Bristol’s ever-changing streetscape has seen some exciting new additions in recent years. We’ve teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to highlight projects by RIBA Chartered Practices that are making the city a centre for design excellence. www.architecture.com
From transport systems to green tech, Bristol is on the cusp of major infrastructure investment. The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and its members are the invisible superheroes of this transformation. www.ice.org.uk
This iconic modernist church is home to John Piper's famous 'stained glass' windows, an innovative use of fibre glass that bathes the church in vibrant colour & light. Explore the new design within the remnants of the original Victorian structure & uncover treasures including the secret garden. On Saturday afternoon hear the famous 'Walker' organ in a free concert.
Discover the history & landscape of beautiful Arnos Vale in a fascinating tour Arnos Vale: then and now. Explore the historic Anglican Chapel, Spielman Centre and crypt.
You’ve walked in the grounds, but how much do you know about the family who lived there for 400 years? All is revealed in this new outdoor family show. From high born to low born, from Civil War to Second World War, from Queen Elizabeth I to Queen Elizabeth II and from first resident Hugh Smyth to Esme Smyth – the last. Follow the Smyths & their servants through 400 years of English – and Bristolian – history. The Mansion Through Time is full of family secrets, buried treasure & an impostor so notorious Charles Dickens put him in a book. This show will change your view of Ashton Court — forever. Times: Fri Sept 10 - 6:00 PM Sat Sept 11 - 11:00 AM / 2:00 PM / 5:00 PM Sun Sept 12 - 11:00 AM / 2:00PM
Curious about the history of our maritime city? So are we! Step into the past as we discover the importance of the city’s dockyards, marvel at the feats of engineering of our beloved bridges, and cruise past some of the city’s most famous vessels.
Come & see how the 1904 resident Artists work through demonstration & try some of their techniques. If you like to see Bristol 1904 Arts full detailed programme, CLICK HERE
Be wowed by 1904 members magic skills, jazz music & shows. There’s a newly refurbished bar surrounded by members’ artwork to enjoy. Learn about the history of Bristol 1904 Arts society, its place within the city of Bristol & how its evolved into the interesting club for artists, photographers, car enthusiasts and bird watchers alike today. If you like to see Bristol 1904 Arts full detailed programme, CLICK HERE
Come and see a wonderful magic show hosted by the members of Bristol 1904 Arts. If you like to see Bristol 1904 Arts full detailed programme, CLICK HERE
Be wowed by 1904 members skills, in Jazz, Country, Classical and more! If you like to see Bristol 1904 Arts full detailed programme, CLICK HERE
Find out about Bristol Archive's work & collections, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the strongrooms. Bristol & Avon Family History Society will be onsite offering free family history advice.
Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Bristol Beacon construction site, one of the only chances to see the site as its being built prior to its reopening in 2023
Enjoy talks & demonstrations from the talented Bristol Blue glass blowers, and hear about the traditional techniques involved in the making of glass. Why not give it a go & blow your own piece of glass to take home at a reduced price of only £20?
2020 marked 100 years of the Bristol Folk House charity. Come & help celebrate this milestone & learn about how the Folk House began, what is on offer today & plans for the future. The Folk House cafe will be open on Sunday.
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has a fascinating history. Opened in 1905 next door to the Bristol Museum, it absorbed the latter after wartime bombing took its toll. Enjoy a short tour that will describe the architecture, history & use of the building.
Take a guided tour of Bristol's Grade II-listed Victorian synagogue, built in 1871. Find out about the architecture & function of the building, from its history to the religious rituals & traditions of Bristol's oldest (and probably smallest) minority community.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Ever wondered where your recycling goes once it has left your kerbside? Take a tour of the transfer station & see what it takes to clean Bristol’s streets. Warning! For safety purposes you will be asked to change into steel soled boots to comply with health & safety processes. Please bring socks. Children should wear sensible, closed toe shoes.
