Local notices to mariners

See our local notices to mariners to find out about how events in the harbour may affect you.

Local notices to mariners contain important information on:

  • temporary navigational directions and/or restrictions
  • notification of water events in the harbour

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

See the local notices to mariners below for events and changes in Bristol Harbour.

41/10 Building works at Finzels Reach

Building works at the old Courage Brewery site are continuing until further notice.

A tower crane will be working across the harbour during the building works but will be limited to carrying loads 10m from the quay wall at any time.

Steel pontoons are installed along the working area connected to the quay walls.

Yellow buoys will be installed to create an exclusion zone around the works and will be lit at night with yellow flashing lights.

Mariners must not navigate within the exclusion zone for any reason at any time and are requested to keep a good look out when passing these works at a slow speed.

31/11 Safety boat cover for water events

The Bristol Sailing School under licence from the Harbour Master’s Office will carry out safety boat cover for Water Events and Water Skiing Sessions held in Bristol Harbour.

During these events the Sailing School Staff will be acting under the same powers of Safety and Navigation Control as any of the Harbour Master’s Staff and as such all directions given should be abided by.

30/14 Short term licences: Netham Lock

Please note, as from 1 April 2014, 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.

32/16 Harbour Office winter opening times 2016  

Sunday 30 October 2016 to Saturday 25 March 2017

Monday to Sunday: 10:00hrs and 15:00hrs

Duty Officers will remain on duty until 17:00hrs, carrying out dock patrols and will be on call to respond to emergencies only.

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

When closed, electricity cards can be purchased from:

  • Coffee and Crepe: cabin located on Prince Street Bridge
  • The Boat House: situated close to the Harbour Inlet

The Baltic Wharf slipway may be locked after 15:00hrs if the Duty Officers are not in the vicinity.

These changes apply to both in person and telephone enquiries.

An emergency telephone service will continue to be available during operational hours.

33/16 Prince street bridge: continuing works

Prince Street Bridge will remain swung off until 26 March 2017.

The clearance under the temporary foot bridge is 5.1m, subject to the variable harbour levels.  

Vessels with an air draft exceeding 5 meters will not be able to navigate under. 

This is because of essential renovation work.

34/16 Netham Lock: winter operating times

Saturday 1 October 2016 to Saturday 25 March 2017

Locking Operations between 09:15hrs and 15:45hrs

Staff on duty daily between 09:00hrs and 16:45hrs

35/16 Reduction in clearance under Ashton Bridge, New Cut: continuing works


The scaffolding on the underside of Ashton Bridge will remain in place until March 2017.

The clearance under the bridge is reduced by 1.6 meters.

This is for the works to the structure of the bridge.

Mariners are advised to consider plans to navigate the New Cut carefully.

37/16 Cumberland Basin: Winter locking operations

From 30 October 2016 until 25 March 2017 locking services will not be routinely provided between 17:00hrs and 09:00hrs.

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

Call 0117 927 3633 where you can 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.

41/16 Scouring operations in Cumberland Basin

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

Date commencing

  • Wednesday 11 January 2017 from 11.30am
  • Thursday 26 January 2017 from 11.45am
  • Friday 10 February 2017 from 12.15pm
  • Friday 24 February 2017 from 11.15am
  • Friday 10 March 2017 from 11.00am
  • Friday 7 April 2017 from 11.45am
  • Monday 24 April 2017 from 12noon
  • Monday 8 May 2017 from 12noon
  • Wednesday 24 May 2017 from 12.15pm
  • Wednesday 7 June 2017 from 12.15pm
  • Thursday 22 June 2017 from 12noon

During these operations please note:

1.    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.
2.    Strong currents will be experienced in narrow bridge ways and especially Prince Street Bridge, Totterdown Junction, in the Feeder Canal at Netham Lock.
3    Vessels proceeding upstream against the current must give way to vessels coming downstream at all bridge ways, Totterdown Junction and at Netham Lock.
4.    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.

1/17 Bristol Rowing Club: Head of the Harbour Rowing Office

Totterdown Basin to Baltic Wharf

Sunday 19 February 2017, 12noon to 4pm

This takes place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession. 

Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race. Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants. 

Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St. Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely.

Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

2/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Head of the Harbour Sailing Race

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 25 February 2017, 1pm to 4pm

This event involves dinghy racing with a large number of sailing craft racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge.

Mariners should navigate with caution.

3/17 Varsity Rowing Regatta to Baltic Wharf to Canons Marsh

Saturday 18 March 2017, 10am to 6pm

This event will take place between Baltic Wharf and the Lloyds Amphitheatre, Canons Marsh. 

A course will be laid on the north side of the harbour marked by red buoys along the entire length of the course. All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the south side of the red buoys and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

4/17 Bristol Gig Club Regatta: Princes Wharf to Baltic Wharf 

Saturday 25 March, 10am to 5pm

This event involves a series of gig boats races from Princes Wharf by the M Shed to Baltic Wharf.

All vessels navigating in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at a slow speed with caution.

5/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 8 April 2017, 10:30am to 5pm 

This event involves vintage sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge.

Mariners should navigate with caution.

6/17 10K Mini Marathon

Sunday 7 May 2017

This event takes place around the Harbour area and several road closures will be in place preventing vehicular access to the Harbour.  Prince St. Bridge will not be swung until 1:30pm. 

Mariners should contact the Harbour Office to arrange this swing if required.

7/17 Bristol Empire Dragon National Race

Sunday 14 May 2017, 10am to 5pm

National League Dragon Boat event held in Bristol for the first time. The event will be run on the south side of the Harbour from the Cottage Inn up to Prince Street Bridge.

All navigating vessels in this area are requested to keep to the north side and navigate at slow speed with caution.

8/17 South West Sea Cadets Water Sports Competition

Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May 2017, 10am to 5pm

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area.

Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

9/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Bristol Comet Sailing Open Meeting

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Sunday 4 June 2017, 10am to 4pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf.  Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

10/17  Avon Scout Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 10 June 2017, 9:30am to 5pm

This event will consist of young people taking part in various activities around the Baltic Wharf area. These activities will be ranging from canoeing, dragon boat racing, sailing and pulling boats. Manoeuvres will also take place in the Cumberland Basin area.

Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

11/17 Rotary Charity Dragon Boat Race

Sunday 18 June 2017, 10am to 5pm

This event will take place on the south side of the Harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina. It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

12/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June 2017, 10am to 5pm

This event will involve a number of sailing craft taking part in races at Baltic Wharf. Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

13/17 South West Sea Cadets Combined Regatta: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 8 July 2017

This event is organised by the TS Adventure Sea Cadet Unit and will consist of a number of young people taking part in pulling boats, racing and carrying out manoeuvres in the Baltic Wharf/Cumberland Basin area.

Mariners should give due consideration to participating craft.

14/17 Harbour Festival

Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July 2017

Vessels entered for this event will be moored in the Floating Harbour on pontoons projecting from the quayside at Canons Marsh, St. Augustine’s Reach, Amphitheatre and Hanover Quay.

Installation of these pontoons will commence 4 weeks prior to the event and be dismantled within 4 weeks after the event. Vessels moored in these areas that are not entered for the event will be required to moor elsewhere as directed by the Harbour Master.

Aquatic events will take place in this area throughout the above period. Craft moored in this area should be prepared for some wash from these events and ensure their vessels are adequately fendered.

Vessels passing through this area may be delayed for periods of up to 20 minutes whilst these events take place.       

15/17 Charity Dragon Boat Race: Baltic Wharf

Saturday 2 September 2017, 10am to 5pm

This event will take place on the south side of the harbour at Baltic Wharf between the Cottage Inn and the Bristol Marina.  It will consist of groups of dragon boats racing in a 30 metre wide course marked by yellow buoys.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution when passing through the course.

16/17 Bristol Rowing Club Corporate Rowing Regatta

Bristol Marina to SS Great Britain to Baltic Wharf       

Sunday 10 September 2017, 9am to 3pm

This event will involve a number of rowing craft taking part in races from the Bristol Marina to the SS Great Britain and down to the Cottage Inn.

Mariners are requested to proceed at a slow speed and navigate with caution in this area.

