Blacksmithing Demos, Nautical Knot Workshops & Crane Rides at Docks Heritage Weekend!

On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September it will be Docks Heritage Weekend, a celebration of Bristol’s maritime past!

There’ll be events and activities for children and families at M Shed, the SS Great Britain, Underfall Yard and Bristol ferry boats, plus opportunities to visit M Shed’s iconic cranes and hear about their working life.

You can watch re-enactments of cargo handling on the quayside and take a boat trip on the docks tug John King, where you can learn about her important work.

There will tours of the Albion Dry Dock at SS Great Britain as well as blacksmithing demonstrations and nautical knot workshops at Underfall Yard. You can even take a floating harbour tour of the docks with Bristol Ferry!

This year there will also be four performances of a new play called ‘The Names, The Names’ (recommended age 12+). The play is based on the nicknames used by Bristol dockers in their everyday work. The hilarious, witty and often downright rude names invented for their workmates were part of the culture of the men who unloaded and loaded ships at Bristol and Avonmouth.

Most of the activities are is free although charges apply for boat rides and crane trips. Tickets for The Names, The Names are £6 adult / £5 concession.

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