Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Inclusive Harbour Festival Fun with WECIL and Sense

WECIL and Sense have joined forces again to create an accessible area at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival.

Inclusive Play will offer a range of different workshops and activities from face painting, music, sports, sensory play and circus skills, all of which will be fully accessible to families and friends with disabled children or learning difficulties.

The area is also for families wishing to take a break from the busy crowds at the festival, please be advised that this area is prioritised for families with disabled children or learning disabilities.

 You can enjoy:

Accessible Drumming Workshop 10:00 – 11:30

Messy Play session 10:00 – 12:00

Accessible Circus Skills 12:00 – 15:00

We will also be offering face painting and glitter tattoos for a small donation if you are able to make it between 11:00 and 14:00

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Narrow Quay
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Narrow Quay

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This market and exhibition area is right in the thick of the action and boasts a variety of stalls lined up opposite the busy bars and restaurants. The Cascade Steps stage is a stone’s throw away so you can enjoy the sounds of the live performers while you saunter along the water’s edge.

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Continental Market
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Continental Market

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An experience for the nostrils as much as the taste buds, no visit to Bristol Harbour Festival is complete without a stroll around the Continental Market in Queen Square.

With its fantastic line-up of stalls from across France, Italy, Spain and Germany you can find olives, fresh bread, cheese and fresh fruit, tartiflette, paella and crêpes alongside traditional gifts and crafts, including gorgeous handmade soaps and ceramics.

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Merchants Quay
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Merchants Quay

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Independent traders from across Bristol and the South West unite in this bustling new addition to the market line up, which can be found close opposite the Thekla. . Throughout the weekend traders will be selling wooden crafts, glassworks, art, jewellery, clothing, accessories and food.

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Hannover Quay
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Hannover Quay

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The vintage and retro market returns to Hannover Quay serving up an eclectic selection of clothing, collectables, vinyl delights and much more. Busy, bustling and bursting with atmosphere, it’s a great place to grab a snack en route to Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Grain Barge.

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Jul
20
11:15 AM11:15

Baby Racing!

The annual Bristol Harbour Festival Baby Racing tournament! Your little crawlers can ‘compete’ in this gentle, comedy favourite. Turn up on the day and enter your little ones for their chance to win engraved trophies and much kudos. And remember, it’s the taking part that counts…

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Jul
20
11:30 AM11:30

Babel Babies - On the half hour from 11:30am to 4:30pm

A singalong in lots of languages with award-winning multilingual music group Babel Babies for! Discover the world with your little ones and enjoy a fun, musical introduction to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian, Welsh and Russian. Sing, learn and love languages together! For parents with children from newborn to preschool.

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Jul
20
11:30 AM11:30

Aargh! Pirate Walkabout

It’s a pirate's life for these walkabout acts! These two gliding pirates will be on the search for treasure and adventures as they sail atop miniature galleons. Celebrate the rich history of pirates and ocean explorers and help the pirates find their treasure on their maps. You might even get to take some treasure home….

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Jul
20
11:30 AM11:30

Circomedia - BTEC student showcase

Drawing in young circus talent from all over the world, Circomedia's BTEC offers students aged 16+ the chance to study on the UK's only two year Extended Diploma in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre. Witness some of the best talent from this year's cohort in this showcase presented by Cirque Bijou in Queen Square.

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Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Samba

Batala Bristol Samba Reggae Drumming Band, part of the worldwide Batala family with its origins in Bahia, Brazil, has been entertaining and enthralling crowds in Bristol and around the South-West regularly since their formation in 2011. Come to share the excitement and the fun, and dance away!

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Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Young Shipwrights Boat Race

My Future, My Choice, Learning Ships Project

Over the last few months, hundreds of local primary school children have been working with businesses to see who can build the fastest cardboard model of a Bristol pilot cutter or caravel. Visit www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk to find out more about the Learning Ships Project.

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Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

South West Showcase

Featuring performances by:

Isadora Vibes

Artistic Director of the award-winning punk guerrilla theatre company Dada for Girls. Her debut poetry collection Soak was published in 2018.

Donna Williams

A deaf poet who uses British Sign Language. Her poems cover many themes from bilingualism to identity to her beloved cats.

Pascal Vine

One third of the team behind Meta Slam in Bristol. Pascal enjoys describing the world around them in the touchiest-feeliest way possible.

Malaika Kegode

In 2018 Malaika was included in Bristol’s BME Power List. Her debut poetry collection Requite was published in 2017.

