Monday 30 May 2016

The Severn Bore

Saturday 17 September to Friday 16 December 2016

Editor's Choice Free

Find out where and when to see The Severn Bore in 2016, and don’t miss out on the natural wonder and sporting spectacular which draws thousands of visitors to Gloucestershire every year.

If you’ve ever passed by the River Severn in Gloucestershire and wondered why crowds of people were gathered along its banks, or perhaps more to the point why dozens of daredevils were bobbing about in the cold water clinging to surfboards or canoes, it’s more than likely that the world-famous Severn Bore was in town.

What is The Severn Bore?

Taking place on numerous occasions every year, The Severn Bore is an impressive tidal wave of water which works its way up the Severn Estuary over a distance of around 25 miles between Awre and Gloucester – attracting hosts of spectators, and scores of extreme sports enthusiasts, along the way.

The Severn Bore is caused by the tide from the Atlantic Ocean entering the Bristol Channel and forcing its way into the Severn Estuary, filtering into a narrow channel and causing the water to rise by anything up to 15 metres. The water reaches speeds of up to 20kmph as it nears Minsterworth and, as the width of the River Severn narrows, becomes held up causing the natural bore phenomenon.

The Severn Bore in particular is revered because the River Severn has the second largest tidal range – the vertical distance between the high and low tides – in the world, making for a bore which can be anything up to two metres in height, and is one of only three surfable tidal waves in the world. Subsequently the powerful bores often see surfers take to the water in a brave feat, hoping to catch the wave at the right time and smash the surfing record which began in 1955.

When will The Severn Bore take place in 2016?

Large bores with a tidal range of 4.9 to 5 metres are denoted by three stars; very large bores with a tidal range of 5.1 to 5.3 metres are denoted by four stars; while the rarest five-star bores have a tidal range above 5.4 metres.

SoGlos only lists Severn Bores rated three stars and above, drawing upon’s predictions for when The Severn Bore will take place in 2016. Please note, times are approximate and can vary by as much as 30 minutes either way, and wearing waterproofs is also highly recommended.

Thursday 11 February 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.49am, Stonebench 10.04am & Over Bridge 10.24am ***

Wednesday 9 March 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.30pm, Stonebench 8.45pm & Over Bridge 9.05pm ***

Thursday 10 March 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.50am, Stonebench 9.05am & Over Bridge 9.25am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.12pm, Stonebench 9.27pm & Over Bridge 9.47pm ***

Friday 11 March 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.31am, Stonebench 9.46 & Over Bridge 10.06am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.52pm, Stonebench 10.07 & Over Bridge 22.27pm ***

Saturday 12 March 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.11am, Stonebench 10.26 & Over Bridge 10.46am ****

Thursday 7 April 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.45am, Stonebench 9am & Over Bridge 9.20am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.09pm, Stonebench 9.24pm & Over Bridge 9.44pm ***

Friday 8 April 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.29am, Stonebench 9.44am & Over Bridge 10.04am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.51pm, Stonebench 9.44pm & Over Bridge 10.26pm ****

Saturday 9 April 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.12am, Stonebench 10.27am & Over Bridge 10.47am ****
Minsterworth Church 10.31pm, Stonebench 10.46pm & Over Bridge 11.06pm ****

Sunday 11 April 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.52am, Stonebench 11.07am & Over Bridge 11.27am ****
Minsterworth Church 11.11pm, Stonebench 11.26pm & Over Bridge 11.46pm ***

Friday 6 May 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.46pm, Stonebench 9.01pm & Over Bridge 9.21pm ***

Saturday 7 May 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.08am, Stonebench 9.23am & Over Bridge 9.43am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.29pm, Stonebench 9.44pm & Over Bridge 10.04pm ****

Sunday 8 May 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.53am, Stonebench 10.08am & Over Bridge 10.28am ***
Minsterworth Church 10.11pm, Stonebench 10.26pm & Over Bridge 10.46pm ***

Monday 9 May 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.35am, Stonebench 10.50am & Over Bridge 11.10am ***

Saturday 17 September 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.28pm, Stonebench 9.43pm & Over Bridge 10.03pm ***

Sunday 18 September 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.08pm, Stonebench 10.23pm & Over Bridge 10.43pm ***

Monday 19 September 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.29am, Stonebench 10.44am & Over Bridge 11.04am ****
Minsterworth Church 10.49pm, Stonebench 11.04pm & Over Bridge 11.24pm ***

