Exciting Boat Trips from Bristol’s Floating Harbour

Bristol Ferry Boats Fun things to do

Fancy a Boat Trip with Bristol Ferry Boats? – Bristol Ferry Boats offer a number of different trips, a great way to see the City from a different viewpoint.  Bristol Ferry Boats has been running since 1977.  The iconic blue and yellow Ferry Boats can be seen travelling around the harbour almost every day of the year.  They provide a community focused, friendly ferry service and pride themselves on their unrivalled reliability.  Visitors are safe in the knowledge that they run their service every day except Christmas day, come rain or shine.  You will always receive a warm Bristol welcome their staff.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Wednesday Sundown Sailings – A lovely cruise around the Harbour, listening to music, watching the sun go down.  The trip includes tapas and cheese to complement two drinks of either Gin, Sherry or Rum (drinks depend on dates booked).  There are two departure times from the City Centre at 7pm and 9pm the trip lasts for 2 hours.

Brunel’s Bristol Boat Tour – A comprehensive tour of Brunel’s famous Bristol Landmarks.  Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, sailing past the SS Great Britain and on toward the historic lock gates, where Brunel’s other Bridge is laid.  Traveling away from the harbour along the Avon Gorge underneath the famous Clifton Suspension Bristol and then returning back to the Bristol Floating Harbour.  A great way to see some of Bristol’s Landmarks.  This trip lasts for 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Avon Gorge Trip – An exciting cruise along the Avon Gorge, with commentary throughout.  Departing from SS Great Britain leaving the floating harbour, along the Avon Gorge, underneath the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge, Passing the ancient port of Sea Mills and the Village of Pill and onto Avonmouth (if the tide allows) and then returning back to the floating harbour.  This trip lasts for 3.5 hours. 

Bristol Ferry Boats Map

 

Booze Cruises and Boat Parties – Private Hire – There is a variety of packages on offer – Vintage Tea Party, Bubbly Breakfast, Booze Cruises and Party Packages offering trips to dockside pubs and bars.  Catering for parties ranging from 25  to 45 people, with fully licensed bars and music.  You have the opportunity to hop on and off of the boat and visit a wide range of Bars and Pubs.  These are fantastic trips, perfect for any celebration and for Hen Parties, a great way to start your weekend visit to Bristol.  There are many options available to create a bespoke party.  Find out more HERE.

Sunday Riverside Roast – A lazy cruise along the River Avon, departing from Welsh Back.  This is a very relaxed river cruise, after sailing through the City, see Bristol’s countryside from the water as it travels along the feeder canal and through Netham Lock along the riverbanks of St Anne’s and Conham River Park.  Enjoy the wildlife, you may see Otters, Swans, Deer, Foxes, Squirrels, Kingsfishers, Ducks etc.  Gently cruising onto the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms to enjoy a delicious roast dinner and then have time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Tea Rooms until it’s time to make the journey back to Bristol.  This trip lasts (including your meal) for 3 hours.  Ticket prices include your food – Adults £25.00, Concessions £19.00.  Advance Bookings are essential as these trips are very popular.

Friday trip to Beese’s with live music – A Great way to start the weekend, departing from Welshback, a super river cruise sailing from Bristol, through the countryside to the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy a meal and watch a live band most Fridays.  Some Fridays the tide doesn’t allow for these trips, but that’s only a few.  Drinks are available to buy onboard during your trip.  This is a one-way trip, so that you can enjoy the whole evening dancing, you will need to book a taxi for the return journey.    Advance bookings are essential.

Live Music Beese's Tea Rooms Bristol Bury Hill Farm

Band line ups – examples

Belle Rose

 Fiesta Latina

Dysfunktional

The Mayfair Players

Funk Husky

Soul Reason

The Bad Losers

The Jumps

Dukes of Mumbai

Dappa Don & The Playaz

Stiff Upper Lips

JJ Gatsby

Natty Daps

More about Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms

Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms is a hidden treasure, set beside a pleasantly wooded stretch of the river Avon. For some, a haven of tranquillity, where generations of city dwellers would put their cares of the city behind them for a time.  Visitors range from families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and, of course, river-users swimming or rowing leisurely by.

