All Events

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  • May 24, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • June 7, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • June 28, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Have you ever walked around a cemetery or graveyard and thought ‘I wonder how they died?’.  Well now’s your chance to find out. Hear about drownings and hangings, murder and unfortunate accidents, a ‘crinoline death’, diseases of the past such as cholera and smallpox, childbirth complications and fatal childhood diseases. We will share some stories, (more…)


  • May 24, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Uncover some of the more unusual and outrageous stories ‘buried’ in Arnos Vale on our Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Tour. Our expert guide will share stories of murder, rioting, adultery and more. You will visit beautiful memorials in our amazing listed landscape and hear terrible tales and sinister stories.  Warning; these stories are not for (more…)


  • May 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

From underage conscripts to the war at home, this tour reveals the individual stories and sacrifices of wartime visiting War memorials and family graves across the cemetery. A century on from the WW1 Armistice, we visit some of the graves of service personnel and civilians from both World Wars at rest in Arnos Vale. Discover Arnos (more…)


  • June 22, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • May 25, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • June 1, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • June 8, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • June 15, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • June 22, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • June 29, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and join our expert guide for an informal Saturday afternoon ramble around our lovely cemetery at 1.30pm every Saturday from 9th March until November 30th 2019. This tour will vary from week to week depending on the weather and what you would like to see. The guide will tell you about the cemetery’s history, (more…)


  • May 26, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Witness Nature’s musical marvel of birdsong  The cemetery is a haven for bird-life and this walk promises a unique aural experience hearing the gorgeous songs of resident and migrant bird species, with tips on their identification led by ecologist Mary Wood. This is an all-weather event. Arnos Vale Cemetery is a Site of Conservation Interest (more…)


  • May 26, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • June 16, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 11, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 8, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 17, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 15, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

At Death Cafes we come together to chat about death in a relaxed, safe, social cafe environment. Our objective is “To increase awareness of the reality of death, so we can enjoy feeling more fully alive“. The conversations are always new and fresh. Each time we come together the changing mix of people ensures that (more…)


  • May 27, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 17, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 24, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Suitable for beginners and those with experience.  Please bring your own mat. Email: shunayoga@gmail.com or call 07463 964119 for more information A friendly, informal class designed for those of you that are at a desk bound for most of the day. Start your evening treating those postural habits of hunching with the back, straining neck and (more…)


  • May 27, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • June 3, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • June 10, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • June 17, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • June 24, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A fun and effective dance cardio workout inspired by the joyful, energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Electro Swing And Hot Jazz SwingTrain is the little fitness brother of Swing Patrol, one of the leading Swing Dance schools in the UK. Capturing the joy and community of swing dancing, using swing moves and the music everyone loves (more…)


  • May 28, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Detective Project are training up another team of 8-12 year olds in crime scene investigation! Come and put your sleuthing skills to the test – and pick up some new ones by joining this age appropriate workshop. The investigation will be different from before so returning detectives are welcome. You will work through an (more…)


  • May 28, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 4, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 11, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 18, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 25, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Bring out the Tigger in you! Jumpfit Classes every Tuesday. Come along and join in with the most fun way to keep fit!  Classes begin at 6.30pm and last for 45 minutes. Rebound your way to fitness to music on Bounce boots (provided). No experience required. Very friendly class. Ages 12 plus. Booking via www.jumpfituk.com (more…)


  • May 29, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • May 29, 2019
    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Join the Pants Pirate on a special treasure hunt! Join us for a walk sail on the Pirate Ship Black Bloomer in search of the Pants of Gold! Will you fall victim to the angry crocodiles or scary sharks in fancy pants?  When we have successfully nabbed the booty, make a pirate hat to take (more…)


  • May 30, 2019
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Get your kids in the outdoors and learning something new with our bushcraft survival morning.  Children will have a go at fire lighting, whittling with a knife, finding wildlife clues and then finish some cooking over the fire. Session is led by Learning Coordinator and Forest School leader Janine Marriott. Adults welcome to stay and (more…)


