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Dive into Bristol's adult-only Ball Pit

Part of Colston Hall in Bristol has been made into a giant ball pit. The area known as 'The Lantern' has been filled with two hundred thousand balls, which will be open to the public for the next three days.

UK’s largest adult only ball pit at Colston Hall Credit: ITV Westcountry

Organisers claim that "every single person who enters it will be transported back to their childhood."

Katie Rowlett caught up with some of the big kids trying it out:

Credit: ITV Westcountry
Credit: ITV Westcountry

Bristol Music Trust: why we're changing the name of Colston Hall

The Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust says the decision to change the name of Colston Hall was a "moral and not a financial" one.

Louise Mitchell said that a multimillion pound transformation of the venue is on track, and the time is now right to focus on detailed plans for the future - including what the name should be.

The name Colston does not reflect the Trust’s values as a progressive, forward-thinking and open arts organisation.

We want to look to the future and ensure the whole city is proud of its transformed concert hall and so, when we reopen the new building in 2020, it will be with a new name.

– Louise Mitchell, BMT

A new name has not been chosen yet, and the hall may be named after a sponsor of the venue.

"We will be consulting with audiences and other stakeholders during the closure period before announcing a new name in 2020.”

We want to use this as an opportunity to open discussions with the Bristol public about how Colston Hall can reflect the diversity and inclusivity of our city.

The Hall’s 150th anniversary this year is the perfect opportunity to begin these discussions.

– Marti Burgess, BMT trustee


'Not dead!': Ricky Gervais forced to leave stage mid-performance over health scare

Ricky Gervais was forced to pause a comedy tour performance amid fears he was suffering a heart attack.

The comedian was performing at Bristol’s Colston Hall when he took a 10 minute break, leaving fans concerned for his health.

Thankfully, he returned to the stage fighting fit to finish off the performance of his Humanity tour.

Taking it in good humour, Ricky posted on Twitter "Thanks to the amazing audience in Bristol tonight. They even laughed when I thought I was having a heart attack."

The performer also reassured his followers on social media this morning:

Poll: Should Bristol's Colston Hall change its name?

Campaigners in Bristol are fighting to change the name of the city's Colston Hall.

The hall is named after Edward Colston - one of Britain's most notorious slave traders.

Some say that the city should not be seen to celebrate a man who made his fortune from slavery. Others say a name change would only be an attempt to rewrite history.

What do you think? Take our poll:

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