Bristol Harbour Festival 2016

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Been visiting this for years and I don’t think I have ever seen so many people there!  Fewer tall ships – only spotted one, the Kathleen &May from Bideford:

Kathleen & May at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016
Kathleen & May at Bristol Harbour Festival 2016

The festival is morphing into a general celebration of music, socialising and food – with people out in force enjoying the day, and  the waterfront ambience; here’s a few pictures:

 

Shark Ferry in the docks
Shark Ferry in the docks
Boarding Gromit's ferry
Boarding Gromit’s ferry

 

Paddleboard Flotilla
Paddleboard Flotilla

 

 

Superhero on Paddleboard
Superhero on Paddleboard
Superhero on Paddleboard
Superhero on Paddleboard
Some boat owners brought pets
Some boat owners brought pets
Another boater with pet
Another boater with pet
Anchors away for the festival
Anchors away for the festival
Bristol's John King vintage tugboat
Bristol’s John King vintage tugboat

In the  late 1960s there was a plan to fill in the city docks in Bristol.  They were too small for container ships which dock out at Avonmouth.  Small ships used to bring timber from Russia and sand dredgers worked out  in the Bristol Channel, unloading their cargo for builders to collect conveniently just off Hotwells Road.

The plan to fill in the docks was thwarted.  The hulk of Brunel’s Great Britain steamship was brought back from the Falkland Islands and in 1970 was towed up the River Avon to be restored.  In 1996 the replica of John Cabot’s Matthew was dedicated at Bristol’s first maritime festival.

Meanwhile the land around the docks was turned over to new uses, sand and gravel yard replaced with new houses. Waterside cafes, bars and entertainment venues bring crowds out to enjoy summer sunshine.

Visitors from across the Severn Estuary
Visitors from across the Severn Estuary

Food is another enthusiasm for Bristol and there was lots of choice, takeaway food from many culinary traditions:

Traditional British standby
Traditional British standby
A taste of Kerala
A taste of Kerala

 

 

 

Crepes and Chinese streetfood
Crepes and Chinese streetfood

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Greek treats
Greek treats

 

And Another

Hog Roast for the carnivores
Hog Roast for the carnivores
Not forgetting the bar
Not forgetting the bar

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