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What's On In Bristol - October

With summer officially over and autumn in full swing, it's time to ditch the shorts and pull out your jackets and jumpers and start preparing for the colder weather. But with the cold weather comes festive activities which are fun for all the family. Our what's on in Bristol series this month takes a look at what's happening in and around Bristol in October. With Halloween fast approaching there are many festive events on offer throughout the month, from spooky trails to scary screenings, there will be plenty on offer to keep you and your family entertained for all of October.


Pumpkin Fest at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Pumpkin Fest at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Get in the Halloween mood and head along to Noah's Ark Zoo Farm this October for a month full of smashing activities. For the first time ever they are having a Pumpkin Patch! There will be all sorts going on within the patch, including the opportunity to pick and carve Pumpkins, Pumpkin Skittles (with real pumpkins) and more! They will also be having a Pumpkin Fest Mystery Trail.

Date: 5th October - 2nd November


Monstersaurus! at Redgrave Theatre

Monstersaurus! at Redgrave Theatre

One day Monty found a book 'Inventions Very Rare', Create yourself a monster friend, BUT ONLY IF YOU DARE!

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole
world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem - now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?!

This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation!

Date: 5th-6th of October, 11.00am - 4.00pm

Tickets: £16 General - £14 Family tickets


Bristol City FC v Reading at Ashton Gate Stadium

Bristol City FC v Reading at Ashton Gate Stadium

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

Kick-Off: 3.00pm

Date: October 5th 2019

Tickets: £27-£37


South Transept Recital Series: Lifting the Lid at Salisbury Cathedral

South Transept Recital Series: Lifting the Lid at Salisbury Cathedral

Pianist, composer and broadcaster David Owen Norris plays his signature repertoire and reveals some of the more extraordinary experiences of his life in music.

This recital will be followed by an auction in aid of the Organ Fund, held by professional auctioneer Paul Jackson. Find out more about the fantastic lots on offer and how you can place a bid online via our website.

Date: 7:30pm - 9pm, 4th of October
Tickets: Adults £12.50, Children £6.00


Foreverland Bristol - Psychedelic Carnival at Motion

Foreverland Bristol - Psychedelic Carnival at Motion

Expect immersive entertainers, walkabout characters, CO2 Jets, sparks & confetti explosions, psychedelic-themed carnival decor, giant inflatables, headline DJs, live acts and more!

What to expect:
- Immersive Entertainers/Walkabout Characters
- CO2 Jets, Sparks & Confetti Explosions
- Psychedelic Themed Carnival Decor
- Giant Inflatables/Props
- Headline DJs + Live Acts
- House, Garage & DnB

Performing Artist:
- Preditah
- Taim
- Bitr8
- Hosted by Tyrone
- Room 2: Dazed

Date: 10pm-3am, 4th-5th of October 2019

Tickets: £23.00


Bristol Photo Walk with Going Digital

Join photographer Peter on a circular walk around the heart of the city, see many of the main attractions and get some stunning photographs to take home with you. Phones and all cameras are welcome. Group size maximum of 5 people.

Date: 10am & 1.30pm, 4th of October

Tickets: £45


Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour

Haunted and Hidden Bristol Walking Tour

Bristol's Haunted and Hidden tour reveals the darker side to Bristol's history and is a very entertaining and informative way to spend an evening.

The tour won the 2017 Trip Advisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and was voted No.1 on GWR FM'S ‘Top 20 Things to do in Bristol’.

The route of the tour takes in some of Bristol darker and creepier historical locations along with film and TV locations. The tour delivers historical fact and TV and film trivia with a good dose of humour.

The tour has been featured on Living TV's Most Haunted and the Source and has been entertaining punters for the last 10 years.

The Haunted and Hidden walk features include:

  • Hear about Clifton's ghostly Dwarf Highwayman
  • See Bristol's famous Haunted Cinema
  • Visit a 16th Century Haunted House
  • Hear about a Church and it's ghostly Monk
  • See where a cook chased a Ghost
  • Visit TV and Film locations and many fun and interesting sites!!!

Departs Bristol Cathedral, College Green - Every Friday night at 8pm

Date: 8pm - 9.15pm, 4th,11th,18th of October

Tickets:  Advance bookings are required. £5/£4/£3.


Ladies' Lunch with Wynne Weston-Davies

vegetable dish in white ceramic bowl

Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch in the company of Wynne Weston-Davies, author, senior surgeon and the great-nephew of Jack the Ripper's fifth and final victim.

Jack the Ripper was an unidentified serial killer believed to have been active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district.

