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23 things to do in Bristol this week, June 17-23 2024

By Emily Brown  Friday Jun 14, 2024

Monday-Thursday: Sasquatch Sunset, Watershed
In the misty forests of North America, a family of Sasquatches – possibly the last of their enigmatic kind – embark on an absurdist, epic, hilarious, and ultimately poignant journey over the course of one year.

Sasquatch Sunset – photo: Watershed

Monday: Left Handed Giant pub quiz, LHG Brewpub
Certainly one way to get the week off to a flying start, as one of Bristol’s leading independent breweries hosts its popular biweekly quiz in their extravagant Finzels Reach brewpub with its enormous front window looking out onto Castle Park. Head up to the very top floor to take part.

Left Handed Giant Brewpub – photo: Martin Booth

Until July 6: A Child of Science, Bristol Old Vic
The reviews are in! Directed by Matthew Dunster, Gareth Farr’s A Child of Science is an “ingeniously crafted” (★★★★★ The Times), “gripping” (★★★★ The Telegraph), and “powerful” (★★★★ WhatsOnStage) new play with the “urgency of a thriller” (★★★★ The Stage). Tickets are flying. Book today.

A Child of Science – photo: Bristol Old Vic

Until July 22: Hamilton, Bristol Hippodrome
Bristol will have to Wait For It no longer; the multi-award-winning masterpiece by Lin-Manuel Miranda is now open at the Bristol Hippodrome! Hamilton is the winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 7 Olivier Awards, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Hamilton – photo: Bristol Hippodrome

Tuesday: Foli – Bristol djembe players, The Jam Jar
The community music venue/arts space holds its always popular weekly African drumming workshop/class. Get a fiver off your ticket if you bring your own drum, but don’t worry, drums will be provided. You will be led through basic exercises, before coming together and engaging in a group mass drumming session.

Foli Bristol Djembe – photo: The Jam Jar

Tuesday-June 19: Mirrors Fog Over When I Breathe, Centrespace Gallery
CLOSE proudly presents Mirrors Fog Over when I Breathe,  an exhibition featuring new works by Helen Barff, Katherine Perrins and Denise Webber. This show marks the first in a series of curated exhibitions in Bristol by CLOSE Gallery. The exhibition brings together works that evoke a humanness and notions of what it is to be alive and physically present and in the moment. The title is taken from a poem by the American poet Leslie Harrison.

Mirrors Fog Over When I Breathe – photo: Centrespace Gallery

Wednesday: Summer with Stewart Wines tasting menu, Old Market Assembly
Having run a series of successful vegan tasting menus back at the start of the year, Old Market Assembly is returning to the game, this time with a seasonal summer, five course tasting menu. Last week was paired with beers from Old Market’s Wiper & True, with this week’s drinks pairings coming from Bedminster based Stewart Wines.

Assemblies Tasting Menu with Stewart Wines – photo: Old Market Assembly

Thursday: Bristol Recovery Festival, Trinity Centre
Bristol Recovery Festival is back at Trinity for the 3rd year on 20th June. Our family friendly festival is drug and alcohol free, and will cost you absolutely nothing all day. So come down and have some free lunch, stick around for the late afternoon free BBQ, listen to local artists like @Rosinabuckmusic and @MoYah on the main stage, and get a free massage or hair cut upstairs.

Bristol Recovery Festival – photo: Bristol Drugs Project

Thursday: Rude Collage Club, The Greenbank
Head to the cosy East Bristol pub on the corner for an all materials provided crafty collage session, with one rule – the weirder the collage, the better. What’s the incentive, you ask? The three most off the wall, outlandish collages will win some form of alcohol related prizes for their efforts.

Collage Club The Greenbank – photo: Yuup

Thursday-Saturday: Windrush – The Journey, Bristol Beacon
For more than 30 years, Pegasus Opera Company has fearlessly paved the way for diverse talent in opera. This week, they’re paying tribute to Windrush, showcasing a rich tapestry of music and storytelling, and celebrating Black classical composers: past, present and future. Through the outstanding music of Chevalier de Saint Georges, Richard Thompson and Des Oliver – three composers who represent different eras of Black history – they’ll honour the legacy of the Windrush generation with an exciting fusion of classical music, jazz and blues. A fascinating immersive exhibition showcasing the work of Black British composers through music, photographs and local Windrush testimony will be showcased in Bristol Beacon alongside the performances.

Windrush The Journey – photo: Bristol Beacon

Friday-June 27: I Used To Be Funny, Watershed
Writer/director Ally Pankiw’s debut feature is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest and refreshing look at trauma and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.

