Bristol is a hive of activity from January to December and we’re expecting a very busy 2024. There is always something happening here from film festivals to world-class theatre, you just have to know where to look. There are far too many events to list here but we’ll run through a few of the biggest and best we’re looking forward to next year. Plan a trip for an event you’ll never forget by booking serviced apartment accommodation in PREMIER SUITES Bristol. We always offer our lowest available rates on our website and our cancellation policies are flexible so book soon to avoid disappointment!
Cinema is a thriving industry in Bristol and film festivals and events happen throughout the year. From an annual celebration of silent film and visual comedy Slapstick Festival to a leading celebration of classic film, there is something to suit all tastes. Cary Grant Comes Home Festival takes place this year although dates have not been announced. Discover films created across the globe at Afrika Eye and Bristol Palestine Film Festival (dates TBA) or find out more about the natural world at Wild Screen Festival (14-18 October 2024).Science fiction and horror fans will love the Forbidden World Film Festival (16-19 May 2024) and the biggest of them all the Bristol Film Festival takes over the city in December 2024.
The warmer months are packed with festivals taking place across Bristol. People come from far and wide to experience the magic of the city during these special events. The year starts with Bristol Light Festival from 2-11 February, and GLOW in Grove Park from 13-17 February. The city’s flagship summer festival Bristol Harbour Festival takes place in July 2024 and Bristol International Balloon Fiesta draws thousands from around the world from 8th to 11th August 2024. Festival of Nature (1st – 9th June 2024) is great for families and the Bristol Craft Beer Festival is for adults only from Friday 30th to Saturday 31st August 2024.
Feel the Beat
As a creative city, it’s no surprise that our music scene thrives with concerts and music festivals every year. Bristol Sounds (22,23,24th June), Love Saves the Day (25 & 26th May), Dot to Dot (25th May), SIREN (27, 28, 29th July) and FORWARDS (31st Aug & 1st Sept) are all returning to the city. Westonbirt Arboretum will also be hosting Forest Live, where you can catch Nile Rodgers and CHIC as well as Sophie Ellis-Baxter and Deco. McFly, Jools Holland & His Rhythm Orchestra and Scouting for Girls play at Good Times on the Pitch in Yate during the summer. It is also a great year to discover poets and speakers, as Bristol’s annual poetry festival, LYRA returns from 12th – 21st April.
See a Show
Bristolians love theatre and we’re looking forward to a packed schedule of theatrical events in 2024 in some of our best theatres. Wicked takes residence in the Bristol Hippodrome from 23rd Jan to 25th Feb 2024. One show that is guaranteed to be the show of the year is Hamilton, coming to the Hippodrome from April 30 to June 22. In June 2024, Bristol Old Vic and Impossible Producing will present the world premiere of the Bruntwood Prize-winning writer Gareth Farr’s new play A Child of Science preceded by a production of Dear Young Monster from 22nd Feb to 9th March. Unique exhibitions at Undershed will include film, projections and VR with a year-round programme of immersive work to look forward to.
Catch a Match
Sports is a big part of the Bristol collective identity and we’re looking forward to an action-packed year on the pitch. Try to grab a spot in the stands at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club for their 2024 fixtures England Women Vs New Zealand on 3rd July or 29th September. Cheer on Bristol Bears in the rugby and Bristol City FC at Ashton Gate Stadium or watch Bristol Rovers over at the Memorial Stadium just off Gloucester Road. See if the Red Roses can make it a sixth consecutive title as they take on Wales in the 2024 TikTok Women’s Six Nations on 30 March. You can also watch basketball at Bristol Flyers home SGS WISE Arena or ice hockey at Planet Ice with numerous fixtures throughout the year.
We haven’t even mentioned Bristol Pride’s two-week celebration at the end of June or the Bristol Comedy Garden in the summer, never mind the long-awaited reopening of We The Curious expected this year! Book your stay on our website and enjoy a busy and exciting trip to Bristol for one of the many events happening here.