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Events and festivals

Bristol is a lively place with festivals and parties happening every week throughout the city. We thought it'd be a good idea to speak to Jo Bailey of Bailey Balloons, about her favourite bits of Bristol.

Read the interview here

Bristol is proud to host a packed programme of events with an exciting mix of music, literature, entertainment and outdoor fun. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll be guaranteed to find an event that suits every taste and age group.

See below for details on forthcoming events. For a full catalogue of what’s on in Bristol, use the Search events tool on the right.

This Month

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Storytelling at At-Bristol

Storytelling at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

3rd Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

Be part of the At-Bristol's exciting interactive stories

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Santa's Grotto at The Galleries

Visit Santa in his magical Grotto at the Mall Galleries.

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Nov 2014-7th Jan 2015

Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

13th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly...

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter...

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-17th Jan 2015

This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

Clifton On Ice

Clifton On Ice

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-1st Jan 2015

This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

29th Nov 2014-22nd Feb 2015

Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned photography exhibition from the Natural History...

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

6th Dec 2014-5th Jan 2015

The countdown is on to the ultimate tail of wags to riches, Dick Whittington - this year’s award winning spectacular family...

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Openings

Date

10th Dec 2014-4th Jan 2015

A magical extravaganza from Pickled Image, especially for the festive season

Next Month

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Storytelling at At-Bristol

Storytelling at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

3rd Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

Be part of the At-Bristol's exciting interactive stories

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Winter Ice Rink at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

8th Nov 2014-7th Jan 2015

Give skating a whirl on real ice under the giant bauble that is the At-Bristol Planetarium

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Winter Wonderland at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

Openings

Date

13th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Experience the magic of Christmas at The Mall Cribbs Causeway’s Winter Wonderland this year.

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

101 Dalmatians at Tobacco Factory Theatres

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-11th Jan 2015

Some dogs look like their owners, or is it that some owners look like their dogs? And who really owns who – do dogs secretly...

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Magic Elves at Bristol Old Vic Studio

Openings

Date

26th Nov 2014-4th Jan 2015

After the success of last year’s Antarctica, the Bristol Old Vic Studio is once again transformed into a magical winter...

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Swallows & Amazons at Bristol Old Vic

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-17th Jan 2015

This winter go all aboard The Swallow! at Bristol Old Vic

Clifton On Ice

Clifton On Ice

Openings

Date

27th Nov 2014-1st Jan 2015

This year for the first time a temporary ice rink is opening in Clifton for the Christmas period

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

29th Nov 2014-22nd Feb 2015

Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned photography exhibition from the Natural History...

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Pantomime: Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

6th Dec 2014-5th Jan 2015

The countdown is on to the ultimate tail of wags to riches, Dick Whittington - this year’s award winning spectacular family...

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Santa's Little Trolls at the Brewery Theatre

Openings

Date

10th Dec 2014-4th Jan 2015

A magical extravaganza from Pickled Image, especially for the festive season

Walking the Chains at Brunel’s Passenger Shed

Walking the Chains at Brunel’s Passenger Shed

Openings

Date

10th Jan 2015-25th Jan 2015

Walking the Chains, a circus-theatre play with music, will get its world premiere staging in the apt setting of the historic...

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

14th Jan 2015-14th Feb 2015

The National Theatre brings its sell-out production of War Horse, co-directed by Bristol’s Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot to...

Toddler Takeover: Crazy Creatures at At-Bristol

Toddler Takeover: Crazy Creatures at At-Bristol

Openings

Date

16th Jan 2015-16th Jan 2015

Bring your littlest explorers for a colourful day full of hands-on fun and simple science experiments!

Comedy: Slapstick Silent Comedy Gala 2015 at Colston Hall

Comedy: Slapstick Silent Comedy Gala 2015 at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

23rd Jan 2015-23rd Jan 2015

Bristol-based comedy event Slapstick Festival will feature silent comedies with live musical accompaniment, as well as talks

Concert: Jessie Ware at Colston Hall

Concert: Jessie Ware at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

27th Jan 2015-27th Jan 2015

Jessie Ware has become one of the biggest new names in music, she will be performing at the Colston Hall

February

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Openings

Date

29th Nov 2014-22nd Feb 2015

Encounter the rich array of wildlife on our planet in this world-renowned photography exhibition from the Natural History...

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

War Horse at The Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

14th Jan 2015-14th Feb 2015

The National Theatre brings its sell-out production of War Horse, co-directed by Bristol’s Tom Morris and Marianne Elliot to...

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Comedy: Ross Noble - Tangentleman at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

6th Feb 2015-6th Feb 2015

the king of improvisational comedy Ross Noble is back!

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

IBT15 Bristol International Festival

Openings

Date

12th Feb 2015-28th Feb 2015

Take a walk in the clouds in Bristol harbour, experience a storm in a club and follow us into the shadows for a concert in...

Concert: George Ezra at Colston Hall

Concert: George Ezra at Colston Hall

Openings

Date

17th Feb 2015-17th Feb 2015

One-time Bristol resident George Ezra is coming to the Colston Hall

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

18th Feb 2015-21st Mar 2015

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their...

Scott Matthews at St George's Bristol

Scott Matthews at St George's Bristol

Openings

Date

22nd Feb 2015-22nd Feb 2015

St George's Bristol welcome Scott Matthews who has garnered serious critical acclaim in his 10 year career

March

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Exhibition: Moved by Conflict - Bristol and the First World War: lives changed forever at M Shed

Openings

Date

11th Oct 2014-1st Mar 2015

In commemoration of the start of World War I, M Shed presents this major exhibition examining the impact of global conflicts...

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Wicked at the Bristol Hippodrome

Openings

Date

18th Feb 2015-21st Mar 2015

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their...

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

Openings

Date

5th Mar 2015-8th Mar 2015

Bristol plays host to some of the world’s most exciting and innovative jazz and blues artists for one explosive weekend in...