Over 100 venues are taking part in Bristol Doors Open Days 2017.  See below for the full list of the venues and venue information.

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Venues at a glance A list of this year's venues, with tour booking information where relevant.

01 The Architecture Centre 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Home and central hub for the Doors Open Days Festival, come inside to find out more about our year round programme of events, exhibitions and family activities and our volunteer’s favourites. Explore the current exhibition in the ground floor gallery Murdered with Straight Lines: Drawings of Bristol by Garth England. Building conversion by Niall Phillips (1996).

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02 Canopy & Stars at Crane 29 (Book) Bristol Harbourside, BS1 4RW

Thurs 3pm – 10pm, Fri 6am – 10am

Learn how glamping experts Sawday’s Canopy & Stars have transformed this iconic harbourside crane structure into a treehouse. Experience the sights and scents of nature right in the heart of the urban landscape. Meet at the base of the structure on the hour to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the great outdoors, indoors, as you look out over the harbour’s twinkling lights and the city buzzing below.

Please note very limited numbers for these hourly tours, which must be booked in advance. Not suitable for young children, or those who cannot climb steep steps.

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03 M Shed Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

All aboard! Take a steam railway trip from here to the SS Great Britain. Go on a behind the scenes tour of M Shed (designed by LAB Architects) to see the ground-floor store, where you can find a mockup flight-deck of Concorde, a Bristol lorry and the ever-popular 1955 Bailey caravan.

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04 Light Vessel 55 (AKA John Sebastian) John Sebastian Quay, Bathurst Basin, BS1 6SG

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Jump on board to explore a lesser known piece of Bristol’s maritime history. Explore a unique wooden light ship that helped to secure safe passage around our shores. Find out about lighthouses, explore the ship’s inner workings, ring your own ship’s bell and learn to tie pirate knots!

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05 Redcliffe Caves Phoenix Wharf, Redcliffe, BS1 6SW (closest)

Sat 10am – 4pm

Delve into Bristol’s spooky underbelly and explore the caves on a self-guided tour. Navigate a complex network of 15th to 18th century tunnels excavated for red sandstone to make glass. Be warned – there’s no lighting in the caves so you’ll need a torch and some sturdy shoes.

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06 Benjamin Perry Boathouse Phoenix Wharf, Off Guinea Street, BS1 6TJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Trace the rich history of this characterful building on the old Bristol Docks. See historical photographs of how this versatile space has been used for maritime storage and hired out for events and activities for community groups.

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07 St Mary Redcliffe Church 12 Colston Parade, BS1 6RA

Sat 10am – 4pm

Drop in to experience the splendour of this Gothic masterpiece, a site of worship for over 800 years. Discover the church’s links to poet Thomas Chatterton, hear musical performances and explore unique works of art from medieval times to the modern day.

On Saturday (only) you can book a tour of the roof, every half hour, from 10am – 4pm. Click on the link to book a ticket for this – but be aware roof tours are weather dependent and sturdy footwear must be worn.

Also on Saturday you can drop in from 10.15am to 3.45pm to explore the bell ringing chamber on a guided tour (booking not required)

On Friday the church will be open for drop in visitors 9am to 4pm

 

08 Historic England Office (Book) 29 Queen Square, BS1 4ND

Fri 5 – 8pm

Catch a rare glimpse inside one of Queen Square’s original 18th century townhouses, once home to wealthy merchants. Take a guided 40 minute tour after office hours of the key historic rooms in this Grade II* listed building and learn how its warehouse layout made it suitable for converting to a sailor’s home. Please note, limited capacity, minimum age 14, 14 – 18s must be accompanied by an adult, booking essential.

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09 Radisson Blu Hotel (Book) Broad Quay, Bristol

Fri 6 – 7am

Be our guest and take in the stunning sunrise from this iconic 18-storey hotel. Bristol’s first skyscraper featured in ‘Bristol’s 100 Best Buildings and was originally enjoyed only by workers at Bristol and West bank. Book for this unique experience, and if you wish, buy breakfast to extend the occasion.  Limited tickets available for a 6am start. Not suitable for young children.

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10 Bristol Energy Hub 5-6, 1 Canon’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UH

Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm

How much ‘pedal power’ does it take to light a bulb? Drop in to the Bristol Energy Hub for family-friendly crafts and activities. Meet some of the local organisations, community groups and charities the company work with and learn about their mission to be a force for social good.

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11 Bristol Cathedral College Green, BS1 5TJ

Fri 5 – 7pm , Sat 10 – 6pm

Experience the sounds and silence of Bristol Cathedral. Take a guided tour of this fascinating building and its impressive tower. Catch a rare glimpse of the Cathedral’s treasures and try the family friendly picture trail. Enjoy the Cathedral Choir at Friday’s Evensong. See Sound & Silence Talk details for more about the history of choral music.

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12 Bristol City Hall College Green, BS1 5TR

Thurs & Fri 10am – 1pm

Experience the grandeur of Bristol’s seat of local government. Pass through the ceremonial entrance overlooking the moat and explore the historic first floor including the Lord Mayor’s room. Look out for the names of famous Bristolians, written on the walls in gold leaf. Architect: Vincent Harris.

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13 The Vestibules: City Hall City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

Thurs & Fri 10am – 5pm

Step into City Hall’s former entrances (off Park Street and Deanery Road) to discover pop-up exhibitions by Synecdoche, a Bristol-based art community. Meet the artists and see their work in progress. Open 10am – 5pm during the week.

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14 Triodos Bank Deanery Road, BS1 5AS

Sat 10am – 4pm

Take a guided tour and discover the careful planning and ecological research that shaped this building (designed by Alec French Architects), home to Triodos bank since 2012. Learn how the building’s design was developed to reflect the company’s aims: innovation, excellence, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Drop In. Tours guided by staff last approx 30 mins and depart on the hour (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm 3pm). You can turn up on the day for a tour but spaces are limited and so to reserve you place please book online. Refreshments available

 

 

15 Jacobs Wells Baths Jacobs Wells Road, BS8 1DZ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Hit the dancefloor at this quirky arts centre. Take a tour to find out how these former public baths (fed by local springs) are used today by the local community. Look out for the decorative chimney stacks (in the Victorian Revival style) and the original pool tiles. Drop in for family activities and workshops.

