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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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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
12:30 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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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

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
1:30 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
2:50 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…

Baby Racing! Cirque Bijou, Circus Playground.jpg
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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
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
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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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…

Baby Racing! Cirque Bijou, Circus Playground.jpg
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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
12:30 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
12:45 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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Jul
21
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…

Baby Racing! Cirque Bijou, Circus Playground.jpg
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Jul
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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…

Baby Racing! Cirque Bijou, Circus Playground.jpg
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Jul
21
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
21
3:40 PM15:40

DMAC Presents: African Dance, Tribu13 Zamba and Drumming

DMAC UK is both a venue and a social enterprise. At our studios in Bristol’s Stokes Croft we host around 35 regular dance/movement/martial arts class. Every week – African Dance, 5 Rhythms Dance, Ballet, Tribal Fusion Belly Dance, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation, Drumming, Salsa, Tango, Afro Fusion, Brazilian Dance, Bollywood Dance, Lyrical Contemporary, Breakdance for Kids and a huge range of Yoga classes.

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Junior Jungle
Jul
22
2:30 PM14:30

Junior Jungle

Junior Jungle

Join DJ Nick Terrific , and MC Rocky Patch for the most uplifting and funniest family rave on the planet!

If you love dancing, If you love phat beats, If you love raving with your kids then come and spread the love with us. At a Junior Jungle Party you can expect only the finest cuts of Jungle, DnB and Jungle remixes of classic tunes, vetted for age appropriate content and expertly mixed live by Nick Terrific.

You can expect to dance, a lot. MC Rocky Patch will lead the charge making sure everyone is jumpin’ and skankin’.

And remember- If you’re not sweating, you’re not doing it right!

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Baby Racing
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Baby Racing

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Cirque Bijou present 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. Of course, it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part…

*Note - the first race is at 12.30, with other chances to join the fun at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Photo: Joe Clarke Photography

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Dancin' Tots
Jul
22
12:15 PM12:15

Dancin' Tots

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Welcome to Dancin' Tots, fun times and rhymes for the under-fives. This is a "stay and sway" session of nursery rhymes, action songs, music and movement for Babies and Toddlers. The only aim of Dancin' Tots is that everyone has fun and enjoys themselves.

These magical sessions started when Sam & Eric started them as an extension of dancing and playing about with their, now seven years old, daughter Luci at home, and the tots seem to love it.

It's great exercise for them in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and the adults they bring with them seem to love it just as much. So it's all good!.

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Tiny Little Clouds
Jul
22
11:30 AM11:30

Tiny Little Clouds

‘A Giant Went to See’ is a sensory exploration aimed young children between 1- 4, with performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday AND Sunday of the Harbour Festival weekend.

The story follows a big giant on a little adventure, exploring all the senses as she takes off in her boat. Audiences will help her flowers to grow, get caught in a thunderstorm, and hear songs old and new! Performed in a tent, this will be a quiet environment away from the noise of the festival.

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British Origami Society
Jul
22
11:30 AM11:30

British Origami Society

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Tapping into the ever-present themes of the Harbour Festival, the British Origami Society's Bristol group will be running fun, hands-on origami sessions in Queen Square, teaching children and adults how to make paper boats, pirate hats, eye patches, cutlasses, fish and other sea-related items.

Note: Sessions at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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diddi dance Bristol
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

diddi dance Bristol

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The 45-minute sessions from diddi dance are action packed with dancing, singing, action songs, fun props and bespoke music that will help boost your little ones confidence, motor skills, social skills, rhythm, co-ordination, and so much more...

The sessions explore 16 different dance styles from hip hop and disco to salsa and rock 'n' roll. Diddi dance's lesson plans are aligned with Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, ideal in preparing your little one for that all important transition to nursery and school...but shhh don't tell the children!

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Bocadalupa
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Bocadalupa

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Running from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday in Cirque Bijou’s Circus Playground, this year’s playscape by Bocadalupa invites children to explore ideas around weather.

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, everyone is invited to come
and be a weather maker, try some experiments, make some weather art or just bask in the
sun.

Bocadalupa is a Bristol based performance and arts company founded by Amy Rose and
Jenny Sanderson in 2001. They make original performances, events, playscapes and bespoke projects that playfully provoke a sense of wonder, possibility and belonging.

For this year’s Harbour Festival installation they have worked with children from Hotwells and Cabot Primary Schools.

Photograph: Joe Clarke

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A.P.E Project
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

A.P.E Project

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Come and play with A.P.E project in Cirque Bijou’s Circus Playground.

A non-profit arts, playwork, youth cycling and alternative education organisation, A.P.E are an outreach play project who go out into the community and work alongside Bristol's children, young people and their families.

