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ISSUE 4 A guide for the discerning landlord

JAN / FEB 2014

BRISTOL

BRISTOL

A prospering city of opportunity

COMMON MISTAKES MADE BY AMATEUR PROPERTY INVESTORS and how to avoid them

WHAT’S ON

All the best events going on across the UK


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appy new year and welcome to Issue 4 of City Focus - our regular magazine for the discerning landlord. I hope you all had a spectacular Christmas and are looking forward to a prosperous 2014.

In this issue the spotlight is on Bristol, looking at the city’s places of interest, famous residents, history and culture, as well as the investment opportunities it offers. Also inside is our usual guide to the hottest happenings across the city and the rest of the UK, as well as useful hints and tips to help you make the most of your property. Happy new year! Richard Anthony – Editor editor@citylandlord.co.uk

“The Bristol Channel was always my guide, and I was always able to draw an imaginary line from my bed to our house over in Wales. It was a great comfort” Roald Dahl


Buy-to-let lending to increase 25% in 2014

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uy-to-let lending is predicted to increase by 25% to £25 billion in 2014, according to Mortgages for Business.

Lending to landlords and buy-to-let investors is currently 135% higher than the 2009 low of £8.5 billion, but remains some way off the 2007 peak of £45 billion. A poll by specialist buy-to-let lenders Mortgages for Business found that 57% of landlords intend to expand their portfolios over the next six months. 54% of ‘part-time’ landlords surveyed – those who own between one and 10 properties – said they intend to expand their portfolio over the next six months, whilst 66% of professional

landlords asked said they intend to purchase a further property in the New Year. Only 7% of all landlords say they intend to shrink their portfolios over the next six months.

“Despite easing conditions for owner-occupiers and first-time buyers, the prevailing conditions mean the private rental sector remains a vital element of the housing mix. The growth in lending to property investors is proof of this and the intention of landlords to expand further demonstrates that demand for rental property shows little sign of waning,” said David Whittaker, managing director at Mortgages for Business.”

NOSY NEIGHBOUR

In each issue we take a sneaky look at what’s been going on in rental properties across the UK

Landlord must pay £20,000 court bill

Student landlord fined £10,000 over fire risks

A rogue landlord who rented a death trap former hotel to vulnerable tenants has been ordered to pay nearly £20,000 in fine and costs.

The landlord of a students’ house that was full of serious fire risks has been fined £10,000.

Alfred Katona, 75, of Chadwick Road, Westcliff, was sentenced after admitting a string of offences at Southend Magistrates’ Court. The court heard he put the health and safety of four tenants at risk by allowing a converted Victorian house in Station Road, Westcliff, to deteriorate so badly social services had to move them out. Katona was fined £3,700 for each offence, and ordered to pay £1,005 costs and a £120 victim surcharge. He was ordered to pay the total sum of £19,625.

Michael Hiett pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrate’s Court to running a multioccupation house without a permit and eight other safety offences. He had been renting out a three-storey six-bedroom house in Brookdale Road in Wavertree. The judge said the state of the house meant it didn’t even meet minimum safety standards and the potential for harm was serious. Mr Hiett was fined £6,000 for being in breach of licensing conditions and £500 on each of the eight safety breaches.


CITY SPOTLIGHT

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ristol is a beautiful and vibrant city with a reputation as a good place to live and do business. In economic terms it is a prosperous city nationally and internationally, with a thriving arts scene and a modern city centre. Bristol’s prosperity is based on a diverse and varied industrial base, including high-tech industries, business services, banking and finance, retail and the creative industries, meaning it has a great market of young and established professionals looking to rent.

A shift in focus A few years ago, developers and landlords piled into city centres such as Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, but then the bubble burst and the investors disappeared, leaving empty properties.

On the flip side however, Bristol became more desirable - its worn-out shopping centre was replaced by the sparkling Cabot Circus – something that has not gone unnoticed by investors. In 2013, Bristol won top spot in the Quality of Living Index for the UK’s largest cities, conducted by moneysupermarket. The city has two very successful and popular universities and a highly educated and skilled workforce, with 43% of the working age population educated to degree level or above - compared to 34% nationally. Some 35,000 full-time students live in Bristol during term time, meaning that there is a great student market for investors and landlords to tap into.


