Is there a cool or easy way, in Bitbucket, to lock down MASTER branch periodically (say, every Friday)?
This will be an (admittedly brute-force) approach to prevent deploys on Friday which my organisation doesn't want to do.
Or, do I need to get more into the full-fat CI tools to achieve this kind of thing?
Are you on Bitbucket Cloud or Bitbucket Server?
If you're on Bitbucket Server, take a look at this answer, which shows how to PUT/DELETE json against the branch-permissions API end-point.
You could use cron to apply/remove a "master-is-read-only" branch-permission periodically.
If you're using Bitbucket Cloud, you can use https://developer.atlassian.com/bitbucket/api/2/reference/resource/repositories/%7Busername%7D/%7Brepo_slug%7D/branch-restrictions#post to set up or remove branch restrictions using the API. You may also be interested in the GUI version, https://confluence.atlassian.com/bitbucket/branch-permissions-385912271.html
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