Harwich Maritime Festival

POSTPONED: Harwich Maritime Festival 2020

After very careful consideration, we have taken the sad decision to postpone this year’s Maritime Festival, which was due to take place on 8 August 2020, to a yet to be confirmed date in 2021.

It is not a decision we have taken lightly as the event was part of the national Mayflower 2020  celebrations and an occasion many visitors and local residents look forward to each year. However, at this very uncertain time we believe that postponing the event is the best course of action.

Many of our partners, suppliers, traders and members of the local community have already put lots of hard work into organising this year’s event and we extend our heartfelt thanks to them all.

We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to the festival in 2021.

Thank you

Harwich Haven Authority

The annual Maritime Festival returns on Saturday 8 August, from 11am transforming Harwich Quay and Harwich’s iconic Ha’penny Pier into an exciting hive of activity.

As the hometown of the Mayflower, this year the much-loved festival will celebrate the 400th anniversary of its historic sailing to the New World.

The celebrations will commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who travelled on the Mayflower including its Captain, Christopher Jones whose house still stands on Kings Head Street.

The festival’s programme – featuring Harwich RNLI Lifeboat Day – will incorporate Harwich’s vibrant creative community and it’s rich maritime history. With sea and land based attractions that intend to attract thousands of people from across East Anglia.

Organised by Harwich Haven Authority, there will be over 50 traders, live entertainment and must-see water based activities going on throughout the day.

Free entry.


If you have any questions about the festival or would like some more information, please give us a call on 07801681144 or email us.

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