Shanty Festival

7th October 2022 – 9th October 2022 all-day

Now in its 16th year, Harwich International Shanty Festival has become the UKs Premier Shanty Festival, attracting Artists and audiences from around the world. The streets of the old town ring with the sound of  rousing shanties, with music and singing emanating from pubs, clubs and many of the towns historic landmarks. The rich maritime history of the old town makes Harwich the perfect place for this annual celebration of its relationship with the sea.

Traditional shanties mix with colourful costumed actors, pirates and maritime craftspeople, all adding to the atmosphere. There are shanty trains running between Manningtree and Harwich Town, regular trips onboard a traditional Thames Sailing Barge, walks, talks, workshops, concerts and open air entertainment, much of it free of charge. In 2022 the Festival takes place over the weekend of 7-9th October and offers a full three days of entertainment. A detailed programme plus tickets for all concerts are available at the end of August, meanwhile follow our Social Media channels and website: