The Gloucester Tall Ships Festival is located in the historic Gloucester Docks, which is just a stone’s throw from Gloucester Cathedral and is the most inland port in the country.

TIMINGS
The event site can be accessed from 11am however the event starts at 12pm each day, running until 6pm.

TRAVEL INFORMATION
Check out these links for useful information on travelling to and getting around the city by car, public transport or on foot along with where to park.

PARKING
Pre-paid parking can be coordinated through ParkBee.
The official event car park is is the Gloucester Quays car park, which has space for 1,400 vehicles. Follow the signs for Gloucester Quays. Parking can be arranged on the day or pre-booked at this link.

Other car parks are available in the city. More information can be found here: Gloucester car parks – Gloucester City Council. Please note that Castlemeads Car Park will be closed to the public over the course of the weekend.

DISABLED PARKING
Disabled car parking spaces can be found in the Gloucester Quays car park, as well as the Eastgate Centre Rooftop Car Park and Hampden Way Car Park – all are within short walking distance to the festival site.

TRADERS AND PRODUCTION STAFF CAR PARK
For any trade and production or other staff at the event, please use the Castlemeads Production Car Park, which is less than a mile away from Gloucester Docks.

ACCOMMODATION
Surrounding the historic Gloucester docks, there’s a wide choice of accommodation to make your visit to Gloucester Tall Ships Festival a memorable weekend.

The Visit Gloucester website has a handy ‘where to stay’ page packed with different accommodation options. You can also head to the Gloucester City Council Tourist Information Centre: Tourist Information Centre – Gloucester City Council

SAFETY ON THE DOCKS
We can’t wait to welcome you to Gloucester for the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival, taking place over Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Please note that the event is taking place at Gloucester Docks, which is a working dockside. As such, there are areas both where the floor is uneven as well as a number of potential trip hazards – including mooring cleats on the quayside (where the vessels are moored). With this in mind, the event organisers would like to advise that all guests wear sensible footwear, be careful with their footing around the event site and follow instructions from our event stewards. Otherwise, enjoy this lovely site over the Jubilee weekend – and take care and have fun!

BOARDING PASSES
The Gloucester Tall Ships Festival is a free to attend event taking place on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, however guests are able to board the six majestic tall ships in the dock throughout the event weekend by purchasing a boarding pass for £5 at this link. You can also purchase a boarding pass which includes entry to the National Waterways Museum for £7.50 at the same link.

GETTING HERE
Throughout the event, Llanthony Road, Gloucester will be closed from 8am until 7pm on Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June. For more information about getting to Gloucester head here: Getting To Gloucester – Visit Gloucester

TOILETS
There are accessible toilets throughout the event site for use by all guests to the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival. You can find restrooms by the Herbert Warehouse by the dockside as well as next to the BBC Gloucester Gazebo at the opposite end of the Quays – a stone’s throw from the children’s activity area. On the Severn Road side of the docks, toilets can be found next door to the First Aid Centre close by to the Dry Dock. The Gloucester Quays Shopping Centre also has accessible toilets available for use throughout the event weekend.

DOGS
If you’d like to bring along your four legged friends, please feel free! We ask that all dogs are kept on leads throughout the event. Please note that if you are keen to board a tall ship as part of the festival, your dog will not be able to board.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT GLOUCESTER DOCKS
There is lots to discover at Gloucester Docks. Just a stone’s throw from Gloucester city centre, take a visit to the most inland port in the country. The perfect place for a family day out, explore Victorian dock buildings, designer outlet shops, cosy cafes and fascinating museums!

The award-winning National Waterways Museum documents the intriguing 200-year history of the docks and the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Gloucester Docks is also home to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, where you can look at army uniforms and even peer into a First World War trench.

Shop till you drop at Gloucester Quays with designer goods galore. You can enjoy browsing over 50 stores, from clothing to homeware, you’ll be sure to find yourself and your loved ones a treat (or two).

There is plenty of eateries to choose from by the water. On the go? Grab a coffee and sandwich at Caffe Corretto. If you want to make a meal of it, sit down and enjoy the views from Greek on the Docks while tucking into authentic Greek cuisine. You will also find a large variety of chain restaurants within the Gloucester Quay’s Outlet.

Sit back and watch the latest blockbusters at Cineworld Gloucester, stay aboard a lightship or enjoy sunrise yoga on a paddleboard.