Explore this iconic 1930s clinic designed by Denning & look back at the clinic's evolution & regeneration over the past century. Learn about HIV care from the 1980s to present day‚ including life-changing medical innovations such as PrEP, building on interest sparked by Channel 4's It's A Sin.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Circomedia is a Grade 1 listed building housing the oldest professional circus school in the UK. Watch a showcase of BTECH students' work, take part in 'have a go' workshops & explore the Circus250 exhibition a celebration of Bristol's history of circus.
Enjoy a tour of this hidden gem of Brutalist architecture, recognised across the world as a masterpiece of design. Hear the world-class Rieger organ, recordings of which have won the Gramophone Award among others at 10.30 & 14.30. The Cathedral Choir offer a half hour of music at 12.30.
Engine Shed is set in Brunel's original train station, a Grade I listed building built in 1841. Take a tour of the working spaces (including Brunel's Boadroom), unwind in the members only business lounge & find out about Engine Shed's plans for the future.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Artist & Blacksmith Joanna Williams invites you into her workshop for live demonstrations of traditional hand forging techniques. Discover the heritage craft of heating iron in the fire & hammering it on the anvil - a technique still being kept alive in the heart of Bristol.
Visit this unique 1881 church designed to give hope to the mentally ill being treated at Bristol's purpose built asylum. The collection provides fascinating insights into life in three hospitals; mental health, learning disabilities (the yellow house on the hill, Stoke Park) & Beaufort War Hospital (1915-1919).
What stories does the harbour hold? Which tales lie untold? In 2020 Bristol’s quayside drew the eyes of the world. Join us for a journey through 1,000 years of history from the Merchant traders, slaves & slavers, to a statue thrown unceremoniously into the water. Featuring No. 10 Guinea Street, Bristol’s lively harbourside, hidden caves & Mshed docks, this special tour is created by the multi award-winning city poet Vanessa Kisuule in collaboration with the people of Bristol. Hear from the curators, the shakers and the history-makers of this radical city. HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
What should the city sound like? In this hour long audio walking tour you will be guided to listen deeply & reflect on the present, past & future soundscapes along the harbour-side. How has the sonic environment changed over time? &, importantly, how can we shape the future soundscapes of our cities? HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
Nestled in the heart of modern Bristol is the ruin of a sacred Temple. Giving its name to much of the city, Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar. Made famous by ‘The Da Vinci Code’, this religious military order built a world-wide empire – now steeped in myth & legend. Remnants of Bristol’s medieval past can be found all around the city, if you know where to look... Travel through time & temple, from the Crusades to present day. From Colston’s baptism to the secret ale-house meetings of abolitionists, journey through the destruction of the Bristol Blitz, across Bristol’s healing gardens, & finally arrive at the glorious Finzels Reach – the modern-day home of Channel 4 & Historic England. HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Join Jamaica Street Studios for a tour of its historic building. A rare chance to see behind the big green doors, explore artist studios & discover the architectural history of this Grade II former carriage works building in the centre of the lively Stokes Croft. Please note, the Studios is a four storey building, accessible only by stairs.
Behind the blue door on Little Bishop Street sits a Bristol phenomenon, a charity offering homeless people & rough sleepers a hot meal, a bed for the night & a warm welcome. Come for a rare tour of the night shelter & find out about the fascinating history of this unique Bristol service.
Whether you can remember life in the 1960s or not, you will find things to delight you in 'The Future is Here - the Swinging Sixties'. Alongside the 1960s room set filled with groovy objects new & popular at the time, the exhibition features the work of women artists.
This Grade 1 listed architectural gem was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh & is now being carefully renovated to its Georgian appearance on the inside. Discover the long & colourful history of this historic house with tours led by Kings Weston Action Group & local historians.
Experience an expert guided tour of Bristol's only extant Roman Villa. Learn more about its amazing discovery & find out why this is truly a 'home from Rome', with mosaics, underfloor heating, a bath suite & more.
