The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September in 2015.
The 2014 festival, in association with Seajacks UK Ltd was a great success and took place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September along the length of South Quay. The festival was packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls and ships for visitors to explore for the whole weekend. Around 30,000 visitors attended Great Yarmouth's most prestigious annual event, where we celebrated the town's maritime past, present and future.
The Maritime Festival is always riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts. In 2014 we had two fabulous visiting tall ships in port, the Dutch 3 masted schooner, the Minerva who was visiting for the first time and offering passenger sailing trips and the Tres Hombres which was back for a second visit. Many other vessels were moored alongside at this year's festival, all outstanding displays of ship engineering. We're in negotiations now for ships for next year, so watch this space.
Three 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 and you can find out more about the extremely talented array of shanty music and folk musicians who played at the 2014 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 also enjoyed street entertainment, face-painting and fun children's activities.