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Returns 13 – 15 September 2019

New Bristol Architecture

In association with Royal Institute of British Architects

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

Engineering in Focus

In association with the Institution of Civil Engineers

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

  • Sunday 2PM, 3.30PM, 4PM

COMMUNITY-LED WALK & TALK   Knowle West was one of the first council-built estates in Bristol. As part of #HomesforHeroes100 KWMC will be opening doors across Knowle West on Saturday to provide an insight into the past, present and future of the area.   Knowle West Media Centre has commissioned three artists to work with residents to explore the culture, style and stories of the estate, in a project called ‘100 Years of Knowle West Style’.   Walk (2pm+ 4pm ): Uncover local icons on a led walk, with trails devised by residents, artist Lukus Robbins and community walks leader Cheryl Martin.   Talk and exhibition (3.30pm):See new artworks created by local residents and artists George Lovesmith and Holly Beasley Garrigan, in a Parlour Room talk in a Knowle West home.   Booking essential: book below or call into Knowle West Media Centre to book in person.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE   One of England’s most iconic modernist churches, All Saints Clifton unites modern architecture with remnants of its original Victorian structure, which fell victim to wartime bombing.   Originally designed and built in 1868 by renowned Victorian architect GE Street, the church was one of his best and most influential buildings, before being virtually destroyed in the Second World War. The iconic rebuild by Robert Potter was opened in 1967 and innovatively incorporates some of the original work, notably the tower (now with modern spire), the St Richard Chapel and one of the finest Victorian sacristies to be found anywhere.   See the striking interior, now bathed in light and vibrant colour thanks to John Piper's nationally significant spectacular full height windows and learn about the history of this fascinating building. A special chance to visit the Victorian sacristy and the church’s secret garden, and hear the famous ’Walker' organ!

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  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE   I spy with my little eye...a unique 360 view over Bristol! Nestled above the buildings of the inner city, the Archfield House Nursery Observatory provides fantastic views over Bristol.   Come and speculate for yourself about why the Observatory was built, and see how many Bristolian landmarks you can spot- bring your binoculars for an in-depth view!

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE, TOUR & ART EXHIBITION   Take a stroll around Bristol’s historic Victorian cemetery.   Opened in 1839, Arnos Vale was the first cemetery in the South West. With over 300,000 burials and four listed buildings, the cemetery is home to a wealth of social history.   Learn about the listed landscape and buildings on an expert-led guided tour. If you fancy free- roaming, self-guided tour leaflets are also available.   Got the kids? The little ones will love this spoooooky experience, with opportunities to do some drawing and join in on our fearsome symbolism hunt!   Art Lover? An exhibition of local artists will be on display.   Drop in tours: 10.30am & 1.30pm

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE   One gateway, two worlds. Unearth the history of the original gatehouse to Ashton Court mansion.   The building has recently been restored from a state of dereliction, the building will be fully open for exploration, with a display on the history of the gatehouse and work produced by pupils at Ashton Park School.  

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  • Friday 10AM - 4PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

TALKS & TOURS   Soak up the ambience in Bristol’s oldest wine merchants.   Talks (Fri): Discover more about the history of the building and Averys as a wine merchant, and enjoy a free wine tasting of two wines. (First-come, first served). Talks on Friday every hour from 10-4pm.   Tours (Sat): Unlock the secrets of the subterranean cellars as you explore at your own pace, with members of Averys staff on hand to answer any questions.   Shhh! There will also be special offers on a selection of wines – treat yourself!

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM

DROP IN TOUR   What happens at an asphalt plant? Gain an exclusive insight as you get into the nitty-gritty of road-making in Bristol.   Drop in tour (approx. Every 15 minutes): Climb aboard massive machinery, asphalt trucks and equipment, and then unravel the science behind green technology fuelling the recycled materials manufacturing process. Look to the past and future of road-making, learning how asphalt is made and used with plenty of demos. Walk around the site and climb to the top of the plant tower for views of the Severn Estuary.   And also... There will also be an opportunity to see the remains of a WW2 gun emplacement that sits adjacent to the plant, one of six that used to defend the city of Bristol.

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  • Saturday 2PM - 4.30PM
  • Sunday 2PM - 4.30PM

OPEN SITE   Standing on a site steeped in history, this miniature gothic-style castle is a folly that historically played summerhouse to the Blaise Castle Estate.   Enjoy panoramic views from the turreted roof and learn about the history of the folly, as well as the hill it stands on, which has been excavated for evidence of settlements reaching right back to the Neolithic period. Sitting within The Blaise Castle Estate, the landscape is also perhaps the most complete example of Humprey Repton's work in the country.

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  • Saturday 11AM - 3PM

DROP IN TOUR: VICTORIAN HERBS   Learn how the Victorians cultivated plants for culinary and medicinal purposes.   Drop in for a guided tour and discover how the gardens were designed and learn about the history of Victorian gardens.   Got the kids? Visit the interactive information area to take part in family activities such as herb identification, herb tasting and a garden trail.

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

BOAT TOUR   Curious about the history of our maritime city? Us too! 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.   The tour: Board our historic Bristol Ferry Boat and travel from the Watershed down to Cumberland Basin and back. This audio tour was created especially for Bristol Open Doors 2019 by some of the city’s best engineers. There will also be engineering industry professionals on-board and on-hand to answer any questions you may have along the way.   Boats on the tour include: The extraordinary SS Great Britain, the MV Balmoral (a classic excursion vessel) and Mayflower (a Victorian steam tug).   Bridges on the tour include: Pero’s bridge, Merchants’ Bridge, Castle Bridge, Plimsoll Bridge and the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge.   For all the family: There will be an on-board quiz and a prize in store for the lucky winners!     Tour Duration: 45 minutes   Adult: £5 | Child: £2   *Weather* There is partial cover on the boat, however, please do dress appropriately for the weather. Come rain, come shine!   Tours run at multiple times on Saturday and Sunday. Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE & ACTIVITIES   Scout around the Grade II listed cottages which form the Sea Cadet unit down in the historic harbourside.   Originally built by the Bristol Dock Company in 1831 for the Bristol harbourmaster, explore the buildings at your leisure and see how the cottages’ interior has retained much of its original architecture, and how the external views remain largely unchanged.   Join the Sea Cadets and take part in interactive demonstrations showcasing what the Cadets do, including marine engineering, First Aid, fieldcraft, seamanship and maritime skills.   Got the kids? Have fun with a range of craft-based activities for younger visitors.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

TOUR & EXHIBITION   From parchment to film: sift through Bristol’s history with a behind-the-scenes tour of the city’s warehouse archives.   Watch spellbinding archive film footage in the B Bond Warehouse – a former tobacco store. Journey back in time as you explore an exhibition of Bristol’s history of housing, part of the #HomesforHeroes100 project.   The tour: Sign up on arrival for a tour and see Bristol’s earliest records in the archive strong rooms.   Curious about your history? Get free genealogy advice from Bristol & Avon Family History Society.   Please note: The searchroom will not be open for research.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

TOUR   Do you dare discover what happens to Bristol's stinkiest sewage?   Find out on this fascinating tour of Bristol’s sewage treatment works- luckily, nose pegs not required!   Drop in for a Guided tour: Learn how Bristol’s waste is treated and transformed into fertilisers and renewable energy. Guided tours run throughout the day on Saturday, and last for 1.5 hours, no booking required.   Suitable for all ages.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE   A rare opportunity to walk freely around an example of cutting-edge architecture in Bristol.   Developed with students’ learning at the forefront of its design, the space unites a place of study with a professional place of business.   Explore showcase law courts, a Bloomberg city trading room, huge theatres, innovative study spaces and the stunning atrium.   Got the kids? Get creative at the colouring station or embark on a treasure hunt around the building- successful hunters will receive a degree certificate from the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean.