The pulse of the city The population of Bristol is around 432,000 – making it the seventh largest UK city outside of London. The population has increased around 38,000 over the last ten years as the city continues to prosper. The average age of a Bristol citizen was recorded during the 2011 census as 33.7 years old, younger than the typical age for residents of England and Wales which stood at 39 years-old. Total recorded crime has been steadily reducing for the past 12 years meaning it is a relatively safe place to invest. A total of 40,672 crimes were recorded in 2012/13 - a decrease of 16.7% from 2011/12. Bristol’s efforts to make itself a sustainable city have been rewarded with the crown of European Green Capital Award for 2015, many other cities are now looking to follow their lead in taking similar action to tackle climate change and promoting best environmental practice.

Places to look at Long-term regeneration of the Harbourside and city centre is well underway and waterfront developments such as Finzels Reach, where two-bed flats cost from £225,000, are proving hugely popular with both landlords and tenants.

DID YOU KNOW? There are 2,310 Jedi Knights living in Bristol according to the 2011 UK census!

Queen Square is one of the largest residential Georgian squares in Europe, renovated in the early part of the century, its surrounding areas remain a hit with investors. If you are looking towards the student market, areas such as Mortimer Road are a good bet, properties are relatively expensive (up to £1.15m) but with rental incomes of up to £3,000pcm, they could still prove to be a great investment. For more information on housing schemes and developments in Bristol visit: www.bristol.gov.uk/page/housing To look at properties currently available in the Bristol area visit: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/Bristol.html


If your budget is more modest however, then the Clifton area may be more for you and a two bedroom property in Caledonia Place could return a rental income of £1,100 on a £285,000 asking price. Mark Hutchinson, Director of spareroom. co.uk, suggests investors consider high-quality student property, saying: “Luxury high-end accommodation aimed at overseas students with money to spend is a very popular market at the moment.” Hutchinson warned that properties without fast broadband may be difficult to let out among students, something you need to consider.

Tackling the housing crisis Homes4Bristol launched at the tail end of 2013 and aims to offer more affordable housing for

low-income families and people across the city. The strategy aims to provide 2,500 affordable homes to help ease the housing shortage. Areas such as Hengrove, Filwood, Southmead, Kingsweston, Lockleaze, Hartcliffe and Whitchurch will provide 1,555 new homes (465 of them affordable) by April 2018. “As a city, we can no longer rely on developers’ contributions to provide the majority of our affordable housing, so new approaches to funding and delivery are required,” says Cabinet Councillor Mark Bradshaw. David Warburton, from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, says: “Affordable housing has a vital link with economic well-being and it is right that partners are tackling the issue to sustain growth in Bristol and across the West of England.”

WHY CHOOSE BRISTOL? Bristol is a largely affluent city with diverse opportunities and high tenant demand. Its properties tend to be at the higher end of the market, with bargains difficult to find, however yields are healthy and long-term relatively trouble-free tenants can be make investment more than worthwhile.


CITY SPOTLIGHT - BRISTOL

BRISTOL - the facts and figures Get the lowdown on the city and surrounding areas with our handy info-graphics.

BRISTOL – AVERAGE PROPERTY PRICES Below is breakdown of the average asking price for the City of Bristol area by property type.

Average property price:

ALL PROPERTIES

DETACHED

FLAT

SEMI DETACHED

TERRACED

£213,830

£384,594

£182,731

£228,547

£210,466

Annual change in house prices +0.7%

(source: home.co.uk)

PROPERTY RENTS IN BRISTOL BY NUMBER OF BEDROOMS 1 BEDROOM

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£610 pcm

£803 pcm

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£1,453 pcm

(source: home.co.uk)


AVERAGE RENTS IN BRISTOL BY TYPE Room

£398 pcm £806 pcm

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£1,289 pcm

House

Average Rental Yield 6.45% (source: BBC Homes)

POPULATION Bristol is England’s sixth most populous city and ninth most populous urban area. At 3,599 inhabitants per square km, it has the seventh-highest population density of any English district.

