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Slapstick Festival Bristol, 2024

14 February - 18 February

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Fans of the silent screen should virtually head to Bristol this March for Slapstick Festival 2024, a celebration of silent and vintage screen comedy, and much more. The initial Slapstick was held in Bristol in 2005. It has grown into becoming one of the most significant celebrations of comedy films and TV in the UK.

Slapstick Festival Highlights

This year the festival will feature Hugh Bonneville, Sir Michael Palin, Robert Lindsay, Samira Ahmed, Marcus Brigstocke (main image), Terry Gilliam, Harry Hill, Sylvester McCoy, Lucy Porter and Tim Vine.

There will be more than 30 events, including screenings of comedy horror films such as The Cat and the Canary, and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Tributes to Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and Chaplin, as well as a focus on women in silent movies.

There will also be celebrations of the work of Terry Gilliam, Robert Lindsay and the great Sir Michael Palin.

A full list of events can be found here.

Slapstick Festival
Lucy Porter

Things to Do in Bristol

For ideas on fun things to do in Bristol check out the Visit Bristol website. Alternatively, read Mark Bibby Jackson’s Things To Do in Bristol by Day and Night, and discover all the great activities you can get up to in Bristol.

When is Slapstick 2024?

14 to 18 February, 2024.

Where is Slapstick 2024?

At various venues across Bristol. The Gala will be held at the Bristol Beacon

Tickets for Slapstick Festival

All tickets can be bought from the box office hosting the event, e. You can also buy a Silent Comedy Pass (£82) or a Full-Festival Pass for £225 which includes all 31 events. Details can be found here.

Full Festival Line Up

You can download a pdf file of the complete festival line-up here.

For more information on Slapstick


A non-profit venture, Slapstick is supported by local businesses and local volunteers. Its main funders are the British Film Institute ( and Aardman Animations ( Cover photo: Buster Keaton in Our Hospitality (1923).


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Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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