Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival Bristol Harbour Festival - 19th-21st July 2019. Music, dance, boats, circus and entertainment for the whole family to celebrate Bristol's historic harbour!

This culturally diverse city festival takes place around the harbourside in Bristol. The festival is a 3 day extravaganza of dance, music, theatre, circus, ships and boats, arts and delicious food. The harbour is alive throughout the weekend with entertainment at every turn and last year the festival attracted 250,000 visitors. The festival takes place on the 21 - 23 July 2017

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Have you seen these latest additions to the Harbour?A very important message here from Bristol City Centre BID Avon and ...
02/09/2021

Have you seen these latest additions to the Harbour?

A very important message here from Bristol City Centre BID Avon and Somerset Police Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Bristol City Council

New vaccination walk-in clinic at Cabot Circus! Check it out!
12/08/2021

New vaccination walk-in clinic at Cabot Circus! Check it out!

27/07/2021

Get 2nd - 15th August in your diary Bristol... Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has announced the Fiesta Fortnight will be bringing balloons to the skies and parks and spaces all over Bristol!

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#HARBOUR49 BRUNEL AND WALLACETwo of the harbour's enduring icons are Aardman Animations and Brunel's SS Great Britain. B...
15/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 BRUNEL AND WALLACE

Two of the harbour's enduring icons are Aardman Animations and Brunel's SS Great Britain. Both of them bring joy to our city. Here's a couple of their characters having a little catch up...

#HARBOUR49 BRUNEL AND WALLACE

Two of the harbour's enduring icons are Aardman Animations and Brunel's SS Great Britain. Both of them bring joy to our city. Here's a couple of their characters having a little catch up...

#HARBOUR49 LITTLE SHIPTall Ships are one thing, but the Harbour Festival welcomes vessels of all shapes and sizes... the...
11/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 LITTLE SHIP

Tall Ships are one thing, but the Harbour Festival welcomes vessels of all shapes and sizes... the smaller and more adorable the better!

#HARBOUR49 LITTLE SHIP

Tall Ships are one thing, but the Harbour Festival welcomes vessels of all shapes and sizes... the smaller and more adorable the better!

#HARBOUR49  TALL SHIPS!We blimmin love tall ships in Bristol, and they're quite literally a MASSIVE attraction during th...
10/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 TALL SHIPS!

We blimmin love tall ships in Bristol, and they're quite literally a MASSIVE attraction during the Harbour Festival

From the Irene, the Iris and Kaskalot many a vessel has graced the harbour waters. But which has been your favourite?

#HARBOUR49 TALL SHIPS!

We blimmin love tall ships in Bristol, and they're quite literally a MASSIVE attraction during the Harbour Festival

From the Irene, the Iris and Kaskalot many a vessel has graced the harbour waters. But which has been your favourite?

#HARBOUR49  DANCE, LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING!Dance has long been a major part of the Harbour Festival celebrations and th...
09/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 DANCE, LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING!

Dance has long been a major part of the Harbour Festival celebrations and the team at Trinity Centre are the masters of movement, programming an amazing area for all to enjoy and get involved in

The knack is to dance like no-one's watching, even though everyone is

#HARBOUR49 DANCE, LIKE EVERYONE'S WATCHING!

Dance has long been a major part of the Harbour Festival celebrations and the team at Trinity Centre are the masters of movement, programming an amazing area for all to enjoy and get involved in

The knack is to dance like no-one's watching, even though everyone is

#harbour49A shout out to the fine folk at Thekla Bristol - the part they've played in recent years, in bringing new, exc...
08/07/2021

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A shout out to the fine folk at Thekla Bristol - the part they've played in recent years, in bringing new, exciting live music to the Bristol Harbour Festival is absolutely what the event is all about!

So many great acts have graced the deck of this fine ship! From the likes of John E Vistic Rock n' Roll Soundsystem Spectres Poisonous Birds No Violet - to name but a few

Who's been your Thekla highlight over the years ?

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A shout out to the fine folk at Thekla Bristol - the part they've played in recent years, in bringing new, exciting live music to the Bristol Harbour Festival is absolutely what the event is all about!

So many great acts have graced the deck of this fine ship! From the likes of John E Vistic Rock n' Roll Soundsystem Spectres Poisonous Birds No Violet - to name but a few

Who's been your Thekla highlight over the years ?

#HARBOUR49 A relative short jump back in the Harbour Festival time machine, to 2010. Were back with Cirque Bijou and the...
07/07/2021

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A relative short jump back in the Harbour Festival time machine, to 2010. Were back with Cirque Bijou and the utterly incredible Reuben Dot Dot Dot.

