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Things to do in the Bristol area

Cast of Ben Hur at
Cast from the community production of Ben Hur at the Theatre Royal Bath

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Family fun

A show highlighting 100 years of aviation in the West takes place at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 18 September to 28 November.

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  • Bristol Light Opera Club return to Bristol's Hippodrome from 26 to 30 October, with Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • There will be a Halloween treat with spooky stories and ghostly tales in the Dairy Garden at Blaise Castle Estate on 28 October.
  • Fishwife, a new play by two puppet companies, will be at The Brewery in Bristol from 26 to 28 October.
  • Bristol Zoo will be holding its Bangless Bonfire Nights on 4 and 5 November, with beautiful fireworks without the loud bangs.
  • Variety in the Factory will play at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, from the 27 to 30 October.
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council wants local residents to celebrate Heritage Open Week, from 23 to 31 October.

Exhibitions and arts

An exhibition of photographs by Don McCullin will take place at the Bath's Victoria Art Gallery between 11 September to 21 November.

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  • This Way Up - an exhibition by artist Simon Johnston - will be on show from 15 October to 7 January at Bristol's Pierian Centre.
  • A community production of Ben Hur, by Hattie Naylor, gets its world premiere at the Theatre Royal Bath from 29 to 31 October.
  • Horfield Theatre Company presents "Bad Girls - The Musical" at the Olympus Theatre, Stoke Gifford, from 26 to 30 October.


There will be a "humorous toddle" around Bath's streets with Bizarre Bath: The Comedy Walk until 30 October 2010.

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  • Indiana Jones wannabes can learn an archaeologists' trade at North Somerset Museum until 13 November.
  • An after-hours guided tour of Bristol's historic - and allegedly haunted - Central Library vaults takes place on 30 October.


The St Paul's/St George's Reggae Orchestra will be at St George's Bristol on 31 October, as part of Bristol Black History Month.

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  • Heavy metal based band, Jaguar will be playing at Bristol's The Tunnels on 5 November, in the band's first home gig for 25 years.
  • Musicians from the South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra will be performing at Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire on 30 October.
  • One of the founders of 'Minimalism', Terry Riley celebrates his 75th birthday at St George's Bristol on 28 October.
  • Bristol's annual Harmonica Festival, takes place from 29 to 31 October at The Folk House.
  • Five years of music making will be celebrated by the Bath Male Choir on 30 October at the Guildhall in the centre of the city.

Something a bit different

Komedia Bath's Krater Comedy Club hosts Ivo Graham, Nick Doody, Ninia Benjamin with regular Compare Mark Olver on 30 October.

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  • Bristol's own Afrika Eye Festival Returns to Watershed from 29 to 31 October, showcasing African cinema, music and discussion.
  • Bristol's Free Vegan Food Fair takes place on 30 October at Broadmead Baptist Church Hall - entrance on Union Street.


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