Festival Information and FAQs

The live artist painting takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July.  Monday the 31st has been designated as a viewing day and special family day with extra workshops for the kids. Each of the venues mentioned becomes a painting or music venue for the festival weekend, where visitors can chat to artists while they create their pieces.


Upfest is a FREE festival with all the artists painting for free and volunteers making it happen behind the scenes. No tickets are required but please do buy a programme on site and donate to NACOA.

Opening Times

Saturday 29th July: Live painting 11-7 pm

Sunday 30th July: Live painting 11-7 pm, Tobacco Factory open from 10am

Monday 31st July: Viewing and family day 11-4pm

All bar venues open till late. See location listings for closing times, music line ups & event listings

Travel to the Festival

By rail the nearest train station Bristol Temple Meads, from there you can grab a taxi to Southville or take a really pleasant 25 minute walk along Coronation road. (follow signs for Bristol City Football Club then Tobacco factory)

By bus the Long Ashton Park and ride scheme drops off in Hotwells (10 minute walk across the river). From the centre First bus route No24 direct from town centre to North Street. From Hartcliffe/ knowle First bus No 75/76 to West street (5 min walk).

Car Parking is on the streets in Southville – please be considerate of our neighbours, or even better walk to the festival and park your car in town. There is a short stay car park adjacent to the Tobacco factory (max stay 2 hrs)


Toilets are located at, the Tobacco Factory, Hen & Chicken, Spotted Cow, South Street park, The Old Book Shop, Hare, North Street Std, The Steam Crane and The Upfest gallery

Disabled Toilets are Located at the Tobacco factory, Hen & Chicken & Spotted Cow and South Street Park

First Aid

There are two First aid points, one situated in the Tobacco Factory courtyard, the second at South Street Park

Lost Children

There are two lost children points one situated in the Tobacco Factory courtyard, the second at South  Street Park

Lost Property

All lost property will go to the Upfest Gallery, 198 North Street, Southville Bristol BS3 1JF. You will be required to fill out a form with the details of the lost item so we can ensure the correct items are returned.

Food & Drink

Is available at all Upfest Venues, Free drinking water available at all bars.


We are very grateful that the community allows us to hold the festival here. This is a residential area please respect the neighbourhood by leaving venues quietly, using the bins and toilets provided.

Volunteers and Marshals

The festival is run by an amazing group of volunteers both from Upfest and our supported charity, Nacoa. Please be kind to them, because without them we wouldn’t have this great festival. To spot a volunteer look out for the hi-vis vests.