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16 The Georgian House Museum 7 Great George Street, BS1 5RR

Sat 11am – 4pm

Step back in time to Georgian England and discover what life was like above and below stairs. Catch a glimpse of unusual features like the cold plunge pool and explore eleven rooms (spread over four floors) and the newly opened garden. Architect: William Paty.

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17 Averys Wine Cellar (Drop in & Book) 9 Culver Street, Bristol, BS1 5DL

Thurs & Fri 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 4pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

Feast your senses on the sights and smells of the wine cellars. Explore the red brick vaults where wines were blended and bottled and discover how the Averys have been pioneers of the trade since 1793. On Saturday, sample two wines on the free ticketed tour and chat to the resident experts.

On Thursday, Friday and Sunday (check times above) drop in to see the historic cellars.

On Saturday, book a 40 minute tour with an opportunity to meet Mimi Avery and to sample two wines free of charge. Over 18’s only.

Please note: If all the ‘free’ events are fully booked, please see www.averys.com/events for ‘taste experiences’ – with an exclusive special offer ticket price available only during Bristol Doors Open Days.

 

 

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18 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery Queen’s Road, BS8 1RL

Sat 10am – 5pm

Explore a treasure house of Egyptian mummies, art, dinosaurs and nature in a fantastic setting. Take a behind the scenes tour of collection stores and conservation laboratories. Book on the day at the museum’s Welcome Desk. Architects: Frank William Wills and John Bertram Wills (extension).

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19 The Great Hall and 1532 Performing Arts Centre (Bristol Grammar School) University Road, BS8 1SR

Sun 10am – 4pm

Step back in time to Victorian England as you enter the magnificent gothic schoolroom with a 56ft high hammer-beam roof. Browse headmasters’ portraits and war memorials and check out the brand new 1532 Performing Arts Centre with its 245 seat theatre, sprung floor dance studio, and acoustically treated recital hall.

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20 Bristol School of Art Queen’s Road, Clifton, BS8 1PX

Sat 10am – 4pm

Meet the staff and students of this rare 19th century purpose-built art school designed by Underwood and Hirst. Explore the studios and take part in drawing and printmaking workshops suitable for all ages. Families are very welcome.

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21 Royal West of England Academy Queens Road, BS8 1PX

Sun 10am – 4pm

Go behind the scenes in the galleries. Take a peek at an exhibition being set up, as the RWA install their Annual Open Exhibition (opening 1st October 2017). Learn why this Grade 2* listed building is so special and be the first to hear about future exhibitions and plans. Special tour at 3pm.

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22 Ken Stradling Collection (Drop in & Book) The Design Study Centre, 48 Park Row, BS1 5LH

Sat 11am – 3pm

Discover a fascinating collection of 20th and 21st century decorative arts, prints and furniture in this characterful building. Drop in to the studio ceramics exhibition or book a half-hour tour of the upper floors to see unique Bauhaus designs made in Bristol and wonderful views over the city. Please note there are two flights of stairs with handrails and families with children should be aware of the fragile nature of the many of the items on show.

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23 University of Bristol Theatre Collection Vandyck Building, 21 Park Row, BS1 5LT

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore an early 20th century printing house, now home to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection, one of the world’s largest archives of British theatre and Live Art. Discover more about the building and the collection and view the latest exhibition. Please note that only parts of the building will be open. Architect: Mowbray Aston Green.

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24 Red Lodge Museum Park Row, BS1 5LJ

Sat 11am – 4pm

What secrets lie behind the bright red door? Experience 400 years of history in Bristol’s only surviving 16th century banqueting lodge turned Victorian reform school for girls. See three of the oldest rooms in Bristol, view the newly discovered deep well and explore the Tudor garden. Restoration (20th century): C.F.W. Dening.

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25 The Wigwam – Bristol Savages Red Lodge, Park Row, BS1 5LJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

A rare opportunity to step inside the home of art and music society Bristol Savages. Browse the unique collection of historic objects, pictures and sketches and explore this quirky building, built in 1920, inspired by Gloucestershire tithe barns. Architect: C.F.W. Dening.

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26 Colston Hall (Book) Colston Street, BS1 5AR

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Don’t miss this chance to see the main hall, and tour historic features backstage and in the cellars before the major redevelopment begins (summer 2018). Book a free tour at www.colstonhall.org or call the box office on 0117 2034040. Architect: Foster and Wood (19th C), Levitt Bernstein Associates (21st C).

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27 Saint Stephen’s Church (Drop in & Book) 21 St Stephens Street, BS1 1EQ

Thurs 6am and 7:30am (bookable), Sat 10am – 4pm drop in or book a tower tour.

Book to see the sunrise from the top of Saint Stephen’s 15th century tower on Thursday morning, or take a later tour to try your hand at bell ringing. Drop in on Saturday to discover how ancient and modern features intertwine in this beautiful 14th century church and sign up for a tower tour on the day.

Drop in on Saturday or book for tower tours on Thursday and Saturday.

Please note there are 170 very narrow stairs – please arrive 10 minutes before your allotted time.

28 Bristol Harbour Hotel 49-55 Corn Street, BS1 1HT

Thurs 5 – 8pm

Discover how two iconic bank structures have been transformed into a luxurious hotel and spa. See how architect William Bruce Gingell was inspired by Sansovino’s 16th century venetian Library when designing the former Lloyds Bank building. Unwind in the stylicontemporary bar and try one of the daily-changing cocktails.

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29 St Nicholas Market CANCELLED Corn Exchange, BS1 1JQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

PLEASE  NOTE OWING TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

30 Christ Church Broad Street, BS1 2EJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore the Georgian features of this superb church designed by William Paty and built in 1792 on a much older foundation. See the beautiful interior, hear the impressive pipe organ and listen out for an ancient peel of bells.

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31 Palestine Museum & Cultural Centre 27 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2HG

Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 11 – 7pm

Learn about Palestinian culture and heritage at this volunteer led museum. Explore the gallery and the vegetable garden on the roof terrace. Watch cultural films and demonstrations of Dabka dancing and Palestinian cooking. Check out the DOD website for more details.

