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​every Monday

  • 6-10pm pool games are free at Royal Oak, Nailsea

every Thursday

  • 7.15pm Backwell Camera Club at WI hall

every Friday

  • from 8.30pm till late DJ Rich is in the house at the Royal Oak pub, Nailsea.

every Sunday morning

  • 9am Golden Valley playing field junior park run

closed until Monday, September 25

  • Platinum Piercings is taking a short break booking can still be made via Instagram or WhatsApp

Sunday to Friday, September 17-22

  • all days no train service by Network Rail while improvement works between Bristol and Weston-super-Mare are carried out - buses will replace trains

Friday, September 22

  • 9am The Phone Guys new shop opens at Colliers Walk

  • The Ultimate Spice Girls Tribute Band is performing at Cadbury House dinner dance

Saturday, September 23

  • Nailsea District Leg Club pre-loved fundraising sale will once again outside Waitrose supermarket

  • 9.30am-1pm Sputnik Jewellery pop-up stall at Simply Green Zero Waste High Street shop

  • 1-5pm Strongman Saturday is an out-of-hours workshop running for one day At The Gym. More details on sports page

  • 2-3pm WOWSA National Recycle Week litter pick, meet at Hannah More Infants and Grove Juniors at Whiteoak Way. All children taking part will be rewarded with a certificate

  • 3pm kick off for qualifying second round of the Isuzu FA Vase sees the Swags away to Brislington

  • 7.30pm comedy night at Backwell Playhouse

  • Ska Mechanics play Nailsea Social Club

  • 8.30pm DJ Lisa Lush at Royal Oak for reggae and ska night

Sunday, September 24

  • 6.30-8pm The Soul Strutters play live at The Star at Tickenham

Wednesday, September 27

  • 7pm next Paint and Sip Art Party at Ring O'Bells

Thursday, September 28

Friday, September 29

  • 3-11pm Nailsea MicroPub celebrates its 4th birthday with Jim's Pizzas and a Fine Tuned Brewery takeover

Saturday, September 30

  • 10am-4pm Michaelmas craft market at Flax Bourton church

  • Re-boot Band at Nailsea Social Club

Sunday, October 1

  • 2.30pm Brokkelegyghe a new choral work performed at three North Somerset churches, hear for free at All Saint's church, Wraxall - more details on church peeps page HERE

Wednesday, October 4

  • 2-3.30pm Backwell & Nailsea Support Group Around the World in 80 Days free admission, raffle, tea/coffee and home-made cake

  • tbc Nailsea Town Council Ask workshop 

Friday to Sunday, October 6-8

  • Somerset International Festival of the Arts 2023 at   St Andrews church Church Lane Backwell

Saturday, October 7

  • Triggols farm opening for pumpkin sales in undercover barn

Monday to Sunday, October 9-November 5

  • Noah's Ark Zoo Farm opening for pumpkin sales - see poster

Monday, October 9

  • door open 7pm for 8pm start for Backwell Ladies Fashion Event at the WI hall. Free entry

Tuesday, October 10

  • 5.30-6.30pm Tickenham Primary School open evening - see poster for tour dates on schools page

Friday, October 13 

  • bar opens from 6.30pm, with guests seated at 7.30pm at Cadbury House Hotel for its next fabulous Murder Mystery Event comes with a three-course meal included

  • Halloween party at The George, Backwell

  • 8pm Nailsea Folk Club present Simon Barron, at Ring O'Bells Tickets on the door and online £7

Saturday, October 14

  • 11am-3pm Butterfly Travel 10th anniversay event at Tithe Barn - prebook entry see poater

  • Nailsea & Backwell Pink Ladies Day

  • High energy Corvus is Nailsea’s number one band play the Ring O'Bells​

  • 8pm Groove Street with DJ Mikey Freedom and crew at Nailsea Social Club

Thursday, October 19

  • 2-4.30pm Rotary Nailsea & Backwell whist drive at Tithe Barn

Saturday, October 21

  • TBC apple day with Nailsea Cider at Ring O'Bells
  • 9am-1pm market day in Nailsea High Street

