Categories and Listings

Area: Avon (county)

'Here at ABKA we work hard to raise the profile of beekeeping and support local beekeepers. Our objective is to promote the craft of beekeeping and promote the importance of bees. We are affiliated with the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association) and are an umbrella organisation for our network of five local beekeeping branches.'

Category Gardens Trusts

'The Trust holds regular visits and meetings to inform our members. Guests are always welcome to attend and join us in visits to some parks and gardens not normally open to the public.' The Avon Gardens Trust Directory/Register 'provides information on the 317 known Parks and Gardens in the former County of Avon, now four Unitary authorities, Bristol, Bath and North-East Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire'.

Category Avon

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'The Bath Astronomers are a group of local Somerset amateur astronomers sharing a passion for observing the night and daytime sky ... We hold regular monthly meet-ups for informal talks about astronomy (and occasionally other things!) on the last Wednesday of the month. We also enjoy the monthly Herschel Society Lectures which are focused towards the science of astronomy and the history of those involved. All with an interest in astronomy are welcome from beginners to old hands.'

'Europe’s largest dedicated children’s literature festival with a vibrant array of talks and activities for children.' Normally held September

Category Arts Festivals

'Bath Festivals is a charity that brings some of the finest international musicians, speakers and writers to entertain audiences, in the beautiful venues and spaces of our world heritage city. By creating innovative and diverse programmes, our festivals inspire and provide unique experiences for residents and visitors to Bath. We are responsible for The Bath Festival in the summer and Bath Children’s Literature Festival in the autumn, which bring the city alive with a celebration of the arts.'

'An active and flourishing organisation with about 50 enthusiastic members whose ages range from 17 to 90. Our membership includes every type of geologist from recreational fossil-hunters to academic and professional geologists ... Most of our meetings takes the form of a lecture which is always very professional, up-to-date and invariably entertaining. The lectures are varied and given by geologists from University Departments or from industry. We hold regular field meetings and sometimes there is an annual field-weekend in an agreeable locality.'

'Where else can you see a world class speaker for as little as £2.00? Since 1824, the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has hosted almost nightly lectures and created wonderful exhibitions and cultural events for the people of Bath. Thanks to the power of digital technology, BRLSI’s lectures and exhibitions now reach audiences across the globe, whilst at the same time keeping its home crowd happily entertained in the Elwin Room. Whether you are interested in Shakespeare or Shamanism, meteorites or Mexican murals, there is always something on the BRLSI lecture and exhibition programme to suit all tastes.'

'Based in the South West of the UK, BAS is run by amateur astronomers as a non-profit making educational charity ... We are dedicated to exploring and explaining the splendours of the night sky and all aspects of astronomy for both our members and the public through regular outreach. With over 120 members we are one of the most active Societies in the UK. We organise weekly talks and meetings throughout most of the year given by a mixture of professional and amateur astronomers and local members.'

'An annual celebration of the creative word in Bristol. The festival is organised by a voluntary community group.' Normally held October.

'A partnership organisation that explores the key issues of our time through the arts and sciences. At the heart of our work are ideas ... Our year-round events programme is a mixture of online and "in real life" and continues to feature writers and thinkers from all over the world.'

'Our first collections were brought together more than 200 years ago and we’ve been adding ot them ever since. From art to archaeology, history to industry, the natural and wider world, they are amongst the UK’s finest. In 2012, the collections of the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum were transferred to the care of Bristol Museums. Since then, we’ve been working to photograph and digitise the vast collection ... Find out what’s on at Bristol’s free museums – world class exhibitions and events for the whole family to enjoy.'

Category Bristol

'Celebrates the past, present and future of our city through a programme of quality events and innovative, one-off experiences. For one weekend in September, the Festival gives citizens the keys to the city with hands-on workshops, talks and expert-led tours. Working with some of the world’s brightest architectural and engineering firms and resident Bristol historians, we reinvigorate our city’s iconic landmarks and uncover access to it’s forgotten spaces.'

Monthly morning Public Lectures which are 'open to anyone with an interest in depth psychology and aim to make the original ideas of Jung more widely accessible and to provide a friendly and informal forum for the ongoing development of Analytical Psychology. The organising committee needs and encourages the support of interested individuals who wish to play an active part in shaping the future of this lecture series. Attending the lectures is an important first step in this direction'.

