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    New Year Swing Celebration!   28th Dec 2018 - 1st Jan 2019

    REGISTRATION OPENS IN SEPTEMBER 2018 (date & time tbc)



    PREVIOUS FESTIVAL 28th Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018.....
    Scroll down for details of prices, programme, accommodation, and travel.

    A 4-day event including: 
    - a glamorous New Year's Eve party in a real bona fide country mansion!
    - over 10 hours of classes, all drop-in so decide as you go (including 6 hrs of Shag)
    - a dedicated aerials track 
    - a dedicated solo track
    - plus a pre-party film screening on Thursday night (film not included)
    - all in one of the most welcoming dance communities you'll ever find 

    Teaching team
    Solo Jazz track - Ben Cook & Robyn Larsen
    Aerials track    - Andy & Lindsay
    Partner track   - Ben & Michaela, Jim & Nicky (Shag), David & Kira (teacher training & voice coaching) plus guests  

    Prices & booking

    £125 Full pass Partner track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes. All run as drop-ins, just turn up to whatever ones you want, detailed descriptions will be available beforehand
    £125 Full pass Solo track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (about 7-8 hrs solo & tasters)
    £110 Full pass Aerials track: all dances and 6 hours of aerials training & optional performance, fixed partners 
    £85 Social pass: 4 days of dancing including NYE
    £35 +b.f. NYE party only: come and join us to welcome in the New Year 

    Register here for Partner Track (SOLD OUT, waiting list in case of cancellations)
    Register here for Solo Track (SOLD OUT, waiting list in case of cancellations)
    Register here for Aerials Track (SOLD OUT, waiting list in case of cancellations)

    Register here for Social Pass (SOLD OUT, waiting list in case of cancellations)
    Buy tickets here for NYE party only (VERY SOLD OUT)
    Buy NYE Coach tickets here (Sold Out) 

    Cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, then we'll give full refunds if requested by 15th November. After that, there are no refunds but you are welcome to sell your ticket on to someone in the same role up to 27th December, and just tell us the name change.
    Shared tickets: all tickets are for one person only and cannot be split or shared between people.   



    There may be some minor changes to the programme as we finalise everything. Live music and cabaret details to be added.

    THURSDAY 28th December

    7.30pm Watershed Cinema, BS1 5TX, City Centre.
    Screening of swing dance film Alive & Kicking, a wonderful evocation of both our dance and our community. Watching in Bristol's harbourside cinema with 200 other dancers is a perfect way to get you in to the dance festival mood. 

    Dancing before and after the film included in festival pass, approx times 5-7pm at The Old Duke, BS1 4ER, 10pm-midnight at the cinema. Film not included in festival pass, tickets are available direct from cinema – price £9 full / £6.50 concs / £4.50 under 24.

    FRIDAY 29th December

    12 noon – 6pm Afternoon social & registration at The Old Duke, BS1 4ER, City Centre. 
    Registration, a chance to meet and chat, and you're welcome to bring in food to eat here in Bristol's famous jazz pub. Plus some dancing (limited dance floor space). 

    3-6pm Warm-up classes at St Francis, BS3 1JP, Southville.
    A few playful classes to get you started, suitable for all.

    8.45pm-4am Dance at The Trinity Centre, Old Market, BS2 0NW (East of City Centre). 

    SATURDAY 30th December

    11am-5pm Partner track, at St Francis, BS3 1JP, and Southbank, BS3 1DB, both in Southville. 
    Choose any 4 classes out of the 5 sessions (the other session is your break, just choose the time that suits you). All classes are drop-in, just turn up to whichever you want. Most classes are general level, a few will be more advanced / more basic. Options will include 6 hours of Shag classes with Jim & Nicky, voice work & teacher training with David & Kira, and a few Surgery classes for individual feedback.

    11am-4pm Solo Jazz track, Hamilton House, BS1 3QY, (North of City Centre).
    One day with Ben, one with Robyn. They'll plan together for a coherent 2 day track. 

    12-4pm Aerials track, All Hallows Hall, BS5 0HH, Easton.
    Two days with Andy & Lindsay, roughly split into 1 day learning the aerials, and 1 day putting them into a performance routine to perform on NYE. Fixed partners. 

    8.45pm-4am Dance at The Trinity Centre, Old Market, BS2 0NW (East side of City Centre). 

    SUNDAY 31st December

    All classes as for Saturday. 

    7.30pm-1.45am NYE Mansion Dance, Kings Weston House, BS11 0UR (North of City).
    We're back at our magnificent mansion venue to welcome in the new year. 
    NB This venue is some distance from the city centre. We'll arrange return coach travel from the Harbourside area which you can pre-book, expected return journey cost about £10. Or you can lift share, or arrange your own taxi – but don't wait til NYE to book. 

    MONDAY 1st January 2018

    12-6pm Swing Brunch & Tea Dance, St Francis, BS3 1JP, Southville.
    Free brunch until 1pm, then dancing til we say goodbye at 6pm.


    You'll be able to walk easily to all venues from the city centre, except for NYE (see below). Bristol's also a pretty cycle-friendly city, so bring your bike or hire one. 

    Parking in the city centre is expensive and charges often apply until midnight. The information for participants nearer the time will include tips on parking for each venue. 

    Bristol Airport has regular buses in to the city centre. National Express coaches come to the bus station, and Megabus coaches come to Colston Hall, both very central. If you're coming by train, make sure to come to Bristol Temple Meads (close to the city centre), not Bristol Parkway. 

    For NYE, we will arrange some transport booked and paid in advance to/from the Harbouside area. We'd reccomend you don't try to get a last minute taxi on NYE. We will send info on how to book the transport in November.


    All events (except NYE night) are in or near the city centre/harbourside area, so we'd suggest looking for accommodation within easy reach of there.

    here are several hostels:

    We've had some particularly good reports back from people who've stayed at the YHA in the past, also for a guesthouse near the partner classes:
    Avonside Guest House, 106 Coronation Road, BS3 1AX. Contact Alison on 0117 9664544 or 

    We'll set up a separate facebook event for people wanting to look at accomodation suggestions or shares for hotels or rentals such as Air BnB.


    We aren't going to arranging any hosting this year. We love hosting and the Bristol community is very welcoming, but most of the hosting spaces in Bristol (around 75%) are offered by local dancers directly so we've found that we can't get anywhere near meeting requests. But while we try to organise it, people put off booking accommodation and then may end up paying more.

    So, the festival isn't offering hosting, but many of our local dancers will be. We'll set up a separate facebook event for people to post hosting requests & offers, and also accomodation shares.  


    Why not come back and join us in the Spring for the Bristol Swing Festival over Easter 30th March - 2nd April 2018?  A magical blend of Lindy Hop & Circus!