In Spring 2020 Underfall Yard taking part in Bristol City Council’s inaugural Learning Festival. Underfall Yard Volunteer Journalist Alex Taylor investigates.

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An array of local organisations are getting involved including:

  • Arnos Vale Cemetery
  • Brave Bold Drama
  • Bristol Adult Learning
  • Bristol Ferry Boats
  • CALM
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge
  • GenECO
  • OnSite
  • SS Great Britain
  • Underfall Yard
  • Unite the Union
  • University of Bristol


Underfall Yard is involved with three events during the festival.


Festival Launch event, 30th March, 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Underfall Yard is delighted to be hosting the Festival’s launch event. This will take place in the yard’s visitor centre, where guests will find stalls with information on participating organisations and the learning opportunities they are offering.

Art at Underfall Yard, 31st March 10:30am – 12:30pm

As part of the festival Underfall Yard is working with Bristol Grammar School to offer an art session. With no experience necessary, guests are invited to unleash their creativity and see the yard in a different light; exploring the opportunity to use the historic site as inspiration and using different artistic media. Whether it’s brass rubbing, sketching or using personal cameras/phones to create stunning images, participants are encouraged to get in touch with their creative side! Tickets are free, and booking is essential. Participants must be 16+ Click here to book.

Art pictures 800Ferry trip and Tour of Underfall Yard, 4th March 10:00am – 12:15pm

Bristol Ferry Boats and Underfall Yard are joining forces to offer a ferry trip which allows visitors to experience a taster tour of the Port of Bristol to learn about the first Anglo Saxon Settlement of Brigstowe, through Bristol’s involvement in Transatlantic Slavery and its Abolition, to Brunel and finally its closure and regeneration. The ferry will call at Underfall Yard, at the heart of the Harbour since 1809 to learn about the creation of the Floating Harbour, visit the Victorian Workshop and see the yard’s hydraulic machinery in action.

Click here to book.