Should we really be surprised that (apparently) everyone is moving to Bristol? Its cultural scene is just as exciting as London’s, but it’s still only a short coach journey away; it has picture-perfect streets and bustling, diverse nightlife. And in 2024, its arts offering is only getting better. A musical adaptation of the 2006 film ‘Starter for Ten’ is coming to the renowned Old Vic theatre from February 29 to March 30, while DIASPORA!, a brand new festival showcasing BIPOC global ethnic majority artists – across theatre, dance, music, visual and digital arts, as well as poetry and spoken word – is launching in May. Undershed, a new immersive gallery, is on track to launch in Spring, and Boxhall – a street food, beer and events space by the same people who behind London’s Boxpark – will also open its doors.
The perfect day Start with grabbing a coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters before pottering around Gloucester Road and perusing the many shops (it’s the largest strip of independent retailers in Europe). Then, hop on a Bristol Ferry water bus tour to see the city from the water. Finally, feast on a dinner of Spanish small plates at Bravas (or check out one of the city’s other excellent restaurants), before heading out to rave the night away at one of the many DIY-style clubs.