Parkrun, Wings Fest, Bristol Bears: What is cancelled or taking place in Bristol after death of The Queen

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Weekend event organisers have been providing statements today

The nation has entered a period of mourning after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The monarch’s death at the age of 96 was confirmed by The Royal Family on Thursday evening.

It has kick-started plans under Operation Unicorn and Operation London Bridge which will see major changes to daily life during the period of mourning which will impact events, sports and the economy.

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On day of the funeral - the Day of National Mourning - shops will reduce hours or close. And unless if falls on a weekend, there will be a national bank holiday with church services across the UK.

This weekend, questions have been asked on if events will be taking place. Already, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers matches off after English Football League postpone all fixtures">the EFL has said all games on Saturday and Sunday are postponed, impacting fixtures for Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

But what about other events this weekend?

Wing Fest - on

Wing Fest is due to take place at Lloyds Amphitheatre, and is set to see 100,000 wings from 20 street food traders, restaurants and BBQ teams being sold.

Organisers have said it is going ahead. They said: “Wing Fest is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II. Whilst we await guidance from Bristol Council, Wing Fest is due to go ahead as planned.

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“We have a fantastic line up planned for you, including Hall of Flame members and newcomers we can’t wait for you to try.”

Parkruns - on (apart from Eastville due to planned cancellation)

There are three parkruns in Bristol - Ashton Court, Eastville Park and Pomphrey Hill. They are 5km runs which take place on a Saturday morning.

So far, just Eastville is not taking place this weekend due to a planned cancellation. Ashton Court organisers have confirmed their event will be taking place.

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A statement from Parkrun said: “As local communities, where people come together to be active, outdoors and social, we believe that parkrun events can play an important role in helping us get thorugh challenging times, and as such we look to keep them open wherever possible.

“As things stand, therefore, we will not be asking any 5k or junion parkrun event to cancel this weekend. However, each individual parkrun event should feel comfortable paying their repsects in the way they see fit.”

Bristol Bears - off tonight, rearranged for tomorrow

Bristol Bears were due to play Bath Rugby in the Gallagher Premiership tonight

But the clash has been rearranged for tomorrow night.

A statement said: “Bristol Bears can confirm that tonight’s Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath Rugby has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 10th (5.30pm KO).

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“Following the decision from the Premiership Rugby Board to postpone Friday night fixtures, tickets for Friday night remain valid for the rescheduled date.

“The occasion will pay tribute to the memory of Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - on

The Bristol Hippodrome Theatre will continue to host performances of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Jason Donovan stars in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production which will begin at 7.30pm tonight.

The show’s final performance will take place tomorrow.

University of Bristol Open Day - On

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Tyndall Avenue, Woodland Road, and Priory Road will be closed to general traffic on the open day to allow a shuttle bus services to operate.

A university spokesperson has confirmed the open day will go ahead though “some celebratory elements” will be scrapped.

They said: “The University’s Open Day will continue as planned, although some celebratory elements of the day will be stood down to focus on the course and university selection elements.”

MOON FEST @ Arnolfini - on

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MOON FEST is a new arts and cutlure festival celebrating East & South East Asian cultures in Bristol, taking place tomorrow (September 10).

Organisers have confirmed the ticketed event will go ahead at the Arnolfini with a chance for visitors to gather and pay their respects to those who have passed away.

The event will run from 1pm - 6pm.

Beer Festival Race Day, Bath Racecourse - off

Bath Racecourse has confirmed it has cancelled its Beer Festival Race Day scheduled for tomorrow (September 10) in light of the Queen’s death.

A statement from the racecourse’s website reads: “Following the sad news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, British horseracing’s cancellation has been extended to include Saturday 10 September.

“Racing will return to Bath Racecourse on the 26th of September.”

Heritage Open Day - off

The Heritage Open Day event scheduled to take place at St Thomas tomorrow (September 10) has been cancelled.

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