Other Festival Events

Aside from the music, many other events are taking place during the Festival

Andy Andrews and Christine Bissell will be Inner State again this year,

This year Viking Invaders will be taking over the Redoubt Fort on Saturday and on Sunday see a Viking Longship walking(!) along the Quayside.

Don’t miss either! For full details of this and other Festival events, download or pick up  our programme.


Also at the Redoubt Fort the Grand Theatre of Lemmings will be presenting “Ropes and Yarns” – a maritime history experience.

Help to make traditional rope, enjoy a maritime story, be bamboozled by a thief knot or have a go on the ships wheel.




The Kings German Artillery again defend the Redoubt Fort, demonstrating musket drill and cannon firing and taking part in the odd skirmish with marauding pirates. 

River Rogues Pirates

Bands of pirates will again be roaming the town. Look out for them at the Redoubt Fort and on Harwich Beach 




We are very pleased to welcome back Kipperland in 2017. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations of splitting and smoking herrings, plus old photographs and text about an industry which once employed a quarter of the population. There will also of course be the opportunity to buy the finished, freshly smoked product, which were such a success last year that they sold out! Come to the Redoubt Fort and try a food which has health benefits second to none.


A selection of workshops always take place over the festival weekend

In 2017 we have two “Harmony Singing” workshops, which can be seen as a follow on for those who have attended our “Singing in Public” workshops in the past or attended for the first time in their own right. The popular Bones Workshops continue, with Hans Weehuizen again instructing participants in playing this traditional maritime percussion instrument.   And we have a new “Song for Harwich” project, concentrating on songs to commemorate Harwich characters from the past. Further details will be in the Programme later in the year.

If the written word, rather than song is more your bag, come along to our Spoken Word sessions, held for the first time last year and proving to be a popular addition to the festival. Bring along a poem, story, monologue or other piece of prose to read out to others, or just come along and listen. Items can be self penned or not and the only stipulation is that there must be a sea/ maritime theme. John Kempster will be hosting these sessions for us. He is a longtime MC and storyteller who also sings a bit.

Ha'Penny Pier

There are also talks, walks and discussions plus guided tours of Harwich on all three days of the Festival.


 …… as well as a range of other Maritime Craft Displays including Figurehead carving, net making, knot tying etc.



Finally, 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.

Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership

Tickets & full details at www.esscrp.org.uk/tickets/

Shanty Train Poster