Visitors to this weekend’s Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival are being urged to plan ahead when it comes to their travel arrangements.

It is estimated there could be up to 200,000 people heading to the Gloucester Docks as the award-winning event takes place between Saturday May 25 and Monday May 27.

As well as six tall ships, there will also be a 1,000ft-zip wire across the Docks, superhero-style Jet Suit displays, pirate shows, kids zone, live music, wakeboarding and much more to entertain all the family.

An extra park and ride and increased disabled parking spaces have been added to help people coming in and out of the city.

Chief executive of festival organisers, Marketing Gloucester, Jason Smith, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the many thousands of visitors coming to the Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival this weekend.

“It is expected to be very busy in the city centre car parks, so we are would advise people to plan ahead and use public transport and the park and rides where they can.”

The festival is on 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday and 10am to 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday. Tickets are £10 with children under-12 getting in free with accompanying ticket holders. To get your advance tickets visit or you can purchase on the day.

Park and Ride:

There is a park and ride running from EDF Energy overspill car park, in Barnett Way in Barnwood (GL4 3ED) run by John Dix Travel. Tickets are £4 per person and £2 for pensioners with a bus pass. They are sold on a return only basis. Children under-12 go free.

The buses leave EDF at 9:45, 10:15, 10:30, 11:00, 11:15, 11:45, 12:00, 12:30, 12:45, 1:15, 2:15, 2:45 and 3:00.

They leave the Docks at 3:30, 3:45, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00, 5:15, 5:45 and 6:00.

Please note there is no disabled access on the bus.

Waterwells Park and Ride (GL2 2AB) is located to the south of Gloucester city centre just off the A38 in Quedgeley. For timetables visit Gloucestershire County Council’s website

City Centre Car Parking:

Please follow event car park signs or use one of Gloucester’s many city centre car parks which will be within walking distance of Historic Gloucester Docks.

You can find out more information about car parking in Gloucester from Gloucester City Council’s Car Parking page.

  Disabled Parking:

There are a number of car parks with designated disabled parking bays and there will be extra spaces around Brunswick Square (GL1 1UG). There will be signage pointing to the spaces during the festival. For more information go to the accessibility section on

By rail or bus:

Visitors coming by bus or by rail are advised to check the latest timetables at or