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What's On In Bristol - November

So we know that you probably don’t want to hear it, but with the end of October here and Halloween officially over with the Christmas season is about to take over. Despite the colder weather, the days getting darker and bright Autumn nights ending, a city as exciting as Bristol would never be short of things to do. In an attempt to prolong the calm before the storm we've created a list of a festive and non-festive event happening in and around Bristol which caters to everyone's fancy. From Christmas markets to thrilling theatre shows to festive light switch-ons, November in Bristol is jam-packed with exciting activities to kick winter off with a bang!

Bristol's Christmas Market

Stalls at Bristol Christmas Market

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Come and celebrate the festive season at Bristol Christmas Market, where you’ll find an array of traders selling seasonal delights, crafts and unique items, which are perfect for those hunting for that special Christmas gift.

Located in the very heart of Bristol City Centre, the Christmas market is home to over 50 unique stalls, as well as entertainment from the likes of Santa and reindeer visits in December. Visitors can enjoy heated seating, delicious drinks and live music in the Jäger Barn Bar, and also try their hand at the much-loved sport of curling for some competitive fun.

This is all underneath our glittering Christmas tree, which will be adorned with an array of delightful decorations, and spectacular lights that both welcome and guide you throughout our magical market. The market is within easy reach of the bus & coach station, Temple Meads train station and several car parks.

Dates: 8th of November - 23rd of December, Daily - 10.00am - 7.00pm

For more information click here.



Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

End your day with a spectacular firework display on the 1st or 2nd November. The night sky above the park will be aglow with dazzling colours as Fantastic Fireworks returns to Longleat. A sensational soundtrack will accompany the breathtaking fireworks – the perfect end to your day at Longleat.

Dates: 1st - 2nd of November, 6:30pm

All is included with your Day Ticket.
Book online and save up to 15%.

Visitor             Gate Price  Online Price*
Adult (16-59yrs) -   £34.95       £29.70
Child (3-15yrs) -     £26.20       £22.27
Senior (60yrs+) -   £31.45        £26.73
Under 3 (0-2yrs) - £0.00         £0.00

For more information click here.


Fair Saturday Bristol

Fair Saturday Breakfast 2018 with 91 Ways to Build a Global City and ACH © Paul Blakemore

Photo credit: Fair Saturday Breakfast 2018 with 91 Ways to Build a Global City and ACH © Paul Blakemore

On Saturday 30 November, the day after Black Friday, Bristol will join more than 130 cities across the world to celebrate Fair Saturday. Fair Saturday is a global movement which began in Bilbao, Spain. It brings together artists, performers and social causes to sing, shout, create and reflect on what it means to be a fair society, and support cultural and social causes in the process. On Bristol’s first Fair Saturday in November 2018, more than 40 Fair Saturday events took place across the city from choirs singing in museums and markets to an orchestra performing in a nightclub.

Fair Saturday is open to anyone to register and hold an event, large or small, that brings together arts, culture and social causes.

Dates: 30th of November

For more information click here.

Disney's The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome

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Set against the majesty of the Serengeti to the evocative rhythms of Africa, The Lion King tells the story of Simba’s epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands. Director Julie Taymor uses breathtaking theatrical magic to bring Disney’s original animated feature to life in a production which has thrilled over 95 million people around the world.

Dates: 1st - 23rd of November, Tue-Sat at 19:30, Wed, Sat and Sun at 14:30

Tickets:  From £20.00

For more information click here.

167 Annual Open Exhibition at RWA

167 Annual Open Exhibition at RWA

The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 167th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists.

As the name suggests, anyone can enter their work for this mixed discipline show - previous years have included painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, sculpture and illustration, and attracted entries from artists across the UK and beyond. A selection panel assesses every entry and last year 634 works by 413 artists made it into the final exhibition.

All work is for sale and the exhibition attracts art-lovers and art-buyers from far and wide.

* Submissions for artists will be open from 2 July - 20 August 2019 via the Online Submission System.

Date: 29 Septemeber to 1st of December,  10.00am - 5.30pm

Adults: £7.95 (includes a 80p donation)
Concessions: £6.75 (includes a 70p donation)
Under 18s and Students: FREE
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount on ticket price

For more information click here.

Downend Round Table Fireworks

Downend Round Table Fireworks

Downend Round Table Fireworks is Bristol's biggest fireworks display and this year takes place on Friday 1 November 2019.

Dates: 1st of November, The Main display is 8:00pm, The gates open at 5:30pm 

Tickets: Adult priced at £7.00 each, Child priced at £5.00 each

For more information click here.



This is the Greatest Show Fireworks 2019, Almondsbury

This is the Greatest Show Fireworks 2019, Almondsbury

This year, Almondsbury Creative will be hosting a family-friendly Fireworks display choreographed to the music of The Greatest Showman.

Dates: 1st of November, 4pm-11:30pm

Tickets: From £5.92 (includes booking fee). Parking options also available.