Beeses Tea Rooms Bury Hill Farm

In more recent years, Beese’s can be a lively place, whether it’s a friends’ get-together, a birthday or wedding celebration, or one of Beese’s music nights.

Beese’s is open each year for the spring and summer.  They have live music most Friday evenings, including a mix of known Bristol bands and visitors from afar.  There has been an annual beer festival since 2009.  Visit their Website for more information.

 

Back to Bristol Ferry Boats –  There are 5 Ferry Boats all painted in iconic yellow and blue colours.

Margaret was built in 1952 and acquired in 1977 she has capacity for 28 passengers.  She has a wooden hulled open launch and was Built in Appledore for service in Lynmouth to replace a vessel wrecked in the flood of 1952 and later used as a ferry across the Avon between Shirehampton and Pill.

Independence was built in 1927 and acquired in 1980 she has capacity for 46 passengers.  With a wooden hulled open launch and was previously used on the Severn and Wye, and on the Erewash Canal.

Emily was built in 1927 and acquired in 1992 she has capacity for 48 passengers.  With a wooden hulled enclosed launch. Built in Bideford and was previously used at Scarborough and in Gloucester Docks.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Matilda was built and acquired in 1997 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch, with a length of 14.02 m (46.0 ft) and a beam of 4.61 m (15.1 ft). Purpose built for Bristol Ferry Boats.

Brigantia was built and acquired in 2006 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch. Purpose built for Bristol Ferry and based on the design for Matilda but equipped with a retractable wheelhouse and a wheelchair lift.

Both Matilda and Brigantia are licensed to operate on the tidal Avon downstream from Bristol through the Avon Gorge to Avonmouth, as well as throughout Bristol Harbour and on the Avon upstream to the city of Bath. The other vessels are restricted to Bristol Harbour and the upstream Avon.  Margret is the original yellow and blue ferry boat and is a true west country survivor.

Visit their Website for more information.

Independent Reviews:-

Having had a less than successful trip to We the Curious, we saw the yellow boat arrive and jumped on board. The full tour takes you from the City Centre to Hotwells and back, and then goes off in the other direction to Temple Meads and back. You can choose the full 80 minute tour, a 40 minute (half tour) or simply use the craft as a taxi or bus in the harbour area.
We chose the 40 minute trip to Hotwells and back and saw Bristol from a viewpoint I had never experienced before. You travel past The Matthew and The Great Britain, have a good view of the cathedral, the harbour-side industries and the old pubs, with a great view of the multi-coloured buildings of Hotwells.
A very friendly crewman was there to help people on and off and call out the stops and sell the tickets.
We will definitely go back and do the full tour (tickets lasts a day and lets you hop on and off) when the weather is a bit warmer. Great fun and great value.

Beese’s Riverside Bar and Tea Rooms
 
This is a great little quirky place next to the river. If you are used to eating in chain establishments it may not be for you as it is quite ‘characterful’. We only had a cream tea but the Sunday lunches that people were tucking in to looked good too. The walk along the river and ferry across added to the charm.

More things to do in Bristol near the harbourside

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Harbour Festival
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St Nicholas Market
Bristol Walking Tour
Bristol Walking Tour

The Folly a lovely Country Pub

The Folly Pub Bristol

The Folly on Westerleigh Road Bristol has had a major refurbishment and reopened on 5th November in style.  The Management have been working really hard during the build up to opening night, running competitions and publicising their new menu.  They’ve been out locally, with a mobile unit serving their coffee and cakes and hitting the streets with goodie bags, flyers and drinks vouchers.

The Folly is a modern family Pub and Restaurant with a very large garden and outside drinking area.  The new décor is rustic, but charming and they provide a wide variety of Wines, Gins, Mocktails, Cocktails and of course, lager and cider.

