2018, a year for Bristol

With many shocks, surprises, changes and events happening in 2017 some may wonder what 2018 may hold for them.

We had Brexit, Trump, one day of snow and perhaps a weeks worth of sunshine. However the negative opinion of how 2017 went overshadows the great things that are happening.

On the other hand, 2018 should be the year to look forward, to some great and exciting changes in the world, and especially Bristol.

It would be hard to predict some things within the year but there certainly are some exciting things happening in Bristol in the coming year.

Whatever perspective you may have on Bristol, it is hard to deny that Bristol is developing very fast, quickly becoming one of the UK’s most popular cities.

With such a diversity in the city, Bristol will offer something for everyone, whether it is for the family, outdoor sporting, history, music, art, food or to try something different, you will not be disappointed.

Learn up on the life and works of Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel at Bristol’s brand new museum, Being Brunel scheduled to open in spring 2018. Located alongside the SS Great Britain, the museum will bring to life never-before-seen personal possessions, documents and artefacts. Bringing a new refreshing look at the life of the creator of some of Bristol’s most famous landmarks.

Get your culture fix at Tobacco Factory Theatres, where you’ll find everything from Shakespeare to opera, comedy, puppetry and dance. A £1.5 million project will transform the building to accommodate a new flexible, multi-purpose studio performance space with state of the art retractable seating, due to launch in October 2018. Foodies will also love the Sunday morning Tobacco Factory Market next door.

Laugh-out-loud in bleak January at the Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018 held in four venues – Colston Hall, Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini and Watershed – from 26-28 January. Bristol’s stand-out annual comedy celebration returns for a fourteenth edition at Colston Hall – a unique celebration of the best onscreen classic silent comedy, live music and guest appearances by living legends of British comedy.


Watch graffiti artists paint giant murals on the buzzy café bars, shops and buildings around Bedminster and North Street at Upfest’s 10th birthday, 28-30 July.

Live painting takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July. Monday the 30th has been designated as a viewing day and special family day with extra workshops for the kids.