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What's On In Bristol - May 23

Updated: Jun 30, 2023

As Spring begins to sneak through (albeit slowly), Bristol is becoming even busier, keep reading for our event highlights this May, and take a look at Visit Bristol for more.

The Red Dress at Tyntesfield: 1st – 31st May 2023

The Red Dress project features one dress that has been embroidered on to by people around the world over the course of 13 years, many of whom are vulnerable and live in poverty. The Red Dress will be on show in the Drawing Room of Tyntesfield House. Entry to the exhibit is free and no booking is required. Normal admission applies. There are also talks available to book, where you can hear the story of the Red Dress from artist Kirstie Macleod, and join a family craft session. To find out more about these events, click here.

Love Saves the Day: 27th – 28th May 2023

Bristol-born festival Love Saves the Day returns to Ashton Court this month, boasting an eclectic programme perfect for the ultimate bank holiday weekend. LSTD will celebrate electronic and alternative culture, cementing its place as a bubbling hub of independent spirit and celebratory release. To check out the line-up and get more information, click here.

Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year at The Royal Photographic Society: 20th May – 10th June 2023

This summer, Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year, the world’s leading awards for food photography and film, is premiering its twelfth exhibition at The Royal Photographic Society, one of the oldest photographic societies in the world. With over 170 images from more than 25 categories, ranging from the Politics of Food to Marks & Spencer Food Portraiture, the exhibition captures the great sweep of stories and cultures in the world of food. To find out more about the exhibition, click here.

Disney's The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome: 18th May - 1st July 2023

The beloved Disney show makes a triumphant return, having already played two sell-out seasons at the Bristol Hippodrome. The cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers are thrilled to return to the Hippodrome stage for this strictly limited run which is set to excite new and returning audiences alike. The story of The Lion King roars into life using spectacular masks, puppets, and costumes to tell the story of Simba's epic adventures, as he struggles with the responsibilities of adulthood and becoming King. To find out more about this show and purchase tickets, click here.

Weekends of Wonder! In Broadmead: Weekends in May and June 2023

Bristol’s Broadmead will come to life with an outdoor street performance festival spanning four weekends this May and June. Weekends of Wonder! is a street theatre festival with WOW! factor, bringing local and international artists together to light up the town with bedazzling acts to amaze audiences of all ages. WOW! will bring together veteran street performers alongside cutting-edge new talent to create a truly magical atmosphere on our city’s central high street. To find out more, click here.

Foodies Festival

The UK’s biggest touring gourmet food and music festival series – returns to Bristol in a new venue. Featuring a star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs and chart-topping music stars, including Scouting For Girls and Blue. Known as Gastro-Glastonbury, the three-day event features live cooking demonstrations from top chefs drawn from the ranks of TV’s MasterChef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu, plus top-rated Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs. To find out more about this event, click here.

The Cave Art of Lascaux at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: 1st April – 10th September 2023

Step back in time 21,000 years and visit the incredible Stone Age cave art of Lascaux in immersive 3D. This world heritage site in the Dordogne, France, was discovered in 1940 by two teenagers. It features etched and painted images large and small, of many animals as well as mysterious symbols and elements. The site itself has been closed to the public since 1963, but there is a full-size replica of the cave complex in France. Now, using the latest technology, you can ‘visit’ the caves on your own doorstep. Find out more about this exhibition and buy tickets here.

Bristol Walk Fest: 1st – 31st May 2023

Bristol Walk Fest is one of the biggest urban walking events in the UK! It’s a month-long festival that takes place every year to coincide with National Walking Month. Walk Fest offers a wide array of events and activities for all ages and abilities. Choices include heritage tours, nature walks, explorations of street art and statues, wild food forays and much more.

Most events are free and there’s something in the programme for all ages, interests, backgrounds and fitness levels, including those in wheelchairs or with children in buggies. To find out more about Bristol Walk Fest, click here.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at MShed: 19th November 2022—29th May 2023

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is back at M Shed with a brand new set of images capturing the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Celebrating its 58th year, this exhibition is a must-see for any nature, wildlife and photography enthusiasts. To book tickets and check opening times, take a look at their website.

Sensing Nature Guided Walks at Westonbirt Arboretum: 14th April – 22nd September 2023

Let Westonbirt's visually impaired guides lead you through an immersive and interactive sensory experience that aims to shift your perception, enjoy the arboretum at a slower pace and explore the trees of Westonbirt through your nonvisual senses. These walks take place every second and fourth Friday of the month from Apr-Sep - 10.30 am, for more information and to book your spot, click here.

Art of The Maker - Garry Fabian Miller: Adore at Arnolfini: 19th April – 13th May 2023

An opportunity to learn more about Garry Fabian Miller's work and his exhibition, Adore, at Arnolfini. Including time to ask questions. Chaired by Arnolfini's Executive Director Gary Topp. The Art of the Maker series is a collaboration between Arnolfini and The School of Art & Design and Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE Bristol. For more information on the exhibition and tickets, click here.


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