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Jul
20
12:30 PM12:30

Above & Beyond - Mini Flying Trapeze Rig

Above and Beyond are the UK’s longest standing aerial company. After a long association with Cirque Bijou, training and supporting emerging artists and providing technical assistance, they are looking forward to showcasing some of the artists they have trained, as well as launching their new 'petit volant' flying trapeze performance.

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Jul
20
12:45 PM12:45

Dragonbird Theatre - 'Pyjama Island': 12:45pm

Get comfy on red velvet cushions and escape to 'Pyjama Island' for an adventure unlike any other! This is a new show for children ages 5+ and their families. Expect giant nets, silky rivers, songs, dressing up and of course our best friends, Dragon and Bird. The show is performed in a tent which will offer another quiet environment.

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Leo James
Jul
20
12:45 PM12:45

Leo James

A soulful mix of warm husky vocals, intricate finger style guitar and shimmering slide guitar work accompanying skillfully written songs, drawing influence from past and present musicians from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Jul
20
12:45 PM12:45

The Aircraft Carrier Challenge

Get ready for a fast paced technical race with this challenge set by the Royal Navy to engineering businesses that have built or designed elements of the HMS Bristol of Wales. In the lead up to the festival, competitors made their ‘carriers’ to compete in a race to a buoy during the festival. The aircraft (aka very small drones) will then fly out to the ‘carriers,’ land and have to return to the jetty to win.

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Baby Racing!

The annual Bristol Harbour Festival Baby Racing tournament! Your little crawlers can ‘compete’ in this gentle, comedy favourite. Turn up on the day and enter your little ones for their chance to win engraved trophies and much kudos. And remember, it’s the taking part that counts…

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

YoniVerse Takeover

Featuring performances by:

Shagufta. K Iqbal

Founder of The YoniVerse Poetry Collective and co-founder of Bristol’s Kiota Project. Her poetry collection Jam is For Girls, Girls Get Jam has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as a ‘social political masterclass.’

Sophie Thakur

Sophie was the first poet to give two TED talks before the age of 20. She pushes the boundaries of poetry and literature to inspire audiences.

Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi

Afshan is the Editor in Chief of the Common Sense Network. She was recently commissioned to write and direct a short film for Channel 4.  

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Legendary Stilt Company present the Mer People

All ages will be captivated by the Mer People! After being picked up in a fishing accident off the coast of Swansea, Melody the mermaid is out to explore the land on the shoulders of her short-sighted fisherman Bert. With golden skin and fire red hair, Melody is on a mission to seduce, captivate and delight. Tired and tipsy, Bert is on a mission not to fall over. Come across this odd couple and shenanigans ensue… if you’re lucky!

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Jul
20
1:00 PM13:00

Ceili

The Ceili are a Bristol born and bred three-piece band, playing a lively mix of traditional Irish/Celtic acoustic music and folky arrangements of popular songs. Featuring Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Melodica and Percussion.

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Jul
20
1:15 PM13:15

Bristol Cardboar Boat Race

In support of the Learning Ships project, local teams have created seaworthy vessels out of cardboard! The boat that makes it to the end of the 250 metre course the fastest wins. There are special prizes for the most innovative and least seaworthy vessels. All funds raised by the race will support the Young Shipwright Workshops for primary schools. Donations can be made via My Future My Choice www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk

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Jul
20
1:30 PM13:30

Cirque Bijou and Extraordinary Bodies presents: Duo Trapeze with Tilly & Jonny

Performing together in 2019 as part of a collaboration between Extraordinary Bodies and Bristol's Paraorchestra of Great Britain, Tilly and Jonny realised the potential of an aerial duet and have together developed a performance to connect the floor to the sky, in a dynamic duet that spins their worlds together."

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Jul
20
1:30 PM13:30

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken Word

Pirate Jill is looking for her buried treasure and she needs your help! If you’re very lucky Jill will regale you with stories of her fellow Pirates including the infamous Blackbeard (who was born in Bristol as Edward Teach). Learn about the history of pirates including the issues of gender and racial equality that are often overlooked and sing sea shanties.

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Jul
20
1:40 PM13:40

King Edmunds Acrobatic Club

Prepare to be amazed by the inspiring display of power, strength, coordination and teamwork from the outstanding performers of King Edmunds Acrobatic Club,  including World medal and European medal British Champions. You might recognise some of these stars from popular CBBC series Gym Stars, as King Edmunds featured in many of the episodes.

