Wednesday, 03 August 2011
The Bristol Harbour Festival
At the festival, there was live music and a large outdoor market to enjoy, although the crowds made me a bit uncomfortable (I get squished very easily in such environments). My favourite stall was selling exquisite masquerade masks from Muranoworks. Oh, if I had the money to spend, the entire stock would have been mine!
We then followed a rather complicated one-way system to cross over to the Arnolfini, outside which was berthed the Kathleen & May. This ship, the last-surviving British-built three masted top sail schooner, was fully restored by Steve Clarke from Bideford, North Devon. Consequently, we hear a lot about the ship in our local newspapers, including the possibility that she may not be returning to Bideford after her current tour, due to the apparent failure to secure a permanent home for the vessel within the town. We decided, in light of her uncertain future, we had to take the opportunity to hop onboard and take a look around, so we did! She is certainly a charming, beautiful ship, with an intriguing history. :)
Afterwards, we roamed around other parts of the festival and enjoyed some ice cream & delicious bacon ciabatta sandwiches, before we finally made our way to the car to return home to Devon.