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The top 10 things to do in Bristol this week

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

World-class photography, art, music, theatre and film – as usual, it’s all happening in Bristol this week. Here’s our pick of 10 things we recommend you check.


Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, until Sunday Feb 22, free
There’s just a few weeks left to catch this showcase of professional and amateur images from around the world, capturing the awesome beauty and drama of the natural world.


Crate Expectations: A Day Of Dusty Vinyl Love, Colston Hall, Saturday Feb 7, £12.90
A celebration of music’s most loved format, this all-day event kicks off at 10am with the Colston Hall Record Fair (the largest in the South West) before Solid Steel DJs Moneyshot, Cheeba and Format perform ‘Caught In The Middle Of A Three-Way Mix’  - their AV tribute to classic Beastie Boys LP ‘Paul’s Boutique’.


War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, until Saturday Feb 14, £15-£55
The National Theatre’s globally acclaimed production of War Horse, complete with life-size horse puppets, is in the middle of a three-week run. Go see what all the fuss is about.


Let Me Illustrate III, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Saturday 7 Feb – Saturday 28 Feb, free
Showcasing the work of some of the region’s best contemporary illustrators, the third Let Me Illustrate exhibition opens this Saturday.


The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, The Old Vic, Thursday Feb 5, £7.50-£34 
Based on the long-banned John Cleland novel of 1748, Caroline Quentin leads a six-strong cast in this darkly comic tale of one woman’s descent into prostitution. The source text might be over 250 years old, but the themes and story are as relevant now as ever.


Ruffnek Diskotek, Cosies, Saturday 7 February, £4
Never afraid to push the sonic envelope, Bristol bass merchants Ruffnek Diskotek invite Bass Clef back to his spiritual home for a rhythm-heavy bash in one of Bristol’s most intimate spaces.


Japan Foundation Tour: Blood & Bones, Watershed, Saturday Feb 7, £4-£8
Blood & Bones is the first film to be shown in Watershed’s month-long season celebrating Japanese cinema. Starring legendary actor Takeshi Kitano, this is a rare chance to see a picture that won four Japanese Academy Awards back in 2004.


Kate Tempest, The Marble Factory, Sunday 8 February, £15
Catch this Mercury Prize nominated lyricist at one of Bristol’s newest venues, showcasing phenomenal lexical dexterity and tracks from her much-hyped debut album ‘Everybody Down’.


Willem De Rooij, Arnolfini, until Sunday 8 February, free
You have until Sunday to visit this exhibition by the Dutch artist. Expect politically driven photographic work in an installation that explores themes close to Bristol’s heart – individuality, representation and protest.


Ava DuVernay’s biopic of three landmark months in the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jnr hits cinemas on Friday. Chronicling the march led by King from the town of Selma to Montgomery in 1965, find out how Time Out rated it here.