration show full of live music and dance from the 1940s – 1960s. First on the bill will be a fitting tribute to Dame Vera Lynn, featuring all of her classic songs, followed by vintage harmony trio 'The Polka Dot Peaches' bringing you the best in Swing, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll.

Veterans will be collecting for the Bristol Poppy Appeal throughout each event and speaking between musical sets. Both veterans and cast members will be available for photos and a meet and greet after each performance. Tickets: £21, performance 7.30pm - 9.30pm.

Arnos Vale winter sunshine - Remembrance day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery

Binding the past to the present through Remembrance at Salisbury Cathedral (26 October - 25 November)

To commemorate the end of WW1, local artist Suzie Gutteridge has been making poppies with different communities over the past few months The poppies are made from the same wool serge that was spun to make millions of puttees (lower leg wraps worn by World War I soldiers) by local firm Fox Brothers & Co Ltd, which is still trading. Entry is included in your donation to the Cathedral.

Benjamin Britten's Requiem at Salisbury Cathedral (10 November)

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, Benjamin Britten's epic War Requiem will be performed by Salisbury Musical Society and the Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral, accompanied by Chelsea Opera Group Orchestra conducted by David Halls. Tickets £10-£35, 7.30pm-9pm.

Remembrance Sunday: Rutter Requiem at Wells Cathedral (11 November)

The annual act of remembrance at Wells Cathedral this year will feature John Rutter's Requiem, performed by Wells Cathedral School Sinfonietta, Wells Cathedral Choir, Jeremy Cole (organ), and Matthew Owens (conductor). This free event takes place from 3-4pm and there will also be a devotional service, interspersed with War Poetry. Retiring collection in aid of the Poppy Appeal and Wells Cathedral Music.

Wells Cathedral - Remembrance Day centenary commemorations in Bristol

Image - Wells Cathedral

WW2 Tour & Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at Arnos Vale Cemetery (16 November)

Visit Arnos Vale for a War history tour and learn about underage conscripts, brave deeds, and the war at home. This tour explores war memorials and family graves across the cemetery at dusk, to reveal fascinating stories and sacrifices of wartime. Following the tour, visitors can watch Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Tickets £15, 6.30pm-10pm.

Canary by Fun in the Oven (23 November)

Based on true stories, 'Canary' is a thrilling physical tragi-comedy commemorating the lives of the 'Canary Girls', Britain's unsung war heroines. Agnes, Anne, and Betty are sent on a TNT-fuelled journey through euphoric emancipation, forbidden friendship, and anarchic dreams after an air raid strikes. Seamlessly combining high-quality physical theatre and clowning with contemporary sound design, the show offers audiences a rare insight into life during the First World War from the unique perspective of Britain's munitions workers. Tickets from £10, 7.30pm-10pm.

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