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
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.
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 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?
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.