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Benefits of joining the Staff Social

From corporate memberships and discounted theatre tickets to weekends away and special events, the Staff Social extends a fantastic selection of perks to all of its members.

Discounts and offers

Zoo membership

Corporate membership at Bristol Zoo Gardens is available to all Staff Social members.

For £20, you can enjoy free entry for the cardholder - and a 50 per cent discount for up to four guests - up to four times per year. Your partner may also use this card to get free entry to the zoo. This price also includes free unlimited entry to Bristol Zoo's new attraction 'Wild Place' project at Cribbs Causeway, and fifty per cent discount for up to four people in your group. 

To apply for membership, please contact  


Each year, we organise an annual family trip for Staff Social members and their family and friends to enjoy.

We also have a Coach Club, which organises a variety of trips throughout the year. See the clubs section below for more details.

Staff Social special events

Christmas pantomime

The annual pantomime is performed by a professional touring group and can be enjoyed by parents and children alike.

Members and their children and grandchildren, aged 4-11 years old, can enjoy a special discounted price (which includes a goody bag for all children).

There is also the chance of a special visit from Father Christmas after the performance!

Easter and Christmas buffets

We hold two buffets each year near Easter and Christmas. It's a great opportunity to catch up and relax - and win one of the fabulous prizes in the grand raffle (see below).

Summer BBQ

An annual summer BBQ is held each year by the Staff Social. Members can take the opportunity to get together and enjoy the sunshine in a relaxed setting.

Grand raffles

There are two grand raffles each year, with draws taking place during the Easter and Christmas buffets. There are around 40 fantastic prizes up for grabs. Tickets are available through Staff Social representatives across the University a few weeks before the event.

Members and non-members are welcome to buy tickets. The proceeds from all raffle ticket sales are spent on prizes!


The Coach Club

The Coach Club organises various trips and weekends away and Staff Social members benefit from a discount on the cost advertised for each trip - please quote your membership number when booking.

If you're interested in joining one of the Coach Club trips, email or call +44 (0)117 32 83001. Please note that they can't hold any seats without payment and a trip may be cancelled if numbers are below the minimum required.

Coach Club mascot

The Coach Club takes part in charity initiatives as well. They've adopted Timothy, a grey gelding donkey who spends his days at The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon. His cuddly toy namesake often accompanies the Coach Club on their many trips.

The Sanctuary looks after donkeys who have come to them for different reasons, such as neglect, abandonment or because their owners can no longer care for them.

Box Office Bargains (BOB) Club

Discounted prices are available on a wide choice of shows. Email us to join the mailing list and get advance notice of group rate tickets available.

Please let us know if there are any shows, plays or events you're interested in and we may be able to arrange a special group rate. Just get in touch to find out more.

3rd Age Club

Are you about to retire? Join our 3rd Age Club, which runs a full events programme, including walks, lunches, visits and talks for all of our retired members.

Get a copy of the 3rd Age newsletter or find out about our events by calling us on +44 (0)117 32 83100.

Want to start your own club?

Get support and funding from the University to start your own Staff Social club. To find out more, just get in touch.

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