Tobacco Factory


Bristol Festival of Puppetry


Saturday 29 August, Noon  / North Street, Tobacco Factory

Join in the Carnival on North Street from 12 - 1pm on Saturday 29 August. Meet in Tobacco Factory car park 11.30am.

Puppet shows

at the Sunday Market

We have two fantastic puppet shows for the last day of the festival

Arnoldís Big Adventure

(Tessa Bide Productions)

Sunday 6 September, 11.30am, 1pm & 2.30pm / FREE

Taking place inside a Yurt, in the Yard at the back of the Tobacco Factory.

Beautiful shadow puppetry, wonderful original music to sing along to and plenty of thrilling surprises along the way...

Bernardís Puppet Bonanza

(Pickled Image)

Sunday 6 September, 11am, 12pm & 2pm / FREE

A hilarious Bristol favourite loved by all ages.  A unique rendition of an old time puppet show, full of technical disasters and backstage mayhem. Raleigh Road street market

For more information about the shows, visit the festival website


Friday 11 - Sunday 13 September

Bristolís biggest and best craft beer festival, Factoberfest, returns with over 60 beers from some of the UKís most innovative and exciting craft breweries.

A collaboration between Bristol Beer Factory and Tobacco Factory, the festival also features live music, DJs, street food, and activities for kids throughout the weekend, keeping everyone entertained.

The weekend kicks off on Friday 11th at 5pm, and Bristol Eats (aka BEATS) will be with us for the latest in their series of ĎBRISTOL EATS ST.í nights, featuring some of Bristolís best street food traders.

Keep up to date with news of the event on our social media.

Event page / Twitter


Every Sunday, 10am - 2.30pm

With around 40 food & craft stalls, our thriving community market every Sunday features a fabulous range of local produce, prepared, harvested, cooked, baked, designed and made in the area.


Every Sunday, 2.30pm & 8pm

Showcasing the region's finest musicians every week on our Cafe Bar stage.


Every 1st and 3rd Monday, 8pm

£5 per person / £4 student (NUS)

Please book directly with the Cafe/Bar manager as there are a limited number of places per evening. You'll need to bring your own drawing materials and paper/sketchbooks.

This event is in our Green Room.

For more info email:

Facebook / Blog

2nd Monday of every month, 8pm

If your New Years resolution was to do something worthwhile we are here to help make it happen. Join members of the Bristol Group of Amnesty International campaigning against human rights abuses by writing or signing letters focusing on a range of cases. Have a chat about various human rights issues and find out a bit more about Amnesty International.

Whether you have 5 minutes or half an hour, you can help to make a difference.

For further information contact Val on 07971 086511

Last Monday of every month (except December), 7.30pm

Explore, for free, the latest ideas in science and technology in a relaxed, informal atmosphere and are open to anyone with an interest in science and technology, subjects which have a profound impact on all of our everyday lives.

Cafe topics cover a broad range of cutting-edge scientific research and ideas from different disciplines. You don't need to be a scientist to enjoy the evening.


Last Tuesday of every month, 8pm

CineMe provides a platform for short and independent filmmakers to showcase their work.

Since being formed in 2008, CineMe has hosted several events and screenings including regular short film nights, independent and classic film screenings, Q&A sessions with media professionals and a movie quiz night.


Every Wednesday, 8pm

Hosted in our Green Room, this is more than just a pub quiz and a snip at only £1 per person (max 6 to a team).  PLEASE NOTE: The quiz is on Summer break til 2 September.

And if you canít make a Wednesday, then our chums over at Grain Barge have a Monday night quiz too!