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Watershed is a cross-artform venue set on Bristol’s harbourside, offering a lively programme of independent film and events, plus occasional live music and Festivals. Watershed produces work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, and visual art, encouraging culture and diversity to flourish in Bristol. Watershed’s friendly, buzzy cafe/bar is warm and inviting, with local organic food, plus free wi-fi for customers.

Watershed is more than just an arts cinema. It is at once a cultural centre, a social networker, a café/bar, and a cultural tourist attraction.

The box office opens at 9am on Monday to Friday, and at 10am on the weekends. Note that the box office closes 15 minutes after the start of the final film and there is no fee for advance or credit card bookings.

Groups are very welcome at Watershed. Enjoy the spacious Café/Bar which can reserved for parties of 10 up to 60.


Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From M4/M5 (N) follow the M32 to the end, then bear right and follow the signs for the city centre; then follow signs for the A4 to Anchor Road (or Avonmouth). From M5(S) exit at junction 18 and follow the A4 to the city centre. The Watershed is near At-Bristol, on Anchor Road with car parking in Canons Way, in Millennium Square underground car park.

Public Transport Directions

By Bus: any First City Line bus to the city centre or First Badgerline service to Anchor Road. Phone 0845 602 0156 for details of services and special combined discounts.By Ferry: Bristol Ferry Boat Company operate between Harbourside attractions By Train: 15 minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads

Special Offers

  • Cinebites – 30% off main meals for customers with cinema tickets

    The offer:Tuesday nights are Cinébites nights - where you can grab an early week cinema meal deal! Every Tuesday (all day) any valid cinema ticket holder will be entitled to 30% off any of our main dishes from Watershed’s menu - which range from Watershed Classics such as Fish and Chips and Homemade Burgers, to delicious pasta, risotto or homemade pie of the day and much more. All you have to do to receive the discount is mention Cinébites to the member of staff when you order your food and drink - and make sure you have your valid cinema ticket to hand.

    How to book: For further details, terms and conditions and to book visit the Watershed website.

    Offer link: Things to do


  • Certificate of Excellence 2017

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Recent Reviews:

  • Peter B
    Somerset, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Lunch for 4!
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 8th February 2018
    Once again we thoroughly enjoyed the daily specials, the gorgeous real ales, the harbour views and the friendly atmosphere. On top of that they do not charge like wounded bull! Read full review
  • Geoff A
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    I want this cinema to do well
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 24th January 2018
    I love this cinema. Since I moved house I still make the effort to go along occasionally. And the reasons... it's independent (there's something quite nice about that in itself) but it also means... Read full review
  • E1ean0r
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Far better than the average cinema
    4 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 11th July 2017
    A really good independent cinema. I've seen some great films here. The atmosphere is cosey & intimate, with small audiences and very comfortable seats. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. You can... Read full review
1 Canons Road

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6444

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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Watershed Cafe Bar, Harbourside

Tuesday, 25th September 2018 - Sunday, 30th September 2018

Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
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Thursday, 26th July 2018 - Sunday, 29th July 2018

Cinema Rediscovered at Watershed
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Tuesday, 27th February 2018 - Tuesday, 27th February 2018

Home Building: Ivan Harbour at Watershed
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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Aardman Animation Workshop: Build Your Own Morph at Watershed
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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Aardman Animation Workshop 2: Build Your Own Shaun the Sheep at Watershed
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Saturday, 24th February 2018 - Saturday, 24th February 2018

Aardman Animation Workshop 3: Build Your Own Gromit at Watershed
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