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October 2019

  • Forestry England to expand Westonbirt Arboretum22nd October 2019

    Forestry England and the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum have today announced that they have bought Silk Wood House, a property next to Westonbirt Arboretum, so that for the first time in nearly 200 years, the National Arboretum has expanded. The property is 29 acres (11 hectares) and includes Silk…

  • Pier reveals the tricks (and treats) of the terror trade21st October 2019

    Hollie Otley, Events Manager at Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier, and Events Co-ordinator Cat Stiles offer a behind-the-screams insight into staging a successful Halloween scare event.

    From Hollywood horror films to white-knuckle thrill rides, people have been getting a kick out of being…

  • Celebrate the Great British Autumn at Longleat18th October 2019

    Longleat is staging an array of awesome autumnal activities to ensure no one will want to hibernate this October half term!

    Running from 26th October to 3rd November, The Great British Autumn showcases the best bits of this stunning season. From ghostly tours and pumpkin carving to aerial…

  • October half term at Tyntesfield18th October 2019

    Things are about to get spooky at Tyntesfield, as the Victorian Gothic mansion and estate just outside Bristol prepares for the fun and mysteries that half term and Halloween bring.

    Credit: Alana Wright

    This year, visitors can pick up a Halloween trail from the ticket office for £3.…

  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie is coming to The Bristol Hippodrome May 202017th October 2019

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the smash-hit, critically acclaimed West End musical is coming to The Bristol Hippodrome from 25th – 31st May as part of its first UK tour starring Layton Williams (Bad Education, Billy Elliot the Musical) as Jamie New and Shane Richie (EastEnders) as…

  • Koala Flies in From Japan17th October 2019

    A male koala has been flown from Osaka in Japan to join Longleat’s koala programme. The 12-year-old was flown from Osaka Tennoji Zoo and accompanied on the flight by his Japanese keepers and vet who are helping him settle in to his new home.

    His arrival means Longleat now has what is…

  • Music & fairy-tale magic will light up Wapping Wharf for Christmas switch-on17th October 2019

    The cast of Tobacco Factory Theatres's Snow White will bring festive fun to the quarter on Thursday 14th November, from 5pm

    Expect music, magic and festive fun at Wapping Wharf on Thursday 14th November when the community comes together to switch on its sparkly Christmas lights…

  • BUMP roller disco to replace Millennium Square ice rink 17th October 2019

    As part of We The Curious’ climate emergency declaration earlier this year, and pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, there will not be a temporary seasonal ice rink this winter; BUMP roller disco will instead run on Millennium Square from 15 November – 5 January.

    Following the…

  • British Museum Lends 2,100-Year-Old Gold Torc to Weston Museum17th October 2019

    Visitors to Weston Museum can now see the Clevedon Torc, an Iron Age gold neck-ring, as part of their visit.

    This beautiful object was made by a highly-skilled goldsmith between about 150 to 50 BC and would have been worn by an important and powerful person.

    The torc was discovered near…

  • Swoon Gelato launches gelato chocolates, ‘Cioccolatini Gelato’ 17th October 2019

    The Great Taste Award’s Supreme Champion 2019, Swoon Gelato has launched its own range of gelato chocolates, Cioccolatini Gelato. The Cioccolatini Gelato will be available in all gelato bars - Bristol immediately and Bath and Oxford next month.

    Bruno Forte, co-owner of Swoon says:…

  • Spellbinding new exhibition opens at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery17th October 2019

    Do you believe in magic?

    19 October 2019 – 19 April 2020

    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

    Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s major winter exhibition, Do you believe in magic? features over 200 fascinating objects and stories that reveal how magic has been used to heal, hunt and…

  • Christmas in Weston we’ll see a town full of stars15th October 2019

    Weston Town Council is delighted to announce that the town will be full of stars for our new Christmas lights design.

    During the summer Weston Town Council took to the streets and online with a survey. You asked for better Christmas lights and we listened.

    This year we have more lights than…

  • City hoteliers have high hopes for Arc Bristol attraction14th October 2019

    Hoteliers in Bristol believe plans for the first eye-in-the-sky visitor attraction of its kind in the UK could take the city’s tourism offering to new heights.

    Arc Global believe its proposals for a scenic attraction based on Bristol’s Harbourside, could attract around 250,000…

  • Longleat Koalas Offer Scientific Breakthrough to Save Iconic Species in the Wild14th October 2019

    Scientists working with a group of koalas at Longleat have discovered vital genetic clues which may help to secure the long-term survival of the iconic Australian marsupial in the wild.

    Koala numbers are decreasing at an alarming rate due to a combination of disease and habitat loss.


  • Edward Albee's who's afraid of Virginia Woolf at Tobacco Factory Theatres11th October 2019

    This new production of the phenomenal play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? builds on the electrifying drama of past Tobacco Factory Theatres productions such as Blue Heart, A View From the Bridge, Macbeth and Beautiful Thing.

    Tobacco Factory Theatres is so excited to…

  • The 25 best small shops in the UK are announced!11th October 2019

    After hundreds of entrants, thousands of consumer votes and a panel of industry experts, the top 25 Best Small Shops in the UK are finally being announced!

    One of the top 25 is Bristol-based Papadeli. The cafe/deli has a well-established reputation for incredible cakes and superb…

  • 4 new TAP for Bristol contactless donation points announced to mark World Homeless Day10th October 2019

    Four new ‘TAP for Bristol' contactless donation points, raising money for homelessness prevention services as well as directly supporting people who are currently homeless, have been announced this week to mark World Homeless Day (Wednesday 10 October 2019).

    Since its launch just three…

  • We DO love to be beside the seaside9th October 2019

    A study which confirms that we do love to live beside the seaside has come as no surprise to the team which runs the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare.

    The Pier has welcomed results of research by the University of Exeter that revealed that people who live close to the sea are happier and have…

  • Bristol-based theatre company takes direct action against sexism with new all-female production9th October 2019

    Theatre West have commissioned their first all-female production in response to the large disparity between the sexes within their industry. 

    The theatre company will be launching Everyone is Dead, by Charlotte Turner-McMullan at the Bristol Old Vic on 16 October, with a cast and…

  • Bristol City Centre's BID for success - two years in8th October 2019

    As the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) approaches its second birthday, it will outline key achievements in making the city centre an even better place to live, work and play at its annual meeting this week (Wednesday 9 October 2019).

    Among its proudest achievements…

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