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January 2020

  • Bristol Old Vic launches new legacy campaign with help from theatre newcomers and legends alike.24th January 2020

    Bristol Old Vic today launched a brand-new legacy campaign with a powerful new film showing the impact individuals can have when they decide to leave a gift in their will.

    The campaign will directly support the work Bristol Old Vic does across the city, supporting young people and those from…

  • Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 The Musical comes to The Bristol Hippodrome23rd January 2020

    Following a sell-out 2019 tour that ends in Dublin this Saturday, Dolly Parton announced today that 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL will return for a second tour in 2020.

    The tour will play at The Bristol Hippodrome from 11 – 15 August 2020 and ATG TheatreCard tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday…

  • Bristol Zoo’s longest serving keeper retires23rd January 2020

    The longest serving keeper at Bristol Zoo Gardens is retiring – after 45 years.

    John Partridge will leave the much-loved zoo for the last time on Friday January 31.

    He came to the Zoo as an ape keeper in 1975 and rose through the ranks until he became Senior Curator of Animals 12…

  • Children's charity will be the real winner at Bristol hotels' awards night21st January 2020

    A charity which cares for children with life limiting conditions – and their families – is set to be the real winner in a glittering awards gala in Bristol next month.

    Final preparations are being made for the third annual Night of the Stars, which is organised by the Bristol…

  • Christmas cheer on Pier after fabulous festive season21st January 2020

    The Christmas cheer has continued into January at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier as the attraction celebrates enjoying its best-ever festive season.

    Instead of the all-too-common January blues, staff at the Pier have been busy crunching the numbers from the programme of parties that…

  • Bristol Old Vic scheme, Young Six Six, awarded Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Arts Grant21st January 2020

    Bristol Old Vic scheme, Young Six Six, awarded Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Arts Grant 

    Bristol Old Vic is delighted to announce its Young Six Six initiative has been awarded £20,000 as one of 16 new arts awards given by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. Its aim is to…

  • The Political History of Smack and Crack opens in Bristol on UK tour20th January 2020

    The Political History of Smack and Crack opens at Bristol Old Vic ahead of UK Tour

    The history of England jumps off its axis. 2am, 8th July, 1981, all the major cities of England burn ...

    The Political History of Smack and Crack is an urgent, angry, funny love-song to a lost generation…

  • Tiny arrival at Bristol Zoo Gardens 20th January 2020

    A tiny mouse deer has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens – the first in more than a decade.

    The baby female Lesser Malayan mouse deer stands only the height of a half-pint glass and weighs just 180gms.

    She has been seen regularly suckling with mum, Khaleesi, and spending time with…

  • Liam Johnson appointed Executive Director of Bath Racecourse20th January 2020

    Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) are pleased to announce the appointment of Liam Johnson as Executive Director of Bath Racecourse.  Liam’s appointment follows six years at Jockey Club Racecourses, including four years in his current role as General Manager of Huntingdon…

  • Urban Creation's Bristol serviced apartment business expands20th January 2020

    Bristol developer and property company Urban Creation is expanding its serviced apartment operation in the city, following the runaway success of its first foray into the sector at Beech House in Clifton.

    The new studio serviced apartments at Alison Court on Apsley Road in Clifton offer…

  • Applications now open for Bristol Open Stage 2020!20th January 2020

    On Monday 20 Jan, applications open for Bristol Old Vic’s annual Bristol Open Stage, inviting people from across Bristol and the West Country to perform at Bristol Old Vic and show the world what they’ve got!

    This year Bristol Open Stage forms a key part of Bristol Old…

  • Celebrity chefs announced for Longleat's summer Food & Music Festival16th January 2020

    The Hairy Bikers and James Martin will be gracing the culinary stage during the July weekend, at Longleat’s fourth annual food festival. The celebrity chefs will be cooking culinary delights before your very eyes, answering questions and providing tips to help at home.


  • The first Bristol Light Festival set to bring fun and light to the city 16th January 2020

    At a time of year when dark nights are set in and the twinkle of Christmas lights are a distant memory, there is a new bright light about to shine as the first Bristol Light Festival takes place in the city. 

    From Friday 28th Feb – Sunday 1st March, between 5pm-11pm, the Bristol Light…

  • A new vision for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum15th January 2020

    Forestry England and the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum have today launched their new 10-year vision for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. The vision outlines the future direction of the arboretum over the next 10-years, in the run up to Westonbirt’s bi-centenary in 2029, and lays out…

  • Sort your culture fix for 2020 in 24 hour flash sale across Bristol and Bath14th January 2020

    Thousands of tickets to cultural events and venues across Bristol and Bath will be discounted for 24 hours only tomorrow (Wednesday 15 January).

    The Culture Flash Sale returns to the region from 10am tomorrow until 10am on Thursday 16 January, with tickets slashed for shows, events, exhibitions,…

  • Bear birthdays at Wild Place Project 13th January 2020

    The newest residents at Wild Place Project are celebrating joint birthdays.

    The four European brown bears at home in Bear Wood are all marking their second and third birthdays within a week of each other.

    The bears, called Gemini, Albie, Nilas and Neo, arrived at the south Gloucestershire…

  • Rag‘n’Bone Man announces Forest Live dates 13th January 2020

    Rag‘n’Bone Man has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series presented by Forestry England.

    Rory Graham aka Rag‘n’Bone Man is an English singer-songwriter known for his distinctive baritone voice. Having won the 2017 BRIT’s ‘British…

  • Bristol City of Film celebrates BAFTA nominations for Bait and A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon13th January 2020

    Bristol City of Film is celebrating this week as two films produced by the city’s production companies have picked up a total of three nominations for this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

    Mark Jenkin’s Bait, the debut feature from Totterdown-based production…

  • Longleat Koala Keepers Fly to Australia to Help with Bushfire Rescue10th January 2020

    Koala keepers from Longleat are on their way to Australia to help with the ongoing wildlife emergency caused by the devastating bushfires.

    Two specialist keepers from the Wiltshire safari park with experience of working with koalas and wombats are flying to South Australia to assist with the…

  • A Wild Winter Weekend away at Slimbridge Wetland Centre10th January 2020

    A world of wildlife awaits you at Slimbridge Wetland Centre this January.

    On Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 January, Slimbridge will be hosting a weekend of exciting talks, demonstrations and bird watching events with their Wild Winter Weekend. Winter is an amazing time to visit with up to…

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