Other Festival Events

Aside from the music, many other events were originally planned for the Festival. These will now not take place in 2020 but watch this space for details of our 2021 Festival, which will include the delayed Mayflower celebrations.


Inner State

Andy Andrews and Christine Bissell will be Inner State again in 2020:

Henry and Lydia have travelled a long way to join their fellow pilgrims on The Mayflower and were looking forward to their new life across the pond.  Lydia is worried, however, because she’s never been to sea; Henry can’t swim and the dog will probably be sick. Unfortunately it looks like they’ve missed the boat (in more ways than one!) because they got held up on the way and there’s been a mix up with the tickets!   What now?  Can anyone help this hapless pair?

Kings German Artillery

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



We are very pleased to welcome back Kipperland in 2020. 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 were such a success last year that they sold out! Come to the Redoubt Fort and try a food which has health benefits second to none.

Andy Peters


Andy Peters will once again be demonstrating his amazing skills at Figurehead carving. Don’t miss him up at the Redoubt Fort all weekend.



A selection of workshops always take place over the festival weekend. Choose from Singing for Beginners, Knot Tying, Playing the Bones, Being a Pirate as well as many other interesting, quirky and informative events. Further details will be in the Programme later in the year.

Spoken Word Sessions

If the written word, rather than song is more your bag, come along to our Spoken Word sessions, proving to be a popular addition to the festival. 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 the only stipulation is that there must be a sea/ maritime theme. John Kempster will be hosting these sessions for us. He is a longtime MC and storyteller who also sings a bit.

Walks & Talks

Ha'Penny Pier

There are also talks, walks and discussions plus guided tours of Harwich on all four days of the Festival. The programme will have full details of all of these, it’s due out in September.

Shanty Train

Finally, on Saturday 10th October, 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.

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