Discovery Day

Building a sustainable concert hall

Following on from our March Discovery Day, Colston Hall is throwing open its doors and inviting the Bristol community to explore the Hall’s past, present and future in a day of FREE talks, exhibitions and family-inclusive fun.

This time we have a focus on sustainability – how can a concert hall minimise the environmental impact that live music and all of its activities have upon the earth?

There’s loads of free activities on offer for all, and you’ll get to hear more about the transformation of the Hall and how the building works are progressing.

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Discovery Day

Building a sustainable concert hall

All Day Family Activities 12pm – 6pm

Discover more about our Transformation throughout the day at these drop-in areas.

  • Cardboard city with Bristol Scrapstore –  Located on the Terrace bar
  • Willmott Dixon Transformation area – Located on the Level 1 stalls bar
  • Bricking-It Bristol – Discover how eco-bricks are made, and deposit your eco-bricks! – Located on the Stall on the Ground Floor
  • Instrument Amnesty – We want your unused/unloved instruments, bring them along!
  • Consultation stall – Any questions, talk to our marketing team


Story Telling

Our storytelling area is suitable for all ages, this will be located at the event space opposite the Box Office on the ground floor (BEERD)

Sophie Tea & Emmy The Harp Storytelling Workshop
12:30 – 13:15, 15:00 – 15:45

Join Sophie Tea and Emmy the Harp on a magical, musical mission! Listen to their enchanting story followed by an interactive journey. See if you can complete the challenges set and win the title of Greatest Green explorer. This creative workshop will explore how we interact with our environment and think about how we can make small changes to look after our planet.

The Story Cellar Storytelling Workshop
13:45 – 14:30, 16:00 – 16:45

Enter The Story Cellar and delve into our storytelling ingredients to make a brand new tale. Join us as we journey across the seas to save the planet with an army of recycled heroes (made by you, which you get to take home with you when the tale is told.) Plenty of puppetry, props and story making magic with storyteller Liz Felton.



Come along to one of our workshops

Taiko Drumming Workshop
12:00 – 12:30 – Lower Ground Floor

Come and Sing
13:00 – 13:45 – Lower Ground Floor

Taiko Drumming Workshop
14:15 – 15:00 – Lower Ground Floor

For further information on any of the above activities please go to the individual event sections below.


Panel Talk: How green is your concert hall?
16:00 – 17:00

It’s inescapable that sustainability is the most pressing and urgent issue of our time. Following the announcement of our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030, we’re bringing together sustainability experts and those who are taking action in their daily lives to talk about how a concert hall can become more environmentally aware and minimise the environmental impact that live music and all of our activities have upon the earth. Speakers on the panel are Rob Scully, from Hope Solutions (sustainability advisors to Glastonbury Festival), Will Hunter, Creative Producer at We The Curious; Rosa Corbishley, Development Director at Colston Hall; and Luke Mulder, Senior Environmental Manager from Willmott Dixon.


To finish off your Discovery Day, we’ve joined forces with artspace life spaces Futur Ville programme, to present a FREE musical celebration of what brings us together as Bristolians and to share our communal love for the city.

Curated by artist and historian Dr Edson Burton and featuring performances from Bristol legend DJ Dad and Priscilla Andershon, who will bring her joyous jam to the foyer stage.

Introduction to Celebrate Bristol
17:30 – 17:40

Poetry with Isadora Vibes
17:40 – 18:00

Priscilla Andershon
18:00 – 19:15

Johnny Velon Choir
19:15 – 19:45

DJ Dad
19:45 – 21:20

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

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