They also now manage the popular St Pauls Adventure Playground, and will be present for both days of the 2018 Bristol Harbour Festival in Queen Square.

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The Curious Cube - Sunday
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

The Curious Cube - Sunday

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The Curious Cube, a strange mirrored cube structure, comes to life with the questions that people ask themselves – reflecting the curiosity of Bristol back at the city.

Created by We The Curious, the Cube is here to encourage debate and conversation - to get Bristolians talking about what makes them curious, and coming up with their own curious questions.

The Curious Crew accompany the Cube, engaging with people and facilitating curiosity. The questions that people submit will then be turned into a new digital map of curiosity and may be selected to be brought to life for a ground-breaking exhibition created entirely on the curiosity of the city.

This exhibition will fill the ground floor of We The Curious, and the ambitious redevelopment will be shaped and inspired by both the questions themselves and the people who ask them.

Got a question? Add it to the Map of Curiosity here: www.wethecurious.org

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. An educational charity that removes boundaries around science - connecting art, people, everything, in a united culture of curiosity. We’re all about asking questions, being playful and testing things out.

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Inclusive Harbourside Fun – With WECIL and Sense
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Inclusive Harbourside Fun – With WECIL and Sense

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WECIL & SENSE will be holding sensory play and inclusive workshops for young disabled people and their families at this year's Harbour Festival

WECIL (West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) are a user-led disabled persons organisation who work across the West of England to create an inclusive society. Sense are a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. They began, and continue, to support people who are deafblind but also support a wide range of people with complex communication needs.

These two will be joining forced to create an accessible haven for young disabled people and young people with learning difficulties in Millennium Square. The space will host a variety of workshops from 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Families with disabled children can come and find out about local services on offer as well as take a break from the busy festival.

Over the weekend there will be music workshops, face painting, sports activities, accessible circus skills and sensory play sessions.

SUNDAY TIMETABLE

11 am - 12 pm: Music workshop

12 pm - 1 pm: Sense Sensory Play

1 pm - 4 pm: Accessible Circus skills from The Invisible Circus as part of the ‘Invisible Youth’ project. 

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Babel Babies
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Babel Babies

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On the hour, every hour on both days of Bristol Harbour Festival, join award-
winning multilingual music group Babel Babies for a singalong in lots of
languages!
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. Presented by Cirque Bijou.

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Baby Racing
Jul
21
12:30 PM12:30

Baby Racing

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Cirque Bijou present 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. Of course, it’s not the winning that counts, it’s the taking part…

*Note - the first race is at 12.30, with other chances to join the fun at 2.30pm and 4.30pm.

Photo: Joe Clarke Photography

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Maritime Shindig at Wapping Wharf
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Maritime Shindig at Wapping Wharf

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From sea shanty singers to stilt-walking, bubble-blowing pirates and steel drummers to storytelling mermaids, there will be plenty to keep all the family entertained at Wapping Wharf's Maritime shindig.

The popular waterside hotspot, home to some of Bristol's newest restaurants and cafes in CARGO and CARGO 2, will be hosting its first ever Harbour Festival fringe event from midday on Saturday, July 21. Visitors can expect an afternoon of free family entertainment plus the chance to browse the independent shops, tuck into delicious food and enjoy a refreshing drink.

Here are six ways we recommend you can enjoy yourself at Wapping Wharf.

1 Listen to local steel pan band Pan Sonic as the drummers fill the air with their upbeat, summery sound.

2 Meet a mermaid and listen to her enthralling tales as she holds a special storytelling session full of seafaring adventures.

3 Enjoy some sea shanties from local performers as they spin musical tales about Bristol and its maritime past.

4· Aarrr me hearties! Keep an eye out for stilt-walking, bubble-blowing pirates as they take over Gaol Ferry Steps and CARGO.

5 Tuck into special festival treats being served up during the day by Wapping Wharf businesses including the Bristol Cheesemonger, Rot, Squeezed, Wild Beer, Cargo Cantina, Woky Ko, Salt & Malt, Pigsty and the rest!·

6 Cast an eye over contemporary art and craft influences by the rich maritime heritage of Bristol Harbourside at the Portside Gallery.

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British Origami Society
Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

British Origami Society

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Tapping into the ever-present themes of the Harbour Festival, the British Origami Society's Bristol group will be running fun, hands-on origami sessions in Queen Square, teaching children and adults how to make paper boats, pirate hats, eye patches, cutlasses, fish and other sea-related items.

Note: Sessions at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Tiny Little Clouds
Jul
21
11:30 AM11:30

Tiny Little Clouds

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‘A Giant Went to See’ is a sensory exploration aimed at young children aged between one and fouryears old, with performances at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm on both days of Bristol Harbour Festival weekend in the Circus Playground, Queen Square.