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Following a period of population decline in the post war years, the population stabilised in the 1990s, this was then followed by a period of unprecedented population growth through the 2000s. 1971

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TWINNED WITH

BRISTOL is twinned with the below cities:

Bristol was among the first cities to adopt the idea of town twinning and is linked with: (source: www.twinning.org.uk)

Porto Portugal

Bordeaux France

Hannover Germany

Twinning describes a form of cooperative agreement made between towns, cities and even countries; in geographically and politically distant areas to promote cultural and commercial ties.

THE LOW DOWN

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Area Number of full time students living in Bristol during term time Number of people working in Bristol city centre Average earnings Unemployment rate (source: Bristol City Council)

Did You

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There are 34 other populated places named Bristol, mainly in the United States, but also in Peru, Canada, Jamaica and Barbados.


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GETTING AROUND IN BRISTOL

Bristol is one of Britain’s most easily-accessible cities and has an excellent range of public transport. Visit: visitbristol.co.uk/a

Clifton Rocks Railway Caledonia Place, Bristol, BS8 4DN

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A major engineering achievement in the 1890s, it operated for 40 years, transporting people from Clifton through a tunnel in the Avon Gorge. Today this fascinating relic of yesteryear is open to the public. cliftonrocksrailway.org.uk

Brunel’s SS Great Britain Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY

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Step aboard the award-winning Brunel’s SS Great Britain for a ship shape day out! ssgreatbritain.org


Bristol Zoo Gardens 1 Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA A visit to this city zoo is your passport for a day trip into an amazing world of animals, exhibits and other attractions.

Planning a day-trip or long-weekend in the city? Here are some of our favourite attractions that Bristol has to offer.

bristolzoo.org.uk

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Queen’s Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

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Museum and art gallery exhibiting some outstanding collections of art, archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in a magnificent building.

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Wills Memorial Building Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1RJ

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The Wills Memorial Building was designed by Sir George Oatley and built as a memorial to Henry Overton Wills III, it is considered one of the last great Gothic buildings to be built in England.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge Bridge Road, Leigh Woods, Bristol, BS8 3PA

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The world famous bridge and the iconic symbol of Bristol, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1831 and completed in 1864 after his death. cliftonbridge.org.uk

about-bristol/travel-and-maps for more details.

Bristol Cathedral College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ

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At-Bristol Science Centre Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5DB

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Founded in 1140 and located on College Green, this unique building is one of the highlights of the Bristol skyline.

A hands-on science and technology centre, with interactive exhibits and a whole load of fun for all the family.

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CITY SPOTLIGHT - BRISTOL

FAMOUS BRISTOLIANS Bristol has a rich heritage of art, history and literature. Here are some of the city’s favourite sons and daughters.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Sophie Anderton

Although born in Portsmouth, Brunel is recognised as one of Bristol’s favourite sons for his work in the city. As a mechanic and civil engineer, his designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. He passed away in

Fashion model Anderton was born and raised in the city before going to become one of the most recognisable faces on Europe’s catwalks.

Cary Grant

Elizabeth Blackwell

Known for his dashing good looks, Grant is one of Hollywood’s most famous leading men. He was born in Bristol as Archibald Leach in 1904.

Elizabeth Blackwell was born in a house on Dickson Street in Bristol, she was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States, as well as the first woman on the UK Medical Register.

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Derren Brown Although born in London, television illusionist Brown attended the University of Bristol where he attended a hypnotism show which inspired to turn to mindtricks as a career. He is now a stalwart of Channel 4, with many sold out live shows and books on the subject to his name.

Philippa Gregory British historical novelist Gregory has been writing since 1987. She was born in Kenya, but was raised in the city from the age of two. Her most notable works include The Other Boleyn Girl and The Constant Princess.


BRISTOL LOVES TO LAUGH Bristol has strong links with comedy both on stage and screen - we look at some of the city’s most familiar comedy faces.

On stage Hyperactive funnyman Lee Evans was born in nearby Avonmouth and performed many of his early shows in the city, before going on to become one of the Britian’s highest earning comedians, his roadrunner tour grossed £12.9m alone. Young comedy upstarts (and Mock the Week regulars) Russell Howard and Mark Watson also hail from Bristol, with much of their material focussing on growing up in the city. However, the city’s main comedy club Jongleurs is sadly staring closure in the face after nearly 30 years. Its owners face a mountain of debt, with locals hopeful a new buyer can be found to keep the club alive.

