It’s the movie tipped for Oscar glory (quite rightly so we think) but can we find a bit of that Hollywood glitz in Bristol? Ahead of arguably the most romantic month of the year, here are a few ways you can take inspiration from the magical story.

Image - Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) in LA LA LAND. Photo credit: Dale Robinette

Pool party

Well, this is where Bristol actually goes one better. Who needs a pool party when you have The Lido?  Tucked away in Clifton, it’s a superb place to be with friends and one of the city’s most romantic spots, combining outdoor swimming, spa and amazing dining. Just make sure you get the scallops. You’re welcome.

Image - The Lido in Clifton 

Classic movies

While we can’t promise Rebel without a Cause, you can regularly catch classic films at the Watershed. It’s the beating heart of Bristol culture and as well as being able to catch La La Land (at time of writing) you mustn’t miss their classic musicals Sunday Brunch. Perfect for chilly January Sundays.

The Bristol Film Festival takes place in March and you can catch classic movies in unusual settings – watch the site for more information.

There are also classic seasons and films at many of the other wonderful Bristol cinemas including Showcase Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus, The Cube and Everyman.

Image - Mud Morganfield will be performing at Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 

Jazz music

In March the brilliant Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival takes place, bursting with performances, workshops and the chance to catch some of the world’s leading musicians such as American blues legend Mud Morganfield. 

In you’re not able to visit then, why not try The Old Duke on King Street. You can either squish into the characterful bar or, during the summer, enjoy the music with the throngs spilling out onto the cobbled street. The Bristol Fringe in Clifton has some great nights too, with live music and open mic nights, and there are some excellent gigs at The Be-Bop Club at the Bear in Hotwells.

Image - Planetarium Nights at At-Bristol Science Centre. Photo credit: Lee Pullen 


OK, so we’re pretty sure there won’t be any dancing in the air (sorry about that) but you can travel into space at At-Bristol Science Centre’s 3D Planetarium. Sit back in your seat, pop on your special 3D specs and let the stars come to you. Look out for the adult only nights – perfect for date night.

Old school Hollywood glamour

Possibly the most glamourous and dapper Hollywood star of all, Cary Grant, started life as Archie Leach, born in 1904 in Horfield, just off Gloucester Road in Bristol. There are a few points celebrating this legend around the city. There’s the stencil street art above Room 212 on Gloucester Road, the blue plaque on his childhood home and the statue in Millennium Square. Look out for the Cary Grant Festival.

Image - Cary Grant on Park Street. Photo credit: Bristol Evening Post 


If musicals melt your heart, then Bristol has plenty to offer in 2017. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Funny Girl, Evita, Blood Brothers, Joseph, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie and many more will be at the Bristol Hippodrome this year. Fun fact, the world premiere of Mary Poppins took place at the theatre in 2004.


The Lido
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