Pirates will be heading to Devon this bank holiday weekend, filling Brixham with swashbuckling live music, historic ships, cannon fire and pirate skirmishes.
There will be plenty of reenactments taking place over the weekend, including skirmishes on ships and 17th century characters, such as gunsmiths and pirate surgeons, at work. Pirate historian Ed Fox will also be heading to the festival for a spot of storytelling, fiddle-playing and to help dispose of some rum.
Apart from the skirmishes and reenactments, the live music will be one of the festival’s highlights; and this year the programme will include performances from the Pirates of St Piran, Celtic rock band The Dolmen, and rebel-rousing folk from Reivers’ Gallows. Troubadours Hornswaggle will also be bringing their twisted tales of pirates, pagans and demon drink to the festival.
New for the 2019 festival is Mermaid Cove, with fire magic, flips and swordfights, all highlighting the issues facing the sea and the climate.
The pirate festival will begin at 10am on Saturday and Sunday morning with a parade, followed by cannon and firepower at 11.45am.
The festival always encourages visitors to get into the spirit of the event and dress up in their best pirate-themed outfits.
When: 4th – 6th May 2019
Where: Brixham, Devon
£: Free but donations welcome to keep the festival going (the festival concert is ticketed and costs £10)
More info: brixhampirates.com/2019-festival