Plenty of opportunities to discover something new this autumn in Bradley Stoke

South Gloucestershire Discover festival 2015.

The Discover Festival is back for its fourth year, with an exciting programme of over 230 events to help you discover something new in South Gloucestershire.

The festival offers a unique opportunity for residents to find out what makes South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. Over 180 events are free, for others there is a small fee. Booking is essential for some of the most popular events, such as bat walks and fossil forays.

Discover Festival events in Bradley Stoke (up to 4th October)

Saturday 12th September 2pm – 4pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Bradley Stoke Sew and So’s open workshop
Learn how to make a hand sewn rug. All materials etc. will be provided. To book please contact

Tuesday 15th September 7pm – 9pm at The Jubilee Centre
Bradley Stoke Girls Group open evening
A fun, weekly youth group for young women age 12-18 in Bradley Stoke. Come down and say hello on our open day and take part in arts, crafts and cookery activities. Refreshments available. More info:

Friday 18th September 7pm – 9pm from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Bat walk in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve
In our after-dark walk, led by bat experts, you’ll be provided with a bat detector and shown how to identify the various species of bat which live on the reserve. Wear warm clothes and stout boots and bring a torch. Note that while these walks are free; numbers are limited for safety reasons. Booking is essential and you will need to bring your printed ticket. The walk is not suitable for very young children as the group may walk quite fast between sites. No dogs allowed except guide dogs. Age: 6+ More info:

Saturday 19th September 10am – 4pm at The Common East, Bradley Stoke
Conservation day on The Common
The Common East is an old road which has been neglected in recent years and the plan is to reinstate it into its former glory. This will involve removing dead trees and bramble and digging out the overgrown pond and removing some grass to create a wild flower meadow. We also want to put up some more bird boxes, create a 2nd insect hotel, move a gate, create a Butterfly Garden and take another look at the orchard! Join us in bringing The Common back to life. There is much uneven ground; unfortunately, not all is suitable for wheelchairs. Only well-behaved dogs on a lead. Refreshments available

Saturday 19th September 10am – 11.30am at Bradley Stoke Library
Bike maintenance & ID session
Join us for two sessions to help you get the most from your bike. Your local Police Team is at the library to provide free postcode engraving on your bicycle or you can book a place on our bike maintenance workshop to learn how to keep your bike in good working order. The engraving will be done at the back of the library so please assemble there. The police team will be available throughout the session – just turn up with your bike. There are limited spaces on the bike maintenance workshop so please book your space in advance.

Thursday 24th September 2.30pm – 4pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Bicycle maintenance workshop
Bradley Stoke is a cycle friendly town. Learn to look after your bike and get the most out of it. It’s all about gears, brakes and punctures. The workshop will be held at the back of the library, outside on a good day or within the loading area of the library. Please meet at the back of the library. Booking required.

Friday 25th September 6.30pm – 8.30pm from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Bat walk in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve
Details as above (Friday 18th September). Booking required.

Saturday 3rd October 2pm – 3pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Follow the Hatter’s Trail – a virtual walk with Tony Harding
Join Tony on a virtual walk through Winterbourne and discover and its long and chequered past. Hearing loops available. Age: 14+. Price: £3. Book tickets.

Sunday 4th October 10am – 3pm from Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Nature walk in the Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve
Join expert ecologist Rupert Higgins on a walk around the Three Brooks Local Nature reserve. Rupert will introduce you to the different habitats on the reserve and to the wildlife that depends on them. Please note that this is a walk in the natural environment and you should be prepared for uneven ground and steep slopes. Wear suitable outdoor clothes and stout boots. Booking required.

Sunday 4th October 11am – 1pm at Bradley Stoke Library
Stokes Crafters workshop
Come and meet the Stokes Crafters. Find out what they do – from knitting to Origami – and get involved in crafts with a view to setting up a regular craft group meeting within Bradley Stoke Library. Bring along your current craft project to share and for help and advice. Age: 16+ More info: The Stokes Crafters group on Facebook.

Note: Events after 4th October will be listed in a later article.

For last minute events and up to date festival news, visit  or like the South Gloucestershire Discover Festival page on Facebook.

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