Television Controversial television satirist Chris Morris, the brains behind The Day Today, Brass Eye and the feature film Four Lions, is also a Bristolian.

On the big screen Much loved stop-animation characters Wallace and Gromit were created by Aardman Animations in the city, before going on to find national and international fame in a series of shorts and the 2005 feature film Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Catch some live stand up in Bristol, visit thecomedybox.co.uk for listings.


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anksy is now a world-famous graffiti artist, whose work has sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But once, he was just another kid causing mischief with nothing but a spray can in his hand. It’s in Bristol that Banksy made his first steps as a graffiti artist and some of his earliest work is hidden around the city including classics such as ‘Mild Mild West’ and ‘Hanging Man’. Born in Bristol in 1974, Banksy was strongly involved in the wave of street art that took Bristol by storm in the 1980s.

“There’s nothing more dangerous than someone who wants to make the world a better place” banksy

Throughout the decades, Banksy’s work has cropped up in London, LA and New York and of course his hometown, Bristol. In 2009, Banksy held a spectacular homecoming, where he overtook Bristol Museum and Art Gallery for an exhibition that saw crowds queuing for hours on end for a glimpse of his work.

Well Hung Lover Frogmore Street (Banksy)

Mild, Mild Wes t - Stoke’s Croft, The Can ten (Banksy)

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Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is a sculptor, installation artist, painter and print maker. Born in Bristol in 1965; he went on to become a prominent member of the ‘Young British Artists’ who rose to fame during the 1990s and is seen as part of the wider Brit pop cultural movement. Best known for exhibiting a series of animals in formaldehyde including a shark and a cow and her calf. Hirst takes a direct and challenging approach to ideas about existence. His works “calls into question our awareness and convictions about the boundaries that separate desire and fear, life and death, reason and faith and love and hate”(Gagosian Gallery).

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CIDER IN THE CITY A guide to the famous cider of Bristol

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f there’s one thing that immediately springs to mind when you think of the West Country, it’s cider.

If you would like to try the real deal when it comes to cider, the best thing you can do is visit one of Bristol’s many establishments.

The Orchard Near to the SS Great Britain, this is a very traditional cider pub. Pros: Authentic, not too busy, plenty of ciders to choose from.

In this edition of City Focus, we’ve put together a guide to help you discover the best cider that Bristol has to offer.

The Apple Also known as ‘The Cider Boat’; if you’re planning on loading up on cider in Bristol, you’ll have to include this place on your route. Pros: Located very centrally, has over 40 ciders, a good snack selection, and it’s based on a boat! Cons: Due to the location, and the strength of the above points, this place gets very busy on a sunny evening or weekend. However, if you’re happy to sit on the floor or hang your legs off the quay you’ll be fine.

Cons: Those who are not local might get a funny look – just don’t ask for anything other than cider and you’ll be fine.


The Bristol Cider House

The Coronation Tap

Located just by Cabot Circus, this is a small but perfectly formed pub.

Based in Clifton Village, this place is infamous for its Exhibition Cider, which is only sold in half pints as it’s so strong.

Pros: Impressive cider selection (with many local varieties) and the option to do taster sessions any cider novice will come out an expert. Cons: There’s little else to do in its vicinity – Stokes Croft is a 5-10 minute walk.

Pros: Great live music events, impressive cider selection, cosy atmosphere, exhibition cider. Cons: Exhibition cider will leave you with a killer hangover.

Bristol Cider Shop The Stable A new addition to Bristol’s waterfront, this place specialises in cider, pies and pizzas. Pros: They do good food, so it’s a great place to line your stomach before your cider crawl. Cons: It’s more of a restaurant than a bar, and the size means it can feel a bit noisy and lacking in that cosy cider pub atmosphere.

Despite not being a pub, this little shop on Christmas Steps has a great selection of ciders & associated products and is reasonably priced. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable, plus you get lots of samples! Due to the region’s history of cider production and heavy consumption, you can find a great selection of real ciders at most decent pubs across the city.

Please enjoy your drink responsibly. Why let good times go bad, visit: www.drinkaware.co.uk


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

We’re not just talking hot air when we say that this is European’s finest balloon event!

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he Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest ballooning event. A spectacular four days of colourful hot-air balloon displays, this free event attracts over half a million visitors a year to the scenic grounds of Ashton Court.

