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Docks Heritage Weekend

Brunel's SS Great Britain

30 September - 1 October

11am - 5pm

Free in the Brunel Institute

Celebrate Bristol's Maritime past with fun-filled events for all the family at Brunel's SS Great Britain, Underfall Yard and M Shed. Travel in style between the harbourside locations by jumping aboard a Bristol Ferry or vintage bus.

Events at Brunel's SS Great Britain

  • Visit the Brunel Institute 12pm - 3pm. Touch fragments of the ships hull and meet museum curators to hear how the ship is now conserved in the original Dry Dock.

Events at Underfall Yard

  • Meet Bristol Maritime Academy
  • Watch the pumps that powered a port running throughout the weekend
  • Try your hand at nautical knots and rope work
  • See demonstrations of traditional skills
  • Go behind the scenes in the magnificent Victorian Workshops
  • Get creative with mini-build activities for all ages
  • See Pyronaut, Bristol former fire boat, out on the Patent Slip

Events at M Shed

  • Print your very own map of Bristol docks
  • See cargo handling demonstrations
  • Visit the Fairbairn steam crane
  • Visit an electric crane (charges apply)
  • Take a trip on the tug John King (charges apply)
  • Go back in time and watch historic films about the port

More information can be found here.