There will be events and activities at all three sites, including opportunities to visit M Shed’s iconic cranes and hear about their working life.
Watch re-enactments of cargo handling on the quayside, take a tour of the Albion dock at SS Great Britain and much more! A great day out for the whole family.
Activities at M Shed
- Trips to the electric cranes (charges apply).
- Cargo handling demonstrations.
- Dramatic interludes from Show of Strength Theatre Company exploring characters from the docks’ past, Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 4pm
- Visit the Fairbairn steam crane.
- Trips to see a stationary steam locomotive (charges apply).
- Visit the Bristol Port Company stand.
- See a Bristol Steam Navigation Company display.
…and lots more to be confirmed!
Events at SS Great Britain
- Pre-booked free tours of the Albion Dock.
- Brunel Institute will be open (free) between 11am to 3pm on both days for visitors to drop in to meet a curator and see some of the collection objects celebrating Bristol’s docks heritage.
- Victorian street games on Brunel Square on Saturday.
- Shanty Festival performances on Brunel Square on Sunday.
- ‘Mr Brunel’ will be on Brunel Square both days.
- Photography festival ‘Opening Up’ on Brunel Square both days.
Activities at Underfall Yard
- Demonstrations of traditional blacksmithing skills.
- Appreciate engineering in miniature with model steam engines and workshops.
- Discover the tools of yesteryear with the Tools and Trades History Society.
- Try your hand at nautical knots.
- Watch the pumps that powered a port running throughout the weekend.
- See our magnificent machinery workshops in action.
- Enjoy songs of the sea performed by several sea shanty groups as part of Bristol Shanty Festival (Sunday only).
In partnership with Underfall Yard and SS Great Britain. With thanks to event sponsors, The Bristol Port Company.
Find out more: https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/docks-heritage-weekend/
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road,, Bristol, United Kingdom