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MONDAY Conversation Café

Every Monday, starting 13 January – 23rd March @ Alma BS8 2ES

Join BISC, make friends and practise your spoken English in an informal setting over drinks and snacks. Hosted by native English speakers every Monday, except for Bank Holidays. On Mondays we meet at Alma Church Hall, behind Alma Church BS8 2ES, from 7.30 to 9pm. This is a FREE event and you are welcome to bring your international friends along on any Monday evening. For more information, please visit www.conversationcafeclifton.co.uk BOOK SOON for this FREE event!!


TUESDAY Conversation Café

Tuesdays, 28 January - 24 March
@ Redland, BS6 7HE

Join BISC friends and let’s practise native English-speaking in a fun and informal way on Tuesday evenings between 28 Jan - 24 March. Learn more about the structure of the language, famous sayings, poetry and much more, while enjoying delicious refreshments! Meet at Redland Parish Hall, BS6 7HE from 7.30-9pm. It is approximately a 10min bus drive with the Nr. 8 bus. BOOK SOON for this FREE event!!


Tea & Tales

Wednesdays: 29 Jan, 12+26 Feb, 11+25 March

Join the University of Bristol CU Society and hear stories of faith through the eyes of international students. All backgrounds and viewpoints are very welcome! Please join in these interesting discussions, hosted in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while also enjoying delicious refreshments. Join us from 3pm - 4.30pm in the BISC Lounge. FREE! No need to book, just turn up!


The Alpha Course

Wednesday 29 January - Wednesday 1 April

Over 27 million people worldwide have attended the Alpha Course in 100+ countries. Alpha is an opportunity for ANYONE to explore the Christian faith and the meaning of life in an informal, fun and friendly environment over ten thought-provoking weekly sessions. Meet Wednesdays, 6.45pm at BISC. Evenings include a delicious meal, a short talk and time for discussion and questions. All opinions are welcome!! FREE ENTRY, but BOOK online or at BISC.


Stratford Upon Avon

Saturday 1 February

Step back in time and visit the birthplace of Shakespeare, England’s most famous playwright. Learn how he grew up in Stratford-upon- Avon with a visit to the Shakespeare Centre. Visit 3 Tudor houses: Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Hall’s Croft and Nash’s House. Guides will explain Shakespeare’s connection with each house. The trip includes time to explore this picturesque town, plus a delicious Cream Tea. Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am, return by 8pm. Cost £28: incl. admission fees, Cream Tea and return coach fare.

This event is fully booked and by filling in the form below you are put on a waiting list for a ticket.


Bowling (at The Lanes) & Evening Meal

Monday 3 February @ 6pm

The Lanes offers the fun of bowling in an upscale venue with a refreshing style. Enjoy 5 bowling lanes with plenty of lounge area for post-bowling relaxing. We start the evening with a delicious two course meal at BISC. Then walk down with CU friends to The Lanes and try your hand at the art of bowling. Whether you have never bowled before or are excellent at it, do come along. The meal costs £2.50. Bowling costs £7.50. BOOK SOON for this POPULAR event!!!


Guided Walk 1: Brunel and The Harbourside

Wednesday 19 February @ 2pm

Join local guide John Watson to find out more about the talented genius, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. A Hero to many, he became an Adopted Bristolian and was also known as a Great Briton! Not just an engineer, Brunel was also an inventor, a problem-solver and a risktaker. Hear about his achievements and discover the best of Bristol’s harbour-side. We leave BISC at 2pm. Costs £3. BOOK SOON!!


Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 24 February - Sunday 8 March

Fairtrade is about bringing positive changes to the lives of millions of people in the developing world. Fairtrade Fortnight aims to promote Fairtrade products and raise awareness of Fairtrade issues. At BISC we aim to use Fairtrade products. Ask about these products, use the opportunity to taste delicious Fairtrade food and buy Fairtrade goods at a small pop-up shop set up in the BISC entrance hall.

Pancake Party

Shrove Tuesday 25 February @ 7pm @ Ebenezer Church, 286 Filton Ave, Horfield

Enjoy an evening like no other!! Shrove Tuesday is a typical British tradition where you can sample as many pancakes as you can manage. For a main course, choose from a variety of delicious savoury fillings, meat and veg options. For pudding there are more choices than you can imagine! Hear a brief talk on Pancakes, Lent and Easter. Starts at 7pm. Return transport from BISC @ 6.30pm if required. Costs £4. Book soon for this VERY POPULAR EVENT!!!


Stonehenge & Salisbury Cathedral

Saturday 29 February

Join us as we visit Stonehenge, erected 3000BC - 1600BC, one of the Wonders of the World and best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Stonehenge has a transformed world-class visitor centre, housing museum-quality exhibitions, a shop and café. Then journey to Salisbury for a guided tour of the finest Medieval cathedral in Britain, with the tallest spire in England; plus free time! Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am, return by 7pm. Costs £28. BOOK EARLY!

This event is now full.

A Night at the Opera: Carmen

Wednesday 11 March

In this iconic opera Jo Davies creates a masterpiece - a new production of Carmen, performed to the highest standard by the Welsh National Opera. This beautiful opera is set in the recent past, bringing you drama and excitement as an expression of modern life! Tickets costs £20 (usually £25). Show starts at 7.15pm with pre-show drinks at 6.15pm in the Piano Bar at The Hippodrome. Alternatively, simply arrive in time for the show. BOOK SOON! Limited places available!

This event is fully booked and by filling in the form below you are put on a waiting list for a ticket.


Easter Lunch

Christ Church Clifton, Clifton Down Road, BS8 4AH
Sunday 15 March @ 12.45pm

Come and enjoy a very special lunch with friends!! All BISC students are warmly invited to a free Easter lunch for Internationals, hosted in the lovely and relaxed atmosphere of the Crypt at Christ Church Clifton. The delicious two-course meal will be followed by a short explanation of the Christian celebration of Easter. The event starts at 12.45pm. FREE, but please BOOK SOON!

This event is fully booked and by filling in the form below you are put on a waiting list for a ticket.


Easter Egg Hunt

Wednesday 18 March @ 2.45pm

Have fun as we revive the age-old tradition of an Easter Egg Hunt, kindly organised by the UoB CU. The BISC lounge and beautiful gardens will serve as our hunting ground, followed by delicious refreshments and a short talk on why Easter Eggs are an important symbol for those celebrating Easter. It is a very special time in the BISC family calendar and we would love you to join us! Costs £3. BOOK SOON for this FUN afternoon!!

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event

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 The Octagon, Community Hub on Frenchay Campus (Thur 12-2pm - only if student has booked online by the day before). 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.

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