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Victorian Christmas Weekend

Brunel's SS Great Britain


Saturday 9 December - Sunday 10 December 2017

Various Times

Step back in time as Brunel’s SS Great Britain is transformed into a Dickensian, winter scene complete with a beautifully decorated dockyard, Victorian characters and even falling snow!

Meet the Ragged Victorians

10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

Included in the price of admission

Experience the hustle and bustle of a 19th century dockside as the Ragged Victorians share their colourful stories with a seasonal twist. Find out more

Make your own Victorian Christmas card

11am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

​Included in the price of admission

Join our family craft workshop and make your own traditional Victorian Christmas cards to send to loved ones.

Christmas carol singing

12pm - 1pm, Saturday 9 December - Sunday 10 December

​Included in the price of admission

Join us as we welcome the Cosmos Choir, Partsong Choir and the Big Friendly Choir to the ship, performing in the First Class Dining Saloon.

Meet Mr. Brunel

10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

​Included in the price of admission

Look for and meet the original Iron Man around the ship and be sure to remind him that it's Christmas!

Discover Brunel's Christmas stories

11.30am - 2.30pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

Free in the Brunel Institute

Drop by the Brunel Institute to hear about fascinating items from the collection in extended Archive in Five sessions.

Tuck into festive food and drink

9.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

The Dockyard Café will be stocked with festive flavours for the whole family. Mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and spiced juices will also be available to buy on the dockside.

Go Aloft! Climb the Rigging

12pm - 4pm, Saturday 9 - Sunday 10 December

£10 per person

Now open every weekend throughout winter, climb the SS Great Britain’s huge mainmast for one of the best views of Bristol. Ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step out over the harbour on the main yard. Find out more

A Giant Woolly 'Buoy-ble'

11am - 4pm, Sunday 10 December

​Free on Brunel Square

Watch in awe as Vicky Harrison and her volunteer team transform the historic buoy on Brunel Square into a woolly Christmas bauble! The 'buoy-ble' will be on display throughout the Christmas period.

Shop for Seasonal Gifts

Visit the SS Great Britain’s Gift Shop for a treasure trove of stocking-fillers and Victorian-style gift ideas from wooden toys to books and Bristol Blue Glass.

Festive items on display in our gift shop


Getting here

Brunel's SS Great Britain is located on the harbourside on Gas Ferry Road and is accessable by foot, ferry, train and by road. Click here to plan your journey.