  • June 1, 2019
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • July 6, 2019
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm

‘Viniyoga for Life’ with John – monthly mini workshops John continues to offer workshops from 10am – 1.30pm. Yoga begins from wherever you are- “Whether new to yoga or with some experience, there is always something to learn, all are welcome…” ‘Come and enjoy giving some space and time to yourSelf within this tranquil and beautiful (more…)


  • June 2, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Discover beautiful carved memorials, their symbolic meanings, the stories of those remembered in the landscape and the stone-carvers behind them. The Victorian era saw a flowering of memorial art, with a range of different symbols and styles carved in stone which communicated hidden meanings and messages. Arnos Vale has over 50,000 graves, two dozen listed (more…)


  • June 3, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 10, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 17, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 24, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am

  Launchpad classes are fun and educational sessions for 2, 3 and 4 year olds to share with their parent or carer.  Our classes give a gentle introduction to letters, numbers and science. They also encourage communication and social skills. The classes are fun, active and varied. They include stories, role play, simple science experiments, (more…)


  • June 7, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • June 28, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Uncover some of the more unusual and outrageous stories ‘buried’ in Arnos Vale on our Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Tour. Our expert guide will share stories of murder, rioting, adultery and more. You will visit beautiful memorials in our amazing listed landscape and hear terrible tales and sinister stories.  Warning; these stories are not for (more…)


  • June 9, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Explore the beautiful architecture, amazing graves and hear stories of Bristol’s past and people in our physically accessible Ceremonial Way Tour. Learn fascinating facts about Arnos Vale and enjoyed the beautiful landscape and views on this carefully designed tour. This tour is on the flat and has rest points on the way round and is (more…)


  • June 12, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • June 19, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • June 26, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am

Block booking £40 (£8/class) or drop in is £9 (please contact Caroline on  07889969050 to check availability for drop in as classes fill up quickly). 1-1’s are also available on request Suitable for all ages, levels and abilities-beginners to intermediate. All mats and equipment are provided. To book a drop in/ block book space please contact (more…)


  • June 13, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group at the University of Bristol is delighted to present an evening discussion of death and dying, featuring Dr Kathryn Mannix, bestselling author of With The End In Mind. Dr Mannix has spent her medical career working with people who have incurable, advanced illnesses. She is passionate about public education and (more…)


  • June 16, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • September 22, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • October 20, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • December 7, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am

Saturday morning Yoga classes at Arnos Vale Cemetery – Extended 2-hour, monthly sessions. Everyone welcome. Join Kate Fox and Jessica Adams, for a Scaravelli-inspired yoga session where you will rediscover a free form of movement through your body and spine, helping to restore your body’s natural vitality. Our spine, particularly the lumbar area suffers greatly (more…)


  • June 23, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Are you ready to meet your makers? The makers of Bristol, that is. Meet some of the celebrated Bristolians, familiar and anonymous, who helped make our city famous. From railways to reform, manufacture to mining, prisons to philanthropy, business to blitz, we introduce some of those Makers of Bristol from the past two centuries. From (more…)


  • June 23, 2019
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Pocket Opera returns to the Anglican Chapel with their unique blend of entertainment – songs from the worlds of classical music, jazz, the shows and more. And then, of course, the Pocket Opera itself – an entertaining romp through some of your favourite Handel arias, including Let The Bright Seraphim, Ruddier than the Cherry, Lascia (more…)


  • June 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This day long course will support individuals and organisations who wish to improve habitats and make burial spaces more receptive to wildlife. Cemeteries and graveyards are often vital green spaces in highly urbanised places that provide shelter and food to a wild variety of native species and winged visitors. This course is set in beautiful (more…)


  • June 28, 2019
    10:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Due to popular demand we are showing this absolute classic, late night in the fabulous Anglican Chapel. A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator. OUT OF HOURS ENTRY & FILM TICKETS £10 BAR OPEN: 9pm START TIME: 10pm (no (more…)