  • 6-8pm Gurt Wings visit Tout's at Nailsea

Thursday, October 26

  • Nailsea Folk Club present The mighty Breabach from Scotland at Tithe Barn

Friday, October 27

  • 2pm memorial service for Terry Smith at Christ Church

Saturday, October 28

  • 10am-4pm Eat:Festival back in Nailsea

  • Savage Crew dance musicians play the Ring O'Bells

  • 7.30pm Blue singer Johnny Mars in an evening supported by Nailsea Town Council at the Tithe Barn as part of Black History Month 

  • Halloween party with The 13 Slides at Nailsea Social Club

Friday, November 3

  • Nailsea Folk Club present Christina Alden and Alex Patterson at Tithe Barn

Friday and Saturday, November 10-11

Saturday, November 4

  • Absolutely Elton tribute at Nailsea Social Club

Saturday, November 11

  • RBL National Poppy Appeal Armistice Day

  • The Frogs play the Ring O'Bells

Sunday, November 12

  • RBL National Poppy Appeal Remembrance Sunday

Wednesday to Saturday, November 15-18

  • 7.30pm all days Tickenham Drama Group present The Bristol Twins 

Wednesday, November 15

  • tbc Nailsea Town Council Ask committee

Thursday, November 16

  • 2-4.30pm Rotary Nailsea & Backwell whist drive at Tithe Barn

Saturday, November 18​​

  • 9am-1pm market day in Nailsea High Street

Sunday, November 19​

  • Tapathon 2023 is the national tap dancing event with Michelle Bedford Dance Studies classes from tiny tap to adult taking part

Thursday, November 23

  • 6-9pm Christmas fair at Cadbury House Hotel - signing up stall holders now

Friday, November 24

  • Nailsea Folk Club present Huw Williams at Tithe Barn

Saturday November 25

  • Nailsea Festival of Music

  • Running On Empty play the Ring O'Bells

​Thursday, November 30

  • The Bristol Beacon, formerly named the Colston Hall is set to reopen

Saturday to Sunday, December 2-31

  • Peter Pan plays Peter Pan at the Bristol Hippodrome. Online tickets from £13.00 plus booking free a HERE

Friday to Sunday, December 8-30

  • various times Dick Whittington opens at The Playhouse, Weston

Saturday, December 9

  • 3.30pm onwards assembling at Stockway South car part the annual Christmas Cruz fundraising for Bristol Children's Hospital heads out at 5pm sharp on route for Portishead

  • Caught on the Back Foot play the Ring O'Bells

  • The Master of Manchester tribute act at Nailsea Social Club

Saturday, December 16

  • 9am-1pm festive market day in Nailsea High Street

Friday, December  22

  • Nailsea Folk Club present, Jim Causley Christmas Special with the Bristol Folk Singers at Tithe Barn


Saturday and Sunday, January 20-21 and Friday and Saturday, January 26-27

  • various times Nailsea Musicals production of Dick Whittington at Scotch Horn Leisure Centre scroll down for details on poster and ticket link 

Saturday, January 27

  • Nailsea Town Council host an evening at the Tithe Barn in commemoration of North Somerset Holocaust Day


  • tbc Home Additions on the corner of Nailsea Link Road and High Street is to close

Thursday, February 1

  • Lloyds bank, Nailsea to close


Nailsea People diary dates for 2023-24.

As well as pub quiz/bingo nights if you scroll down the dates for litter picks and healthy walks are on this page.

The 2022  and early 2023 events have moved to What Was On pages under the What's On dropdown menu.

On the Young Peeps page HERE are details of summer camps/clubs and activities.

To add a new item or amend send an email with poster if you have one to​

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  • Join Coates House for its fun Sunday night quiz starting at 7pm! £1 per person to enter, winner takes all! Minimum one, maximum six per team. Food served until 9pm

  • Moorend Spout big quiz nights are on Mondays at 8.30pm

  • Backwell Village Club monthly charity quiz are on a summer break

  • Monday nights is quiz night at The George at Backwell

  • Nailsea MicroPub holds regular monthly quiz nights - maximum of four per team. Future dates are Wednesdays, October 18, November 15 and December 13. To be announced the next date all with 7pm start

  • The White Lion at Silver Street quiz night is Wednesdays at 7.30pm

  • Wednesdays is weekly quiz night at The Sawyers at 8.30pm

  • The Royal Oak hosts a weekly quiz on Thursday nights ​

  • Nailsea Social Club fortnightly on Fridays music quiz. Teams of up to six players, £2 per player!

