Tall Ships & Big Wheels

Big Wheel at Gloucester DocksEvery other year the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival takes place at Gloucester Docks. This is always a brilliant occasion, with tall ships sailing in from around the country and related events taking place throughout the city. It brings back memories of days not so long past when, as the most inland port in the country, Gloucester Docks bustled with ships coming and going carrying cargo of wood, salt and grain. The Festival brings in huge numbers of tourists and is a great boon for the city.

The first Tall Ships Festival took place in October 2007, so those of you good at maths may deduce that 2013 is a Tall Ships Festival year – it is taking place from 24-27 May.

The pictures here are from the 2009 festival: and there are no tall ships in sight. In that year it was decided to bring in a big wheel for the occasion – a miniature version of the London Eye. I think it was a great idea, it added a certain fairground atmosphere to the event as well as providing wonderful panoramic views across the docks. Unfortunately, the residents of the adjacent apartments were less enthusiastic, and sadly the wheel has not returned since.

Big Wheel & Cathedral


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2 Responses to Tall Ships & Big Wheels

  1. janh1 says:

    So, ahem, in 2009, it was more of a Big Wheel Festival than a Tall Ships Festival?

    I hope the organisers try really hard to get some decent tall ships in the docks this time. 🙂 2007 was the best so far,with musket fire from a boat in the middle of the docks. No-one injured but lots of babies cried! 🙂

    • Darrel Kirby says:

      Sadly I missed the 2007 festival but went to both the 2009 and 2011 festivals and both had plenty of boats and musket fire – more photos to follow between now and May.

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