The 70th Anniversary programme of activities and events will celebrate the historical links between our cities and include themes such as arts, business, environment, science, sports and education with the aim of enhancing international understanding among citizens from all backgrounds across the city.

You can download the official brochure here.

Main Events

The main events to be held in Bristol during in 2017 are:

20 January                 M-Shed opening event

12-13 May                   German Twinning Conference

23 June                       Bristol Zoo Event

18-20 October           Business Summit

23 November            Gala Dinner


Full Programme

The following events make up the full programme. Please check back regularly as new events are being added all the time!

June/ 11am – 1pm/ Different Libraries                                                                                                                                     Bordeaux Bristol Libraries Art & Craft Workshop

Free Arts and Crafts sessions for children aged 4 to 12 based on Bordeaux artists styles, colours and inspirations as part of the 70th anniversary of the twinning with Bordeaux. All children welcome. Contact the libraries below to reserve a free place. When you’ve completed the session why not come to Bristol’s Urban Paint Festival on 30 and 31 July to meet Bordeaux artist “Lady JDay” and take part in more free Bordeaux art sessions for children.

  • 3rd June / 11am – 1pm / Junction Library 3, Baptist Mills Court, BS5 0FJ.     phone: 0117 9223001 mail:
  • 10th June / 11am – 1pm / Bedminster Library, Bedminster Parade, BS3 4AQ.    phone: 0117 9038529     mail:
  • 17th June / 11 am – 1 pm / Filwood library, Filwood Broadway, BS4 1JN.   phone: 0117 9038581     mail:
  • 24th June / 11am – 1pm / Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, Speedwell, S16 4HL.        phone: 0117 9038576     mail:

The sessions are organised by the Bristol Bordeaux Partnership in collaboration with Colourful Minds, Bristol’s Library Service and the Quartet Community Foundation

  • 10th/11th June/Maple Leaf Court in Clifton/Green Squares and Secret Gardens celebration of Hannover and Bordeaux

Maple Leaf Court in Clifton, with its sunken Japanese garden complete with teahouse, will be opening their communal gardens to the public as part of the Green Squares and Secret Gardens event. This year they will be promoting the Bordeaux-Hannover-Bristol 70th anniversary, by having an information stand with posters, history, flags and news. They will also be giving their refreshment a twinning twist by serving “Apfel Strudel und Kaffee” and “tarte tatin et café” as well as tea and scones. The organisers include Sylvia Supple, who formed a friendship with a girl in Hannover 1949 and has recently been reunited with her, and also Lynne McAleavey, who lived in Germany for a number of years and is a member of the committee of Bristol-Hannover Council. For more information, see the website.

  • 5th- 8th July/ Bristol- Bordeaux/ £650
    Departure of PROPS cycle ride to Bordeaux

Now in it’s 9th year, the Bristol to Bordeaux Cycle Challenge is one of the UK’s top charity bike rides. Departing Bristol on Wednesday 5th July the ride takes in 500 miles of the finest cycling routes that the UK and France can offer, before arriving in Bordeaux on Saturday 8th July. Riders can choose between 2 routes, the 500 miles ‘extreme’ or the 300 miles classic. The ride is fully supported, with regular feed stations, fully trained physios and bike mechanics, and transport of all bags between each overnight hotel stop.

For more information and to register, visit:

  • 13th July/ The Matthew of Bristol
    Bordeaux Wine Tasting on the Matthew

To celebrate Bristol’s traditional link with the Bordeaux wine trade, Bristol will be holding a fine wine on traditional old ship, the Matthew, during cruise around the floating Harbour. The Event is being organised in association with Averys Wine Merchants- the first to bring Pomerol wines to the UK.

  •  29th July: Bristol Roller Derby Take On Hannover Demolition Dolls As Part Of The 70th Anniversary Celebrations


Following the Bristol team’s successful visit to Hannover, the return match or “bout” as it is called between Hannover’s roller derby team the Demolition Dolls ( and Bristol’s B team ( will take place on Saturday 29th July at the Centre for Sport at the University of the West of England. This will be an afternoon event, the exact time is yet to be confirmed. More details in May but pencil it in your diaries!

  • 30th July/ 4pm/ Tobacco Factory Café/ Free
    Coffee and Cake with Bordeaux’s top young female urban artist Lady JDay

Come and meet one of the stars of Bristol’s Urban Art Festival, UPFest, who will be painting during the festival. Hear about the urban art scene in Bordeaux from one of its exciting new talents and then take a stroll to view her finished artwork on the streets of Bedminster. As part of the festival there will be also a Bordeaux art activities sessions for children throughout the weekend.

Project Partners: Bristol Bordeaux Partnership (BBP)/ UPFest/ Association Bordeaux Bristol

  • 12th December/ Colston Hall
    In Somebody Else’s Shoes, secondary school project

To recall the original link between Bristol and Hannover, when shoes were taken to the German city for the children and Hannover responded with music, the students will themselves create pairs of shoes and compose a piece of music. Alongside this they will exchange documentary film-making skills and produce promotional videos for primary schools. Hannover and Bristol students will partner up to showcase their designs at a fashion show to musical accompaniment in Hannover in November and later at Colston Hall on 12th December.

For more information contact Ruth Myers at

To look back at completed events, click here: completed events