Still to this day, this double-jointed gymnast and Cirque du Soleil star, just blows our minds

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A relative short jump back in the Harbour Festival time machine, to 2010. Were back with Cirque Bijou and the utterly incredible Reuben Dot Dot Dot.

Still to this day, this double-jointed gymnast and Cirque du Soleil star, just blows our minds

#harbour49 RANDOM SURPRISESSure, the Harbour Festival is known for its amazing cultural, musical and maritime programme....
06/07/2021

#harbour49 RANDOM SURPRISES

Sure, the Harbour Festival is known for its amazing cultural, musical and maritime programme... but there's soooo much more.

For us, it's the random surprises you find turning a street corner, like a giant mechanical, articulated octopus roaming the streets!

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#harbour49 RANDOM SURPRISES

Sure, the Harbour Festival is known for its amazing cultural, musical and maritime programme... but there's soooo much more.

For us, it's the random surprises you find turning a street corner, like a giant mechanical, articulated octopus roaming the streets!

Xtrax

#HARBOUR49 Taking it back 36 years this Monday morning, with the firework finale of the 1985 Harbour Regatta, sponsored ...
05/07/2021

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Taking it back 36 years this Monday morning, with the firework finale of the 1985 Harbour Regatta, sponsored by the Bristol Evening Post.... as it was then called!

A lovely evening shot of the harbour ⛡️ πŸŽ†

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Taking it back 36 years this Monday morning, with the firework finale of the 1985 Harbour Regatta, sponsored by the Bristol Evening Post.... as it was then called!

A lovely evening shot of the harbour ⛡️ πŸŽ†

πŸ“· Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49  ICE CREAM! We all love an ice cream on a hot Harbour Festival Day & we just love this shot from Bristol Post...
04/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 ICE CREAM!

We all love an ice cream on a hot Harbour Festival Day & we just love this shot from Bristol Post archives.

James, Heidi and Kelly Sheppard of St Annes are definitely enjoying theirs back at the 1989 Bristol Harbour Regatta

James, Heidi, Kelly... if you're out there, get in touch. We'd love to recreate this photo 32 years on!

πŸ“· Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49 ICE CREAM!

We all love an ice cream on a hot Harbour Festival Day & we just love this shot from Bristol Post archives.

James, Heidi and Kelly Sheppard of St Annes are definitely enjoying theirs back at the 1989 Bristol Harbour Regatta

James, Heidi, Kelly... if you're out there, get in touch. We'd love to recreate this photo 32 years on!

πŸ“· Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49 '88 RegattaThe summer of 1988 saw a slightly scaled down version of the Bristol Harbour Regatta... but there ...
03/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 '88 Regatta

The summer of 1988 saw a slightly scaled down version of the Bristol Harbour Regatta... but there was still lots of amazing on-the-water fun!

Certainly a fine time is being had, by the folk involved in this raft race

πŸ“· Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49 '88 Regatta

The summer of 1988 saw a slightly scaled down version of the Bristol Harbour Regatta... but there was still lots of amazing on-the-water fun!

Certainly a fine time is being had, by the folk involved in this raft race

πŸ“· Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49 Summer, 1986A Weston-super-Mare lifeboatman is lowered from a helicopter during a rescue demonstration as par...
02/07/2021

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Summer, 1986

A Weston-super-Mare lifeboatman is lowered from a helicopter during a rescue demonstration as part of the Bristol Harbour Regatta.

We're not sure who the boatman is, but maybe someone out there does?

πŸ“· Bristol Post Bristol.Live

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Summer, 1986

A Weston-super-Mare lifeboatman is lowered from a helicopter during a rescue demonstration as part of the Bristol Harbour Regatta.

We're not sure who the boatman is, but maybe someone out there does?

πŸ“· Bristol Post Bristol.Live

#HARBOUR49 - Royal MarinesHere we have another Bristol.Live deep dive, going all the way back to the early 70s! A fantas...
01/07/2021

#HARBOUR49 - Royal Marines

Here we have another Bristol.Live deep dive, going all the way back to the early 70s!

A fantastic shot of a Royal Naval Reserve inflatable crewed by John Claridge and Larry Owen, as they rehearse for the July 1972 Bristol Water Festival

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#HARBOUR49 - Royal Marines

Here we have another Bristol.Live deep dive, going all the way back to the early 70s!

