Nailsea and nearby
BURNS BEER: Nailsea MicroPub is celebrating Scottish poet Robbie Burns with a week-long toast of special ales from across the border. Burns Week is from Wednesday to Sunday, January 22-26, at the Ivy Court tap room off the High Street. The micropub has recently introduced new opening hours – see poster. Owner Mark Ashman said: “We will be opening noon-6pm on Sundays from this month.We look forward to seeing customers pre and post their Sunday roasts.”
FREE FOR COMRADES: Musician Natt Davis is 'live' at Nailsea Social Club on Saturday, January 25, with a set of rock, pop, ska and reggae. Music from all eras, something for everyone to enjoy! Prepare yourself for some crazy guitar antics and an evening of light-hearted entertainment.The show includes a full light show and is free. The fun starts at 9pm at the Chapel Barton club
Bookish peeps at Nailsea Library
STORYTIME: Every Thursday 2-2.30pm (term time only)
RHYMETIME: Every Friday 9.45-10.15am and 11-11.30am (term time only)
COUNCILLORS SURGERIES: Surgeries in library on the first four Saturdays of every month 10am-noon on a rota basis
AGE UK SCAM AWARENESS: Lin Griffin will be here to offer advice and raise awareness, have a chat with her if you have any concerns. Ask at the counter for her contact details
CHILL AND CHAT COLLAGE GROUP: Every Tuesday at 2pm. Discover how to repurpose an old book. Materials for your first session with be provided. Use your creativity and meet new people. Ask a member of staff for more details
COMPUTER BUDDIES: Every Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Would you like help to learn how to use a computer, tablet or phone? Ask at the counter for details.From January computer buddies will welcome those who had a new phone, tablet or laptop for Christmas and need some help getting going. This will be Tuesdays 11.30am-2pm and Wednesdays 2-4pm Either drop in or call us to make an appointment on 01934 426030
DUPLO CLUB: Wednesdays 10am-noon
FAMILY BOARD GAMES: Every Saturday, 10am-noon. There will be lots of easy board games for children and parents to play (term time only)
FAMILY HISTORY ADVICE: Fridays 10am-noon. Would you like help with your family history research? Ask at the counter for more details. Basic computer skills are essential
FREE LEGAL ADVICE: With Richard Green, of Wards Solicitor, on hand for free advice. Ask at counter for next date
HEALTHWATCH: Healthwatch North Somerset holds drop-in sessions. Come along and talk to us about any concerns or praise you have about local services including care homes
LEGO CLUB: After school on Tuesdays (term time only) free brick building sessions 3.45-4.45pm. Ask at counter for more details
NAT WEST COMMUNITY BANKER: Booked for Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am. Karen Wood will be here to answer banking queries
FREE SOLO: This award-winning documentary by filmmaker E Chai Vasarhelyi and world-renowned photographer and mountaineer Jimmy Chin is showing at the Tithe Barn on Sunday, February 9. Doors open 7pm and tickets £5 on the door. Described as a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of the free soloist climber Alex Honnold, as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing the world famous 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope
Ringers rocking charity gig
Two Nailsea-based bands are booked for a charity gig at the Ring O'Bells pub at St Marys Grove.
Raising Cain and Corvus will play on Saturday, February 8, to raise money and awareness for the Williams Syndrome Foundation and the Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal.
Raising Cain is a six piece band with lead female vocalist who play classic rock and pop covers band.
Corvus is Nailsea's best known rock band who headline many local festivals.
The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal helps Bristol Children's Hospital by funding pioneering, life-saving equipment and research.
The Williams syndrome is a rare and randomly occurring genetic disorder which affects one in 18,000 people which causes multiply physical, cardiac and mental health problems.
It can and should be diagnosed in infancy and confirmed by a simple blood test yet some people are not diagnosed until they are adults.
The Williams Syndrome Foundation offers emotional and practical support for individuals and families from childhood diagnosis, during treatment and beyond.
