Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival and Classics Regatta

June 11th, 2018

Now in its 15th year of running, the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be back again this year for more boat related singing and festivities. Occurring each year at the same time as the Falmouth Classics Regatta, there will be plenty of ship and sea related activities to get involved with. Here is all you need to know!

The Falmouth Classics Regatta

Between the 22nd and 24th June, classic boats will sail to the area for a fun three-day event. Competitors from around the country will arrive across the waves for the biggest classic boating event in the UK, with races and parades. Last year, 212 boats arrived for the event, with over 60,000 people visiting to see it all take place! The classic boats are a sight to behold, with some even dating back as far as 1882!

One of the main highlights of the event is the Parade of Sail and Power, which sees the delightful restored ships and classic boats, accompanied by some larger vessels, sail in a parade out of Falmouth Harbour. For unparalleled views of the parade head to Pendennis Point!

If you would like to get involved in the regatta but aren’t fortunate enough to own a classic boat, bring along a dinghy to enter the Saturday afternoon fun rowing competition!

Boats in Falmouth Harbour

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Making the perfect partner for the regatta is the Sea Shanty Festival, celebrating the history of Tall Ships and promoting the maritime heritage of Falmouth and the surrounding area. In addition, the festival aims to raise money for the RNLI, who play a major role in a coastal county like Cornwall.

The Cornish heritage of storytelling and song comes to life in these sea shanties, with live performances from over 50 groups from Cornwall, France and the UK!

The festival is billed as the biggest free festival of maritime music in the world, and lasts the three days of the Falmouth Classics Regatta, on the 22nd to 24th June. Join in the fun and learn about the seafaring history of this impressive harbour town through song.

If you’d like to see all of the boats in action, why not enjoy luxury Falmouth holidays for some seaside fun!?

 

Image Credit: Tim Green