New Features at Harwich Shanty

New features at the Harwich International Shanty Festival, running 13 -15th October 2017.

This year, the Harwich Shanty Festival has more parking and also a brand new bus service especially for the Festival.  People who come regularly will know that parking can sometimes be a problem in such a small town, so these are very welcome additions to the facilities available.

There will be parking available at Trinity House Car park in West Street, CO12 3JW from 10.00 until 18.00 on Saturday and Sunday. (Please see attendant on site).

The Shanty Bus will be running from Harwich Gateway retail park, via Low Road, Dovercourt High Street, the Redoubt and the Ha’penny Pier Visitors Centre. This will operate at various times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Unfortunately the Shanty Bus is not wheelchair accessible but there is a taxi service that operates a wheelchair-friendly private hire service.

As usual there will be the Shanty Festival Train, run in conjunction with Community Rail partnership. Join the train from Manningtree station to Harwich Town at 11:00 or 12:00 on Saturday 14th October 2017.
Sing along with the sea shanty crews, Impressed on the 11.00am train and El Pony Pisador on the 12.00 train. There are activity packs for children and prizes for the best dressed pirates. Child fares (aged 12 and under) are £2.50 each. Adults fares (aged 13 and over) are £5 each. Tickets must be booked in advance on the website:

Further details on all these activities, and many others, can be found in the Festival Programme, which is now available for £3.00. This is available from the Box Office in the Library in Dovercourt and the following outlets in Harwich – Redoubt, Hanover, New Bell, Globe, Alma and Ha’Penny Pier Visitor Centre. If you wish to have a printed copy posted please email for details. This can also be downloaded from the website for £2.00.

Some more stewards are still needed, either to assist at the events or to be Roving Stewards, who will take a pot around the town collecting on behalf of the Festival. We are offering a substantial prize this year to the Roving Steward who collects the most. Dressing as a pirate or other nautical figure is optional, but always seems to be popular! And you don’t have to be either an Event Steward or a Roving Steward you can be both if you so wish. All stewards receive a wristband which gives them free access to most events.  For more details please email

This promises to be another great event, so we look forward to seeing you all there.