Celebrate 50 years (of celebrating) Knowle West

Celebrate 50 years (of celebrating) Knowle West

Posted on: 10 Jun 2024

The annual, free Knowle West Fest is on this weekend – and it’s a special 50th anniversary spectacular.


Ah, Knowle West! Truly, none can deny – it really is the west-aligned counterpart to Knowle. This residential area of Bristol may not always be the biggest party in the city (although, check out our article to find out the highlights of what is usually going on in Knowle), but for one day of the year, it gets the speakers out and dancing shoes on.


That’s right – this weekend, Saturday 15 June, is Knowle West Fest: the annual celebration of Knowle West and everyone who lives there! As usual, the FREE celebration promises live music, theatre, food, a street market, crazy golf(!) – and a whole lot more.



This year, however, Knowle West Fest is extra special: it’s their fiftieth anniversary. That, no doubt, is why they seem to be pulling out all the stops. As with any good event, there’ll be a core of live music, with performances from mirthful minstrel Alan Stilton, the amazing Ambling Band, and the bombastic Bristol Reggae Orchestra. Other performances will also go on throughout the day, including a performance from family theatre maestro Kid Carpet, and live circus performances.


On top of that, there’s plenty to do and see – as well as the return of the aforementioned mini golf course (free, like everything else), there’ll be a pop-up darkroom from NegativeThinking to learn about analogue photography, arts and crafts workshops from Purple Pixies, and free bike maintenance from Dr. Bike! There’ll also be a series of creative workshops throughout the day, including a workshop on ‘The Art of Kindness’ (11:00-12:30), and other similar ideas.



It’s a jam-packed, free festival – not one to miss, for sure. If you’re interested, Knowle West Fest takes place this Saturday, 15 June, on Filwood Broadway. For more information, check out their Headfirst page, or their social media.

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Patrick Bate

Patrick is a filmmaker with so much Bristol in his blood the white blood cells are graffiti'd. Educated at the Northern Film School in Leeds, he’s returned home to be a Videographer and Reviewer for 365Bristol and BARBI. When he’s not messing about with cameras, he enjoys playing guitar, spending far too much time on tabletop RPGs, and being an awful snob about cider. Have a look at his work here, or get in touch at patrickb@365bristol.com.