July events: Experience maritime life at the Bristol Harbour Festival


Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Step back in time on an historical ship or dodge pirates looking for treasure back on dry land at the Bristol Harbour Festival. There’s no excuse not to get ‘all aboard’, as for one weekend only you’re given the chance to explore the famous harbour in one of the M Shed fleet’s historical tug and steam boats. Alternatively, discover the key to engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s genius as you enjoy a traditional cream tea on-board his famous ship, the SS Great Britain.

You can even kit yourself out as a Victorian for old-fashioned photos, if that takes your fancy (dress)… Dry land has its fair share of maritime amusements too, with mermaid-inspired belly-dancing, sea-shanty singing from The Roaring Trowman and, of course, a treasure hunt around the town. Just watch out for pirates along the way!

Bristol Harbour Festival 2019 takes place between 19-21 July, and all events are completely free!

Read more Close

For more local tourist information:

Refine your search:

Bristol Harbour FestivalBristol Harbour Festival © VisitEngland Images

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account