Bristol Harbour Festival

Bad weather marred the 42nd Bristol Harbour Festival this weekend but organisers still say a 250,000 people attended. It's the second biggest street festival in the country and celebrates the city's maritime history.

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Harbour Festival crowds down on last year

Boats and visitors packed the Bristol Harbourside during the two days. Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of this year's Harbour Festival in Bristol predict visitor numbers will be down on last year's when around 300,000 people turned up.

More than 200 boats featured in one of the South West's only free Summer events.

A fireworks display also made a return after a two year absence.


WWII boat re-dedicated in Bristol

A boat which rescued more soldiers from Dunkirk than any other during the Second World War has finished the first stage of restoration in a Bristol dockyard.

The 'Medway Queen' is normally based in Kent and today a coach load of fans travelled to Bristol to see her re-dedicated, in an emotional ceremony.

The dock manager's daughters had a special role to play.

Chris Camp is from the Medway Queen Preservation Society:


Second day of Bristol Harbour Festival

It's day two for one of the UK's biggest free festivals. Last year over 300,000 people attended, although a rainy forecast over Saturday and Sunday may dampen numbers down this time.

Today's attractions include:

  • A children's Treasure Island party featuring different pirate-themed activities
  • A jet ski freestyle display in the harbour
  • A firework display - the first for three years, at a cost of £10,000
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