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Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken word

Pirate Jill is looking for her buried treasure and she needs your help! If you’re very lucky Jill will regale you with stories of her fellow Pirates including the infamous Blackbeard (who was born in Bristol as Edward Teach). Learn about the history of pirates including the issues of gender and racial equality that are often overlooked and sing sea shanties.

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Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

Aargh! Pirate Walkabout

It’s a pirate's life for these walkabout acts! These two gliding pirates will be on the search for treasure and adventures as they sail atop miniature galleons. Celebrate the rich history of pirates and ocean explorers and help the pirates find their treasure on their maps. You might even get to take some treasure home….

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Jul
20
2:30 PM14:30

Newfound Friends

Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards. Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at a lake in the Cotswold’s to hone their lifesaving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees. These incredible dogs raise money for Children’s charities with their daring displays. They’ve appeared on Blue Peter, GMTV, Countryfile, ITV and the One Show.

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Jul
20
2:50 PM14:50

South West Showcase

Featuring performances by:

2:50 - 3:10 1990s Chris

A queer, working class poet, Chris is currently a BBC New creative and writer at Neoteric Dance Company.

3:10 - 3:30 Melanie Branton

Melanie’s second collection of poetry Can You See Where I’m Coming From? Was published in 2018. She’s qualified for three national poetry slam finals.

3:30 - 3:50 Connor Macleod

Connor is a national slam finalist, a Bristol Old Vic playwright,  a Master of Research into spoken word education and very tired most of the time.

3:50 - 4:10 Birdspeed

Birdspeed is well known across the UK and America for her ability to effortlessly weave together storytelling and movement.

4:10 - 4:30 Tom Sastry

In 2016, Carol Ann Duffy chose Tom Sastry as one of the 2016 Laureate’s Choice poets. His first full collection will be published in October.

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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken Word

Pirate Jill is looking for her buried treasure and she needs your help! If you’re very lucky Jill will regale you with stories of her fellow Pirates including the infamous Blackbeard (who was born in Bristol as Edward Teach). Learn about the history of pirates including the issues of gender and racial equality that are often overlooked and sing sea shanties.

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Jul
20
3:00 PM15:00

Above & Beyond - Mini Flying Trapeze

Above and Beyond are the UK’s longest standing aerial company. After a long association with Cirque Bijou, training and supporting emerging artists and providing technical assistance, they are looking forward to showcasing some of the artists they have trained, as well as launching their new 'petit volant' flying trapeze performance.

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Jul
20
3:30 PM15:30

Baby Racing!

The annual Bristol Harbour Festival Baby Racing tournament! Your little crawlers can ‘compete’ in this gentle, comedy favourite. Turn up on the day and enter your little ones for their chance to win engraved trophies and much kudos. And remember, it’s the taking part that counts…

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Jul
20
3:30 PM15:30

Legendary Stilt Company present the Mer People

All ages will be captivated by the Mer People! After being picked up in a fishing accident off the coast of Swansea, Melody the mermaid is out to explore the land on the shoulders of her short-sighted fisherman Bert. With golden skin and fire red hair, Melody is on a mission to seduce, captivate and delight. Tired and tipsy, Bert is on a mission not to fall over. Come across this odd couple and shenanigans ensue… if you’re lucky!

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Jul
20
3:50 PM15:50

Jack Moule: Jetski stunts

Professional jet skier and daredevil Jack Moule landed his first job as a professional jet skier when he was just 17 years old. He’s won five British Championships, two National Championships and a World Championship. With his incredible backflips, rolls and tricks we’re sure he’ll make a big splash at the Harbour Festival this year.

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Jul
20
4:30 PM16:30

Aargh! Pirate Walkabout

It’s a pirate's life for these walkabout acts! These two gliding pirates will be on the search for treasure and adventures as they sail atop miniature galleons. Celebrate the rich history of pirates and ocean explorers and help the pirates find their treasure on their maps. You might even get to take some treasure home….

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Jul
20
9:30 PM21:30

Hold Bar

Dukes of Mumbai Famous for serving up a red- hot, riff-tastic display of raw surf instrumentals by such legends as Dick Dale and Link Wray (among many others), the Dukes of Mumbai are guaranteed to get the party started and elevate the street credibility of everyone who falls under their spell.

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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

INCLUSIVE HARBOUR FESTIVAL FUN WITH WECIL AND SENSE

WECIL and Sense have joined forces again to create an accessible area at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival.

