Bristol Harbourside Festival


One of the city's biggest and best festivals is back this month for a whole weekend of family fun

Bristol Harbourside Festival returns with a bang this July! There are three fun-packed days of music, dance, performance arts and more to keep the whole family entertained — and it’s free. Every year the festival gets bigger and better, and this year’s no exception, with more stages added and plenty more fun to be had by all.

There’ll be plentiful vendors selling street food, sweet treats and drink, as well as market areas full of arts and crafts and gift ideas. There’s also a vintage market at Hannover Quay and Queen Square’s ever-popular European bazaar, with traders from across the continent selling everything from cheese to ceramics.


The musical line-up is one of the weekend’s biggest draws, with seven stages of noisy antics to enjoy. There’s a whole host of local talent, as well as huge international names — Echo and The Bunnymen kick off this year’s festivities at Lloyds Amphitheatre (ticketed separately) on 15 July.


There’s a special programme of things to see and do for the little ones, acrobatics down at Castle Park, street theatre and mind-boggling circus skills on Cirque Bijou’s stage, spoken word, readings and poetry on The Hammer and Tongue’s new stage, a captivating Dance Village showcasing world-class talent and up-and-coming performers alike — the list goes on!


Taking place all around the city’s Harbourside area, the festival celebrates Bristol’s sea-centric heritage and pays homage to what life was like centuries ago. Be sure to admire the history — from voyages of discovery to North America to the well-trodden trade routes in place since the Roman times.


Pop on down for just a couple of hours, the whole day, an evening or the entire weekend — just make sure you don’t miss this calendar highlight, and be sure to pick up a programme! They’re only £2 and help keep the festival free for everyone.


When: 15-17 July


Where: Bristol Harbourside


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