Discover Festival offers host of events

Published on: 03 Oct 2016

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

The festival, which takes place over a six-week period between September and October, offers a unique opportunity for residents to find out what makes South Gloucestershire a great place to live and work. 

With over 180 free events free there is something to interest everyone although booking is essential for some of the most popular events, such as bat walks and fossil forays.


Discover events in Downend and Staple Hill during October include: 


Saturday October 1, 9.30am - 5pm at Downend Library. No booking required.

South Gloucestershire and the First World War exhibition.

Saturday October 1,  2.30pm-3.30pm at Downend Library. No booking required. Age 8-14.

Discover Technology: Making games in Scratch! Using the drag'n'drop code of Scratch, you'll build your own games! Even if you've used Scratch before, this will give you the opportunity to develop new skills and try out new ideas.

Tuesday October 4, 7.30-9pm, Staple Hill Library. Cost £3. No booking required. Before the Bridge : The Beachley to Aust Ferry, an illustrated talk. 16 years plus. Tim Ryan tells the story of the Severn King, Queen and Princess which plied the estuary until September 1966.

Wednesday October 12, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Staple Hill Library. Free. Aged 16 plus. No booking required. Westerly Winds Staple Hill taster session. Did you learn a wind instrument at school or in your past and are keen to dust it off and start playing again? Come along, even if you don’t have your own instrument

Wednesday October 12, 7.30-9pm, Downend Library. Cost £3. Age 16 plus. No booking required.

An evening with author Damien Boyd. He talks about his crime novels which feature West Country landmarks.

Saturday October 15, Staple Hill library, Get to grips with your tablet and other devices.  Free one-hour sessions – booking required.

Tuesday October 18, 7.30-8.30pm, Staple Hill Library, Free. No booking required. My Guide Dog and me.  A talk by Martin Sullivan. Find out how Dale and other guide dogs have transformed their users' lives

Thursday October 20, Downend Library, 7.30-9.30pm, cost £4. Aged 16 plus. No booking required. A quiz in aid of Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.


Half Term Holiday Fun drop ins

Tuesday October 25, 10.30am- noon, Down on the Farm :  Staple Hill library  

Thursday October 27, 10am – 11.30am, Downend library, Medieval Mayhem – castles, knights and dragons: 


For more information on South Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival visit:

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