Annual and special events

Events are an important part of Chaplaincy life. Open to everyone, events include lectures, faith crawls, carol concerts and performances.

Our events are a chance to meet people, find out more about faith and discuss and reflect on a range of different topics. They are suitable for people of faith, or of none. Find out about our future events.

Faith crawls

Our annual faith crawls are a favourite. We visit places of worship for a variety of different religions and finish the day with a communal meal. This fascinating trip offers insights into different religions, or different branches. Past visits include the Bristol and West Progressive Synagogue, Bristol Hindu Temple, the Bahai Centre and St Luke’s Church.

It’s a brilliant chance to come together and learn a bit more about our local and global community.

Visiting the synagogue

Carol concerts

In December we organise the University Carol service, held in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building. Each year, there is a different theme and is a mixture of carols, readings and reflections. The evening ends with the traditional mince pie.

Past themes include the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the experience of Mary, mother of Jesus.

Listen to our playlist of carols from past carol services.


We hold lectures throughout the year. Topics cover a wide range of issues encouraging reflection and discussion.

The annual Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture provides an opportunity for you to hear from leading figures. In 2017 we heard from Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality body in Europe, in 2018 we heard from Linda Woodhead on the rise of no religion!

Listen to our latest Anne Spencer Memorial Lecture.


We’re also lucky enough to either host performances or be able to arrange for you to attend special performances. In 2016 we were honoured to have Pearls of Islam, an acoustic duo of African Caribbean heritage.

In 2015 the Khayaal Theatre Company presented a Storytelling of Prophet Jesus, using teachings from both the Qur’an and the Bible.

In 2014 the University and local community were treated to a futuristic retelling of St Alban by Rise theatre.

Pearls of Islam perform

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