The Folly Pub Bristol

They had sneaky preview sessions during the weekend before the big night, serving drinks, cocktails and samples from their menu.  We sampled everything, and I have to say the Beer Battered Fish samples and Korean-Style BBQ Chicken Wings were a big hit with all of us.  The whole menu looks great I can’t wait to make my way through it!

Monday Evening was the official opening night, the pub was packed, there was live music and a raffle in support of a very worthy charity SRUK.  A Cheque for £3,000 was presented on the night.

Carvery’s on Sunday’s are extremely popular, booking well in advance is essential.  We went last Sunday.  There is an amazing selection of fresh veg, with Beef, Turkey and Gammon to choose from or a bit of each if you fill that you are up to it.  Mushroom, Parsnip and Hazelnut Tart is on offer for Vegetarians.  I have to say this is one of the best Carvery’s I’ve had in a long time, I always new The Folly was busy on a Sunday and now I know why.

The Folly also has a very large beer garden, with plenty of seating, you may even see the odd duck wanding around. Free Wi-Fi, Disabled Access and dogs are welcome and there’s a free carpark.

The Folly Pub Bristol

A bit of History

The Folly started its life as a Farmhouse and was originally converted into a roadside Cider house, where Nelly Hussey was the landlady.  At the time it was called “The Beaufort Arms”, named after “The Duke of Beaufort” who hunted the land in the surrounding areas, there are tails of many jolly and late nights drinking and singing around the resident piano.  In 1975 the pub was taken over by Dave and Molly Nunn.

Although the Pub was called “The Beaufort Arms” locals nickname it The Folly, it means to trick or swindle and it is said that when the local mines flooded, the miners would say they had been swindled.  Water from the mines went in to The Folly Brook which still runs behind the pub today.  Years later Dave Nunn changed the name of the Pub to The Folly.

The pub became a much-loved family country pub, with regular skittles, darts and quizzes nights.  The bar was always full of with locals enjoying a game of cards, playing pool or just chatting and putting the world to rights.

The Nunn’s sold the Pub in 1999.  They retired to Spain, to the Costa de Sol, where they loved to take their holidays.  Some members of their family still live in the surrounding area.  The Folly has changed hands a few times over the years since, it’s be modernised, but apart from some small additions, essentially the exterior of the building remains the same.

All in all this is a very good pub that has stood the test of time, its always remained very popular, the current management are doing a really good job to make sure it continues that way.  Well done Chris and Team.

Address – Folly, Westerleigh Road, Emersons Green, BS16 7AJ – Tel: 01179 573691 – 4 mins by car from Bury Hill Farm. 

Visit the Website to book a table.

Delicious Food from a Traditional Local Pub – Bristol

New Inn Pub near Winterbourne

The New Inn, Badminton Road

A traditional pub well know for it’s delicious food.  It’s an authentic, family friendly pub with lovely helpful staff and lots of choices of wines, beers and ciders.  The food is fresh, seasonal and the portions are very big.

The Pub was originally built as a rest-stop for travellers, travelling north from Bristol to Chipping Sodbury.  It is a unique, 17th  Century Inn with rustic charm.  I superb example of an historic Coaching Inn.  A plaque bearing the date 1655 was discovered above the fireplace in an upstairs room and is now displayed on the wall of the bar.  Although renovated and sympathetically modernised, many fittings and the unevenness of the floors and ceilings ensure that much of the New Inn’s over 400 year old character remains.

The New Inn has relaxed seating as you walk through the main door, with comfy chairs and a log burning fire the entrance is at the side of the building, straight from the car park.  There is also seating by the bar and more formal seating in the rooms past the bar.  All sizes of groups are catered for.

We went for a family get together on a Sunday, most of us opted for the Sunday Roast and we had read some really good reviews, but as the full menu was also available my both of my sons chose something else.  For starter both me and my husband had the delicious soup of the day, which was Carrot and Coriander.  Really, really tasty.  The Roast Dinners were massive, they came out all plated up with plenty of gravy, homemade Yorkshire Puddings and lovely tender, juicy meat.