A fantastic shot of a Royal Naval Reserve inflatable crewed by John Claridge and Larry Owen, as they rehearse for the July 1972 Bristol Water Festival

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#HARBOUR49 CIRCE ON THE WATER!Circomedia performers on the water.... that's a truly Bristolian sight indeed. This shot w...
30/06/2021

#HARBOUR49 CIRCE ON THE WATER!

Circomedia performers on the water.... that's a truly Bristolian sight indeed. This shot was taken back in 2018, to mark the launch of that Summer's Bristol Harbour Festival.

2018 was a particularly excellent Harbour Festival year... what were your highlights?

#HARBOUR49 CIRCE ON THE WATER!

Circomedia performers on the water.... that's a truly Bristolian sight indeed. This shot was taken back in 2018, to mark the launch of that Summer's Bristol Harbour Festival.

2018 was a particularly excellent Harbour Festival year... what were your highlights?

#HARBOUR49 - The Cutter!It was Summer, 2016 and the stage was set down on Lloyds Amphitheatre, for a performance of epic...
29/06/2021

#HARBOUR49 - The Cutter!

It was Summer, 2016 and the stage was set down on Lloyds Amphitheatre, for a performance of epic proportions, from mew wave legends Echo and the Bunnymen

An amazing set from one of the country's most iconic bands, that will absolutely live long in the memory!

#HARBOUR49 - The Cutter!

It was Summer, 2016 and the stage was set down on Lloyds Amphitheatre, for a performance of epic proportions, from mew wave legends Echo and the Bunnymen

An amazing set from one of the country's most iconic bands, that will absolutely live long in the memory!

#Harbour49 - THE SUMMER OF 89We're taking things back to the summer of 1989 with another spectacular shot from the Brist...
28/06/2021

#Harbour49 - THE SUMMER OF 89

We're taking things back to the summer of 1989 with another spectacular shot from the Bristol.Live archives.

Here we have a pretty staggering on-the-water display from the Aquamasters Waterski Display Team at the Bristol Harbour Regatta!

Who remembers this one?

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#Harbour49 - THE SUMMER OF 89

We're taking things back to the summer of 1989 with another spectacular shot from the Bristol.Live archives.

Here we have a pretty staggering on-the-water display from the Aquamasters Waterski Display Team at the Bristol Harbour Regatta!

Who remembers this one?

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#Harbour49 FRIENDLY RIVALRIES!Bristol Harbour Regatta, 1977. Here we have the crew of the St Annes Board Mill paddle boa...
27/06/2021

#Harbour49 FRIENDLY RIVALRIES!

Bristol Harbour Regatta, 1977. Here we have the crew of the St Annes Board Mill paddle boat, give their nautical rivals a broadside of flour and water!

Were you one of the daring crew? If so, let us know!

πŸ“· Bristol Post Bristol.Live

#Harbour49 FRIENDLY RIVALRIES!

Bristol Harbour Regatta, 1977. Here we have the crew of the St Annes Board Mill paddle boat, give their nautical rivals a broadside of flour and water!

Were you one of the daring crew? If so, let us know!

πŸ“· Bristol Post Bristol.Live

#Harbour49 ONE MAN AND HIS DOGS! A gem from Bristol.Live  archives. Two dogs and one man, living their best lives out on...
26/06/2021

#Harbour49 ONE MAN AND HIS DOGS!

A gem from Bristol.Live archives. Two dogs and one man, living their best lives out on the water.

The chap in question, is Mike Hurd, from Saltford Marina Club, with his spaniels Jake and Henry!

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#Harbour49 ONE MAN AND HIS DOGS!

A gem from Bristol.Live archives. Two dogs and one man, living their best lives out on the water.

The chap in question, is Mike Hurd, from Saltford Marina Club, with his spaniels Jake and Henry!

πŸ“· Bristol Post

#Harbour49  FLYBOARDING! One of the coolest modern displays at the Bristol Harbour Festival is hands down the Flyboardin...
25/06/2021

#Harbour49 FLYBOARDING!

One of the coolest modern displays at the Bristol Harbour Festival is hands down the Flyboarding!

With specialist kit and the accompanying jet-ski, these guys make the incredible look effortless, popping in and out of the water and levitating along the harbour!

Cracking shot from Colin Rayner!

#Harbour49 FLYBOARDING!

One of the coolest modern displays at the Bristol Harbour Festival is hands down the Flyboarding!

With specialist kit and the accompanying jet-ski, these guys make the incredible look effortless, popping in and out of the water and levitating along the harbour!

Cracking shot from Colin Rayner!