Sunday 16 October 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.06pm, Stonebench 9.21pm & Over Bridge 9.41pm ****

Monday 17 October 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.27am, Stonebench 9.42am & Over Bridge 10.02am ***
Minsterworth Church 9.48pm, Stonebench 10.03pm & Over Bridge 10.23pm ****

Tuesday 18 October 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.08am, Stonebench 10.23am & Over Bridge 10.43am ****
Minsterworth Church 10.29pm, Stonebench 10.44pm & Over Bridge 11.04pm ****

Wednesday 19 October 2016
Minsterworth Church 10.49am, Stonebench 11.04am & Over Bridge 11.24am ***

Monday 14 November 2016
Minsterworth Church 7.44pm, Stonebench 7.59pm & Over Bridge 8.19pm ***

Tuesday 15 November 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.06am, Stonebench 8.21am & Over Bridge 8.41am ***
Minsterworth Church 8.29pm, Stonebench 8.44pm & Over Bridge 9.04pm ****

Wednesday 16 November 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.49am, Stonebench 9.04am & Over Bridge 9.24am ****
Minsterworth Church 9.13pm, Stonebench 9.28pm & Over Bridge 9.48pm ***

Thursday 17 November 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.31am, Stonebench 9.46am & Over Bridge 10.06am ***

Wednesday 14 December 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.14pm, Stonebench 8.29pm & Over Bridge 8.49pm ***

Thursday 15 December 2016
Minsterworth Church 8.39am, Stonebench 8.48am & Over Bridge 9.08am ***
Minsterworth Church 8.59pm, Stonebench 9.14pm & Over Bridge 9.34pm ***

Friday 16 December 2016
Minsterworth Church 9.17am, Stonebench 9.32am & Over Bridge 9.52am ***

Where can I see The Severn Bore in Gloucestershire?

You can catch a glimpse of The Severn Bore at numerous locations along the River Severn, but the best vantage points are located at Minsterworth, Stonebench and Over Bridge.

While large bores of four and five stars attract huge crowds, and nabbing a good spot from which to watch the action can be tricky, the predictions for 2016 suggests we’ll be in for a number of medium-sized bores too this year – when the river banks shouldn’t be too crowded.

If you’re feeling brave and fancy joining the daredevils and trying to ride The Severn Bore for yourself, just remember that the water is extremely cold and moves very quickly – so having a 25-metre school swimming badge sewn onto your trunks isn’t going to prepare you.

Severn Bore video

The Severn Bore 2016
Minsterworth, Stonebench and Over Bridge, Gloucester
Thursday 11 February 2016; Wednesday 9 to Saturday 12 March 2016; Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 April 2016; Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May 2016; Saturday 17 to Monday 19 September 2016; Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 October 2016; Monday 14 to Thursday 17 November 2016; Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 December 2016
Vary, see above for more information. Please note that Severn Bore predictions are sourced from
Free of charge
The Environment Agency's customer telephone number is 08708 506 506, however, they may be unable to assist with bore times.

© SoGlos
Tuesday 05 January 2016

Your comments...

More events you might like...

Tetbury Woolsack Races is one of Gloucestershire’s wackiest annual events.

Tetbury Woolsack Races

Monday 30 May 2016

Prepare for Tetbury Woolsack Races 2016, as scores of fearless competitors and thousands of spectators descend on the...

The world will be hoping to see the crazy annual event take place again in 2015.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling

Monday 30 May 2016

The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to make another unofficial comeback in 2016, with spectators flocking from...

Robert Dover's Cotswold Olimpick Games

Friday 3 June 2016

Robert Dover’s Cotswold Olimpick Games 2016 will be providing Gloucestershire residents and visitors with a unique sporting...

Women Go Gliding Weekend at Cotswold Gliding Club

Saturday 4 to Sunday 5 June 2016

Aviation enthusiasts can take to the skies at Women Go Gliding Weekend in Stroud, with local ladies able to take part in...

Put your aim to the test at Eastgate Shopping Centre, at its Euro Pong Father’s Day Challenge.

Euro Pong Father's Day Challenge in Gloucester

Saturday 4 June 2016

Enjoy some healthy competition at the Eastgate Shopping Centre this Father’s Day, when the city’s first ever...

Unmissable highlights