Both my sons had different meals, Josh opted for Cajun spiced Chicken Breast, a butterflied Chicken Breast marinated in spices, served with curly fries, sour cream dip and salad.  He was very pleased, it was a big plate of food and he finished everything.  He’s quite a fussy eater so if he likes it must be good.  Reece went for Ham, Eggs, Pineapple and Chips.  His meal was also completely finished off.  He said the ham was very tasty.

The cheesecake of the day was lemon and  again I had to try it especially as it said homemade, I am a massive cheesecake fan, it definitely was homemade.  I make a cheesecake myself that is very similar, it was divine and came with a little pot of cream, just perfect.

New Inn Pub Bristol

Meals are cooked to order with most of the dishes being prepared “in house”, they advise that there could be delays at busy times.  The menu has a great selection for everyone, I can vouch for the fact that the wait is worth it, but to be honest we weren’t waiting for a long time, the food came out in a timely manner and there were 8 of us.  A set large party menu is available for groups of 11 or more, a deposit is required and Pre order food forms must be completed and returned 7 days prior to the booking.

The Garden is behind the Pub.  It has plenty of seating, a climbing frame and a summer house and plenty of room to relax and enjoy the weather.

New Inn Pub Bristol

 

Badminton Rd, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2NT – Tel: 01454 773161 – 5 minutes’ drive along the Badminton Road (A432)    Booking in advance is recommended.

A Great Local Pub in Winterbourne Bristol UK

Out door Dining The Golden Heart Pub Winterbourne Bristol

The Golden Heart

Located on Down Road in Winterbourne Down, Bristol.  A stylish premium pub bar and restaurant for relaxed drinking and eating, serving delicious food for all dining requirements, whatever the occasion it’s a nice place to have a drink and relax in its chic bar area with its open log burning fire or retreat to the cosy, warm and welcoming dining area and enjoy the delights on offer.

It has a modern interior with a stylish rustic twist, serving food from 12pm until late, it also has a lovely outside area for a spot of alfresco dining on those sunny days and also has a great garden for children to play in.

The pub has an extensive range of top notch food, every day of the week, a whole host of tasty starters, light bites, appetising mains, pub food classics, sharing platers and delightful desserts, guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling.

The Golden Heart Winterbourne Bristol

We went as a large group in May this year, the food and service were very good.  My husband and I shared a Carne Platter which was very tasty, I especially loved the Southern-fried buttermilk chicken thighs, really flavoursome.  For my main I had the Wholefood Salad and added a chargrilled chicken breast. This really was delicious and even though I was pretty much full, I couldn’t resist the desserts which I had seen leaving the kitchen and opted for Baked Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake.  I’m a big cheesecake fan and this did not disappoint.  Everyone enjoyed their meals and we spent the rest of the evening sat out on the pretty garden patio area, finishing our drinks in the warm evening sun.  It really was a perfect night and a perfect end to our day.

The Golden Heart Winterbourne Bristol

All in all, The Golden Heart is a great family pub, bar, and restaurant and should be your first port of call for brunch, lunch, or dinner, no matter what the occasion.  There is also plenty of space parking in the car park – free.

Booking well in advance is recommended for large groups, this can be done on the website, just choose your day and time.  

Golden Heart Winterbourne Down Bristol, Down Road, Bristol BS36 1AU. Tel: 01454 774392  – 10 minutes walk from Bury Hill Farm.  http://www.thegoldenheartwinterbourne.co.uk

Local Guide – July 2018    Love this place. New fave “go to” pub for grub. If you’ve not eaten here, you need to!! Food is awesome, tried lots on the menu never had a duff dish! Place is clean. Staff are great! Service is prompt! Alex really looked after us on Sunday for amazing roast lunch and we’re back again! 5th visit in as many weeks. 🙂