It is the only place in the world that you will see so many balloons all go up at once outside of Albuquerque, in the US. There is entertainment for all the family with fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, face painting, an arts and craft fair, dance stage, arena entertainment, the world famous Red Arrows and plenty of local music.


DID YOU KNOW? In 1885 a woman named Sarah Ann Henley threw herself from the Clifton Suspension Bridge (pictured) only to be saved by her billowing dress! Contrary to local folklore she did not ‘float’ down, but the underwear did slow and cushion her fall enough for her to make a full recovery. She later died in 1948 at the age of 84.

Mass launches are made twice a day, at 6am and 6pm (subject to weather conditions). Balloons of all shapes and sizes lift off over the City of Bristol as well as taking part in various competitions including who can reach the furthest point in a set time or landing challenges. One popular attraction is the night glow, when balloons are inflated and glow to music after dark. These are held on the opening Thursday night, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Date: 7th – 10th August 2014

www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk


Common mistakes made by amateur property investors

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e’re all tempted by the idea of buying a house, doing it up and selling it for a huge profit. However, property renovation is fraught with traps and even in a rising market you can lose large sums of money Here’s a guide outlining the worst mistakes made by amateur developers, and how they can be avoided.

Buying in the wrong area This is one of the most basic errors developers make according to property consultant Simon Barnes. “They believe it will be the next-upand-coming area but if it’s not a nice place to live, why will anyone want to spend a fortune buying there?” Houses on or off busy main roads and those in areas with poor transport links, for example, are always going to sell for more of a discount, but could still make the ideal location for those who love the hustle and bustle of the city. Most amateur property developers think it’s easier to find an opportunity than it actually is, adds Philip Harvey, of buying advisors Property Vision. “They’re in competition with professionals who spend 100 per cent of their time hunting for profitable projects.”

Paying expensive rates for finance Don’t be tempted to borrow more money, than you can afford, no matter how much money you’re going to make, warns Alan Waxman, of property developers Landmass. Always shop around for the best possible deal and be realistic about how much the whole renovation project is going to cost and the time it is going to take.

Choosing the wrong builders The quality of your renovation is only as good as your builder, so view their work first and get references from past clients. “Also ensure they’ve signed a fixed price contract – without that it is easy to get ripped off if the build continues for longer than expected,” says Lochie Rankin of home finding agency Lichfields.


Quality Yes, there are cheaper versions of all handmade tiles, oak floors and composite work surfaces used in the most expensive developments, but they are to be avoided. “Even if your budget is small, choose appliances, fixtures and fittings because you know they will last, not because they resemble something more expensive. And don’t scrimp on the exterior – the majority of buyers will decide if they want the property before they have stepped through the front door,” Barnes says.

Going overboard It’s easy to over-design. According to Rankin, buyers often get put off by things such as lavish marble bathrooms with crystal taps and silk carpets. Go for a clean, fresh finish rather than anything too fancy.

Going for too many bedrooms Contrary to what many developers think, more bedrooms does not necessarily make for a more valuable house. According to Waxman, buyers want quality space rather than cramped living conditions – bedroom wardrobes and dressing areas should be prioritised over irrelevant box rooms. First-time developers should focus on the layout of their project, ensuring that the rooms flow together and there is a balance of entertaining space, living space and bedrooms. “If the space planning is poor even having a high-quality finish will not help you sell,” says Waxman.

Greed “If your house is on the market for too much money it will sit there and go stale in today’s market,” explains Rankin. “Buyers are too savvy these days and have a good idea of how much they want to be spending.”

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WHAT’S ON

Our guide to the best events going on across the UK in January and February!

BRISTOL West Side Story Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 28 January – 08 Feb 2014 7.30pm Tickets: £15 -£ 49.50 Featuring choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins and a magical score by Leonard Bernstien, West Side Story has been described as ‘one of the towering achievements of musical theatre of the last century.” www.atgtickets.com/venues/ bristol-hippodrome

Motown’s Greatest Hits: How Sweet It Is

Exhibition: Wildlife Photographer of the Year

M Shed, Princes Wharf, Bristol BS1 On until 23 Feb 2014 10am – 4.45pm Tickets: £3 / £2 concessions A touring exhibition from the Natural History Museum, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now in its 49th year and showcases the very best nature photography.

