Community groups

There are loads of community groups that you can join in Bristol and the surrounding area that cater for varied interests. 

You can find out more about amateur dramatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, bird watching, board games, book, bowling, craft and knitting, cricket, croquet, cycling, dance, football, hockey, lacrosse, libraries, local history, martial arts, netball, orienteering, photography and videography, running, singing, tennis, training, walking and rambling and wildlife groups here.

 

Amateur dramatic groups

Clifton Amateur Dramatic Society is a friendly society that welcomes new members.

Kelvin Players Theatre Company welcomes new members and organises several productions every year.

St Mary's Players Musical Theatre Company meets weekly and produces two shows per year.

The Kingswood Players carries out a variety of productions in the local area.

The Western Opera Players welcomes new members and rehearses in Southville.

The Whitfield Players is a local amateur dramatic group in Horfield.

 

Athletics

Bristol and West AC offers coaching and competition for different events.

Yate and District Athletic Club offers coaching in different sports.

 

Badminton

Academy Badminton Club Bristol meets weekly and enters players into the Bristol leagues. 

Bishop Road Badminton Club is a small, friendly club that welcomes new players. It is not suitable for beginners or novices.

 

Basketball

Bristol Academy Flyers has a men's division one and division four team.

Bristol Braves Basketball Club welcomes new members of all abilities and whether they want to join for fitness, fun or competition.

Bristol Storm Basketball caters for all abilities and has a men's and women's team.

Lazyboys Basketball Club calls itself "Bristol's least serious sporting outfit"and offers a fun, inclusive environment for male and female basketball players.

 

Bird watching

Bristol Ornithological Club aims to encourage and promote the study of ornithology in the Bristol area. It holds indoor meetings in Westbury-On-Trym, as well as field trips and holidays.

 

Board Games

Bristol Board Games Group meets regularly to play a variety of board games.

West of England Bridge Club is based in North Bristol and welcomes new members. 

 

Book clubs and reading groups

Bristol Book Group meet up once a month is a city centre pub. The group is sociable and informal. There is a choice of three books to read at each meet up.

The Bristol Book Club is a friendly group that meet up to discuss books and anything relating to literature and writing.

Many Bristol libraries are home to adult reading groups.

Two Bristol libraries also hold reading groups for visually impaired people. One of these groups meets at Bristol Central Library on the third Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am-12pm. Another group meets at Henleaze Library on the second Wednesday of each month at 10.30am. The group is suitable for people who are visually impaired, as well as those who find it difficult reading printed material.

A number of libraries in South Gloucestershire hold reading groups too.

 

Bowling and bowls 

Begbrook Green Bowling Club  in Stapleton holds friendly matches three times every week and social activities too.

Bristol Indoor Bowls Club in Ashton Vale is a nine rink indoor bowling club that welcomes new members. There is free coaching for all members too.

Bristol St Andrews Bowling Club welcomes people to join, whatever their standards of bowling, and offers free coaching for new members.

Henleaze Bowling Club has a qualified coach to offer instruction. They hold social events too.

Redland Green Bowling Club holds a variety of competitions throughout the year and welcomes new members.

 

Craft and knitting  

Angry Knitters Craft Group meet monthly to try different crafts together.

Beshley's Wool Shop Knitting Group meet Tuesday evenings and Wednesday lunchtimes in Clifton.

Big Julie's Sit and Knit is run at Big Julie's Yarn Stall at the Tobacco Factory market every other Sunday. Knitters can drop in for free tuition from 10am-2.30pm.

Bocabar Knitting Group meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Paintworks on Bath Road.

Cafe Clifton Stitch and Bitch meet every Wednesday evening in Clifton where they practice knitting and crochet.

Cafe Kino Stitch and Bitch meets every other Sunday in Stokes Croft for knitting, nibbles and a chat.

Cafe Sewciety Knit and Stitch Club is free and expert knitting tuition is provided. 

Get Knitted Knit and Natter Group meets every Friday from 10am at Get Knitted in Brislington.

Heart Space Knit and Stitch Clubs meet Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings in Redland. The clubs are open to crafters of all levels of experience.

Make and Do holds weekly projects in Brislington for you to try, or you can bring your own crafts along. 

 

Cricket

Bedminster Cricket Club is looking for new players and has senior and youth sections.

Bristol Cricket Club runs adult and youth teams and is looking for new members.

Bristol Phoenix Cricket Club is committed to the growth of women and girls' cricket. The club is keen to recruit new members.

Bristol YMCA Cricket Club offers cricket for both men and women. It has historical links to the YMCA but no official links at present.