  • 7pm big quiz night Nailsea & Backwell RFC next date is Friday, September 22, when JLS & Clive and Fuzzy Ducks winners from August will be back to defend their title!

  • Rotary Nailsea & Backwell are hosting a grand charity quiz on Saturday, November 4, at Backwell WI hall raising money for Nailsea Memory Cafe. Cost is £6 pp, all proceeds in aid of the Memory Café. For tickets/information call Roger Smith on 01275
    854076 or email

  • Nailsea Little Theatre is hosting two film quiz nights both starting at 7.30pm on Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, when performers with act out famous movie scenes. Email for more details. Tickets £5 per person 


  • Back at the Nailsea Social Club once a month on last Sundays arrive by 5.30pm for 6pm prompt start.

  • Ring O' Bells fortnightly bingo sessions has restarted. Book your table on 01275 235891. 

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Friday, October 13

8pm Nailsea Folk Club present Simon Barron, known through his work with the duo ‘BarronBrady’, he is an exquisite guitarist and a fine interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Tickets on the door and online £7


Saturday, October 14
High energy Corvus is Nailsea’s number one band who rocked the beer and cider fest and is now playing the Ring O’Bells – a real crowd pleaser with an army of loyal fans. Classic rock covers mixed with modern pop added to funky spice. Free entry

Saturday, October 28

Savage Crew are local musicians with years of experience playing 50s to 90s pop, rock favourites that will get your feet tapping. Decades of dance music and more. Free entry

Saturday, November 11

The Frogs are a five-piece North Somerset band who play the greatest Transatlantic rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues hits from the 50s and 60s. 

Free entry

Saturday November 25

Running On Empty is a Clevedon band who have been together for two decades playing blues and rock covers from the 60s and 70s. 

Free entry

Saturday, December 9

Caught on the Back Foot formed in 2012, playing classic rock and blues, anything from Led Zeppelin to Stevie Wonder with a bit of  Cream just for good measure.... not forgetting Free,  ACDC, ZZ Top and more. 

Free entry

Seeing the rest of the summer out here is the Ring O’Bells playlist

It’ll be an evening of girl power at a popular North Somerset hotel with one of the best Spice Girl tribute bands set to play the group’s famous repertoire of hit singles.

Fans of Sporty, Scary, Ginger and Baby are now being advised to dig out their platform sneakers and get ready to spice up their night with a dose of 90s nostalgia!

Taking place on Friday. September 22. at Cadbury House in Congresbury, the evening includes a two-course meal and after show disco.

But it’s the Spice Girl tribute act that is set to be the main draw who will sing and dance to hits including Wannabe, Spice Up Your Life, 2 Become 1 and If You Wanna Be My Lover.

Cadbury House sales manager Matilda Burgess said: “The Spice Girls are one of the most iconic groups of the 90s and early 2000s.

"They led the teen pop resurgence of the 1990s, were a major part of the Cool Britannia era and became pop culture icons of the decade becoming the best-selling girl group of all time.

“And who can forget Gerri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress at the Brit Awards?

“Our tribute night is going to be full of dance and classic Spice Girl hits and we’re encouraging all those who come along to dress up and party.

“Tickets are limited so we’re recommending anyone interested in coming along, to reserve their place as soon as possible.”


Night of spice girl nostalgia

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Tickets cost £45 per person and includes the tribute act, two-course meal and after show disco.

For further information and to book go to

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The award-winning food and drink Eat:Festival is returning to Nailsea this October after almost a year’s absence.

Nailsea's biggest and best street fest will be setting up open air stalls throughout the town centre on Saturday, October 28, 10am-4pm.

It was booked for Clevedon which had big plans, but a last-minute change of venue has thankfully benefitted Nailsea.

Nailsea had hosted many Eat:Festivals since 2019 but they ended abruptly in December 2022 after issues with space, road closures and 'red tape'.

With many Eat:Festivals all over the West Country Nailsea people were miffed to lose out especially to other communities in North Somerset.

