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Discover what goes on at a community radio station

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Published: 23/09/2013

The community radio station open weekend takes place between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, at the Brook Way Activity Centre in Bradley Stoke. Visitors will be able to check out Bradley Stoke Radio’s broadcast studio, meet the presenters and back room assistants and find out how the community radio station works. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to record their own radio broadcast and take a souvenir copy home with them.

Other events taking place over the next seven days of the festival include a series of MacMillan Big Coffee mornings as part of their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning fundraising event. These are taking place between 10am and 12pm at Cadbury Heath Library and Yate Library on Thursday 26 September, and at Chipping Sodbury Library and Filton Library on Friday 27 September.

An evening of cabaret featuring live music and a three course meal takes place at Brooks Café in Patchway on Friday 27 September. There is also a festival of food taking place in Chipping Sodbury on Saturday 28 September and an author talk by bestseller Tim Weaver at Emersons Green Library on Tuesday 1 October.

The Discover Festival offers a unique opportunity for residents to find out what makes South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. Bringing together many successful celebrations in the district, the programme caters for all ages and tastes – including events, talks, walks and workshops celebrating local heritage, food, nature, arts and also special events for the over 50s.


Other events include:

Cavemen and polar bears – how to keep yourself happy

Filton Library, Shield Retail Park, Link Road, Filton

Thursday 26 September, 7.15pm to 9pm

A fun presentation which explains how we can keep happy, stop worrying, avoid depression and learn how to control stress. – hear this

Emersons Green Library, Emersons Way, Emersons Green

Friday 27 September, 11am to 1pm

The Hearing Impaired Support Scheme will be available to offer support with NHS hearing aids and give advice on support services and equipment for the hard of hearing.


Cabaret evening and meal

Brooks Café, Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Patchway

Friday 27 September, 6.30pm to 8pm

A cabaret evening with live music from a soulful female singer who will be showcasing songs from the 1940s through to the 1960s, accompanied by a delicious three course meal. To book call 07969 627104.


Chipping Sodbury Festival of Food

Chipping Sodbury

Saturday 28 September, 9am to 5pm

This popular annual event includes beer and food tastings, cookery demonstrations and samplings at many of the town’s shops, restaurants and public houses. There will also be a farmer’s market featuring over 30 local food producers as well as high quality arts and crafts stalls. For further information visit


Weekend of wheels

Warmley Signal Box, London Road, Warmley

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, 10.30am to 4pm

Learn about adult cycle confidence training, have a free bike check with Dr Bike or buy a helmet. Visitors can also take a free eye screening test.


Community radio station open weekend

Bradley Stoke Radio, The Activity Centre, Brook Way, Bradley Stoke

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, 10am to 4pm

Visit your local community radio station to meet the presenters and back room boffins. Visitors can record their own broadcast, take a copy home as a souvenir and find out how the station works. The workspace is unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies.


Wild food and fungi walk

Warmley Forest Park, Warmley

Monday 30 September, 2pm to 4pm

Discover wild edibles and fungi with local naturalist, Justin Smith. Strong footwear and outdoor clothing are advised. Meet at the main park entrance on London Road (opposite the Midland Spinner pub).


Author talk with Tim Weaver

Emersons Green Library, Emersons Way, Emersons Green

Tuesday 1 October, 8pm to 9.30pm

Hear bestselling author Tim Weaver read from his gripping novels, talk about his writing and answer questions.


Opera in Downend – I masnadieri by Verdi

Castle Suite, Badminton Gardens, Beaufort Road, Downend

Wednesday 2 October, 10.30am to 12pm

Join Paul Foss for a presentation of the opera complete with background history and musical illustrations.


Most events are free, but some require pre-booking. To find out more or to book a place for an event, pick up a brochure from your local library or visit

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