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  • Saturday 9AM - 3PM

DROP IN CATHEDRAL & TOWER TOURS   Uncover the history of one of Britain’s greatest medieval Cathedrals.   Guided Tour: Sign up on the day to learn about the history, art and architecture of this fascinating building. Hear about the conservation, maintenance and running of the building through the work of dedicated volunteers.   Come and see a special exhibition of fabric and silverware from the Cathedral's collection (not normally on show to the public).   Tower Tours: Running during the day, weather permitting (first-come, first-serve). An exciting opportunity to go up inside one of the Cathedral’s main towers.   And relax! Sit in the Gothic Revival style nave and listen to the euphonious sounds of the Cathedral Choir, or unwind in the leafy Cathedral gardens.   Got the kids? Children can complete a picture trail or explore the Cathedral with a family tour.   The Cathedral is open as normal all weekend.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM

DROP IN COLLECTION & CONSERVATION TOUR   Get behind the glass cabinets at one of Bristol’s most valued historical and cultural institutions.   Guided tour: Drop in on the day and join a small group to explore the collection stores and conservation laboratories.   You’ll also find out about the history and architecture of this stunning Edwardian Baroque building, from its vaulted glass gallery, chandeliers and grand staircase.   Museums are much more than just public displays - find out what else goes on.

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  • Saturday 8AM - 12PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE, EXHIBITION & DEMONSTRATIONS   ACCESSIBILITY UPDATE FROM BRISTOL OLD VIC Regrettably our front of house lift is continuing to malfunction and will not be operational for Open Doors Day. There will still be an accessible route for the tours which will cover the majority of the areas. Please make yourself known to a member of staff upon arrival who will guide you through the experience.   Bristol Old Vic takes you behind the scenes of the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world.   One year on from opening its award-winning new foyer spaces designed by Haworth Tompkins, learn how the theatre continues to tell the stories that matter to the city.   Self-guided tours: Explore the rich heritage of the theatre. Self-guided tours will allow you to explore the theatre’s secret spaces with roving experts on–hand to answer any questions. Meet the project team who created the inspired design, and explore the history of sound design with the interactive "Noises Off" exhibit. Investigate backstage to see how the productions are made with demonstrations of theatre practice.   Got the kids? Children can explore the theatre on a Heritage Family Trail suitable for ages 5+, with arts and crafts activities also available for the whole family.

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  • Sunday 11AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE   Explore a rare surviving example of a Grade II-listed Victorian Synagogue.   The only purpose-built Jewish house of worship in Bristol, Bristol Synagogue was consecrated in 1871, after being built on the remains of a former quarry. Designed by H.H Collins, (Victorian England’s leading architect) this elegant building boasts a number of unique 18th century architectural features, as well as many items that are substantially pre-date the building itself.

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

RECYCLING TOUR   Ever wondered where your recycling goes once it has left your kerbside?   Discover how valuable materials are separated and processed at the Albert Road depot. Take a guided tour of the transfer station and see how materials are separated and sorted before being shipped off for processing. Sit in the cab of the trucks and see what the drivers see!   Got the kids? For children and big kids alike, take part in a selection of games including poos and pickers (a take on snakes and ladders), recycling basketball and recycling connect 4. Members of staff will be available to answer all waste and recycling queries.   This is a unique opportunity to experience the site and see what happens!   Safety Requirements: Please note prior to booking the following safety requirements apply:

  • Booking essential! This is due to health and safety.
  • Safety shoes will need to be worn where available, if not all attendees must wear sturdy shoes (no sandals, crocs or pumps). Children are encouraged to wear wellies.
  • High Visibility waistcoats will be issued on the day
  • All children will have to be accompanied by adults on a 1:1 ratio
  • No unaccompanied walking around the site will permitted
  • No smoking is allowed on-site
  Events run at multiple times on Saturday and Sunday, please book below.

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  • Saturday 11AM - 4PM

OPEN SITE   Swing by Brunel’s forgotten bridge...   See how a passionate group of volunteers are working to conserve a piece of Bristol’s engineering history, this year celebrating its 170th anniversary!   Learn how the bridge used to swivel over the harbour and find out about its significance to the dockyards.

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  • Friday 2PM, 4PM, 6PM
  • Saturday 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM

COACH TOUR   Embark upon a journey to uncover the exceptional story of the former Filton Airfield, traversing its past, present and future.   Board a coach trip around 380-acres of aviation history. As the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel, few places on earth can match Filton as a centre for ingenuity and innovation. This is a rare chance to access the site and explore plans to transform this historic local landmark into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood that incorporates and celebrates its unique history.   Look inside the cavernous 352 metre-wide Brabazon hangars, and learn about plans for it to become a supersonic new Arena for Bristol.   Tour Duration: Approx. 90 minutes Adult: £5 | Child: £2 Booking essential. Please book below.   Tour starts from YTL Site Operations.   MAP: Click here

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  • Saturday 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM
  • Sunday 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 2PM, 3PM

ENGINEERING & ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR   What is the best way to see a city? To learn about a city? Bristol, by all accounts, is a beautiful place to take a walk. However, there are some things we miss if we forget to look up.   Bristol has a long industrial history that has led to the development of some magnificent architecture and a rich history in science, technology and engineering infrastructure.   THE TOUR: All aboard this Bristol Insight bus to discover Bristol’s hidden architectural and engineering gems! View the city with new eyes on this unique engineer-led tour.   SATURDAY ROUTE | Starting point: Bus layby in Explore Lane- best postcode BS1 5TY Learn about the history of engineering in the centre of Bristol. Travel down Anchor Road for views of the harbour, the SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge, and more!   SUNDAY ROUTE | Starting point: Bottom of Stokes Croft, Bus layby outside Mickleburgh Musical Instruments, BS1 3PL Learn about the modern engineering of Bristol, from Filton Airfield, Aerospace and Rolls Royce, to the significance of Duchess Lake and the BT tower.   *Weather* This is an open top bus, so please do dress appropriately for the weather. Come rain, come shine!   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM