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32 St John on the Wall Broad Street, BS1 2EZ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore this hidden church built into the old city wall and descend into the vaulted crypt, uncovering its history and the stories of those who walked through its gate. Discover medieval Bristol with activities for all ages, including brass rubbings, arts and crafts and handling rare objects. See archive film of St John’s conduit.

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33 The Emmanuel Meeting House Lewins Mead, BS1 2NN

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Take a trip through Bristolian history and learn about the many uses of this site from medieval times, to the Blitz and right up to the present day. Discover the original features and hidden secrets of this elegant neo-classical buliding, once home to 19th century social reformers with free activities for all ages.

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34 The Island Old Bridewell Police Station, Nelson Street, BS1 2LE

Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm

Explore a former Edwardian police station, now home to one of the liveliest artist communities in the South West. Tour the old police cells, meet the artists, view the latest exhibition and experience industry talks and dance and circus taster classes. Architect: Ivor Jones and Percy Thomas.

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35 YMCA Hostel – Old Police Headquarters (Book) Bridewell Street, BS1 2QD

Sun 10am – 4pm

Book an opportunity to go behind the oak panelled doors to see an exciting restoration project. Discover the colourful history of this site, once home to a 13th century city gaol, a 20th century police headquarters and soon to re-open as a new YMCA hostel (November 2017). Look out for original features like the caged lift and the historic yard clock. Limited access owing to construction work.

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36 The New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel) 36 The Horsefair, BS1 3JE

Thurs, Fri & Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 1pm – 4pm

Retrace the steps of 18th century Bristolians in the oldest Methodist Chapel in the world. Discover John Wesley’s social justice movement in our brand new museum and visitors’ centre. Visit our museum’s interactive exhibits on the abolition of slavery, medicine in the 18th century, the music of Charles Wesley. Free activities available in the chapel will include making traditional 18th century lavender bags. Architect: George Tully.

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37 Premier Inn Bristol City Centre Haymarket Haymarket Walk, Bristol, BS1 3LR

Thurs 6 – 9am

As the sun comes up, put yourself at the heart of the action and see Bristol’s highpoints from the building formerly known as Avon House. This unique city centre view lays out the entire history of Bristol’s architecture from St James’s Priory to the latest developments. First come first served for this limited opportunity. Breakfast available for purchase.

38 St James Priory Church and Church House Whitson Street, BS1 3NZ

Thurs, Fri & Sat 10am – 4pm

Step back in time as you enter this Norman church and Jacobean Church House – the oldest building in Bristol still in use. Explore an exhibition on the church memorials and admire the historic fireplace and decorated plaster ceiling. Conservation architect: Ferguson Mann Architects.

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39 Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (Book) University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Upper Maudlin Street, BS2 8AE

Sat 9am – 3pm

Book for an hour long visit to experience how a medical simulation centre is run and discover how the manikins are made to look realistic. Join in with an interactive scenario and see for yourself how this unique and extraordinary facility is used as tool in professional medical education. Ages 5+.

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40 Colston’s Almshouse Chapel St Michael's Hill, BS2 8DY

Sat 9am – 3pm

Experience the beauty of a Baroque chapel nestled in the heart of Grade 1 listed almshouses (now run by the Society of Merchant Venturers to provide sheltered accommodation). Look out for the stained glass windows, the plaque inscribed to founder Edward Colston and the large clock in the steep gable.

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41 Charles Wesley’s House 4 Charles Street, BS1 3NN

Thurs, Fri & Sat 11am – 4pm, Sun 1 – 4pm

Delve into the world of Methodist hymn writer Charles Wesley who penned such well-known favourites as ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’ in this restored 18th century townhouse. A family home from 1749 to 1771, this house gives you an insight into domestic living over 250 years ago, with the opportunity to try on traditional 18th Century style costumes.

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42 Jamaica Street Artists Studios (JSA) 39 Jamaica Street, BS2 8JP

Sat 11am – 3pm, Sun 10am – 4pm

Expect artiness and creative chaos! Meet some of the 40 artists working in print, textiles, film and everything in between. Go behind the scenes in this Grade II listed former carriageworks, now providing affordable studio space for Bristol based artists.

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43 Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Visit Bristol’s largest creative hub. Explore this exciting conversion, once a derelict office building and now home to over 400 social, environmental and cultural projects. Learn about the history of the building on a guided tour (tours run hourly, starting on the hour).

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44 Julian Trust Night Shelter Little Bishop Street, St Paul’s, BS2 9JF

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Take a tour of the night shelter and find out how the Julian Trust support homeless people and rough sleepers. Entirely managed and run by volunteers, they serve 60+ hot meals a night and shelter 18 people, five nights a week. Treat yourself to a delicious homemade cake.

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45 St. Pauls Church (Circomedia) Portland Square, St. Pauls, BS2 8SJ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Roll up to the UK’s oldest Circus Academy, housed in a Grade I listed Church. Discover Bristol’s circus links and try out your skills with Circomedia’s professional tutors. Learn more about the family friendly activities celebrating arts and culture in St Pauls. Architect: Daniel Hague. Restoration: Philip Hughes Associates.

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46 One25 Drop In and Van Outreach Grosvenor Centre, 138a Grosvenor Road, St Paul’s, BS2 8YA

Sat 12-4pm

Discover how One25 helps some of Bristol’s most vulnerable women escape street sex work. Take a guided tour of the drop-in centre (a converted Providence Chapel) and life-saving outreach van. Treat yourself to homemade cake and enjoy a warm welcome from our wonderful volunteers. Find out more at www.one25.org.uk

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47 Observatory at Archfield House Nursery 4 Archfield Road, Cotham, Bristol. BS6 6BE

Sun 10am – 4pm

Catch a breathtaking view of Bristol at the 360 degree observatory. Learn how a family run private nursery expanded to gain this 19th century observatory, once owned by a wealthy merchant. Families can spot local landmarks at the largest window, which is conveniently child height!

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48 Broadcasting House (BBC Bristol), Whiteladies Road (Book) Broadcasting House, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2LR

Sat 10am – 5pm

Fancy yourself as a DJ or reporter? Grab some hands-on experience with expert advice from BBC producers. Read the news on autocues and explore the wild in a unique VR experience. Take a behind the scenes tour of the studios and head to the BBC Bristol Wildlife Garden for some family fun.

