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Harwich Jubilee events: Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Harwich and Dovercourt present…

Harwich Jubilee Bank Holiday Celebrations

Harwich Jubilee Events: there’s a fun packed programme of events taking place across Harwich and Dovercourt to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Harwich jubilee.

Thursday 2 June 2022, 12pm – 4pm
Ha’penny Pier, Harwich

To kick off Harwich Jubilee celebrations Harwich Haven Authority has organised a free fun-filled afternoon on Ha’penny Pier… enjoy live music from local favourites Fox, Wiggle and Sass, free family art activities and why not take part in the best dressed vessel competition. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get involved in a commemorate community artwork.

At 2pm, Harwich Town Crier will be joining Town Criers across the country to read a specially written proclamation signalling the lighting of the beacon later that evening. The reading will follow a civic procession by Harwich Town Council.

Follow @HarwichHaven on Facebook to find out more.

Programme timings

12.15pm – 1pm – Live music from Fox, Wiggle and Sass

1.55pm – Civic procession by Harwich Town Council

2pm – Proclamation by Harwich Town Crier

2.15 – 3pm – Live music from Fox, Wiggle and Sass

3pm – Winner of Best Dressed Vessel announced


Thursday 2 June, From 9.00pm
Cliff Park, Harwich

As part of the United Kingdom’s longstanding tradition, Beacons will be lit up and down the country to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Beacon in Cliff Park will be lit by the Harwich Society at 9.45pm. The ceremony will include music played by a bugler to mark the event.


Sunday 5 June, 11.30am – 9.30pm
Cliff Park and the Park Pavilion, Harwich

Head down to Cliff Park to continue the Town’s celebrations… organised by Harwich Festival, on behalf of Harwich Town Council, there’s something for everyone!

  • Flower Show
    Featuring 14 separate categories for people of all ages to enter.
    This is the first of its kind in our town since the Queen’s Coronation celebrations.
  • A Social History Exhibition
    Featuring local events, pastimes and everyday life over the last 70 years.
    This will include special Pathe News showreels featuring the Coronation and Royal visits.
  • Music and dance at the Bandstand
    Plus a 70 years evening disco in the Flower Marquee.
  • Food and drink outlets in Cliff Park and the Park Pavilion including a Tea Tent and a Beer Tent.
  • Sports and Children’s activities in Cliff Park plus stalls from local interest groups.

The format for the day is based on ‘The Big Lunch’ idea, first introduced by The Eden Project, where communities are encouraged to come together through shared food and experience. In addition Harwich Festival wanted to encourage community involvement leading up to the event, a legacy of greater Community cohesion from the event as well as a great day.

Platinum Jubilee Event

The Harwich Festival is organising events on Sunday 5th June 2022 to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on behalf of Harwich Town Council.

The format for the day is based on ‘The Big Lunch’ idea, first introduced by The Eden Project, where communities are encouraged to come together through shared food and experience. In addition Harwich Festival wanted to encourage community involvement leading up to the event, a legacy of greater Community cohesion from the event as well as a great day.

For this purpose Harwich Festival has organised the following in Cliff Park and The Park Pavilion on June 5th:

  1. A Flower Show featuring 14 separate categories for people of all ages to enter. This is the first of its kind in our town since the Queen’s Coronation celebrations.
  2. A Social History Exhibition featuring local events, pastimes and everyday life over the last 70 years. This will include special Pathe News showreels featuring the Coronation and Royal visits.
  3. Music and dance at the Bandstand plus a 70 years evening disco in the Flower Marquee.
  4. Food and drink outlets in Cliff Park and the Park Pavilion including a Tea Tent and a Beer Tent.
  5. Sports and Children’s activities in Cliff Park plus stalls from local interest groups.

Group of singers performing at the Harwich Shanty sessions.

Harwich Shanty Sessions on the pier

Group of singers performing at the Harwich Shanty sessions.

Harwich International Shanty Festival is pleased to be able to resume its series of Shanty Sundays on the Pier, which takes place once a month throughout the Summer months.

