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GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

WHERE IS TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL?

The Festival takes place in Gloucester Docks.

 

To find it, either search Gloucester Docks or postcode GL1 2DB on your preferred map app.

 

The What3Words location is ///pops.voices.down 

Please note that parking near the docks will be extremely busy. We would recommend taking one of the sustainable travel options below for the best experience.

TRAVEL OPTIONS

There's lots of ways to get to Tall Ships Festival. We've gathered here some advice on the best (and greenest) ways to get to us. It's worth noting that Tall Ships Festival is a very popular event, and parking can be difficult, so we would recommend you spend some time planning your journey in advance so you can get to us in a comfortable way. Make sure to leave extra time for your journey as the centre of Gloucester will be extremely busy. We would recommend public transport or active travel options over taking the car, if possible, as that way you won't need to think about parking.

BY RAIL

We've partnered with GWR for Tall Ships Festival, and we agree with them that there is no better way to sail into Gloucester than by rail. Trains from Wales, London and around the region arrive at and depart from Gloucester's Station regularly, including a Bristol service every 30 minutes. Check out GWR's dedicate Tall Ships Festival page for more info on booking your train tickets.

 

From Gloucester Station you can either enjoy a sunny stroll through Gloucester's historic city centre or jump on a dedicated Stagecoach shuttle bus to take you to the festival site. Check out Stagecoach's Shuttle Bus Schedule here.

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FESTIVAL SHUTTLE BUS

Stagecoach is running a dedicated shuttle bus every twenty-minutes, covering Gloucester Transport Hub, the dedicated Tall Ships Park and Ride located at Gloucester Business Park and the festival site. This will be available to bus and train passengers travelling to the festival and visitors using the Gloucester Business Park (EDF) Park and Ride site.

 

The bus will drop passengers on Southgate Street close to the G3 entrance gate (see our digital map here). The pick-up/drop off location for train and bus passengers will be Gloucester Transport Hub. Download the timetable here.

 

Stagecoach are charging for the shuttle:

Single tickets are £2

Group tickets (up to four people) are £9 (£8.50 via the Stagecoach Bus app).

ON FOOT

If you're from Gloucester or have arrived into the Railway Station or Transport Hub, taking a leisurely walk to Gloucester Docks for the Festival is the best way to get there. As you pass through the historic centre, you'll notice the city adorned with Tall Ships flags that will guide you down Southgate Street to our entrance gates. See our Festival Map here to find out which gate to enter in (if you need tickets, Box Offices are on G2 and G3).

BY BUS

The bus fare cap grant has been extended - which means that you can travel on all local services for £2 one way! An affordable, sustainable travel option to arrive into Gloucester that we highly recommend!

Travelling into Gloucester from surrounding areas to the city's new Transport Hub is quick and easy. Check out Stagecoach's website for timetables and to plan your journey.

Once you've arrived at the Transport Hub or Railway Station, you can either take a stroll through the city centre or hop on one of Stagecoach's dedicated shuttle buses.

WATERWELLS PARK & RIDE

A Park and Ride service operates from Waterwells in Quedgeley, very convenient from M5 junction 12 and the South. More information here.

This is an existing park and ride service (no.8) operated by Stagecoach which will be signposted from the A38 which is the exit road from junction 12 on M5. 

Passengers alight and join at Gloucester Quays' main entrance on St Ann Way. They then walk through Gloucester Quays to access the Festival on Llanthony Road. Find the timetable here.

GLOUCESTER BUSINESS PARK (EDF) PARK & RIDE

Convenient for travellers from the North, Cheltenham or junction 11a M5 and A417 and close to Brockworth. This is a dedicated temporary service for the Tall Ships Festival.

 

Look out for signage on the southbound carriageway of the M5 directing you to leave the motorway at junction 11a to arrive at EDF, Gambet Road, Gloucester Business Park.

Stagecoach's Tall Ships Festival shuttle bus will pickup and drop-off visitors every 20 minutes (see shuttle bus timetable).

E-SCOOTERS

Voi is the e-scooter hire service in the city, with parking zones around the centre. Download the Voi app onto your smartphone to unlock and ride a scooter. First time users can get 2 x 15 minute free journeys by entering the code ‘TallShipsF24’ in the Voi app. ​​

Riders are encouraged to review the map of Gloucester on the app before setting off on their journey to familiarise themselves with their routes. The nearest parking spots from Voi for Tall Ships Festival are: 

  • Commercial Rd near the North Warehouse 

  • Southgate St near Quality Furniture store 

  • Llanthony Rd near TGI Friday’s restaurant 

To use the service, people must be 18 years of age or older, have a full or provisional driving license and pass a safety test before their first ride.

BY CAR

With thousands of people expected, roads into Gloucester over the weekend will be extremely busy. We recommend, if you can, leaving the car at home and choosing a sustainable travel option to get to Tall Ships Festival.

 

However, if you need to drive for accessibility or other reasons, we would recommend you plan to travel early to beat the traffic. Please follow the AA signs on the arterial roads into Gloucester to guide your way to Gloucester Docks.​

PARKING

With thousands of people, parking near to the Docks site will be difficult and spaces limited. There are are number of nearby car parks, and early travel is advised to bag a space.

We would recommend the following car parks:

Castlemeads - large car park, with a short walk over a foot bridge into the Docks area.

Map location: Castle Meads Way, Gloucester GL1 2NH

What3Words: ///front.taps.builds

Castlemeads will stay open longer than usual to accommodate festival-goers.

 

Westgate - car park with several coach spaces, a short walk along the river to the Docks.

Map location: Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TU

What3Words: ///rank.transit.smiles

 

Southgate Moorings - Gloucester Docks' dedicated car park (this will be extremely busy).

Map location: Southgate St, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2DB

What3Words: ///tubes.robot.appear

Gloucester Quays - multi-storey car park at the excellent outlet centre (also extremely busy).

Map location: Baker St, Gloucester GL2 5RG

What3Words: ///pink.burns.bags

There are lots more car parks across the city, with a variety of facilities. You can find more of them here.

You can also find parking through parking apps on private land:

Parkopedia /  Justpark / YourParkingSpace

Please plan your travel carefully. If you can avoid bringing a car, we would advise you do that for the best experience at Tall Ships Festival. For accessible parking, check out our Access page here.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Find electrical charging points and spaces here:

ChargeMap / Zap-Map / ChargeFinder

ROAD CLOSURES

For the duration of the Tall Ships Festival, Llanthony Road will be closed as a safety measure from 8am – 8pm on 25, 26 and 27 May.   

Note that North Warehouse Car Park is unavailable as it is being used as crew parking.

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