Where are we?

The town & port of Harwich is located in the North-Eastern corner of Essex and is on a peninsula that sits in Harwich Harbour overlooking Suffolk and the North Sea.


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By Road

The A120 runs from Stansted Airport/M11 to Harwich and ends on Harwich Quay.

From London & the South East take the A12 towards Colchester and join the A120(E) to the North of Colchester.

From East Anglia, take the A14 to Ipswich and join the A12 (west-bound) there. Join the A120(E) to the north of Colchester.

From the Midlands & the North, use the A1, A14, M11 route and pick up the A120 at Stansted Airport (M11 Junction 8)


By Rail

Purchase a ticket to Harwich Town!

Travel from London Liverpool St on any Norwich or Ipswich service that stops at Manningtree. Change here for the Harwich branch line and ride to Harwich Town at the end of the line.  Note that a few services terminate at Harwich International, this is 2 stops short! Take the next train (or £5 in a taxi) to reach Harwich.

There are three stations in the area: Harwich Town Station serves Historic Harwich, the home of the Festival. Dovercourt Station is by the shops & banks and Harwich International (Parkeston Quay) is the ferry & cruise terminal.


By Coach

Take National Express to Colchester Bus Station and change onto one of the X15/102/103/104 services for Harwich. Harwich Bus Station is next to Harwich Town Railway Station.

By Ferry

Stena Line runs two services daily from Hoek Van Holland, near Rotterdam, to Harwich International (Parkeston Quay). Booking and details www.stenaline.co.uk or www.stenaline.nl  .

By Harbour Ferry

The Harbour Ferry Runs Harwich-Shotley and Harwich-Felixstowe and is suitable for foot passengers and cyclists only! The landing stage at Harwich is at Ha’Penny Pier. Booking and details https://www.harwichharbourferry.com/

By Bike

Harwich is on Cycle Route 51 and the Essex Way.


For a map of the festival venues, go to the Venues page