By Madalina Ciobanu

Who doesn’t enjoy going out? Even if it is for a drink, a film at the cinema, a walk in the park or a concert, you can always find something to cater to everybody’s taste here, in Bristol. As a UWE student myself, I know lectures and deadlines, combined with having to wake up two hours earlier in the morning to catch the 11 bus, can become a burden. That’s why you have to be informed of everything that’s going on in Bristol, so that you can unload and relieve some of that stress by doing something you really enjoy.

For those of you who enjoyed The Lion King as kids (who didn’t?), you have the possibility to reminisce those times, because the award-winning musical based on the Disney film about a cub’s journey to pride leader has arrived at the Bristol Hippodrome and will run until November 17th. The ticket prices vary between £20 and £55 and the shows lasts for two and a half hours,including one interval. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, with dazzling costumes, masks and puppets!

Venue: Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ

Interested in French films and cinematography? Bristol’s Watershed is screening, until the 11th of October, Untouchable, an uplifting comedy about friendship and trust, which topped the box offices in France. The evening screenings of Untouchable on Tue 2 Oct are part of a Cinébites deal: get a cinema ticket, bowl of pasta, and a drink (wine/beer or a soft drink) for £15!

Venue: Watershed, 1 Canon’s Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX

If you’ve liked her in Harry Potter, you’ll be pleased to know that Emma Watson is returning in the film The perks of being a wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, in a romance about a boy in his freshman year. The film is released on October 3rd, and the ticket price is in the region of £6, depending on the screening hour.

Venue: Glass House, Cabot Circus, Bristol BS1 3BX


Aye Aye, captain! Between the 2nd and 4th of October, you have the opportunity to join a tour of M Shed’s collection stores and encounter treasures from the city’s industrial and maritime past. Tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.30am and every Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and last 45 minutes. Entry is free of charge, but a £2 donation per person is always welcome.

Venue: M shed museum, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol



Andy Cutting, the soulful and outstanding melodeon musician is making an appearance at Bristol’s Colston Hall on October 5th, at 8:00PM. If you wish to delicate your ears with fine tunes, this is the place for you! Tickets cost £13.50 if bought in advance, and can be ordered online at

Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR



Does ‘Nine million bicycles’ ring a bell? Katie Melua, one of Britain’s most successful artists of the last decade will be performing songs from all five of her studio albums on October 11th, including her new record Secret Symphony which is released on the 5th of March. The show starts at 7:00 PM and a ticket costs £32.50.

Venue: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR


Passionate about books, words and fantasy or with high hopes of becoming a writer? Between the 13th and 21st of October Bristol celebrates its Festival of Literature, with at least 3 events happening every day, such as guest speakers’ conferences, treasure trails, book launches and inspirational talks. The prices vary between £5 and free of charge entries. One event that should be highlighted is The truth about pirates, a UWE History Department vs Long John Silver debate about reality and tales (8:00-9:00 PM @ MShed, free of charge).


Venue: Bookshops and venues throughout Bristol, for more information visit:

If you are looking for beautifully crafted, unique pieces to decorate your new home or you are an art student, amateur or connoisseur, you should consider attending the Inspired Exhibition, between the 20th and 28th of October, at the beautiful Ashton Court Estate. Buy and commission or simply browse unique work ranging from fine furniture to jewellery and so much more, by some of Britain’s finest artisan designer/makers! No entry fee.

Venue: Ashton Court Mansion, Long Ashton, Bristol BS41 9JN

Don’t worry, science is not remaining uncelebrated! On the 21st of October, between 12:00PM and 3:00PM you can attend the Natural Science Discovery Day, handle specimens from the museums’ collections and discover more about our natural world and its wildlife. Entry is free of charge both for adults and groups.

Venue: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

Have you ever wondered about the African culture? On the 25th of October, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery celebrates Black History Month Discovery Day: Africa. Be inspired by African cultures, handle real museum objects from Africa, learn about African objects on display and make a coiled pot to take home. Why not bring along your own finds to discover what they are or join a friendly expert for a look around the World Cultures store! Tours are informal and last about 40 minutes, with no entry fee and no need to book in advance.

Venue: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL

October means one thing: Halloween! An addition to the monthly market, Mullion Cove brings a special Halloween themed, local produce market with an array of food stalls will be in The Stables Courtyard. A chance to sit back and relax with a variety of for friends or family. Don’t forget to attend on October 28th, between 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Venue: Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN


Fancy ghost stories and legends? Then you should not miss the Ghost Walk on October 31st at Stoke Park, where you can Find out about the ghostly goings on and the legend of the girl killed whilst riding her horse at Stoke Park 300 years ago.

Venue: Stoke Park Estate, Duchess Gate, Park Road, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1AU