ACcess Information

The festival is based around Bristol’s Harbourside. Surfaces are a mix of hard standing, permanent roads (including cobbles), and grass in Queen Square. There are steps and kerbs see the festival site map below for more details.

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Accessible toilets are located throughout the festival site. 

There will be changing place toilets located in Millennium Square, the M Shed and in Cabot Circus.

British Sign Language

Interpreters will be located on the Circus Stage, Dance Stage and the Spoken Word Stage across the weekend. All interpreters have met the criteria to register as full members of NRCDP/ASLI/ VLP.


Blue Badge holders are able to park free of charge all day in any on-street pay and display bays within the Bristol city boundary. (This will not apply to roads that have been closed for the Harbour Festival.) There is also paid parking available at various locations.


There is a raised viewing area for customers with access requirements at the Amphitheatre Stage. This will be stewarded and run on a first come first serve basis. 

We ask that customers needing to use this area over the weekend bring a form of supporting documentation with them to show our access team in order to gain entry into this area.

Access to the viewing platform is for customers with permanent disabilities plus one accompanying person only. Customers with temporary injuries, broken bones and pregnant ladies cannot be given access to this area.

There are also ground level viewing areas at the Circus Playground and Bristol Dance Stage.


Bristol Shopmobility is based in Cabot Circus car park approximately 0.7 miles from Queen Square. It hires out a mixture of equipment including electric scooters and manual wheelchairs. Up to five hours’ free parking  in Cabot Circus car park is included with the hire of equipment. For full details please visit www.bristolshopmobility.co.uk. To book please contact Bristol Shopmobility directly on  0117 955 9083 or email: admin@bristolshopmobility.co.uk

Break Out Space

This will be the first year that the M Shed will be offering Harbour Festival visitors with ASD a safe and calm space to use. This will be open 10am - 5pm over the weekend. Customers wanting to use this space should head to the M Shed reception to gain access. 


The team from WECIL and SENSE will once again join forces to provide sensory play and inclusive workshops for young disabled people and young people with learning difficulties and their families at the festival in Millennium Square. The space will host a variety of workshops, providing the perfect place to have fun, find out about local services and take a break from the busy festival.

Getting Around

If you are planning to cover the whole site or just concentrate on one or two areas, the following distance may help in planning your day:

Main routes:

Queen Square to Brunel’s ss Great Britain = 0.63 miles; approx. 15 minutes

Queen Square to Millennium Square = 0.53 miles; approx. 5 minutes

Millennium Square to Brunel’s ss Great Britain = 0.64 miles; approx. 10 minutes via ferry

Queen Square to Cathedral Walk = 0.5 miles; approx. 10 minutes


Temple Meads Train Station to:

Queen Square = 0.68 miles; approx. 15 minutes

Brunel’s ss Great Britain = 1.22 miles; approx. 25 minutes

Millennium Square = 1.22 miles; approx. 20 minutes