ACTIVITY & TOURS   Become an architect for the day and create a small world in a box!   It could be a magical garden, futuristic landscape or underwater city… With masses of scrap and craft resources at our fingertips, you can go wild! This will be a playful exploration of space and place for all ages. A free, drop-in arts activity.   Tours (11am, 11.30am & 2pm): Explore the warehouse and learn about the history of Scrapstore house and its role in Bristol’s reuse landscape. Discover the journey from scrap to reuse!   Visitors will gain special access to the members’ Scrapstore Warehouse, where you can collect a basketful of scrap materials (recommended donation £6).   Special Open Doors activities run 11am-4pm.   There is no minimum age, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE, WORKSHOP & EXHIBITION   Acrobats silhouetted against a stained-glass window… Venture through the doors of  Circomedia's  beautiful Grade I listed building for incredible architecture paired with unbelievable demonstrations of circus.   Workshops (11am, 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.15pm): Get involved yourself with circus workshops in Portland Square and St Paul’s park, including juggling, tight-wire walking and acrobatics!   Exhibition: Visit an exhibition celebrating 250 years of Bristol circus, funded by HLF.   Circus Demonstrations: 11.45am and 2.45pm

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE   Over the moat: an exclusive look into one of Bristol’s most iconic buildings, and current seat of local government.   Unveil the history of the city’s leadership engraved on the walls of City Hall.   Self guided tours: Get access to the Lord Mayor’s Parlour and the historic first floor and see the robes and ceremonial silverware first-hand. Sit in the Council Chamber and look up at its spectacular painted ceiling - depicting Bristol throughout its history.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE, TOURS & ART EXHIBITION   Bridges: how do you keep them up? Discover how the Clifton Suspension Bridge is monitored and maintained in celebration of the new toll houses.   Visit the Maintenance Workshop to explore the history of bridge preservation and learn how experts monitor and maintain Brunel’s superstructure today. Talks on the hour 10-4pm.   Sound installations: In the Visitor Centre, find out how students from Bristol and Bath have used monitoring equipment to translate the movement of the bridge into sound installations.   Painting exhibition: Visit the Education Workshop to see an exhibition of paintings by the popular Clifton Arts Club.   NB: Underground tours are not part of this event.   THE SUSPENDED MUSEUM   It's a staple of our city skyline and a recognisable landmark across the UK, but walk across this familiar crossing on Saturday 14 Sept and you’ll discover a whole new side to the bridge.   For one day only, suspend your disbelief as Brunel’s bridge is turned into Bristol’s highest museum, labelled with fascinating facts and flabbergasting figures surrounding its engineering and maintenance!   You might be surprised how old, how heavy and how strong some parts of it are. Look out for Bridge Engineers, who’ll be out on the bridge all day ready to answer your questions about the care and maintenance of this beloved crossing.   Pick up a fun family quiz sheet from the Visitor Centre to help you explore the bridge in a whole new way.

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  • Saturday 11AM, 1PM, 3PM

TALK & TOUR   Join Ferguson Mann Architects on a tour of the recently completed Copper Building with a talk on its history and design.   Comprised of 136 contemporary new-build apartments overlooking a lake, Copper Building sits opposite the refurbished Grade II Listed former Imperial Tobacco HQ.   The tour: Follow the story of the two buildings on the lakeshore site with a short talk and guided tour with Ferguson Mann Architects.   There will also be an opportunity to participate in the scheme’s VR experience.   Please note that parking is limited.   Please book below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 4PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & FAMILY ART ACTIVITY   What place or space is important to you?   Take the opportunity to reflect creatively on a space that matters to you: home, Bristol, the cupboard under the stairs...   Explore the idea of important spaces together -whether real or imagined- through drop-in family arts activities. These include collage, creative mapping, photography and den-building with award-winning theatre company Brave Bold Drama.   Suitable for all ages. Refreshments available at on-site community cafe.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 12PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 12PM

FAMILY TOUR & ACTIVITY SESSION   Wrestle them off the iPads, kick them off Netflix! Take the kids on an immersive adventure into the birth of cinema.   On this tour, gain behind-the-scenes access to The Curzon, one of the country’s oldest continuously running cinemas. Originally built in 1912, this Grade II listed building is rich in five star heritage.   The tour: Follow the yellow brick road on a magical history tour from the birth of cinema up to the contemporary experience of today’s high-tech entertainment.   Learn about early film and animation through the extensive collection of projectors and cameras (dating from 1909!) whilst being led through an educational and visual treasure hunt behind the scenes of this fascinating building.   Bringing the kids? This family-focussed tour will end with a hands-on activity session; creating animations using Victorian-style film toys, the thaumotrope and the praxinoscope.   Please book below.

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  • Friday 8AM

AN ARUP BREAKFAST TALK @ THE ARCHITECTURE CENTRE   What do we mean when we talk about ‘green infrastructure’?   Green infrastructure is an approach to engineering that focuses on resolving technical challenges whilst simultaneously delivering social and environmental value.   Green infrastructure projects vary widely in scale and appearance. Often, they combine civil engineering - such as sustainable drainage, flood defence or river restoration schemes - with significant landscape and public realm improvements. The result is new or improved public access to green and open spaces, the creation of active travel routes and / or new recreational amenities alongside greater climate resilience and better quality infrastructure.   Join Arup for breakfast to learn more about green infrastructure and award-winning projects from near and far that exemplify this field of design.   Arup is an employee-owned global professional services firm with a focus on the built environment. We have been based in central Bristol for more than 45 years, and our 350+ strong local team contributes to many of the strategies, plans and designs that are shaping the future of Bristol and the West of England.   www.arup.com

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE   Step back in time as you squeeze into this 15th century hall house.   One of Bristol's oldest domestic buildings, Elsie Briggs house is a remarkable architectural survival and a hidden treasure in the city.   The whole house is open to visitors, including a view of some of the roof trusses. Climb the twisted stairs and admire the huge stone fireplace.   Explore or take a wander round the beautiful country garden. Refreshments available.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 2PM

OPEN HOUSE, TOUR & TALK   Drop in to one of the oldest surviving train terminuses in the world and find out how Brunel’s station has been transformed into an exciting business hub.   The Engine Shed spaces were born out of offices home to Brunel’s boardroom and drawing offices. The building has now been transformed into a space ingeniously designed for collaboration- home to entrepreneurs, academics and social innovators.   Drop in: 10am - 2pm   10.30am & 12.30pm. First come, first serve.

