Not long to wait now before the magnificent Bristol Harbour Festival 2016 celebrates its 45th anniversary.

Bristol Harbour Festival brings together every kind of entertainment imaginable at a festival over 3 days on the 15 – 17 July – what’s more the event is FREE!

The Harbourside will be transformed with over four miles of activities, showcasing the talent and skills of the city. Stretching from the Underfall Yard on Cumberland Road into the City Centre and up to Castle Park, there will be an incredible variety of cultural entertainment. There really will be something for everyone.

The anniversary celebrations will start with a special outdoor concert in the Lloyd’s Amphitheatre Friday 15th July. The ticketed event will be headlined by English rock legends and 80’s chart toppers, Echo and The Bunnymen with support from singer-songwriter and former Haircut 100 front man, Nick Heyward.

Following the Friday night concert, the Lloyd’s Amphitheatre will be the venue for the Festival’s music stage, making the most of the natural acoustics of Bristol’s harbour.

The dance performance and participation stages move into the city’s iconic Queen Square, surrounded by a continental food and craft market.

This year the beautiful aerial acts, daredevil stunts and family entertainment will return to Castle Park and a new route featuring music and markets will run along Redcliffe Quay and Merchants Quay to connect the festival areas.

The Festival showcases Bristol’s incredible maritime heritage, encompassing M Shed and Wapping Wharf at the east end of the harbour, ss Great Britain – the venue for a music stage and market over the weekend – and the newly-opened visitor centre at Underfall Yard.

Festival goers can either jump onto the Cross Harbour Ferry at the ss Great Britain across to the New Harbour Inlet or continue to enjoy the walk along the harbour from Underfall Yard, over to the Grain Barge where festival entertainment will take them along Harbourside Walk and back into the heart of the event.

For full details go to Bristol Harbour Festival

You can buy the Harbour Festival programme which will give you the full itinerary of events at any of the official programme outlets dotted around the festival during the weekend.

Information taken from the Visit Bristol website

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