Take a ride on the last Music Train of the season
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The Music Train finale takes place on the Avon Valley Railway on Wednesday 30 October, departing from Bitton Station on the Bath Road at 4.30pm, with live music from 5.30pm to 7pm. The last Music Train of the season will journey along the heritage railway line to Avon Riverside and will feature live music from local acts including Mark Venus, Lewis Creaven, Pocodrom and more. There will also be a buffet bar serving meals and snacks. Booking is advisable but not essential, email email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Other upcoming events include a guided walk around Chipping Sodbury on Friday 25 October, led by Jim Elsworth of Sodbury & District’s Historical Society who will provide an interesting explanation of the history of many of the town’s buildings. The walk will follow the route of the Tourist Information Centre’s new Walk & Treasure Hunt around Chipping Sodbury leaflet and is suitable for buggies but not wheelchairs. If you are unable to make the tour, you can pick up a copy of the leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre.
There is also an opportunity to discover the area’s hidden history at Downend Library on Thursday 31 October. Local historian and film maker Gordon Young will be presenting and discussing a selection of his films which explore lesser known aspects of the area’s heritage.
The Discover festival runs until Friday 1 November. Events taking place over the next seven days (25 October to 1 November) include:
Guided walk around Chipping Sodbury
The Tourist Information Centre, The Clock Tower, High Street, Chipping Sodbury
Friday 25 October, 10am to 12pm
A guided tour by Sodbury & District Historical Society’s Jim Elsworth, following the route of the Tourist Information Centre’s new Walk & Treasure Hunt around Chipping Sodbury leaflet. Jim’s charming walk provides an interesting explanation of the history of many of the town’s buildings. Suitable for buggies but not wheelchairs. Please contact the Tourist Information Centre for a wheelchair friendly route.
Discover brass and woodwind instruments
Bradley Stoke Library, Fiddlers Wood Lane, Bradley Stoke
Saturday 26 October, 10.30am to 11.30am
Ever wanted to play a musical instrument? Wish you had learnt when you were younger? Join Westerly Showband to hear how their beginners groups are getting along, have a blow on some instruments and find out how you can learn a rewarding new hobby. Absolute beginners especially welcome.
Patchway tea party
Brooks Café, Coniston Community Centre, The Parade, Patchway
Sunday 27 October, 2.30pm to 4.30pm
An extra special tea party for everyone aged over 60 and featuring live music from a local female vocalist. This is a chance to meet new people, find out what’s going on in your community and enjoy free tea, coffee and refreshments.
Shire Way entrance, Wapley Bushes local nature reserve, Yate
Monday 28 October, 7pm to 8.30pm
Join Ian McGuire of Wild Owl for a magical twilight owl prowl around Yate’s Wapley Bushes local nature reserve. Visitors are advised to wear warm clothes and boots and to bring a torch.
Gentle exercise and relaxation
Tuesday 29 October, 11am to 12pm
The Maple Suite, The Kingswood Centre, New Cheltenham Road, Kingswood
An hour of gentle exercise and relaxation at The Maple Suite, a day care facility designed to support people living with dementia. Refreshments will be available. Booking is required (over 18s only), call 01454 866899, 01454 866153 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Train finale
Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road
Wednesday 30 October, 4.30pm to 7pm
Board the last train of the season to enjoy a train ride and live music on this heritage railway line. The Music Train departs at 4.30pm and from 5.30pm to 7pm there will be music from Mark Venus, Lewis Creaven, Pocodrom and others, plus a buffet bar will be serving meals and snacks. The Music Train has proved popular with passengers of all ages, to book email email@example.com
Discovering Bristol’s hidden history
Downend Library, Buckingham Gardens, Downend
Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm to 9pm
Local historian and film maker Gordon Young presents and discusses a selection of his films exploring lesser known aspects of the area’s heritage. Refreshments will be available. Booking required (over 16s only).
Yate Library, 44 West Walk, Yate
Friday 1 November, 7.30pm to 9pm
Get your minds active with a general knowledge quiz in aid of charity. Maximum six people per team.
Most Discover festival 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 www.southglos.gov.uk/discover
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