Attacks ascribed to Jack the Ripper typically involved female prostitutes, who lived and worked in the slums of the East End of London. The murders were never solved.

Wynne has written a book detailing the elusive life of his great aunt, Mary Jane Kelly, and how it is wholly intertwined with the mystery of her legendary killer.

Date: 12:30pm, for lunch at 1:00pm, 3rd of October

Tickets: Lunch is £26 per person (£5 from each person goes towards the local Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust).


Daniel Sloss: X at Anson Rooms

Daniel Sloss: X at Anson Rooms

Don't miss Daniel Sloss: X', the stunning live show from Scotland's internationally acclaimed and award-winning star of two global smash-hit Netflix specials 'DARK' & 'Jigsaw' (190 countries and 26 languages).

Currently making headlines around the world with his ground-breaking 10th solo show, Daniel has performed on 'Conan' a record eight times, sold out his shows across eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons (the world's biggest arts festival where he's been one of the biggest comedy ticket sellers for the past 9 years) and performed four solo off-Broadway seasons (including 30 New York performances in February of this year).

His smash-hit "Daniel Sloss: X" tour already spans 200+ shows across 30 countries with new dates selling out just as fast as they can be added and he has received rave reviews from around the world. This is an extraordinary, hilarious and ground-breaking show with strong adult themes and it is not to be missed. Book early.

Please note all 14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Date: Show: 7:30pm, 2nd of October

General Admission- £18.50
Student Admission- £16.50


Skeloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Skeloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Discover spine-tingling experiences and spooky skeletons at Bristol Zoo Gardens this October half term – if you’re brave enough!

Get into the eerie Halloween spirit and learn all about the clever bones inside your favourite vertebrates.

Little ghouls and grown-ups alike will enjoy a host of frighteningly fun activities:

- Learn more about creepy creature anatomy with bone-chilling x-rays

- Try to hold your nerve as you walk through the cobweb-covered boneyard

- Give your friends a scare with fearsome face painting

- Enjoy gruesome games and crafts galore in the Activity Centre 11am – 4pm

Whilst you’re getting into the scary spirit, don’t forget to visit the critters as they get ready for winter! There are over 400 species of endangered and exotic animals to discover, play areas, plus 12 acres of autumnal gardens to enjoy as the seasons change.

Additional Information

Book online a day or more in advance and save up to 10% at

Last entrance to animal houses is half an hour before closing.

Last entrance to the Zoo is an hour before closing.

Date: Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season, closing at 5.00pm off-peak. 26th of October - 3rd of November

Tickets: £7-£17 -


Circus City 2019

Circus City 2019

Circus City - the UK’s biggest festival of contemporary circus - returns to Bristol from October 17 to November 2 with an ambitious, events-for-all, programme combining music, film, dance, and spoken word with an array of international circus skills.

Date: 17th of  October- 2nd of November

Tickets: From £8 -


Bristol Festival of Literature

Bristol Festival of Literature (Unputdownable)

Bristol Festival of Literature is an annual celebration of the creative word in Bristol. The festival is organised by a voluntary community group.

The first festival was launched in October 2011, initiated by Jari Moate, a writer in the city with a desire to see literature presented in fresh, exciting and meaningful ways.

See the full program here

Date: Times vary - 17th - 27th of October

Tickets: Prices Vary - more information here


St Nick's Night Market

St Nick's Night Market

The first St Nick's Night Market of 2019 will be bringing the Old City to life once again with a feast for all the senses.

Expect exceptional street food traders, superb producers and purveyors of local tipples alongside live music curated by Colston Hall and DJs courtesy of Wanted Records and Don't Test Bristol.

As always there will be plenty of performances and exciting happenings throughout the beautiful streets of the Old City and St Nick's Market.

Date: 11th of October


Autumn Discoveries: October Half Term at Wild Place Project

Autumn Discoveries: October Half Term at Wild Place Project

This October half term, Wild Place Project is celebrating the autumn season!

Autumn is a time for amazing colours, the rustle and crunch of leaves underfoot, and tasty treats like apples. It’s also the time of year when lots of animals, from big bears to little squirrels, are busy getting ready for winter!

From 26 October to 3 November, head to Wild Place Project for seasonal half-term fun. Discover nature’s amazing secrets and get into the autumn spirit with lots of exciting activities:

•   Clamber your way across the big spider’s web – don’t get stuck like a fly!

•   Hunt for creepy crawlies in the leaf lucky dip

•   Make some woodland art with leaves, pinecones, and everyone’s favourite, mud!

