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Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

JST Lord Nelson Götheborg

The 2015 Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival took place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September on South Quay where the largest wooden tall ship in the world, the Swedish Götheborg and the British tall ship the JST Lord Nelson were in port for visitors to explore!

Next year's festival is scheduled for Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September 2016. Watch this space for more information!

In association with Seajacks UK Ltd. the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free two-day event which takes place all along historic South Quay with live shanty folk music and street theatre and is packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls and ships for visitors to explore for the whole weekend.

Join in the fun at Great Yarmouth's most prestigious annual event where 30,000 people come together to celebrate the town's maritime past, present and future. 

Tall Ships at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival          

The Maritime Festival is always riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts.

Visiting the Maritime Festival for the first time in 2015, thanks to funding from the GYTABIA, was the world's largest wooden tall ship, the Götheborg from Sweden. This incredible ship has 5 decks and is 47m tall and had to be seen to be believed. Visitors to the festival could climb the gangplank and go aboard to explore this enormous ship which is a full scale replica of the original built in 1738.

We were also delighted to welcome back the JST Lord Nelson for the first time since 2011 for festival-goers to visit. This beautiful ship is one of only two tall ships in the world that has been especially designed for a crew with a range of disabilities to sail. Visitors using mobility scooters to visit the festival should note that they must be able to transfer to and manoeuvre a manual wheelchair themselves to be able to go aboard.


Shanty Music at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Four different stages played host to a huge variety of live shanty music and sea shanty songs at the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival, performed live by bands from all over the UK and Europe. This year's musical line-up was as lively as ever - check out the details of the extremely talented shanty music and folk musicians who played at the 2015 festival.


Demonstrators & Exhibitions at Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

Packed marquees were set up all along historic South Quay for the Maritime Festival. Visitors were able to take their time browsing all the maritime related craft and charity stalls picking up some unique gift ideas and trying their hand at some traditional maritime skills at the demonstration stands. Festival-goers could also enjoy street entertainment, face-painting and fun children's activities.