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  • Saturday 11AM, 2PM

WALKING TOUR WITH THE DEVELOPER   Join Elgan Jones, from award-winning developer Cubex, for an immersive tour of Finzels Reach.   Now a thriving new neighbourhood in the medieval heart of Bristol, the area has been transformed by Cubex after the previous developer of the site went into receivership. Previously closed to the public for over 200 years, Finzels Reach has now become a truly desirable waterside location for people to live, work, visit and socialise. Stylish new waterside apartments, purpose-built homes for rent and affordable homes sit alongside cutting-edge, sustainable offices, a new hotel and an emerging new leisure quarter. Restored historic brewery buildings seamlessly blend with high quality contemporary architecture, whilst new car-free public routes and spaces reconnect the site back into the city.   The tour:See Cubex’s inspiring vision for the area now realised, from the striking Castle Bridge to its popular new street food market, as well as learning about plans for the next phase of Finzels Reach.   Duration: 1 hour   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 2PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 2PM

OPEN HOUSE & TOUR   Set in the heart of Bristol, this striking Grade II listed building will be opening its doors during the festival this year for the first time.   Originally the home of the ‘Historic and Philosophical Centre’, this beautiful building was acquired by the Freemasons of Bristol in 1871. Steeped in tradition and ceremony, the hall has a rich heritage with a glamorous undercurrent.   Recently refurbished, the building is primarily used for Freemasonry meetings and is normally not open to the public, although the event space has hosted weddings and meetings.   Tours (10am, 11.30am, 1pm): Learn about the history and heritage of the hall and gain unique insight into the traditions and ceremony of the Freemasons. Free refreshments available.

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  • Friday 10AM - 4PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & ACTIVITIES   Enter a Victorian asylum chapel full of curious artefacts and photographs of Bristol's psychiatric, learning disability and war hospitals.   Explore the changing history of the fascinating building, from Victorian asylum chapel to Beaufort War Hospital during World War One.   Learn about the history of mental health and meet a Victorian medical superintendent, a wounded First World War soldier, and a 1960s nurse.   Family Activities: Design your own postcard and take part in a special outdoor trail.

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

SOUND INSTALLATION   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...   This year, the caves come alive with wild sound. BBC wildlife collaborators Wounded Buffalo have created a unique sound installation in the depths of the city.   Hear salt-mining elephants and haunting seal pups, petrel seabirds and tiny insects, and immerse yourself in the sounds of these cave dwelling creatures.   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.   BOOKING INFO   The caves are so popular that every year, we experience long queues. This year, with the special sound installation, we expect the caves to be even more popular. Therefore, we are providing bookable times slots with an arrival hour, to help space audiences throughout the day.   The time slots are as follows:   10:00 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:00 15:00 - 16:00   Please book in advance and then arrive at the caves near the start of your designated time window. On arrival, join the pre-booked queue.   Warning! There is no lighting in the caves so please bring a torch and sturdy shoes.   Adult: £5 | Child (3-15 years): £2 | Child (0-3 years): FREE   Booking essential. Please book onto a time slot below. We advise you arrive at the start time as this is a popular event and will be busy.   Delivered in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering,  multi-award-winning Wounded Buffalo  Sound Studios ,SXS Events, The Foundry and The Creative Technologies Laboratory (CT Lab), UWE Bristol’s Department of Computer Science and Creative Technology and Bristol City Council.   *Subject to site permissions

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  • Friday
  • Saturday

BOAT TOUR   What is a floating harbour? How was it made? What lies beneath the water’s surface?   From locks, docks and canals to underground rivers and buried castle moats, Bristol’s water network has over 200 years of fascinating engineering history. Climb aboard Bristol Packet Boat Trips’ Tower Belle for one of two trips down Bristol’s floating harbour!   FRIDAY’S TOUR (5PM, 6PM): Learn about the old docks and marinas on this engineer-led tour. Discover how the locks and sluices at Underfall Yard were constructed and what they are used for. Starting Point: Bristol Packet Boat trips, Wapping Wharf, Gas Ferry Road, BS1 6UN   SATURDAY’S TOUR (4PM, 5.15PM): Travel up to Netham Weir on this engineer-led tour. Discover underground rivers and moats, and learn about the City’s canal system and overcoming the second largest tide in the world. Starting Point: Mud Dock Pontoon, Prince Street, BS1 4HU (Next to Prince Street Bridge)     Adult: £5 | Child: £2   *Weather* There is partial cover on the boat, however, please do dress appropriately for the weather. Come rain, come shine!   Tours run at 5pm and 6pm on Friday and at 4pm and 5.15pm on Saturday. Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 11AM - 5PM

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION & WORKSHOPS   Explore the physical legacy of the Addison Housing Act, during the centenary of the birth of council housing.   Hillfields was Bristol’s first council estate built following the introduction of the Addison Housing Act in 1919. This act, named for the minister who introduced it, aimed to provide ‘homes fit for heroes’ following the First World War.   This year, the city is celebrating the centenary of this Act with a series of projects on the key estates. Hillfields Homes for Heroes is a community learning project exploring this heritage, co-ordinated by Local Learning CIC.   The project, running until the summer of 2020, aims to tell the story of Hillfields through the voices of its residents; past and present, and look ahead to a Hillfields of the future.   Drop in to discover Hillfields legacy: The event on Saturday will showcase work including a photographic exhibition as well as architectural photography workshops to contribute to the Festival of Ideas. There will also be an opportunity for people to share further stories about the estate-please do bring along any images and memorabilia you have of the estate!   Got the kids? Come along for art workshops with the project artist creating prints of house plans.

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  • Saturday 12PM, 2.30PM

COMMUNITY-LED WALK   Join residents of Hillfields on a tour of the architectural highlights of one of Bristol's original council housing estates.   Hear fascinating stories from local characters uncovered through the Hillfields Homes for Heroes project from Myers-Insole Local Learning.   Duration: approx 1 hour.   Booking essential: book below or call into Hillfields Library to book in person.

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  • Friday

TOUR   If these walls could talk… Unload the historic cargo of this impressive Georgian building, now the home of Historic England and English Heritage.   An impressive Georgian style building with a striking façade built in 1711, 29 Queen Square is packed to the rafters with history.   The tour: From the opulent residence of a 18th century slave-merchant in England’s largest slaving port, to a refuge and home for sailors; hear how the stories of this building fit into the broader narrative of this long-lived maritime city.   LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Historic England will be moving offices in 2020, making this the last time they are able to offer tours of this venue.   Tours run at multiple times on Friday, please book below. UPDATE: We are sorry to inform you that due to health and safety concerns, Historic England have notified us that the tour is now not suitable for children (under the age of 15) or babes-in-arms with their parents.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4.30PM
  • Sunday 12.30AM - 4.30PM

OPEN HOUSE & DROP IN TOUR   Climb up to the ringing chamber of this ancient church, Bristol’s third oldest building (built 1194!), and ascend to the roof for amazing views of the city.   Since 717 AD, there has been a place of worship in this location, with the current church dating back to 1194. Soak up the history of this spot as you explore over the weekend.   Guided tour: Learn about the history and architecture as you explore, with a demonstration of bell ringing once you reach the top.   Drop in & book on the day for tours of the bell tower.   Relax in the tranquil churchyard as you immerse yourself in the history of this building. Refreshments will also be available, with quiz sheets for inquisitive youngsters.

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  • Saturday 11AM, 2PM, 5PM
  • Sunday 11AM, 2PM, 5PM

TOUR   Join the studio manager for a rare chance to explore three floors of this grade II listed former Carriage Works, now home to over 30 artists working in printing, painting, sculpture, illustration and much more!   Celebrating over 20 years of artistry, Jamaica Street Studios is one of the largest artist-led studios outside of London.   Meet some of the artists working in the studios and observe them at work.   Please book below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 5PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

ARCHITECTURE TOUR & OPEN HOUSE   From a library to a state-of-the-art gym facility!   Hear about the history of this important historic building on guided tours with the architect, or have a nose around at your own pace.   A building with a complex history, 1 St Peter’s Court was first built as a Roman Catholic Church in the mid 19th century, before being converted to the first Bedminster Library. Over the years this was in turn demolished and converted again into a new library and art gallery, before being developed into a private gym last year after laying vacant for two years.   The tour: Join Luxe Fitness’ architect Lydia Robinson from Design Storey on a tour exploring the history of the building and learn about its conversion into a state-of-the-art gym.   Tours (Sat: 10am, 1pm, 4pm / Sun: 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm)

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  • Friday 12PM - 5PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

DROP IN TOUR & DEMONSTRATIONS   All aboard! Take a guided tour of this friendly light ship, built in 1885 in Albion Yard to guide other ships to safety.   A lesser known piece of the city’s maritime past, learn how the ship’s design ensured safe passage around our shores.   Take a guided tour, view a demonstration of Radio Telephone and Rope work, and see active refurbishment at work on the ship.   Theatre show: (3pm on Sat & Sunday) Come along and see 5 in a Hat Theatre Company and Atomic Rhubarb's zany comedy ‘A Touch of Fool’. There will also be a great band playing for good family entertainment.   Got the kids? Families can enjoy colouring and pirate competitions …Arrrrrr!. Refreshments available on board.   Tours: Every half hour. Last tour at 5pm

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

DROP IN TOURS & TRAIN RIDES   Get behind the scenes of one of Bristol's most visited venues.   Guided tours: Access the M Shed storerooms and view treasures from their social, industrial and maritime history collections. Discover the treasures in store in the huge back rooms, ranging from uniform buttons to heavy machinery and from cigarette packets to huge works of art.   Talk to the curators about their work and meet the volunteers whose efforts keep the working exhibits operating. In addition to M shed’s normal programme of tours, explore this venue from a new perspective on two special tours running this weekend:   Saturday tour: Take a closer look: A tour of the M Shed galleries. 3.30pm   Sunday tour: Women of Bristol: A tour of the M Shed galleries. 3.30pm   And... why not take a trip on Bristol Harbour Railway, the Museum's steam train?

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

DROP IN GUIDED TOUR   Royal charters, spectacular chandeliers and antique treasures!   Step into Merchants’ Hall’s magnificent interior and delve into historical riches, learning about the Society’s long history as well as its work in education, care and social enterprise.   Guided tours (every 15 minutes throughout the day, final tour at 3.30pm): Explore the magnificent interior with its many historical riches, including paintings by Nicholas Pocock of Bristol Harbour and the Avon Gorge, superb chandeliers of 1791 and a remarkable collection of Royal charters, the earliest bearing the seal of Edward VI in 1552 and others from Charles I and Charles II as well as both Elizabeth I, 1566, and Elizabeth II, 1989.   Learn about the Society’s long history and current work, helping communities in Greater Bristol to thrive.

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  • Saturday 11AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 11AM - 5PM

TOURS   *PLEASE NOTE* This is a drop in event with some must book elements. To book onto a specialist engineering tour, please scroll down and book below.   Enjoy the best leisurely look-out in Bristol with music on the promenade deck and a sample of Balmoral ale.   Book ahead onto a specialist engineering tour (11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm) and investigate operational areas of the Balmoral normally hidden from view, from wheel house to engine room. Please note: Specialist engineering tours are not suitable for children.   Or drop in for a general tour to discover the maritime history of this well-travelled vintage ship and learn the language of telegraphs and flags along the way.   To book, visit here

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

TOURS, TALKS & ACTVITIES   Discover the golden age of aviation inside this incredible Art Deco building, now home to Airbus.   Pegasus House opened in April 1936 as the headquarters of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. New Filton House (as it used to be known) is where many of the most iconic aero-engines and aircraft, including Concorde and those that helped decide the outcome of the Second World War, were conceived.   Book a tour: Take a tour and learn how Pegasus House’s story is intertwined with the evolution of Bristol’s aviation industry. A rare opportunity to walk the marbled halls of this sympathetically restored listed building, where of some of the finest innovators and pioneers in the history of aviation once walked.   Don’t forget to visit the Engineering Zone for talks and interactivities.   Tours run at multiple times on Saturday and Sunday, please book below.   Please Note: Due to the sensitive nature of work carried out at the Airbus site in Filton, details of all visitors are required upon registration to comply with export control requirements. The data is stored for five years on a secured encrypted server. Tickets will ONLY be confirmed on receipt of attendee details.

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  • Saturday

TOUR & PUPPET MAKING   Get animated! Puppet Place is the UK hub for puppetry and animation- a treasure trove of puppets in-the-making for both stage and on screen.   Home to a community of resident companies and artists producing brilliant work in puppetry, animation and the creative sector more widely, Puppet place is dedicated to sharing their passion for puppetry and animation with the wider public.   Book a tour: Explore the fabrication and rehearsal studio and the workshop on a guided tour, and meet some of the talented artists, makers and puppeteers.   Got the kids? Get crafty with some puppet making, suitable for all ages.   Tours run at multiple times on Saturday, please book below.

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  • Friday 9.30AM - 2.30PM
  • Saturday 9.30AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE, TOWER TOURS, BELLRINGING & CONCERTS   Unlock the secrets of this beautiful Grade I listed 14th century church.   Tours: Join a guided tour of the 152ft. tower (complete with arcaded battlements and openwork parapet) and enjoy a bell-ringing talk and demonstration. Tower Tours: Friday; 9.30am, Saturday; hourly from 10am.   Free concerts: Saint Stephen's is a regular host for concerts, with a number of performances running during the day. The perfect chance to take a breather from your busy Open Doors schedule as you drink in the sights and sounds of a performance in this tranquil space. For concert details, please see St Stephen’s website.

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  • Sunday 2PM, 3PM

Minimal walking heritage trail - Vintage buses - Resident led tours - Snack, chat and reminisce - Mini Museum - Cafe   Join residents of Sea Mills on a tour of this inter-war council housing estate that was built on ‘garden city’ principles.   Sea Mills Garden Suburb is continuing to celebrate its centenary with a selection of events this September around Sea Mills Square.   The estate is now home to the UK’s newest and smallest museum located in the red phone box in Sea Mills Square, which opened during our hugely successful heritage trail across the estate earlier this year. If you missed the trail you’ll be able to see all the information together under one roof, at Sea Mills Methodist Church.   To accompany this event there is also a “Snack, Chat and Reminisce” event at the church. The event will be a chance to let us know what else you would like from the Sea Mills 100 project, you’ll also be able to try your hand at making a photo book with the aid of an iPad. Tea and cake will be available.   Vintage buses of the type used in Sea Mills in the 1950’s and 60’s from the Bristol Omnibus Vehicle Collection will be visiting the Square. Visitors will be able to board the buses and have a look around and maybe even take a short ride.   Local residents will be giving tours of the estate (booking essential) detailing some of the history of our garden suburb.   The museum will be open during the day with a brand new display and the Cafe on the Square will also be serving refreshments.   Sea Mills Methodist Church is located at 140 Shirehampton Road, Bristol BS9 2DY.   Find out more here.   Sea Mills 100 is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Bristol City Council. Bristol Open Doors is funded by the Architecture Centre.   Booking for the tour essential: book below or call into Sea Mills Library to book in person

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  • Saturday 10.30AM, 1PM

WALK & SKETCH TOUR   Learn to recreate the rainbow hues of Bristol’s buildings, from angels on glazed tiles to vibrant street art.   Led by Bristol Urban Sketchers co-founder Charlotte Murray, this fascinating sketch-walk will encourage you to search out and sketch the colours among familiar buildings in the city centre. Charlotte will be on hand to help with sketching, and will give short talks at each location about the buildings.   The tour: Starting from the Architecture Centre, the tour will last an hour and is open to all, novice and seasoned sketchers alike. Please bring your own sketching materials.   Got the kids? Older accompanied children are welcome on the tour, but please note this event is not suitable for young children.   Tours will last 1 hour. Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 2PM
  • Sunday 2PM

ACOUSTIC CITY TOUR   What is it to hear a city… rather than just see it?   Part of Bristol Soundwalks and Hush City research, join an experienced acoustic specialist and urban designer and rediscover spaces you thought you knew in Bristol.   Learn about noise pollution and what effect it has on our day to day lives. Help create a quiet map of Bristol linking with Bristol's Legible City project, with the potential of guiding future use, development and regeneration to positively impact on the future health of the city, people and nature.   Duration: 30 – 45 minutes   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Friday 12PM, 5PM

TOUR WITH THE ARCHITECT   From a tea-packing factory to a vibrant international centre for contemporary art and design. Now home to hundreds of artists, creative buisnesses and a year-round programme of exhibitions and events, come and visualize the pioneering transformation of Spike Island.   The tour: Join architect Niall Phillips on a tour of Spike Island, drawing on his experience converting the former Brooke Bond tea packing factory into workable spaces for galleries, offices, studios and a café.   Tours run at 12pm and 5pm on Friday. Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 1PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 1PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 1PM

OPEN HOUSE & TOURS   Through the hall, down to the crypt, backstage and out into the gardens...discover the legacy of St George’s Bristol with a behind-the-scenes tour through its history.   Created in 1823 by architect Sir Robert Smirke (original designer of the British Museum) learn about its transformation from church to concert venue in the 1980’s, leading to it becoming one of the country’s leading music halls.   Behind the scenes tour (10am and 11.30am each day): Explore the history and design of both interior and exterior, including the striking contemporary extension.   Visit the gardens, backstage areas, the crypt and the hall itself, built almost 200 years ago for the purpose of preaching to the congregation and still celebrated for its famed acoustics.   Got the kids? A sensory arts trail is also available for families.

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  • Friday 10AM - 5PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & TOURS   Step back in time as you enter this Norman Priory- the oldest building in Bristol still in use, dating from 1129.   Find sanctuary in the simple grandeur of the former Benedictine priory, reopened to the public after a substantial conservation & restoration programme.   Guided tours & exhibition (Sat only): Every half hour 10.30am-3pm. Church House will be open for viewing on Saturday only.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4AM

OPEN HOUSE & RE-ENACTMENT EVENT   You don’t have to imagine the roar of cannons, the crackle of musketry, the clash of armour, the thunder of horse’s hooves and the beating of drums. Discover the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth century Bristol with a re-enactment of the Civil War!   Witness the arrest of George Bouchier, churchwarden and wealthy merchant of Bristol who supported the royalist cause during the English Civil War.   Determine who were the heroes and villains involved in the foiled plot.   Discover the stories of the women who defended the city during the siege and events that took place in the environs of St John’s.   In the ancient Crypt, explore medieval architecture and an exhibition of stained glass with presentations and more.

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  • Saturday 11AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 11AM - 3PM

OPEN HOUSE   For the first time in decades, St John's ancient churchyard will be open for visitors to discover its medieval origins.   With tales of those buried throughout the centuries from prominent Mayors and wealthy Merchants to old-world tradesmen, discover its story and the community vision for its future.   Got the kids? An oasis in the heart of the city, there will be Civil War enactment, story-telling and more for all to enjoy.

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  • Saturday 9.30AM - 4.30PM

OPEN HOUSE & DROP IN TOURS   Discover a whole new level to this Bristol landmark.   Tours (approx. every half hour, subject to weather): Climb up to the church roof for unique views from Bristol’s tallest building!   Watch and learn: See the magnificent bells in action first-hand and learn how to ring them yourself.   Soak up the history: Hear about St Mary’s links to historical characters such as Handel, Hogarth and Queen Elizabeth I.   Got the kids? Get creative with family activities and demonstrations.

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  • Sunday 10AM - 3PM

OPEN SITE   Boarded up for 20 years, unlock the mysteries of St Michael on the Mount.   Hear from the owner about the plans going forward to convert this wonderful building into a dance and theatre event space and see the progress to date in the crypt.   Got the kids? Take a trail around the church and seek out hidden treasures.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

TALK & WORKSHOP   Did you know? Photography was invented in 1803 in Bristol!   Follow in the footsteps of Humphrey Davy and Thomas Wedgwood when they designed a way of making silhouettes of leaves using light.   Drop in to make your own photogramme of a leaf and watch the image develop in a traditional darkroom!   The St Pauls Darkrooms were originally based in the Watershed and for many years were the centre of photography in the South West, before moving to St Pauls and becoming the largest open access darkroom in the South West.   Talks (on the hour): On the history of photography in Bristol.   Workshop: Expose an image of a leaf and watch it develop with traditional photographic chemistry.   There will be many more optical and photographic wonders on the day!   The Architecture Centre will be hosting 'Home for a Hero'- a free, drop-in family event next door in St Pauls Library.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 3PM

OPEN HOUSE & DROP IN TOWER TOURS   Discover medieval Redcliffe, its origins and development over the centuries.   Located in Bristol's city centre, St Thomas the Martyr church was designed in 1789 by local architect and carver James Allen to replace a medieval church deemed unsafe for use. Allen retained the fifteenth-century west tower of the old church, intending it to be 'raised and modernised' in a Classical fashion, but the plan was never carried out and the church is an unusual - but pleasing - blend of both periods.   Explore the church to find rare medieval fragments surviving from the old church before it was built anew in the 18th century.   Drop in tower tour (on the hour): Climb the medieval tower for extraordinary views of Redcliffe, and witness Bristol’s emerging new architecture and the changes taking place to the urban landscape.

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  • Friday 12PM, 2PM
  • Saturday 12PM, 2PM
  • Sunday 12PM

TOURS   Embark on a tour of Bristol’s biggest dry dock, unearthing the hidden history of one of the city's most notable maritime locations.   Albion Dock hosted the building of Bristol's biggest vessels and is still used for ship repairs today. After laying derelict for three years, the 1820’s Grade II Listed docks reopened in 2019. Many ships were built on the site, specialising mainly in merchant and commercial vessels.   Tours: Explore both the past and future of the dock, and the emerging plans for the development of the site under the SS Great Britain Trust’s 125-year lease.   Please note that access is available only at the advertised tour times. Booking essential, please book below.   Accessibility: Please wear suitable footwear, the ground may be uneven in this area.

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  • Saturday 10AM, 11.30AM, 1.30PM, 3PM

GUIDED TOUR   It’s the home of Poldark, The Crystal Maze, Broadchurch and Sherlock...   Come and discover how wine-production warehouses were transformed into world-renowned television studios!   Covering 7 acres (over 5 football pitches), The Bottle Yard Studios are a Bristol City Council initiative and exist to bring money into the local economy, keep local crews working at home and raise Bristol's profile across the world.   Guided tours: Take a sneak-peek behind some* closed doors and learn about the thriving television industry in Bristol.   *Please respect that some of the magic will remain secret – until it lands on your TV screen of course!   Not suitable for children.   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 10.30AM, 1PM
  • Sunday 10.30AM, 1PM

COACH TOUR   Back by popular demand, this experience provides fascinating insight into one of the UK's major ports, Bristol Port.   Learn about Bristol Port on a 90-minute coach tour to see the inner workings of Royal Portbury and Avonmouth Docks.   See what it takes to keep the cogs in motion at a deep-sea port and how today’s activities relate to Bristol’s long-standing maritime tradition.   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & EXHIBITION   A rare opportunity to access this historic Grade II* listed private members club.   The Clifton Club was formally The Clifton Grand Hotel built in 1811. The Club has preserved the original Regency features and design whilst carefully renovating its rooms over the past 10 years.   Guided Tour: Drop in for a tour and discover the vast Regency rooms hidden in the heart of Clifton Village.   Visit the Bicentenary Exhibition featuring artefacts and memorabilia from the past 200 years.

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 2PM

OPEN HOUSE   Explore this elegant neo-classical construction with its large open interior - a ‘tour de force of engineering’.   Learn about the history of the site, dating back to medieval Bristol, the social reformers who made the Meeting House their home in the 19th century, what happened during the Bristol Blitz, and how the building is used today.   Explore this fascinating building and see how its use has changed through time to reflect the changing city around it.   There will be a range of free activities and exhibitions on site for all ages.

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  • Thursday 6.30PM - 8PM

THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND FUTURE OF COUNCIL HOUSING   Join designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, journalist Kieran Yates and Cllr Paul Smith for a lively debate on the past, present and future of council housing. Part of The Architecture Centre's programme of monthly talks.   Thursday 12 September, 6:30 – 8pm Arnolfini | £10 / £12   Booking essential, please book here

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  • Friday 10AM, 12.30PM

TOUR   The former Bristol General Hospital recently underwent a huge restoration and conversion project which saw the reinstatement of many original features, including the iconic Ogee dome that was damaged in the Blitz.   Guided tours: Hear about the design thinking and renovation process with developer City & Country and discover how they transform challenging historical sites. Take the opportunity to share your thoughts about this landmark development.   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Friday 6PM - 10PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & TOURS   Enter through the original studded double wooden doors of this former 1930’s police HQ, now a thriving arts centre.   Drop in: Go behind bars and explore the cells and studios-and get to meet some of the resident artists!   September 13 | The Island Artist Exhibition Launch   7 – 9pm Grab a drink, listen to some music and view the talent on display at the launch of the 2019 Artists exhibition.   September 14 | Dance taster classes   Arrive 10 mins early, dress to dance, no need to book.   12 – 1pm – Ballet Barre and Contemporary Technique – General Level Led by Jude Whitburn: luke@3rdstagedance.com 1 – 2pm – Capoeira Led by Claudio Campos www.bristolcapoeira.com 2 – 3pm – Modern Dance Led by Herbert DesLauriers.   September 15 | Photography Workshops   10 – 4pm – Drop into NEAT photography studios to learn about the process of making a wet plate collodion portrait and have a go at making your own Chemigram.   September 14 & 15 | Circus Activities   Family friendly circus skills workshop and hat making workshop from 11 – 3pm   Tours: Sat: 11am, 1pm, 3pm | Sun: 12pm, 2pm   See what else is happening at the Island

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  • Friday 10.30AM - 4PM
  • Saturday 10.30AM - 4PM
  • Sunday 10.30AM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE, TALKS & FAMILY ACTIVITIES   Visit the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world!   Drop in for Museum family fun, spotlight talks, and the chance to explore the library.   Family fun: Design your own miniature room with free drop in sessions over the weekend. Help design, build and add furniture to our miniature shoebox house! There will be rooms for music lovers, calm spaces and places for interaction – everything you find at The New Room, but in miniature! Drop in anytime Fri, Sat and Sun: 11-3pm   Architecture Spotlight Talks: Come along to a 15 minute Architecture Spotlight Talk running from the atrium and hear more about the New Room’s transformation over 280 years. Discover fascinating stories behind architectural design, sustainable heritage and interpretation. Fri, Sat and Sun: hourly 10.30-3.30.   Spotlight talks: 10.30am; 1,30pm - The creation of the New Room Visitor Centre 11.30am; 2.30pm - Designing an interactive museum in an 18th century space 12.30pm; 3.30pm - The oldest Methodist Chapel in the world   Drop in to the New Room Library: Explore the New Room Library on Friday and Saturday. Discover how the vision for the New Room started with a heart for the people of Bristol. Ask questions, see fascinating objects and leave feeling inspired to be a light in our city. Fri and Sat, 10.30-4.

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  • Saturday 1PM - 6PM

***EVENT CANCELLED***   Unfortunately the Old Library has had to postpone the anniversary party, originally due to commence during Bristol Open Doors on Sat 14 September.  

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  • Friday

TOUR   Get a sneak-peak inside a converted Victorian factory.   Take a tour:  Book onto a tour for a rare chance to see inside a converted Victorian former colour printing and paper bag factory, now redeveloped into apartments, to gain an insight into the challenges and rewards of the restoration.   Keep an eye out for the stunning round atrium and the original frieze illustration of the factory’s activities, saved from the former E.S & A. Robinson headquarters building.   Tours run at multiple times on Friday, please book below.

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  • Friday 3.30PM, 4.30PM
  • Saturday 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

OPEN SITE, SCIENCE SHOW & WORKSHOP   Did you know... the Thrive Renewables wind turbines at Avonmouth generate enough electricity to power over 5,000 homes for a whole year?     Find out more about how these amazing machines make our lights, phones, tablets and fridges work using just the forces of nature.  Come along to the family fun day, take a peek inside one of the turbines and meet the team who can explain how they turn wind into electricity.    Interactive science show: ExplorerDome will be on site to entertain and educate young and old alike with an immersive experience around climate change and renewable energy. Visitors of all ages will be invited to investigate the social, political and economic drivers for building wind farms and learn how the diverse ecology and habitats are carefully managed alongside construction and operations.   HARNESSING THE WIND WORKSHOP Build your own miniature wind turbine! On Saturday 14 September, join us for drop-in engineer-led workshops where you can learn how to harness the wind.     Visitors will need to book for this event and come prepared for the great outdoors - sunhats and wellies at the ready! Please note, this is an operational site and access may be restricted for safety reasons on the day.    Tours last an hour. Booking essential. Please book onto a timeslot below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE   Get a backstage view of this iconic art and community venue, one of the finest examples of urban conservation and transformation.   Originally built in 1829, this Grade II* listed building was deconsecrated in 1976, and since then has become a hub for art and the community. Trinity’s mission is to empower communities through arts and make sure everyone has an opportunity to access and shape arts and culture in Bristol.   Intro talks: Hear a short introduction to Trinity from staff at the start of every hour.   Learn about its history and see Trinity’s role within the community. View an exhibition produced as part of Trinity Heritage projects.   Got the kids? Pick up a family friendly trail to aid your exploring!

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  • Friday 10AM - 5PM
  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 10AM - 5PM

OPEN SITE & DEMONSTRATIONS   Since the creation of the Floating Harbour in 1809, Underfall Yard has been crucial to its operation.   While the history of the yard and the development of the Harbour can be investigated in the visitor centre, a lesser-known jewel in the yard’s crown is its ‘time capsule’ Victorian workshop. Still at the heart of Bristol City Council’s dock maintenance efforts, the unique and evocative collection of 1880s forges, machines and the line shafting that drives them are once again operational.   For Victorian Workshop Tours please book here.   Underfall Yard Open House Drop in and look around any time during the opening hours.

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  • Saturday 11AM, 12PM, 1PM

LABORATORY TOUR   Lab coats and goggles at the ready! Explore the home of Bristol’s most innovative science companies.   Biodesign, engineering and quantum technologies: these are just some of the focal points of researchers and developers at Unit DX’s warehouse laboratories. Working closely with the University of Bristol, Unit DX is home to over 20 University spin-outs.   The Tour: This is a rare chance to take a tour of the converted warehouse laboratories and learn about the incredible technologies that are being developed here in Bristol.   Tours last approximately 40 mins.   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Friday 10AM - 4.30PM

OPEN HOUSE & TOURS   Lose yourself in the world of plants...   Be enchanted by a unique display of flora and fauna as the Botanic Garden and the glasshouses are opened free for one day.   Explore the glasshouses to find a host of succulents and orchids, and see the Giant Amazon Waterlily and unique Sacred Lotus collection. Discover prehistoric plants that dinosaurs ate and learn about the collection of rare and threatened native plants.   Tours: 11am & 2pm

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  • Saturday 10AM - 5PM
  • Sunday 12PM - 4PM

OPEN HOUSE & ARCHITECTURE TOURS   Discover the past, present and future of this church celebrating its 155th anniversary.   Home to an active congregation of all ages, this church sits in the heart of a vibrant cultural area, with neighbours including the RWA, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, the BBC, and the University of Bristol.   Learn about the transformation of Victoria Methodist Church as it positions itself as a church concerned with social issues and the arts.   Tour (Sat 12pm): Join Senior Associate Building Surveyor Chris Kemp from Stride Treglown to learn about the transformation of the church.

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  • Saturday
  • Sunday

VICTORIAN WORKSHOP TOURS   Since the creation of the Floating Harbour in 1809, Underfall Yard has been crucial to its operation.   While the history of the yard and the development of the Harbour can be investigated in the visitor centre, a lesser-known jewel in the yard’s crown is its ‘time capsule’ Victorian workshop. Still at the heart of Bristol City Council’s dock maintenance efforts, the unique and evocative collection of 1880s forges, machines and the line shafting that drives them are once again operational.   WORKSHOP TOURS (SAT & SUN): Join workshop staff and engineers for a guided tour. Discover the elegant Georgian engineering that makes the Harbour ‘Float’ in the Sluice Room and - for the first time - see the workshop brought back to life in a demonstration of several vintage machines, including the yard’s 1907 hydraulic pumps.   Victorian Workshop Tours Adult: £5 | Child: £2   Victorian Workshop Tours run at multiple times on Saturday and Sunday, please book below.   Underfall Yard Open House Drop in and look around any time during the opening hours.

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  • Saturday 10AM, 12PM

WALKING TOUR WITH THE ARCHITECTS   Join Alec French Architects on a tour of Bristol’s award-winning harbourside quarter, Wapping Wharf.   Once a derelict site, this major regeneration project has transformed this historic area into a thriving neighbourhood, including homes, independent restaurants, cafes and shops.   Find out about the approach taken to creating this popular new development, as well as hearing about the hundreds of new homes in the pipeline as part of the next phase.   Duration: 1 hour   Booking essential, please book below.

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  • Sunday 2PM - 5PM

OPEN HOUSE   Discover the future of community-designed housing in an open afternoon at the We Can Make test home.   The We Can Make initiative aims to support people to create the homes they want and need, and is a collaboration between Knowle West Media Centre, White Design and local residents.   See for yourself how a new citizen-led approach to development can work at TAM, an innovative low-carbon, prefabricated timber and straw home.   Drop in for a cuppa, see the space, and find out more about the initiative – and how you could get involved. There will also be sneak previews of forthcoming episodes of the We Can Make Chat Show, where Knowle Westers discuss how they're taking the initiative to sort out housing in the area.

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