All Events

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  • February 14, 2019 - February 17, 2019
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Over the Valentines period we will be opening the doors to our Anglican Chapel for an indoor screening of Tim Burton’s classic Corpse Bride, purchase tickets by clicking here. In additional to our film screening immerse yourself in our Alternative Wedding Showcase. Visit the Spielman Centre dressed for an alternative wedding celebration inspired by Corpse Bride (more…)


  • February 15, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If the ‘V’ word is enough to send shivers down your spine – and if you feel like doing Valentines Day 2019  differently  – come to Arnos Vale! An indoor screening of this Tim Burton classic in our romantic Anglican Chapel. FILM TICKETS £10 BAR OPEN 6pm START TIME 7pm RUNNING TIME 77 mins RELEASE DATE 2005 (more…)


  • February 16, 2019
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come and write stories and poems based on a walk around Arnos Vale Cemetery.  Suitable for practised writers and beginners. Cemetery walk led by Belinda Wallace (volunteer guide) and the Writing workshop is led by Liz Cashdan, a published poet who teaches at the Folk House in Bristol and for the Open College of the Arts: www.lizcashdan.weebly.com £20 The (more…)


  • February 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 25, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 4, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 25, 2019
    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. HOW TO BOOK £8 per class or £48 for 7 classes. Contact Olu on: tjeg@hotmail.co.uk To book click here Hatha flow is a dynamic form of yoga where the (more…)


  • February 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • February 25, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • March 4, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • March 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • March 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • March 25, 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…)


  • February 19, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:15 pm

Take an Easter wander with the Nut Brown Hares.  Explore this gorgeous story and discover the ways the hares find to explain how much they love each other. A well loved classic told in the beautiful outdoors. Collect Easter egg clues to solve the puzzle and then decorate an egg to take home. Kids will (more…)


  • February 19, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Take an Easter wander with the Nut Brown Hares.  Explore this gorgeous story and discover the ways the hares find to explain how much they love each other. A well loved classic told in the beautiful outdoors. Collect Easter egg clues to solve the puzzle and then decorate an egg to take home. Kids will (more…)


  • February 19, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Take an Easter wander with the Nut Brown Hares.  Explore this gorgeous story and discover the ways the hares find to explain how much they love each other. A well loved classic told in the beautiful outdoors. Collect Easter egg clues to solve the puzzle and then decorate an egg to take home. Kids will (more…)


  • February 19, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 26, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 5, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 12, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 19, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • March 26, 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…)


  • February 20, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • February 27, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • March 6, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • March 13, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • March 20, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • March 27, 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…)


  • February 20, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Does your little one love the great outdoors?  Bring them along to a play in the fall woods with loads of winter themed activities to keep them entertained.  They can make create bird feeders, splash about in the puddles, dig in the mud, create with natural materials and make lots of things to take home (more…)


  • April 17, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • May 28, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • February 20, 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…)


  • February 20, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Have a great time discovering practical outdoor skills of fire craft and den building in a wonderful woodland setting.  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 campfire cooking. (more…)


  • February 23, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our municipal cemeteries are surprisingly versatile spaces: they memorialise the dead, provide recreation for the living, are home to a wide variety of wildlife – and are also places of work. In this talk archaeologist Dr Stuart Prior, together with historian and folklorist Dr Helen Frisby, will present their recent research into just what it’s (more…)


  • February 25, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • March 4, 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…)


  • February 28, 2019 - March 3, 2019
    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: Thursday 28th February – Sunday 3rd March 2019 For more information about getting involved please contact: adela.straughan@arnosvale.org.uk Here’s a short film (more…)


  • February 28, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 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. Hear about man-made deaths like a fatal stabbing, or diseases of the past such as Cholera and Smallpox. We will share some stories, drop some knowledge and open your mind to the (more…)


  • March 1, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:45 pm

A LOVE THAT NEVER DIES (12a) is a personal journey by two bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds and a love letter to their son Josh who died in a road accident in South East Asia seven years ago.  They now honour him with their own journeys: to Vietnam the place where he died, to (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and meet the  Patient Experience Team from Bristol Community Health.  Learn about palliative care home support, Community Navigators and Community Nursing Fast Track services across Bristol. Get a health check, find out about their work and share your thoughts on the service. Bristol Community Health is not-for-profit social enterprise. They are the leading provider for community (more…)