It relies almost entirely on voluntary donations and thanks to its generous supporters helps families across the UK.
Williams Syndrome Foundation CEO Liz Martin said: "We are so thankful that Raising Cain and Corvus are putting on such a fantastic event. It’s going to be a great evening raising vital funds and awareness for the Williams Syndrome Foundation."
This rock 'n' roll evening invites people to enjoy a fun-filled musical evening - with a big raffle thanks to prizes donated by the Ring o’ Bells – while helping to support this worthwhile national charity.
Tickets £5 from Ring O’Bells, Nailsea Barbers, Nailsea Music Shop and both bands.
BIRDS AND BEES: Nailsea Horticultural Society welcomes Nicholas Wray, the curator of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, on Wednesday, February 12. He will give a talk about the important relationships between garden plants and pollinators. All meetings are at Nailsea United Reformed Church hall at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for members and £3 for non-members and includes refreshments. All will be made very welcome. For more information and dates of the spring show on the first Saturday in April and summer show on the first Saturday in August at Nailsea School, Mizzymead Road, click HERE
THIRSTY THURSDAY: Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce is inviting people from the retail and business community to join them on Thirsty First Thursday. Spokesman Luke Hewitt said: "As many of you will be aware, the chamber holds a TFT drinks event, which is, funnily enough, held on the first Thursday of each month. This months’ drinks event will be held at Nailsea MicroPub on the High Street from 5.30pm on Thursday, February 6.The last couple of events have been well attended." Email Luke.Hewitt@wards.uk.com to confirm attendance.
at NAILSEA MICROPUB
It was so good they are going to do it again.
Nailsea MicroPub first quiz was a great success and another has been organised for Tuesday, February 18, at 7pm.
It took a tie-breaker for the Beating Chastards team to be declared the champions in January.
Quizmaster Bob Selby and Carolyn Cooper who set the questions were given a big thank you.
The CHSW raffle raised £57.50 - well done everyone.
Boss Mark Ashman said: "Anyone interested in coming to the February quiz can message me on the Facebook page or pop in to the Ivy Court tap room to reserve a table."
TINKERING THE IVORIES: Pianoman Mark Feven is playing the Ring O'Bells at St Marys Grove, Nailsea, on Friday, February 14, from 8-11pm, for St Valentine's night. Mark performs solo piano/vocal gigs all acrous the south west and favours the music of Elton John, Billy Joel, Madness, Elvis, Squeeze, Coldplay and more. More details on his Facebook page
Canadian Celtic supergroup to play Nailsea
Hailing from Nova Scotia, Canadian Celtic supergroup Còig have announced a series of live dates across the UK this February including a North Somerset gig.
They will play Nailsea Folk Club on Sunday, February 16.
The tour will follow up their hugely successful series of gig in the UK last spring when the quartet stunned crowds across the country with their non-traditional and exciting style of traditional music.
Comprising Darren McMullen (guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, vocals), Rachel Davis (fiddle, viola, vocals), Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) and Adam Young (piano), the four players of Còig grew up and played together in Cape Breton and it wasn’t until years later they decided to form a band together.
The comprising result is a magic and creative combination of musical influences and harmonious sounds.
Crowds at UK venues will be treated to songs from the band’s latest release Ashlar, meaning ‘a perfect fit’, which was recorded in Dave Gunning’s Wee House of Music studio in Nova Scotia during a brief break in touring.
Fiddler Chrissy said: “We love playing to UK audiences, our spring tour last year was just amazing and we are so excited to get back and visit again this February.
"We can promise audiences an eclectic mix of lively and original sets to more traditional ballads and energetic covers - we think there’s definitely something for everyone.
"We’re looking forward to welcoming fans old and new to Nailsea Folk Club this February!”
The album itself is full of surprises, including Gordon Lightfoot '60's classic Home From The Forest, featuring vocals from Darren, as well as Rachel's beautiful version of the Gaelic standard O Luaidh.
