The notices have two digits each for the number of the notice and the year it was issued, for example Notice No 41/10 means notice 41 of the year 2010.

You should check these events as they're in force for the safety of all harbour users and will help you make the most of your visit to Bristol Harbour.

Events in Bristol Harbour

30/22 Model powerboat race at Baltic Wharf - Sunday 9 October 2022

A model powerboat race will be taking place at Baltic Wharf on Sunday 9 October 2022. Racing will take place between 9am and 5pm.

A buoyed course will be laid out on the South side of Baltic Wharf, with general navigation being restricted to the North side. Mariners are requested to proceed slowly through the area

28/22 Restrictions to departures and arrivals due to low rainfall

From Monday 5 September, due to an exceptionally dry year and the current drought status, there is no longer sufficient fluvial flow to maintain harbour levels if normal locking services were to continue.

Until further notice, the harbour authority will be considering maintenance of the harbour level a priority and therefore will be asking Mariners not to book first lock departures or arrivals.

Any bookings through the Sail Bristol App for first locks will be contacted and asked to rearrange.

Locking throughout tidal periods will be subject to alteration at the duty Deputy Harbour Masters discretion. If this occurs, Mariners will be contacted accordingly.

A first lock may still be granted if there is significant demand or need but only at the discretion of the Harbour Master.

26/22 Large tree blocking section of River Avon - proceed with caution

From Wednesday 17 August, a large tree is obstructing the River Avon approximately half a mile downstream from Hanham Weir.

Navigation is possible, but proceed with caution. An update will be issued when the tree has been removed.

23/22 Redcliffe Bridge navigation restriction update

From Monday 19 September to Sunday 13 of November, the navigation channel under Redcliffe Bridge will be narrowed.

This is because of the positioning of a works pontoon on the West abutment to facilitate the ongoing renovation.

Mariners must navigate with caution.

18/22 Entering Bristol Harbour via Junction Lock

All Mariners entering Bristol Floating Harbour via Junction Lock should exercise caution when passing the first set of stop gates. Both gates are not fully recessed due to a build up of silt.

12/22 Prince Street Bridge: summer operating times

Monday 28 March to Sunday 30 October 22

East or Westbound mariners with a vessel above the clearance height may arrange to have the Prince Street Bridge swung at the following times:

Monday to Friday

  • Hourly 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Hourly 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Weekend/bank holidays extra times:

  • 8:30am
  • 5:30pm

Priority swings will be given 3 and a half hours prior to high water to 1 and a half hours after high water. Outside these tidal times, swings will be at the discretion of the Harbour Master.

Swing requests within the tidal period should be made at least 1 hour in advance by:

  • calling the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484
  • or VHF Radio Channel 73 call sign: Bristol Floating Harbour 

Vessels entering from seaward may contact the Marine Services Supervisor at Cumberland Basin: 

  • call 0117 927 3633 
  • or VHF Radio Channel 14 call sign: City Docks Radio

11/22 Harbour Office: Summer Opening 2022

Monday 28 March to Sunday 30 October 22
The Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities:

  • 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • seven days a week

Duty Officers will remain on duty until 10pm, carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies. The Baltic Wharf slipway may be locked after 5pm if the Duty Officers are not available.

For emergencies, call 0117 903 1484, option 2.

In order for a short-term navigation licence to be granted to use a powerboat or sports boat in Bristol City Docks, photographic proof of identity must be produced.  Failure to produce this will result in a licence being denied.

10/22 Netham Lock: Summer Opening 2022

Monday 28 March to Monday 3 October 22

6:50am to 10:10pm

Vessels are advised to arrive at the lock at least 1 hour before it closes.

9/22 Quayside events 2022

We have many quayside events which may affect visitors' moorings. Contact the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484 or email harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk for more details and directions on entering the harbour.

8/22 Water sport activity sessions

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club racing

June to September: Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.
February to December, 1pm to 4pm.

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club training

First Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm

Baltic Wharf Sailing Club event

Every Wednesday, 11am to 1pm.

Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing

May to September, every Wednesday, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

All Aboard Youth Sailing

April to October, weekdays and evenings at Baltic Wharf.

All Aboard

Sailing and powerboat tuition throughout the year, at Baltic Wharf.

Bristol Canoe Club

Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year, from Baltic Wharf to Netham.

Bristol Rowing Club

Throughout the year, Albion Dock to Netham and River Avon.

Ariel Rowing Club

Throughout the year, Netham to Hanham.

Guides Association

Evenings and weekends at Redcliffe Wharf.

Scouts Association

Evenings and weekends at Baltic Wharf.

TS Adventure Sea Cadets

Evenings and weekends, from Baltic Wharf to Narrow Quay.

Young Bristol

Water sports throughout the year at Pooles Wharf.

Bristol Gig Club

Gig rowing throughout the year, Bristol Marina to Netham.

7/22 Minor events in the Floating Harbour during 2022

  • 17 May 2022, 10am to 6pm: model boat race at the Cottage Inn
  • 12 June 2022, 10am to 6pm: triathlon at Cumberland Basin
  • 25 September 2022, 10am to 6pm: model boat race at the Cottage Inn

Vessels near these events must proceed with caution.