•   Help Cyril the sneaky squirrel find his hidden acorns

•   And more seasonal surprises!

Also don’t miss Bear Wood, home to four European brown bears. Bears spend a large amount of their day eating during autumn, putting on weight before the colder winter months. Wander along the raised walkway to watch Neo, Nilas, Albie and Gemini foraging in their enormous woodland home, just like they would in the wild.

During your adventure, you can also discover cheetahs, zebras, lemurs, meerkats and more, plus lots of places to play. Don’t forget to say hello to Wild Place’s newest arrival, Tico the 20 month old giraffe – he may be a youngster but he’s already three metres tall!

After a fun-filled day out, head to the Courtyard Café for delicious seasonal treats and warming drinks, perfect for beating the chill.

Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm, 26th of October  - 3rd of November

Poppy Run for the Royal British Legion at Ashton Court

Poppy Run for the Royal British Legion at Ashton Court

A 5k run, walk or jog - in your own time. Powering veterans’ recovery. Be Unstoppable.

Choose to run, jog or walk the course – the event is open to all ages and abilities, including four-legged friends. By taking part and fundraising you’ll help veterans in the Armed Forces community gain the skills and self-belief to transform their lives as they recover from physical and mental challenges.

No one should have to walk the road to recovery alone. But together we are unstoppable.

All participants will receive: 
- A finisher's medal
- A Royal British Legion t-shirt
- A digital fundraising pack
- Entrance and ongoing support from our Events team.

All participants are asked to raise a minimum of £50 to power veterans’ recovery. A special medallion is awarded to everyone who raises over £100.

There are 10 organised Poppy Run events across the country. If these aren’t convenient 'My Poppy Run’ gives you the option to run 5k in your own time, on your own route, and still raise funds to power veterans’ recovery. You’ll be supported with fundraising ideas and you’ll still get a medal to demonstrate your achievement.

The choice is yours!

You can choose a time and location that suit you. You could run in a park after work, around town during the weekend, or on a treadmill in the morning.

Date: 26th of October

Tickets: Sign up now for EARLY BIRD price – use the code ‘EARLYBIRD’ available for a limited time only!
Early registration costs £12 for adults, £6 for 7-17 years old, and children under 6 can enter for free.


Festival of Female Entrepreneurs at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Festival of Female Entrepreneurs at Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel

Back for its eighth year, this event is a must in your an entrepreneurs calendar.

Hosted at the newly refurbished Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel for the second time, it brings together some of the UK's most influential female entrepreneurs, business leaders and brightest start-ups to provide you with detailed and practical insight to grow your business!

Times: 9.00am - 5.00pm, 18th October 2019

Tickets: £50+VAT



Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium

Bristol Bears v Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate Stadium


Bristol Bears take on fierce, local rivals Bath Rugby in their first game of the Gallagher Premiership 2019/20 season. This is one not to be missed!

Kick-Off: 7.45pm

Date: 18th of October

Tickets: From £25


Al Stewart at St George's Bristol

Al Stewart at St George's Bristol


Hits & Misses with his Electric Band The "Empty Pockets"

After touring the USA for the last year with his band the Empty Pockets, Stewart brings this show to the UK playing selections from his deep catalogue along with favorites Year Of The Cat, Time Passages, On the Border, Nostradamus and Roads To Moscow.

The Scottish-born singer-songwriter has released nearly 20 introspective and lyrically powerful records featuring brilliant backing musicians (Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Richard Thompson, Peter White, etc.).

His biggest platinum successes, "Year Of The Cat" and "Time Passages", were released in 1976 & 1978 respectively. In Al's own Words: "I'm just a folk singer that is interested in history and wine that got lucky with some hit records! It's as simple as that really."

Date: 8.00pm, 15th of October

Tickets: £37.50 - £40


Champion tree walk at Tyntesfield

Champion tree walk at Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield is home to over 40 county champion trees - the tallest, widest, oldest of their species.
On this walk for gardening and horticulture enthusiasts alike, Tyntesfield's volunteer tree registrar, Chris, will take you on a journey across the estate to discover hidden gems and some ancient giants.
Please have your comfortable boots on!

Times: 9.30am - 12.30pm, 13th of October

£10.00 per person, including refreshments.
Booking essential. To book, please visit the website



Farrington's Pumpkin Festival

Farrington's Pumpkin Festival

Join Farrington's for the 4th annual pumpkin festival! Come along and pick your own pumpkin from the 12th – 31st October.

Free entry to the pumpkin fields, just pay for the pumpkins you pick.

Date:8am-6am,  12th of October - 31st of October


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