Loads of good stuff coming up in Bristol, as ever!


July (what’s left of it)


to 30     Bristol Shakespeare Festival, various venues. Your last three chances to squeeze in a play!

29-31    Harbour Festival. “Bristol’s biggest annual cultural event and one of the largest free festivals in the country”.  I love it!

This year the dreaded “paywall” syndrome hits the festival, so you have to buy a programme to get the programme, if that makes sense. Available at Colston Hall box office, M Shed Reception and Tourist Information Centre



4          Music at Rainbow Café: Pete Josef and Gary Alesbrook. Dinner and show £10; that’s hard to beat! Waterloo St, Clifton.

11-14        Balloon Fiesta: for details or to book a car parking space in advance

… and …

The Corifest at the CoriTap, Portland Street, Clifton (their site says Sion Place but I’ve never managed to get in that way). Visit for performers and running order.

to 26     Treasure Island; open-air production by the Old Vic. King Street. 987 7877

weekly  Music at the Rose of Denmark.



5-7        “Acting for camera”: one of several short courses at BOV Theatre School throughout the summer.

8 TEDx Bristol at M Shed. Don’t know about TED? You are missing out! This Bristol version is an innovation. See link: .

10         Doors Open Day. I’ve been a fan ever since I arrived in Bristol seven short years ago.

11-12        “Telling Tales of Drunkenness, Cruelty & OFSTED”, at the Brewery Theatre, 902-0344. One-man show by Tony Rowlands (Buckingham in Richard III at the Alma). Music by the Henri Passat Band, featuring my daughter Madi. (Several people have asked me to remind them, so here it is!)

17         The Unthanks / Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band at St George’s. I gotta hear the “Briggus” and anyone who loved “Brassed Off” will too. 0845 4024001

“Bewitching, dream-like, down-to-earth … music as tough as it is gentle, as ancient as it is modern, as coldly desolate as it is achingly intimate … joyous, virtuous and luscious un-folk” (The Observer)

30         “Recession”  Fashion Show at the South Bank Club, Dean Lane, Southville.


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