The story follows a big giant on a little adventure, exploring all the senses as she takes off in her boat. Audiences will help her flowers to grow, get caught in a thunderstorm, and hear songs old and new!

Tiny Little Clouds theatre (TLC) is a Bristol based children’s theatre company who create children’s theatre that takes into account a strong understanding of early years development and the belief that theatre can offer our youngest audience a chance to learn and develop.

The show is performed in a tent which will offer a quiet environment away from the noise of the festival.

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Bocadalupa
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Bocadalupa

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Running from 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday in Cirque Bijou’s Circus Playground, this year’s playscape by Bocadalupa invites children to explore ideas around weather.

Whether the weather be fine or whether the weather be not, everyone is invited to come
and be a weather maker, try some experiments, make some weather art or just bask in the
sun.

Bocadalupa is a Bristol based performance and arts company founded by Amy Rose and
Jenny Sanderson in 2001. They make original performances, events, playscapes and bespoke projects that playfully provoke a sense of wonder, possibility and belonging.

For this year’s Harbour Festival installation they have worked with children from Hotwells and Cabot Primary Schools.

Photograph: Joe Clarke

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Babel Babies
Jul
21
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Babel Babies

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On the hour, every hour on both days of Bristol Harbour Festival, join award-
winning multilingual music group Babel Babies for a singalong in lots of
languages!
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. Presented by Cirque Bijou.

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Tiny Toes Ballet
Jul
21
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Tiny Toes Ballet

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Aimed at getting children 18 months and older enjoying the fun of dance, Tiny Toes ballet is the only pre-school ballet programme in the UK that is fully integrated with the EYFS curriculum, having been founded and developed by not only a professionally trained Classical Ballet Dancer and Qualified Ballet teacher but also a highly experienced Primary School Teacher.

The classes are led by Miss Daisy, who has a true passion for dance and passing that passion on to others. She qualified at the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and has extensive experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz and modern to babies, toddlers and children.

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The Curious Cube - Saturday
Jul
21
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The Curious Cube - Saturday

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The Curious Cube, a strange mirrored cube structure, comes to life with the questions that people ask themselves – reflecting the curiosity of Bristol back at the city.

Created by We The Curious, the Cube is here to encourage debate and conversation - to get Bristolians talking about what makes them curious, and coming up with their own curious questions.

The Curious Crew accompany the Cube, engaging with people and facilitating curiosity. The questions that people submit will then be turned into a new digital map of curiosity and may be selected to be brought to life for a ground-breaking exhibition created entirely on the curiosity of the city.

This exhibition will fill the ground floor of We The Curious, and the ambitious redevelopment will be shaped and inspired by both the questions themselves and the people who ask them.

Got a question? Add it to the Map of Curiosity here: www.wethecurious.org

We The Curious is an idea and a place for everyone. An educational charity that removes boundaries around science - connecting art, people, everything, in a united culture of curiosity. We’re all about asking questions, being playful and testing things out.

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A.P.E Project
Jul
21
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A.P.E Project

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Come and play with A.P.E project in Cirque Bijou’s Circus Playground.

A non-profit arts, playwork, youth cycling and alternative education organisation, A.P.E are an outreach play project who go out into the community and work alongside Bristol's children, young people and their families.

They also now manage the popular St Pauls Adventure Playground, and will be present for both days of the 2018 Bristol Harbour Festival in Queen Square.

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Inclusive Harbourside Fun – With WECIL and Sense
Jul
21
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Inclusive Harbourside Fun – With WECIL and Sense

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WECIL & SENSE will be holding sensory play and inclusive workshops for young disabled people and their families at this year's Harbour Festival

WECIL (West of England Centre for Inclusive Living) are a user-led disabled persons organisation who work across the West of England to create an inclusive society. Sense are a national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs to be understood, connected and valued. They began, and continue, to support people who are deafblind but also support a wide range of people with complex communication needs.

These two will be joining forced to create an accessible haven for young disabled people and young people with learning difficulties in Millennium Square. The space will host a variety of workshops from 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Families with disabled children can come and find out about local services on offer as well as take a break from the busy festival.

Over the weekend there will be music workshops, face painting, sports activities, accessible circus skills and sensory play sessions.

SATURDAY TIMETABLE

11am  - 12 pm: Music Workshop

12 pm - 1:00 pm: Sense sensory play

1 pm - 2pm: Come and find out about the local offer

2 pm - 4:30 pm: Accessible Sports

Music Maze will be there all day on Sat & Sun! So drop in any time. 

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