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Do you believe in magic?

Magic is a fundamental part of the human experience which crosses time and cultures. The Bristol museum and art gallery major exhibition, Do you believe in magic? features over 200 fascinating objects and stories that reveal how magic has been used to heal, hunt and harm across the world.

19 October
19 April

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 2019

Now in its 55th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year presents the most arresting and spectacular photography of our natural world. Encounter the beauty and fragility of wildlife, see fascinating animal behavious and get to know extraordinary species. You'll discover the surprising - and often challenging - stories behind the images during a time of environmental crisis.

Image ©: Laura Albiac Vilas

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

The Book of Mormon

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Now with sold-out productions in London, on Broadway, and in North America, Melbourne and Sydney, The Book of Mormon has become a worldwide sensation.

15 January
22 February

Slapstick Festival

Slapstick Festival exists to build new audiences for and appreciation of silent and visual onscreen comedy. They do this by showcasing and celebrating archive film comedy predominately from the silent era. This year's programme is bursting at the seams with scintillating one-off comedy events and demonstrates that they are now very much in the business of celebrating Silent, Visual and Classic Comedy.

23 January
26 January