Bristol Harbour Festival goes straw-free for 2018


Official traders and bars at this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival are going plastic straw free for the weekend of the event.

All market traders, food outlets and bars have committed to not using plastic straws, which can cause enormous harm to marine life once they reach the oceans. Traders who are not part of the official Harbour Festival markets but are within the event’s footprint are being encouraged to take the same step.

The move to ban plastic straws continues the Bristol Harbour Festival of holding as green an event as possible, despite the huge numbers of people the event draws to the city centre and Harbourside. Over the weekend, some 250,000 people pass through the event.

The Harbour Festival’s official waste management partner is Critical Waste, a sustainable company who specialise in clearing up at major events and festivals. Their staff will be carrying out constant litter picks throughout the weekend and making sure as much waste as possible is recycled.

Extra bins will be placed across the Harbour Festival site, making sure people enjoying the event will have plenty of options for disposing of their waste. Organisers are encouraging visitors to avoid using single-use plastic bottles – there will be free drinking fountains in Millennium Square and Queen Square - and to take as much litter home with them as possible.

Ahead of the festival, Bristol’s growing paddle board community will be doing their bit to ensure the Floating Harbour looks at its best for the festival weekend. They've been carrying our their own litter picks this week, supporting the regular work of Clean Up Bristol Harbour.

You can read more about the group on their website.

2018 Harbour Festival programme on sale now!


The programme for this year's Bristol Harbour Festival is now on sale from outlets across the city centre.

It's packed with information about what to see when, and is the perfect guide for your weekend exploring all the festival has to offer.

Priced £2, you can buy it from the locations below.

  • At-Bristol/ We the Curious
  • Arnolfini
  • Better Food
  • Bristol Packet
  • Brunel’s Buttery
  • Colston Hall
  • Grain Barge
  • Hamilton House
  • The Harbour Master’s Office
  • M Shed
  • Merchants News
  • Mud Dock Cycleworks and Café
  • Nova Scotia
  • The Orchard
  • Prince’s Pantry
  • The Pump House
  • The Shakespeare
  • Tobacco Factory Theatre and Café,
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Watershed
  • Wild Beer Wapping Wharf
  • Spike Island

WANTED! Former boys club members for special Harbour Festival launch event



We are looking for 45 current members from Bristol Boys Clubs to take to the water for something very special to open the weekend-long Bristol Harbour Festival.

This year marks the 90th birthday of youth charity Young Bristol, which has helped improved the lives of 140,000 children in the city since 1928. Formerly known as the “Boys Clubs”, Young Bristol wish to mark the occasion by bringing together current and former Club members with a special event on the water at the Bristol Harbour Festival on Thursday 12th July.

Amongst the alumni are current Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, world-famous street artist Banksy and former World Champion boxer Glenn Catley, who all found support and had their talents nurtured through the Young Bristol scheme. We are looking for other ex-members whose lives have been changed by the charity to share their story and support on Thursday 12th July.

 The 45 former members of the clubs who come together will help celebrate the life-changing work that the charity has achieved. Young Bristol has given children the freedom to learn new skills and make friends with other children who share their experiences.

The charity have also launched a fundraising campaign this year to raise £90k for a mobile youth bus that will act as a youth club for children in hard-to-reach communities of Bristol and the surrounding areas. The bus will be a roving base where children can do homework, enjoy outdoor activities, arts and crafts and find a safe space for children to meet and build relationships. To donate to this amazing cause find more information here:

Anyone who would be interested in attending the event will need to contact  by 18/07/2018

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