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Welcome To Bristol Evening Meals


Friday 8 - Tuesday 19 September (10 nights)

Join us for a FREE homemade two-course meal to welcome you to Bristol; meet new people and make friends. Meals are served at BISC between 6.30pm-8.30pm, on a first come, first served basis, on: Fri 8th, Sat 9th, Mon 11th, Tues 12th, Wed 13th, Thurs 14th, Fri 15th, Sat 16th, Mon 18th and Tues 19th September. Your first meal is FREE, then just £2 thereafter. No need to book!

Welcome Guided Walks

Tuesday 12 September & Friday 15 September

Learn to find your way and explore the beautiful and historic city of Bristol with local guide John Rosewell, while making new friends. See the sights of Central Bristol on the 1st walk and explore the famous Clifton Area on the 2nd walk. Wear good shoes and leave from BISC at 4pm. FREE, but BOOK IN ADVANCE!


A Taste of the UK

Thursday 28 September @ 7pm

Learn about British Culture, meet British people and sample delicious UK food to get A Taste of the UK. The evening includes a cooked meal, soft drinks and light entertainment. Enjoy good fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Return transport from BISC @ 6.30pm, if required. Venue: Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Avenue, Horfield. Costs £4. BOOK and pay SOON at BISC or UWE (The Octagon)!


Afternoon Tea: with a Difference

Sunday 1 October

Enjoy a special Afternoon Tea in true British style with all the trimmings! We will enjoy a selection of freshly made sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, and a variety of delicious cakes to accompany your choice of teas or coffee. Venue: Redland Parish Church Hall, BS6 7HE. Leave BISC at 3.30pm, return by 6pm. FREE, but LIMITED PLACES!

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


International Reception

Saturday 7 October
7.00pm @ Woodlands Centre, Belgrave Rd, Clifton

A spectacular multi-cultural event not to be missed! Meet students from all over the world. Includes food, drink, live stage entertainment and an official welcome from Rob Scott-Cook, Vice-Chair of BISC Trustees. Over 700 expected! ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome. FREE ENTRY! No need to book, just turn up.

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Conversation Café

Tuesdays, 10 October - 12 December

Join BISC friends and let’s practise native English speaking in a fun and informal way on Tuesday evenings between 10 Oct - 12 Dec. Delicious refreshments included! Hosted by native English speakers at Redland Parish Church Hall, BS6 7HE from 7.30-9pm. Leave BISC @ 7pm or meet at the venue. BOOK SOON for this FREE event!!

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


London: An Introduction

Saturday 21 October

Our first coach trip of the term takes us into the heart of England’s capital city. In the morning there is a guided sightseeing coach tour with a professional tour guide. In the afternoon there is free time to explore London at your leisure. Leave BISC at 7am, UWE at 7.15am, return by 9.30pm. Costs £28. Please book in advance for this popular trip!


Guided Walk 1: Bristol and Its History

Wednesday 25 October @ 2pm

Explore a city rich in history and diverse in culture with local guide John Watson! The first of a number of walks exploring themes ranging from Banksy, the famous street artist; to Brunel, the reckless engineer; to the Abolitionist Movement!! Costs £3. BOOK SOON!!


Windsor Castle

Saturday 4 November

Windsor Castle, an official residence of The Queen, is the oldest occupied castle in the world (900 years of British history). Visit the State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Doll’s House, St. George’s Chapel and more. Leave BISC at 8.30am, UWE at 8.45am, return by 8pm. Costs of £32 includes admission, audio guide and coach fare. BOOK EARLY!!!

This trip is now fully booked!!


Knitting Afternoon

Wednesday 8 November 2.45pm @ BISC

‘Knit one, purl one!’ Come and learn to knit at BISC. Knitting is the method of stitching together wool to make a garment, using two needles to connect the wool into joined rows. Full instructions and materials provided. Organised in partnership with the BUCU. Costs £3. Book in advance for this FUN afternoon!!


