Term ProgrammeView and book for trips and events.

The Bake Time

Every Monday, from 14 January - 1st April, 1.30-5pm @ BISC

Learn how to bake traditional British cakes in a team of bakers, with the help of a pastry chef!
Try your skills at following recipes, baking and decorating some delicious cakes – followed by a traditional Tea Party so you can taste your own creations!!
Included in the ticket, is your opportunity to invite two friends to the Tea without any extra cost! Arrive ready to bake at BISC at 1.30pm. The Tea Party is from 4-5pm, with friends welcome to arrive from 3.45pm. Costs £2. All ingredients provided! Limited places! BOOK SOON!!


The Alpha Course

Wednesday 23 January - Wednesday 27 March

Over 27 million people worldwide have now 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. We meet Wednesdays, 6.45pm at BISC. Evenings include a delicious meal, a short talk on a different topic each week, time for discussion and questions. All opinions are welcome!! FREE ENTRY, but BOOK online or at BISC.


Conversation Café

@ Redland Parish Church Hall, BS6 7HE
Tuesdays, 29 January - 26 March

Join BISC friends and let’s practise native English-speaking in a fun and informal way on Tuesday evenings between 29 Jan - 26 March. Delicious refreshments included! Hosted in partnership with BISC by native English speakers at Redland Parish Hall, BS6 7HE from 7.30-9pm. Leave BISC @ 7pm or meet at the venue. BOOK SOON for this FREE event!!


Tea & Tales

Wednesdays: 30 Jan, 6+27 Feb, 13+20 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!


Chinese New Year’s Celebration

Friday 1 February, 7pm @ EMH, BS1 2NN

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture for a night out with BISC. Enjoy a variety of delicious Chinese dishes and fun-filled activities, including the art of Chinese paper cutting - all while enjoying the delicate sound of Chinese music. Hosted at The Emmanuel Meeting House, BS1 2NN with the help of friends from the International Café. Only £4. Book early to avoid disappointment!!

This event is now SOLD OUT and you will be added to a waiting list by filling in the form below.


Stratford Upon Avon

Saturday 2 February

Step back in time and visit the beautiful 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 £27: incl. admission fees, Cream Tea and return coach fare.

We are now SOLD OUT for this event.

A Magical Ballet: Nutcracker

Friday 8 February

This most famous of fantasy ballets describes an extraordinary night. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins...Tickets costs £23 (usually £30). The show starts 7.30pm at the Hippodrome Theatre. Pre-show drinks, 6.15pm at Colston St. Bar or simply arrive in time for the show. BOOK SOON!

We are now SOLD OUT for this event.

Guided Walk 1: Brunel and The Harbourside

Wednesday 13 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!!


Jungle Rumble: Crazy Golf & an Evening Meal

Monday 25 February @ 6.30pm

Jungle Rumble plays host to two astro turf multi-themed 18-hole golf courses. The course features a diverse array of adventurous holes including a live volcano. It is a great place to enjoy a night out with friends. Start with a meal at BISC at 6.30pm, followed by an evening of crazy golf in town with CU friends. The meal costs £2.50. Jungle Rumble costs only £7 with NUS card (or £8 without). BOOK EARLY for this exciting evening!!!


Stonehenge & Salisbury Cathedral

Saturday 2 March

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 £27. BOOK EARLY!

By filling in the form below, you will now be put on a waiting list because the event is currently full.


Pancake Party

Shrove Tuesday 5 March @ 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 you can choose from a variety of delicious savoury fillings, both meaty and vegetarian. For pudding there are more choices than you can imagine! Hear a brief talk on Pancakes, Lent and Easter. The evening starts at 7pm. Return transport from BISC @ 6.30pm if required. Costs £4. Book soon for this VERY POPULAR EVENT!!!


Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 25 February - Sunday 10 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.

Arts & Craft Afternoon

Wednesday 6 March @ 2.45pm

Have fun as we revive the Arts & Crafts movement in the BISC lounge. Try your hand at the art of painting and drawing; or learn all about creating beautiful objects with fabric, felted wool, stitchwork and knitting. Full instructions and materials provided; plus delicious nibbles, cakes and drinks. Costs £3. BOOK SOON for this FUN afternoon!!


Bowling (at The Lanes) & Evening Meal

Monday 18 March @ 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!!!



Saturday 23 March

Visit Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, world-famous for its University. This exciting trip includes a guided walking tour in the morning and a visit to an Oxford college. Also free time for lunch and exploring this bustling, cosmopolitan town. Costs £27. It includes the guided tour, entry fees and the return coach fare. Leave BISC at 8am, UWE at 8.15am. Return by 7.30pm. BOOK EARLY!!

By filling in the form below, you will now be put on a waiting list because the event is currently full.


Easter Lunch

Christ Church Clifton, Clifton Down Road, BS8 4AH
Sunday 24 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 and collect your tickets at BISC!! Limited places available!

By filling in the form below, you will now be put on a waiting list because the event is currently full.


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 (Wed 2-4pm). 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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