Another turn around the sun. As we usher in the new year there are plenty of opportunities to try new things here in Bristol this January. From macramé workshops to Improv Taster sessions, if you’ve got ‘learn a new skill’ on the list of resolutions, you’re spoilt for choice!
Here are some of our favourites for the month ahead.
Learn something new
Improv Taster Session. Bristol Improv Theatre, Clifton. 6th January.
Looking at giving Improv a whirl? Every month, the Bristol Improv Theatre run the Improv Taster Session for anyone looking to try their hand at improvisation before committing to a course.
Facilitated by an experienced Bristol Improv Theatre instructor, the class will explore the fundamental skills of improvisation using a smorgasbord of improv games and exercises. It's a great chance to try improv and connect with others in a playful way.
Find out more on the Bristol Improv Theatre website.
Willow Sculpture Workshop, WWT Slimbridge. 13th January.
Join Zoe Bate for an exciting sculpture workshop and spend the day creating a willow sculpture of your choice. You’ll start off with a sphere and then be guided on how to transform it into an animal, wreath – whatever you fancy!
For more information on tickets and availability, visit the WWT Slimbridge site.
Macramé Earrings Workshop, Prior Shop. 18th January.
Fancy spending an evening sipping prosecco and learning how to create your own unique macramé earrings? Let Aggy from Knots and Stalks teach you how to knot your own pair of wooden and recycled cotton macramé earrings. For more information and tickets, visit the yu.up page.
Driftwood and Macramé Plant Hanger Workshop. Fancy Plants, Gloucester Road. 27th January.
Calling all lovers of plants and beautiful home decor! This macramé plant hanger-making workshop is one for you. Aggy from Knots and Stalks will guide you through the process in this Saturday afternoon session. For more details, visit the yu.up page.
Enjoy the Natural World in Bristol
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2023 at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until 21st April 2024
This internationally-renowned photography competition consists of 100 stunning photographs that showcase the Earth’s extraordinary diversity. The exhibition at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery features soundscapes, videos, expert insights and stunning photography that capture animal behaviour, spectacular species, and breathtaking diversity of the natural world.
Find out more about opening times and tickets on the Museum website.
Winter Garden Tours at University of Bristol Botanic Garden Sunday 14th January
With over 4,500 species of plants, the beautiful displays at the University’s Botanic Garden are designed to tell the story of plant evolution. Take a special tour this winter and explore this wonderful world with its collections and glasshouses. Find out more and reserve your ticket on the University of Bristol Botanic Garden website.
Theatre and Comedy Events in Bristol this January
Blue Monday Comedy Night, Bristol Beacon. 15th January.
This Blue Monday, join Bristol Mind for a night of comedy as they raise money for the essential mental health and wellbeing services they provide to communities in Bristol.
Blue Monday, the third Monday in January is typically the most depressing day of the year. Bristol Mind’s comedy night aims to tackle those January Blues by providing a room of laughter with critically acclaimed comedians.
For more information and tickets, visit the Bristol Beacon website.
Burns Night, Cadbury House. 20th January.
Spend an exciting Night at Cadbury House where age old traditions will come together to celebrate Robert Burns, and Scottish History. This night will start with the Selkirk Gace to open your meal and a flurry of bag pipes to “Address the Haggis” followed by a toast of whiskey.
For tickets and further information, visit the Cadbury House website.
The Paper Cinema, The Wardrobe Theatre. 31st January – 4th February
Short tales of other worlds; ghosts, dreams and the supernatural - brought to life through hand-drawn illustrations, masterful puppetry, cinematic projection and live music.
Performed by two puppeteers and a multi-instrumentalist, The Paper Cinema return to their 'out-of-a suitcase' origins to delight you with atmospheric tales of ghosts, dreams and the supernatural.
For more information and tickets, visit the Wardrobe Theatre website.
Wellbeing Events in Bristol this January
Yoga Brunch Club X Elise Briccolani, The Mount Without. 20th January
January's Yoga Brunch Club at The Mount Without is the perfect treat to look forward to after a long January.
The morning will start with a 75 minute yoga class taught by Elena Byers, suitable for all levels and ages. Then, guests will sit down to a three-course feast created by Elise Briccolani.
For more information and tickets, visit the Yoga Brunch Club website.
Lie down & Listen: Into Infinity, The Mount Without. 21st January.
Make your Sunday a blissful one to positively uplift your body, soul and mind with this unique and deeply relaxing sound healing and lying down classical concert experiences.
Start your year with a sense of timelessness boundless, infinite potential and create space to feel into your connection with the infinite.
Afterwards you'll feel relaxed, blissed out, reenergised and you'll likely sleep better than ever before.
For more information and tickets, visit the event page on the Mount Without website.
Massage & Sound Meditation with Aromatherapy, Wild Goose Space, 26th January.
Looking for a wholesome way to start off your weekend, nourish your body and soul? This relaxing 90 minute workshop uses aromatherapy, massage, singing bowls, and guided meditation to put you into a deep state of relaxation.
Find out more information on the yu.up site.