What's on in Bristol this weekend - City events 17-19 May

17 May 2013


What’s on in Bristol this weekend - City events 17-19 May

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.


Mayfest, Bristol’s annual festival of contemporary theatre opened on Thursday 16 May and has a packed programme for its first weekend. Highlights include Kate Tempest’s Brand New Ancients at Bristol Old Vic; Banana Bag & Bodice’s presentation of Beowulf - A Thousand Years of Baggage at the Trinity Centre; and Circomedia-trained Ockham’s Razor’s Not Until We Are Lost at Circomedia. For further information, including the full programme, visit


Wonka-Vision will be hosting a special party at Motion on Friday night, to herald the start of the festival season. The line-up of DJs and live acts includes Jack Beats; Hot Cakes Live; DC Breaks; Rack N Ruin; Reso; Slamboree; and many more. Tickets are priced from £15 to £18 and are available from Resident Advisor, Motion, Bristol Ticket Shop and local shops. For further information visit


MoveGB, a new Bath-based company offering its subscribers a passport scheme that allows them to access a wide variety of fitness venues, will be hosting a free fitness taster day in Millennium Square on Saturday. Visitors to the event, which runs from 10AM until 4PM, will be able to take part in a range of activities including pole dancing, Zumba, MMA, Watt Bike fitness tests, Salsa and more. To find out more visit


A B Careers are running a careers workshop at The Coach House in Upper York Street on Saturday. Visitors will be able to build a structured career plan, have their CV reviewed by a recruitment professional, obtain interview tips and advice, and share their ideas and experiences regarding the Bristol job market. The event will run from 9.30AM until 12.30PM and will cost £20 per person. For more information email


The Refectory at City of Bristol College, off Ashley Road, will be the venue on Saturday for an Antiques and Vintage Craft Fair. Visitors will find around 30 stalls selling antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing and accessories, retro items and homeware, jewellery, arts and handmade crafts, upcycled furniture, and more. Snacks and light refreshments will be available. Admission costs £1 for adults and there is free car parking for up to 200 cars.


Hot Buttered Soul will be joined by Stevie Bear and Lee Jones for Force Plus Four at The Bank in Stokes Croft on Saturday night. The event will run from 10.30PM until 4AM and admission costs £2 to £3. To find out more visit


Visitors to the University of Bristol Botanic Garden at The Holmes, Stoke Bishop on Sunday will be able to discover the secrets of their garden at its Fascination of Plants Day when the garden becomes a living science lab for the day to explore the hidden world of plants. The garden will be open from 10AM until 4.30PM. For further information, including admission charges, visit


This weekend’s theatrical offerings in the city include One Night of Elvis with Lee ‘Memphis’ King at the Bristol Hippodrome on Friday night; Rolf Harris Live at the same venue on Saturday night; Tosca at the Tobacco Factory Theatre; How to Curse at Alma Tavern Theatre; and Westenders, a musical extravaganza celebrating 80 years of musical theatre presented by BLOC Productions at the Colston Hall on Saturday and Sunday.


These are just a few suggestions for things to do in the city over the next few days, for further information and more ideas visit the events pages at and however you choose to spend your weekend in Bristol we hope you have a fantastic time.


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