1 Canons Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Tel: +44 (0)117 927 6444

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Watershed Bristol Harbourside


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.

Opening times

Box Office
Monday: Closed
Tuesday & Wednesday: 12pm - 6pm
Thursday to Sunday: 12pm to 15 mins after the last film screening starts (approx. 7.30pm)

Cafe & Bar
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Cinema Screening
Films showing: Thursday to Sunday from 3pm


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


Student discounts are available, and £5 anytime tickets are also available for under 25s.

Relaxed Screenings

Relaxed screenings are designed to benefit customers with additional needs (such as people living with dementia, autism, or other neuro-diverse people and their personal assistants, friends and family) or anyone who wants to enjoy a film in a more relaxed, spacious environment. Everyone is welcome. Please make sure you are attending the specific showing.

Audio Description and Descriptive Subtitling

Audio Description is a service for partially sighted or blind people. The AD headphones are available to collect from Box Office when you pick up your tickets prior to the film screening. Descriptive Subtitling is a service for our Deaf/deaf and hearing-impaired customers that displays additional auditory information on the screen. Not all titles are available with Descriptive Subtitling, please make sure you are attending the specific showing.

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Special Offers

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

    The offer: Every Wednesday (from 12.00pm - 8.00pm) cinema ticket holders can get 30% off any of the main dishes from the Café & Bar menu – which range from Watershed's classic fish and chips to oyster mushroom katsu curry, beef and veggie burgers, and much more.

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

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  • Accessible companion seats without additional charge

    The offer: Free tickets are available for Personal Assistants accompanying customers who are Deaf / Disabled.

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

    Offers for carers - redeem this special offer immediately

    Offer link: Offers for carers

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* Check website for opening times

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


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Further Information


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


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Children & Infants

  • Accept Children Over 3

Establishment Features

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

Key Features

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

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Specialist Features

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



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • ryanjC5720GP
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Cosy, spacious venue, with a beautiful cinema attached
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 21st January 2023
      I just read a comment saying someone seen men in an area of the Watershed and found frightening. Frightening in particular i find other humans too at times, and i do things to not find that. I... Read full review
    • Sue H
      I just wanted a drink at the end of two long conference days!
      2 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 6th June 2023
      Lovely venue for a conference but what a poor show of customer service at the bar. It felt very amateurish in spite of the manager being part of the conversation. I think the misunderstanding would... Read full review
    • NailseaPeople
      Nailsea, United Kingdom
      Awash with fish stew and martinis
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 10th October 2023
      A film, fish stew and a couple of martinis - bliss Bristol fashion. We watched Ken Loach's latest/last film The Old Oak which is gritty with a positive ending but not really a feel-good movie like... Read full review

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