There’s also a set of jigs and reels called Time & Tide, inspired by Chrissy’s new-found passion for joining her brother as crew member on a Cape Breton fishing boat, among many other stunning tracks.
SWAP SHOP: Nailsea Clothes Exchange is hosting its first 'swap not shop' evening at the Tithe Barn on Tuesday, February 25, 7-8.30pm. This concept of acquiring new outfits has been put together by a group of local mums. There is no pricing on items all you pay is a £1.50 entry fee to cover venue hire. If you bring along four items of clothing you could potentially leave with four different items chosen from the rails. And it is not just clothes it is accessories and shoes too. Although this is the first the idea it to run the clothes exchange once a month and extend it to all genders and maybe children too. The environmentally friendly idea is: bring your unwanted clothes and leave with a new outfit. This reduces clothes consumption and saves money. The idea was reported in Vogue under the title How Clothes Swapping Became Chic which you can read HERE.
Hidden Histories at 65 High Street
The Hidden Histories group who explore different aspects of Nailsea's past has its next open session on Friday, February 28, from 10.30am at 65 High Street.
Its monthly sessions continue on the fourth Friday of the month.
The next few dates are: March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26 and July 24.
Future topics being considered are:
Nailsea Carnival -- what went on? What stories can you tell about the carnival? Bring photos, programmes, anything!
Waters of Nailsea - the ponds, rhines, inlets, wells, millponds, Towerhouse Woods bubbling pond ... fishing, swimming, accidents, pre-plumbing life). What memories do you have of Nailsea involving water?
Food in Nailsea -- in the 1940s it's been said the population of Nailsea was just over a couple thousand, and they supported five independent butchers. Who had family in the food business? Have you got a recipe from the past?
Writer and heritage curator Heidi Hollis said: "Please do let me know if you have more suggestions for a topic of focus one month.
"If for some reason you can't come along, do please reply and let me know if you have any stories on these topics so I can meet or ring you to hear more.
"I will soon be asking for volunteers to join a steering group to look at how Nailsea's history can be more fully expressed to the wider community.
"If you are interested, please get in touch and I'll make sure you get an invitation to a meeting to hear more."
You can email Heidi on firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNSHINE PARTY: Don't let sand get in your eyes when you swap your winter sports kit for summer flip-flops and swimming gear as Nailsea United Football Club is hosting a Beach Party at Grove Sports Centre & Social Club on Saturday, February 22 from 7.30pm. Ticket price and availability to come...
CHOO CHOO: Nailsea & District Model Railway Club next exhibition at Nailsea School is on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29. It opens at the Mizzymead Road from 10am-5pm on the Saturday and 10am-4pm on the Sunday. Admission is adult £6, child £2 or family ticket (2+2) £14
Here come summer and 18th skatefest
Nailsea Skatefest comes of age this summer with its 18th annual event on Saturday afternoon, June 6.
The competition it at Millennium Park from 1-5pm.
Weather wise last year was very successful held on a beautiful summer’s day and the organisers are keeping fingers crossed 2020 will attract the crowds and sunshine.
Action on the rebuilt skate park includes skateboard, scooter and BMX trials and there will be numerous stalls and activities with lots to eat and drink.
Festival director Phil Williams said: “As with any event such as this, we are keen to increase the size of the support team as the event grows, and if you have enjoyed the new skate park yourself or watched your children and teens, and would like to give something back through helping that would be fantastic.”:
Email Phil at email@example.com . If you would like to help, book a stall and/or become an official sponsor especially a business willing to fund a generator for 2020.
The list of those already involved in the planning is fantastic and includes:
Holy Trinity and Trendlewood church
Nailsea Town Council
Nailsea Community Trust
Nailsea Baptist Church
Christians Together in Nailsea
During the Easter school holidays a massive spring clean at the skate park in readiness for the warmer months – more details to come.
