Bristol Arena

A new 12,000-seat entertainment venue suitable to host music, comedy, exhibitions and theatre events is set to open in Bristol in 2018.

The arena will be located on Arena Island – a former diesel depot site – close to Bristol Temple Meads rail station, which has direct links to Birmingham and London Paddington.

It is hoped the arena will regenerate the derelict site and act as a catalyst for further development in the area.

Led by entertainment and sports design firm Populous, alongside architects Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios and international practice BuroHappold Engineering, the design work for the arena is now underway.

The designers of the arena hope to see it become a space available to the public to visit 365 days a year, and not simply act as just an events location.

It will feature flexible seating able to transform the venue from a 12,000 live music venue to a theatre style auditorium able to seat 4,500.

Ice spectaculars, sport exhibitions as well as smaller events in the concourse area, such as photographic exhibitions, will also be staged at the arena.

Group days out in Bristol

Bristol Arena will add to an already extensive list of group-friendly activities in the city. Highlights include Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens, the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre and Brunel’s ss Great Britain.

The world’s first great ocean liner, the ss Great Britain, is now permanently moored in Bristol in the Great Western Dockyard where she was originally built.

Groups can visit the ship, as well as the dockyard, the dry dock and the Dockyard Museum, with special rates available for groups of 20 or more. Guided tours are also available.

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