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

What is Natural Burial? Interested in Natural Burial and  want to know more? Thinking of planning ahead for the future? Join Vanessa, our Cemetery Services Coordinator, for a walk and talk to  Arnos Vale’s beautiful and tranquil Natural Burial Woodland. Meet at the East Lodge at 10.30am, next to the main entrance. Visiting: Arnos Vale (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This is the second in our new exciting series Alive In Conversation  “Goodnight Friend” will be a conversation between Veterinary Surgeon Penny Morgan and death academic Dr John Troyer Over the next few months, Dr John Troyer from The University of Bath  will lead a series of conversations with people from the worlds of death, (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The opulent world of Victorian love and grief can’t help but catch our imagination; images of widows in trailing black veils, elaborate hair wreaths, plumed horses and impossibly expensive black jewels offer a morbid beauty our contemporary existence lacks. Illustrated with a wide personal collection of mourning wear, jewels and ephemera, this talk aims to (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 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…)


  • March 2, 2019
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mental illness effects 1 in 4 people. But it only takes 1 to stand up and start the conversation to help battle the stigma of living with mental health conditions. Clara Autumn, Author of The Graveyard Girl – Life, Death and my Mental Illness talks about living a colourful lifetime spent around mental illness both (more…)


  • March 2, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Vibrant to the point of being garish, warm and generous, with a spiky sense of satire, this supernatural comedy is one of Tim Burton best. We are proud to showing this film as part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival, in our romantic Anglican Chapel. TICKETS £10 BAR OPEN 6pm START TIME 7pm RUNNING TIME 1hr 33 (more…)


  • March 3, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We are delighted to be showing the short documentary Holding Space by Rebecca Kenyon, with a discussion facilitated by the Bristol-based organisation DEATH.io. Holding Space is an intimate, observational documentary about preparing for death, told through the connection between a dying person and their end of life ‘doula’. Structured around a series of conversations, the film finds (more…)


  • March 3, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 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 whcih communicated hidden meanings and messages. Arnos Vale has over 50,000 graves, two dozen listed (more…)


  • March 3, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • May 12, 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…)


  • March 9, 2019
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • April 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…)


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

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we are running our excellent and informative Women’s Tour. Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol’s history. The lives of women in times past often elude the historic record. But where historical evidence can be found, the lives they led (more…)


  • Every Sat at 1.30pm
    March 9, 2019 - November 30, 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…)


  • March 23, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • April 27, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • May 18, 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…)


  • March 23, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:15 am

Join us for a walk and talk about some of Bristol’s brilliant women, and then attend our fantastic talk about the Women who built Bristol by author Jane Duffus (separate ticket required). Arnos Vale Cemetery is the place of remembrance for an estimated 150,000 women and girls from Bristol’s history and this tour aims to tell (more…)


  • March 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

***This event has now sold out but we have a repeat due to popular demand on the 4th May *** We thrilled to announce that author Jane Duffus will be delivering a fascinating talk about ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’ as part of our International Women’s Day events. Hear some stories of inspiring women (and dogs) (more…)


  • March 23, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
  • April 6, 2019
    2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Wrap up warm and come relax with a 45 minute crystal bowl sound bath! Nothing to do but lie down and drift off. Chairs available if you prefer to be seated. People describe the sound of the bowls as ‘angelic’ ‘other worldly’ ‘like nothing I’ve ever heard before’ . The sound and vibration of the (more…)


  • March 30, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:40 pm

Join us for a special Mothers Day weekend screening of Coraline, in our beautiful Anglican Chapel. “Terrifying and beautiful, believable and fantastical, this is one of the best children’s films in years and Selick’s finest — better even than The Nightmare Before Christmas” Empire Magazine TICKETS £10 BAR OPEN 6pm START TIME 7pm RUNNING TIME 1hr 40 (more…)


