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Trains, Shanties, Pirates & Princesses

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.

Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership

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

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Princess on Shanty Train waiting to be rescued

Excelsior

We are more than pleased to welcoming the Excelsior to Ha’Penny Pier for this year’s Shanty Festival.

Excelsior will be open to the public to come aboard and for anyone still seeking accommodation over the festival weekend B&B is also available. Contact www.theexcelsiortrust.co.uk for more information

Friends

Friends of Harwich International Shanty Festival

 

Our festival is very proud of its close ties with the local community and the loyal support of both local people and businesses and those who travel from further afield.

We endeavour to provide entertainment to suit all pockets, from the many free events throughout the town to the ticketed events, including concerts, barge trips and workshops.

Needless to say the expense of running the festival rises each year. To help offset these costs and to ensure the continuance of the festival, we are always actively engaged in securing necessary funds and the festival organisers obtain no financial benefit from running the festival. In fact quite often the opposite!

One of the ways in which supporters can help ensure the future of the festival is to consider becoming a “Friend”. We began the Friends scheme 5 years ago, with a limited, but welcome take up, and we have now increased and formalised the scheme with an annual membership, running from 31st October each year. Benefits include a free compilation CD, a festival programme and “Meet the Artist” ticket, plus our “Friends only” reception at the start of each Festival. The Reception comprises a welcome buffet, talk and social gathering, plus entertainment allowing us to showcase some of our achievements over the years and also giving Friends and other interested parties a chance to get together, with a sneak preview of some of the current years Festival guests. 

Becoming a Friend is a positive way to show your support for the festival and all that it does for Harwich. Individual membership is now priced at £30 and joint membership £50 per year and includes the aforementioned benefits.

You can also now join as an Affiliate Friend for just £10 which includes the Friends Reception but not the complimentary CD, ticket or Programme.

Friend (Single) £30 Friends (Joint) £50 Friend (Affiliate) £10

You can also join us at anytime during the Festival.

 

Otherwise, to join as a Friend please send your cheque, payable to Harwich Shanty Festival, to 6, Golden Lion Lane, Harwich, Essex CO12 3NG, or send via Paypal to info@harwichshantyfestival.co.uk, making sure you mark the payment as “Friend” and include your contact details, including name, address & email address

 

 

Merchandise

For CDs and other Festival items for sale, check the Merchandise Page

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