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    New Year Swing 'n' Blues: 31st Dec 2015 - 3rd Jan 2016

    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 
    - great bands & DJs: about 2/3rds swing, 1/3rd blues
    - a dedicated aerials track with optional performance
    - a harbourside city tour
    - magnificent food from the Bristol Dinner Ladies
    - all in one of the most welcoming dance communities you'll ever find 

    Teaching team
    Hector & Sonia - Lindy, Solo Jazz 
    Ben & Nancy - Lindy, Solo Jazz
    Rob & Tina - Lindy
    David & Sonia/Tina - Blues, Lindy
    Andy & Lindsay - Aerials 
    Jannike - Stretching
    See our facebook event for more about our teachers 

    Prices & booking

    Registration opens at 5pm on Monday 28th September. You can book as a solo leader, solo follower, or with a booking partner, and we'll use waiting lists as needed. Fill in a short form, and then we'll send you details of how to pay:
    Register here for Full Pass (Spaces for couples and solo leads, solo follows on waiting list)
    Register here for Aerials Track (must book with a partner)
    Register here for Social Pass

    We deliberately keep the festival as cheap as we can as it's an expensive time of year:
    £115 Full pass: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (all run as general level drop-ins, just turn up to whatever ones you want, detailed descriptions will be available beforehand)
    £100 Full pass (aerials track): all dances and 6 hours of aerials training & optional performance, sign up with a fixed partner
    £75 Social pass: 4 days of dancing including NYE
    £50 Social pass without NYE: all the dances except NYE night (not yet on sale)
    £25 NYE only: come and join us to welcome in the New Year (not yet on sale)

    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, and just tell us the name change.  


    Thursday 31st Dec New Years Eve 
    Afternoon Social & Registration
    1-6pm The Old Duke, 45 King Street, BS1 4ER
    Come and hang out at Bristol's famous jazz pub, meet others before the evening, and have a dance or two. They don't sell food so you're welcome to bring it in from elsewhere as long as you buy a drink. 

    Harbour walking tour
    1pm Meet at The Old Duke, tour leaves 1.15pm 
    A guided walk around Bristol's historic Harbourside area with your host David, finishing back at The Old Duke. (weather dependent)

    NYE Mansion Dance!
    7.30pm-1.45am Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, BS11 0UR
    Enter through the magnificent portrait gallery & games room, then you have a choice of 3 dance areas including the galleried central hall and a dedicated blues room/piano bar, a beautiful bar area, complete with delicious canapes. We'll have some kind of warm-up class near the start so you get to mix with others from the start. This isn't near the centre, so we arrange pre-booked taxis to get you between here and the harbourside area (usually around £15 return).  

    Friday 1st Jan
    11am-5pm Southbank club
    11am-5pm Trinity Centre (upstairs)
    11am-5pm (Aerials/Beginners - venue tbc)
    See here for more details on class programme

    Evening dance
    9pm-4am The Trinity Centre (upstairs), Trinity Road, BS2 0NW
    We'll start with a short warm-up class from one of our guest teachers, then all swing to 1am, from then a mix of gentler swing and blues. We have a beautiful sprung-floored dance hall, and a large chill out area with food & drinks available, plus stalls for you to browse. 

    Saturday 2nd Jan

    11am-5pm Southbank club
    11am-5pm Trinity Centre (upstairs)
    11am-5pm (Aerials/Beginners - venue tbc)
    See here for more details on class programme

    Evening dance
    9pm-1am The Trinity Centre (upstairs), Trinity Road, BS2 0NW
    Starting with a short warm-up class from one of our guest teachers, then dancing til 1am, all swing. See yesterday for other details. 

    Late night dance
    1-6am All Hallows Hall, 13 All Hallows Road, BS5 0HH
    A 15 minute walk brings you to our late night haven. Coffe/tea & toast to keep you going. Mostly blues, some soul/funk, a bit of swing. 

    Sunday 3rd Jan
    Swing Brunch & Tea Dance  
    12-6pm The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    Finish the weekend with a relaxed brunch and then dancing until 6pm, including live music from the fabulous Rhythm Pencils.   


    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. We should maybe warn you that there are one or two hills.... 

    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 a large number of taxi spaces booked and paid in advance to/from the Harbouside area. We have to pay slightly above normal rates for the advance block booking, but we'd reccomend you don't try to get a last minute taxi on NYE. We will send info on how to book the taxi after you have registered. 


    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.

    You'll easily find hotels on a search, but for starters some of the central ones are:
    City Inn
    Premier (right by coach station)

    Probably worth checking for those and others via one of the sites such as as you may find a better deal.


    Some hosting will be available for people on Full Pass / Aerial Track, prioritised for people from abroad and for those who book early. No guarantees but we usually manage to host everyone who books our events early.

    We’ll host as many as we can on a first-come first-served basis – so the earlier you book the better! We aim to let everyone know about their hosts/guests as early as possible so there will be time for you to make other arrangements if we can’t find a host.

    Info for guests:

    • You may have your own bedroom with four poster bed and en suite marble bathroom, or you may have a space on the floor in a shared room and need to bring a mat and sleeping bag.
    • Your host is not expected to pay for your food, so please expect to buy food or contribute to groceries. The same applies to transport.
    • All hosting accommodation is non-smoking (unless your host tells you otherwise).
    • It’s a good idea to contact your host, informing them of your travel plans and enquiring about any bedding or towels you need to bring.
    • It’s not required but a small gift for your host is always appreciated :-)

     Info for hosts:

    • If you have a spare bedroom that’s great, otherwise floor space is fine and guests can bring mats and sleeping bags. Guests are usually very grateful for your hospitality and not too concerned about space or luxurious facilities.
    • You’re not expected to pay for/provide all your guests’ food.
    • You’re not responsible for transporting your guests around (although you can) – just let them know transport options if you’re going at different times.
    • It’s a good idea to contact your guests to find out their travel plans and to inform them of any bedding or towels they need to bring.


    Why not come back and join us in the Spring for the Bristol Swing Festival over Easter 2016? full details tba soon...