PHOTOS: Paul O'Connor
Saturday, April 4, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society spring show
Sunday, May 3, North Somerset Show
Friday, May 8, 75th anniversary of VE Day and bank holiday 2nd Nailsea Scouts fair
Saturday, June 6 - Nailsea Skatefest comes of age with its18th anniversary
Sunday, June 7, Nailsea Charity Walks organised by the Rotarians
Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14 Dig for Victory weekend at Ashton Court
Saturday, July 4 Nailsea carnival parade and Millennium Park fair
Saturday, August 1, Nailsea & District Horticultural Society summer show
Thursday to Sunday, August 6-9, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court
Saturday, October 10, 10am-4pm eat:nailsea
Saturday, November 14 Springboard charity ball fundraising
Friday, December 4 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opens at Bristol Hippodrome
If you have a date to add to this list email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Going to the zoo in winter
UK Dung Beetle Conservation talk
Wednesday, February 5, 6pm
A talk by Darren Mann, of University of Oxford Natural History Museum.
Home Educators course
Friday to Friday, February 7-April 3 10.30am and 11.45am, £48
An exciting eight-week course, including interactive education sessions featuring live animals, as well as specially designed learning resources to use around the zoo during your visit. For two different age groups: 4-7 years and 7-11 years.
To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email email@example.com
The Plight of the Bumblebee talk
Tuesday, February 11, 7-8pm, £5
The Bristol area is a hotspot for rare bumblebees. Journey through a year in the life of a bumblebee and hear why Britain’s 25 species have declined so significantly over the past century. Dr Richard Comont, of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, will explain how you can help, including getting involved with the citizen science schemes that underpin our current knowledge.
Venue accessible to wheelchair users. Hearing loop in place.
To book, call 0117 903 0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living with Spiders
Wednesday, February 12, 6-10.30pm, £95
This course is for people wanting to overcome their fear of spiders, delivered jointly by a hypnotherapist and zoo education team member. Join a small and personal group, with up to 10 participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course includes a variety of approaches to help you, including talks, relaxation, hypnotherapy and an optional meeting with our friendly spiders.
To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email email@example.com
International conservation policy talk
Wednesday, March 4, 6pm
A talk by Kris Blake (DEFRA)
Britain’s Ancient Forest – Legacy and Lore talk
Tuesday, March 10, 7-8pm £5
Julian Hight has travelled widely, camera in hand, documenting stories of historic ancient trees. Throughout this beautifully illustrated talk, Julian will explore the story of Britain’s ancient forest told through its remaining trees and surviving customs. The talk will be accompanied by some specially written forest music spanning the seasons.
To book, call 0117 903 0609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring on the Downs in Batik course
Saturday, March 21 10am-4.30pm £45 includes materials
Come and learn the art of batik (using hot wax and fabric dyes) to create an individual picture inspired by wildlife found on the Downs in spring. Artist Jo Whiteland will show you how to design your picture, transfer to fabric and apply the wax and dyes to build up colour and texture before dipping in a dye bath to create the characteristic batik crackle effect.
Suitable for ages 11+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult).
To book, call 0117 903 0609 or email email@example.com
Animal Health Evening Classes
Thursdays, March 12-May 14, 7-9pm (postponed from January)
Have you ever wondered how to x-ray a chameleon or design an enclosure for a colony of penguins? This new course, Getting Under The Skin Of Zoo Animal Health, will answer all your questions. There will be a two week Easter break, £120. To book call 0117 4285441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration of UK Islands: Rat eradication and beyond
Wednesday, April 1
A free talk by Dr Karen Varnham (RSPB), open to everyone. The talk starts at 6pm and takes place in the Zoo’s Conservation Education Centre (entrance on Guthrie Road open from 5.45pm). For further information on the Zoo’s free monthly conservation lectures, or to join the email list, contact Dr Tim Bray at email@example.com.
