Crowds are being invited to assemble along the two mile stretch of harbour and look to the skies for the display that will be fired with the kind permission of Wapping Wharf, from their development site behind the M Shed. The firework display is being created by local experts Firemagic.
On water programme:
The festival has also announced its on water programme which will feature heroes of the waves, the RNLI Lifeboats moored in the Harbour Inlet, the last operational example of a traditional tug built for the mighty river Mersey, Brocklebank and festival favourite the Newfoundland dog rescue demonstrations.
Intrepid flyboarders will take to the harbour, propelled with a jetpack 15 metres in the air and diving headlong through the water. It really does have to be seen to be believed.
Bristol Gig Club will be demonstrating pilot gig racing on the water and festival goers will be able to head for Mud Dock pontoon to ‘have a go’ in one of its gig boats!
The Bath and Bristol Institute of Mechanical Engineering and the education charity My Future My Choice supported by the Bristol Initiative Charitable Trust are again delighted to offer devil may care boat crews the chance to take part in a build, race (or sink!) Cardboard Boat Race.
Young Shipwrights have been exploring their heritage and their future by building 100 functional models of the iconic Bristol Pilot Cutter which will be released onto the water at 12 noon from the Matthew during the festival, announced with a cannon shot.
The historic vessels of the M Shed fleet will be offering trips around the harbour starting at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Places on fire boat the Pyronaut and John King are limited (they are working vessels after all) but you can book tickets by going to their berths early in the day (charges do apply).
More information can be found on their website.