Events calendar

Throughout the year we arrange numerous events for both guests and non-residents. Please continue to visit this site as events are often added throughout the year. 

March 2015

22 March - 21 June 2015

Exhibition: Open for Business at M Shed

In 2013, Jonas Bendiksen, Stuart Franklin, Bruce Gilden, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Chris Steele-Perkins and Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed over 100 workplaces across the UK, from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.

Through eye-opening photography and film footage, Open for Business celebrates the resilience of British industry and reveals the daily struggle at a human level as businesses attempt to cut costs, streamline processes and level up to international competition. The project captures British manufacturing’s effect on regional culture and community life, and celebrates the work, activities and lives of its employees.

Bristol based photographer Martin Parr has captured the innovative industries in the city from Cameron Balloons’ 40 year history as the largest manufacture of hot air balloons in the world, to the cutting edge engineering at BAE Systems and the more painstaking meticulous work of Aardman Animations.

See a diverse collection of over 100 documentary photographs presented in this national touring exhibition

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May 2015

26 May - 13 June

Jersey Boys at the Bristol Hippodrome

Jersey Boys is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks.

These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.

The show is packed with their hits including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You.

Evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees on Thursday & Saturday at 2.30pm plus Wednesday 27 May

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June 2015

09 July - 31 July

Bristol Shakespeare Festival 2015

The Bristol Shakespeare Festival is back for its twelfth year of traditional, innovative and exciting productions. Whether you want to grab a picnic blanket and head outside, or enjoy a more intimate indoor performance; the woods, studios, theatres, parks, caves, boats and pubs are ready and waiting to keep you entertained this summer.

The programme also features education projects and outreach programmes.
For more information about the Festival programme and tickets for the events, please visit


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July 2015

06 July to 31 August 2015

Shaun in the City

n 2015, Aardman’s internationally-acclaimed character Shaun the Sheep appears in a ewe-nique arts trail! Over 100 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep created by artists, celebrities and designers will be placed in iconic locations and beautiful green spaces across Bristol. This year, Shaun in the City will be appearing in London and then Bristol in the summer, before the flocks go to auction to raise money for sick children in hospitals across the UK.

Shaun in the City is brought to you by the team that created the award-winning ‘Gromit Unleashed’ which saw Aardman’s loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3 million for Bristol Children’s Hospital.

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