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Docks Heritage Weekend

Brunel Institute

Dry Dock

29 - 30 September 2018

11am - 5pm across venues

Dry Dock Tours at 11am (29 Sep) & 2pm (30 Sep) - FULLY BOOKED


Join us for Docks Heritage Weekend, a celebration of Bristol’s maritime past with events for all ages at Brunel's SS Great Britain, M Shed, Bristol Ferry and Underfall Yard.

Events at Brunel's SS Great Britain

  • Dry Dock Tours with our guide, Philip Unwin. Tours will take place at 11am on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday and last around 40 minutes.
  • Tours will take place in the Dry Dock, located below the glass plate surrounding the SS Great Britain. Hear about how the Dry Dock was originally used and how it’s a key part of Bristol’s heritage. Tours are free, but do not include entry to the site. Ticket prices can be found here.
  • Tours are now fully booked, you can join the waiting list below, we will contact you if a space becomes available

FULLY BOOKED - JOIN THE WAITING LIST: Saturday 29 September at 11am

FULLY BOOKED - JOIN THE WAITING LIST: Sunday 30 September at 2pm

Events at Underfall Yard

  • 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

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

Events on-board Bristol Ferry

  • Free trips between City Centre and Underfall Yard (show a copy of the leaflet, which will be available at all venues)
  • Historical soundscapes on board all weekend
  • Sail back in time with evening soundscape tour and shadow puppetry show (pre-booking required)

We would like to thank event sponsors The Bristol Port Company