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  • 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…)


  • July 23, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • July 30, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • August 6, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • August 13, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • August 20, 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. 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 postures (more…)


  • July 24, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • July 31, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • August 7, 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…)


  • July 24, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • July 31, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Yoga for all on Tuesdays, in the Spielman Centre. 12th June – 31st July (8 classes) 6.30-8pm First week free to new students, then £12 drop in (6th class free) Zoë Reason is an experienced and safe practitioner – and she’s been teaching since 2004 (she was trained by and is insured by the Iyengar (more…)


  • July 25, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • August 1, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • August 8, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • August 15, 2018
    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…)


  • September 6, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • July 26, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

As a Brit incarcerated in Arizona’s highest-security prisons including supermax, Shaun Attwood lived for 6 years in the company of killers, ranging from Mafia mass murderers to Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members. Join Shaun to hear his most gruesome stories, ranging from neo-Nazi psychos who killed just to earn gang tattoos, to Mafia hit men (more…)


  • August 3, 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…)


  • August 3, 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…)


  • August 4, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • September 1, 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…)


  • August 4, 2018
    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…)


  • Forest Funday – Bushcraft Skills
    August 6, 2018
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Schools out, but kids still love to learn.  During this session your kids will learn practical outdoor skills of fire craft, knife work, den building and wildlife identification in a wonderful woodland setting.  They will learn important safety skills in a fun way.   The day will end putting skills to the test with campfire (more…)


  • August 7, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • November 2, 2018
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We 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 our age appropriate workshop. We will work through an investigation together – You’ll keep your CSI suit at the end along with some (more…)


  • August 8, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 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…)


  • August 8, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Come and enjoy a quartz crystal bowl sound bath with the 8.8.18 Lions Gateway energy. This energy is all about more fully awakening each of our unique Divine Light and embodying Divinity within our physical form. Leo is also associated with royalty, and so this alignment can be seen as awakening the royal codes of (more…)


  • August 8, 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…)


  • Murder, Mystery and Mayhem Tour
    August 10, 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…)


  • August 14, 2018
    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 lovely bear paws to take home. Suitable for 3+ (babies and toddlers go free when accompanying an older paying sibling). Buy (more…)


  • August 16, 2018
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bored of hearing, ‘I’m bored’.  Not at Arnos Vale.  Kids can come and join in with some great Forest School activities in our wonderful outdoor centre. Your child will have a great time hanging out and learning new skills in a wonderful woodland setting.  They will learn important life skills in a fun and safe (more…)


  • August 17, 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…)


  • August 19, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • September 23, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • October 21, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • November 25, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • December 16, 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…)


  • August 19, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

An inspiring Sunday afternoon talk for teens and adults by Gavin Strange, Senior Designer & Director for the brilliant Aardman Animations, and designer of the Gromit Unleashed 2 Day of the Dead Gromit sculpture. His talks are fast, fun and full of GIFS; “I like to hit people in the eyeballs with a blast of (more…)


  • August 20, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:15 am

STOMPING STORIES – Have fun, plays games, get out and about with a popular story and crafty activity.   A quick-witted mouse encounters a host of predators who seem to think he might make a tasty treat. As he ventures deeper into the deep dark wood, stumbling across a hungry fox, a not-so-wise owl, and (more…)


  • August 23, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Does your little one love the great outdoors?  Bring them along to a play in the woods with loads of activities to keep them entertained.  They can make potions, splash about, dig in the mud, paint with natural materials, use tools and be creative.   Session is led by Learning Coordinator Janine Marriott.  All under 8’s (more…)


  • September 8, 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…)


  • September 21, 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…)


  • September 21, 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…)


  • 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…)


  • Boundries Tour
    September 22, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

A wide-reaching tour exploring the 45-acres of cemetery grounds. More walk than talk, this wide-ranging tour explores the full extent of grounds of Arnos Vale Cemetery, from the 1830s cemetery’s boundaries to later expanded areas of burial ground in the 1860s and 1890s. The route includes steep slopes and steps for a healthy workout, with (more…)


  • September 25, 2018
    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Are you rushing through life, reacting to demands on your time, rushing from one business meeting to another, grabbing something to eat when you can, with barely a thought about yourself, what you want, or even, stopping to think about whether what you are doing is what you really want to be doing? Career planning, (more…)


  • September 28, 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…)


  • 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 (more…)


  • October 6, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 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…)


  • October 7, 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…)


  • October 14, 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…)


  • October 14, 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. 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…)


  • October 17, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

We’re overjoyed to welcome Carla Valentine back to Arnos Vale, for not one night but TWO! 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 (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…)


  • October 20, 2018
    7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Come join us for the second annual ‘Bats Ball’; a celebration of all things Gothic. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Victorian Mourning’ and while you are encouraged to wear your best goth/punk/Victorian/dark-inspired fashion, it isn’t a necessity. However, there maybe a little something given for the best dressed attendees (it will be discrete, (more…)


  • October 21, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Leave logic at the door and walk into the absurd world of the Bristol Fiction Writers Group. Please come alive. This is not a reading. The camel says yes, it is. We will read surreal works by ourselves and others, accompanied by projections of surreal imagery. Part of the Bristol Festival of Literature. There is (more…)


  • October 25, 2018
    8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

The Unnamed return to the Anglican Chapel at with Shadows Over Improv, another night of brilliant improvised theatre inspired by cult cosmic horror writer HP Lovecraft. You don’t need to have heard of Lovecraft to be transported by their theatrical rendering of a story, created entirely spontaneously from an audience suggestion. Besides the on-stage players, (more…)


  • October 26, 2018
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

As part of  ‘Women On The Move’ event for  Bristol Litfest   we are proud to put on our Wonderful Women Tour. 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 (more…)


  • October 28, 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…)


  • October 29, 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. 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…)


  • November 1, 2018 - November 11, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Adapted by Award Winning Writer Matt Grinter, from the chilling Gothic novel by Mary Shelly. We invite you to hear a tale that’s been told for over 200 years. A story of creation, rejection, love and disaster. In an attempt to defy death Frankenstein creates a creature, a monster that is both childlike in its (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 18, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Maker is a new gift fair at Arnos Vale. This free event brings together local designer-makers, appealing to those gift seekers that are looking for something fabulously different. Meet Your Maker offers an opportunity to meet the designer or maker, learn more about where the products are from and maybe even commission something (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

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. Little Paisley Designs will (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…)


  • 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…)


  • 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…)