All Events

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  • 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 20, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • December 7, 2019
    9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join Jess and Kate for a monthly 2hr Scaravelli inspired yoga workshop in the Spielman centre, Arnos Vale. A beautiful, tranquil venue, surrounded by nature. These workshops are for you if you’d like to: • slow down, unwind and enjoy yoga at an unhurried pace • relax while building strength, flexibility and better movement habits (more…)


  • Morbid Curiosity Daytime tour 20/10
    October 20, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 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. This is a rare daytime telling of this story, but it is still all about death. This October hear about drownings and hangings, murder and unfortunate accidents, a ‘crinoline death’, diseases of (more…)


  • October 20, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the secrets Bristol is hiding – real places, imagined mysteries; twisted histories with Bristol Fiction Writers Group. Speakers: Clifton crime writer AA Abbott writes stories sizzling with suspense, twists and murder. Most of them involve vodka too. For many years, the only stories J E Hagan told were to avoid cross country running at (more…)


  • Morbid Curiosity 20/10
    October 20, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Morbid Curiosity 21/10
    October 21, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Morbid Curiosity Tour 27/10
    October 27, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Morbid Curiosty Tour 28/10
    October 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. This October 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. Bring a torch (more…)


  • MMM tour 20/10
    October 20, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MMM tour 21/10
    October 21, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MMM tour 27/10
    October 27, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • MMM tour 28/10
    October 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 on this evening tour. You will visit beautiful memorials in our amazing listed landscape and hear terrible tales and sinister stories.  Please bring (more…)


  • October 21, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • November 4, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • November 11, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • November 18, 2019
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • November 25, 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…)


  • October 21, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • October 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 4, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 11, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 25, 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…)


  • October 21, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • October 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • November 18, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • November 25, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • December 2, 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…)


  • October 22, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 19, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • November 26, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • December 3, 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…)


  • October 23, 2019
    8:15 pm - 9:15 pm
  • October 23, 2019
    5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
  • October 29, 2019
    5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
  • October 29, 2019
    8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

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 some of their stories. 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 (more…)


  • October 29, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • October 23, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Featuring the wildest stories featuring the absolute worst women… as well as a few witches, ghosts, demonic possessions and a very wicked woman with a whip. Join local historian Jane Duffus for a spooky evening revelling in the grisliest women from Bristol’s past as we mark the publication of her new book The Women Who (more…)


  • October 24, 2019
    5:45 pm - 7:45 pm

The lives of the eccentric Addams Family are thrown into disarray in this darkly comic caper. The birth of their brother unleashes a fratricidal streak in Wednesday and Pugsley, leading to their desperate parents hiring a nanny to keep the murderous twosome in check. The new nanny, Debbie Jelinksy, soon catches the eye of the (more…)


  • October 24, 2019
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A group of scientists turn to ‘ghostbusting’ when they lose their jobs at a university in New York. They come across a gateway to another dimension which has the potential to wreak havoc on the city. It’s up to the Ghostbusters to save the day. Step into Arnos Vale Cemetery after sunset for a bewitching (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
    10:30 am - 3:30 pm

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


  • Classic Cemetery Tour 26th Oct
    October 26, 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…)


  • 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 (more…)


  • October 27, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for the big Bristol Festival of Literature Book Fair and peruse the shelves of some of the region’s best publishers and authors. Buy local books, children’s books, best-sellers, radical books, cookery, poetry, illustrated books, history, fiction, meet the author and more. Booksellers: AA Abbott Best Books Bob’s Books Book Island Bristol Books Bristol (more…)


  • October 27, 2019
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • October 27, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • October 27, 2019
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Celebrate Day of the Dead and join Viva Los Muertos in making 3 traditional Dia De Los Muertos activities during this workshop: Decorating your own traditional ‘Calavera de Azucar’ (real sugar skull) with piping icings to keep. This activity is keeping with the traditions of Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico. Sugar skulls are decorated (more…)


  • “Uh-Oh!” Said Flo
    October 28, 2019
    10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Winter Sleep
    October 28, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
  • St Cuthbert’s Wild School for Boys
    October 28, 2019
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

We’re very much looking forward to welcoming Storytale Festival to our Underwood Centre this Autumn. Not to be missed! 10 – 10.45am: “Uh-Oh!” Said Flo Join Uh-Oh! Books for an interactive story time created especially for the Storytale Festival. You’ll be the first to hear Flo’s journey in this premier of the first book in (more…)


  • October 29, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • October 29, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:15 pm
  • October 29, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

What will the Funnybones family get up to in a cemetery? Explore this brilliant tale by the amazing Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Discover the world of the Funnybones family and their adventures in a Halloween walk around Arnos Vale. These skeletons are definitely not scary so suitable for little ones. Enjoy the walk, hunt the (more…)


  • October 29, 2019
    1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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 our age appropriate workshop. The investigation will be different from before so returning detectives are welcome. We will work through an investigation (more…)


  • Forest school 29/08
    October 30, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Does your little one love the great outdoors?  Bring them along to a play in the fall woods with loads of autum themed activities to keep them entertained.  They can make create plate plant gardens, explore the woods,  dig in the mud, create with clay and other natural materials and make lots of seasonal things (more…)


  • October 30, 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…)


  • 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 1, 2019
    10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • November 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Is there enough Room on the broom?  STOMPING STORIES – Have fun, plays games, get out and about with a popular story and crafty activity.  The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows.  What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and (more…)


