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August 2020

  • Bristol's first Virtual Business Festival to take place in September7th August 2020

    Bristol's first Virtual Business Festival is taking place on 23 and 24 September, to bring the Bristol business community together, to meet, learn, network and help get Bristol back to business. 


    The virtual Business Festival will have ten segments (see list…

  • Keiko Higashi joins Arnolfini as Engagement Producer5th August 2020

    Keiko Higashi has been appointed as Engagement Producer at Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre for contemporary art.

    Credit: Lisa Whiting

    Prior to joining the team in June, Keiko worked as Director of Phakama, a diversity-led, participatory arts organisation and Arts…

  • 40 years of Bristol's Desperate Men3rd August 2020

    Internationally renowned, Bristol-based outdoor arts company Desperate Men is about to celebrate 40 years at the forefront of community arts and street theatre - in a year when, as a result of Covid-19, outdoor arts have never been so relevant.

    Desperate Men directors, Jon Beedell and Richard…

  • Fiesta Flypast takes to the skies – get ready for this weekend’s Virtual Nightglow3rd August 2020

    This morning saw 43 hot air balloons take off in Bristol for the Fiesta Flypast, a socially distanced alternative to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2020.

    The balloons took off from a giant heart painted on the grass, as part of the city's #BristolTogether initiative, inviting…

  • Valley Fest announces music line up for 20213rd August 2020

    Valley Fest, the best-tasting music festival in the South West, has announced its 2021 line up. Travis, Goldfrapp and Deacon Blue will headline. The music festival takes place alongside Chew Valley Lake, near Bristol, between 30th July – 1st August 2021.

    Credit Ania…

  • Famous Gloucestershire wetland reserve makes a splash with a summer programme for all!3rd August 2020

    WWT Slimbridge Centre is welcoming visitors this summer to a safe haven of wide open spaces bursting with wetland nature and fun activities including the return of some GIANT LEGO® Brick Animals, outdoor and water play areas.

    Visitors can explore the shimmering wetlands which boast…

  • Could your family be the next great plant hunters? 3rd August 2020

    If you’re looking for something a little bit different to keep the kids entertained this summer, why not head for the trees of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum and see if your family has what it takes to be the next great plant hunters?

    As part of their summer activities this August,…

  • Blue Islands to restart Bristol service from Monday 3 August3rd August 2020

    Blue Islands is restarting flights to Bristol from Monday 3 August. The service will operate four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays during August, becoming daily from September.

    All Blue Islands services include hold luggage allowance as standard, together with a generous…

  • Our first students since lockdown are here and enjoying their courses!3rd August 2020

    We have been absolutely delighted to welcome students back to our home tuition courses over the past two weeks. It is great to have restarted and to know that our new guidelines and procedures for Covid-safe stays are in place and working effectively.

    August Students

    If you have any…

  • Trains are back at the Avon Valley Railway!3rd August 2020

    Following four months of lockdown the Avon Valley Railway is pleased to announce that its heritage trains are running again! Volunteers at the heritage railway in Bitton, have been busy preparing the station and carriages over the last few weeks, ready to welcome passengers back once more.


July 2020

  • Leave your lunchbox at home! Eat Out to Help Out at Bristol Aquarium’s C-Shed Café31st July 2020

    The C-Shed Café at Bristol Aquarium is proud to be a registered outlet on the Eat Out to Help Out governmental scheme. Café visitors on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August 2020 can split their bill with the government!

    The scheme enables any individual who choses to eat…

  • Hot weather, cool animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens31st July 2020

    Keepers at Bristol Zoo Gardens have been preparing cold treats to help keep the animals cool as the temperatures rise this week.

    The inquisitive macaque monkeys, agouti, warty pigs and parrots were all given frozen ice ‘lollies’ filled with tasty vegetables or mealworms to help them…

  • South Bristol’s own Business Support Service is open for business30th July 2020

    A new support service for residents and businesses based in South Bristol is launching on Wednesday 29 July.

    The service known as South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) is available for residents looking to start a business and existing businesses looking to grow. Bristol City Council is…

  • Eat Out To Help Out at The Assemblies30th July 2020

    We are really happy to announce that we are taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out government scheme in two of our venues.

    Every Tues or Weds throughout August come down to The Canteen or No1 Harbourside. Every person eating gets 50% off up to £20 (£10 is the maximum discount) on…

  • Bristol Old Vic commences consultation process with staff29th July 2020

    In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Bristol Old Vic has embarked on a consultation process with affected staff in the face of a significant reduction in the work it can undertake and the income it can generate. This follows similar announcements from theatres across the regions. It is anticipated…

  • VisitEngland has today announced the finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence29th July 2020

    VisitEngland has today announced the finalists who will go forward to compete for the tourism industry’s annual national Awards for Excellence.

    Applications were put forward for national judging from businesses across England including hotels, self-catering accommodation providers,…

  • Bristol Aquarium breeds an army of endangered frogs!28th July 2020

    Bristol Aquarium has successfully bred over 20 endangered Phantasmal poison frogs (Epipedobates tricolor).

    This is an important conservation breeding as their numbers are in decline in the wild. They grow around 2.5cm and are red/ brown in colour with yellow stripes.

    In the wild the…

  • Arnolfini reopens with Hassan Hajjaj: The Path28th July 2020

    Arnolfini, Bristol’s international centre of contemporary arts in Bristol, is to reopen post lockdown from Thursday 30 July, with a major exhibition by photographer Hassan Hajjaj.

    With his exuberant melee of colours, patterns, appropriated brand logos and found objects, acclaimed…

  • Help name the new lynx kittens at Wild Place Project28th July 2020

    Two lynx kittens at Wild Place Project are in need of names, and keepers are calling on the public to help choose them.

    Credit Josh Biggs

    New video footage of the European lynx kittens shows the pair becoming more playful and inquisitive, and venturing out of their den in the woodland…

  • Ale Bristol, Together - Bristol Craft Beer Festival announces new 2020 dates28th July 2020

    Organisers of the Bristol Craft Beer Festival have today announced new dates for the 2020 edition, bringing the first event back to the city after lock-down.

    The festival will now take place from Friday 11 - Saturday 12 September 2020 at the Lloyds Amphitheatre. While safety is obviously…

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