Docks Heritage Weekend: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th September

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September it will be Docks Heritage Weekend, a celebration of Bristol’s maritime past.

With events for children and families at M Shed, Underfall Yard, Bristol Ferry and SS Great Britain, the event will be a fun way to discover more about Bristol’s port history and its present day role.

Activities include boat and crane rides, guides tours and demos, map printing, vintage bus rides and lots more.

You can even learn how to tie nautical knots! At M Shed, the 140th anniversary of the steam crane will also be celebrated.

Here’s the full line-up of activities across all 4 venues:

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

Historical soundscapes on-board all weekend

Sail back in time with evening soundscape tour and shadow puppetry show.

Booking required, book your tickets here:

Events at SS Great Britain

Guided tours of the Great Western Dry Dock on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 2pm.

Booking required, book your tickets here:

To find out about more fun events for kids coming up in Bristol please head over to the Bristol Mum facebook page.