7 things to do this week in Bristol

7 things to do this week in Bristol

Posted on: 15 Sep 2020

Get ready for vibrant virtual events, great weather and a drive-in cinema. 


This week in Bristol, a drive-in cinema arrives at Filton Airfield, and a beloved BS6 pub celebrates its 6th birthday with a comedy night.


Online, Bristol Pride's film festival, Queer Vision kicks off on Friday 18 September, and community radio station BCfm launches a local oral history podcast.


Here's what you need to know.


Make the most of the sun with pub gardens and roof terraces


This might just be your last chance to catch some summer sun.


This week in Bristol, expect highs of 25 degrees as the summer draws to a close. So, why not take advantage of Bristol's pub gardens and roof terraces?


To cope with COVID-19, several pop-up beer gardens hit the city this summer, including Thekla's Dockside Bar and Crofters Rights' Crofters Summer Beer Garden. Make the most of 'em while you can. 


Or, take a look at our ultimate guide to Bristol's pub gardens, roof terraces and beer gardens for extra inspiration. (Bambalan is pictured below.) 

Bambalan roof terrace

Listen to a new oral history podcast 


A new local oral history podcast tells stories of hip-hop from Knowle, bee conservation in St George and a female rugby team based in Avonmouth.


'12 Communities 1 Bristol' launches this Thursday (17 September) on local community radio station BCfm.


The twelve-part series has been created by Bristol creative Marcus Smith and more than 40 local volunteers and students, in partnership with Bristol Museums, Bristol Archives and UWE Bristol.


Each episode will focus on a particular Bristol neighbourhood - Barton Hill, Knowle West, Lawrence Weston, Easton, Fishponds, Hartcliffe, St George, Hillfields, Southmead, Eastville, Stockwood and Avonmouth. Read more.



Visit a drive-in cinema at Filton Airfield


A drive-in cinema is coming to the former Airfield in Filton this week, as part of a huge UK tour.


In Bristol, Adventure Drive-In will run from Thursday 17 September to Sunday 20 September, with films such as Grease, Back to the Future and Joker on the bill.


Each film will be displayed on a giant LED screen, with sound transmitted via wireless speakers given to each car upon arrival. Find out more.  

Photo: Dustin Smith, Skywall Photography

Celebrate The Gloucester Old Spot's 6th birthday with garden comedy 


Colourful bunting, fairy lights and a castle for kids: The Gloucester Old Spot is a charming pub with an even better beer garden.


This weekend, the BS6 pub celebrates its 6th birthday.


To mark the occasion, The Gloucester Old Spot is hosting a garden comedy night on Sunday 20 September from 17:00 to 20:00, with the help of brilliant comedian and compère Mark Olver. 


Tables are bookable in groups of 2, 4 and 6. To secure yours, give the pub a call on 0117 9247 693.

Celebrate The Gloucester Old Spot's 6th birthday with garden comedy

Watch a film documenting Thekla's £1m renovation 


Thekla is hosting a special live stream this week: the venue will screen a short documentary that covered its 2019 restoration.


The £1 million project saw Thekla temporarily moved to Bristol's dry dock for a new hull to be fitted, making sure the boat would stay afloat.


The documentary, produced by promoters and Thekla owners DHP family, will be live-streamed via Thekla's Facebook page at 19:00 on Wednesday 16 September. Read more.

Thekla’s renovation, 2019

Support venues as they reopen to the public 


As the summer draws to a close, more Bristol venues have decided to reopen to the public.


On Friday (18 September), beloved Stokes Croft bar and music venue The Crofters Rights reopens with a sit-down party hosted by Distilled Music.


Popular Bristol brewery, Lost and Grounded, is also ready to welcome people back to its BS4 taproom on Friday 18 September.


The Brislington venue will reopen with the help of award-winning Mexican street food trader, The Little Taquero, who will be serving up tacos on-site.

The Crofters Rights

Tune into an LGBTQ+ film festival


Curated by Bristol Pride, Queer Vision is the Bristol Pride film festival, presenting LGBTQ+ films from around the globe.


Due to the impact of COVID-19, Queer Vision is moving online for 2020, in partnership with Encounters Film Festival. It kicks off this Thursday (18 September).


Expect cult classic watch parties, Q&As and the chance to view content from the Encounters Film Festival's 2020 selection.


To find out more about the festival, and to buy a £10 Queer Vision festival pass, visit the Bristol Pride website
Bristol Pride: Photo by Dan ReganRead more:


Article by:

Kate Hutchison


Kate Hutchison

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