Gorge-ous spring plants, a walk In the Avon Gorge
Saturday, April 4, 10.30am -12.30pm,
The Avon Gorge is internationally important for its rare and interesting plants. Discover spring-flowering rarities on a scramble around the gorge with local botanist Libby Houston. £6. NB: There are very, very steep slopes, uneven ground and steps on this walk. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Early birds and bacon butties walk (with a veggie option)
Sunday, April 5, 6-8.30am
Join us for an early morning walk on the Downs and Bristol Zoo Gardens with bird expert Michael Johnson. After learning how to identify birds on the Downs, it’s back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast. £15 includes bacon bap, egg butty or vegan bap plus tea or coffee. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail email@example.com
Zoo Conservation Academy
Tuesday and Wednesday, April 7-8, 10am -4.30pm
This interactive two-day Academy is for children aged eight to 12-years who love animals and would like to find out more about working with and protecting wildlife at the Zoo. Fun activities include becoming a lemur expert, making feeding devices, taking on a Conservation Quest trail, meeting some amazing animals up close, and working with our vets to learn how to health check our animals. Find out more by clicking HERE. The cost is £100. To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living with Spiders
Wednesday, April 22, 6-10.30pm
This course is for people wanting to overcome their fear of spiders, delivered jointly by a hypnotherapist and a member of the zoo’s education team. Join a small and personal group, with up to 10 participants enjoying a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The course includes a variety of approaches to help you, including talks, relaxation, hypnotherapy and an optional meeting with our friendly spiders.The cost is £95 To book, call 0117 428 5441 or email email@example.com
Birdsong on the Downs
Saturday, April 25, 10am -3.30pm,
On this course learn how to identify birds from their song with Ed Drewitt. After a multimedia introduction to the birds you’re likely to see and hear, our expert will lead you on a walk to identify birds ‘in the field’ £25. Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project, at Bristol Zoo, on 0117 903 0609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project.
The society saves wildlife through conservation science research, working to protect species and habitats overseas, encouraging sustainable behaviours and perceptions, educating tomorrow’s wildlife warriors and giving families a great day out.
Its conservation science efforts are worldwide, from helping re-introduce white clawed crayfish into UK rivers to working with communities in the Philippines to save the Critically Endangered Negros bleeding heart dove.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and first opened its doors to the public on Monday. July 11, 1836.
Since then it has started numerous conservation projects here in the UK and overseas, showed generations of school-aged children the value of nature for human society and has given more than 90 million visitors a great day out.
Located in the Clifton area of Bristol close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car.
Its normal opening hours are every day from 9am-5:30pm.
Last entry is 4:30pm. Animal houses close half an hour before closing time.
It is open 364 days a year, closing on Christmas Day only and at 4pm on Christmas Eve.
Make WILD discoveries at Wild Place
Grab your very best explorer’s outfit and head out on an adventure to Wild Place Project, where you will discover amazing species from around the world!
Get up close to incredible animals in a natural setting, with 40 beautiful acres of forest and meadowland to explore.
Take a stroll beneath the leafy canopies of Bear Wood, the UK’s largest and most ambitious brown bear exhibit NEW to Wild Place Project this year.
Look out for wolves, Eurasian lynx and wolverines on the woodland floor below, and marvel as four magnificent brown bears splash around and climb up the trees.
Meet majestic giraffes at eye-level and survey our African grasslands from a special viewing platform.
Marvel as five different types of mischievous lemur scamper around your feet in our immersive walk-through.
Experience the thrill of seeing cheetahs, wolves and baboons, and learn about protecting habitats both worldwide and on your doorstep.
While you’re here, do as the animals do and embrace your wild side!
Kick off your shoes and tantalise your toes with our Barefoot Trail, or fling yourself through the air with Leap of Faith.
Wild Place Project is one big adventure for all the family!
Wild Place Project is located off junction 17 of the M5 motorway in South Gloucestershire its entrance is opposite Bristol Golf Club.