Chipping Sodbury Cricket Club has first, second, third, fourth and fifth teams, as well as cricket for women.

Coalpit Heath Cricket Club is a small village cricket club that welcomes new members.

Downend Cricket Club has cricket and coaching for all age groups and caters for male and female cricketers.

Frenchay Cricket Club has male and female cricket teams and welcomes new members.

Knowle Cricket Club welcomes new new members to play.

Old Bristolians Westbury Cricket Club has a variety of teams for cricketers of different abilities. There is also a women's squad.

Old Cathedralians Cricket Club is a small, friendly club that meets at Bristol Cathedral Choir School.   

Shirehampton Cricket Club has teams that play both competitive and friendly games.

Stapleton Cricket Club was founded in 1863 and has been home to players such as W G Grace and Arthur Milton. 

 

Croquet

Bristol Croquet Club is a sociable club that welcomes new members.

 

Cycling

Bristol Mountain Bike Club holds a variety of rides on different terrains and also goes on group trips abroad.

Bristol Road Club holds regular club nights.

Bristol South Cycling Club meets on the first Monday of every month in Totterdown.

Bristol Thursday Old Time Cyclists is a group of largely retired individuals who are passionate about cycling. 

North Bristol Cycling Club is a diverse group that often goes for bike rides on a Sunday.

Severn Road Club holds a variety of events every year and welcomes new members.

Stokes Cycling Club is a family friendly group that cycles in and around Bradley Stoke and further afield. 

The Cheesy Riders are a group of mountain bikers that offer different rides to cater for different abilities.

Velo club Bristol holds a variety of training sessions and welcomes new members.

 

Dance

African Sambistas holds dance classes for beginners and improvers with live music.

Balkan Dance House teaches traditional Balkan folk dances.

Bristol Community Dance Centre offers a variety of dance classes, including pan African, Afro-Brazilian, Bollywood, Capoeira, circle dance, flamenco and much more.

Bristol Dance Experience offers ballroom, latin and salsa classes.

Bristol Folk House holds a variety of dance courses, including Arabic dancing, Brazilian samba, circle dancing and line dancing.

Britannia Dance holds zumba and ballroom classes.

Bristol Morris Men welcomes new members. The all-male group performs Cotswold Morris Dances and has its own horse.

Catherine Matthews Dance School runs a variety of dance classes in different venues across South Gloucestershire.

Dance Factory Bristol offers fun, informal dance classes and caters for all abilities.

Dance Pumped offers classes in hip hop, commercial and street dance.

Dance Station Bristol has a number of branches in Bristol and offers evening dance classes for adults.

Dance Xcellence has a range of dance classes in Bristol and Clevedon.

Emily Baker School of Dance offers some adult ballet and tap classes.

Funk It Up Dance School offers a variety of dance classes.

Kickers and Stompers Line Dancing Class is held every Wednesday evening and costs £4 per lesson. 

Movema offers world dance and dance fitness classes throughout the week.

Pigsty Morris is a dance group based in Bishopston that has its roots in traditional English Morris dancing.

Salsa Bristol runs a variety of latin dance classes, including salsa, bachata and cha cha cha.

Salsa Sangre Latina is a dance school where you can learn latin dance in a friendly atmosphere.

Salsa Souls offers dance classes for a variety of abilities.

Street Envy specialises in fitness classes, reggaeton, commercial and hip hop dance.

Swing Dance Bristol offers swing dance classes during the week and on some weekends.

The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society offers dance classes for different abilities.

The Tobacco Factory on Bristol's North Street holds a variety of dance classes, including flamenco, adults ballet, contemporary dance, funky street dance and belly dancing. 

Whitchurch Dance Studio has a variety of dance classes, including tap, ballet, zumba and hip hop.

 

Football 

Clifton Rugby Football Club is open to everyone, regardless of their age of level of ability at rugby or football.

Easton Cowboys has six men's teams.

Easton Cowgirls FC is a football team made up of female players. They train regularly and play in leagues at home and abroad.

Fishponds Old Boys Football Club meet every Wednesday and socialise together following matches.

Bristol and West Ladies Football Club is open to players of all abilities. They hold weekly training with FA qualified coaches, socials and tournaments.

Bristol Aztecs are a group for adults who play American football.  

Bristol City Footability Training is open to all players and caters for the needs of those with disabilities. They meet every Friday and each session costs £2.

Misfits Women's Football Club is a friendly, casual football team with female players. The team plays in the Bristol Women's Football Casual League once every month.

 

Hockey

Avonmouth Hockey Club is a friendly team that welcomes new players.

