All Events

All our upcoming events with soonest first.


  • Every Sat at 1.30pm
    March 3, 2018 - November 10, 2018
    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. 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, show you some interesting or unusual symbols (more…)


  • pirates love underpants
    May 29, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:15 am

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…)


  • pirates love underpants
    May 29, 2018
    1:00 pm - 1:45 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 29, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 5, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 12, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 19, 2018
    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 30, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:45 am

Learn how to make a fantastic Den out of natural and man made materials. Discover techniques to build a sturdy woodland shelter.  Explore ways to tie knots and engineer structures. Tickets are per person.  Each child attending requires a ticket.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult.  Accompanying adults do not require a ticket. (more…)


  • May 30, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Have a great time discovering practical outdoor skills of fire craft in a wonderful woodland setting.  Have fun with your family and have a go at using at building, starting and control fire safely in the outdoors. Learn important safety skills in a fun way. Then put these skills to the test with a bit of (more…)


  • May 30, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The pharmacy of the Amazonia’s has the potential to cure all the main diseases that are to this day causing suffering to human kind, the erosion of the rainforest is the erosion of ourselves. This talk focuses on connecting people to the Amazon through an interactive experience & includes a free mayan cacao taster, to (more…)


  • June 2, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The lives of women in times past often elude the historic record. But where historical evidence can be found, the lives they led and the contributions they made to society make for compelling stories. At Arnos Vale cemetery, we try to set the historic record straight on the with a special guided tour focusing on the interesting, (more…)


  • June 4, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 11, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 18, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • June 25, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • July 2, 2018
    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 4, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 11, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 18, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • June 25, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • July 2, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

In the Spielman Centre. Suitable for beginners and those with experience.  Bring your own mat if you can, there will be a few mats there if you don’t have one. Please note that the class on Mon 26th March will be in the Anglican Chapel, and that there will be no class on Easter Monday HOW TO BOOK (more…)


  • June 8, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 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, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • July 7, 2018
    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 10, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • July 15, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • August 19, 2018
    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…)


  • June 12, 2018
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

RenewYou is the flagship course from Changing People written by Jane C Woods.  It is an internationally acclaimed one day personal development course for women. Hundreds upon hundreds of women have been on a RenewYou course, either at their place of work, or personal investment in themselves on an open course. They have unreservedly loved (more…)


  • June 14, 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

A misadventure into magic, myth, folklore and potent neurohacking chemicals. This talk discusses both the scientific and the mystical understanding of people’s experiences of visionary encounters with discarnate beings… In all times and places people have had unervingly real encounter experiences with deities, demons, angels, elves, aliens, and ghosts. Sometimes these occur when a person (more…)


  • June 15, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Although not often recognised by researchers and scientists fungi and plants have been used for millenniums by indigenous Africans for spiritual, personal and community development. Darren will be sharing his extensive research on the indigenous usage of psychedelic plants on the African continent. Several communities use these sacred plants in their rites of passage, initiation (more…)


  • June 16, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • September 22, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • October 21, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • November 24, 2018
    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 17, 2018
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

We will be marking the arrival of Midsummer with a programme of the Mystical and Magical, before finishing with another Pocket Opera – the opera which Mozart never wrote! Tickets £10  Martin Le Poidevin is a well-known baritone in the Bristol area, with a vast amount of experience in recitals, oratorio and opera and other (more…)


  • June 20, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Death might not be certain, though taxes, probably are. In this lecture, featuring the immortal jelly fish, the world’s slowest bacteria and the trip Darwin took to a séance, biologist Simon Watt delves into the surprising science behind why we die, and what the alternatives might be. Come satisfy your morbid curiosity. Doors: 7pm / (more…)


  • June 22, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Explore the ethereal beauty of Bristol’s “Necropolis” with our after hours tour. Find out about Victorian Funeral traditions, learn about burial practices and hear stories from beyond the grave. You’ll travel along paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into the mortuary crypt and listen out for things that go bump in the night. Places on (more…)


  • June 28, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the stunning grounds of Arnos Vale. Learn to look and really see! In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice in the present moment, and see the extraordinary (more…)


