All Events

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  • Classic Cemetery Tour every Sat at 1.30pm
    December 23, 2017 - May 12, 2018
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE, there will be no Saturday tours in January due to building works in the shop. 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 (more…)


  • January 23, 2018
    5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • January 30, 2018
    5:15 pm - 6:30 pm
  • February 6, 2018
    5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Yoga for Beginners:  5 week course starts 9th January (ends 6th Feb) For the body:  yoga develops strength, flexibility and stamina For the mind:  yoga brings about concentration and clarity of thought For the emotions:  yoga helps us to withstand the stresses and strains of daily life For the soul:  yoga creates a relaxed awareness that encourages compassion Zoë (more…)


  • January 23, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • January 30, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 6, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 13, 2018
    6:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Bring out the Tigger in you! Jumpfit Classes with Abbey Come along and join the new fun way to keep fit!  Classes begin at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings and last for 45 minutes. Rebound your way to fitness to music on kangoo jump boots (provided).  HIT and body conditioning intervals too.  Basically – it’s the (more…)


  • January 23, 2018
    6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
  • January 30, 2018
    6:45 pm - 8:15 pm
  • February 6, 2018
    6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

Yoga for all on Tuesdays, in the Spielman Centre. 9th Jan – 6th Feb 2018 6.45-8.15pm 5 week course is £ (tbc) First week free to new students. 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 Yoga Association (more…)


  • January 24, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • January 31, 2018
    9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • February 7, 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…)


  • January 29, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • February 5, 2018
    10:10 am - 11:00 am
  • February 19, 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…)


  • January 29, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 5, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
  • February 12, 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…)


  • February 3, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • March 3, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • April 7, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • May 12, 2018
    10:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • June 9, 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…)


  • February 10, 2018
    9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • March 10, 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…)


  • February 13, 2018
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cooped up indoors, bored of winter?  Not at Arnos Vale.  Kids can come and learn some fab winter 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…)


  • February 14, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • February 14, 2018
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • February 14, 2018
    2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Explore this gorgeous story and discover the ways the nut brown hares find to explain how much they love each other. A well loved classic told in the beautiful outdoors. Kids will have fun, plays games, get out and about with this popular story finished with a crafty activity £5 per child Suitable for 3+ (more…)


  • February 15, 2018
    1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • February 15, 2018
    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
  • February 15, 2018
    9:00 am - 11:55 am

STOMPING STORIES – Have fun, plays games, get out and about with a popular story and crafty activity.   Walk with the Gruffalo’s daughter who, despite her father’s stories, sets off into the woods to discover the only thing her father is afraid of. Join us at Arnos Vale for a walk that will explore the (more…)


  • February 16, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Come and make your own colourful stained glass windows to celebrate Arnos Vale Window Wanderland. You can make two windows: one to take home and one to display in Kate’s Kitchen in the Spielman Centre during Arnos Vale Window Wanderland 2018. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Spaces limited please book to avoid disappointment.Recommended age 3+ Everyone welcome, kids and (more…)


  • February 16, 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…)


  • February 18, 2018
    11:00 am - 3:30 pm

An informal one-day printmaking workshop for all ages, exploring and celebrating memory, legacy and what we hope to leave behind. Design and create your own block-printing letters and produce a series of hand-printed messages, to be both taken home and exhibited in the Spielman Centre as part of the Life, Death (and the Rest) festival (more…)


  • February 22, 2018 - February 25, 2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 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. There will be the opportunity to come to a Death Cafe where people drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Join in with one (more…)


  • February 22, 2018
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We’re overjoyed to welcome Carla Valentine back to Arnos Vale as part of our Life, Death (& the Rest) festival. 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 (more…)


  • February 22, 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. Join us on our fascinatingly gruesome tour and sate your morbid curiosity. From man-made deaths like a fatal stabbing, to diseases of the past such as Cholera and Smallpox we will share (more…)


  • February 22, 2018
    8:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Dr Phil reflects on life, the death of two dads and his mum still gate-vaulting at eighty. And he considers his own death. Is it possible not to kill yourself before your time, yet die gently when your time comes? Can we live and die with pleasure, purpose, compassion and modest medical interference.? Laugh and (more…)


  • February 22, 2018 - February 25, 2018
    10:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“… if I was staring anything in the face it was the inevitability of my own death.” Having embarked upon a part-time Masters Degree whilst working as a Bristol based press photographer, Stephen Lewis was faced with choosing a project to produce and exhibit as part of his course. Previously dispatched to a crematorium to (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this Living and Dying Mindful Photography Workshop you will slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at Arnos Vale. You will learn to take notice and see the extraordinary in the ordinary – the invisible becomes visible. As well as improving your photography skills this mindful photography workshop will help improve (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us on Friday morning in the Anglican Chapel for  ‘Remains to be Seen’ – a talk about our relationship with human remains and why Carla Valentine advocates public display, interaction with the deceased and activities in graveyards to try and remove the stigma. This event is part of our Arts Council funded,  Life, Death (& (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come and take a moment to reflect in the Anglican Chapel as part of Life, Death (and the Rest) festival with an Art & Music Installation by Jimmy Galvin. “Death Disco” has previously been displayed in London galleries, and this will be it’s Bristol debut. The music will be taken from his album of solo piano (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    6:30 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. Join us as part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival on a fascinatingly gruesome tour and sate your morbid curiosity. From man-made deaths like a fatal stabbing, to diseases of (more…)


