Come to the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade next Saturday !
This year there will be lanterns specially designed to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Bristol Bordeaux twinning, and the city’s link with Oporto in Portugal.
As part of the pre-Parade entertainment, you will discover Cecile, French-born singer and songwriter living in Bristol.
She will sing on the North St/Raleigh Rd junction from 16.00.
See you next Saturday !!

To discover Cecile on youtube :


Rowing event 9-10 SEPT. 17 : Message from Bastien Ripoll, Bordeaux rower and Olympic medallist

Un équipage de 8 rameurs seniors s’est rendu à Bristol, où ils ont été formidablement bien accueillis. Ils ont pu découvrir la ville, s’entraîner en plein cœur de la cité le samedi et affronter un équipage local le dimanche matin, sous la forme de courses sprint. Mais ce fut avant tout une occasion de tisser des liens d’amitié avec le City of Bristol Rowing Club, dans le but d’organiser d’autres rencontres dans le futur, peut-être avec des rameurs plus jeunes.”


A team of eight senior rowers made its way to Bristol where they were all warmly welcomed. They were given the opportunity to look around Bristol, train right in the heart of the city on the Saturday and go up against a local team on the Sunday morning for sprint style races. This was above all a way of creating a bond of friendship with the City of Bristol Rowing Club with a view to organising other events in the future, possibly even with younger rowers.”







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“The challenge of growing the economy, whilst ensuring that all our citizens are included in a prosperous future, is one we face today. This could be a further challenge with Brexit on the horizon. One of the ways we can contribute to the development of our city in a post-Brexit world is to work with other forward-looking cities in Europe with similar high tech and creative industries. Our long-term relationships with our twin cities of Hanover and Bordeaux offer us the opportunity to build on a great platform of friendship and understanding, to develop deeper collaboration and trade growth.
e can also learn from each other and improve the quality of life, social economy and cultural experience in our cities.


Attend the Three Cities Conference to discuss developing our cities through ‘Inclusive Growth’ on the 19th October at The Bristol Hotel.

Please visit our website at and follow instructions to reserve your place on the Bookings page“.


Alastair Watson
Chair of Organising Committee
Three Cities Summit 2017
Bristol – Hannover – Bordeaux


Bordeaux Rowing Exchange 9-10 Sept. 2017

City of Bristol Rowing Club have had a great visit from Club d’Aviron de Bordeaux (Emulation Nautique de Bordeaux) rowers this weekend – part of our celebration of the 70th anniversary of the twinning of our cities. It was such a pleasure to host this group of lovely, polite, friendly sportsmen. They were a credit to their Club!

We all hope this inaugural visit will lead to further exchanges between the clubs in both directions.

The Bordeaux crew had a good, training row on Saturday in perfect conditions. They went down the docks, through the city of Bristol and along the Feeder, coxed by CoBRC cox, Paddy (aged 82).  They had three sprint races on Sunday, against a good CoB crew.

Bordeaux took a little time to warm up (especially after a good party on Saturday night at Underfall Yard) and lost the first two. However, they came to life in the final race and took the honours in that one. So, 2-1 to City of Bristol RC this year.
Of course, the weekend was not about rivalry (well, perhaps a bit!) but about friendship and building relationships. Plenty of that went on, and every effort will be made by both clubs to keep the exchange going in future years.


Lovely to have the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Lady Mayoress and Honorary Consul for France (Bristol & Bath) down at the Harbourside to watch the racing and meet the crews. The Lord Mayor also presented the certificates and tee shirts to City of Bristol juniors who have passed their initial ‘start to row’ programme.


Thanks to all who have helped out !


Many thanks to City of Bristol Rowing Club, Alastair and Sarah Watson,
Club d’Aviron de Bordeaux and Association Bordeaux Bristol



As part of the ongoing 70th anniversary celebrations of the Bristol-Bordeaux twinning, a Rowing Regatta will take place in Bristol docks this weekend, 9th/10th September, with teams from both Bristol and Bordeaux taking part.
Come to meet the rowers and watch the races on Sunday !
The Bordeaux crew will be down at City of Bristol Rowing Club from 8.30am and will be rowing between 9am and 10.30am.
The rowing club is based down by the SS Great Britain at The Boathouse, Albion Dockside Estate, Hanover Place, Bristol, BS1 6TR.


Photo ‘City of Bristol Rowing Club’


Below : Bastien Ripoll and Alastair Watson at Bordeaux Rowing Club Regatta.
Bastien Ripoll, Oxford Blue and French Olympic rower, is chief organiser of the trip to Bristol.
Alastair Watson, Honorary Alderman of the City of Bristol – Chair, Bristol/Hannover/Bordeaux 70th Committee


Bordeaux artist at Upfest 2017 !

Top street artist Lady JDay from Bordeaux was invited by the Bristol Bordeaux Partnership to take part in this year’s UPFest. Alongside over 330 artists from Bristol, the UK and the world, her signature piece proved very popular with the tens of thousands of visitors who attended. Lady JDay likes to paint images of strong and independent women and she is currently in residence in New York. She outlined her influences and her heroines at an informal “meet the artist” talk hosted by the BBP in the Tobacco Factory. Lady JDay also took time out to paint an image for the Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade which will have a Bordeaux theme this year.

Many thanks to Quartet and the Tobacco Factory for their support as well as to UPFest and Suzanne for the photos and especially Vivien and Rob from the BBP.


Bordeaux inspired activities for kids

The Bristol Bordeaux Partnership in collaboration with Colourful Minds, organised free arts and crafts activities for children at UPFest. Children made shadow puppets based on the Bordeaux coat of arms and also made their own Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award which was presented to Madame Arlette Izac for her lifetime’s support to the Bordeaux Bristol twinning. Over 300 children took part over the two days and the results were amazing.


70th anniversary of twinning launched at M Shed

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Bristol’s twinning links to with the cities of Bordeaux and Hannover. The year-long celebration was launched on Friday 20 January with a special reception at M Shed. The event featured lively presentations by a range of people with longstanding relationships and involvement with both Bordeaux and Hannover, as well as songs, poetry and theatre by pupils Bristol primary and secondary schools.

Visit the 70th anniversary website to find out about the exciting programme of events planned for 2017 including a free party at Bristol Zoo in the summer, a cycle ride to Bordeaux, a city business summit and many other sporting and cultural events.

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Mayor unveils Twinning display cabinet

On Thursday the 21st July 2016 the Lord Mayor of Bristol unveiled a cabinet in the Central Library to commemorate the twinnings that Bristol has with cities across the world. The cabinet is set to remain in the library next to the Twin Cities Reference Section and will be changed every three months. It contains objects that were gifted by our twinned towns to represent the culture of their city, such as a sculpture from Hannover.Cabinet unveiling

Many people who have played key roles within these partnerships were  present, and it was great to hear from them about how these links between cities have benefited Bristol.

Text and photos courtesy Emily Brown (BITA work experience student)


Bordeaux students visit Bristol

Twenty students from Bristol’s twin city of Bordeaux in the south west of France were in the city in January on a study visit. Tutors from the Jean Condorcet FE College in Bordeaux worked with the Bristol Bordeaux Partnership and local businesses to arrange a packed programme of visits and meetings. The students started with a 30 minute Q+A with Mayor Ferguson on arrival and also spent time with the outgoing European Green Capital chair exploring how businesses and companies were involved in the project. The students loved their trip to Bristol and ended it by taking the Banksy tour.