Bristol weekend events - What's on in the city 7-9 December

07 December 2012


Bristol weekend events - What’s on in the city 7-9 December

As the weekend approaches Guide2Bristol has been taking a look at what’s going on in the city this Friday, Saturday and Sunday to come up with a few suggestions for you to consider.


For theatre lovers this weekend it will seem like all their Christmases have come at once, or all the Christmas shows anyway - Peter Pan at the Bristol Old Vic, Hansel and Gretel at the Tobacco Factory Theatre and Aladdin at the Bristol Hippodrome are all shows for the whole family to enjoy; there’s also Hey Diddle Diddle for younger children at the Old Vic; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for horror fans at the Bierkeller Theatre and Theatre West’s Items of Value at the Alma Tavern Theatre.


Bristol pub The White Bear is hosting a Good Vibrations Christmas All Dayer, and bringing legendary house DJs CJ Mackintosh and Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson to the city, to play alongside local heroes including Deli-G and Feel the Real. Tickets are available from Bristol ticket Shop, and the event runs from 3PM until midnight.


At this weekend’s Stand Up for the Weekend  at the Hen and Chicken compere Tom Craine will introduce David Whitney and musical comedian Rob Deering. There will be performances at 9PM on Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost £13. For further information visit


The Christmas Spiegeltent at The Harbourside has a very busy weekend planned, with a Christmas party on Friday night; Magpies and I Vintage Market during the day on Saturday; music from Alexander O’Neal, Laminate Radio, Feel the Reel and the Soul Train DJs on Saturday night; Love Food Fest from 10.30AM to 4PM on Sunday and, to finish off the weekend, the Swing Dance Bristol Christmas Party featuring International Jazz Disaster on Sunday evening. Further information about all these events and the full Spiegeltent programme visit


The University of Bristol Botanic Garden is hosting a workshop teaching the art of making Christmas wreaths on Saturday. The three hour workshop will begin at 2PM. It costs £40 which includes all the materials needed to make a 30 cm wreath which can be taken home. Seasonal refreshments will be served. Places should be reserved online at


Bristol Concert Orchestra will perform music by Mahler, Tchaikovsky and Delius at St George’s Bristol on Saturday night. Tickets cost from £8 to £15 for adults and £1 for children. The concert will begin at 7.30PM.

Paper Village in North Street are inviting Bristol folk to take an old or second hand jumper along to a fun workshop on Sunday afternoon where they will learn how to pimp the garment to create a disgusting Christmas jumper. The workshop will run from 2PM to 5PM and costs £16 per person.


To finish the weekend in style Hotel du Vin will be hosting a festive afternoon tea with fizz on Sunday afternoon, in aid of Penny Brohn Cancer Care. Tea will be served from 2PM to 5PM. Tickets are priced at £25 per person of which £20 will be donated to the charity. For further information visit


With just a couple of weeks left until Christmas this weekend will no doubt see many Bristol folk hitting the shops. Bristol Independents have launched a Christmas loyalty card, giving shoppers the opportunity to win prizes donated by the city’s independent retailers. More than 100 businesses are taking part in the campaign. For further information, including details of participating retailers, and to download a card, visit


These are just a few suggestions for things to do in Bristol this weekend. For further details and to find out about the weekend’s local sporting fixtures and Bristol nightlife visit the events pages at

However you choose to spend your weekend we hope you have a fantastic time.


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