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    New Year Swing 'n' Blues: 29th Dec 2016 - 1st Jan 2017

    Details below are all for last years festival, but will give you an idea of what to expect. 

    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 3/4rs swing, 1/4 blues
    - a dedicated aerials track 
    - a dedicated solo track
    - plus a pre-party on Weds night
    - all in one of the most welcoming dance communities you'll ever find 

    Teaching team
    Solo Jazz track - Ben Cook
    Aerials track    - Andy & Lindsay
    Partner track   - Hector & Sonia, Robyn & Moritz, Rob & Tina, David, plus guests for taster classes 

    Prices & booking

    The event is now completely SOLD OUT and our waiting lists are full. There won't be any more tickets released for NYE. There's a facebook event here for ticket swaps if anyone is looking to sell a ticket from 16th Nov (before that we'll refund and offer to waiting list).

    What you need to know about the ticket options before booking:
    £115 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
    £115 Full pass Solo track: all dances and more than 10 hrs of classes (8 hrs solo with Ben plus taster classes)
    £100 Full pass Aerials track: all dances and 6 hours of aerials training & optional performance, fixed partners 
    £75 Social pass: 4 days of dancing including NYE
    £50 Social pass without NYE: all the dances except NYE night (register for a social pass and in the comments write 'without NYE party')
    £25 NYE party only: come and join us to welcome in the New Year 

    Register here for Partner Track (SOLD OUT)
    Register here for Solo Track (SOLD OUT)
    Register here for Aerials Track (SOLD OUT)
    Register here for Social Pass (SOLD OUT)
    Buy tickets here for NYE party only (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 & cabaret details to be added.

    Weds 28th Dec 
    7.30pm-12am Southbank, Dean St, BS3 1DB
    Two floors, great DJs, time to warm up your dancing feet after Christmas.
    (Not included in any pass, pay on the door:£5) 

    Thu 29th Dec 
    Optional Champagne Breakfast Social
    9.30am-12pm Cafe Du Jour, Park Street, BS1 5NF
    Free drink with every breakfast! Limited numbers, book in advance here. If you don't manage to get a ticket, you're welcome to turn up and see if there's space from 11.30am onwards. If you're not eating, please be ready to give up your seat.
    (Breakfast not included in festival pass.) 

    Lunchtime Social & Registration

    12-5pm 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. (This venue is small, so there won't be space for everyone to be here at the same time.)

    Afternoon Taster Classes & Registration
    3-6pm St Francis Centre, St Francis Rd, BS3 1JP
    Registration, tea/coffee, and some taster classes.

    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 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.

    Friday 30th Dec
    11am-3pm Aerials track at All Hallows Hall, 13 All Hallows Rd, BS5 0HH
    12-4pm Solo Jazz track at (venue tbc)
    11am-5pm Partner track at Southbank & St Francis Centre (two rooms in each venue, addresses above)
    See here for more details on class programme

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

    Late night dance
    1-5am All Hallows Hall, 13 All Hallows Road, BS5 0HH
    A 15 minute walk brings you to our late night haven (we recommend you walk with others). Coffee/tea & toast to keep you going. Mostly blues, some soul/funk, a bit of swing. 

    Saturday 31st NYE
    11am-3pm Aerials track at All Hallows Hall, 13 All Hallows Rd, BS5 0HH
    12-4pm Solo Jazz track at (venue tbc)
    11am-5pm Partner track at Southbank & St Francis Centre (two rooms in each venue)
    See here for more details on class programme

    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, and a beautiful bar area. We'll have some kind of warm-up class so you get to mix with others from the start. This isn't near the centre, so we're looking at options for pre-booked transport to get you between here and the harbourside area (usually around £15 return).  

    Sunday 1st Jan
    Swing Brunch & Tea Dance  
    12-6pm The Southbank Club, Dean Lane, BS3 1DB
    Finish the weekend with a relaxed brunch available 12-1 and then dancing until 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 

    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 Passes, 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 14th-17th April 2017? 
    A magical blend of Lindy Hop & Circus!