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

02/23 Plimsoll Bridge: out of action

Plimsoll Bridge is currently out of action until further notice.

We will be unable to facilitate arrival or departure seaward for vessels with an air draft greater than 5.8m.

This is due to a couple of faults preventing the bridge from being swung.

Engineers are working on the issue, and we hope to have the bridge repaired as soon as possible, but we anticipate this to take at least a few weeks due to the nature of the faults.

Once we have further information, an update will be sent out.

If you’re a mariner who might be affected by this, you can contact the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484.

01/23 Bristol Light Festival display: restricted access to landing stage, St Augustine's Reach

From Tuesday 31 January to Tuesday 14 February 2023, Passenger Operator Vessels will only have access to the port side of the finger pontoon situated at the Cascade Steps, St Augustine's Reach.

This due to an exhibit from the Bristol Light Festival being placed the other side of the pontoon.

Passengers will still have free access to and from the landing stage during this period.

45/22 Inner Lock Gates at Entrance Lock now Operational

Notice is hereby given that the inner lock gates at the Entrance Lock at Cumberland Basin are now operational.

Following replacement of the lock gate arm and successful testing, the gates will be operational again from Wednesday 21st December 2022.

See notice 32/22 for Cumberland Basin - Winter locking operations.

43/22 Scouring operations Cumberland Basin 2023

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

January 2023

  • 6 January at 12 midday
  • 9 January at 1.30pm
  • 23 January at 1.30pm

February 2023

  • 6 February at 1pm
  • 20 February at 12.30pm
  • 22 February at 1.30pm

March 2023

  • 8 March at 1.15pm
  • 21 March at 12 midday
  • 23 March at 1.30pm

April 2023

  • 6 April at 1.30pm
  • 19 April at 12.45pm
  • 21 April at 1.30pm

May 2023

  • 5 May at 1pm
  • 19 May at 1pm

June 2023

  • 5 June at 1.30pm
  • 19 June at 1.30pm

July 2023

  • 4 July at 1.30pm
  • 18 July at 1:30pm

August 2023

  • 2 August at 1.30pm
  • 17 August at 1.30pm
  • 31 August at 1.30pm

September 2023

  • 15 September at 1.30pm
  • 29 September at 1pm

October 2023

  • 16 October at 1.30pm
  • 27 October at 12 midday
  • 31 October at 1.30pm

November 2023

  • 14 November at 12.45am
  • 27 November at 12 midday
  • 29 November at 1.30pm

December 2023

  • 13 December at 12.15pm
  • 15 December at 1.15pm

During these operations, note:

  • before the scour it may be necessary to increase the level of the harbour by up to +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 12 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

35/22 Harbour Office Winter opening 2022-2023

From Sunday 30  October 2022 to Sunday 26 March 2023 the Harbour Office will be open for general enquiries, licencing, and the purchasing of commodities

  • 10am to 3pm
  • seven days a week.

It will not be possible to obtain any commodities from the Harbour Office outside of these hours.

Duty Officers be on duty between 9am and 5pm, carrying out dock patrols, and will be on call to respond to emergencies that occur outside of office opening times.

These changes apply to both in person and telephone enquiries. However, an emergency telephone service will continue to be available during operational hours.

Reminder for all potentail users of the slipway: 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.

34/22 Prince Street Bridge - Winter operating times 2022-2023

Winter hours of operation from Sunday 30 October until Sunday 26 March 2023.

Mariners wishing to pass east or westbound through Prince Street Bridge with a vessel that exceeds the clearance height may arrange to have the Prince Street Bridge swung at the following times:

  • 9.30am
  • 10.30am
  • 11.30am
  • 12.30pm
  • 1.30pm
  • 2.30pm
  • 3.30pm
  • 4.30pm

Mariners are advised that 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, the above-published 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:

  • using the Sail Bristol App
  • calling the Harbour Office on 0117 9031484
  • VHF Radio Channel 73 call sign “Bristol Floating Harbour”

Vessels entering from seaward may also make arrangements with the Marine Services Supervisor at Cumberland Basin:

  • Tel: 0117 927 3633
  • VHF Radio Channel 14 call sign “City Docks Radio”. 

33/22 Netham Lock - Winter operating times 2022-2023

Winter hours of operation from Friday 30 September until Sunday 26 March 2023.

  • Locking Operations between 9.15am and 3.45pm
  • Staff on duty daily between 9am and 4.45pm

Mariners wishing to pass through Netham Lock should contact the Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484 giving an hours' notice.

32/22 Cumberland Basin - Winter locking operations 

From 30 October 2022 until 26 March 2023 locking services will not be routinely provided between 5pm and 9am.

A minimum 48 hours' notice must be given when locking requests are during the out of hour's period. 

Bookings can be made via the Sail Bristol App, or by calling 0117 927 3633 where you will be invited to leave a message for the Deputy Harbour Master.  If your enquiry is urgent, please also make contact with the Bristol Harbour Office on 0117 903 1484.

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.

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.

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

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