24/06/2021
#Harbour49 THE ONE & ONLY, TONY BENJAMIN

#Harbour49 THE ONE & ONLY, TONY BENJAMIN

If you're not familiar with Tony, he's a one-man intercontinental jukebox! There's likely not a person in Bristol with a wider knowledge and appreciation of music.

For many years now, Tony has programmed the Amphitheatre Stage and Queens Square before this, during the Bristol Harbour Festival Weekend.

Over this time, he's had some legendary acts... but who stands outs for Tony?

23/06/2021

#Harbour49 THE DESPERATE MEN!

The Desperate Men have been stars of the Bristol Harbour Festival for many years, bringing their own, unique slapstick to the event.

Richie, one half of this dynamic duo, took us into their lair to tell give us the lowdown on their Harbour Festival highlights!

#Harbour49  NAUTICAL GENIUS!Bristol's known for its nautical heritage, but this takes some beating.  Here we have a moto...
22/06/2021

#Harbour49 NAUTICAL GENIUS!

Bristol's known for its nautical heritage, but this takes some beating. Here we have a motorised skip, yes an actual skip, undertaking a test voyage through the Harbour.

Thanks go to Eugene Byrne for this absolute gem!

#Harbour49 NAUTICAL GENIUS!

Bristol's known for its nautical heritage, but this takes some beating. Here we have a motorised skip, yes an actual skip, undertaking a test voyage through the Harbour.

Thanks go to Eugene Byrne for this absolute gem!

21/06/2021

#Harbour49 BRISTOL WATER FESTIVAL 1972

Our archive deep dives have thrown up some gems. Here we have a clip taken from a promotional film of the '72 Water Festival.

How strange it is, to listen to the narrator say the words "of what surely bids fair to become an annual highlight in Bristol's calendar"

Oh how right they were!

#Harbour49  BIG JEFF!One cannot have a Bristol Harbour Festival roundup without including this LEGEND! We all know the d...
20/06/2021

#Harbour49 BIG JEFF!

One cannot have a Bristol Harbour Festival roundup without including this LEGEND!

We all know the deal, if Big Jeff is at your gig then that THE GIG! to be at. The man is a hero of the Bristol music scene and in truth we've lost count of how many times we've spotted Big Jeff moshing at the front of a stage.

Big Jeff Johns Art - WE LOVE YOU

#Harbour49 BIG JEFF!

One cannot have a Bristol Harbour Festival roundup without including this LEGEND!

We all know the deal, if Big Jeff is at your gig then that THE GIG! to be at. The man is a hero of the Bristol music scene and in truth we've lost count of how many times we've spotted Big Jeff moshing at the front of a stage.

Big Jeff Johns Art - WE LOVE YOU

#Harbour49 DOREEN DOREEN ON THE MAIN STAGEHands down the single greatest cover act going, no one even comes close  Doree...
19/06/2021

#Harbour49 DOREEN DOREEN ON THE MAIN STAGE

Hands down the single greatest cover act going, no one even comes close Doreen Doreen

The karaoke standards are left at the stage door with these guys, it's just pure face-melting musical mash-up majesty... and amazing outfits!

They absolutely brought it for their Amphitheater set back in 2019!

#Harbour49 DOREEN DOREEN ON THE MAIN STAGE

Hands down the single greatest cover act going, no one even comes close Doreen Doreen

The karaoke standards are left at the stage door with these guys, it's just pure face-melting musical mash-up majesty... and amazing outfits!

They absolutely brought it for their Amphitheater set back in 2019!

#Harbour49 T***S & THE MAYTALSThe 2007 Bristol Harbour Festival was a magical one, as we were blessed by the presence of...
18/06/2021

#Harbour49 T***S & THE MAYTALS

The 2007 Bristol Harbour Festival was a magical one, as we were blessed by the presence of absolute greatness!

T***s and the Maytals provided us with one of the most memorable live sets in Harbour Festival memory.

The late great T***s will never be forgotten!

17/06/2021

#Harbour49 CIRQUE BIJOU

Cirque Bijou has been involved with the Bristol Harbour Festival for many, many years & given us some truly magical and joyous moments.

We caught up with the wonderful and amazing Julian Bracey, Co-Artistic Director at Cirque Bijou, who gave us his personal Harbour Festival highlights from over the years.

LIVING LEGENDS LIVE ON STAGE! #Harbour49We've certainly had our share of icons grace the Harbour Festival Stage. But Jim...
16/06/2021

LIVING LEGENDS LIVE ON STAGE! #Harbour49

We've certainly had our share of icons grace the Harbour Festival Stage. But Jimmy Cliff back in 2018 takes some beating.