There is a lot to enjoy at their Big Birthday Bash. Celebrate the many programme anniversaries and see behind the scenes at the home of some of the UK’s favourite shows. Refreshments and hot food will be available for sale. All events are free and there are lots of things to do – but you will need to book tickets for any masterclass or tours you would like to attend.

Booking for this event is directly with the BBC via their own ticketing site, just follow the link.

 

49 Everyman Bristol (Former Whiteladies Picture House) Whiteladies Rd, BS8 2NS

Sat 9:30

Pop in for a short archive film screening offering a sneak peek of Hollywood’s golden age. See the bar and lounge area of this Grade 2 listed building – Bristol’s oldest working, purpose-built cinema and how the building has been revamped and reopened by the Everyman Group. Architects: James Henry LaTrobe and Thomas Harry Weston (20th century), Jonathan Lees Architects (21st century).

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50 All Saints Church, Clifton Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3ED

Sat 10am – 4pm

Visit one of England’s best modern churches and see how the full height John Piper windows create a spectacular interior of light and colour. Listen to the fine ‘Walker’ organ, explore the ‘secret’ garden and visit one of the country’s finest sacristies. Families can enjoy a discovery trail. Architect: Robert Potter (1967) incorporating remains from the blitzed original by G.E. Street.

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51 Merchants’ Hall The Promenade, BS8 3NH

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover the hall that is home to the Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV). Learn how this philanthropic organisation have been supporting local communities for over 400 years. Find out more about the SMV’s current work in education, care for older people, charitable giving and social enterprise.

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52 CANCELLED Portland Centre for Integrative Medicine 2 Portland Street, BS8 4AL

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Owing to events beyond our control this venue has withdrawn from the programme

Apologies for any inconvenience.

53 Clifton Suspension Bridge Bridge Road, BS8 3PA

Sat 11am – 4pm

Delve into the story of Brunel’s world famous bridge. Take a sneak peek down the shafts of the Anchorage Pits to see the land saddles beneath the road surface. Browse the tools used for maintenance and learn how the bridge has been protected from ice and snow throughout the years.

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54 Clifton Rocks Railway Sion Hill, BS8 4LD

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Peer down the steep tracks of the tunnelled railway buried in the rocks of the Avon Gorge. Take a guided tour of the top station and discover how this cabled railway which ran between Clifton and Hotwells (1893 -1934) was converted for wartime use. Tours suitable for ages 14+. No pre-booking required, but be aware this is a popular location and there may be queues. Engineer: Croydon Marks.

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55 Brunel’s Other Bridge Cumberland Basin, under Plimsoll Bridge (A370), BS1 6XL

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover how Brunel’s wrought iron opening bridge works and learn about the campaign to save it from collapse. This Grade II* listed structure is far older than the famous Suspension Bridge and was designed in 1849 to carry traffic over Brunel’s Lock in the Cumberland Basin.

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56 Bristol Archives (Book) B Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road, BS1 6XN

Thurs & Fri 4 – 6pm, Sat 10am – 3pm

Travel through time on a pre-booked behind-the-scenes tour of Bristol’s city archives. See a city age 1000 years as you discover historic records ranging from medieval charters to modern photographs. Learn about the building’s history as a tobacco warehouse and watch archive films of Bristol at the free exhibition.

Please note the tours involve walking, standing and using lifts. Owing to evacuation procedures, the store tours are not suitable for wheelchair users.

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57 Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets Deal Cottages Cumberland Basin, BS1 6XL

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Try your hand at seamanship skills and boat handling. Find out about Bristol’s maritime past and join interactive demonstrations of the Sea Cadets’ work today. Explore this Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Bristol’s docks and discover where the harbourmaster used to live.

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58 Underfall Yard Cumberland Road, BS1 6XG

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Hear the heartbeat of Bristol as the pumps run at this historic working yard. Explore a unique collection of 19th century maintenance buildings and visit the Sluice Room to discover why Bristol Harbour is floating. See machinery demonstrations and handle building materials related to the site. Restoration: Alec French Architects.

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59 The Old Stable Block Underfall Yard, Avon Crescent, BS1 6XQ

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Built in 1882 to stable the Harbour Master’s horses, as part of the dock’s engineer J.W. Girdlestone’s extension of Underfall Yard. View old maps and learn about the site’s history.

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60 Spike Island 133 Cumberland Road, BS1 6UX

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Get inspired at this vibrant, international centre for contemporary art and design. Learn how Caruso St John Architects helped to transform the building from a Brooke Bond tea packing factory. Browse the latest exhibitions in the gallery and see the working spaces where artists, designers, creative businesses and students develop their craft.

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61 Puppet Place Unit 18 Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, BS1 6UT

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Get animated at the UK’s hub for puppetry and animation in this converted dockside building. View work by resident artists in the rehearsal studio and explore the main fabrication studio – an Aladdin’s Cave of puppets in the making for stage and screen. Watch out for the weird scuttling robots! Drop in over the weekend and look out for ticketed performances during the week.

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62 Brunel’s SS Great Britain (Book) Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road, BS1 6TY

Thurs 7am & 8am, Fri & Sat 10am – 4pm
Book for a range of activities. Budding seafarers can aloft as the sun comes up over the city on Thursday (7am & 8am). On Friday and Saturday, book to meet a curator and catch an exclusive preview of special objects due to go on display in the new Being Brunel Museum in spring 2018.
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63 The Robinson Building Norfolk Place, Bristol, BS3 4AE

Sat 10am – 4pm

Take a tour of this former Victorian factory, redeveloped into modern flats by O’Leary Goss Architects. View the dramatic circular atrium and see original features like the cast and wrought iron structure and the striking red brick walls. Look out for the historic frieze with scenes of the printing process.

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64 Windmill Hill City Farm (Book) Philip Street, Bristol, BS3 4EA

Thurs & Fri 7:45 – 8:15pm

Get closer to nature at this farm and community garden in the heart of the city. Find out more about the pigs, sheep, goats and poultry that live on the farm and book a ticket to have a go at feeding the animals their breakfast on your way to school!