Immerse yourself in Bristol’s newest independent arts centre! Lost Horizons digital twin venue allows you to talk, dance & hang out in virtual reality & real life simultaneously. Choose your own adventure as you navigate the metaverse – watch exclusive musical performances from the archives while exploring the art & architecture.
John Sebastian, Light Vessel 55 is home to the Cabot Cruising Club & part of Bristol's maritime history. She was built by Charles Hill & Son in 1885 in the Albion Dry Dock & remained in service as a lightship (floating lighthouse) protecting mariners from hazards at sea until 1954.
Go behind the scenes of M Shed (Museum of Bristol) on a guided tour of the industrial & maritime collection stores & the workshops that enable the amazing volunteers to keep the steam trains, historic boats & cranes up & running.
Based in a former dockworkers cottage on the waterside next to the Cumberland Basin, the Bristol Unit of the MVS provides maritime education, training and charitable support to the community. Find out all about its work & opportunities to go boating in Bristol Harbour and elsewhere.
Take a peek inside the biggest nightclub in the South West, recently voted 11th in the top 100 international nightclubs in 2019. Learn about the history of the buildings including the Marble Factory, how the building was made & how the space changed from factory to skate park to events space.
Cross the gang-plank! Visit a classic mid-20th century British passenger ship. Enjoy lounges & decks with film, exhibitions & activities of traditional maritime interest. Learn the old way of doing things at sea. With special explanatory visits to areas of vintage & engineering interest not normally permitted to passengers.
Bristolian artists Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse have been asking strangers all over Europe to sing a love song. Now, they’re asking fellow Bristolians to add their voices to this labour of love! Find their campervan-recording studio near Clifton Suspension Bridge & step inside - all voices are welcome! (Oh Europa Bristol is a project by Action Hero, presented with MAYK)
For over a century, Filton has been known worldwide for aviation & innovation. From the Bristol Boxkite & the Brabazon to Concord, few places on earth can match its record of ambition & achievement. Throughout the 20th century the area become a hub for aeronautical engineering & the aerospace industries which continue to thrive here. Since 2012 the airfield has been closed but a new chapter is beginning as a 21st century neighbourhood is emerging. Join us for a look at the past, present & future of Filton. About our speakers: Jacqui Greenland CEng MIET Bristolian born and bred Jacqui is also an Engineer, Tango dancer and part-time History geek. As an Engineer she is specialised in telecommunications, data networking, and the IT infrastructure that surrounds it. She recently has become involved in designing Internet of Things solutions to support such initiatives as smart cities and smart transport solutions. As a part time hobby she is fascinated in the history behind technology, and in particular the engineering history of her city of birth, and the impact this has had on shaping both the city and society overall. Seb Loyn is the Planning & Development Director at YTL Developments. Having trained in both Architecture and Planning, Seb has spent a career at some of the property industry’s most innovative developers. Having started out at Urban Splash, he worked for Skanska and Studio Hive before joining YTL Developments in 2017. He now leads the team responsible for one of the most exciting regeneration projects in the country: transforming the historic former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol, known as Brabazon. He is also a Trustee of Design West. Andy Theobald is a Partner and Group Leader at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. He heads up the practices Residential sector work, and is currently working with YTL on the Brabazon development on the former Bristol Filton Airfield site, and CEG on Kirkstall Forge, a new community near Leeds. He has been responsible for a number of our major award-winning projects including Manchester School of Art, St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, The Earth Centre Arrivals Buildings in Doncaster and Bristol Harbourside’s The Point. Andy is also actively involved in the majority of our Bath studio education projects, with a particular focus on arts education schemes such as the Plymouth School of Creative Arts, Bedales Art and Design Building, University of Warwick Faculty of Arts and Frome Steiner Academy. Martin Booth is the Editor of Bristol24/7 and the author of bestselling guidebook 111 Places in Bristol That You Shouldn’t Miss. He has previously written for publications including the Times, the Guardian, the Telegraph and Time Out. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, supporting Bristol Bears and drinking locally brewed beers. Programmed in Partnership with Arnolfini.
