When: 9th & 10th September 2017
Where: South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
£: Free, but there is a suggested donation of £1 per person, to help fund the festival. There is a small charge to go aboard the vessels.
What is it?
The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September, along the length of South Quay. The festival will feature live shanty music, street entertainment, activities and ships.
The annual festival will see a fleet of fascinating vessels mooring up for the event. This will include Kaskelot, a Danish three-masted barque, the George Stephenson, an unusual steam ship made from salvaged and recycled materials, and The Triton, the world’s largest motor-powered trimaran. Visitors to the festival will also be able to go aboard these vessels for a small fee.
This year’s festival will also feature painting classes, a children’s craft marquee, Punch and Judy, a Red Arrows simulator, and maritime activities from Natural England.
The quayside will be lined with the sounds of live sea shanty music, and the smells of herring cooking in a throwback to the town’s fishery heyday.
There will be exhibitions and displays at the festival, including boat building, spinning, lace making, knitting, and conservation. The popular East Norfolk Militia will be back again with some dastardly deeds and plenty of gun powder.
There will also be maritime-themed brass band music, face painting, activities with the RSPB, hot food, drink, and a visit from ‘Admiral Lord Nelson’.
Youngsters will be able to tackle have-a-go activities including making a balsa wood boat, herring kites, and dragonflies, or try knot-tying on the tall ship. A heritage hub will offer visitors a chance to make their own postcards and tackle a mystery object game, whilst learning about the town’s history.
The Inner State Theatre Company will be providing some maritime-themed wacky street theatre over the weekend, as they promenade their boat up and down South Quay and perform costumed shanty-singing performances on stage.
There’ll be three stages with live shanty and folk music, from bands including El Pony Pisador, Kimber’s Men, Sheringham Shantymen, Blakeney Old Wild Rovers, The Longest Johns, and the Rogues Shanty Chorus.
The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority and is one of the biggest annual events in the area. The festival aims to promote the area’s proud maritime heritage.
More info: www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/maritime-festival