In 2023 there were 28 festivals planned in 19 host towns and cities

Clevedon, Portishead and Weston had all secured at least one date.

However, described as 'unavoidable circumstances' Eat:Nailsea is back and Clevedon in October is cancelled.

Bev and Sarah are thrilled to be back in Nailsea.

Bev said: "This will be our biggest Eat:Nailsea yet with Crown Glass Shopping Centre full of stalls from Wetherspoons to Waitrose and the usual section of the High Street too."

Clevedon BID had teamed up with Eat Festivals for a fourth time to bring ‘a fiesta of food and fun in support of small businesses’ to the town.

It had planned to take over Alexandra Road and Queens Square to connect all areas of Clevedon and even laid on a vintage bus service.

Approximately 90 food and drink producers were expected to take part in the celebration of locally and regionally resourced products with the support of Clevedon BID and Thatchers Cider.

Hopefully now they will al switched to Nailsea

Nailsea Town Council had opened talks with Bev and Sarah Milner Simonds earlier in the year with a view to reinstate the popular day-long event.

Town clerk, Jo Duffy, said: “Councillors listened to the people and businesses of Nailsea who were disappointed after the cessation of the Nailsea festivals at the end of 2022.

"The festivals are obviously a positive for the town and so after working things through with the organisers, it has been confirmed Eat:Nailsea will return on October 28.”

Eat festivals are free to attend, family-friendly, accessible day-long events held in town centres throughout the West Country showcasing local producers alongside workshops, live music, street entertainment and competitions.


Somerset International Festival of the Arts


Since moving to North Somerset from London more than 10 years ago violinists Simon and Liv-Marie Kodurand have been determined to find a way in which to contribute their skills and love of music to the benefit of the local community.

The Somerset International Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of classical music and the arts which brings together leading international chamber musicians and performers to North Somerset. 

Based in the intimate and beautiful setting of St Andrew's Church in Backwell, our festival aims to celebrate exceptional music making from some of the world’s finest performers, and support and nurture music education through partnership programmes with schools and the local community.

Somerset is rich with musicians and artists of the highest calibre, many of whom perform nationally and internationally with some of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles.

We are fortunate to have a partnership with the Bristol Ensemble, the South West’s leading chamber orchestra, who will be ensemble-in-residence for our inaugural festival.

Our launch festival will take place between the 6th-8th October 2023, presenting a series of events with leading international musicians including concerts, workshops and talks.

The festival opens with the musical imagery of Vivaldi's Seasons by Candlelight on Friday 6th, a fun-filled Family Music Workshop in the morning of Saturday 7th, an  atmospheric evening of Film Classics of the Silver Screen on Saturday 7th, and an exhilarating concert of Argentine Tango Music by Candlelight on Sunday 8th, and much, much more. Something for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming you to our 2023 festival!

Tickets are now on sale for all our events:

Liv-Marie Kodurand

artistic director


BAGS LADIES: Do you fancy a new handbag, then come to Nailsea town centre on Saturday, September 23, when Nailsea District Leg Club pre-loved fundraising sale will once again outside Waitrose supermarket. Donations may be delivered to No65 High Street in advances of the sale, thanks

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Saturday, October 14

  • Nailsea & Backwell Pink Ladies Day

Pink Wigs

A fun date to paint in Nailsea pub.

The next Paint and Sip Art Party is at the  Ring O'Bells, Nailsea, on Wednesday, September 27, at 7pm.
The theme is Good Hare Day – get creative and experience a great night out that you’ll be talking about for weeks!

The evening runs from 7-9.30pm.

Tickets £33 per person plus booking fee with special group rates.

  • It’s all about fun!

  • Get yourself a drink from the bar, settle down to your canvas and unleash your inner Van Gogh!

  • No painting experience required!

To book go to

Please note these events sell out fast.

Donated artwork will go on display in the St Mary's Grove function room at the pub.

Next pub paint party

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Somerset International Festival of the Arts 2023 at St Andrews church, Church Lane, Backwell BS48 3JJ. Tickets on sale now
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GOING DOWN: On Friday and Saturday, November 10-11, Histoire Productions present an immersive theatre performance of the last meal on the Titantic at Cadbury House hotel, Congresbury. The cost is £80 per person. Enjoy a drink on arrival and the last meal that was served on Titantic. More details HERE.

