Maritime Festival 2019

Visit the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival from 7 to 8 September 2019

The famous Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event sited along the historic South Quay of Great Yarmouth.  There’s plenty to explore with ships to board, live shanty folk music, fun street theatre exhibitions and demonstrations.

Folk music and shanty songs at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Shanty folk music is performed throughout the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival on three separate stages as the town celebrates its proud maritime past, present and future. Shanty songs were traditionally sung by sailors as they raised the mainsheet and set sail on their long journeys to sea. The musical programme is managed by Great Yarmouth based Sue and John Griffiths who have been performing as shanty singers, The Mollyhawks, since the late 1990s.

See ships, boats and visiting vessels at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

A fascinating range of vessels are moored alongside South Quay during Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival for visitors to see and in some case board and explore.  Additional visiting vessels are currently being confirmed with the Harbourmaster so watch this space for more details.

Visit the Heritage Quarter

Come along to the Heritage Quarter and experience the history of Great Yarmouth this includes the award winning Time & Tide Museum situated on Blackfriars Road, the Elizabethan House Museum on South South Quay.  There are plenty of other exciting places on offer so please visit

Entertainment & Free Children’s activities at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

As well as non-stop shanty music from a wide range of bands, the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival has a variety of street theatre, costumed characters and performances to keep you and the family entertained with plenty of free activities and crafts.

Maritime crafts, demonstrations and exhibitors

Come and explore a beautiful range of quality maritime themed or locally linked crafts at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.

We’re often seduced by the stunning jewellery on display, although the English wine from our local English Heritage properties is also very appealing.

Crafts include stunning local photography featuring a significant maritime theme, pottery, jewellery and clothes.

We also like to recognise the importance of our maritime related charities who do such sterling work with seafarers past and present. As a large port we’re delighted to welcome our local life boat services, the independent Caister lifeboat and the Hemsby Inshore Rescue as well as the Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI.

Charities often include: English Heritage, North Denes Coast Watch; Lowestoft Maritime Museum; Mission to Seafarers; Norfolk Wherry Trust; RNLI; Royal British Legion and the Nelson Museum.

Watch a range of demonstrations with lots of fascinating stalls to look at, including some great exhibitions and activities to take part in.

Food & Drink at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

A varied selection of food and drink is available at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival.