Don't miss a very special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Bristol's Millennium Square this month

Don't miss a very special screening of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at Bristol's Millennium Square this month

Posted on: 11 Apr 2019

How scrumdiddlyumptious! Film classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory will entertain and delight everyone all over again when it gets a special free screening in Millennium Square on Wednesday 17th April 2019.

The big screen at Bristol's Millennium Square.

A joint venture between We The Curious Big Screen and Bristol City Centre BID, this - the original, 1971 classic; not the still-fun and passable Tim Burton remake - arrives just in time for the Easter Holidays. So grab your deckchair, your never-ending gobstopper and strip of lickable wallpaper and enjoy one of the greatest (and occasionally weirdest) children's flicks ever made.


Based on Roald Dahl's timeless tale, the story centres around poor but well-meaning Charlie Bucket, who finds a Golden Ticket in one of Willy Wonka's chocolate bars, giving him and four other children a tour of the infamous recluse's factory and a chance to win a lifetime supply of chocolate.


It's a weird and wonderful yarn with an off-kilter, often deliciously malevolent performance by Gene Wilder as the grand, eccentric chocolatier. Full of memorable songs, orange-faced Oompa Loompas, inventive sequences, and a line-up of despicable, obnoxious characters who all meet their inevitable, well-deserved fates (Mike Teevee, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt and Augustus Gloop), this remains an all-time classic.


And now you can re-live the movie - with no doubt some parents quoting the dialogue and singing the songs - for free. Deckchairs will be laid out but on a first come, first served basis, so the best thing is to bring your own (or camping chairs or beanbags) just in case, as well as some waterproofs and warm attire to be on the safe side. Bring a picnic too so you can chomp on some Scotch eggs and pork pies between Gene Wilder's quirky antics.


Entry is free and the film will start at 12pm.  You can find out more here. Big Screen Bristol is located at Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5SZ. Contact the team on 0117 915 7104 for more information.

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Jamie Caddick

Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg.  He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels.  You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.