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We've got a really exciting lineup in store featuring headliner Suzy Bennett.

"A naturally funny person – very funny indeed!" – Jimmy Carr

Come join us for another great night out.

For online tickets at £7.50 plus booking fee click HERE.

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Now on Saturday, December 9 at Nailsea Social Club

STAGE HANDS: The next Backwell Playhouse production is Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows adapted for stage by Mike Kenny. This is a lovely family musical and will play from Thursday to Saturday, October 19-21. Rehearsals start soon as well as recruiting front-of-house and backstage crew. Email for more details

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DATE WITH DEATH: On Friday, October 13, the bar opens from 6.30pm, with guests seated at 7.30pm at Cadbury House Hotel for its next fabulous Murder Mystery Event comes with a three-course meal included! The story so far... "It is 1937 and the Pauncefoot Paint Company are set to unveil their latest paint range, Balmoral Berke. The company has enjoyed unrivalled popularity with the upper classes and celebrity artists and they have gathered together the very best of society to witness the unveiling. However, there is at least one person here who has other ideas about the true ownership of this paint range and perhaps even the whole company! This will be no boring company event, oh no – this one promises to very… colourful!" Limited tickets available. More information here 

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TURN AGAIN; Pantomime opens at The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare on Friday, December 8, and runs until Sunday, December 31, with lots of matinee performances. Booking now online with tickets from £24 with family rates and concessions. Go to

CHRISTMAS CRUZ: Twinkle, twinkle, little cars (and larger ones too) at the Christmas Cruz starts on Saturday, December 9, at the Stockway South car park on its fundraising tour of Nailsea before it sets off to Tickenham, around Clevedon and then out to Portishead. The VWs arrive in the Tower House car park from 3.45-4.45pm and leave at 5pm sharp all monies raised go to Bristol Children's Hospital


Next Nailsea farmers' market

The next Nailsea Farmers Market of 2023 is on Saturday, October 21, 9am-1pm.

Throughout the year stalls will be ready to trade on the third Saturday of each month with a variety of food, drink and craft stalls. .

The weather was a bit drizzly in September but that didn't stop people turning out to shop and it was certainly better than the wet and windy July event which saw less stalls because of the inclement conditions and luckily the August showers arrived at the very end of trading.

A slideshow of the September market is in the gallery HERE.

In addition every month there are at least two invited community groups, street musicians and at No 65 High Street a Q&A information desk manned by Nailsea town councillors from 10am-noon.

Nailsea MicroPub has early doors from 10am.

For more information follow the link:​

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Nailsea Folk Club which has been running since 1987 has a great line-up for the autumn.

Most of its concerts are in Nailsea Tithe Barn which is very comfortable and has an excellent acoustic. 

Nailsea Folk Club was very involved and instrumental in the refurbishment of the barn which dates from the 15th century.

It provides an ideal ambience for folk music. It is fully accessible for people with physical disabilities and has modern facilities.

We also run more traditional folk club nights including feature nights at the Ring O'Bells in Nailsea which has a lively atmosphere.

Every second Tuesday throughout the year at 8pm we have our 'singers and musicians nights' at the Grove Sports Centre.

NFC is also involved in fundraising events and supports many local causes.

Since May 2022 we have been running weekly Sunday afternoon meetings for Ukrainian refugees and their children living locally.

If you would like to become involved please get in contact with us.


Autumn 2023

  • Friday, October 13  Simon Barron: A traditional folk night with support from resident performers at Ring O'Bells

  • Thursday, October 26: The mighty Breabach from Scotland at Tithe Barn

  • Friday, November 3, Christina Alden and Alex Patterson at Tithe Barn

  • Friday, November 24, Huw Williams at Tithe Barn

  • Friday, December  22, Jim Causley Christmas Special with the Bristol Folk Singers at Tithe Barn

For tickets go to

Nailsea Folk Club

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Join party people at the Backwell pub on Friday, October 13, for a spooky fun evening:

  • Prizes for best costumes, kiddies and adults.

  • Halloween cocktail happy hour 8pm-9pm

  • Halloween themed Quiz 6:30pm

  • Spooky Spirit supper club deals

Lucky for some pub party

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