Things to do and events in the Bristol area

The Bristol Harbourside Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary

Family fun

Enjoy the free Harbourside Festival between 29 and 31 July with live music, circus acts, and theatre across six stages

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“See No Evil”, an international street art and music event is taking place between 18 and 20 August in Bristol on Nelson Street.

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  • For the first time, the multi-award winning show Legally Blonde The Musical comes to Bristol’s Hippodrome from 19 July to 6 August.

Nature and Outdoors

Torchlit summer evenings are taking place at the Roman Baths from 19 July to 30 August, offering the chance to get hands-on with archaeology.

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  • Prepare for some dangerous, deadly creatures during Reptile Fortnight at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm between 30 July and 13 August
  • Gloucestershire County Cricket Club have a number of matches this month – check out their website for more details.
  • The festival of British archaeology takes place at the Roman Baths from 16 to 31 July, and at the University of Bath’s Arts Barn on 30 July.

Arts and Culture

Jack Vettriano and photographer Jeanette Jones bring their new works to Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy from 2 July to 31 August.

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  • The first-ever Chipping Sodbury Jazz Festival on the 29 and 30 July featuring keyboard virtuoso Paul Buck, the world jazz quintet ‘Radio Banska’
  • Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery will host the new exhibition of one of Europe’s best stained glass artists, Mark Angus, from 23 July to 2 October.

Something a bit different

Oscar-winning costumes, including from Pirates of the Caribbean, will be at Bath’s Assembly Rooms from 12 July to 29 August.

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  • Discover the hidden and haunted parts of Bristol take place every Friday evening with this spooky tour