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