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65 Bristol Waste Company Depot & Transfer Station (Book) Bristol Waste Company, Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XS

Thurs & Fri 12pm & 1pm, Sat & Sun 10 – 3pm

Ever wondered where your rubbish goes? See the depot in operation on Thursday and Friday lunchtime.  On Saturday you can watch recycling vehicles in action and discover how valuable materials are separated and processed. Take a tour of the Transfer Station on Sunday to see what it takes to clean Bristol’s streets.

Safety essentials: Sturdy shoes must be worn, all children to be accompanied, one adult to each child.

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66 Bristol Temple Meads Station – Tunnels Tour (Book) Bristol Temple Meads Station, Station Approach, BS1 6QF

Fri & Sat 10.30am – 3pm

Discover the hidden depths of Bristol’s past and explore the network of tunnels underneath Temple Meads Station, originally designed by I.K. Brunel. Catch a rare glimpse of the Air Raid Shelter and the original vaults used to service the station and trains – a unique insight into British railway history. Limited access.

These tours are very popular and we are delighted to have been able to add additional tours on Friday.

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67 Brunel’s Engine Shed (Book & Drop in) Station Approach, Temple Meads, BS1 6QH

Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Drop in to the business lounge and see for yourself how local businesses are leading innovation in the digital world. Book a talk or a tour to learn about the building’s transformation from Brunel’s original station to a contemporary hub for innovation and technology.

Book for a lunchtime talk at 12.30pm on Thursday or Friday

At the weekend book for a talk and a tour at 10am and 2pm.

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68 St Thomas the Martyr’s Church (Book) Thomas Lane, Bristol, BS1 6JG

Thurs & Fri 6:30 – 8am, Sat 10am – 4pm

Book to experience the sun rise over the city with a tower tour and bell ringing at St Thomas’ – an elegant Georgian survivor in the heart of Redcliffe. On Saturday, drop in to explore this handsome 18th century church and see fine details designed by local architect and carver James Allen.

Tower climbers will need strong legs and sturdy footwear.

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69 St Philip and St Jacob Church Tower Hill, BS2 0ET

Thurs & Fri 12 – 2pm

Explore one of the oldest Christian sites in Bristol (c. 900AD), originally built by Robert Earl of Gloucester. Enjoy an interactive presentation about the building’s heritage and trace its history as you pass through a mixture of 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th century art and architecture.

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70 SPACE (Sound-Performance-Art-Community-Engagement) 6 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0BH

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Discover local artistic talent at this creative hub and community space. Learn about the history of SPACE and uncover fascinating stories about Old Market at an exhibition celebrating the diverse local area. Check out The Island’s latest space, where the creative community can showcase work and share ideas.

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71 The Trinity Centre Trinity Road, BS2 0NW

Thurs & Sun 10am – 4pm

See how an historic landmark has become a cultural hub for the city, hosting around 250 events for over 50,000 people a year. View the beautiful upstairs spaces and the stained-glass windows in the dramatic Fyfe Hall. Don’t miss the Graffiti Room’s exhibition on ‘Vice and Virtue’ in Old Market. Architects: Thomas Rickman and Hutchinson. Later work by John Bevan and WV Gough.

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72 All Hallows Church All Hallow Road, Easton, BS5 0HH

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover this Anglo-Catholic church, designed by Sir George Oatley (famous for building the Bristol University’s Great Tower). Learn about the site’s history as an iron church and find out the church’s ongoing connections with Zambia. Join family friendly activities and enjoy live performances and art exhibitions by local creatives. Be there at 11am to see live African drumming by DMAC performers. See page 39 for details of the Easton Faith Trail Walk which starts here.

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73 Dawkins Ales (Drop in & Book) Unit 2 Lawnwood Industrial Units, Lawnwod Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0EF

Fri 5 – 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

Fancy a pint? Book for a Friday evening tour of this custom-built microbrewery and sample some Dawkins ales.

In a change to the programme, you can drop in over the weekend to learn about the brewing process and the ingredients that create these distinctive Somerset beers.

Book and Drop in

 

74 Glenside Hospital Museum UWE Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, BS16 1DD

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Discover the 130 year story of Bristol’s Psychiatric and Learning Disability Hospital in the Victorian chapel of the former Lunatic Asylum. Curious artefacts, photographs and artworks depict the care of patients. Follow the First World War quiz trail and seek out the Hidden Treasure stories.

Drop in

 

75 UWE Glenside Campus Blackberry Hill, BS16 1DD

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover how this Grade 2 listed, 19th century hospital has been transformed into a renowned centre for health care education. Learn about its history as a mental health hospital and the ongoing refurbishment. See how historic areas like the dining hall and cinema sit alongside state of the art skills training suites.

Drop in

 

 

76 Feed Bristol 181 Frenchay Park Rd, BS16 1HB

Sat 10am – 4pm

Go behind the scenes at this 6 acre community food growing and wildlife gardening hub. Discover how seeds are sourced and grown sustainably and find out how edible mushrooms make it from the lab to restaurants. Take a tour (12pm-1.30pm) or stroll around the wildfower nursery during the day.

Drop in

 

77 The Old Library, Eastville Muller Road, BS5 6XP

Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 12 – 6pm

Celebrate the 1st anniversary of the Old Library opening its doors to the public. Join the volunteer team for music, food and family games. Drop in to learn more about this community centre, and collect a free walk book. Follow the trail from the back garden to the meadows of Purdown.

Please note the celebration is on Saturday, not Sunday as previously published.

Drop in

 

78 Sakya Buddhist Centre 121 Sommerville Rd, St Andrews, Bristol, BS6 5BX

Sat 8am – 4pm

Discover more about Buddhism or simply reflect over a cup of tea. Experience the centre at its quietest at the Earlybird Meditation (8am-9am, ages 12+), learn about Buddhism and meditation (10.30am-11.30am, ages 12+) and enjoy some storytelling (2pm and 3pm, accompanied children ages 5+).

Drop in

79 212 Eco House 1 Bishop Lane, BS7 8NU

Sun 10am – 4pm

Experience life in an organic, concrete free house and relax by the upcycled trellises in the sunny garden. Learn how this art venue and guesthouse was designed and constructed by Red Kite Build using sustainable materials including mud and straw walls, a living roof and recycled materials from a Victorian warehouse.