Remaining dates for 2022 are July 10th (Hoolies from Wivenhoe), August 14th (Shantyfolk from Lavenham) and September 11th (Felix Stowaways from Felixstowe).

“This is a chance to showcase your talents, whilst promoting the Shanty Festival and yourselves on what is hopefully a sunny summer afternoon. Singing starts at 12.00 and you can continue until late afternoon if you wish. We will furnish you with Shanty fliers and collecting pots and we hope you will have an enjoyable afternoon of singing in Historic Harwich town.”

If you’d like to take part in the Shanty Sessions, email [email protected]

For more available dates and details visit harwichshantyfestival.co.uk .

Kickstart a weekend in Historic Harwich with Illuminate Festival

Visitors heading to Harwich for the sparkling Illuminate Festival are being encouraged to extend their stay in the historic town.

Illuminate Festival, being held on Harwich Quay from 6pm on Friday, 25 March, will see street entertainment and projections, a spectacular aerial display from The Firebirds and torch-lit procession lead by the incredible Spark! drummers. Festivities continue on until 9.30pm. People are being encouraged to make a weekend of their trip, staying in one of the several quality hotels in and around the town.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC), which is staging Illuminate Festival, encouraged people to plan their visit in advance.

“There is so much history in Harwich, and so much to see and do as a result, I’d really recommend people make a weekend of it,” Cllr Porter said.



“Why not enjoy Illuminate Festival then stay in a hotel, try some of the fabulous eateries and explore the various trails, museums and other places to go over the Saturday and Sunday? There is plenty to see and enjoy at the Festival, while food and drink can be found either at one of the vendors within the event area or in the numerous local businesses in Historic Harwich.”

Local residents are encouraged to walk or cycle to the event. Those coming from further afield can take a train service to Harwich Town, and then enjoy a ten-minute walk to the Festival, or take a bus service from Colchester or Clacton.

Visitors planning on driving to the festival can use the event car park at Harwich Green – accessed from Harbour Crescent – which opens from 5pm, or one of the nearby public car parks.

“Illuminate Festival is such a spectacular experience you really don’t want to miss out – but we all know that to get the most from your trip it’s useful to work out beforehand how you’re getting there and where you’re staying,” Cllr Porter added.



Harwich International Shanty Festival

Now in its 16th year, Harwich International Shanty Festival has become the UK's 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: https://harwichshantyfestival.co.uk/

Illuminate Festival programme

Illuminate Festival Programme

A stunning programme has been unveiled for this month’s Illuminate Festival in Historic Harwich.

Visitors will be welcomed along The Quay in the town from 6pm on Friday, 25 March with a performance from local choir Harwich Sing, while street entertainment will mingle with the crowds.

The event will then take to the skies with a spectacular aerobatic flight display from the Fireflies, due to begin at 6.30pm.

Following the aerial show eyes will turn back to The Quay where the dramatic Sparks! drummers will perform as the torch-lit procession forms up behind them to parade around the town.

As the procession returns there will be a feast of entertainment throughout the evening, from stilt walkers and the light gliders, to Sparks! and Harwich Sing; all accompanied by light projections along the waterfront.

Well-known radio presenters Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt will be hosting the event, which runs until 9.30pm, while there are also food stands on and around the event site.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC), which is staging the festival, said the event was one not to be missed.

“Illuminate Festival is a brilliant, visually stunning celebration of Harwich’s history, and we’re so excited to bring the event back after its pandemic-forced absence,” Councillor Porter said.

“The festival is fun for all the family, with children encouraged to take part in the procession, so why not wrap up and spend your Friday evening in beautiful Harwich?”

TDC is working with the Harwich Festival of the Arts, who are running lantern making workshops in local schools to form the torch-lit procession, and the Grand Theatre of Lemmings which is providing the street entertainment.

For the latest information on the Illuminate Festival people should visit the Historic Harwich website (www.historicharwich.co.uk(link is external)) or Facebook page, or check out the LoveTendring tourism and events app, free to download on Apple and Android devices.

