Our popular Annual Treasure Hunt is coming up on Friday 28th December starting as usual at mid-day in the Alma. It’s a great way to fill the sometimes dead period between Christmas and New Year and there is stiff competition nowadays to win that cup! Entry is £3 for individuals and £8 for a family. Collect your clues from the Alma between midday and 1330, the cut-off for your answers is 1530.
Visit our Festival Merchandise Page for T-Shirts, Badges and anything else we have in stock!
For those of you staying in self contained caravans/camper vans we now have confirmation of our motorhome site for this year. Thanks to Tendring District Council, motorhomes and caravans may now stay overnight on Harwich Green for the three nights of the Festival.
Access is via Harbour Crescent (off B1352) only. There will be a Campsite Manager on site for most of the weekend, particularly during peak access times from mid-day Friday 5th until mid-day Saturday 6th to assist arrivals with parking. This year there is no need to book in advance, just turn up! Regretfully no tents and please note that there are no facilities on site, other than public toilets nearby (not 24 hours).
This is an attractive and spacious site, central for the town, but please park in the area nearest to the sea to cause least disturbance to local residents. More details including a map are on our venue page
Tickets are now only available from the Information Centre on the Ha’penny Pier or on the door of the venue
Shanty Trains are again running during the festival. Catch the 11am or midday departures from Manningtree (1028 & 1128 from Harwich Town). Tickets available from the ESSCRP website
We are deeply saddened to tell you that the lovely Dominic Dowsey-Magog died on Monday this week. A kind, gentle man and wonderful shanty singer he will be much missed by all who knew him.
Although listed as taking place on 21st April, this quiz will now take place on 8th May. Entry is £2.00 per person, with teams of up to 6. But don’t worry if you do not have a team. Just turn up and someone will find you one. Alma quizzes are always entertaining, wacky and original so don’t miss this one. They start at 8.00 p.m. prompt so get there 7.30 for a seat.
The Christmas Treasure Hunt has become a popular activity firmly established in the Harwich calendar of events and was extremely well attended this year. Due to poor weather, the Hunt was run over two days so that people who were not keen to venture out on the first, freezing, day had another chance. Despite this many people did brave the elements and we had a good turnout on both days. The clues were slightly tougher this year as too many people were previously tying for first place and with the stakes raised the results were more evenly spread.
We are very pleased to announce that the overall winners of the adult Treasure Hunt were Nick & Victoria May’s team and the overall winners of the Children’s Treasure Hunt were Lily & Evie May’s team, so well done to the talented May family!
A date for your diaries – the 2018 Festival will be held over the weekend of 5th-7th October, a week earlier than usual.
Well the 2017 Festival is over – and what a Festival it was!
Far and away the best ever with a superb line up, appreciative audiences, great venues and the sun chose to shine on us all weekend. Our thanks to all committee, supporters, venues, artists, sponsors and everyone else who contributed to this year’s success.
So, whilst the committee gets on with the job of tying up all the loose ends left after each Festival, we are also already planning for next year’s Festival and other events.
The Green Token scheme with Asda in Dovercourt started in July and runs until September. So please, all you Asda shoppers, pop a green token into the Shanty Festival slot and lets see if we can boost our funds!
The Green Token scheme in the local Co-Op has just finished and the Shanty Festival will be receiving £300 donation voted for by local shoppers. Thanks to everyone who popped a green token in our slot and thanks especially to Diane Bitmead, without whose hard work we would not be benefiting in this way.
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Committee members got together for a Badge making workshop on 20th May and turned out over 350 badges and keyrings.
Keyrings double up as bottle openers – an indispensable item for Shanty Festival attendees.
Badges retail at £1.00 each and Keyrings at £2.00.
The New Bell Pub in Harwich are hosting their first outdoor Beer Festival on Sunday 16th July, and are supporting the Shanty festival
Coming up on 29th July is our FUNdraising Barn Dance!
This will be great fun for all the family dancing to the Skulking Loafers. The Barn Dance is at the Park Pavilion, Dovercourt from 7.30 p.m. on the 29th of July. Tickets £10 per adult (purchase via Harwich Box Office at Dovercourt Library or on the door that night), children are free.
Bar on site but please bring snacks/nibbles if required.
Fancy a Shanty T-Shirt?
We still have some older T-Shirts available, now £4.00 plus £1.50 p&p. The following were in stock at the time of finger on keyboard:
Black 4 x Small
Red 6 x Small
Please contact us for further information.
(The maths box – if shown – is just to reduce spam! If you don’t like the one there, hit the ‘recycle’ button for a fresh one)
In Harwich, where there’s Ale, Cider and Music you can be assured that Shanties are not far away!
Over the next few days, Harwich will be awash with the best Ales and Ciders for the annual Ale Trail. Music of a shanty nature will be found as follows:
Saturday (29th April) 4pm onwards – Rattlin’ Winches in the New Bell Inn
Sunday (30th April) 2pm onwards – Skulking Loafers on Ha’Penny Pier
Monday (1st May) from 4pm The Human Jukebox in the New Bell Inn
Following on from our first Pub Olympics in February, we’re repeating the event on Wednesday 12th April at 7pm, again at The New Bell Inn.
The Harwich International Shanty Festival invite you to an evening of traditional pub games on Wednesday 12th April 2017 in The New Bell Inn.
Are you the Harwich Pub Games Champion?
Now is your chance to find out.
Come for fun or come for the competition, either way you should have an entertaining evening (7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.)
Ten games will be set up for you to sample, your best six scores will be used to determine the champion.
Play as many times as you wish. Each game costs a pound and all proceeds go towards the 2017 Harwich International Shanty Festival in October
I’m sure many of you will already know this, but we just wanted to share that Joe Stead passed away on March 29th after a long battle with cancer. He has been to our festival several times in the past, singing with Kimbers Men and he will be sadly missed by all in the Folk world who knew him. RIP Joe x
Thanks to everyone who came along to our Pub Olympics on Saturday 25th February, either to compete or to help out. We raised £57.00 for the Shanty Festival. Not a huge amount, but more importantly a huge amount of fun was had by all – and just look at the concentration!
Some serious competing! We are going to include the event on the Shanty fundraising calendar, possibly monthly during the winter season, after some streamlining and re-organising. Meanwhile congratulations to Sarah Adie for 1st prize and cup and to Annie Donaldson as runner up.
There are still a few 2016 compilation CDs left in stock. Price now reduced to £5.00 plus £2.00 p&p. If you live locally (no postage) please enquire at the Alma, Hanover or New Bell. Otherwise please email email@example.com for postal address
Join us for a memorable train ride on the Saturday & Sunday of the festival. Our special trains will have shanties, pirates, princesses and more! Book your Shanty Special online
There are different sea shanty crews on each train (times are from Manningtree):
Saturday 8th October – 11.00 hrs Kernow Buoys, 12.00 hrs Capella
Sunday 9th October – 11.26 hrs The Vagrants Crew.
Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership will again be running special Shanty Trains along the picturesque Mayflower Line between Manningtree & Harwich Town. With Shanty singing, pirates, activity packs and prizes.
Tickets & full details at www.esscrp.org.uk/tickets/