10 things to do Bristol this winter

By 14th December 2016Events
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No matter how cold and wet it gets, a Bristol winter is never dull! If you’re looking for things for adults and children to do over the next few months, look no further – here are our top 10 winter events in Bristol!

Millennium Square Ice Rink

5th November – 3rd January

Once again, At-Bristol is playing host to an ice rink right in the heart of the city, Millennium Square. For under £10 you get 45 minutes to strut your stuff on the ice, and there are penguin- and banana-shaped skating aids for those who are less sure on their feet. Even better, show up for an evening session and the rink becomes a dancefloor so you can skate to your favourite tunes!

Winter Wonderland at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

10th November – 8th January

Fancy your ice rink with even more pizzazz? For those who cannot get into the city centre so easily, Cribbs Causeway is putting on a winter spectacular with their ice rink, the largest outdoor rink in the South West at over 1,000 square metres. There’s also food, a magical ice castle and a train ride to be had.

Festival of Light at Longleat

11th November – 2nd January

As if you needed an excuse to visit Longleat this winter, they’re holding a spectacular lighting festival and filling the park with animal-shaped Chinese lanterns. Go in the evening to enjoy the critters both real and illuminated, bump into your favourite friends from Beatrix Potter (including Peter Rabbit) and ride the Santa Express to visit the big man himself!

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A Very Victorian Christmas at Tyntesfield

26th November – 2nd January

Ever wanted to experience a Victorian Christmas? Now you can! The Tyntesfield house will be transforming over the Christmas period, so you can soak up traditional festive decorations, mince pies and Christmas carols in the chapel. There are even rumours that Santa is waiting in the Chaplain’s House and you can take a carriage ride to visit him!

Cinderella at the Hippodrome

14th December – 8th January

Want to try a pantomime with a difference this year? Cinderella at the Hippodrome promises to be an evening of glamour, spectacle… and skating! Celebrated skaters Torvill and Dean star as the fairy godparents, and there will also be singing, dancing and live Shetland ponies – a fantastic family evening out.

Christmas at Bristol Cathedral

16th – 25th December

Starting this weekend, Bristol Cathedral will be celebrating the Christian message of Christmas with a series of services and carol concerts. You can experience carols by candlelight, a fancy dress carol service for the little ones, and of course the traditional Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and Festival Eucharist on Christmas Day.

Slapstick Festival

18th – 22nd January

The fun doesn’t have to stop with Christmas; in January you can embrace the golden age of silent comedy at the Bristol Slapstick Festival. Hosted by Rory Bremner, this year’s festival will see a tribute to comedy treasure Victoria Wood, a presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s greatest shorts by Simon Callow, and a discussion of the legend Tommy Cooper. Many laughs will be had!

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Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

21st January

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair returns to the Passenger Shed at Temple Meads with a January sale special. Pop along to pick up some fabulous clothing bargains, get a vintage makeover in the hair and beauty salon, or just indulge in some tasty tea and cake. There’ll even be live entertainment when you need a rest from all that shopping!

Bristol International Festival

8th – 12th February

Run by producers In Between Time, the Bristol International Festival is a showcase of daring and eye-catching art. You’ll find events in traditional spaces such as theatres and galleries, as well as in more unusual locations like aquariums and even forests! Come to the festival to imagine, to talk and to dream.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

12th November – 5th March

Once again you can soak up the finest nature photography the world has to offer right on your doorstep, at Bristol’s M Shed. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been running since 1965, and you can now view 2016’s crowning images, including bats, birds and orangutans.

Don’t be bored this winter – go to the city and beyond to discover all the wonderful events Bristol has to offer!


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Image sources:
Distant Trees (cropped) by Matt Gibson from Flickr, under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic License
Tyntesfield Chapel by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net)., CC BY-SA 4.0
Passenger Shed (cropped) by shrinkin’violet from Flickr, under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License

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