The 2019 Harwich Illuminate Festival saw an estimated 6,000 visitors across two days of activities.

Illuminate Festival Returns

A spectacular twilight aerial display will get the 2022 Illuminate Festival off to a flying start in Historic Harwich.

The festival, a celebration of the town’s heritage – and in particular its links to The Mayflower ship which carried the first Pilgrims to America – will return this year after a break forced by Covid-19. This year Illuminate will be held in March, instead of its usual calendar slot in November to tie in with Thanksgiving, to kick-start a packed events programme in Harwich, and Tendring.

Alex Porter, Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the event was one not to be missed.

“Showcasing both the amazing heritage in Harwich, and its strong community spirit, Illuminate Festival is a must-see in the events calendar. After our forced absence due to Covid I am glad that the festival is returning to kick-start a year of fantastic events; with Illuminate’s lights, fun and festivities what better way to welcome in 2022. Our thanks go to the many and varied community partners helping us to put on this fantastic event.”

The event will run from 6pm until 9.30pm on Friday, 25 March.

More details will be released in the coming weeks, but visitors can expect the return of crowd favourites such as the Spark! drummers, flights, street entertainment and torchlight procession by the local community.

For the latest information on the Illuminate Festival people should check out the LoveTendring tourism and events app, free to download on Apple and Android devices.

Illuminate Festivals have been held by destinations across the world linked by the Mayflower story. The theme is inspired by the words of William Bradford, a Mayflower passenger elected as the settlers’ first governor, who wrote “Just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many.”

Harwich was not only home to the Mayflower, which was registered at the port, but several of the crew were residents of the town including the ship’s master and co-owner Christopher Jones – whose house still stands in Kings Head Street.

Other notable Harwich residents on the voyage include the cooper John Alden – the first on-board to set foot on American soil, and whose descendants include Marilyn Monroe and Dick Van Dyke. In total 30 million people worldwide can trace their roots back to the 132 pilgrims and crew from the historic voyage.

Councillor Porter added: “Harwich’s links to The Mayflower are extraordinary, and tangible, and definitely to be both celebrated and enjoyed – whether by visiting Christopher Jones’ House, taking on The Mayflower Trail, or one of the many other excellent Mayflower activities in the town from the Harwich Society and others.”

The 2019 Harwich Illuminate Festival saw an estimated 6,000 visitors across two days of activities.

Follow the Harwich Stars this December!

Follow the Harwich Stars this December!

A sparkle of Christmas joy is coming to Harwich for December 2021…

Harwich Stars is a festive community art trail featuring 600 beautiful stars that have been decorated by local primary schoolchildren. The stars will be displayed proudly in the windows and hanging from the ceilings of businesses throughout Harwich and Dovercourt, creating one big town-wide Christmas decoration!

The Harwich Stars Art Trail.
Julia Clarke hanging the stars in Wellworths
The Harwich Stars Art Trail.
Tom Chelton at Ferry Motors

Coordinated by KAT Marketing (one of the businesses behind the Octopus Ahoy! art trail that took over the streets of Tendring last summer) with Harwich’s own Galloper Wind Farm, you will be able to see and follow the trail from Wednesday 1st December 2021 until Monday 3rd January 2022.

Click here to download the Harwich Stars trail map.

We can’t wait to see the starry creations by Harwich’s budding young artists and some Christmas magic and community spirit to the town this year.


The Harwich Stars Art Trail.
Emily King at Hair Shac

Young Harwich Artist to Transform Octopus Ahoy! Sculpture for Galloper Wind Farm

Alana Fensom, 17, is set to paint a stunning sculpture for the Octopus Ahoy! public art trail, which marks the Mayflower 400™ and 150 years of Clacton.