17/17 Bristol Half Marathon: Prince Street Bridge Swing Restriction

Sunday 17 September 2017, 8:30am to 2pm

The route of the annual Bristol Half Marathon will encompass the Floating Harbour between Prince St. Bridge and Junction Lock Bridge.

The race will commence at 8:30am and finish by 2pm. During this time Prince St. Bridge will not be swung for vessels.

Mariners who may be disrupted by this restriction are advised to contact the Harbour Office to make alternative arrangements.

18/17 Bristol Rowing Club: Autumn Head of the Harbour Rowing Race

Totterdown Basin to Baltic Wharf

Sunday 5 November 2016, 12noon to 4pm

This event will take place between Totterdown Basin and Baltic Wharf, with disabled races between Prince St. Bridge and Baltic Wharf and consists of a number of sculls and rowing eights in succession.

Craft should proceed with caution and keep a good lookout for those participating in the race. Marshals will be stationed at all bridges to warn of oncoming participants.

Craft wishing to proceed upstream of Prince St Bridge or from Totterdown Basin downstream will be stopped to allow the race to take place safely.

Each race will last approximately 20 minutes.

19/17 Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: Classic and Vintage Dinghy Racing

Baltic Wharf to Prince Street Bridge

Saturday 11 November 2016, 10:30am to 4:30pm  

This event involves vintage sailing dinghies racing between Baltic Wharf and Prince St. Bridge. Mariners should navigate with caution.

20/17 Minor Events in Floating Harbour 2017

  • Friday 1 January: Baltic Wharf Sailing Club New Year’s Day Race
  • Sunday 9 April: Offshore Model Boat racing
  • Saturday 15 April: Easter egg Race to BWSC
  • Sunday 11 June: Triathlon (Cumberland Basin)
  • Thursday 20 June: Summer Solstice Race: BWSC at Baltic Wharf 7pm
  • Sunday 3 September: Offshore Model Boat racing
  • Friday 15 to Sunday 17 September: Cabot Cruising Club: Rally, Bathurst Basin
  • Saturday 25 November: Beaujolais Race: BWSC, Baltic Wharf at 1:45pm
  • Saturday 16 December: Mince Pie Race: BWSC, Baltic Wharf at 1:45pm        

Times are between 10am and 6pm approximately.

Vessels are requested to proceed with caution in the vicinity of these events

21/17 Water Sport Activity Sessions

  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club, racing on Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm. March to December and Tuesdays (evenings) during June and July.  Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: training session, first Saturday of each month, 11am to 1pm
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing Club: social sailing event for retired club members, Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm. Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Cadet and Social Sailing: Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. May to September. Baltic Wharf.
  • WESSA Youth Sailing: weekdays and evenings April to October. Baltic Wharf.
  • Baltic Wharf Sailing School: sailing/powerboat tuition throughout the year. Baltic Wharf.
  • Bristol Canoe Club: Tuesday/Thursday evenings throughout the year.
  • 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. Redcliffe Wharf.
  • Scouts Association: evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf.
  • TS Adventure Sea Cadet: evenings and weekends. Baltic Wharf to Narrow Quay.
  • Young Bristol: water sports throughout the year. Pooles Wharf.
  • Bristol Gig Club: gig rowing throughout the year. Bristol Marina to Netham.

22/17 Quayside Events 2017

Throughout the year numerous quayside events take place.These may cause some restrictions to visitor’s moorings.

Visitors should contact the Harbour Office for more details and directions on entering the harbour.

Contact information

Harbour Office

Underfall Yard

Cumberland Road

Bristol, BS1 6XG

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

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

Summer (BST)

Harbour Office: Saturday to Thursday 08.00 to 17.00, Friday 08.00 to 16.30

From 1 June 2016: Monday to Sunday 08.30 to 16.30

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 07.30 and 22.30

Winter (GMT)

Harbour Office: Monday to Sunday 10.00 to 15.00

Emergency Service: Duty Officers are on call between 09.00 and 17.00

VHF Radio

Channel 73, callsign BRISTOL FLOATING HARBOUR.

Email: harbour.office@bristol.gov.uk

Tel: 0117 903 1484

Fax: 0117 903 1487