Inclusive Play will offer a range of different workshops and activities from face painting, music, sports, sensory play and circus skills, all of which will be fully accessible to families and friends with disabled children or learning difficulties.

The area is also for families wishing to take a break from the busy crowds at the festival, please be advised that this area is prioritised for families with disabled children or learning disabilities.

You can enjoy:

Accessible Drumming Workshop 10:00 – 11:30

Messy Play Session 10:00 – 12:00

Accessible sports 12:00 – 13:00

We will also be offering face painting and glitter tattoos for a small donation if you are able to make it between 11:00 and 14:00.

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Continental Market
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Continental Market

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An experience for the nostrils as much as the taste buds, no visit to the Bristol Harbour Festival is complete without a stroll around the Continental Market in Queen Square.

With its fantastic line-up of stalls from across France, Italy, Spain and Germany you can find olives, fresh bread, cheese and fresh fruit, tartiflette, paella and crêpes alongside traditional gifts and crafts, including gorgeous handmade soaps and ceramics.

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Merchants Quay
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Merchants Quay

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Independent traders from across Bristol and the South West unite in this bustling new addition to the market line up, which can be found close opposite the Thekla. . Throughout the weekend traders will be selling wooden crafts, glassworks, art, jewellery, clothing, accessories and food.

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Vintage Market
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Vintage Market

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The vintage and retro market returns to Hannover Quay serving up an eclectic selection of clothing, collectables, vinyl delights and much more. Busy, bustling and bursting with atmosphere, it’s a great place to grab a snack en route to Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Grain Barge.

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Jul
21
11:15 AM11:15

Baby Racing!

The annual Bristol Harbour Festival Baby Racing tournament! Your little crawlers can ‘compete’ in this gentle, comedy favourite. Turn up on the day and enter your little ones for their chance to win engraved trophies and much kudos. And remember, it’s the taking part that counts…

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Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

Circomedia - BTEC student showcase

Drawing in young circus talent from all over the world, Circomedia's BTEC offers students aged 16+ the chance to study on the UK's only two year Extended Diploma in Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre. Witness some of the best talent from this year's cohort in this showcase presented by Cirque Bijou in Queen Square.

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Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

Babel Babies - On the half hour from from 11:30am till 4:30pm

A singalong in lots of languages with award-winning multilingual music group Babel Babies for! Discover the world with your little ones and enjoy a fun, musical introduction to Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Norwegian, Welsh and Russian. Sing, learn and love languages together! For parents with children from newborn to preschool.

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Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Young Shipwrights Boat Race

My Future, My Choice, Learning Ships Project

Over the last few months, hundreds of local primary school children have been working with businesses to see who can build the fastest cardboard model of a Bristol pilot cutter or caravel. Visit www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk to find out more about the Learning Ships Project.

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Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

South West Showcase

Featuring performances by:

12:00 - 12:20 Josie Alford

Workshop coordinator and host of Hammer and Tongue Bristol presents a sequinned, Spice Girl inspired, pop culture reference filled, infectious performance.

12:20 - 12:40 Chris White

Chris is the current Exeter Slam Champion, an associate artist of Theatre Royal Plymouth and the host of Exeter’s Spork!

12:40 - 1:00pm Craft-D featuring Chris Richard Beale

Spoken word poet, rapper, writer and Resident Bristol Boat poet, Craft-D aims to bridge the gap between traditional poetry and contemporary hip-hop.

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Jul
21
12:30 PM12:30

Above & Beyond - Mini Flying Trapeze Rig

Above and Beyond are the UK’s longest standing aerial company. After a long association with Cirque Bijou, training and supporting emerging artists and providing technical assistance, they are looking forward to showcasing some of the artists they have trained, as well as launching their new 'petit volant' flying trapeze performance.

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Jul
21
12:30 PM12:30

Newfound Friends

Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards. Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at a lake in the Cotswold’s to hone their lifesaving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees. These incredible dogs raise money for Children’s charities with their daring displays. They’ve appeared on Blue Peter, GMTV, Countryfile, ITV and the One Show.

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Jul
21
12:45 PM12:45

Dragonbird Theatre - 'Pyjama Island': 12:45pm

Get comfy on red velvet cushions and escape to 'Pyjama Island' for an adventure unlike any other! This is a new show for children ages 5+ and their families. Expect giant nets, silky rivers, songs, dressing up and of course our best friends, Dragon and Bird. The show is performed in a tent which will offer another quiet environment.

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