I Used To Be Funny – photo: Watershed

Thursday: 5×15 Bristol, The Station
5 fantastic speakers, 15 minutes each. Our summer event will feature Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director Nancy Medina, Polly Barton, Anders Lustgarten, Viv Groskop and Lawrence Hoo. Expect poetry, porn, playwrights, political activism, a Ukrainian love story and more.

5×15 Bristol – photo: 5×15

Friday: Turned Out Nice w/ Taygo, Winona & Drifty, Crofters Rights
Representing the laid back, jazzy vibes of broken beat, or “bruk”, Turned Out Nice have been spearheading the revival of the genre popularised in the late 90s/early 00s. Think a combination of laid back breakbeat, paired with elements of UK Funky, latin and jazz rhythms, this is one for the vibesin’ crew.

Turned Out Nice party – photo: 21 poster

Saturday: Masicka & Malie Donn, Bristol Beacon
You’re invited to the most anticipated reggae dancehall event of the year – get ready to immerse yourself in the euphoric sounds of Masicka and Malie Donn, plus special guests still to be announced as they touch down in Bristol. Featuring world-renowned dancehall artists and a whole heap of special guests still to be announced, this spectacular concert is guaranteed to leave you hungry for more. Save the date and prepare to be captivated.

Masicka – photo: Bristol Beacon

Saturday: Big Golden Birthday Picnic, Cumberland Piazza
The first of a series of events celebrating five decades of the Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association sees the public square space adjacent to the Cumberland Basin come alive with music, street food, face painting, poetry workshops & more – for free, of course.

Cumberland Piazza – photo: Art Under the Flyover

Sunday: Bristol Sounds: Gentleman’s Dub Club Vs The Skints, Lloyds Amphitheatre
The annual live music extravaganza that takes over Lloyds Amphitheatre kicks off this weekend, with the Sunday edition coming in the form of a (hopefully) sun drenched dub, ska and reggae soundclash between festival favourites Gentleman’s Dub Club and London based rising stars on the UK reggae circuit The Skints.

Gentlemans dub club – photo: Bristol Sounds

And coming soon…

June 29: Bristol Home Show, Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel
Unsure if you can afford to buy a property in Bristol and the South West? Becoming a homeowner could be more achievable than you think! Access free legal and financial consultations at the Bristol Home Show and attend educational sessions designed to help budding buyers get on the property ladder.

Bristol Home Show – photo: Share To Buy

July 4 – 7: Clifton Summer Screenings, Bristol Film Festival
The renowned Clifton Summer Screenings, presented by Bristol Film Festival, makes a triumphant return to the city this year. Taking place from the 4th-7th July 2024 with an expanded event line up and a jam-packed program designed for all ages, this one-of-a-kind event will offer an unforgettable cinematic experience for all.

Clifton summer screenings – photo: Bristol Film Festival

July 4-6: Dead On Our Feet, Bristol Old Vic
In our current climate, what does it mean to rest? And how do we connect with each other? And how much will that cost? And how much do you cost? Time is money – want to spend it with us? Presented by Dimba Damba, Made in Bristol’s 14th collective of early career theatre makers.

Dead on our feet – photo: Bristol Old Vic

July 5-7: Handa’s Surprise, 1532 Performing Arts Centre
Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas… could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation. Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!

Handas Surprise Flyer without QR – photo: 1532 performing arts centre

July 12: Watch This Space with Will Gater, Redgrave Theatre
Watch This Space sees astronomer Will Gater bring to the stage the story of the extraordinary things humans see when we look to the stars. Blending spectacular visuals, live demos and inspiring storytelling, Watch This Space will take you on a journey like no other, jumping from our small corner of the Milky Way to some of the most distant objects in the known Universe.

Watch This Space – photo: Redgrave Theatre

July 20: Supersonic Brick Day, Aerospace Bristol
The huge LEGO® brick event is back at Aerospace Bristol on Saturday 20th July 2024.As well as stepping aboard Concorde and enjoying everything else the museum has to offer, Supersonic Brick Day is your chance to get hands-on with interactive activities – from LEGO® underwater gardens and remote control car racing, to robot wars and great ball contraptions.

Supersonic Brick Day – photo: Aerospace Bristol

July 31: Cillian O’Connor – My Magic World, Redgrave Theatre
Cillian O’Connor is bringing his first ever live stage show on tour to the UK! Cillian literally burst onto an unexpected world during Britain’s Got Talent in 2023 and immediately captivated the hearts of the entire nation, reaching the top three in the final. Cillian promises to enchant and amaze audiences across the UK with a show for the entire family.

My World of Magic – photo: Redgrave Theatre

Main photo: Bristol Beacon

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