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Bristol has plenty going on to kick off the Year of the Rat on Saturday 25 February – join in the celebrations at these special Chinese New Year Events.


Wapping Wharf will once again be marking the Chinese New Year with a family-friendly, day-long mini festival - WokyFest, hosted by Cargo’s award-winning Asian restaurant Woky Ko. The Harbourside location will be awash with red light, traditional decorations, lanterns and lights and the University of Bristol Chinese Lion Dance Troupe will put on two traditional performances (one at 1.30pm, one at 5.45pm).

Dine on amazing Asian food courtesy of Woky Ko and open a red envelope to discover your 2020 fortune along with a tasty treat.

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Image - WokyFest

Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance at Cathay Rendezvous

On olde world King Street, this Chinese restaurant inhabits an impressive building – designed in 1738, it was the first purpose-built library in England. Serving authentic oriental cuisine that spans the main gastronomic regions of China, this is a Bristol institution that has drawn local and national celebrities (you can see who on the wall!). Book a table to coincide with their Chinese New Year Lion Dance Performance, which takes place at 7pm.

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Image - Cathay Rendezvous

Chinese New Year at Rainbow Casino

Rainbow Casino is hosting a Year of the Rat celebration on 28 January, inviting you to enjoy traditional festivities including a Chinese buffet, lion dance and live entertainment. There’ll also be a £1500 cash prize draw to enter and of course, you’ll be able to try your luck in the casino – it’s the largest in Bristol. 

A highlight of the night will be a special performance by singer Jodie Cooper. She has been on several Chinese TV talent shows including Chinese Idol, Super Girls and The Voice of China, where she was in the top three for the Sichuan Province.

Rainbow Casino in Bristol

Image - Rainbow Casino

Chinese New Year at Wai Yee Hong

Chinese supermarket Wai Yee Hong host the biggest free Chinese New Year celebrations in the city. Dance and martial arts performances, an incredible lion dance, crafts, face painting and dress-up opportunities are all planned for the day.

There will also be delicious street food from some of Bristol’s favourite market traders. Take your pick from Chinese pastries, sweet wife cakes and bubble tea, Japanese food from She Sells Sushi, vegan and veggie Indian street food from Gopal’s Curry Shack, Masterchef 2018’s Zaleha Olpin’s Malaysian Kitchen and lots more.

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Image - Wai Yee Hong

Chinese New Year special offer at Harvey Nichols

Pay with Alipay at the Cabot Circus store and receive 10% off full price fashion, shoes, accessories and beauty between 18 January and 2 February. They're also offering red envelopes with a beauty offer to anyone that pays with Alipay while stocks last.

Cancelled: Chinese New Year at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Bristol Council has made the decision to cancel the museum's Chinese New Year celebration, with the following statement issued by Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees: “Our deepest sympathies are with Chinese friends both at home and abroad who have been affected by coronavirus, and I want to extend my condolences to those who have lost loved ones.

“In solidarity with those affected, and after discussions with members of the Chinese community in Bristol, we have decided to cancel our scheduled Chinese New Year celebrations due to take place this weekend at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. We thank everyone who was scheduled to perform at the event.”

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Woky Ko: CARGO
Credit Paolo Ferla

Woky Ko's original award winning Asian restaurant at Wapping Wharf. Woky Ko: CARGO serves Asian street food for lunch & dinner (plus takeaway) featuring Bao, Xiao sharing plates, noodle and rice dishes.

Cathay Rendezvous
Cathay Rendezvous Interior

Beloved in Bristol for over 30 years, family-operated Cathay Rendezvous serves high quality authentic and modern Chinese cuisine, in the first purpose-built library in England.

Rainbow Casino
Rainbow Casino Exterior

Rainbow Casino, situated in Bristol Harbourside is the perfect destination to start, spend and end your night out.