Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

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Just over a month to go now before the 12th Harwich International Shanty Festival and things are hotting up.

The programme will be available later today for download and later this week for the printed version.  

Tickets to concerts, workshops, barge trips and other events are now all on sale  via the website www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk

We have Festival favourites Kimbers Men headlining the main Saturday night concert together with the Longest Johns, Patrick & Miguel from Normandy and la Morescha nova from Italy.

Our first Spanish group, El Pony Pisador are a vibrant new addition to the Shanty scene, but with over 30 different guests it’s impossible to list them all, you’ll just have to buy the programme!

And don’t forget the entertainment from Street Theatre, Napoleonic Soldiers, Pirates, Maritime craftspeople and pub sessions.

There are a fascinating series of workshops to attend, barge trips to take and train trips to make.

We can now confirm that there will be a ShantyBus running between Harwich, Dovercourt, Low Road, the Redoubt and the Retail park.

The timetable is in the 2017 Programme which will be downloadable  from our website this week and printed copies available next week.


We have secured Festival parking at Trinity House Car Park, West St. Harwich on Saturday and Sunday between 1000 and 1800.

Please see the attendant on site.

We also have a centrally situated caravan and camper site and tickets for this are on sale via the website at £10 per night.

There’s a light hearted Shanty singing competition over the weekend and a slightly more serious quiz to enter.

Keep checking our Facebook page and Twitter account for more news of Artists and events as the festival draws ever closer.

The final newsletter before the festival will go out in just one month’s time with last minute updates, so keep an eye out for that.

Meanwhile remember to “Drink Beer and Shanty On”

image Tickets now available!

You can now purchase tickets for certain events over the three days of the Shanty Festival, head to our ticketing site for details. Please note that overnight motorhome parking is also booked through this site this year and each night should be booked separately.

image Excelsior

Lowestoft Fishing Smack Excelsior is now a regular visitor to our festival, moored alongside Ha'Penny Pier. This year they are offering B&B on board for an authentic Shanty Festival experience There are still a few places left so get in touch with sailing@excelsiortrust.co.uk to book.

And for an even more authentic – and exciting – way to visit the festival and arrive in style, they are offering a cruise on board, from London to Harwich 8-13th October. Details from www.excelsiortrust.co.uk or phone 0845 308 2323.…

image Shanty Train

Tickets have just gone on sale for the Shanty Train to the festival. There are limited places on these popular trains, so purchase your ticket early to be sure of a place. Great fun for families, with entertainment, activities and prizes on board the decorated carriages. A brilliant way to start your day at the Harwich International Shanty Festival. Book via This Link

image Supermarket Fundraising

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!

Celebrating The Songs Of The Sea
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