If you’re in the tech or creative industry and looking for inspiration on what to do this month, we’ve pulled together a list of all that’s happening in the South West.

Bristol Business Parents: August picnic & yoga

Monday 3rd August 2015 – 3pmGreville Smyth Park, Bristol, BS3

This informal summer meetup will introduce some yoga moves for busy parents, with plenty of time to chat about mindfulness, relaxation and general best practices in business.
In case of bad weather, this event will be at the Hungry Caterpillar Playcafe

SWmobile: Summer social

Wednesday 5th August 2015 – 7pm

August brings a refreshing change in the schedule for the SWmobile group. Instead of organising a talk night, there’ll be a summer social with drinks, chatter and a lot of catching up! Space is limited so RSVP while you still can.

CodeHub Bristol: Hack Night

Tuesday 4th August 2015 – 6pmMomentum Financial Technology Office, 10 Temple Back, Bristol, BS1 6FL

Work on personal projects in a social atmosphere, pair up to work on a something or learn new things by working through online coding challenges. What you do, is down to you! Everyone is welcome, from the code experts to those interested in code.

Bristol WordPress People: “Show and Tell”

Tuesday 4th August 2015 – 6:30pmFamous Royal Navy Volunteer, 17-18 King Street, Bristol, BS1 4EF

This meetup will showcase some of the awesome things their members have created using WordPress. These include topics such as a drag & drop page builder plugin and using APIs to pull in data to custom post types within WordPress. Go and check out some interesting stuff!

Bristol Java Meetup: Elasticsearch Internals, Spring Boot & Micro Services

Tuesday 4th August 2015 – 6:30pmBrightpearl, New Bond House, Bond Street, Bristol, BS2 9AG

Pop along and learn all about Elasticsearch Internals, Spring Boot and building microservices. Talks given by Afraz Mamoon and Anurag Ajwani.

Bristol & SW MySQL Meetup: Back to Basics!

Wednesday 5th August 2015 – 7pm

This month, the meetup will return to some of the fundamentals of MySQL. It will involve reviewing some of the essential practices that are key to getting your environment into a stable state. These include choosing hardware, installation, configuration, backups and more.

Bristol Business Brainstorm

Wednesday 5th August 2015 – 7pmHalo, 141 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8BA

This meetup is for entrepreneurs to meet and talk through business ideas and challenges to give everyone a refreshing perspective, gain valuable insight and get inspired.

BathSPARK: Coffee & Networking at the Hub

Thursday 6th August 2015 – 10:30amThe Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Connect with people, spark ideas and create valuable introductions. Pop down, have a coffee and get chatting to other folks who work in the tech industry.

SWUX: Summer Social

Tuesday 11th August 2015 – 6pm

It’s time to take a break from the usual workshops and talks this month, so you can catch up and say hello to new faces. Socialise over a drink and a bite to eat!

PHPSW: Testing

Wednesday 12th August 2015 – 6:30pmMixRadio, Prudential Buildings, 11-19 Wine Street, Bristol, BS1 2PH

This August, PHPSW will be hosting a night of talks all about testing! Topics included are “A Travesty of a Mockery of a…” (a whirlwind tour of test doubles) and “Is TDD dead?” (a look as phpspec and why it could be an alternative to phpunit).

Bath: Hacked – Curators Night

Wednesday 19th August 2015The Guild Coworking Hub, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB

Come along and sit down to work on adding new data to the datastore and talk about open data. This meetup isn’t just for developers, but they’re a great way to get involved in a community initiative and discuss new ideas in an informal setting.

SouthWest Elastic Community: Elastic 2.0

Thursday 20th August 2015 – 6:30pm – xxxxxxxxxxxx

Elasticsearch 2.0 beta is coming very soon! This month, will feature discussions on its features and improvements. More details TBC.

Bristol JS: Libraries.io

Wednesday 26th August 2015 – 7pmcxpartners, 2 College Square, Anchor Road, Bristol, BS1 5HL

Libraries.io by fellow CookiesHQ friend Andrew Nesbitt monitors 906,147 open source libraries across 29 different package managers. It can be used to discover new libraries to use in software projects, and to notify you of new releases for secure and up-to-date applications.

Picture by Martin Vorel