Built in 1888 & converted to use as an Orthodox church in 1968, this is a rare opportunity to explore an early work by architect Henry Whiteman Rising. Step inside & find out how the building is used, whilst taking a closer look at the impressive collection of icons.
Fancy going behind-the-scenes of the UK’s hub for puppetry & animation? Take a tour of the building with Puppet Place resident artists & see what goes on in the fabrication bay, rehearsal studio & shared working space.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Remember the Boeing 727 that was transported to Bristol on the motorway? PYTCHAir is the work of tech entrepreneur Johnny Palmer. When he needed a new office he opted to repurpose & upcycle the icon of hyper-consumption, the airliner private jet. Step back to 1980s opulence & see how the global elite travelled in private aircraft! Image (c) Above Horizon Photography 2021 @abovehorizonphotography
The city’s streets have tales to tell. Who was Michael Dillon? Why Queenshilling? What happened at the Radnor Hotel? Join us for a journey through secret doors & scandal, through danger and disco, to the present day. Battling the law, an AIDs epidemic & Section 28, hear stories of an irrepressible community uniting in Pride. Discover the LGBTQ+ people & places that shaped a city. With support from Bristol Archives, Outstories & artist Tom Marshman. HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
Did you know there are caves in the centre of our city? Hidden behind a small door in the banks of the harbour are the Redcliffe Caves... Discover the stories & hidden secrets of the caves with a specially commissioned audio tour as you venture underground. Navigate your way through a complex network of tunnels that extend beneath Redcliffe, excavated for the Triassic red sandstone as far back as the Middle Ages. Warning! There is no lighting in the caves so please bring a torch and sturdy shoes.
Come & see how a 15th Century Grade I listed church combines historical & modern elements. From 14th Century monuments to contemporary art, Saint Stephen's Church weaves together the past & present of this city. The tour of the tower offers phenomenal views across Bristol.
This science innovation centre is currently under construction on the edge of the Temple Quarter. It will have 16 working laboratories, offices & a 60-person event space for science & engineering start-ups. Take a tour of the building, learn about the story of Science Creates & the exciting plans for the future.
Science Creates St Philips is a science innovation centre in a converted warehouse space on the edge of the Temple Quarter. The centre has 16 working laboratories used by 37 science & engineering start-ups. Take a tour of the building, learn about the start-ups & the incredible technologies being developed.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT Discover the Albion Dock, which is a dramatic space nestled within Western Harbour with a 200-year-old heritage of ship building. The dock is still in use as a space for repairing ships, an essential service for users of Bristol’s floating harbour.
Join the volunteer guides for a heritage tour to take you on a 200 year journey through the colourful life & times of St George's & its immediate surroundings. From the time of the building's creation in 1823, through its conversion from church to music venue in the 1980s, to its recent excavations & contemporary extension.
Discover the fascinating past & present life of St Philip’s Marsh through daytime audio heritage trails & an evening projection display. Hear the speech calling for Irish Home Rule at the opening of the local chapel in 1887 & learn how the marsh has always been a place of change. Evening projections at 8pm, Please meet at the Fox Cafe/Bar
Enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful Norman church. Explore the Jacobean ground floor of Church House with its fine decorated plaster ceiling & fireplace, & visit the special exhibition on the war memorials in the church. Refreshments will be available in the café.
Your chance to see at close hand the specialist conservation that is happening at Bristol’s Temple Church in Redcliffe, led by English Heritage. The leaning tower & walls of this large late medieval church survived bombing during the Second World War. Originally the site of a 12th Century circular Temple built by the legendary Knights Templar, the site lends its name to much of Bristol. Take a tour of the internal space led by historic building experts & discover how the work will protect the building’s historic fabric for the future. Hear about the specialist conservation to the building’s unique features including the aumbry & reredos, repairs to stonework at high levels of the church & the stone tracery of the windows. The conservation project is led by English Heritage & will continue until the autumn of 2022. Access to the scaffold may be possible on the day to view these repairs in situ so please wear appropriate footwear.