The full address is Wild Place, Blackhorse Hill, Bristol BS10 7TP.
Book online a day or more in advance and save 10 per cent by clicking HERE.
We The Curious
The hands-on science museum near Bristol catherdral changed its name from @Bristol to We The Curious way back in the summer of 2018.
Get inspired by fun workshops, explosive shows and space adventures in the Planetarium, and get the chance to meet artists and researchers as they work at We The Curious.
Here’s what’s going on over here for the next few months, highlights include:
Our ‘climate action’ activities continue with our Earth-friendly festivities for the winter season – as we explore fun ways to make your celebrations kinder on our environment. It includes the science of gravy!
FREE film screenings on Big Screen Bristol
Planetarium Nights and Sounds dates up until February 2020
Autism-friendly early openings
We The Curious sell gift membership as well as gift Ttckets for one-off visits - either for a day visit to the venue, or for Planetarium Nights and Planetarium Sounds events - a great idea if anyone is looking for more ‘experience’ tickets.
Call the bookings team on 0117 915 1000, download the forms online www.wethecurious.org or buy in person at the Welcome Desk.
For more information click HERE to go to the We The Curious website or call 0117 915 1000 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
Clevedon Pier a brief history
Clevedon Pier was opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales.
Today it is a focal point for events in Clevedon unfortunately White Funnel Limited regrets to announce that MV Balmoral will not be sailing next season.
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has recently made clear that the type of hull re-plating work undertaken and approved over many years is no longer acceptable and needs to be changed before she operates again.
This work is expensive and exceeds the resources currently available to the owning charity, MV Balmoral Fund Limited.
The charity has recently submitted a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £3.72m for major capital work that will also improve educational facilities aboard the ship, restore heritage features which need refurbishment and make crew accommodation better suited to current requirements.
The work will also ensure that Balmoral complies with changes to regulations affecting heritage ships which the Maritime & Coastguard Agency is currently developing.
The temporary suspension of operation will enable the owning charity to concentrate on fund-raising and the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.
During this interim period the White Funnel offices will be closed until further notice.
Clevedon Pier is the only Grade 1 listed pier you can visit in England and features a range of attractions including a new restaurant and visitors centre.
And Clevedon Pier features the best fishing for miles around.
Click HERE for more information.
Junior Poon Wine Bar
16 Hill Road
Free entry to wine bar, Chinese tapas and drinks available. Live music performances on Thursday evenings in cellar bar 8pm
Junior Poon will be celebrating Chinese new year on Friday and Saturday, January 24-25
The Old Street picture house along with the popcorn and other treats stocks the fabulous Ooh! Chocolata – made at Southfield Road, Nailsea! Click on Now Showing image to go to the Curzon website to book tickets online...for full Curzon programe click HERE.
LITTLE WOMEN (U)
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on her own terms — is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbor Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
Until Monday, January 27, various times
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, Blake’s own brother among them.
From Friday to Thursday, January 24-30
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: IN SEARCH OF MOZART
In Search of Mozart was produced with the world's leading orchestras and musicians and is told through a 25,000-mile journey along every route Mozart followed. This is a detective story that takes us to the heart of genius. Without resorting to docu-drama or visual re-enactment, In Search of Mozart traces the composer's life through his music and extensive correspondence.
Monday, January 27 at 7.30pm
Royal Opera: La Boheme (LIVE)
Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.
Wednesday, January 29 at 7.45pm
TWO FREE THANK YOU SCREENINGS FOR HELP WITH FUNDRIASING
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck which says 'please look after this bear, thank you', and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. A modern classic Paddington, will be followed by a free craft activity. For this special Curzon Kids screening, after the film we will be making matchbox suitcases, perfect for any teddy bear. All tickets are free: we have 100 tickets which include both the film and the activity, with 200 tickets available for just the film.
On Saturday, February 8, at 1.30pm
2) Bugsy Malone Sing-along!
