250,000 people expected in Bristol for Harbour Festival

A quarter of a million people are expected to descend on Bristol over the next three days for the city's annual Harbour Festival.

It's one of the largest free festivals in the country and offers visitors a wide range of food, music and entertainment - as well of course plenty of chances to enjoy the water.

250 ships and boats are visiting the city and people will have the chance to go on board historic ships and cheer on boat races in the harbour.

Queen Square in Bristol is packed as hundreds of people take in the festival entertainment Credit: ITV News

In previous years there had been complaints about the noise and trouble in Queen Square which provided entertainment and music into the evening.

In 2016, things have been rearranged so that late night music will only take place at Lloyds Amphitheatre on the harbourside and away from residential areas.

The Harbour Festival is one of the largest free outdoor events in the UK. Credit: ITV News

Here are some useful figures to help you get your heads round this phenomenal free event


  • 250,000 visitors expected over the weekend

  • 250 visiting vessels

  • 800 performers

  • 3 miles of programming

  • 3,000 people working on the event

  • 1of the largest free outdoor events in the country

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