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The Watershed

The Watershed

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The Watershed

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  • Unique media and film centre wedding venue
  • Located in the heart of Bristol
  • Licensed to host ceremonies
  • Able to host receptions for up to 80 guests
  • Evening celebrations can go on until 2am
  • Choice of 3 modern function rooms for your celebration
  • Function rooms can combine for larger events
  • Screen use for film-showing or drinks reception

Be one of the first couples to exchange vows at the nationally-renowned and historic Watershed. At the heart of Bristol on the vibrant Waterfront, the Grade II-listed media centre and cinema has recently opened its doors to prospective brides and grooms. Enjoy a drinks reception or a mini-film screening in The Watershed’s cinemas.

The building is also fully licensed to host civil ceremonies and is able to hold receptions until 2am in the morning! Additionally, The Watershed can offer a number of function rooms which can be combined together (the walls removed) for maximum flexibility.


The revolutionary, invariably cutting-edge Watershed opened its doors to a curious public as far back as 1986, and was then known as Britain’s First Media Centre. However, the building’s history goes back considerably further than this. Constructed in 1894, its original function was that of a warehouse – acting as temporary storage space for imported and exported goods in transit through the affluent port of Bristol.

Known rather unromantically in the later 20th century as "Transit Shed E", the British Film Institute, JT Group and Bristol City Council together transformed the warehouse into The Watershed as part of the redevelopment of the (then) dilapidated Waterfront.

After undergoing an extensive programme of refurbishment in 2005, The Watershed finally hosted its first wedding in August 2013, and has been going strong ever since.


The Watershed is able to host all sorts of weddings of different shapes and sizes. Besides the building’s three cinemas, it has a variety of function rooms available.

Known as the Waterside rooms, they are split up into  Waterside 1, 2 and 3. Some of these can be combined together, as the walls separating them can be removed, giving prospective couples ultimate flexibility in the arrangements for their wedding.

Modern, spacious rooms offer a fantastic blank canvas on which to paint your event.

Waterside 1

Although relatively small, this room is ideal for private reception drinks and canapés.

Waterside 2

This larger space is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies with around 40 guests.

Waterside 3

This is the largest of the events spaces, and is the most commonly used for wedding celebrations, able to seat up to 100 guests for the formal meal and reception party.

Cinema Screens

Present your own private screening or photo slideshow in one of the Watershed’s three cinemas - and you could even conduct your wedding ceremony in one of them!


Cinema 1 - Maximum 200 

Cinema 2 - Maximum 48

Cinema 3 - Maximum 100


The wonderful cuisine provided for wedding celebrations at the venue will be lovingly created by The Watershed’s in-house catering team, led by executive chef Oliver Pratt.

You can look forward to some amazing culinary delights for your formal meal, as well as mouthwatering canapés, rather extravagant hot and cold buffets and much more!

Get in touch with the events team at The Watershed by just clicking the ‘Email this business’ button above, or by revealing the telephone number and giving them a call.

1 Canon’s Road


  • Happy Couple

    The venue, set up and wedding ceremony in the Watershed was all we could have dreamed of, and all our guests commented on what a great but unusual venue for the wedding, which made it memorable for all.

    I would highly recommend the Watershed, it is a really interesting and quirky venue with real character and the views onto the waterfront are perfect for your pictures and memories.

  • Clare M - 07/2016

    The Watershed worked with us to make our wedding a really, special and individual experience. We really appreciated the flexibility around dietary requirements and including children and didn't feel as if we were being sold a "package". The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and we could not have had a better day!

  • Helen and Tessa - 04/2016

    We just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping us to organise our wedding, and the way you ran it on the day. All the little touches were so well thought out and perfect for us, we were really touched by the effort of the curtains, slide show and music. The day ran beautifully and many people told us it was one of the best wedding receptions they had ever been to. The food went down extremely well too! Everyone who worked on the day was extremely helpful, attentive and unobtrusive, thank you so so very much. We were always very excited at the prospect of using the Watershed but it really did exceed our expectations - spectacularly.

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