This food fight-filled spoof of classic gangster films is the joyous 1970s musical Bugsy Malone Sing-along! It features one of the early star-making performances from Jodie Foster as well as the first ever film appearance of Dexter Fletcher who would go on to direct the musical hits Sunshine On Leith and Rocketman. Cool guy Bugsy wheels and deals his way through New York City as two rival gangs fight over the newly invented 'splurge gun'. Speakeasy owner Fat Sam and the dastardly Dandy Dan are at each other's throats and Bugsy's attempts to keep the peace don't last long. When aspiring singer Blousey Brown shows up at Fat Sam's Speakeasy Bugsy falls helplessly in love and makes plans with Blousey to leave the world of gangsters behind. If only they can get the money they need to head off to Hollywood...this is a sing-along screening so make sure to do all your proper warm-ups before belting out hits such as Fat Sam's Grand Slam, the lonesome and heart-breaking Tomorrow and the fantastic finale You Give a Little Love. As well as singing along we are inviting film-goers to come along in their best 1920s fancy dress for a special photo booth run by Room 42 Photographic Studio. We will have some period props available and we are inviting customers to show off their styles on social media with #bigthankyou.
Sunday, February 9, at 1.30pm
NB: There will be no adverts for these screenings, both of the films will start at 1.35pm. Full details and timings of all our screenings can be found at www.curzon.org.uk.
FUTURE LISTINGS FOR FEBRUARY
The Curzon cinema at Clevedon has won a (HLF) grant for £239,900 to replace its 1920s roof tiles.The huge 1920s roof is in a desperate state and very fragile causing leaks throughout the building. The cinema, in Old Church Road, missed out on a £2.2million bid from the HLF in October. Originally built in 1912, the Curzon is one of the UK's oldest, purpose built, continuously running, independent cinemas. There are exciting plans for the full restoration and development of our incredible building in the future - but unless we replace the roof quickly, we won't have a future. The estimated total cost for this work is £500,000 and apart from the National Lottery applications to other Trusts and Foundations have been submitted along with a programme fundraising events which currently has raised more than £109,000.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Book now for a tour behind the scenes of this historic building on Thursdays, January 30 and February 13, at 10.30am. Tour guides will take you into the world of the Curzon from WW2 bomb damage to its hidden tin ceiling. Places are limited for our tours so book early to avoid disappointment. Click HERE for more information
Grand Pier theme park fun
Nailsea's nearest 'theme park' is on the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.
The latest games to be installed are two new Comi-X air hockey tables with action-packed comic-style graphics and eye-catching LED lighting.
Grand Pier Tim Moyle general manager Tim Moyle said: “We are always looking to bring new attractions to the Pier and also to refresh and replenish existing ones.
"I’m sure visitors to the Pier will love these new air hockey tables, which look amazing. We find that the more traditional games like air hockey remain consistently popular because of the interaction they offer to families, as well as the competitive nature of the game.”
The air hockey tables won’t be the only new features people will find appearing at the pier during the coming weeks, as the attraction gets itself fully ready for the new season-proper, which traditionally starts at Easter.
A brand-new, eight-player, digital Pac-Man pusher is also due to arrive soon.
A number of other new games will be appearing in the Pier’s Pavilion over the coming weeks on a trial basis; if they prove popular enough, the Pier will consider making a permanent purchase.
Tomb Raider video game
House of the Scarlet Dawn, the latest video game in the House of the Dead series
Several ticket-redemption machines, including:
Robot Storm, a ball-shooting game
Hero of Steel, a water-shooting game
Robot Battle, another ball-shooting game.
Mr Moyle said: “These should all be coming on line over the next few weeks, and those that become most popular with our visitors will be permanently added to our wide-ranging offer which provides something for the whole family.”