Up and coming Harwich artist, Alana Fensom, has been selected by Galloper Wind Farm Ltd to paint the Octopus Ahoy! sculpture it is sponsoring as part of the 2021 public art trail. Alana, 17, was among hundreds of artists who submitted designs to be part of the trail. Her submission, entitled ‘Octavious’, was a stand out design which highlights the theme of love and reflects the importance of art, colour and being an army cadet in Alana’s life.

Alana, a Colchester Institute student, will now complete the 4ft-by-4ft sculpture before it hits the streets of Tendring on 25th June for a 10-week exhibition. During the exhibition, Harwich, Tendring and surrounding areas will boast incredible Octopus Ahoy! sculptures as part of the Mayflower 400™ and 150 Years of Clacton celebrations. After 5th September, the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for local charities throughout Essex.

Alana commented: “I’m thrilled to have been picked to paint Galloper’s octopus and am so excited to be part of this exciting public art trail. ‘Octavious’ means a lot to me personally, as it really shows the role that colour, art and being an army cadet play in my life. It’s going to be emotional having my friends and family seeing my work out on the streets, so I can’t wait for it to begin. I just hope everyone loves it as much as I do.”

Guy Middleton, General Manager at Galloper Wind Farm, added: “We are very pleased to have selected Alana, a local art student, to design our octopus sculpture. The vibrancy and emotion in Alana’s design around the themes of health and wellbeing, and positive mental health, really captured our imagination and are important to us as an organisation. We look forward to seeing ‘Octavious’ out on the streets of Tendring, bringing a smile to people’s faces.”



Octopus Ahoy! art trail arrives in Harwich

This summer, Harwich welcomes an octopus invasion as the Essex public art event of 2021 arrives in the town, and across the north Essex coast.

Octopus Ahoy! is an engaging, family-friendly activity for all to enjoy – and in a safe, socially-distanced way. Stunning sculptures will arrive ashore on 25th June, taking pride of place in parks, on streets and in open spaces across Tendring.



In all, there will be 100 quirky octopus sculptures to visit, including more than 30 large, hand-decorated sculptures decorated by local professional artists and generously sponsored by Essex businesses.

Daytrippers in Essex can follow the art trail throughout the summer using the FREE Octopus Ahoy! app which is available from 1st June on both Apple and Android. The app will reveal the locations of each sculpture and allow users to earn amazing rewards for ‘collecting’ each octopus design on the list. You will also be able to find out more about the artist and sponsor behind each sculpture. Octopus Ahoy!, in partnership with Tendring District Council, is being delivered as part of the celebrations of Mayflower 400™️ and 150 Years of Clacton, by KAT Marketing.


At the end of the summer, the sculptures will be retired for a rest and touch-up on 5th September, before the 30 larger sculptures are auctioned off at the Octopus Ahoy! charity auction on 23rd September at Le Talbooth in Dedham, Colchester, raising funds for the Essex Community Foundation.

Find out more about Octopus Ahoy! at www.octopusahoy.co.uk or join in the conversation on social media using #OctopusAhoy.


Harwich International Shanty Festival

The small historic Essex town of Harwich is home to the U.K’s Premier Shanty Festival, attracting artists and audience from all over the world.

The second weekend in October sees this ancient seaport town fill with a colourful array of singers, musicians, pirates, street theatre actors, maritime craftspeople and more. Rousing sea shanties can be heard emanating from the many real ale pubs in town and the entertainment continues along the quayside, onboard historic ships and at some of the historic sites within the old town, including the fabulous Redoubt Fort. There are shanty trains, workshops, demonstrations, concerts, barge trips and historical re-enactment to add to the mix, much of it free of charge and suitable for all ages. For further details subscribe to the monthly newsletter on www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk or follow on Facebook, @harwichshanty or Instagram. Dates for 2021 are 8-10th October and events may differ this year depending on Covid restrictions.

The "Golden Horizon" is coming to Harwich

Tradewind Voyages has just announced that the “Golden Horizon”, the world’s largest square rigged sailing ship will be coming to Harwich this Summer offering round Britain cruises and voyages to Norway and Denmark.

