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Easter: Fire & Iron Festival

Brunel's SS Great Britain

Blacksmiths Kingdom Forge

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Friday 12 April - Monday 22 April 2019

10am - 6pm

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Spark your imagination this Easter with the sights, sounds and smells of a working forge in a living Victorian Dockyard.


Kingdom Forge

10am - 4pm, daily

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Meet blacksmiths Kingdom Forge, on hand every day demonstrating traditional Victorian metalworking. Watch as they forge the same rivets and chains that would have been used to construct the SS Great Britain.

The young Suffolk-based pair will be providing demonstrations of impressive Victorian crafting skills, employed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel - the namesake of Kingdom Forge. Come along and get the lowdown on blacksmithing, with a chance to chat to the blacksmiths.

Living Victorian Dockyard

10am - 6pm, daily (6 - 22 April)

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Come face to face with characters from the Victorian age as you step back in time and wander through the bustling dockyard where Bristol’s iconic steamship, the SS Great Britain, was built. The docks will be alive with action to recreate the construction of the ship. There will be activities to enjoy around the dockyard, including coal shovelling, riveting and 'throwing a line'.

Go below the glass sea into the 1830s Dry Dock, then step aboard and experience what it was like to be a Victorian passenger at sea, from life in the first-class cabins to the cramped and confined steerage. 

Sea Shanties

11am - 3pm, Saturday 20 - Monday 22 April

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Be swept away by a chorus of maritime melodies as shanty singers take over the dockyard for Easter weekend. 

Go Aloft!

12pm - 4pm, daily

£10 additional, free for under 18s

Become a Victorian sailor and climb the huge mainmast of the SS Great Britain. Ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 25m above ground level and from there, if you're brave enough, you can step out onto the main yard for a spectacular view of Bristol. Please note last climb is 4.45pm.

Flash Bang Wallop!

10am - 6pm, daily

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Travel back in time, and around the world, to pose for a portrait in our Melbourne photographic studio. Dressed in stovepipe hats, bonnets and crinolines these Victorian-style pictures are a great souvenir of your visit. 

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