Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol’s biggest festival in the watery heart of the city

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In 1804, construction began to install a dam and huge lock gates at Hotwells to create Bristol’s famous floating harbour. Today, the Harbourside is the beating heart of the city, its history celebrated every July in this annual extravaganza of dance, music and arts. 

The biggest event to take place within the city’s boundaries, the festival is free for all and brings over 250,000 people together each summer to celebrate Bristol’s rich maritime heritage. 

Taking place over a two-mile stretch of Bristol’s waterfront, snaking all the way from Underfall Yard to Queen Square, tall ships, music stages, dance areas, food markets, water display teams and circus acts combine to ensure that everywhere you turn, there’s something to delight and entertain.

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