Birthday celebrations for Bristols SS Great Britain

Bristols SS Great Britain

The 19th July marks an important date for Bristol. Not only is it the birthday of the cities most popular attraction the SS Great Britain but it is also the date that the ship returned to the city in 1970. The ship made the 8000-mile journey from the Falkland Islands where she was left to rot.

ss great britain

Image credit : SS Great Britain

The iconic ship built by Isambard Brunel in 1843 has had an interesting past as a luxury liner, a cargo ship and a floating warehouse. Imagine what it would have been like in Bristol to launch the biggest ship in the world at that time.

launch off ss great britain

Image credit : SS Great Britain

She isn’t looking bad for a 174-year-old, having undergone an extensive restoration to get her back to how she originally was all those years ago. It is easy to see why it has been voted No1 attraction in Bristol.

Last night I visited the SS Great Britain to celebrate her birthday we had popcorn, pies, candy floss, gin and wine it was a lovely night.

brunels great britain

They had people dressed up in the traditional clothes and I even got a cheeky selfie with Mr Brunel.

isambard kingdom brunel ships

We also got to see the new Victorian Circus show which will be on from 22nd July to 3rd September. If you are looking for something to do this summer, I would highly recommend this Bristol museum located on Bristol Harbourside. The show is “Inspired by the iconic ship’s fascinating voyages, families can enjoy a brand-new show, three times a day on the dockside. Based on the ‘Crossing the Line’ initiation ceremonies performed by sailors to mark the first time one of their own crossed the equator, the spectacle will feature impressive juggling, hula hoop and acrobatics.” (source : SS Great Britain). You can also learn a few circus tricks of your own, I stayed away from the juggling balls though incase I knocked someone out, I am not very good!!

I love visiting Brunels SS Great Britain I always find something different to do or see when I am there. This time I was with fellow blogger Liska from New Mums Online and her 2 children so I got to experience it from a child perspective as me and the kids went to explore the exhibitions and also enjoyed dressing up. Plus I got to eat their candlyfloss as they didn’t like it.

looking at the exhibitions at ss great britain

You can read more about the SS Great Britain in my article below. I can not wait to see what the SS Great Britain is going to do next as it is always something so interesting.

SS Great Britain – No.1 visitors attraction in Bristol UK

The SS Great Britain arrange many family friendly events over the year and this summer they have a whole heap of cool activities. For more information see their website, Facebook or Twitter.

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1 thought on “Birthday celebrations for Bristols SS Great Britain”

  1. Ah thanks for the mention lovely lady. Was lovely spending time with you as always especially as it’s been too long. Hey you forgot the Pimms. I enjoyed me two good glasses of that yum yum. Thanks for polishing off the kids Candy Floss. Aaron’s always wanted to try it but then was like hhhhmmm. We adores everything else though they had 2 cornettos each. What a lovely evening I’m so glad Ella reminded me about it. Thanks again for helping with Lottie. Love the history you’ve covered in this post. xxxx

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