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August 2018

  • Awards record set to be broken with final deadline on 22 August17th August 2018

    Entries to the Tourism Awards across the South West look set to break records again, with 637 entries already received, including 121 from Dorset, 166 from Devon, 166 from Cornwall & Isles of Scilly, 142 from Somerset, Bristol & Bath, and 25 from Wiltshire & Gloucestershire...

  • Rearing damselflies – a successful first for WWT Slimbridge15th August 2018

    WWT Slimbridge is celebrating the successful completion of its first damselfly captive management programme. The trial is part of a long term endeavour to exhibit the full life cycle of native invertebrates to visitors of our new, ground-breaking Living Wetland Theatre, Slimbridge2020 Heritage...

  • Beetlecam gets bug's eye view of Longleat's big four15th August 2018

    An African wildlife photographer has used a miniature off-road buggy to take stunning close-up images of some of Longleat’s biggest and fiercest animals.

    Image Credit: Will Burrard-Lucas for BBC's Animal Park 

    Professional photographer Will Burrard-Lucas used his own...

  • Hotel du Vin prepares to launch its renovated Avon Gorge by Hotel du Vin15th August 2018

    The beautifully restored Bristol icon is set to officially open its doors on 24th August, showcasing its new Goram & Vincent restaurant with a panoramic view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

    Sitting atop the spectacular Avon Gorge, the hotel has one of the best settings in the UK, and is...

  • The Great Bristol Half Marathon: Notice of road closures13th August 2018

    There will be a rolling program of road closures starting from Anchor Road at 04:00 on Sunday 23rd September 2018 in order to ensure a safe running route for the 10,000 runners taking part.

    Please see this downloadable map for details of the route, road closures and diversions. All...

  • Explosive Casualty episode filmed in Bristol & Yate to air this weekend10th August 2018

    Watch the trailer here 

    One of the biggest and most expensive episodes ever made for BBC One’s Casualty is due to air on Saturday, after filming in Bristol and Yate earlier this year.

    Fans of the long-running BBC medical drama will know that Saturday’s episode will...

  • Benoît Maire, Thebes10th August 2018

    6 October to 9 December 2018

    Preview: Friday 5 October, 6–9pm

    Benoît Maire can be described as a visual philosopher, taking inspiration from a range of disciplines including geometry, sociology and mythology. His major solo exhibition Thebes at Spike Island features more than ninety...

  • Eden the Elephant is touring Bristol10th August 2018

    Photograph Eden on her travels for your chance to win a family ticket to the zoo.

    Image courtesy of Katie Grant and distributed by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm™

    Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm are celebrating World Elephant Day on Saturday 11th August with their 3 African bull...

  • Flamingos at WWT Slimbridge given chicks to foster after heatwave gets them broody for first time in 15 years10th August 2018

    The rare flock of Andean flamingos at WWT Slimbridge have become foster parents to chicks from their near-relatives, Chilean flamingos, after the hot spell triggered them to lay their first eggs since 2003. 

    Image issued on behalf of WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

    The record-breaking...

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang cast fly in to raise funds for The Grand Appeal10th August 2018

    Everyone is loving The Grand Appeal’s Gromit Unleashed 2 sculpture trail in aid of Bristol Children’s Hospital and the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s hospital, Bristol, but on Saturday, August 18 one Gromit is going to have to share the limelight!

    The cast of BLOC...

  • New Wreckfish dive into Bristol Aquarium’s Sunken Shipwreck!9th August 2018

    Bristol Aquarium has introduced a brand new species of deep sea fish to its displays this week.

    The blue-grey Atlantic Wreckfish, also known as Stone Bass, have distinctive spines that run along their bodies and a large mouth with a protruding jaw.

    Wreckfish can be found in the mysterious...

  • Defibrillator in a Cemetery?9th August 2018

    A cemetery may not be the first location you would expect to find a defibrillator, but that is exactly what has just been installed at pioneering Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol.

    Judith Craddock of the Friends of Arnos Vale hands over the new defibrillator

    Thanks to a donation from the...

  • Europe's oldest theatre set to become international heritage attraction following multi-million-pound redevelopment9th August 2018

    Bristol Old Vic enters new era this autumn - new building opens 24th September; heritage tours and experience launch 9th November.

    World-famous theatre where Daniel Day Lewis, Judi Dench and Jeremy Irons honed their craft set to become all-day heritage and cultural visitor attraction


  • Visitors flock to England’s historic properties9th August 2018

    VisitEngland’s Annual Attractions Survey shows historic properties experienced significant growth in visitor numbers in 2017. 

    Of the 1400 English attractions surveyed the research found that historic properties such as mills, monuments, boats and burial grounds saw the largest...

  • The Downs Bristol announces line-up for The Information Stage9th August 2018

    The Downs Bristol has announced four new acts , including three local artists, to take to the Information Stage in the evening when the one day festival returns on Saturday 1st September.

    Bristol’s Soeur, Swimming Girls, Harvey Causon and Liverpool’s Paris Youth Foundation join the...

  • ENCOUNTERS Festival, Bristol’s biggest film event, is linking up with two other world-famous festivals, building on the city’s status as a UNESCO Creative City of Film9th August 2018

    Sydney’s Flickerfest and the Galway Film Fleadh will be partnering with Encounters this year, helping to discover the next generation of filmmakers and presenting a joint programme.

    Encounters, which will take place from 25th to 30th September this year, is a short film and animation...

  • Nicholas Wylde has won the UK Jewellery Award for best Marketing Campaign9th August 2018

    The UK Jewellery Awards 2018 brought together over 600 Jewellery and Watch industry experts at The Artillery Garden at the HAC on Wednesday 4th July to recognise and celebrate the very best of the industry.

    Nicholas and his team attended the Retail Jeweller™ Awards Show, presented by TV...

  • Could Microgapping be the next trend amongst UK millennials?9th August 2018

    • Impact on career progression and financial constraints are preventing ‘Generation Y’ from embarking on a career break or gap year

    • The growing trend for flexible working encourages UK millennials to travel more

    • Millennials are looking to make a difference...

  • Alexandra Burke returns to the starring role of Rachel Marron in the forthcoming tour of the smash hit West End musical The Bodyguard opening at the Bristol Hippodrome 26 March 20197th August 2018

    Producers, Michael Harrison and David Ian are delighted to announce that Alexandra Burke will return to the starring role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the forthcoming tour of the international smash hit production of the award-winning musical THE BODYGUARD opening at Glasgow Theatre Royal on...

  • ‘The Festival’ in cinemas from 14 August following Bristol shoot last year7th August 2018

    Watch the trailer here.

    The Festival, the brand-new film from the BAFTA Award winning creators of The Inbetweeners, opens in UK cinemas next month after filming at The Bottle Yard Studios, across Bristol and the surrounding area last year.

    Hammed Animashaun, Claudia O’Doherty &...

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