Welcome to the Events page

What follows is a chronological list of what is currently planned by way of visits to places of interest,  gallery talks, Behind the Scenes visits in the city, Saturday afternoon talks and special events where the Friends will have a presence.

We hope you will find things to interest you.

Please note: if you book online, the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of such payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

Also, Behind the Scenes visits and gallery tours are usually restricted to groups of around 15.  If such an event attracts a larger number of applications, the organizer will try to arrange a second or further tour(s), which could be at a later time on the advertised day or on a later date.  If this occurs, the organizer will contact you to make the appropriate arrangements.

 

Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology

11.00am - 4.00pm    13th Jul 2024    Blaise Castle House Museum 

Come along to Blaise Castle House Museum & estate and enjoy the activities and hands-on archaeology.

 

Bristol Harbour Festival Cakes and Jigsaws Sale

10.30am - 4.00pm    20th Jul 2024 - 21st Jul 2024    L Shed, Princes Wharf 

Please volunteer to bake cakes, bring second-hand jigsaws (complete) and homemade preserves and/or give a couple of hours of your time to sell them at L Shed on both days of the Festival weekend.

Or just come along and enjoy the event.

 

Summer Lecture and Lunch – The Fairfaxiana Folio 1815-1825

12.00noon    23rd Jul 2024    Trinity College, Stoke Hill 

J M W Turner’s Historical Vignettes

Lucy Bailey’s PhD thesis is a study of an unusual series of 17 watercolours by Turner which have not received much scholarly attention before.  The lecture will be followed by a buffet lunch.

Cost: £40.00 per person.

To book online please use the following link:



Number of tickets

Please put me on the waiting list, if no space


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

For postal bookings, please use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

Organizer: Carol Lear, carolear@btinternet.com, 0117 942 3610

 

Visit: Chavenage House

07th Aug 2024   

Chavenage is an Elizabethan house of mellow grey Cotswold stone and tiles.  It has often been used as a location for TV and film productions. Credits include: Barry Lyndon, the Hercules Poirot story The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The House of Elliot, Casualty, Cider with Rosie, Dracula, Lark Rise to
Candleford, Bonekickers and Tess of the D’Urbervilles starring Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne.  Channel 4’s historical drama New Worlds starring Jamie Dornan, and scenes from the BBC’s Wolf Hall, were filmed at Chavenage, which also features as Trenwith House in Poldark.

The house is only open by appointment and has been owned by only two families since 1564: the Stephens’ and then the Lowsley-Williams’.  We shall be given a guided tour by a member of the latter’s family, the house continuing to be a family home.

We shall be making a lunch stop in nearby Tetbury before moving on to Chavenage.

Cost: £47.50 per person.

Coach pickups at: Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea-10.00am; Bristol Hotel, Prince Street-10.30am; top of Jacob’s Wells Road-10.45am; St Monica’s bus stop, Westbury Road-11.00am.

To book a place online please use the following link:



Number of tickets

Coach pick-up point

Please put me on the waiting list if no space

I am prepared to write a report for the newsletter


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

To book by post, use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

Organizer: Richard Avery, membership@friendsofbmga.org.uk, 0117 329 6656

 

Illustrated Talk: Dyrham’s Shakespeare Folio

2.30pm    10th Aug 2024    M Shed Studio 

This talk is a rerun of the one scheduled in March.
It concerns the binding of a handling copy of Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio in the style of 1700 when William Blathwayt bought a copy.

Cost: £9.50 per person.

To book a place online please use the following link:



Number of tickets


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

To book by post, use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

Administrator: Catherine Dixon, blackrockcfd@hotmail.com, 01275 849200

 

Behind the Scenes: Sparks, Broadmead

06th Sep 2024    Former M&S store, The Horsefair 

We shall join Jenny Foster, co-founder and manager of Sparks, Bristol, for a tour of this unique sustainability, creative and education hub housed in the old Marks & Spencer store in Broadmead.

Cost: £10.00 per person

To book a place online use the following link:



Number of tickets

I am prepared to write a report for the newsletter

Please put me on the waiting list, if no space


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

To book by post, use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

As only small numbers can be accommodated, it may be necessary to offer you a place on a tour later on the advertised day or on a subsequent date.

Organizer: Carol Ouvry, carol@ouvry.myzen.co.uk, 0117 302 1039.

 

Visit: The American Museum & Gardens, Bath

11th Sep 2024   

A chance to see the redesigned gardens and new garden deli at this elegant museum showcasing American decorative arts over the centuries.

Cost: £43.00 (£35 for Art Fund members) per person.

Coach pickup points are: Clevedon Road car park, Nailsea-9.00am; Bristol Hotel, Prince Street-9.30am; Top of Jacob’s Wells Road-9.45am; St Monica’s bus stop, Westbury Road-10.00am

To book a place online please use the following link:



Number of tickets

Coach pick-up point

I am willing to write a report for the newsletter

Please put me on the waiting list if no space


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The organizer receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

To book by post, use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

Organizer: Carol Lear, carolear@btinternet.com, 0117 942 3610

 

Illustrated Talk: The Development of Women in the Bristol Police Force

14th Sep 2024   

Alan Vowles, Force Historian at the Avon & Somerset Police HQ, will talk about the creation of the role of policewomen in Bristol, the individuals who were attracted to it, their trials, tribulations and careers.

Cost: £9.50 per person.

To book a place online please use the following link:



Number of tickets


Please note – the payment receipt from PayPal does not mean that you have secured a place.  The administrator receives a weekly update of payments and will email you to advise when you have a firm booking.

To book by post, use the form enclosed with the June newsletter.

Administrator: Catherine Dixon, blackrockcfd@hotmail.com, 01275 849200

 

Visit to Glasgow

15th Sep 2024 - 21st Sep 2024   

A seven-day visit to Glasgow to visit museums, galleries and Mackintosh masterpieces.

For details of a likely itinerary and the costs involved please refer to the sheet enclosed with the March newsletter.  A deposit of £100 per person is required as soon as possible to reserve a place.

Places may still be available.  Contact Mary Bailey (details below).

Book online and pay the deposit using the following link:


Number of places
Type of room
Membership of National Trust/Art Fund
I am prepared to write a report for the newsletter
Coach pick-up point


Alternatively you may book by post using the form enclosed with the March newsletter.

Organizer: Mary Bailey, events@friendsofbmga.org.uk, 0117 942 1944