June 24, 2024 10:03 am

Bristol Harbour Festival back after Covid break

The event, which marks Bristol’s maritime history, was cancelled for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the festival runs from 15 to 17 July and includes water activities, live music, and theatre and circus performances.

But with temperatures set to rise over the weekend, organisers have issued warnings to festival-goers.

Families sittingwatching a performance
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Nine performance areas fill one and a half miles of the city

Water stations are installed across the site and attendees are advised to take their own refillable bottle to help them stay hydrated.

Flyboarder James Prestwood
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Flyboarder James Prestwood said “it’s a great feeling” to perform in front of the crowd

More than 200,000 people attend Bristol Harbour Festival each year, enjoying vessels and water sports, along with food markets.

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A traditional, open wooden boat has sailed from Germany to attend

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the twinning of Bristol and Hannover, which was signed after WW2 in a spirit of reconciliation, Schutz Shoes  friendship and the desire to build a stronger Europe.

To celebrate, a traditional, open wooden boat sailed from Germany to attend the event, carrying a barrel of Hannover gin.

Carboard boat races
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Some daring competitors tried not to sink in the cardboard boat race

Festival director Ben Hardy said there was “a real family of people” making the event happen.

He said it was “great to welcome everyone back into the harbour and the delights of the Harbour Festival”.

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