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Aardman: Animating Early Man @ M-Shed

Step behind the camera with Aardman and discovr how the world-famous animation studio made their hit film, Early Man. Featuring original puppets, exquisitely crafted sets, tiny props and tons of behind the scenes footage, you'll be able to see the incredible skill behind stop-motion animation.

06 July
03 November

Disney's The Lion King @ Bristol Hippodrome

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney's multi award-winnning musical uses breath-takings masks and puppetry to create oure theatrical magic. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed club to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

07 September
23 November

167th Annual Open Exhibition RWA

The RWA's renowned Annual Open Exhibition returns for its 167th year with a stunning variety of work from emerging and established artists. This dynamic and varied exhibition invites painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and mixed media submissions and is a showcase of some of the most exciting artists from across the country and beyond.

29 September
01 December
Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

Fantastic Fireworks at Longleat

Back and better than ever, Longleat will be lit up with a dazzling fireworks display, set to a sensational soundtrack.

25 October
26 October

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.

08 November
23 December

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The world-renowned wildlife photograpy exhibition from the Natural History Museum is back with 100 new images. Now in its 55th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year showcases the most arresting and spectacular images of our natural world.

23 November
04 May

A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic

After its record-breaking run last year, Tom Morris' enchanting adaption of Charles Dickens' timeless tale, A Christmas Carol, is back! With Lee Lyford at the helm and music by Gwyneth Herbert, this spectacular show is not to be missed.

28 November
12 January

Santa's Grotto at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Be transported into a glittering winter wonderland with a visit to Santa's Grotto. Your will be guided by our elves through the magical grotto, marvel at twinkiling lights and spend some quality one-to-one time with Santa!

30 November
23 December

Bristol Hippodrome Pantomime

The ultimate magical pantomime adventure. Shane Richie stars as Dick Whittingon as he seeks fortune and happiness and becomes the Mayor of London

07 December
05 January