  • June 29, 2019
    10:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Due to popular demand we are showing this absolute classic, at 10 pm in the fabulous Anglican Chapel. A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. OUT OF HOURS ENTRY & FILM TICKETS £10 BAR OPEN: 9pm START TIME: 10pm (no interval) RUNNING TIME: 2 hrs 3 mins DIRECTOR: Neil Jordan Want to know (more…)


  • July 11, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the beautiful natural surroundings of Arnos Vale Cemetery. Slow down and take a fresh look at the world around you. Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, while taking time out for you, reducing stress and improving your wellbeing. In a small group, you’ll (more…)


  • October 4, 2019
    6:30 pm - 11:55 pm
  • October 5, 2019
    6:30 pm - 11:55 pm

Our incredibly popular outdoor screenings are back – last year we broke our website with the number of people wanting tickets so this year, we thought we’d give you a little bit of warning! Tickets go on sale in August, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. (more…)


  • October 19, 2019
    1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We are proud to be hosting our first Macabre Market, on the same day as The Bats Ball.  Join us for a hand-picked selection of handmade hats, witchcraft art items and magnificent anatomical illustrations. This fair is now full, and there are no more stall spaces available. If you are interested in applying for a (more…)


  • October 19, 2019
    7:00 pm - 11:55 pm

Come join us for the third annual ‘Bats Ball’; a celebration of all things Gothic. This year, we have two optional tours, ‘Morbid vs Macabre’ on offer, included in your ticket price. We’ll have added décor, ‘selfie spots’ and a little run of official merchandise! Also, at long last, the cemetery gods have spoken and (more…)


  • October 25, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The ultimate death positive film. A story of unconventional love, life, and death way ahead of its time. Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby’s 1971 black comedy  explores existentialism and death, which protagonist Harold (Bud Cort) repeatedly courts throughout his friendship with 79-year-old Maude (Ruth Gordon). One of cinema’s angstiest characters, Harold sees himself through elaborate fake (more…)


  • October 26, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:50 pm
  • October 26, 2019
    8:30 pm - 9:50 pm

Enjoy an indoor screening of Coco, in our stunning Anglican Chapel. Be the first to explore our Day of the Dead Altar, made by the people from Otomi during its special night time opening in the Anglican Crypt Meet Miguel, a boy who wants to become a musician against the wishes of his family.  He ends up (more…)


  • October 30, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Don’t Go Into The Cellar theatre company are back at Arnos Vale, bringing tales of unease by MR James in The Witching Hour, where we learn that the dead are not always grateful… Montague Rhodes James returns with another selection of unsettling tales of antiquarian terror! Brave the horrors lying in wait within “An Episode of (more…)


  • November 17, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

If you are interested in applying for a stall please download the  Stall application form 2019 and return to this email with FAIR APPLICATION in the title. Stalls are £40 +VAT (£48) Each exhibitor is provided with one table (6ft or 5 ft trestle) and a chair in the Anglican Chapel or Spielman Centre, with a selection of food stalls (more…)


  • December 1, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free entry all day! Showcasing a host of local craft and produce suppliers from our region. If it’s a sensation of the taste buds that you’re looking for then look out for Ginger Beards Preserves who will be joining us again, and Boulton Spirit with their fabulous range of small batch spirits, including gins, vodkas & infused-liqueurs. Sausagenius will be (more…)


  • December 13, 2019
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A Wreath of Festive Frights is the follow-up to the hugely successful show, Ghost Stories for Christmas. Join resting actor Alfred St John Merrimoon once again, as he regales his audience with more unsettling tales of seasonal spooks, winter wraiths and Christmastime horrors.  Huddle closer to the fireplace and keep away from the shadows, for (more…)


  • March 5, 2020 - March 8, 2020
    10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Life, Death (and the Rest) is our annual 4 day event of talks, walks, theatre and film that supports a growing social movement talking about death, and how we remember our loved ones. Save the date: 5th – 8th March 2020 Here’s a short film featuring the 2018 festival highlights: [video_embed video=”272324121″ parameters=”” mp4=”” ogv=”” placeholder=”” html5_parameters=”” (more…)