Concorde's 50th anniversary celebrations, food, drink and a jazz festival, fantastic exhibitions and special Mother's Day events - here's our pick of things to do in Bristol in March 2019...

Events | Food & drink | Theatre & music | Mother's Day | Exhibitions

March events in Bristol:

Submerge Festival Submerge (1 - 10 March 2019)

Bristol International Digital Arts Festival features diverse artists and musicians working at the edges of digital arts, electronic music and live performance. In a year fraught with conflict, the 2019 edition's theme is Belonging

Celebrate 50 years of Concorde at Aerospace Bristol (2 March 2019)

This year marks 50 years since Concorde’s maiden flight - from Toulouse on 2nd March 1969, with the first British flight taking place from Filton on 9th April 1969 - and Aerospace Bristol will be celebrating this incredible milestone with some special activities. Head over on 2 March to watch footage of Concorde’s first flight, hear Concorde Spotlight Talks, meet Concorde Captain Colin Morris (and get an autograph!) and see Bradley Stoke Radio broadcasting live from the attraction.

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

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Yoga with Wild Wolf’s Yoga at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (5 & 12 March 2019)

Find your zen with calming yoga in the unique and beautiful setting of the Old Masters’ Gallery, in front of the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child by Dieric Bouts the Elder.

The Palace International Film Festival, The Cube Microplex (14 – 17 March 2019)

Piloted in a Polish Palace, this queer and experimental film festival bridges the gap between Bristol, Berlin and Wroclaw by connecting queer and experimental film from emerging talent. The aim of this Bristol edition is to give platform to the LGBTQ voice and to explore progressive queer attitudes whilse celebrating the extension of the term experimental.

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival (22 – 24 March 2019)

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival are back for the seventh edition! The festival will be taking over St George's, the Anson Rooms, and O2 with a programme covering everything from jazz, blues, swing, funk, bebop, Gypsy jazz, gospel and soul to rock ‘n roll from Europe, US and the UK. 

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

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Bristol's Wonderful Women's Tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery (23 March 2019)

Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol's history. This walking tour aims to tell some of their stories, focusing on the interesting, talented, great and good women remembered here from Victorian, Edwardian and 20th century Bristol.

Family fun day at Badminton School (23 March 2019)

Join the Badminton School for an Easter egg hunt, face painting, forest school, soft play, balloon modelling plus craft stalls ready to make that last minute Mother's Day present and card.

Autism-friendly early opening at We The Curious (31 March 2019)

Hands-on science centre, We The Curious can be a big and sometimes noisy venue with lots going on, which may be challenging for visitors on the autism spectrum. The venue will be open early for a special autism-friendly session from 9am on 31 March and visitors will have an hour and a half to explore the exhibits at their own pace. There will be a 30-minute autism-friendly show in the Planetarium at 10.15am (suitable for age 5+) with softer music, lights on and doors open, so you can leave at any time if needed.

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

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Food and Drink:

Gloucester Road International Food & Drink Festival (9 March 2019)

Make sure you're hungry for a day celebrating the wide range of international cuisine on offer on Gloucester Road, Europe's longest independent high street. 

CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival 2019, Brunel's Old Station, Temple Meads (21 – 23 March)

The twenty second annual CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival will feature a carefully chosen selection of around 140 different real ales as well as a good range of cider and perry. Tickets for all sessions cost £11.50, including £5 worth of beer festival tokens, a festival programme and commemorative glass, which customers will receive on entry. Cheers!

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

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Theatre and Music:

Skiddle Spotlight: Sounds Of Your City - Bristol (6 & 7 March 2019)

Skiddle, the UK's biggest event guide and ticketing outlet, are bringing live music and a host of entertainment to Bristol, with a jam-packed schedule aimed to celebrate the City's culture and creativity. Hosting a series of gigs, pop-up entertainment and DJ sessions, Skiddle will be working alongside home-grown talent and taking over some of the most-lauded venues, with the most-talked about artists and creatives.

Kinky Boots at Bristol Hippodrome (until 9 March 2019)

Winner of every major Best Musical award, with songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), this joyous story of Brit grit to high-heeled hit takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at Bristol Hippodrome (12-16 March 2019)

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

A Midsummer Night's Dream at Tobacco Factory Theatres (until 6 April 2019)

The course of true love never did run smooth...Exposing hidden agendas, flawed relationships and wild self-abandonment, the Factory Company presents a fresh, dynamic interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

Richard III at Bristol Old Vic (until 13 April 2019)

In the latest collaboration of Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Headlong return with Tom Mothersdale to play Shakespeare’s iconic villain in a revelatory new production directed by Headlong Associate Artist, John Haidar. After decades of civil war, the nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history...

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

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Mother’s Day Events:

Mother's Day Weekend Afternoon Tea at Tyntesfield (30 & 31 March 2019)

Treat your beloved mama to a special family afternoon tea on Mother's Day weekend in Tyntesfield's Sawmill. Tables can be booked for a minimum of four people for an hour time slot. Be sure to pop by the Orangery over the weekend to make your mama a homemade gift of lavender bath salts with Tyntesfield's garden team.

Mothering Sunday Lunch at 1766 Bar and Kitchen (31 March 2019)

Treat your Mum to a slap-up Sunday Roast  (they do an epic one here) complete with live music and roaming magicians on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with 6 O'Clock Gin at Riverstation (31 March 2019)

Surely what every mummy really wants on Mother's Day - gin! Or even better, an afternoon tea at Riverstation in partnership with the truly scrumptious 6 O'Clock Gin. Head to Riverstation's Pontoon Bar for gorgeous cakes, delicate sandwiches and little scones with jam - perfectly complemented by a 6 O'Clock Gin cocktail on arrival. 

Things to do in Bristol in March 2019

Image - 6 O'Clock Gin, Bramley & Gage


Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism at the RWA (until 3 March 2019)

A major retrospective of Albert Irvin and a 60th anniversary celebration of the seminal exhibition, The New American Painting.

Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth at RWA (16 March – 2 June 2019)

In his short life, French artist Henri Gaudier-Brzeska created an astonishing range of animal-inspired artworks. Disputing the Earth pays new attention to Gaudier’s versatility as an animal artist and the special significance that the animal kingdom held for him.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed at M Shed (16 March - 16 June 2019)

M Shed will be showcasing the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form. This ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing will feature cutting-edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors to tell a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions.

Things to do in Bristol March 2019

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  (until 6 May 2019)

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery will be displaying twelve of his finest drawings as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of one of history’s greatest geniuses.

Masters of Japanese Prints: Life in the city at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (until 12 May 2019)

Featuring original woodblock prints from Bristol Museum and Art Gallery's collection, this exhibition explores the sophisticated urban culture of Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Exhibition: Mai-Thu Perret The Blazing World at Spike Island (until March 2019)

The Blazing World, Perret’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, explores the subject of witchcraft and the relationship between women’s oppression and the emergence of capitalism.


Don’t forget that most attractions are open daily, including Aerospace Bristol, Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Watershed, We The Curious, Wild Place Project.