Other Festival Events

Aside from the music, many other events take place at our Festival. Below is a selection of some of the usual entertainment on offer. 

SB Victor Cruises

Cruises aboard Sailing Barge Victor are always one of our most popular events. A 90 minute cruise along one of our two rivers, accompanied by music and singing from some of our top artists. Book early to be sure of a place.

Inner State 


Andy Andrews and Christine Bissell will be Inner State again with their Pirates Adrift show up at the Redoubt on Saturday 14th and along the Quayside on Sunday 15th.


Kings German Artillery

The Kings German Artillery 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 roam the town throughout the weekend. Look out for them on the Shanty Train and at the Redoubt Fort



We welcome back Kipperland in 2023. 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 are such a success that they sell out very quickly. Come to the Redoubt Fort and try a food which has health benefits second to none.

Andy Peters


Andy Peters is a very welcome regular at the Festival, demonstrating his amazing skills at Figurehead carving. He has specialised in decorative Maritime carving for over 30 years, producing intricate and beautiful Figureheads, Nameboards, Trailboards and all things nautical. Watching a true craftsman at work is one of the highlights of the Festival.

Martin Judkins & Corine Nugteren


In a 45 minute fun filled workshop Martin and Corine teach how to use the Jig Doll as a percussion instrument. Each doll creates sound by dancing to the beat of the music and provides entertainment with its appealing appearance and movements. A Jig Doll is suited to everyone, regardless of level of musical ability. All you need is to be able to tap to a beat or rhythm and the Jig Doll will do the rest! Jig Dolls will be provided.

Stane Street Players

Contributing to our 58 Ships Project, a local drama group have taken on the challenge and produced a musical comedy based around the history of one of Harwich Town’s most famous ships, HMS Conqueror. The  Stane Street Players are a long-established group who have been performing plays, pantos and murder mysteries all around North Essex for nearly 50 years. As well as a performance at the Electric Palace, the current show will be performed in Earls Colne, Halstead and Lamarsh.

Rachel Richards Ropework 

Rachel will be joining us again at the Redoubt Fort with some of her beautiful rope craft



A wide range of workshops takes place over the festival weekend. Playing the Bones is one of the most popular of these and will take place again this year. In addition we have a selection of musical and historical workshops. Full details will be in the printed Programme.

Walks & Talks

Ha'Penny Pier

Our Festival also features talks, walks and discussions plus guided tours of Harwich throughout the duration of the Festival. Harwich has a wealth of fascinating history to draw upon and these events cover many aspects of our towns past. Full details will be in our comprehensive Programme.

Dovercourt Amateur Dramatic Society are joining us again this year and can be seen around the town throughout the Festival.