George Michael Tribute Evening at The Gables Hotel

George Michael Tribute Evening

Since winning his heat on Stars in Their Eyes, Rob Lamberti has become one of the hottest tribute acts around.
Come and enjoy a fantastic night of music and entertainment with George Michael's greatest hits including 'Faith', 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me', 'Fast Love' and many more classic Wham! songs that you know and love.

Times: 1st of November, 7.00pm - 11.00pm

£42 per person includes a three-course meal and entertainment,
£142 for 2 to include an overnight stay.

For more information click here.



Record and CD Fair at Colston Hall

Record and CD Fair at Colston Hall

Spread over three floors of the Colston Hall Foyer, the biggest record fair in the South West is back. Traders from all over the South attend the event selling mostly vinyl and some of the hard to come by CDs, too. Decks will be available to listen before you buy and traders will be on hand to talk to buyers and collectors.

Dates: 2nd of November, 1pm-4pm

For more information click here.


The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2019

The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2019

The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show celebrates all things classic and is the place to be if you love to watch a vintage motor restored to its natural beauty. However far through your project you are, your budget, or your level of expertise, you'll find exactly what you need.

The Haynes International Motor Museum Live Demonstration Workshop will be returning to the show. Visitors will have the chance to watch a Haynes motor being restored in front of their very eyes. The expert engineers will be giving a step-by-step analysis and answering questions from the floor.

There will be up to a thousand classic cars on display, including the fantastic owners' clubs and the Classic Car Park, where visitors are welcome to park their pride and joy for the day. Also on display during the weekend will be the Kit Car Hall, specialist traders and autojumbles, plus the Charterhouse Auction who usually bring up to 100 lots to go under the hammer!

Dates: 2nd - 3rd of November, 9.30pm - 4.00pm

Adults £9 (in advance)
15s and Under - Free

For more information click here.

Wagner's Das Rheingold at St Mary Redcliffe

Wagner's Das Rheingold at St Mary Redcliffe

A rare chance to experience Wagner's opera Das Rheingold in a unique 150th-anniversary production by Tarnhelm Opera, semi-staged and sung in German with English surtitles. The magnificent pipe organ and an array of percussion instruments will support the music while the lofty architecture will add to the drama.

Das Rheingold is the first of the four operas which make up Wagner's celebrated Ring Cycle. While it is the shortest of his operas – approximately two-and-a-half hours in length – it still has the hallmarks of Wagner's monumental handiwork. The storyline, rooted in a world of ancient myth, is compelling and moving. Curious newcomers to Wagner can thus expect to enjoy the production alongside existing devotees.

There are few opportunities to experience Wagner's operas other than in major opera houses and for good reason: The music is conceived on a grand scale and does not easily lend itself to reduced performances. The large size of the orchestras conceived by Wagner, though sumptuous to hear, puts notable upward pressure on ticket prices. The singing is frequently of high intensity and calls for solo voices of considerable stamina.

The work was first performed in Munich 150 years ago, in the autumn of 1869. This production sets out to bring Wagner's great music and drama live to audiences in the West of England and South Wales. Further, to do so in an affordable way but without compromising on excellence in performance.

Dates: 2nd of November, 7.30pm - 10.00pm

£12.50 - £40
Discounts to registered Supporters of Tarnhelm Opera

For more information click here.


Fireworks to Music Spectacular at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Fireworks to Music Spectacular at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

The hugely popular annual Fireworks with Music Spectacular is back with a bang where again they literally light up the sky! Tickets sell out fast so we recommend purchasing tickets in advance to avoid any disappointment.


A funfair will also be in place as always outside of the family park, on the grounds next to the firework display. Please note funfair ride costs are not included in the ticket price.

Food and Drink

A variety of food and drink outlets will be open including a fully licensed bar.


Alcohol purchased outside of the premises is not permitted at the event and will be confiscated. No sparklers, bangers or fireworks must be brought to the event.


Please remember we are a farm! Suitable footwear (boots or wellies) should be worn. There will be an undercover area near the bar and fair rides, but to see the display in all its glory you will need to be outside in our field.


All of our animals that can be susceptible to loud bangs are kept well away from the firework area, please be assured we do take all appropriate precautions to keep our little friends safe.

Dates: 3rd of  November, 5:30pm - 9pm

Tickets: From £4.50

For more information click here.


Christmas Lights Switch On at Cabot Circus

Christmas Lights Switch On at Cabot Circus

Join the festive fiesta at Cabot Circus as the Christmas lights are switched on!

Dates: 8th of November

For more information click here.

Bristol City FC v Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate Stadium

Bristol City Football Fixtures

Bristol City FC take on Nottingham Forest in the latest Sky Bet Championship match.

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Dates: 23rd of November

Tickets: £27-£37

For more information click here.


The Harbourside Christmas Market

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The 2019 Harbourside Christmas Market is set to come back to town to dazzle, entertain, and delight Bristolian over five festive-fuelled weekends this holiday season. Once again, the covered walkway will be transformed into a magical Makers’ Market, showcasing 50 of Bristol’s brightest independents and providing a one-stop shop for alternative gift ideas. expect everything from award-winning preserves to handcrafted leather wallets, collectable books, artisan chocolates, experiential gifts and authentic Bristol-made art.