  • June 30, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Discover beautiful carved memorials, their symbolic meanings 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. Arnos Vale has over 50,000 graves, two dozen listed structures and a number of contemporary memorial sculptures on display in 45 acres of (more…)


  • July 6, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A chat show with a difference! Join Oscar Wilde as he interviews a leading celebrity of the Victorian era, recounts a story or two and invites his audience to get “Caught in the Act”. The show is presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar! Theatre Company, the British Empire’s finest practitioners of theatrical Victoriana in a macabre vein. Acclaimed actor (more…)


  • July 7, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Happy 70th Birthday NHS! Find out how medicine has changed and improved. Learn about Victorian medicine and how it transformed Bristol and the world. From fresh water to forensics, childhood disease to Cholera, the discoveries of medical professionals saved many lives and along the way made Bristol one of the healthiest places to live. In (more…)


  • July 12, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Nye Bevan’s beautiful baby is 70 this year, but will she make a ton? A decade of austerity with a Brexit cherry on top has brought her to her knees. Dr Phil Hammond charts the course of the NHS from 1948 to as long as she lasts. Come cheer the heroes, boo the villains and devise (more…)


  • July 13, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Explore the ethereal beauty of Bristol’s “Necropolis” with our after hours tour on FRIDAY the 13th Find out about Victorian Funeral traditions, learn about burial practices and hear stories from beyond the grave. You’ll travel along paths overhung with creeping branches, descend into the mortuary crypt and listen out for things that go bump in (more…)


  • July 14, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Your monument shall be my gentle verse: death, love & the sonnets Think Shakespeare’s sonnets are all about love? Think again! Experience the extraordinary passion of Shakespeare’s darker-themed sonnets with the Shakespeare Heptet. The ensemble explore through their haunting musical reimagining the Bard’s preoccupation with mortality, death and the glorious agony of love: as Time (more…)


  • July 20, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 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…)


  • July 20, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 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. From man-made deaths like a fatal stabbing, to diseases of the past such as Cholera and Smallpox we will share some stories, drop some knowledge and open your mind to the ways (more…)


  • July 21, 2018
    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…)


  • October 4, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Acclaimed actor Jonathan Goodwin stars in The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Holmes. The show features the great detective recounting highlights of his crime-busting career. It also includes autobiographical snippets concerning his life and times, the adversaries he has faced and mysteries he has solved. An affectionate one-man homage to the world’s greatest detective that includes quick (more…)


  • October 18, 2018
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • January 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • April 25, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • July 11, 2019
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in the stunning grounds of Arnos Vale. Learn to look and really see! In this workshop you slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. You learn to take notice in the present moment, and see the extraordinary (more…)


  • October 18, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re overjoyed to welcome Carla Valentine back to Arnos Vale. Join us in the Anglican Chapel for a special presentation, taking you through the procedure of an autopsy in the same way as the chapters are laid out in her book, Past Mortems. To include new anecdotes on each topic and lots of new content (more…)


  • November 15, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

WARNING: THIS SHOW MIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIFE…AND YOUR DEATH Written and performed by Liz Rothschild & directed by Jo Bousfield Liz is a performer, celebrant and award winning burial ground owner. Her unique insights and experiences have created a highly original and beautifully cathartic show, combining mercurial tales and miraculous truths, collected over the years (more…)


  • November 29, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy an audience with Charles Dickens as he regales his audience with this hitherto-unknown festive tale. In the style of the public performances the great Victorian writer gave during the nineteenth century, this one-man stage show is the perfect seasonal treat to whet your appetite for the Yuletide celebrations! Expect chills, laughter and sentiment as Mr Dickens presents, for (more…)


  • December 2, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in exhibiting? Our fairs are open from 10am – 4pm (set up from 8am) and normally attract 600-1000 visitors. Each exhibitor is given one table (6ft or 5 ft trestle) and a chair in the Anglican Chapel or Spielman Centre, with a selection of food stalls outside. Previous stall holders have said: (more…)


  • December 15, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust extends a warm and open invitation to everyone to join us for a memorial service to remember loved ones at Christmas. The Service will be conducted by Fr Steven Hawkins of Holy Nativity, Knowle. There will be an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance during the service and to write (more…)