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Bristol 650 is a year-long celebration of all things Bristol: who we are, where we come from, what we’ve done – and where we’re going. It’s a chance to tell untold histories, mark city anniversaries and welcome new arrivals.

Bringing together the joint forces of Visit West, Bristol Ideas, Bristol One City and Bristol BIDs, Bristol 650 is the most ambitious multi-partner heritage project in Bristol for over a decade. It is a project of the city, by the city. 

Bristol 650 marks the anniversary of Bristol being granted its independence from other county authorities by King Edward III in 1373. This act made Bristol a county in its own right. 

Throughout the year, there will be a wide variety of events and activities to celebrate Bristol and its people. These will be brought together on to help Bristolians and visitors to the city plan their calendars and make the most out of this memorial year. is now live and welcoming event submissions by partners, festivals, companies and venues, with more events being added every week. Subscribe to our newsletter now for regular updates of highlighted events and stories to look out for. 

Across our events and digital content, you’ll see two main themes of the year emerge:

We Are Bristol
We are a city of individuals, each with our own talents, skills, stories and opinions. We come together as a collective to make the city of Bristol – a city that is rebellious in spirit, collaborative, diverse and welcoming.

Where do we come from?
What is my story? Where do I and my family come from? What are the stories of and from my community? How does the history of my house and street fit into the wider city story? How has the city grown and evolved throughout history? 

Members of the public are invited to submit their memories of Bristol 600. Whether it’s old family photos, stories or mementos of the occasion, the Bristol 650 team is welcoming submissions from anyone whose family, friends or businesses might have been involved in the 600th anniversary celebrations – and Queen Elizabeth II’s visit – back in 1973. We would encourage press outlets to get people involved with our efforts to collate these memories. Submissions can be sent to

This project has been made possible by the generous support of National Lottery Players.

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Bristol 650 core partners

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