Drop in

80 The Golden Hill Community Garden End of Monk Rd, BS7 8NE

Fri 12 – 2pm

Spice up your sandwiches with some freshly picked edible flowers and foraged salads. Take a tour of this fascinating site, including the straw bale building and the edible forest. Picnic in the gardens and take a dip in the pond. Little ones (and big kids) can try out their green fingers at the digging bed. Change to the programme booking no longer required

Drop in

81 Redland Chapel Redland Green Road, BS6 7HE

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore this 18th century parish church which was originally the private chapel (built by John Cossins) for Redland Court. Discover the Victorian stained glass windows, the Thomas Paty woodcarvings and the Michael Rysbrack sculptures. Enjoy tea and homemade cakes outside and see the interesting features being uncovered in the churchyard.

Drop in

 

82 Redland Parish Church Halls Redland Green Road, BS6 6YE

Sat 10am – 4pm

Check out Redland’s new community hub in this striking and sustainable building designed by O’Leary Goss. Explore the four versatile indoor spaces and take a break in the specially designed garden with a children’s play area.

Drop in

 

83 University of Bristol Botanic Garden Stoke Park Road, Bristol, BS9 1JB

Thurs 10am – 4:30pm

Feast your senses on the beautiful gardens and glasshouses set against a striking Victorian house. Discover rare native plants and a wealth of exotic species like the giant Amazon water lily and the sacred lotus collection. Take a guided tour (11am and 2.30pm), visit the latest exhibition and try the family friendly bee trail.

Drop in

 

84 Elsie Briggs House 38 Church Road, BS9 3EQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Discover one of Bristol’s earliest domestic buildings – a 15th century medieval hall house. Look out for original Grade 2* listed features like the roof timbers, windows and fireplace. Unwind in the beautiful cottage garden and experience the peaceful calm of this house of quiet prayer.

Drop in

 

85 Holy Trinity Church Tower (Book, Drop in) Church Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3EQ

Sat 6am, Sat & Sun 2pm – 4pm

Visit the ancient Holy Trinity Church as it celebrates its 1300th anniversary. Book for a sunrise tour on Saturday, discover the church’s fascinating history and climb the spiral stone staircase to the ancient tower for a stunning view of the village and its surroundings. Drop in or take a guided tower tour in the afternoon to watch the bell ringers in action.

In a change to the programme, more tours have been added, so please click on the link above.

Book, Drop in

 

86 Henleaze Swimming Club (Book) Lake Road, BS10 5HG

Fri & Sat (see ticket link for full details) 

Discover a haven for freshwater swimming and angling. Book a guided tour of the lake, which is surrounded by trees and home to many birds and aquatic plants. Test the waters at the morning Swim and Sauna sessions – booking required and experienced, adult swimmers only. Tours suitable for over 8s accompanied by an adult.

Please note programme changes: owing to circumstances beyond our control, tours on Saturday have been cancelled.  All other visits must be booked. Check the link for full details.

Booking essential.

 

87 Southmead Hospital Bristol – Brunel Building (Book) Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS10 5NB

Sat 10am – 3pm

Explore this award winning facility on a 45 minute guided tour (10am-3pm every hour). Learn about its architectural design and watch medical technology in action. Architect: BDP.

Book

 

88 Bristol & Avon Family History Society c/o BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BS34 7RG

Sat 10am – 4pm

Trace your family’s past at the meeting place for the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Join talks on family and local history topics and get advice on researching your family history from specialist societies and related organisations.

Drop in

 

89 Blaise Community Garden Henbury Road, Bristol, BS10 7Q

Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

Explore the Victorian walled garden, the beautiful meadow and the original greenhouses. Smell, pick and taste a range of organic plants and flowers and watch the resident bees at work. On the Saturday, join family craft activities, browse the plant sale and take a break at the pop-up cafe.

Drop in

 

 

90 Blaise Castle House Museum Henbury Road, BS10 7QS

Sat 10am – 6pm

Join in the fun at Goram Fair, celebrating Bristol’s legendary giant! Explore the Blaise Castle House Museum and enjoy crafts and games in the grounds. Look out for the architectural treats including a thatched dairy and an amphitheatre set in stunning walled gardens.

Drop in

 

91 Blaise Castle Blaise Castle Estate, BS10

Sat 10am – 6pm

Discover this 18th century gothic style castle folly in the heart of Blaise’s woodland. Step inside to learn about the ancient history of the site and the restoration work on the folly. Climb the spiral staircase to the castle roof for stunning views across Bristol and beyond.

Drop in

 

92 Avonmouth Asphalt Plant, John Wainwright & Co Ltd (Book and Drop In) Rockingham Park, Smoke Lane, Avonmouth, BS11 0YA

Sat 10am – 3pm

Get an exclusive insight into the workings of this innovative asphalt plant. Discover how green technology fuels the manufacturing process and learn how asphalt is made and used. Adults (with pre-booked tickets) can climb the plant tower for views of the Severn Estuary and everyone can see the remains of a Second World War gun emplacement.

Additional information: owing to popular demand, this venue has kindly extended its offer to drop in visitors.  There will be plenty to see and do such as climbing aboard large road surfacing equipment, loading shovels, trucks, plus demos of materials, a video of the plant build and plenty of staff to explain and answer questions.

Book and Drop In

 

93 Thrive Renewables Avonmouth Wind Farm (Book) Avonmouth Wind Farm, Off Kingsweston Lane, Avonmouth, BS11 0YS

Sat 10:30am – 4pm

Discover how the Thrive turbines transform wind into clean electricity to power our homes and businesses. Children (and big kids) can get involved at the Explorer Dome. Step inside this inflatable planetarium for interactive, hands-on science shows about climate change, renewables and the Avonmouth turbines.

Please note: Booking is essential. Tickets can be booked on the hour from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The meeting point is Household Waste Recycling Centre, Kingsweston Lane, Avonmouth, BS11 0YS  Read the ‘small print’ on the ticketing website for further essential information.

 

 

94 Bristol Sewage Treatment Works Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, BS11 0YS

Sat 10am – 4pm

Do you dare to find out what happens to Bristol’s stinkiest sewage? Luckily, nose pegs aren’t needed on this fascinating tour for all ages (1.5 hours, no booking required). Learn how stomachchurning waste is treated and transformed into fertilisers and renewable energy. Discover how the city’s water is kept clean and safe.

