Category: Special Events

Kimbers Men Workshop & Concert

Come along to Harwich Town Sailing Club on Saturday 2nd March 2019 for a Shanty Workshop and evening concert with Kimbers Men. Click the image for full ticketing information.


Alma Quiz

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.

Treasure Hunt Winners

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!

Pub Olympics



The first of our popular winter sessions of Pub Games takes place in the New Bell this Saturday 2nd December between 4-6.00 p.m.

£5.00 to play 6 traditional pub games such as Shove Ha’Penny, dominoes, skittles and bagatelle. With a prize for the winner with the most points. Hope to see you there.

Quiz Night 14th March

Time for another mind bending quiz at the Alma. Put the date in your diaries now. Entitled “Rum, Sodomy and the Lash Part Two”, it’s rumoured there may be questions on any one of these Vices/Pastimes(!), so swot up now!! Bring your quiz team – of up to 6 – along to the Alma on Tuesday 14th March before 8.00 p.m. or match up with a team when you get there.

(Please note there has been a change of date from 7th March to 14th March due to unforeseen circumstances)

Pub Olympics

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.

St Nicholas Flower Festival

We have been invited to take part in the St Nicholas Church Flower Festival, this year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Community’.

St Nicholas, Church Street, Harwich CO12 3DS

Church open: Saturday 10am-4pm & Sun: 11am-4pm.

Refreshments available. All proceeds to church funds



Book Sale


The next event is a Book Sale at the New Bell Inn on 16th April 11.00-15.00 – see attached flier.  This is as much a Social event as a fundraiser, though of course we hope to raise some funds.  

So come along, bring some books you no longer want, buy some new ones and listen to or join in with, the music!

Hope to see you there. Oh and the New Bell is now serving some tasty lunches!


Thanks to all those who donated lots to our Auction and who came along to bid for all the fantastic goodies.

We raised just over £1,000 which is a brilliant result. And thanks of course to our always entertaining auctioneer.

 Pam & Jon


The date is set! The Fabulous Fundraising Harwich International Shanty Festival Auction will take place at 8.00p.m. on the 8th March at the Alma Inn, Kings Head Street, Harwich.

Click here for the downloadable auction catalogue

Lots of Lots(!) to bid for, including wine, food, day trips, holidays, goods and services. Always an entertaining and fun evening, our res

ident Auctioneer makes extracting money from you a rare pleasure!

Do come and enjoy a great evening. You might even go home with something you always wanted.

Auction poster

Friends of the Festival reception

calendar_October_09_TOn Friday 9th October we have the first of our special events for Friends of the Festival, just as the 2015 Festival gets underway.

From 16.30-17.30 at the Harwich Town Sailing Club a Friends Reception will be held including light refreshments, a short talk plus entertainment from some of our festival guests. There will be opportunities for a sneak preview of the weekends entertainment and a chance to meet and chat with some of the festival committee and artists. A copy of the 2015 CD will also be given out.

Existing friends are of course welcome, but you may also sign up as a friend now or pay on the door. The modest sum of £30 per individual, £55 per couple or £75 per family gives annual membership which runs from 31st October each year. (Those joining between now and 31st October 2015 will not be invited to renew until 31.10.16). To join now please contact us by email – or click on the buttons below – and we hope to see you on 9th October