We all know that Christmas shopping is hungry work: alongside the bustling makers market, you’ll find street food square providing the perfect pit-stop for some of the city’s best street food, live bands and warming mulled beverages.

The Harbourside Christmas Market will be open for four weekends from 23 November to 22 December.

Dates: 23 - 24 November, 30 November - 1 December - 11.00am - 5.00pm

For more information click here.


Frank Skinner at Bristol Hippodrome

Frank Skinner at Bristol Hippodrome

An unmissable opportunity to see comic legend Frank Skinner perform brand new stand-up in an intimate space.

Dates: 28th of November, 8pm

Tickets: £29.15

For more information click here.


Rhod Gilbert – The Book Of John at Bristol Hippodrome

Rhod Gilbert – The Book Of John at Bristol Hippodrome

It has been a while, but the multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back, with a brand new live show.  In a six-year break from stand-up, a lot has happened to Rhod.  Almost all of it s**t.  And just when he thought he’d hit rock bottom, he met a bloke...called John. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before.  Raw, personal and brutally honest; no more lies, no more nonsense

Dates: 29th of November, 8pm

Tickets: £31.65 - £57.65 + Booking fees

For more information click here.

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Enchanted Christmas at Westonbirt Arboretum

Put the sparkle in your family Christmas, and set out on the all-new Enchanted Woodland illuminated trail at Westonbirt Arboretum….The fairies have been up to mischief at Westonbirt Arboretum this winter, casting spells over the trees to transform it into an Enchanted wood. Wind your way through the trees to discover an enchanted wonderland of light and magic, meeting woodland characters along the way.

The popular Christmas village is back ready for you to soak up the seasonal cheer by creating some Christmas arts and crafts with the family, exploring the Christmas market stalls and warming up with a cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine. Voted number 1 last year as being Britain's Favourite Christmas Light Display, Enchanted Christmas will be the highlight of your Christmas celebrations this year.

With an all-new trail to explore, new light displays to discover and new magical characters to meet, this is Enchanted Christmas as you’ve never seen it before…

Dates:​​​​ 29-30th of November, 4.00pm - 9.00pm.

Advanced booking essential
Adults: £15.
Concessions (students & job seekers): £13.
Children (aged 5 - 18): £7.50 (under 5s go free).
Friends: Half-price tickets and £2 for children on Friday evenings.
Groups 10+: save £2 on adult and £1 on children tickets.
Access: Carer goes free.

To avoid overcrowding and ensure the enjoyment of all visitors on the illuminated trail you will be prompted at the time of booking to select a time slot to begin exploring the trail. Time slots are every 20 minutes from 5pm – 7.40pm. Please ensure you arrive at the trail entrance promptly for your allocated start time.

For more information click here.

Journey to the North Pole at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

Journey to the North Pole at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park

This Christmas, Evergreen & Mistletoe will return to Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park from the North Pole…

This 60-minute immersive experience will take you on a magical journey to meet Father Christmas, where you will be absorbed by the theatrical nature of this event and filled with festive wonder! Meet Evergreen and Mistletoe, Father Christmas' explorer elves, and begin your adventure to the North Pole. Patch has been promoted and is now in charge of the toy factory. He has some tricks up his sleeve and needs your help!

Explore Yuletide Square and the Enchanted Village while you complete your adventure, these are completely exclusive to ticket holders. Also this year you will meet Father Christmas in your family (booking group) unit privately for an even more personal experience where you will receive an age-appropriate, personalised present from him. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photographs to recall this event that you and your children will remember for life.

Ticket includes:
- 60 minute 'Journey to the North Pole' theatrical experience Meeting Father Christmas in your own family (group booking) unit
- Age Appropriate Gift
- Visiting Mrs Claus in the Elves' Parlour
- A Tour of Patch's Toy Factory Post Room
- Visit to Post that Very Important Letter
- Real Reindeer to Visit, Feed, and Wish Well on their Journey
- Access to the Yuletide Square & Enchanted Village
- Go on a Simulated Reindeer Flight with Goggles our Pilot Elf
- Children's Hot Chocolate
- FREE framed photo with Father Christmas Ticket also includes – More festive fun inside Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park:
- Glice© Skating session
- Festive Tractor Ride
- Polar Express Miniature Railway Ride
- Magic Reindeer Flight
- Food Making
- View the Animal Barn Nativity Scene
- Access the Park All Day before or after your Experience *

Enjoy a fun-filled festive day like no other in the South West with Avon Valley!

Dates: 30th of  November, 9.00am - 6.00pm

Tickets: From £30

For more information click here.


The spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Explore the beautiful new illuminated trail around Sudeley Castle's stunning grounds. Enjoy the wonderful music as you discover each new secret of this magical environment. See the majestic castle, the glorious gardens and romantic ruins all lit under the stars. Experience the dazzling new illuminations as you stroll around these beautiful grounds. Follow Peter Pan and Wendy and discover some of the amazing characters from J. M. Barrie's timeless classic. Make a wish and support the brave children at Great Ormand Street Hospital.

Dates: 30th of  November, 4.45pm - 7.15pm.

For more information click here.


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