Drop in

 

95 Shirehampton Public Hall 32 Station Rd, Shirehampton, Bristol, BS11 9TX

Sat 10am – 4pm

Step back to 1904 as you enter this Grade 2 listed building full of outstanding original features, such as a working clock tower. Discover the main hall with its original Edwardian seating and its beautiful balcony overlooking the stage where Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’ was first performed. Architect: Frederick Bligh Bond.   Drop in

Additional activities:

  • 11am -3pm  free, drop-in family-friendly printmaking session with artist Jenny Gathercole as part of A Forgotten Landscape project. (NB. Under 12s will need to be supported by an adult)
  • 2.30pm live performance of Lark Ascendingat by violinist Anneka Sutcliffe, accompanied by pianist Ann Grayburn.

 

96 Kings Weston House Kings Weston Lane, BS11 0UR

Sun 10am – 4pm (NOTE: This venue is NOT open Sat 10am-4pm, apologies for any inconvenience)

Experience the grace and charm of this Grade I listed family home designed by John Vanburgh, the architect of Blenheim Palace. Explore the beautiful 18th century interior (including a stunning suspended staircase) and the lush woodlands. Learn about the refurbishment and view the proposals for the grounds on guided tours.

Drop in

97 Kings Weston Roman Villa Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0LP

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore a real home from Rome: see the only Roman bath suite in Bristol, marvel at real mosaic floors and discover more about its sophisticated central heating! Quiz on-site archaeologists from the Bristol Museum, complete a mosaic puzzle and handle real Roman artefacts.

Drop in

 

98 Penny Brohn UK Penny Brohn UK, Chapel Pill Lane, Pill, Bristol, BS20 0HH

Thurs & Fri 11am – 3pm

Visit the National Centre for Penny Brohn UK and find out how the charity run services for people living with cancer. Take a tour (11am and 3pm) to learn how the original Grade 2 listed building has been refurbished and developed to become the only residential centre of its kind in the UK.

Drop in

 

99 Ashton Gatehouse Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore the newly refurbished Ashton Gatehouse, originally designed by Henry Wood as an early 19th century entrance to Ashton Court. See how the Gatehouse is now being used to promote heritage and community activities. View objects found during the restoration and listen to oral histories of the building.

Drop in

 

100 Zion Community Space (Drop in and Book) Bishopsworth Rd, Bedminster Down, BS13 7JW

Sat & Sun 10am-2pm

Explore this methodist chapel turned community art space. Learn how the main hall and the mezzanine floor are used for a range of events and relax in the family friendly garden. Book a tour to see how the organ loft and the vestry room have been converted into housing (Saturday and Sunday, 11am and 2pm) or drop in between 11am and 4pm to have a look around.

Drop in and Book

 

101 The Bottle Yard Studios (Book) Whitchurch Lane, BS14 0BH

Sun 10am – 2pm

Go behind the scenes at the Studios that have hosted Sherlock, Wolf Hall, Trollied, The Crystal Maze and Poldark. Take a 90 minute tour of the seven acre site (the parts that aren’t confidential!) and see how a disused industrial space owned by Bristol City Council has been transformed into a vibrant creative production hub. Comfortable walking shoes required. Not suitable for under 8s.

Book

 

102 Filwood Green Business Park (Book) 1 Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way), Knowle West, BS4 1ET

Sat 10am – 4pm

Learn how the UK’s second highest performing industrial building reaches ‘Outstanding’ environmental standards, tour the workshops, studios, meeting and office spaces where the WorkHub supports small ‘green’ businesses and see Knowle West Media Centre demonstrating the latest digital manufacturing techniques. Architect: Stride Treglown.

Book

 

103 Malago Greenway Berry Maze Brixham Road Open Space, BS3 5LQ

Sat 10am – 4pm

Lose yourself in the twisting paths of the Mock’a’maze! Get an exclusive preview of this maze in the making and explore a full scale bamboo model on the 856sqm site of the planned project. Try the treasure hunt and browse the cake sale (to help raise the final funds for the real maze).

Drop in

 

104 Bedminster Quaker Meeting House Wedmore Vale, BS3 5HX

Sat 10am – 4pm

Explore the wildlife haven surrounding the Bedminster Quaker Meeting House. Stroll around the garden to see the shrubs and flowers, then venture beyond into the orchard and the meadow. Head to the woodland to hear the beautiful birdsong and pop back to the Meeting House for tea and cake.

Drop in

 

 

105 Bristol Vintage Bus Group Flowers Hill, BS4 5JJ

Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm

Admire a rally of treasured vintage buses and coaches. See vehicles in various stages of restoration as Bristol Vintage Bus Group open the doors of their three sheds. Check www. bristolbusevents.co.uk for details of what, when and where you can catch a free ride during Doors Open Day.

Drop in

 

106 St Luke’s The Evangelist Brislington Church Hill, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 5A

Fri 2 – 6pm, Sat 10am – 2pm, Sun 11am – 3pm

Discover this Grade II* listed parish church and its handsome tower (one of the “Brislington Group“ known for being small but strikingly detailed). Take a tower tour to view the historic bells and see bell ringers in action. Prayer stations and children’s activities will also be available.

Drop in

 

107 Bristol Blue Glass (The Original Bristol Blue Glass) 357-359 Bath Road, Arnos Vale, BS4 3EW

Sat 10am – 4pm

Watch awesome glass blowers at work in the studio, put your questions to them at talks and demonstrations and browse the shop for some hand made jewellery or a local souvenir. You might also choose to blow your own Bristol Blue Glass Bauble (£15.00 today only).

Drop in

 

108 Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust (Book & Drop in) Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EW

Fri 12 – 2pm, Sat & Sun 10 – 4pm

Drop in to enjoy the peace and quiet of this 45 acre haven. Discover beautiful carved memorials from the Victorian era and learn about their symbolic hidden meanings on a guided tour. Explore four listed buildings (including the Anglican chapel and the mortuary crypt) and see contemporary sculptures in the landscaped gardens. Bookable tours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (Click through on the booking link to book for weekend tours in addition to those listed for Friday.)

Architect: Charles Underwood.

Drop in, Book

 

A Film Screenings Various

Working with our friends at Bristol Archives, our volunteer Graham Staples has uncovered a number of vintage films shot in and around some of our Door’s Open Days venues. These rare gems, many from the silent era, will be screened in situ for the first time. See the past come to life!

Details of venues and films will be added in the run up to the festival as and when confirmed.

B Romancing the Gibbet Walk (Book) Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, BS1 4AQ

Sat 3pm & Sun 3pm

Return to the scene of a gruesome Bristolian crime. Join a 1.5 hour perambulatory performance to retrace the steps of an 18th century ship’s captain who kidnapped and murdered his own brother. Hear the gory details from the creators of the GPS-triggered audio-app ‘The Lay of the Two Deadly Brothers’. Booking required. Talk led by Prof. Steve Poole (UWE) & Ralph Hoyte. Meet outside Arnolfini.

C Vintage Bus Tour Canons Road (Nr Millennium Square) BS1 5LL

Sat 10am – 4pm & Sun 10am – 4pm

Enjoy a nostalgic free ride on a vintage bus! Travel in style to some of the Doors Open Day venues open on the Saturday and Sunday. Services will operate from Canons Way (by the entrance to the @Bristol Underground Car Park, Millennium Square) between 10am and 4pm both days.  See www.bristolbusevents.co.uk for details.

 

D Georgian Walk (Book) St Georges, Great George Street, BS1 5RR

Fri 2pm, Sat 10am & 2pm

Take a guided walking tour to hear stories of the people who lived and worshipped at St George’s. Explore Charlotte Street and Great George Street and discover the stories that inspired the interpretation space within the Crypt. “A street in our time” tours – Friday 2pm, Saturday, 10am and 2pm. Please note: the building is closed for construction work. Meet outside St George’s concert hall on steps.

Sturdy footwear recommended.

E Medieval Walk (Book) St Peter's Church (ruins) Castle Park

Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm 

Explore medieval Bristol with Peter Fleming, Professor of History at the University of the West of England. Take a walking tour of the castle and the town walls and discover more about Bristol’s first golden age. Two hour tours at 2pm, booking required. Starting at St Peter’s Church ruins, Castle Park.

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

F Easton Faith Walk (Book) All Hallows Church, All Hallows Road, Easton BS5 0HH

Thurs 10am – 2pm

Explore four places of worship in East Bristol on this multi faith trail. Take a guided, circular walk. Tours last around 45 minutes and run from 10am to 2pm. For timetables, bookings and more information, please email nicola.ferris@bristol. gov.uk / info@bristolmultifaithforum.org.uk or call 0781506738. Starting at All Hallows Church, Easton.

G Balloon Debate (Book) Arnolfini, Narrow Quay, BS1 4AQ

Wed 6.30pm

Join us at Arnolfini to hear quick-witted and ardent speakers champion their favourite structures. Can they persuade you, the judges, which of Bristol’s buildings should be saved and which demolished? This light-hearted ding-dong is kindly sponsored by City & Country and chaired by Managing Director, Helen Moore. Help us raise the pressure and launch our Bristol Doors Open Days festival in high style.

Speakers include: Martin Booth (Bristol 24/7) Edson Burton (Writer) Shankari Raj Edgar (Nudge Group) Elena Marco (UWE)

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT. PLEASE NOTE DATE & TIME.

H Bristol Colour Capital Talk (Book) Paintworks (Event Space) Bath Road, BS4 3EH

Thur 8.30am – 10.30am

Colour me happy. Discover how Bristol’s colourful houses are transforming the city. Join Stride Treglown for a series of short talks and debates with a range of speakers including architects, photographers and the creators of Bristol Colour Capital. Learn how the phenomenon started and what is next for Bristol and colour. Please note this is an early morning session. Tea and coffee will be available.

Further details:

Join the creators of Bristol Colour Capital, local architects Stride Treglown and Bristol colour photographer Jess Siggers, at this unique seminar that celebrates the city’s colourful houses and the effects they have on people and place.With a number of guest speakers, the event will explore:

  • How the phenomenon started
  • Why Bristol seems to be embracing colour
  • The effect it is having on the city’s urban landscape
  • The effect it is having on the city’s property market
  • The psychology of colour

Attendees should arrive at the Paintworks from 8:30am ready for talks to begin at 9:00am. A light breakfast will be provided.

(Bristol Colour Capital is the first idea to be launched from Stride Treglown’s ‘52 Big Ideas for Bristol’ publication – download for free at www.stridetreglown.com/52bigideasforbristol)

Kindly sponsored by CampbellReith.

 

I Bristol Port Tour (Book) St Andrew's House, St Andrew's Road, BS11 9DQ

Sat 10.30am & 2pm Sun 10.30am & 2pm

Take a 90 minute coach tour of Royal Portbury and Avonmouth Docks, Britain’s most centrally located deep sea port, with a commentary. Discover how Bristol’s port has been a vital connection between England and the world since before Roman times and how this proud shipping tradition continues today.

Limited numbers. Owing to security issues, visitors are not permitted to leave the coach. Not suitable for young children. Visitors must be able to ascend and descend from the coach unaided.

Toilets and free car parking are available at St Andrews House where the tour will begin and end.

 

J Sound and Silence Talk (Book) Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1 5TJ

Fri Evensong at 5pm, talk begins at 6pm

Experience the sounds and silence of Bristol Cathedral and learn more about church acoustics. Hear live performances of medieval and Renaissance sacred music in a spectacular setting. Learn more about the experience of making sound in a medieval building and the type of music the monks of Bristol Cathedral might have sung throughout the day. Talk led by Dr. Beth Williamson, University of Bristol.

No booking required for Evensong. Please book for the talk.

K Transformers Walk (Book) The General Hospital Development, Lower Guinea Street BS1 6SY

Thur 10.30am

Be guided around the former Bristol General Hospital site and see the detailed design features incorporated into the new residential developments now known as The General and The Iron Foundry. Hear directly from key designers and decision makers from City & Country about how they transform challenging historical sites, share your thoughts and have your questions answered. Meet at the Sales Suite in the central courtyard, accessed from Lower Guinea Street.