  • March 31, 2019
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Treat your mum this Mothers Day to our gourmet lunch in the beautiful Spielman Centre. Cooked by Cleverchefs award winning chefs. Bookings will fill up fast so book now to avoid disappointment. Served 12:00-4:00pm To book please email: feedme@cleverchefs.co.uk or call 0345 521 0123 Starters Cauliflower cheese soup, macaroni cheese bon bon, crusty bread. (v) Gin Cured Salmon, (more…)


  • April 7, 2019
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For our next wedding fair we’re looking for unique suppliers to showcase their talents. Unicorn wedding dresses, glitter parties, circus acts, tattoo artists, fairy wings and Gothic cakes are all welcome here! If you would like to exhibit at our wedding fair, more information can be found on our suppliers leaflet, download the application form or alternatively email Buffy on (more…)


  • Stomping Story - Superworm 10.30
    April 9, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:15 am

Never fear, SUPERWORM is here Superworm is amazing.  He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But what will happen to Superworm, when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Test your bug hunting skills on this super walk then create a wormery to take home. Another brilliant (more…)


  • Stomping Story - Superworm 11.30
    April 9, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Never fear, SUPERWORM is here Superworm is amazing.  He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But what will happen to Superworm, when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Test your bug hunting skills on this super walk then create a wormery to take home. Another brilliant (more…)


  • Stomping Story - Superworm 1pm
    April 9, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Never fear, SUPERWORM is here Superworm is amazing.  He can fish Spider out of a well, and rescue Toad from a busy road. But what will happen to Superworm, when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard? Test your bug hunting skills on this super walk then create a wormery to take home. Another brilliant (more…)


  • April 10, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Does your little one love the great outdoors?  Bring them along to a play in the fall woods with loads of Easter themed activities to keep them entertained.  They can make create easter decorations, explore the woods,  dig in the mud, create with natural materials and make lots of things to take home Session is (more…)


  • April 10, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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 person attending requires a ticket Session is led by Forest School Leader Janine Marriott. Meeting point is Spielman Centre but all activities (more…)


  • Forest Fun
    April 11, 2019
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cooped up indoors, bored of the cold?  Not at Arnos Vale.  Kids can come and learn some fab bushcraft skills in our wonderful outdoor centre. Your child will have a great time discovering practical outdoor skills of fire  craft in a wonderful woodland setting.  They will learn important safety skills in a fun way.  Kids (more…)


  • April 16, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:15 am

Do you want to go on a Bear Hunt? Join us for a woodland wander and hunt a bear (with two furry ears).  Discover what else lives in Arnos Vale and then make some crafts to take home. Suitable for 3+ (babies and toddlers go free when accompanying an older paying sibling). Buy tickets online (more…)


  • April 16, 2019
    10:45 am - 11:15 am

Do you want to go on a Bear Hunt? Join us for a woodland wander and hunt a bear (with two furry ears).  Discover what else lives in Arnos Vale and then make some crafts to take home. Suitable for 3+ (babies and toddlers go free when accompanying an older paying sibling). Buy tickets online (more…)


  • 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 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…)


  • May 4, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We thrilled to announce  that author Jane Duffus will be delivering a fascinating talk about ‘The Women Who Built Bristol’. Hear some stories of inspiring women (and dogs) and discover the often overlooked women’s history of Bristol detailed in her book. The book contains 250 inspiring women, three sheroic dogs and one heartbroken barmaid from (more…)


  • May 11, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join Greyhound Gathering and Dogs Picnic Bristol for a day long seminar with Dr. Nick Thompson, BSc (Vet Sci) Hons, BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS. Nick is a fully trained vet with over 20 years experience. This seminar will cover natural nutrition, veterinary herbal medicine, arthritis, stress, skin issues, Psycho-neuro-endocrino-immunology, care of senior dogs, and much more! (more…)


  • May 19, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free entry all day! Showcasing a host of local craft and produce suppliers from our region. Little Paisley Designs will be in the Spielman Centre with their quirky handmade gifts, jewellery, homewares & art prints featuring wildflower & British animal watercolour illustrations. Also Do It Later Illustration with their tropical prints and Be Therapies will be in the West Lodge (more…)


  • December 1, 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 (more…)