By Madalina Ciobanu

Day of the Dead
Photo courtesy of Senor Codo

If you enjoy Mexican culture or even want the chance to dress up a bit as you did for Halloween, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is hosting the Mexican Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Tag along on November 1st between 11am and 3pm to enjoy the festivities and make your own skull mask, while exploring the museum’s Mexican collections. Entry is free.

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

Past Lives
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For a chance to find out and investigate about how archives document people’s lives across time, from wills to letters and diaries, and how to be able to tell the exact date of a photograph through secret clues, do not miss out on M Shed’s ‘Past Lives: Exploring the Evidence’ program, comprising talks tours and activities, on November 2nd. No need to book, no entry fee and you are encouraged to bring old photographs you wish you’d known the date of! Starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm.

Venue: M Shed Museum, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Photo courtesy of The Shop

Passionate about photography and wanting to support fellow UWE students? November 3rd is the last day of the Mono-C UWE Graduate Photography Exhibition, featuring the photographic work of Hannah Ranken, Ian Chittick, George Scane, Siobhan Raw, Beata Bartkevicha, Danielle Arundel and Joe Williams. Be there between 11am and 5pm and feast your eyes!

Venue: The Shop, 18/19 Christmas Steps, Arts Quarter BS1 5BS


Photo courtesy of Odalaigh

@t Bristol is offering an autumn night sky Planetarium show between November 1st and December 9th, for those of you passionate about the wonders of the Universe. Held at regular times throughout the day, the show offers the possibility to discover planets, galaxies and how to navigate your way around space. Price: £1 per seat, phone in advance to check availability.

Venue: @t Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB


Guns n roses
Photo courtesy of Keneth Cruz

Sweet Child o’ Mine, November Rain…Big fan of Guns N’ Roses and missed out on the chance to attend the concert at London’s O2 Arena last May? You still have a chance to enjoy your favourite band in concert on the silver screen at 8pm on November 7th at Showcase Cinema de Lux Bristol. Booking is already available and tickets cost £10 (no Orange Wednesdays discount available for this show).

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


Eduardo Niebla
Photo courtesy of Colston Hall

‘In a career spanning four decades, flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla has been acclaimed as one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion today.’ This is an opportunity for those passionate about flamenco and Spanish music to witness a charming live concert at Colston Hall on November 10th, 8pm. Tickets are available on Colston Hall’s website and they cost £13.50 for students (select ‘Concession’ when booking). ¡Olé!

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

Photo courtesy of JoyVanBuhler

Up, up and away! Wish you knew how to make your own hot air balloon? Join artist Julie Roberts on Sunday, November 11th between 10:30am and 3pm and create your own balloons to add to M Shed’s fantastic art work collection. Share what you like about M Shed and your drawings and comments will be part of the big art work that could help win the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award! No need to book and entry is free.

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

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The wait is over for those of you who’ve enjoyed every part of the Twilight Saga so far. Edward, Bella and the rest of their vampire family return in the last installment of the series on November 16th and special 12:01am screenings are also available on Thursday, November 15 into Friday November 16. Tickets cost £8.50 on the 16th, but prices for the special screening have not been released yet.

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




Photo courtesy of Stictch and Think

Starting with November 17th between 10am and 6pm, the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will showcase the work of the Stitch and Think research group, whose aim is to identify and explore the values and current contemporary thinking about hand-making skills reflected through the discipline of stitch. The group is made up of applied artists and design makers, with staff from the Department of Creative Industries at the University of the West of England,Bristol. Perfect opportunity to exercise your creative side and without an entry fee!

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


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We’ve all seen furniture fairs and vintage clothes fairs, but have you ever wanted to attend a book fair? On November 18th between 10:30am and 4pm you can browse the wide selection of second-hand books, ranging from fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and even CDs, at the Winter Book Fair. No entry charge.

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



Phot courtesy of jjpacres

Learn how to develop a story, a plot and memorable characters in M Shed’s Creative Writing Workshop with Rachel Carter on November 24th, between 10am and 4pm. If you’ve wanted to write a story or a novel and didn’t know how to begin or how to plan it, you can now understand the benefits of writing in first and third person and past and present tense and create characters. A combination of enjoyable exercises and practical advice, using the Real & Imagined Lives exhibition as a source of inspiration. The series consists of three workshops, priced individually at £25 or £65 for the whole, and needs to be booked in advance.

Venue: M Shed Museum, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN

Photo courtesy of Colston Hall

In need of a good laugh and witty banter? After more than a decade since his last stand-up show and following a hugely successful tour ofAustraliain 2011, Alan Davies, the much-loved star of iconic television series such as Jonathan Creek and QI, makes a long-awaited return to live stand-up this Autumn, coming toBristolon November 25th at 8pm. Tickets cost £25 and can be booked online on Colston Hall’s website.

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