BAC Ladies Hockey Club trains on Tuesday evenings in Stoke Gifford.

Bristol and West Hockey Club has seven men's teams that compete in a league. 

Bristol Bluebirds Ladies Hockey Club is a friendly club that holds regular matches and socials.

Clifton Ladies Hockey Club is based in Coombe Dingle and has five successful league teams.

Firebrands Hockey Club caters for both male and female players of different ability levels.

Knowle Ladies Hockey Club has around 40 members and is based in South Bristol.

Old Bristolians Hockey Club is a mixed hockey club with good facilities, that include an astroturf pitch and weights room.

Robinsons Hockey Club is a men's hockey club based in Redland.

Westberries Hockey Club welcomes players who want to play socially or competitively.

Westbury and United Banks Hockey Club is open to players of all abilities and ages.

Wick Ladies Hockey Club has around 30 regular members and trains in Fishponds.

 

Lacrosse

Bristol Bombers Lacrosse Club welcomes players of different abilities. The club has ladies' and men's teams.

 

Libraries

Find your local Bristol library on this interactive map.

Find your nearest library in North Somerset.

Find your local library in South Gloucestershire.

 

Local history

Bristol and Avon Family History Society focuses on the study of genealogy and family history in Bristol. The Society holds regular meetings.

Fishponds Local History Society is interested in the history of Fishponds and the wider Bristol area. It meets monthly and also organises trips to local places of historical interest.

Hanham Local History Society usually meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month in Hanham community Centre. The Society welcomes new members.

The Malago Society meets monthly in Bishopsworth and covers a variety of topics relating to the local history of the area.

 

Martial arts 

Bristol Martial Arts Academy in Hengrove holds kickboxing and karate classes.

BCL Mixed Martial Arts Gym offers mixed martial arts training for all abilities.

Bristol Sport Karate Club, in Totterdown, is a friendly club that caters for all abilities. 

Gracie Barra Brazilian Ju-jitsu holds a variety of classes to cater for different ability levels. 

Krav Maga Bristol holds classes in Clifton on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This martial art is a form of self-defence used by the Israeli military.

Mousavi Martial Arts Academy holds Kung Fu, self-defence and fitness classes. 

Russ Martin's Taekwondo classes are held every Monday and Wednesday in Hengrove. 

Templegate Dojo is a club that practices aikido.

Zenshin Dojo martial arts club holds classes at a variety of venues across Bristol.

 

Netball

Ashton Aces Netball Club has two teams that both play in the Avon Netball League.

Bristol and West Netball Club is a sociable and fun club that trains in Abbots Leigh, Bristol every Tuesday evening.

Bristol Storm Netball has four teams and trains in Knowle.

Crossbow Netball Club has five teams and welcomes new players.

Easton Cowgirls Netball has two teams in the Avon league and welcomes new members.

Genesis Netball trains every Tuesday in Horfield. The club is currently recruiting experienced players. 

Imperial Netball Club Bristol has four teams that play in different leagues.

Jets Netball Club accepts new players of all levels of ability. The club has three teams that take part in the Avon Netball League.

Oasis Netball Club is recruiting players for its new team. The club trains in Stoke Giffo every Tuesday and is open to players who would like to play competitively or just play netball for exercise.

PSL Panthers Netball Club is open to all ages and abilities.

Sparks Netball Club is a friendly club that caters for netball players of different levels of ability. 

 

Orienteering 

Bristol Orienteering Klub practices orienteering in Bristol and the surrounding area.

 

Photography and videography

Bristol Film and Video Society focuses on different aspects of film making and can assist new film makers.

Bristol Photographic Society meets every week on its own premises in Clifton. The society runs an annual course, as well as outings and meetings.

Crossbow Camera Club meets Thursday evenings in Frampton Cotterell. It holds presentations, lectures and discussions for members.

Crown Monochrome Group focuses on monochrome photography and holds informal meetings. 

Downend Camera Club holds regular events throughout the year. 

Imperial Camera Club meets in Knowle every Monday and holds discussions with guest speakers.

Kingswood Photographic Society is a group of friendly enthusiasts that meets every Friday evening. The group holds practical demonstrations and lectures.

North West Bristol Camera Club is a small, friendly club that meets in Westbury-on-Trym. 

Reflex Camera Club holds practical photography sessions, demonstrations and talks from members, exhibitions and outings.

 

Rugby

Aretians RFC has three senior teams and meets in Little Stoke.

Ashley Down Old Boys has two senior teams and meets in Lockleaze.

Avonmouth Old Boys Rugby Football Club has five men's senior teams and a ladies' senior team.

