***Due to the ongoing Covid-19 developments, please check with venues and attractions in case of any changes to events featured in this post or possible cancellations.***

From film, music and literature festivals, to must-see theatre and sport, here’s our pick of things to do in Bristol this March.

Mother's DayInternational Women's DayFestivals | Exhibitions | Family friendly | Theatre | Music | Food & drink | Sports

Mother's Day

Whether you want to raise a glass together, thank her with a lovely meal or have a great day out with the family, discover some of the best ways to spend Mothering Sunday (22 March) in our blog post

Family making bionic hands at We The Curious

Image - Paul Blakemore 

International Women's Day

International Women's Day is on 8 March and there are a range of ways to mark the day in Bristol, from empowering talks to innovative improv theatre. Take a look at our round-up of events here

Festivals

Bristol Film Festival at various venues

Bristol Film Festival’s spring 2020 season is off to a jam-packed start, with classic flicks cleverly matched to unusual settings in the city. The full programme can be found here, but here are some highlights of screenings that haven’t sold out…yet!  

Still from WALL-E, screening at We The Curious for Bristol Film Festival

Image - WALL-E

Bristol Women’s Literature Festival at Watershed - CANCELLED (28 & 29 March)

Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival (26 – 29 March)

Now in its eighth year, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival has yet another programme of brilliant artists from the UK, Europe and US in store. Catch performances at St George’s Bristol, The Folk House and Fiddlers, with the masterclass programme, free stage, and the famous late night jam sessions at Bambalan also returning.

British Dal Festival (21 – 31 March)

Feast on dal-icious dishes during this ten-day long nationwide festival, dedicated to the humble pulse. Seek out signature pulse dishes from restaurants and cafes in Bristol on the dal trail and don’t miss the special edition St Nick’s Night Market on 27 March.

Two ladies cooking - British Dal Festival

Image - British Dal Festival, credit Adam Gasson

LYRA: Bristol Poetry Festival (13 – 22 March)

Themes of climate, nature and Bristol’s place at the forefront of the Romantic Poetry movement will be centre stage at events and performances around the city for Lyra. An exciting array of local, national and international poets feature on the line-up, including headliners Simon Armitage and Danez Smith.

Exhibitions

Hinamatsuri: Japanese Dolls Festival at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (Ends April 2020)

Marking Hinamatsuri (the Japanese Dolls Festival) and the lead up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Bristol Museum is showcasing two exquisite doll sets, which are unique to the UK. Admire the striking sets and explore Japanese culture, from imperial dress and aristocratic traditions to music, lifestyle, eating and drinking.  

Bristol Museum's doll sets, on display for Japanese Dolls Festival

Image - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and the Artists of St Ives (14 March – 24 May)

The work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, one of Britain's most significant 20th century artists, and her peers is being celebrated in two exhibitions at the RWA until May. 

Brain Art Exhibition at The Royal West of England Academy (11 March – 12 April)

Coinciding with the Bristol Neuroscience Festival, this exhibition features artwork that’s all broadly brain related. As well as structural representations of the brain there will be expressive works that look at behavioural aspects of the brain, like dementia.

Drop Dead Gorgeous Tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery (6 March)

Discover mostly unheard and unmentioned stories of the ‘queerly departed’ buried at Bristol’s Victorian garden cemetery. Covering secretive song writers, watercolour painters, suffragists, poets and more, this tour puts the spotlight on people of the past who didn't conform to expectations of gender and sexuality.

Gravestones at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Image - Arnos Vale Cemetery, credit Paul Box

Zanjir - Amak Mahmoodian at Arnolfini (Ends 22 March)

View the latest exhibition by esteemed Bristol-based photographer Amak Mahmoodian, featuring historical photographs – some of the earliest images of Iranian photography – as masks used by her family to poignant effect.

Family friendly

Meet the local wildlife

By local wildlife, we mean the hundreds of creatures that have a home at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wild Place Project and Bristol Aquarium. Whether you’re fascinated by deep sea dwellers, creepy crawlies, big cats, bears or anything in between, discover exciting animals and insightful daily talks to entertain the family at these animal attractions. 

Wolf stretching at Wild Place Project

Image - Wild Place Project, credit Evan Dawson

Avon Gorge Cruise with Bristol Packet Boat Trips (7 & 20 March)

Bristol Packet’s first Avon Gorge cruises of the year set off in March. Enjoy a leisurely ride downstream towards the Bristol Channel on one of the beautiful passenger boats with tea, coffee, snacks and a fully licensed bar on board.

Meet Peppa Pig at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park (21 & 22 March)

Everyone’s favourite pig is coming to Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park in Keynsham. Meeting with Peppa is included in the price of entry – take time to enjoy talks and handling with real-life farm animals and let your little ones loose on the adventure equipment while you’re there.

Kids playing at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Image - Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, credit Paul Gillis

Sarah and Duck's Big Top Birthday at Redgrave Theatre (21 & 22 March)

For a family-friendly theatre experience, join Sarah and Duck on their magical adventure at Redgrave Theatre using puppetry, storytelling and music.

World Book Day at Dyrham Park (5 – 9 March)

Join Dyrham Park for a celebration of storytelling, including the chance to exchange a £1 book token for a new read and to create your very own story in a trail around the beautiful parkland.  

Victorian Workshop in Action Tour at Underfall Yard (4 March)

Explore the lesser known side to Underfall Yard in a tour of the Victorian workshop, which is home to a collection of vintage machines that are once again in action today. Designed to appeal to all ages and backgrounds, whether you have any knowledge of engineering or not.

