3 October—4 October 2015

Docks Heritage Weekend

A weekend of activities across two sites exploring the history and working life of the old City Docks.

Stroll around the fantastic Underfall Yard as its restoration programme gets into full swing and take part in activities at M Shed including boat trips, crane visits, have a go experiences and performances.

Events at M Shed

  • Mosaic Madness will be helping visitors create mosaics inspired by Bristol’s working docks and the river Avon
  • Screenings of historic films about the port
  • Dramatic interludes from Show of Strength Theatre Company exploring characters from the dock’s past Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 11.30am, 2pm and 2.30pm
  • Visit an electric crane (charges apply)
  • Cargo handling demonstrations
  • Trips on the tug John King (charges apply)
  • Visits to Balmoral, once part of the P & A Campbell fleet
  • Visit the Fairbairn steam crane
  • Drive a steam locomotive (charges apply)

Events at Underfall Yard

  • Demonstrations of traditional skills
  • Pop on a hard hat and take a look behind the scenes of the restoration works
  • Visit the viewing platform for spectacular harbour views
  • Family activities
  • Dramatic interludes from Show of Strength Theatre Company exploring stories from the yard’s past, Saturday and Sunday at 12.30pm and 3.30pm
  • Guided walks to Brunel’s Other Bridge, Sunday 1pm and 3pm
  • Explore reuse and recycling stories from Bristol’s boating communities and make your own floaty boaty (run in partnership with Bristol Green Capital), Sunday 2-4pm

Crane Dance Bristol

Crane Dance - Docks Heritage Weekend

© Michael Lewis

From 8pm on Saturday, three of Bristol’s iconic cranes outside M Shed will come to life in a one-off spectacular performance by Pervasive Media Studio resident Laura Kriefman.

Crane Dance Bristol is a stunning collaboration of lights, live music from RSVP Bhangra band, row boats, choirs and choreographed synchronised cranes in a 40 minute show that takes place on the water next to Arnolfini as twilight descends on the city.


Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives would like to thank event sponsor:
The Bristol Port Company.

Rides on the Working Exhibits