A walking tour to explore the University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, focused on pioneering digital & social innovation. Learn about the rich history & innovation of the area. Step inside the Coal Shed & Retort House on Avon Street, walk across to Cattle Market Road & visit the former Post Office building. Please wear sturdy footwear.
Discover the inner workings of Royal Portbury & Avonmouth’s thriving docks as you embark on a 90-minute coach tour across the expansive site. Find out what it takes to operate Britain's most centrally located deep-sea port & immerse yourself in Bristol's longstanding maritime tradition.
How do you change the course of a river? The fortunes of the harbour have waxed & waned over the centuries, from the shadows of merchants, to grand feats of engineering, fuelled by strong beer & plum pudding. Join us on a journey from SS Great Britain, west to Underfall Yard & the Cumberland Basin. Hear the dawn chorus of blades on the water, smell the creosote of ship’s underbellies, watch the light dance in the piazza. Our Harbour has always changed. Now, facing flood risk, a climate emergency & a city’s housing crisis, we ask, what next for our watery heartland? HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
Explore what was originally part of The Clifton Hotel & Assembly Rooms, constructed in 1811 by Francis Howard Greenway. Explore inside & discover the three large glass domed ceilings, original paintwork & tastefully restored regency rooms. Today the building houses Private Members Club, The Clifton Club, & has done since 1855.
Visit the Emmanuel Meeting House for a whirlwind tour of 800 years of Bristol history through the lens of this unusual & historic building. Along the way find out how our city has been shaped by changing commerce, worship & social reformers, & how the space is used today.
A walking tour of one of the city's largest regeneration projects with developer Deeley Freed and the project architect, who will describe the plans, site history and challenges.
Come & explore Bristol’s best kept secret - the extraordinary story of George Müller & his 10,000 orphans. Located in one of the stunning, original Orphan Homes on Ashley Down, discover the story of George’s life & the lives of the orphans, architecture and a stained-glass exhibit.
See the renovation progress that has been made in the last year. With a roof now on, new floors & not forgetting The Crypt! The walls still retain the scars of the fire, adding to the history of this wonderful church that has been a gathering space since Norman times.
Discover how experimentation in Bristol & the surrounding area led to the discovery of photography. Featuring experiments & demonstrations of early photographic processes & experiences, you’ll get to see images magically appear in darkroom chemistry & the chance to explore cyanotypes & camera obscuras.
Underfall Yard is a working boat yard that welcomes visitors. Normally hidden from public view is the yard’s ‘time capsule’ Victorian workshop. Come & experience demonstrations of the collection of vintage machines & explore how things were done in the days before electronics, computer-aided design & 3-D printing.
Explore the unique plant collections at the University of Bristol Botanic Garden. With over 4,500 species of plants, the beautiful displays are designed to tell the story of plant evolution. Enjoy refreshments on the terrace from Chandos Deli.
Home to Europe’s largest street art festival, Upfest, & the birthplace of Banksy, Bristol is famed for its vibrant painted streets & multi-coloured horizons. But why is the city so colourful? Who brought street art to Bristol? What’s the story behind the paint? Starting on the Harbourside, this walking tour ventures into the south of the city, home of the Upfest murals. Hear the stories behind vibrant Bristol from local artists, historians, residents & celebrities – the people who know Bristol best. HOW DOES THE AUDIO TOUR WORK?
Victoria Methodist Church is a 19th Century Chapel in a prominent site & has employed award-winning architects Stride Treglown to transform its premises. The regenerated building contributes to cultural & community life & is registered as an Inclusive & Eco Church.
Take a trip to Temple Meads & learn all about the working harbour over the centuries & discover the rich history of the riverside buildings.