Victorian workshop at Underfall Yard

Image - Underfall Yard

Theatre

Faulty Towers, The Original Dining Experience at the Mercure Brigstow Hotel (21 & 22 March)

Be part of the action in this outrageously funny and interactive tribute to the classic BBC sitcom. With 70% of the show improvised, watch the mayhem unfold as you tuck into a three-course dinner.

The King and I at Bristol Hippodrome (24 March – 4 April)

Critically acclaimed West End musical The King and I starts its run at Bristol Hippodrome in March. Featuring iconic show tunes like ‘I Whistle a Happy Tune’ and ‘Shall We Dance’, the story follows the tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and the British teacher invited to educate his family.

Performers in West End musical The King and I

Image - The King and I

The Red Lion at Bristol Old Vic (11 – 28 March)

Trust, loyalty and conflict across generations are explored in this story of a gifted young football player who joins a struggling non-league team. Starring Bristol’s Joe Sims (Broadchurch) as manager Kidd, with actor, screenwriter and former Bristol City FC match-day announcer David Lloyd (Maid Marian and her Merry Men) as the kit man, Yates.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Tobacco Factory Theatres (19 February – 21 March)

Watch Edward Albee’s landmark black comedy about the toxic domestic games of an unhappily married couple, directed by David Mercatali (Blue Heart, Dark Vanilla Jungle, Radiant Vermin).

Promo image for Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Image - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, credit Fiasco

Best of BE FESTIVAL 2020 at Circomedia (26 & 27 March)

Three favourite shows from BE FESTIVAL are touring the UK, showcasing snapshots of storytelling, dance and physical theatre in one exhilarating evening. This year’s all-female line up is stopping at Circomedia, the city’s centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre.

Music

Dark Side of the Moon: The Fulldome Experience at We The Curious (20 March)

Fans of Pink Floyd will relish the chance to experience the Dark Side of the Moon like never before, inside the UK’s only 3D planetarium and enveloped by 5.1 surround sound and abstract projections.

People inside We The Curious' 3D Planetarium

Image - We The Curious Planetarium, credit Lee Pullen

Bristol Re:sound at Colston Hall Foyer (6 March)

Creative workshops, sound installations and performances incorporating live sampling, VR, AV and a Turntablism Ensemble will take over Colston Hall’s foyer, to celebrate the city’s sound heritage. A host of DJs will close the event on the Terrace Bar.

Sigma: The Untoutable Tour at Anson Rooms (13 March)

Drum and bass duo Sigma are bringing their blow-your-speakers anthems to Bristol SU’s Anson Rooms.

Folk at the New Room: Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith (26 March)

Duo Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the Bristol folk scene. See them perform in the unique setting of The New Room – the oldest Methodist building in the world.

Folk and acoustic duo Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Image - Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Food and drink

Foursquare Distillery Rum Club at The Milk Thistle (5 March)

An exclusive chance to try the inimitable Foursquare Distillery’s range of rums. As well as a tutored tasting, there will be two special cocktails showcasing the spirits to sample and nibbles from The Ox.

Wine Launch Event at Aldwick Estate (13 March)

Aldwick will introduce you to three red wines from the 2018 vintage, including two ahead of their release. Start with a glass of Aldwick Jubilate® fizz on arrival, with the tasting session followed by a selection of delicious tapas, breads and olives.

View of Aldwick Estate

Image - Aldwick Estate

Drag Queen Brunch at Bambalan (21 March)

Alyssa Van Delle is hosting the Ultimate Hun Drag Brunch, joined by some of the finest names on the UK drag scene. Dine on the delicious Bambalan brunch menu washed down with copious amounts of fizz.

The World's Biggest Quiz at King Street Brew House (8 March)

With a £100 bar tab up for grabs, take part in the World’s Biggest Quiz and raise some money for very worthy causes at the same time – funds are supporting Dogs for Good and Action Against Hunger.

King Street Brew House

Image - King Street Brew House

Saved by the Ball Fundraiser at Zaza Bazaar (20 & 21 March)

Head to Zaza Bazaar for a night of live music, beer pong, a new spring menu and fundraising for Malawian charity Saved by the Ball. Don’t miss the new Malawi Gold Ice Tea cocktail – 50p from every purchase goes straight to the charity.

Calcotada Festival Lunch at Bar 44 (28 March)

Celebrate the harvest of calçots, a stunning type of green onion similar to a leek, with flavour, fun and style at Bar 44. There’ll be cooking on a traditional Catalan wood fired BBQ, live music, wine pouring and calçot eating!

Sports

Watch the Six Nations at a local pub or bar

Find a spot to watch the last of the Six Nations action unfold, plus some great deals on food and drink, with help from our where to watch blog post.

Big screen at Ashton Gates Sports Bar

Image - Ashton Gate Sports Bar

Sky Bet Championship at Ashton Gate Stadium

Bristol City are playing two games at home in the Sky Bet Championship in March, taking on Fulham on 7 March and Sheffield Wednesday on 17 March.

Bristol Bears v Harlequins at Ashton Gate Stadium (8 March)

Watch Bristol's rugby team play Harlequins at home in the Gallagher Premiership.

Short Game Workshop at Bowood Golf Academy (7 March)

PGA Professionals Gregg Hood and Ryan Dix will help you brush up on technique in this four-hour workshop, covering putting (green reading), distance wedges (distance control and spin) and finesse wedges (thin and fat side edge shots section).

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