Registered in Malta, the vessel carries a maximum of 330 passengers and 139 crew. The vessel undertakes its six day “dress rehearsal” voyage from Portsmouth around the South Coast in June before going into service commencing from Harwich.

NB: Both July dates of 1st July and 25th July are no longer happening following the governments latest extended lockdown rules.

If you have any queries, or for further clarification, contact Tradewind Voyages as follows:


Voyage Only: 01473 932060
Voyages with Flights/Hotels & Tours: 0808 239 9289
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Mon-Fri: 08:30am – 17:30pm

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Liva piano performance from Daniel Johnson

Date: Tuesday 9th June 2020

Time: 7.45pm

Location: Facebook Live

A live streamed performance from pianist and Harwich Festival Classical Artistic Associate Daniel Johnson will take place via Facebook tonight.

To view the live stream, visit the Harwich Festival of the Arts Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/HarwichFestivaloftheArts/
from 7.45pm on Tuesday 9th June.

Daniel is a British pianist whom strives to present classical music in a fresh and interesting way. Appealing to both those familiar with and those whom have preconceptions about the genre, he has built a worldwide audience with performances to those from every continent. With, his inspirational and endearing interpretation, and performance, Daniel is a true modern artist in the genre.

A performer at heart, Daniel is also the classical Artistic Associate at Harwich Festival of the Arts, is a regular guest on BBC Essex/Tony Fisher Live with the segment ‘Classical Gas’ and has written for various publications including PIANIST. Daniel is passionate about encouraging all those to experience classical music whatever their background and idea of the genre, striving to make it accessible to all.

Further information on the 2020 digital festival will be on the Harwich Festival of the Arts website from Monday 8th June.

The Harwich Festival and the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre are also excited to announce a series of on-line performances featuring local musicians & bands. These will be happening live on Fridays at 7.45pm. To watch, simply visit the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre Facebook page every Friday at www.facebook.com/HarwichArtsandHeritageCentre/

The project had been due to take place at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre as part of the two year Arts Council England funded Grassroots Live Music Project. More information on the long term plans for this project will be available in the coming months.

Harwich Marathon Postponed

Harwich Runners and the Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt are sad to announce the postponement of the Mayflower 400 Harwich Half Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 5th April 2020.

Along with the rest of the UK, we have been closely monitoring the escalating Coronavirus situation. At a time of such uncertainty and worry, we feel that it is only right that we do not go ahead.

The Harwich Half Marathon is now proposed to take place on Sunday 11th April 2021.

The event has been in planning for 18 months, and so this decision has not been taken lightly, but given the developing unprecedented situation around Coronavirus it is felt that as race organisers we are left with no choice but to act with the best interests of all the runners, volunteers, organisers and spectators.

Information for runners

All entires will be automatically carried over to the following year. The entry limit of 1,100 will be lifted allowing more people to enter the race next year. The existing runner transfer process will remain open.

Every runner who has a place in the Mayflower 400 Harwich Half Marathon will be able to use their place in the rescheduled event on Sunday 11th April 2021 without taking any further action.

As all profits from the Mayflower 400 Harwich Half Marathon are being put back in to the local community via the Harwich Runners and the Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt, a decision has been taken to reuse the memorabilia for the rescheduled event on Sunday 11th April 2021.

All runners that choose not to take part (or are unable to do so) in the rescheduled event on Sunday 11th April 2021 may receive their race medal and t-shirt that has been purchased for all entrants – more details on how you can arrange to collect your items will be provided at a later date. Please note, upon collection you will be removed from the entrants list for the rescheduled event on Sunday 11th April 2021.

We hope you understand this difficult decision, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you to our rescheduled event.

Harwich Runners and the Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt

Octopus Ahoy!

For 10 weeks in the summer of 2020, Harwich and the wider Essex area will see its parks and open spaces taken over by giant painted octopus sculptures!

Over one hundred octopus sculptures will engage local professional artists and school children, who will design and paint them, celebrating the creativity of Essex. The event will culminate in an auction of the sculptures to raise funds for Essex-based charities.

