Things to Do in the City Centre This Week

The excitement and festivities of December are a hard act to follow, and as a result January gets a particularly bad rep for being the most grey, depressing and bleak of all the months. The City Centre BID, however, are here to prove that there’s plenty of fun things to do in January to keep the blues at bay. Just check out all these amazing events that are going on in the city this week!

Belly Laughs at Bambalan

Belly Laughs was set up last year by comedian Mark Oliver after he noticed that January is a particularly quiet time for both restaurants and comedians. Hosting live comedy shows in independent restaurants, with all proceeds going to The Julian Trust, the next event is on Monday 14th January at Bambalan. Tickets are available from Wriggle and cost just £20 which includes dinner and a drink.

Motown the Musical at The Hippodrome

The story of how Berry Gordy founded Motown Records has been given the West End treatment in this hit musical, and is on at The Hippodrome from the 10th January til the 2nd February. Tickets start from just £15 and are still available for every night of the tour.

Slapstick Festival at The Watershed and Bristol Old Vic

Now in its 14th year, the annual Slapstick Festival showcases classic silent films at The Watershed and slapstick comedy at The Bristol Old Vic. Running this year from the 16th-20th January, check out their website for all the screenings, talks and shows and info on how to buy tickets.

Aqua Tots at Bristol Aquarium

Every Monday throughout January the Bristol Aquarium hosts Aqua Tots! An underwater themed storytelling session specifically designed for little ones. Under three’s go free, and all tickets include a full day pass to the Aquarium so it’s a great addition to a family day out.

Planetarium Nights at We The Curious

Every Thursday throughout winter We The Curious hosts Planetarium Nights – 45 minute 3D stargazing shows that let you escape the everyday and experience our solar system up close. On Friday 18th there is also a Dark Side of the Moon experience, a visual extravaganza of Pink Floyd’s seminal album. Tickets available from the We The Curious website.

Raise the Bar at Arnolfini

Raise the Bar, a spoken word event that’s been bringing top class performers to Bristol for the last four years, has its first event of 2019 on Thursday 17th at the Arnolfini. Accompanied by their resident DJ, the night promises to showcase established and emerging talent from the spoken word circuit as well as a selection of hip-hop, R&B, world music and UK underground. Tickets start from £5.

Live Music at Mr Wolf’s

Mr Wolf’s hosts live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, and next week see’s Bristol local band SANS, London collective Soul Grenades and funk, reggae and ska group Crinkle Cuts take the stage. Also, on Sunday 20th The Genius of David Bowie, Bristol’s only dedicated Bowie cover band, are playing their first show of 2019.

Pub Quizzes

If there’s one thing Bristol isn’t short of it’s pubs, and any pub worth its salt will host a quiz on any given weekday. In the city centre alone you can find pub quizzes at Prince Street Social, King Street Brew House, Bristol Ram, The Mother’s Ruin, The Bank Tavern and The Three Tuns, to name but a few! There is of course non-alcoholic beverages available for those attempting Dry January.