  • Classic Cemetery Tour 2nd Nov
    November 2, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Classic Cemetery Tour 9th Nov
    November 9, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Classic Cemetery Tour 16th Nov
    November 16, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Classic Cemetery Tour 23rd Nov
    November 23, 2019
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Classic Cemetery Tour 30th Nov
    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…)


  • November 6, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • November 13, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • November 20, 2019
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • November 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…)


  • November 7, 2019 - November 16, 2019
    7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Returning for their 4th year following three sell-out Gothic Horrors, Red Rope Theatre are back at the Anglican Chapel with a murderous tale. Adapted by Award Winning Writer Matt Grinter, ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ is a dark psychological thriller filled with repression, liberation, addiction, and malice. In an attempt to free his darker nature without suffering the consequences (more…)


  • November 10, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:30 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. Over 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 (more…)


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

Meet Your Maker is a free event bringing 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 bespoke.  There will be jewellery, prints, clothes (more…)


  • November 21, 2019
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Are science and spirituality compatible? Are we on the threshold of a new understanding of their relationship? Come and explore key questions on science and spirituality  – both ancient and contemporary – and their relevance today.  Featuring talks by Rupert Sheldrake and the Fintry Trust, with time for questions and answers. Science and spirituality play (more…)


  • November 24, 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…)


  • November 24, 2019
    2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and join us for an afternoon of songs and a new ‘Pocket Opera’ – or should that be ‘Pocket Musical’ with songs and ensembles from the shows. Pocket Opera are Martin Le Poidevin, Pat Leighton and Helen Roberts and they’ve been singing to audiences at Arnos Vale and elsewhere for many years. Doors open (more…)


  • November 27, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn to make a moss filled twine/ wire bound seasonal wreath with Floriography.  A circle of hope symbolising eternal love from seasonal foliage and natural extras from start to finish. Take a little time out from the pressured run up to festivities and let flowers and foliage warm and fill you up. Bring a friend? (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…)


  • Elf tales 11am
    December 1, 2019
    11:00 am - 11:45 am
  • Elf tales 1pm
    December 1, 2019
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

The wonderful Time and Tide Taletellers will be back to share their brand of Christmas joy.  Join them for  Christmas themed stories from around the world, tales of Father Frost and winter wonders around the warming fire at the Underwood Centre. Child tickets: £5 To reserve a place email nhresearchsite@gmail.com, or pay on the day. (more…)


  • December 5, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn to make a moss filled twine/ wire bound seasonal wreath with Floriography.  A circle of hope symbolising eternal love from seasonal foliage and natural extras from start to finish. Take a little time out from the pressured run up to festivities and let flowers and foliage warm and fill you up. Bring a friend? You (more…)


  • December 6, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. It’s magnificently silly, yet (more…)


  • December 6, 2019
    8:10 pm - 10:00 pm

It’s that 1984 American comedy horror film about a young man who receives a strange creature called a mogwai as a pet, which then spawns other creatures who transform into small, destructive, evil monsters. Don’t forget your torch, and a fluffy blanket (it can get a little chilly in the Chapel) FILM TICKET: £10 FILM STARTS: (more…)


  • December 7, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:40 pm

Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. It’s magnificently silly, yet (more…)


  • December 7, 2019
    8:10 pm - 10:20 pm

Only the hardest of hearts could fail to enjoy the great 80s action classic, rereleased for its 30th anniversary last year: with uproarious explosions, deafening shootouts and smart-alec tag lines following the bad guys getting shot. Don’t forget your torch, and a fluffy blanket (it can get a little chilly in the Chapel) FILM TICKET: £10 (more…)


  • December 8, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

It’s the time for donning festive garb, singing holly songs, festooning your home in tinsel, and giving thoughtful gifts. Of course, all those tasks turn out a bit more twisted when assigned to the denizens of Halloween Town. The Nightmare Before Christmas mixes light and dark with jolly and macabre with great success. Pick up a hot (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…)


  • December 15, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A musical medley of classic carols to kick of Christmas with festive cheer! Arnos Vale is delighted to be celebrating the start of Christmas with carols by Bristol Chamber Choir. Join us in the glorious Victorian surroundings of Arnos Vale’s chapel for a musical medley of choral performances – the perfect end to a day (more…)


  • December 19, 2019
    6:00 pm - 7:20 pm

It’s the time for donning festive garb, singing holly songs, festooning your home in tinsel, and giving thoughtful gifts. Of course, all those tasks turn out a bit more twisted when assigned to the denizens of Halloween Town. The Nightmare Before Christmas mixes light and dark with jolly and macabre with great success. Pick up a hot (more…)


  • December 19, 2019
    7:45 pm - 9:05 pm

It’s the time for donning festive garb, singing holly songs, festooning your home in tinsel, and giving thoughtful gifts. Of course, all those tasks turn out a bit more twisted when assigned to the denizens of Halloween Town. The Nightmare Before Christmas mixes light and dark with jolly and macabre with great success. Pick up a hot (more…)


  • December 20, 2019
    7:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Only the hardest of hearts could fail to enjoy the great 80s action classic, rereleased for its 30th anniversary last year: with uproarious explosions, deafening shootouts and smart-alec tag lines following the bad guys getting shot. Don’t forget your torch, and a fluffy blanket (it can get a little chilly in the Chapel) FILM TICKET: £10 (more…)


  • February 20, 2020
    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…)


  • 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     (more…)


  • May 31, 2020
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free entry all day! Showcasing a host of local craft and produce suppliers from our region. If you are interested in applying for a stall at our fairs or markets please download the Stall Application form that will be uploaded onto this page in January 2020. SAVE THE DATE: Christmas Market on Sun 6th Dec 2020 (more…)