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Harwich Ale Trail

Thie next few days 3-7th May sees the Annual Harwich Ale Trail, another excellent event in the Harwich yearly calendar with fine ale and cider at 10 locations in the historic town of Harwich. And on Friday 4th and Monday 7th May, in addition to enjoying multiple tipples, you can also listen to some rousing shanties at Café on the Pier from 1.00 p.m. Local group Rattlin’ Winches sing on Friday and Naze Shanty Crew on Monday. Come and join in the fun



Alma Quiz Night

Hot on the heels of the Ale Trail is the popular and entertaining Alma quiz night. On Tuesday 8th May starting at 8.00 p.m. prompt, teams will attempt to answer some of the weirdest and wackiest quiz questions ever, with all proceeds from this particular evening going to the Harwich International Shanty Festival.

This year’s quiz is entitled “Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” and is for teams of up to 6 people costing £2.00 per head. The prizes are nearly as entertaining as the quiz itself and don’t worry if you don’t have a complete team. Come along anyway and we will find you one.


Festival Fliers

2018 fliers are now out – see attached photo – and are being distributed. If you think you can help with distribution please let us know and we will send you some. Thanks.


Mayflower 400

As hopefully you all know by now, Harwich is gearing itself up for the big celebrations planned to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower to the New World. The Shanty Festival is heavily involved with these plans and as part of the publicity campaign currently running, members of the Festival were recently filmed singing a snatch of Shanty for the “Mayflower 400 in Harwich #GetOnBoard 2020” which features on You Tube. We are keen for the year 2020 to be a big success for Harwich and our 2020 Festival is shaping up to be the biggest ever.


Badge Workshop

Badges always sell well at the Festival and each year we need more and more. Last year we held a badge making workshop at the New Bell Inn which was well attended, a good social experience and produced an admirable number of badges. So we are all set to repeat the experience this year starting at 3.30 p.m. on 1st June. Do come along if you are free. We would love to see you.



Many of you will know that, since it’s inception, one of the unique features of the Harwich International Shanty Festival has revolved around it’s hub in the 1912 Centre as a meeting place for friends, artists, volunteers, committee members, pirates and all comers.

The Centre serves as a hostel for several people involved with the Festival and for the past 12 years Jane Rogers has been our stalwart committee member who has masterminded all the catering, often carrying it out single handed.

Unfortunately Jane will be unable to continue in this role and so we are on the look out for a new caterer. If you are interested in this post, or know someone who might be please do get in touch for further details.


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