'Founded in 1996, Design West is a centre of excellence for design & placemaking. Our mission is to inspire the public, politicians & professionals across the built environment to design, better, healthier, places to live, work & relax. We learn from our heritage to build our future.'

Category Antiquity

Founded 1998:  'Aims to offer at least six lectures a year between October and June., with an emphasis on ancient Egypt, but there may also be talks on more modern topics, as well as people associated with the country and its exploration ... Attendance for Members is free, and they will automatically receive links at least a week before each lecture takes place ... Tickets for non-members ... will be made available via Eventbrite on the same timescale'.

'There are many reasons to be excited about the arts and humanities at Bristol, but close to the top of the list must be the range and quality of our offerings, from prehistoric archaeology to avant-garde cinema, all informed by the best of cutting-edge research by outstanding scholars, in a variety of educational settings and formats.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'The Fashion Museum Bath holds a world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress. The Museum of Costume was opened in the Assembly Rooms on 23 May 1963. It was founded by Doris Langley Moore, a designer, collector, writer and scholar, who gave her famous private collection of costume to the city of Bath. The Museum of Costume changed its name to the Fashion Museum in summer 2007. The Fashion Museum is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council and is managed by the Heritage Services section. It is housed in the Assembly Rooms building, which is owned by the National Trust.  We welcome about 100,000 visitors to the museum each year. Our visitors are a mix of tourists, fashion specialists, students and locals.'

Category Avon

'The Natural History Consortium is a unique partnership of 14 members who work collaboratively within the NHC charitable structure. Our membership reflects the west of England region’s reputation as a leading centre for the understanding and appreciation of the natural world, and our programmes have national reach and impact ... The Festival of Nature is the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world ... There’ll be something for everyone in the packed programme – a family nature party, literary events, green social prescribing sessions, content creator’s evening, nature at night workshop and so much more.' Normally held Mid June in Bristol and Bath.

'LYRA is the annual Bristol Poetry Festival. Lyra is a festival which brings together local, national and international poets and speakers, representing Bristol as a centre of world class poetry and booking artists from across the UK and world. Our aim is to showcase poetry in the widest range of forms possible, including poetry readings, slam competitions, poetry film screenings, poetic walking tours, digital media, discussion panels, open mics, lectures and more.' Normally held Late March - Early April.

Category Local Heritage

'The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Once the site of one of the great religious spas of the ancient world; the people of Roman Britain came to the site to worship the goddess Sulis Minerva and bathe in the waters of the natural thermal springs, which still flow with hot water today.  Today visitors can explore the Roman Baths complex, walk on the original Roman pavements and see the ruins of the Temple of Sulis Minerva. The museum collection, located next to the bathing complex, includes a gilt bronze head of the Goddess Sulis Minerva, and other Roman artefacts.'

'Each year, the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy hosts an Annual Public Lecture examining a topic or idea from an analytic perspective. In addition to our Annual Lecture, we regularly host clinical seminars, study days and fundraising events.'

'Brimming with history, the Theatre Royal Bath is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in Britain. Comprising three auditoria, the Main House, Ustinov Studio and the egg theatre for children and young people, a wonderfully varied programme of top quality entertainment is on offer all year round.'

Category Booksellers

'Our events are lively occasions with the emphasis on direct communication between author and audience. The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed'. Shops also in Edinburgh, Ely, St Andrews.

'The University of Bristol Botanic Garden was established in 1882. Since opening, we have moved location three times ... Visit our unique plant collections and glasshouses. With over 4,500 species of plants, our beautiful displays are designed to tell the story of plant evolution ... The Association of Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden was founded in 1975 to support the work and development of the Botanic Garden ... A vital aspect of the Friends’ role is to stimulate interest in the Garden through a variety of events and activities.'

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS) provides a unique opportunity to hear about challenges and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership by high-profile industry experts from across the country.

'Since 1987 Wilderness Lectures has brought to Bristol the best and most exciting adventure lecturers around. All are all widely travelled explorers and leaders at their own activity. They range from world-famous individuals to lesser-known adventurers but all are united in wonderful pictures and great stories from adventures all over the world.'

'Our aim is to spread knowledge of the life, work, and times of Herschel and his family, and to encourage greater understanding today of the subjects he studied ... William Herschel is known today for the contribution he made to Astronomy, although for at least half his professional life he was a musician and composer ... We arrange Astronomy Lectures in Bath in collaboration with the BRLSI, the University of Bath, and others.'

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