Bridgwater all set for the Quayside festival

Bridgwater Quayside Festival will take place on Saturday 29th July with events all over the town centre.

For a full list of performances go to the web site here.

Bridgwater Quayside Festival 2017 

Festival Programme 

Blake Gardens 

There will be free shows, family activities, face painting, food stalls, craft stalls, ice creams, medieval games, archery, games, craft stalls, hula hooping, circus workshops and live music with bands on the band stand. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

2pm – 5pm House of Funk

12 noon Emma Petkovic Hula Hoop Show and Workshop

12.30 Punch and Judy

Shoot The Moon

1pm Merlin Fire Juggling Under Water Show

1.45pm Cabin Fever Family Circus Theatre Show

2.30pm Carmen Escapology with an Operatic Finale

3pm Gin Bowlers on the bandstand

4.15pm Punch and Judy

5pm Shoot the Moon on the bandstand

Blake Museum 

Bridgwater’s historical museum is open with exhibitions of the Battle of Sedgemoor and Monmouth Rebellion. The Sedgemoor Exhibition will be open all day. Enjoy the cafe and shop with tea, coffees and ice cream. Learn more about the history of the town and the fascinating history and archaeology of the area.

Blake Statue / Fore St

Sedgemoor FM will be in Fore St by the Blake Statue and there will be some fabulous street theatre, music, shows and festival stalls.

12 noon Cabin Fever Family Circus Theatre Show

1pm Carmen Escapologist and Operatic Finale

2.30pm Merlin Fire Juggling Under Water Show

3.30pm Emma Petkovic Hula Hoop Show and workshop

Local music and radio with Sedgemoor FM

Angel Place

Visit Angel place and watch the stunning aerialists performing an aerial acrobatic show and take part in the aerial workshops.  Listen to jazz and street bands with Bridgwater’s Jazzical Swing Band and the Big Noise Street Band and enjoy street theatre visiting the centre throughout the day. 

12 noon Sunken Circus Sea Angels – Aerial Circus Show and workshop

1pm Big Noise Band

1.30pm Sunken Circus Sea Angels Aerial Circus Show and workshop

2.15pm Jazzical Swing Jazz Band

3pm Sunken Circus Sea Angels Aerial Circus and workshop

4pm Bridgwater Voices Community Choir

Bridgwater Library 

The Human Library

A celebration of the rich and diverse cultures, nationalities and languages in our area.

You will be able come into the library and ‘borrow’ a person from some our many cultures to chat with. Learn a few simple phrases in another language or hear stories of how they came to live in Bridgwater. Our ‘Human Books’ will be sharing their music, recipes and experiences and answering your questions about their lives.

Bridgwater Arts Centre 

There will be a free children’s show by CBeebies and after party at the Arts Centre. Please Reserve tickets for the FREE show CBeebies and Quayside after party at Bridgwater Arts Centre   (01278 422700)

11am CBeebies The Three Musketeers

12 – 6pm Open All day for refreshments and exhibitions

6pm – 12  Quayside After Party with 6 hours of eclectic DJ’s Soul, Blues, Ska, Reggae. Blue Beat, Lone Arranger and the Global Jukebox

After Party

6-7pm Red Shadow Jamaican Sound System – playing old-style Ska, Mento and Rhythm & Blues

7-8pm The Lone Arranger – playing an eclectic mix of soul, pop, reggae, global and everything

8-10pm Global Jukebox – playing, Classic Blues, Break Beats, Easy, Mod Jazz, Jump Jive, Latin, Reggae, Ska, Soul, World Music!

10-11pm Lone Arranger 11-12  Red Shadow

King Square 

Opera for All Garsington Opera will be showing their filmed performance of Handel’s SEMELE. The Bridgwater Voices Community Choir, local groups and singers will be opening the opera screened production with a chorus from Handel’s Opera SEMELE.

Local food and refreshments will be available all day, face painting and family arts activities for the children. Come and enjoy this performance of SEMELE, Handel’s beautiful touching and humorous love story.

12 noon Jazzical Swing

1pm Ben and Alfie violin and double bass

1.40pm Opening of SEMELE with the Garsington Opera, Opera For All and the Bridgwater Voices Community Choir and local singers

2pm SEMELE Garsington Opera film screening

2.45pm Interval with Garsington Opera

4.45pm Close and Thank you

East Over 

Take a walk across the bridge and discover New Rd, a fabulous festival area. Come and enjoy music, activities and a great festival atmosphere. Keep an eye out for some of our festival walkabouts including Hotch Potch stilts on the High Seas, Bella the beautiful dragon fly and music by local musicians, have a go in the lego station and sample some fabulous traditional Portuguese food by Cafe Aveirense and delicious Greek food from the Acropolis

Open all day, come and experience some great music and a fabulous street party atmosphere

12 noon Flute and Harp by Maurice

12.30  Hotch Potch on the High Seas

1pm  Dragon Fly on stilts

2pm Flute and Harp by Maurice

3.15pm Big Noise Band

4pmMerlin Cadogan juggling extraordinaire

4.15pm  Boat on Legs

4.30pm Cabin Fever walkabout pirate on a parrot

West Quay

The Quayside is the place to be and enjoy cafes, bar and music and linger a while sampling sounds and tastes in a maritime setting.

12 noon Lone Arranger Plunderphonics : Eclectic mix of music and bits

1.15pm Emma Petkovic Hula Hoop Show

1.30pm Lone Arranger Plunderphonics: Eclectic mix of music and bits

2.30pm Ben and Alfie Violin and Double Bass folk tunes

3pm Lone Arranger Plunderphonics: Eclectic mix of music and bits

4pm Carmen

4.30pm The Enchanter – musician

In West Quay there will be street theatre, Somerset Film will present a nautical themed Victorian animation workshop and you can perform in their live action animation* at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

*Please note you must be accompanied by a parent/carer to participate in the nautical theme animation activities.

Engine Room

Have fun making a musical jingle* for Sedgemoor FM radio!

Watch local artists and craftspeople at work from 12pm – 5pm

The Engine Room, 52 High Street

*Please note you must be accompanied by a parent/carer to participate in the nautical theme animation activities.


Displaced by Livi Atkins: A non-verbal promenade performance about migration; questioning our understanding of human connection. Meet at the entrance to Blake Garden by the Library for the two performances at 2pm and 4pm.

Unity House 

Unity House will be open with Arts Exhibitions and is located on Dampiet St next to Blake Gardens.

Some things to look out for during the day

10.00 onwards Socialist Arts Exhibition in Unity House. click here

Walkabout Acts 

Meet Kevin the sea gull and the Boat on Legs

The Pirate Statue

Hotch Potch on the High Seas

The Town Crier

Big Noise Street Band

Bella the Beautiful Dragonfly

Carmen Mon Oxide mixing punk and operatics together with an unusual twist

Ben and Alfie Violin and Double Bass