6/22 Bristol half marathon and 10k run: Prince Street Bridge swing restriction

25 September 2022, 8:30am to 2pm

The Bristol half marathon route includes the Floating Harbour between Prince Street Bridge and Junction Lock Bridge. The race will start at 8:30am and finish by 2pm.

During this time Prince Street Bridge will not be swung for vessels. If you're a mariner who might be affected by this restriction, contact the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484 or email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk to make alternative arrangements.

5/22 Bristol Rowing Club: corporate rowing race

9 September 2022

Side by side sprint racing from Baltic Wharf to Bristol Marina. Eight Bristol companies compete after learning to row in August. Each race will last around 4 minutes. Take part in the challenge and enter the club's raffle to win prizes from local supporters.  

4/22 Rotary Dragon Boat Race

5 September 2022

This event will take place on the south side of Bristol Harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina. Groups of dragon boats will race in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys. Mariners must travel slowly and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

17/21 Scouring operations Cumberland Basin 2022

Scouring operations in the Cumberland Basin will take place at the following times.

January 2022

  • 4 January at 1.30pm
  • 19 January at 1.30pm

February 2022

  • 1 February at 12.45pm
  • 16 February at 12.45pm    

March 2022

  • 2 March at 12.30pm
  • 18 March at 12.45pm
  • 31 March at 1.15pm

April 2022

  • 19 April at 2.30pm

  • 28 April at 12noon

May 2022                    

  • 16 May at 1.15pm
  • 30 May at 1:15pm    

June 2022

  • 13 June at 12.30pm
  • 29 June at 1.30pm

July 2022 

  • 13 July at 1pm
  • 29 July at 1:30pm

August 2022

  • 11 August at 1pm
  • 26 August at 1.15pm

September 2022

  • 9 September at 12.45pm
  • 26 September at 1.30pm

October 2022

  • 10 October at 1.30pm
  • 24 October at 12.45pm

November 2022                        

  • 7 November at 11.45am
  • 25 November at 1.15pm

December 2022                        

  • 9 December at 1pm
  • 22 December at 11.30am

During these operations, note:

  • before the scour it may be necessary to increase the level of the harbour by +0.20 metres or +0.25 metres
  • the water level in the floating harbour, Feeder Canal and River Avon upstream of Netham Lock may be reduced by as much as 0.5 metres during the period of approximately 5 hours from commencement of each scour
  • strong currents will be experienced in narrow bridge ways and especially Prince Street Bridge, Totterdown Junction, in the Feeder Canal at Netham Lock
  • vessels proceeding upstream against the current must give way to vessels coming downstream at all bridge ways, Totterdown Junction and at Netham Lock
  • all vessels when approaching Prince Street Bridge, Redcliffe Bridge, Totterdown Junction or Netham Lock must sound one prolonged blast of their whistle from either direction

12/21 Works to install a water heat source pump at castle moat, castle park

Starting 18 October 2021

We will start the construction works to take water from the floating Harbour, for the operation of a water source heat pump at the Castle Park Depot site to fuel Bristol City Council's Heat Network. 

This will include construction of a Harbour pontoon/platform for the pumps and filters used with the removal and discharge of the water.  

The work is expected to last around 3 weeks.

The construction area will be marked by buoys, and work boats will be operating in the vicinity.

Mariners should:

  • proceed at a slow speed
  • navigate with caution in the area

26/19 Cumberland Basin: new BST locking times

Cumberland Basin Locking procedures will be changing from 1 July 2019 until further notice.

During British Summer Time, services will no longer be routinely provided between 10pm and 6am (unless during Spring Tides or other operations).

This is so harbour staff can be more effectively deployed. You must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice if locking operations are needed between these hours, so we can ensure docking staff and bridge operators are available.

Notice to Mariners 27/17 (Notice required for Plimsoll Bridge Swing) is unchanged: 48 hours' notice is needed for vessels that need Plimsoll Bridge swings, day or night. To arrange these services:

  • Call the Docking Deputy Harbour Master: 0117 9273633
  • Email: docks.office@bristol.gov.uk
  • Call the Bristol Harbour office: 0117 9031484
  • Call emergency control: 0117 9222050

27/17 Plimsoll Bridge Swing

With immediate effect from 31 March 2017 a 48 hours' notice is required for a Plimsoll Bridge swing.

This will affect all vessels of a height above float level of 5.8m entering or leaving Bristol City Docks.

The Deputy Harbour Master can be contacted on 0117 927 3633 and between tidal watches a message can be left on the answering machine.

This restriction will remain in force until further notice.

30/14 Short term licences: Netham Lock

The duty lock keeper at Netham will not be able to accept any cash payment for short term licences. The only method of payments will be by debit cards, credit cards or cheques.

31/11 Safety boat cover for water events

Any Water Events held in Bristol Harbour will need to have adequate safety cover provided and must have permission from the Harbour Master prior to the event happening.

Contact information

Harbour Office

Underfall Yard
Cumberland Road
Bristol, BS1 9NE

Opening Hours

Open for general enquiries, licensing and the purchasing of commodities daily (except Christmas Day) as follows:

Summer (BST)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 08.30am to 4.30pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30am and 10.00pm

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10am to 3pm

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 9am and 5pm

VHF Radio

Channel 73, call sign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484
Fax: 0117 903 1487