To find out about the wide range of other attractions, events and entertainments at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk
Weston birthplace of Basil
Give the gift of laughter this Christmas
A top tourist attraction has a cracking idea for a Christmas present which is guaranteed to bring a smile to someone’s face; why not give the gift of laughter?
If you’re stumped for ideas for a family member, the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare has something which is just the ticket; a night of madcap comedy and fine food.
On Friday, January 31, the Pier will once again play host to the popular Faulty Towers Dining Experience.
Tickets for this event make the perfect present as they will provide someone with an evening they will never forget.
The event is officially the world’s longest-running and most successful tribute to the legendary BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers.
The ‘outrageously funny’ experience has enjoyed sell-out success all over the world, from Sydney Opera House to London’s West End, as well as playing at Edinburgh Fringe.
A talented team of actors bring the classic comedy characters to life in a fully immersive, highly-interactive evening, dishing up plenty of delights to diners.
Service with a scowl will be the order of the day as guests get a taste of that unique customer service offered by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, with all the chaos and confusion that made the BBC show such a favourite with generations of viewers.
Grand Pier spokesman Lucy Graham said: “This is a very popular event, and with 70 per cent of the show being improvised, it can truly be said that it’s never the same twice.
“So, if you’re struggling to think of what to buy someone for Christmas, why not treat them to tickets to the Faulty Towers Dining Experience, where they can enjoy fine food, lots of laughs and a brilliant night out.”
For ticket details about this, as well as information about the wide range of events, attractions and activities available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk
Killer Queen will rock you again at Grand Pier
After a sell-out success in 2019 a critically-acclaimed Queen tribute act has already been booked to make a return visit to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier in 2020.
Killer Queen’s inaugural visit to the iconic seafront attraction in May 2019 saw hundreds of fans fill the Pier’s pavilion.
Tickets are now on sale for their return visit - a ConciergeUK event - which is on Friday, May 8, 2020.
Killer Queen were formed in 1993 and their first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the legendary band that inspired them, as the real Queen played their first shows at the same venue 21 years before.
Killer Queen remains the only tribute band to have sold out the same arenas as the originals in their heyday.
The act’s performances at Forest National and Ahoy were scale recreations of Queen’s own epic performances there.
Acknowledged as the longest-established Queen tribute act, Killer Queen tour extensively all over Europe and the US, where they are regular performers at such prestigious American venues as Red Rocks and Austin City Limits.
Frontman Patrick Myers has won widespread acclaim for his recreation of the style and showmanship of Freddie Mercury.
Daily Mail writer Baz Bamigboye said 'Patrick Myers' recreation of Queen's lead singer is simply uncanny' while the critic for The People newspaper said 'Concerts as near to the real thing as you're likely to get. A real-life Bohemian Rhapsody. Freddie Lives! A Pop Legend Is back'.
The BBC’s Duncan Kennedy said 'no detail is overlooked. Killer Queen are kings of the musical impersonators, the highest of tributes' and Der Western said 'very accurate. Almost frightening. The show, singing, music and appearance are unbelievably similar to the original. Skipping across the stage with his three and half octave broad tenor powering through the arena, Patrick's spark set the 10,000 Ahoy audience on fire. They danced, sang and clicked their fingers, all under Myers' direction. The best thing since Queen'.
For the next Grand Pier show, there is limited availability of two special VIP packages.
VIP Lounge and Premium Standing include a VIP bar, VIP toilets and premium standing at the front of the stage.
The VVIP Balcony View option includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, two-course buffet, table seating, VIP toilets and a Premium standing view of the stage from the balcony.
There is an age restriction of 14 and over and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
For ticket details click HERE.
Grand Pier event manager Hollie Otley said: “The first Killer Queen concert here earlier this year was a sell-out success and proved very popular.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this acclaimed tribute act back next year and expect their return to also sell-out, so we would advise people to book early to avoid disappointment.”
For full details of the wide range of other events, activities and attractions available at the Grand Pier all year round, visit www.grandpier.co.uk