Bristol Barbarians Rugby Football Club has four senior teams and meets in Whitchurch.

Barts Rugby Club is based in Speedwell and has four senior teams.

Bishopston RFC is a sociable club that has three senior teams.

Bristol Harlequins Rugby Football Club meets in Brislington and has three senior sides.

Bristol Imperial RFC is one of the city's oldest rugby clubs and meets at South Bristol Sports Centre.

Bristol Saracens RFC hold training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and meet in Henbury.

Broad Plain RFC welcomes new players and trains every Monday and Thursday evening.

Cleve Rugby Football Club meets in Mangotsfield and has five senior teams.

Clifton Rugby Club has four senior teams and has been established since 1872.

Cotham Park RFC trains on Monday and Thursday evenings  and has two senior teams.

Dings Crusaders RFC meet in Lockleaze and welcome new players of all abilities.

Kingswood RFC has four senior teams, one of which is for ladies.

North Bristol Oaklands RFC welcomes new members of different abilities and ages.

Old Colstonians Rugby Football Club is a friendly club that trains on the Downs.

Old Bristolians is a friendly club that is open to players of all abilities.

Old Elizabethans RFC has two senior teams and meets in Hallen.

Southmead Rugby Football Club is a sociable club that has four senior teams.

You can also play touch rugby in Bristol. Touch rugby differs from rugby as players touch members of the other team rather than tackling them.

 

Running

Bitton Road Runners in East Bristol has over 300 members and caters for all abilities.

Brislington Runners is a friendly women-only club that meets every Saturday morning.

Bristol Hash House Harriers usually meets every Sunday morning and runs for around four miles.

Clevedon Ladies Running Group meets on Monday and Thursday and is open to runners of all abilities.

Emersons Green Running Club meets in Mangotsfield every Thursday evening and has over 60 members.

Frenchay Women's Running Club run in Frenchay Village every Monday evening. 

Knowle West Running Club is a new club that runs on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Great Western Runners welcomes runners of all speeds and abilities. The club holds sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in Redland and Sea Mills.

Long Ashton Running Group caters to runners of all abilities and meets every Wednesday evening.

Portishead Running Club holds social training runs every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as a ladies-only Wednesday evening run.

Sole Sisters is a ladies running club in North Bristol that caters for all abilities.

Southville Running Club run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and charge 50p per session.

Thornbury Running Club meets every Thursday evening and has a variety of running groups on offer, including a power walking group.

Town and Country Harriers run off-road in the countryside around Bristol.  The club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Westbury Harriers is based in north Bristol and caters for all ages. 

Weston Athletic Club offers road and trail runs in and around Weston-super-Mare.

Winscombe Ladies Running Group runs every Wednesday and Friday. Each session costs £4.

 

Singing

Avon Harmony Barbershop Chorus is an all female group that sings at local music festivals and takes part in competitions.

Black Sheep Harmony Ladies Acapella Chorus is a relaxed group that metes in Warmley.

Bristol Cabot Choir is a mixed voice choir that holds auditions for new members.

Bristol A Capella Chorus sings show, pop and rock tunes without instrumental backing. The group meets every Tuesday in Clifton.

Bristol Catholic Players is a friendly amateur operatic society that performs a Gilbert and Sullivan opera annually.

Bristol Choral Society auditions members and stages several concerts per year.

Bristol Fashion Chorus welcomes new members and auditions them to join the choir.

Bristol Ladies Choir welcomes singers of all ages.

Bristol Male Voice Choir is a large choir that performs songs from around the world.

Bristol Phoenix Choir is a friendly choir that holds at least three concerts a year.

Bristol South Music Workshop and Choir welcomes new members of all abilities.

Bristol Voices Community Choir welcomes new members and meets on a Wednesday evening.

City of Bristol Choir auditions singers and has around 100 members.

Easton Community Choir is a friendly mixed a capella choir that sings a wide range of songs.

Gasworks Choir is an acapella choir that holds regular choir practices and workshops.

North Bristol Wellbeing Choir meets every Wednesday in Southmead.

Out There Music comprises two adult choirs that welcome new members.

Redland Green Community Chorus is a non-auditioning choir whose members have performed at a variety of venues.

Riff Raff Bristol Choir practice pop music and hold concerts for the public.

The Cleeve Singers are based in Downend sings light, melodic tunes and welcomes new members.

The Great Western Chorus sings a capella and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

The Gurt Lush Choir holds four different choir practices at venues across Bristol.

The Harlequin Singers meets every Monday in Bristol city centre and has a trial period for new members.

 

Tennis

Bristol Central Tennis Club in St Andrew's offers four floodlit courts and and caters for different abilities. It is members only.

