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 in 2022. Character details for 2022 to follow.


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 2022. 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.

Rachel Richards Ropework 

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



A selection of workshops usually takes place over the festival weekend. Playing the Bones is one of the most popular of these and is currently scheduled to take place again this year.

Spoken Word Sessions

The Spoken Word sessions have proved to be a popular addition to the festival. Participants bring along a poem, story, monologue or other piece of prose to read out to others, or just come along and listen. Items can be self penned or not and subject matter is wide, although a maritime theme prevails. We hope to be able to re-instate these sessions for 2022. 

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.

Shanty Train

Finally, Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership organise special Shanty Trains along the picturesque Mayflower Line between Manningtree & Harwich Town. With Shanty singing, pirates, activity packs and prizes, there will again be two trains on the Saturday of the Festival.

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