Visit the Octopus Ahoy Website

Illuminate Festival 2019

People from far and wide are being invited to Harwich for a spectacular Illuminate Festival to kickstart a year of worldwide Mayflower 400 celebrations.

An annual event for several years now, this year’s Illuminate Festival taking place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November will be much bigger and bolder than before in recognition of the date’s significance.

2020 is a year of celebration of the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower to the New World, carrying the Pilgrims, a year which will be book-ended by Illuminate Festivals in November around Thanksgiving.

Historic Harwich has a strong link to The Mayflower as home to the ship, its master Captain Christopher Jones – whose house still stands in Kings Head Street – and some of its crew. For this reason Harwich is part of the Mayflower 400 Compact, an international group of destinations linked to the story.

Hosted by Steve Scruton and Ian Wyatt, best known for hosting Radio Airshow and their regular hosting of BBC Essex programmes, Illuminate Festival will include some incredible live entertainment with some unique acts, as well as immersive projections right across Harwich Quay, holograms and a sound and light show. Central to the festival will be the Illuminate Parade on Friday, with crowds gathering from 5pm to assemble before the procession through the old town at 5.45pm.

Saturday will have a more relaxed, festival feel with music hosted by Steve and Ian from 3pm, before the event kicks off with a bang at 4pm with a fireworks flight from the Fireflies (Saturday only) – a firm favourite in the Clacton Airshow twilight display. Both nights will conclude at around 10pm.

This is free to attend.

Location: Harwich Quay, Harwich, CO12 3HH

Date and time: 29th – 30th November

Friday 5:00pm – 9:30pm

Saturday 3:30pm – 9:30pm

How to get here:


3 minute walk to the Quay from Trinity House Car Park

8 minute walk to the Quay from Mayflower Heritage Centre

14 minute walk to the Quay from Harwich Green

20 minute walk to the Quay from Milton Road Car Park


9 minute walk to the Quay from the Harwich train station


Harwich Harbour Ferry  will be running from 15:50 – 22:30 on Friday, and 14:50 – 22:30 on Saturday for the first time! There will be a service between Harwich, Shotley and Felixtowe.

Free Car parks 

Trinity House, CO12 3JW (car park open from 6pm)

Harwich Green , CO12 3NL

Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre,  CO12 3ND (car park open from 6pm Friday and 3pm Saturday)

Milton Road Car Park, CO12 3LA

Find out more

Harwich International Shanty Festival

Despite its small size, the historic town of Harwich can boast the second largest Shanty Festival in the U.K. attracting artists and visitors from all over the world. The second weekend in October sees this seaport town fill with singers, musicians, pirates, street theatre actors, maritime craftspeople and more. The sound of rousing shanties can be heard in the many real ale pubs in town, along the quayside, onboard historic ships and up at the fabulous Redoubt Fort as Harwich fills with the colour and sound which typifies the Shanty Festival. Shanty trains, barge trips, concerts, workshops and historic re-enactment are just some of the activities on offer, the vast majority of it free of charge. For further details visit www.harwichshantyfestival.co.uk or follow on Facebook. Dates for 2019 are 11-13th October and in 2020 8-11th October.

Harwich Maritime Festival

The annual Maritime Festival returns on Saturday 27 July, 11am – 6pm promising new and exciting attractions around Harwich Quay and Harwich’s iconic Ha’penny Pier.

The much-loved festival will reflect both the town’s rich maritime history and its vibrant creative community, with an exciting sea and land based programme intended to attract thousands of people from across Essex and Suffolk.

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.

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Find us on Twitter @HarwichSeaFest

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Website - www.harwichmaritimefestival.co.uk


Harwich Town Sailing Club National Championships

The Sprint 15 class catamaran fleet will descend on Harwich during August for their annual championships. They will be accommodated on St Helen's Green by kind permission of Tendring District Council. We expect that about 45 of these two men dinghies to compete, and some will be accompanied by families.

