Join hapless Christmas event planners Holly & Noel from ‘Yule Be Merry: carefully curated Christmas creations’ as they attempt to assemble a 12 Days of Christmas themed event to a tight deadline for a demanding boss.
In the face of insurmountable tech glitches, escaped poultry and unavoidably delayed ballet dancers, Noel and Holly are determined to press on regardless.
After all, they do have the pear tree.
Ridiculous festive family theatre.
Expect broad visual comedy, bold engaging characters and a quirky humour for all ages to enjoy.
Performances on 21 - 24 December 2023
at St Werburgh's City Farm, Bristol
11am / 2pm
plus post-show festive craft workshop included in ticket price
Show running time: 40 minutes
Post-show workshop: 30 minutes
Please note this performance happens outdoors but under cover.
Remember, there's no such thing as bad weather.
Just the wrong clothes.
Become an art detective!
Meet Agents Kahlo and Dali from the Company of International Artists and go on investigative art missions around Bristol Museum & Art Gallery!
Choose from three totally free family art trails, available whenever Bristol Museum & Art Gallery on Park Street is open. Check opening times here.
These art trails can also be completed without attending the museum in person.
Trails are most suitable for families with children aged 6+.
Click images to find out more!
a community sound walk for Stockwood, by Stockwood
Our latest sound walk will take you on a range of short strolls around Stockwood in south Bristol.
As you walk, listen in to the stories and memories of Stockwood people, mixed with sounds of Stockwood people at work and play.
Featuring spaceships, snail races, heart-stopping rugby matches and much more besides!
This new sound walk is available at all times, but you can join free guided walks led by us on:
Tues 7 Nov, 6pm (North Route)
Fri 17 Nov, 3.30pm (West Route)
Sun 3 Dec, 11.30am (South Route)
Meet for each route at Stockwood Square, Hollway Road, BS14 9PG.
Please note each of these dates will take you on a different route through Stockwood.
The west route ends at Stockwood Bike Park so scooters/bikes are welcome.
You might consider a Sunday roast at Mario's Cafe after completing the south route.
Download the walk and the route maps here.
Once you have downloaded the sound walk, you don't need to use mobile data to experience the sounds. Just bring headphones that work with your mobile phone.
This sound walk is hosted on a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and this sound walk before setting out.
This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Stockwood to hear the sound. It covers fairly easy paved terrain. We have provided postcodes for all the sound locations in the map. If you need to take an alternative route to the one we have suggested, the sound will still play for you.
There is free street parking in the area, and toilets are available when Mario's Cafe is open (but please support them if you use their facilities). Quotes from the stories are also displayed at the new pocket park outside Stockwood Library, where you are encouraged to sit, relax and enjoy the plants.
This project is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal Programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Streets project.
Designed and produced by Brave Bold Drama.
Original artwork seen on the Echoes app by Amy Hutchings.
Sound design by Gill Simmons.
If you don't use smartphones, this sound walk will also be available to borrow in CD format from Stockwood Library in late November. Also available in the library will be large font transcripts of the content and audio descriptions of the accompanying artwork.
Extraordinary Streets: Withywood
a free sound walk showcasing the creative writing skills of BS13 people
Let the memories, dreams and imaginations of BS13 residents transform an apparently ordinary short pavement walk into something extraordinary.
Extraordinary Sounds: Withywood is a free sound walk available at any time, but you can join free guided walks led by us on:
Sat 18 Nov 11.45am
Meet outside Campus Pool Skatepark, Whitchurch Lane, BS13 7RW
The creative writing produced took inspiration from local features on a short, mile-long pavement walk in Withywood between Campus Pool Skatepark (BS13 7RW) and Withywood Park (BS13 8PL).
The sound walk is voiced by the writers themselves: Diana, Helen, Jacob, Jan and Sophie.
It is hosted on a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and this sound walk before setting out.
This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Withywood to hear the sound. It covers fairly easy terrain suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is free street parking in the area, and toilets are available when Campus Pool Skatepark is open. Campus Pool Skatepark also has a carpark which is free if you support them by using their cafe and validating your car on their system in the building.
Funded by Arts Council England.
Sound design by Gill Simmons.
The Saxons to the Seventies:
a free sound-walk within Manor Woods Valley, Bishopsworth, Bristol
Discover the amazing hidden history of Manor Woods Valley, a small patch of ancient woodland in Bishopsworth. Listen in to moments of the wood's history from the Saxons to the Seventies retold with humour and song.
Circular route just under one mile, lasts approx 45 mins. Some hills.
Content is appropriate for children aged 8+ to adult due to the concept and length of the experience. One sound spot features a bomb explosion.
You can enjoy this sound walk at your own pace free of charge at any time, but you can join free guided walks led by us on:
Sat 14 Oct, 11.30am
Sat 18th Nov, 10am
Wed 6th Dec, 1.30pm
Meet opposite St Peter's Rise Convenience Store, BS13 7LU
The sound-walk is embedded in a free sound walk app called Echoes. You can download the app and then the walk via the links below. Once you've downloaded the walk, you can access it without needing to use mobile data on your phone.
"Sound spots" we've made that animate the history of the woodland have been added to certain waypoints on the walk. When you're at that spot in the walk the sound will play automatically.
We advise you enjoy our sound-walk through headphones. If coming with children who don't have their own phone, we advise the use of headphone splitters so an adult and child can listen together.
The walk is circular, just under one mile, and is on varying terrain with some hills. It is part paved and part woodland, so sturdy footwear is recommended.
You can access this walk on the 75 bus, getting off just past Bishopsworth Library. The entrance to Manor Valley Woods is opposite St Peter's Rise Convenience Store, 6A St Peter's Rise, BS13 7LU. Dogs on leads are welcome. There is street parking near the start of the walk.
This sound walk has been funded by a Magic Little Grant from Localgiving and the Neighbourly Community Fund, and was made in 5 days.
Enjoyed the sound walk? Want to know more about the history of Hartcliffe & Withywood, not just Manor Woods Valley? Listen to "Hartcliffe, Bristol", a 14 minute audio history of the wider area, made by Gill Simmons, Artistic Director of Brave Bold Drama. which was first shared as part of an art exhibition called Centre of Gravity in Bristol in 2020.
We worked with young people aged 7-12 between September and December 2021 to create a aound walk around Badock's Wood, a nature reserve in North Bristol. This was a partnership project with Mud Pie Explorers Forest School and Southmead Development Trust.
This sound walk is free to access at any point, or you can join free guided walks led by us on:
Wed 11 Oct, 10am
Sat 25 Nov, 10am
Meet outside entrance to the Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, BS10 5PY
The audio uses a free sound walk app called Echoes, which requires no roaming data provided you have already downloaded the app and the audio walk before setting out.
This walk is geo-located meaning you need to be in specific places in Badock's Wood to hear the sound. It covers some steep terrain and there is some shallow open water in the woods. Free parking and toilets are available at The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, BS10 5PY. Please contact the Greenway Centre HERE for any further guidance on directions or facilities.