  • February 23, 2018
    8:00 pm - 11:55 pm

A what?  A Death Disco is a life affirming event where you are invited to pick three songs that sum up the momentous or fun moments of your life, or just sums you up. Even better we are holding it in a Victorian Mortuary Chapel. So, we will invite you to choose the songs that remind (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

We are excited to welcome the fantastic Dr John Troyer to talk about memorial tattoos as part of our Life, Death (& the Rest) festival. In this age where most of us will not be remembered on tombstones we may find we live on in the form of a memorial tattoo on the arm or (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The wonderful Beth from Poetry Machine will be creating bespoke, on the spot poetry for visitors to our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival on Saturday 24th Feb. Just give her a word and get a personalised poem to take home, beautifully typewritten while you wait. Please note that Beth will be away from her typewriter (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

A workshop to help you immortalise your loved ones in your own poem. No prior experience needed – all abilities welcome. TICKETS: £7 DATE: Sat 24th Feb TIME: 11.30AM – 12.30PM VENUE: Spielman Centre WHO: Anyone aged 12-110 GROUP: Max 15 people Beth Calverley tours the country as Poetry Machine, typewriting bespoke live poetry for people based on a word of (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

You don’t have to wear black, have a hearse or wear a veil (unless you want to): with a bit of thought, a funeral can be what you would like it to be and reflect your (and your loved ones’) wishes.  This hour long visual delight, as part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) (more…)


  • 2pm show
    February 24, 2018
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 4pm show
    February 24, 2018
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Following the critically acclaimed The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Bootworks present this brand new show. The Many Doors of Frank Feelbad is a show about bereavement for kids and their accompanying grown-ups. It follows Frank, an inquisitive chap with a big problem: he’s just lost his mum. Join Frank on his adventure to find her. There’ll be scavenger hunts (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

We are very much looking forward to welcoming Paul Kefford, an Independent Celebrant who, not only will be presenting “Putting the Fun back into Funerals” as part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival, but also a Death Cafe – a place to drink tea, eat cake and discuss death. Our aim is to increase (more…)


  • February 24, 2018
    8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Imagine experiencing Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow with your eyes, ears AND taste buds. Now you can, at our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival 2018. We are overjoyed to be welcoming Conjurers Kitchen to Arnos Vale this February. Tasty morsels are prepared to match certain scenes in the film and during the screening, the film (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

We are opening up our grand Spielman Centre doors for a Life, Death (and the Rest) Talks and Demos day. Participants include: Huunuu – offering a range of inspiring and unexpected choices for how to commemorate your life in a way that truly reflects your individuality and how you want to be remembered. Creating a plan (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A film morning in the Anglican Chapel on the Sunday of Life, Death (and the Rest) festival – we are inviting audiences to drop-in and watch a programme of films and recorded talks that discuss and explore the subject matter of death and dying. 11am: Rachel Run time: 15 mins Rachel has abandoned her Jewish roots (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    11:00 am - 12:15 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 up to Arnos Vale’s beautiful and tranquil Natural Burial Woodland. Meet at the Spielman Centre at 11am, next to the cafe. Visiting: Arnos Vale (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Similar to a Death Cafe, but less caffeine/more feast. An opportunity to join the Arnos Vale candlelit banqueting table to discuss death over a dinner lovingly created by Kate’s Kitchen. Buffet menu: Chunky beetroot, squash and thyme soup with creme fraiche Slow roasted beef with pearl barley and roasted seasonal vegetable casserole Selection of sliced local (more…)


  • February 25, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

It’s time to talk about the big D word…. Death. A bit grim, isn’t it? Morbid, macabre and even unmentionable, but does it have to be that way? As part of our Life, Death (and the Rest) festival we are exceptionally excited to be welcoming The Death Show. Drawn together by their shared fear of (more…)


  • March 25, 2018
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now the fun begins… Join us at Arnos Vale on Sunday 25th March for our wedding fair! As you arrive through our gates you’ll find a world full of wedding delights. Step into our 2 Victorian wedding venues full of exhibitors showcasing everything you need for your wedding day, from invitations and (more…)


  • April 17, 2018
    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

A two hour seminar to look at some of the differences in communication styles between men and women in the workplace and how women can use language more effectively and make their voices heard. It is not about teaching women to be like men, more about how to be successful without compromising your essential self. (more…)


  • Victorian Arcadia
    May 5, 2018
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Victorian mourning practices are famous for their dark beauty: elaborate mourning costumes, plumed horses drawing lacquered funerary carriages, and countless mourning ephemera housed in museums and private collections. However, one of the most enduring and culturally important aspects of Victorian mourning ritual was the creation of the garden cemetery. These cemeteries were inspired by visions (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
  • May 13, 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…)


  • May 20, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free entry all day! Showcasing a host of local craft and produce suppliers from our region alongside some fantastic family fun. 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 (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…)


  • Christmas Market 2018
    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…)