Food & Discussion Forum: Poetry and Faith

Tuesday 14 November @ 6.30pm

On this special evening, award-winning Bristol-based poet, Emma Wall, invites you to hear a selection of her poems and those written by her pupils. We will enjoy a delicious two-course meal while exploring the relationship between poetry and faith. All backgrounds and viewpoints are very welcome, so please join in the interesting discussion and share your valued opinions. Starts 6.30pm at BISC. FREE, but you need to BOOK EARLY for this exciting evening!!


Cardiff Castle & Big Pit

Saturday 18 November

Visit South Wales and experience two very different venues in one day! In the morning we visit the Big Pit - The National Coal Museum of Wales. Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain’s leading mining museums. Descend 92m underground for a guided tour with a real miner! The miners, now retired, are extremely friendly and have wonderful stories to share. The exhibitions are also well worth visiting; and the miners’ café with a delicious café menu is a great place to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a Welsh cake. In the afternoon we visit the elaborately decorated Cardiff Castle, which dates back nearly 2000 years. Enjoy a guided tour, visit the ‘interpretation centre’, then explore the grounds with your own multi-media guide, plus free time to explore the capital city. Leave BISC 8.00am, UWE 8.15am, return by 7pm. Costs £29 and includes return coach fare and entry fees. BOOK SOON!!


Polish Night

Friday 24 November, 7pm @ BISC

Experience the very best of Poland without even going there!! Join us for a very popular evening of Polish food, traditional music, and customs here at BISC. Kindly organised by the Bristol University Polish Society. Come and enjoy an evening like no other! Evening starts at 7pm. Costs £4. BOOK SOON at BISC or online!!


Christmas Card Making

Wednesday 29 November 2.45pm @ BISC

An opportunity to have fun, be creative and make your own Christmas cards. Learn about Christmas and why we send cards at this special time of the year. Who will you send a card to this Christmas? All materials and refreshments provided. Organised by the BUCU. Costs £3. Book in advance for this FUN afternoon!!


Christmas Dinner

Saturday 2 December @ 7pm
@ Alma Church Hall, Alma Rd, Clifton

Experience Christmas the English way!! Enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner of roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and custard, mulled wine and mince pies. Enjoy carol singing and a short talk about how and why we celebrate Christmas. Starts 7pm. Smart Dress. Costs £12.80. Book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are currently sold out for this event. By filling in the form you will be put on a waiting list.


International Feast

Friday 8 December 6.30pm @ BISC

An evening of food, fun and games! Bring a main course or a dessert, typical to your country, for us all to try. Please bring your recipe so others can re-create your dish! The two-course meal will be followed by various games, led by the BUCU team. NO CHARGE because you bring the food! BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL Limited places. Starts at 6.30pm.


Term Programme

Each term BISC arranges a programme of events and activities for international students in Bristol to enjoy. We believe that it is important to take a break from your studies to explore the country that you are studying in and BISC provides the perfect opportunity to explore historic cities and places of interest, as well as promoting cross cultural understanding and exchange through weekly events and cultural evenings.

Our trips and events are open to all international students studying at any of Bristol's Universities, colleges or language schools. Whilst we do invite others to join in our events (including husbands/wives, visiting family or friends of international students), priority is always given to international students studying in Bristol.

Our trips are also very popular, so booking early is highly recommended. If you book on-line, you will receive an email to confirm your booking. You must pay within 7 days of booking to confirm your place or we may offer it to someone else. We accept cash or cheque only. You can pay at the BISC office (Mon-Fri between 1-5pm) or at International Cafe (Thur 12-2pm at The Octagon, UWE Frenchay Campus). During the last week before an event, all tickets become available and are sold on a first come, first served basis.

We hope you enjoy the activities and trips that we have arranged. If there are any places that you think we should arrange a visit to, or if there are other activities you'd like to do, then please let us know!

Weekly Events

During university term time, BISC hosts a Monday tea, Wednesday lunch and Friday lunch at the BISC Centre.
Also, International Cafe is held at the Octagon, UWE Frenchay Campus on Thursday lunchtimes.

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