If you like slapstick comedy, then the Slapstick Festival is set for another great year. Spread across several of Bristol’s popular venues there will be an array of films, stage shows and talks available. Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle, made famous by the brilliant 80’s comedy The Young Ones, will be celebrating the TV series, as well as some other onstage surprises. There will be a talk held in honour of Victoria Wood who passed away in 2016. Jeffrey Holland presents a one-man tribute to Stan Laurel (from Laurel and Hardy). Other guests include the Goonies Bill Oddy and Graeme Garden.
Bristol International Airport is 8 miles away from Bristol Temple Meads. You can reach the city centre by the Flyer Express bus link, or there are fast train services into the city. The venues involved are Colston Hall, Watershed, Bristol Old Vic and the Arnolfini, all of which are within walking distance. Ticket prices and show times vary depending on the event and venue. There are however festival passes available. Silent Comedy Pass for £120 covers all events at Watershed and the Arnolfini. The Slapstick Full Pass costs £225 and includes the same offer along with events at Colston Hall, a total saving of 20%.
With some big names attending book tickets as early as possible, especially for those with special guests. Read through the list of events and chose which you wish to see, take note of the venue and plan your time accordingly. If you are wanting to see as much as possible the Slapstick Full Pass will give you access to a total of 26 shows. Spread your time between films, talks and stage productions for the whole experience. Slapstick is often light-hearted fun and enjoyed by all ages, although check any age restrictions for individual events if you are taking the family.
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See what else is on at the venues or elsewhere such as the Birmingham NEC. During the day take a walk over the impressive Clifton Suspension Bridge, go shopping at the Bullring Centre, or search the streets for artwork by the famous graffiti artist Banksy.
Find out more about the Slapstick Festival including: programme of events, details on the venues, Colston Hall, Watershed and Bristol Old Vic, tickets and Slapstick Festival passes, the slapstick awards, read about past events, the festivals history and much more by visiting the Slapstick Festival official website.
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