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Chinese New Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 7.30pm 12 Feb 2014 Tickets: £25.40 - £40.40 Back by popular demand for a 10th successive year, enjoy the sweet sound of Motown with this 100% live show combining first class music together with slick choreography to deliver a truly authentic experience. www.atgtickets.com/venues/ bristol-hippodrome

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RL 01 Feb 2014 From 8.00pm Free Entry Celebrate the Year of the Horse with an action packed programme of dance and music performances, martial art, and Chinese culture. Fun and entertainment for all the family! http://www.bristol.gov.uk/ page/leisure-and-culture/bristol- museum-and-art-gallery


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Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, GL2 7BT 01 - 02 February 2014 9.30am – 5.00pm Free Entry Visit the hides to see Slimbridge’s wild reserve at its busiest time of year. Hear a range of conservation talks from experts and take part in a selection of workshops and activities over the weekend. http://www.wwt.org.uk/ wetland-centres/slimbridge/

Shakespeare: As You Like It The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, BS3 13 February - 22 March 2014 7.00pm £12-£22 Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the meaning of love - both funny and moving.

Hogwarts in the snow at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Running until 2nd February 2014 Tickets: £30 + Booking Fee See the Hogwarts castle as it has never been seen before, with its iconic festive look recreated for the first time. Don’t miss this festive treat for Harry Potter fans! http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk

The Full Monty at the Noel Coward theatre

http://www.tobaccofactorytheatres. com/shows/

LIVERPOOL Elvis and Us Beatles Story, Albert Dock, Merseyside L3 Now until October 2014 10.00am - 6.00pm Adult £15.95 Concessions £12.00 This unique, first-of-its-kind exhibition will allow visitors to experience the power of both Elvis and The Beatles, along with their explosive impact on music and popular culture. http://www.elvisandus.com/

20th February 2014 – 14th June 2014 Tickets: £9.50 to £52.50 + Booking Fee In 1997, a British film about six out-ofwork Sheffield steelworkers with nothing to lose, took the world by storm. And now they’re back; live on stage for The Full Monty. Featuring classic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones – this is one not to be missed. http://www.delfontmackintosh. co.uk/Tickets/TheFullMonty/ TheFullMonty.asp


NOTTINGHAM Thriller Live

LEEDS Ice Cube at Millennium Square Friday 24th Jan 2014 – Sunday 23rd Feb 2014 Tickets: £7.50 adults, £5.50 12yrs and under, £6 13 – 17 years Yorkshire’s coolest wintertime attraction! The Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square.

15 January 2014 – Sunday 19 January 2014 Tickets: £32.50 - £13 (plus concessions) Direct from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 5th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer. http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour- dates/thriller-live-touring

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Events/ Pages/ice-cube.aspx

BRIGHTON Robin Cousins’ ICE Show Wed 22 January 2014 to Sun 2nd February 2014 Tickets: £11.25 - £80

BIRMINGHAM Beyonce – The Mrs Carter Show World Tour 2014

A dynamic and atmospheric, Robin Cousins’ ICE will draw you into its unique world. Featuring world class skaters glide, soar, flip and fly to a dynamic musical score in a truly theatrical setting. http://www.robincousinsice.com/

EDINBURGH Burns Night Celebrations Sunday 23 - Monday 24 February Tickets: £62.66 - £96.31 The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyonce is returning to the UK in 2014, including a date in Birmingham. http://www.lgarena.co.uk/whatson/ beyonce

Saturday 25th January 2014 Tickets: TBC Join in Edinburgh’s celebration of Scotland’s National Bard. Every year Robert Burns is commemorated on the date of his birth, 25th January, with an evening of traditional food and drink, rousing verse and memorable entertainment. http://www.scotland.org/celebrate- scotland/burns-night


“Bristol, through all whose smoke, dark and aloof, Stands Redcliff ’s solemn fane,—how proudly girt With villages, and Clifton’s airy rocks, Bristol, the mistress of the Severn sea,— Bristol, amid her merchant palaces. That ancient city, sits!” Taken from ‘Bristol’ by William Lisle Bowles

Words:

Richard Anthony & Gaurav Ahluwalia Design:

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