Bristol Harbour Festival family activity highlights 19th-21st July 2019

Bristol Harbour Festival family activity highlights 19th-21st July 2019

Posted on: 17 Jul 2019

Bristol's favourite festival is back this weekend. Spanning over Friday 19th to Sunday 21ss comes a diverse selection of music, performing arts, family-friendly activities, water-based attractions, markets and more events big enough to rival any other festival event in the country! See below for our top family friendly event picks:


Saturday 10am

WECIL and Sense Inclusive Play

Inclusive Play will offer a range of different workshops and activities from face painting, music, sports, sensory play and circus skills, all of which will be fully accessible to families and friends with disabled children or learning difficulties. The area is also for families wishing to take a break from the busy crowds at the festival, please be advised that this area is prioritised for families with disabled children or learning disabilities.

You can enjoy:

Accessible Drumming Workshop 10:00 – 11:30

Messy Play session 10:00 – 12:00

Accessible Circus Skills 12:00 – 15:00

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Saturday 1.30pm Queen Square

Cirque Bijou and Extraordinary Bodies Presents: Duo Trapeze with Tilly and Jonny

Don’t miss this unforgettable aerial duet at work! Known to “connect the floor and the sky” and accompanied by Bristol’s Paraorchestra, it’s sure to be fantastic for all the family.


Saturday 1.30pm Queen Square

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken Word.

“Pirate Jill is looking for her buried treasure and she needs your help! If you’re very lucky Jill will regale you with stories of her fellow Pirates including the infamous Blackbeard (who was born in Bristol as Edward Teach). Learn about the history of pirates including the issues of gender and racial equality that are often overlooked and sing sea shanties.”


Saturday 1.45pm Giddy Kipper: Sloth Time

Wilhelmina Dawdle is obsessed with sloths and wants you to meet her best friends: Hibiscus and Gladys, giant three-toed pygmy sloths and Dribble, a baby two-toed sloth, all the way from South America.

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Saturday 2.15pm Circomedia Circus Workshops

See if you have what it takes and have a go in Circomedia’s circus taster workshops – led by tutors and students of Bristol’s centre for contemporary circus and physical theatre.


Saturday 2.30pm Newfound Friends

Meet the Newfoundland furry members of the Newfound Friends Society and learn about all the hard work they do. Along with their human lifeguard companions, the dogs help to save lives out at sea and raise money for Children’s charities with their daring displays!


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Saturday 3.50pm Jack Moule: Jetski Stunts

Watch professional jet skier and daredevil Jack Moule do all sorts of wild stunts. Think backflips, rolls and lots of tricks! See why he’s won five British Championships, two National Championships and a World Championship!


Sunday 11:45am Dancin’ Tots

Pop along with the little ones for some fun ‘stay and sway’ dancing, specially designed for babies and toddlers.


Sunday 11am Queen Square

A.P.E Project CIC: Mobile Adventure Playground

The non profit organisation A.P.E. Project CIC will be bringing their much loved mobile adventure playground! Expect climbing frames, crash mats, mini trampolines, ropes, nets and much more. Their trained and experienced staff will be on hand to ensure this will be safe, challenging as well as bags of fun!

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Sunday 11am Queen Square

Bocadalupa Arts: Bee Garden

Join Bocadalupa Arts for a fun and insightful look into the world of the mighty bee! Make a seed bomb to explode some wild flowers for the bees, make a hanging garden, play in our woodland den and check out the labyrinth covered in bees. Find out why bees are brilliant!


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Article by:

Hannah Moll

Hannah recently graduated with a degree in English with Writing. She is an avid writer, freelancer and creative. She is currently writing her first full-length novel and a collection of poetry. Always out and about in Bristol's music scene, she attends music events on a weekly basis.