Bristol Lawn Tennis and Squash Club is a friendly club in Redland.

Bristol Real Tennis Club in Abbots Leigh welcomes players of all abilities.

Clifton Lawn Tennis Club has seven courts and is open to all age groups.

Coombe Dingle Tennis Club has both indoor and outdoor courts. Your first outside session here is free of charge.

Kings Tennis Club in Bishopston caters for all abilities, offering social and competitive play.

Redland and Cotham Tennis Community Courts are made up of four tennis courts, with floodlights on two of them. Coaching workshops are available and there is a find a partner scheme to match players up to partners of a similar ability.

Tennis for People with Learning Difficulties meets each Friday at David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club in Westbury-on-Trym. Each session costs £2.

 

Training 

Reminiscence Learning is a local charity that holds courses and workshops for those who want to increase their skills and knowledge about dementia care, planning activities and reminiscence.

 

Walking and rambling

Brislington Twalkers hold fortnightly walks that are around 2-4 miles long. The group also tries to offer different lengths of walk on each excursion to suit different fitness levels and preferences.

Bristol HF Rambling Club has been around since 1921 and organises walks that are within a 40 mile radius of Bristol, to destinations such as the Brecon Beacons, the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills. The Club also holds socials. All ages are welcome to join.

Bristol Ramblers  hold around 300 walks per year, that can be long, short, in the city or in the countryside. They also organise weekends away and hold social events.

Brunel Walking Group 20s and 30s is a group designed for people in their 20s and 30s who enjoy walking and want to meet like minded people. The group aims to hold two walks each weekend, as well as socials and weekends away.

Brunel Walking Group 40+ is the sister group of the above and designed for people aged 40 and over. It often holds joint walks and socials with the Brunel Walking Group 20s and 30s.

CREATE Centre Strolls are held in partnership with the Bristol Autism Spectrum Services. Walks range from under one miles long to over three miles.

Downs Walks take place three times each week and cover about three miles around Clifton Downs walked at a gentle to moderate pace.

Hartcliffe and Withywood Ramblers go on fortnightly walks, over both weekdays and weekends, of 2-8 miles.

Henbury Walking Group meet every Thursday and walk 1-4 miles. Walkers are encouraged to go at their own pace.

Hengrove and Whitchurch Walks hold weekly walks aimed at over 55s that start and finish at Whitchurch Library. Walks are held every Tuesday morning and cover 2.5-3 miles. The gorup walks at a medium pace.

Hillfields Walking Group holds a variety of walks and grades its walks according to difficulty, so walkers can choose the right level for them.

Kingswood Ramblers hold regular Wednesday evening walks that start at 6.45pm, as well as a fuller programme of walks. The group grades its walks so that people can choose the right level of walk for them.

Knowle West Nature and Wildlife Level Four Walking Group walks around 2-3 miles at a moderate pace. It is aimed at people aged 55 plus.

Lawrence Weston Walking Group was formed in 1996 and is based in The Rock Community Centre in Lawrence Weston. These walks explore the lcoal area and help walkers to learn about local history at the same time.

Lockleaze and Horfield Strollers hold walks that range from under a mile to three miles plus.

Lockleaze Wednesday Walk meets weekly to walk 1-2 miles around Stoke Park. The group can adapt routes to suit various levels.

On Track holds walks geared towards people who are recovering from injury/illness or are new to walking. Walks are held every Tuesday for around half an hour and start and finish at Easton Community Centre.

Redcatch Trail Walks are held every week in Knowle. There are walks of under 1 miles and 1-2 miles.

St George Strollers hold regular walks around St George is East Bristol. The group suggests a voluntary donation of £2 per walk.

St Paul's and Easton Walking Group hold walks that also try to cover history, sciences and the arts.

Victoria Park Healthy Walks are led walks designed for the over 50s. The walks are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Each walk lasts for around 45 minutes.

Whitchurch Railway Path Walk is a weekly walk for the over 50s that meets every Monday morning at South Bristol Sports Centre. The group walks at a medium pace and mainly covers flat routes.

Weekly Wednesday Stroll is a gentle, safe walk around the Harbour that's geared towards people with learning disabilities. The walk lasts for less than 30 minutes and everyone goes for lunch at the end.

 

Wildlife

Bristol Naturalists' Society is interested in geology and natural history in and around Bristol. It holds talks and trips where you can find out more about the natural world.

Bristol Ornithological Club goes out in the field and holds indoor meetings too.

The Avon Bat Group are a group of volunteers who aim to bats and their habitats in the local area.