The Rocksteady legend treated us to a special performance of hit, after hit, after hit!

What a night it was!

LIVING LEGENDS LIVE ON STAGE! #Harbour49

We've certainly had our share of icons grace the Harbour Festival Stage. But Jimmy Cliff back in 2018 takes some beating.

The Rocksteady legend treated us to a special performance of hit, after hit, after hit!

What a night it was!

THE POWER 8s  #Harbour49Olympic standard rowing is something rarely seen out on the Harbour. But in 2018 the team from B...
15/06/2021

THE POWER 8s #Harbour49

Olympic standard rowing is something rarely seen out on the Harbour. But in 2018 the team from British Rowing brought it in force with the Power8Sprints

8 teams from across the UK vying for glory over a wicked fast 350-metre course on the Harbour... what's not to love about that!

THE FIRST EVER #Harbour49Today we're taking it all the way back to 1971, here we have the first-ever Bristol Harbour Fes...
14/06/2021

THE FIRST EVER #Harbour49

Today we're taking it all the way back to 1971, here we have the first-ever Bristol Harbour Festival. Resplendent in its 35mm glory!

Isn't it strange how 49 years later, this view manages to look completely different, yet so incredibly similar!

THE FIRST EVER #Harbour49

Today we're taking it all the way back to 1971, here we have the first-ever Bristol Harbour Festival. Resplendent in its 35mm glory!

Isn't it strange how 49 years later, this view manages to look completely different, yet so incredibly similar!

THE NEWFOUNDLANDS! #Harbour49The Harbour Festival's top doggos are a huge fan favourite and draw massive crowds for thei...
13/06/2021

THE NEWFOUNDLANDS! #Harbour49

The Harbour Festival's top doggos are a huge fan favourite and draw massive crowds for their on-the-water displays, year after year!

You can hear their barks all around the harbour, as they communicate with each other and their handlers. How can you not LOVE them!

THE NEWFOUNDLANDS! #Harbour49

The Harbour Festival's top doggos are a huge fan favourite and draw massive crowds for their on-the-water displays, year after year!

You can hear their barks all around the harbour, as they communicate with each other and their handlers. How can you not LOVE them!

THE WATER BALLOON TOSS #Harbour49Risk, reward, peril, severe dampness. The Water Balloon Toss really does have it all!  ...
12/06/2021

THE WATER BALLOON TOSS #Harbour49

Risk, reward, peril, severe dampness. The Water Balloon Toss really does have it all!

And it's made all the more special thanks to the unbelievable compere skills of the @TheDesperateMen and their search for Bristol's biggest tosser!

THE WATER BALLOON TOSS #Harbour49

Risk, reward, peril, severe dampness. The Water Balloon Toss really does have it all!

And it's made all the more special thanks to the unbelievable compere skills of the @TheDesperateMen and their search for Bristol's biggest tosser!

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Bristol Harbour Festival is a 3 day extravaganza of dance, music, theatre, circus, ships and boats, arts and delicious food. The harbour is alive throughout the weekend with entertainment at every turn and last year the festival attracted 250,000 visitors. The next festival takes place on the 19th-21st July 2019!

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When are the headliners going to be announced? Saw a post saying announcement 27/1 but not seen any more info?
Hi we love the harbourside festival as residents next to the ssGB. I have a wee ask... Is there any chance this year you can change the start of the days on the stage by the SSGB so it’s not drums/ samba drum band?? - as much as we love drums 4yrs in a row of drums it would be nice to wake up to something else on a weekend morning πŸ™‚πŸ™ƒ
So what happened to the Power 8 race this year that was advertised and never materialised?
What do double bass players have for breakfast?
Got to be one of our favourite gigs EVER!! Thanks to all of you who came to watch us on the Centre Stage yesterday!! So much fun and so wonderful to perform to so many of you! We hope you all had a great day - we certainly did!! In case you missed out on a CD after we ran out you can buy one or download at www.juluandheg.com
Is the Power 8 Sprint rowing racing tomorrow ? Read posts that it’s returning like last yr but can’t find any info?
Spent afternoon at the Festival which was run smoothly & very organised with one way pedestrian system in place. One criticism would be it was a shame not one dog water bowl was on show at either stalls or outside bars & pubs. It may be good idea to consider random bowls in place for next year as many people walk their dogs.
Does the festival have fireworks this year?
Hi. Can someone please tell me is their a fireworks display this weekendπŸŽ†πŸŽ‡
Hello! I am fromcanada on holiday in bristol looking for people to go to the festival !