The boats will launch on Harwich Beach and be accompanied out to Dovercourt Bay by race support boats and should make a fine spectacle both going out and coming back and out in the Bay.

This is a prestigious event for our Club and many club volunteers will be assisting to make this work. It is also an important fund raising activity to keep the Club in good financial health.

Maritime Festival 2019

The annual Maritime Festival is set to go ahead in 2019 as Harwich Haven Authority steps in to ensure the town has its much loved annual event

Harwich Haven Authority are delighted to announce that they will be organising and staging the annual maritime festival on The Quay, Harwich, on Saturday 27 July 2019. The festival replaces the annual Sea Festival, which was previously organised by the Harwich and Dovercourt Rotary Club and the Harwich RNLI.

The focus of the event will be to reflect both the town’s rich maritime history and its vibrant creative community. The planned festival programme will be both sea and land based - and brings together a wide range of interesting attractions, activities, live music and stalls.

The town’s iconic Ha’penny Pier will be centre stage at the event, which is set to attract thousands of visitors from across Essex and Suffolk. The festival will also incorporate the RNLI’s National Lifeboat day.

“We have taken the decision to pick up the organisation of the Harwich Maritime Festival because it’s such an important part of the Town’s annual calendar,” says Neil Glendinning, Chief Executive, Harwich Haven Authority.

“The Rotary Club has done a wonderful job over the past five years delivering the Sea Festival and we know that everyone in the town is keen that it continues. Obviously, we are also delighted to be working with the Harwich RNLI with whom we have a great relationship. We have changed the name of the event to the Harwich Maritime Festival as we felt it better reflected the theme of the town. However, lots of the usual attractions will be included in the programme including the barges, RNLI demonstrations and the sailing races. The Maritime Festival is also a great boost for the town’s economy and with a healthy marketing budget in place we hope to attract visitors from far and wide. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase Harwich’s connection to the Mayflower as we approach the 400th anniversary of its sailing to America, which takes place in 2020.”

Harwich RNLI operations manager David Thurston commented: “We are delighted to work with Harwich Haven Authority on the 2019 Maritime Festival. The festival is an opportunity for the Harwich RNLI to engage with the local community, they will be able to meet our dedicated volunteer crew, have a look on board our Lifeboats and enjoy the atmosphere of the day over refreshments in our recently refurbished Lifeboat station.”

Information about the event’s programme can be found on the Harwich Haven Authority’s social media channels @harwichhaven.

Surrender & Sanctuary Events

Harwich Haven: Surrender & Sanctuary is a heritage lottery funded project, holding a festival of activities to commemorate the centenary of the surrender of over 168 U Boats in 1918, and the 80th anniversary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport in 1938. The programme consists of two themed weekends (17th/18th November and 1st/2nd December) with activities such as exhibitions, themed walks, art sessions and talks.

On Saturday 18th November at 3.30pm a parade of flags representing each of the 168 U-Boats that surrendered off the coast of Harwich in 1918 will be walked through the town and installed on a large willow U-Boat sculpture on the beach. The flags have been created by local people and groups and everyone is invited to take part in this free commemoration event. Join invited visitors and project partners including guests from Germany who have helped research this project and enjoy an afternoon of music and themed food in the Harwich Sailing Club.

As well as the themed weekends, from the 19th November there will be a week exhibition of U Boat surrender watercolours from the Imperial War Museum at The Pier Hotel, never before displayed in Harwich, and a complimentary art session on the 24th November calling on local artists to be inspired ready for an exhibition in May 2019.


Find the full programme of events here.





A family-friendly procession and performance will celebrate Harwich’s involvement in the sailing of The Mayflower to America later this month.

The Illuminate Festival returns for the third year on November 23, the Friday after Thanksgiving, to commemorate the town’s link to the historic vessel and voyage. An illuminated civic procession will lead the way from Ha’Penny Pier down to Harwich Green, and the public are invited to join the procession too.

Gathering from 6pm at the Ha’Penny Pier and by the lit-up LV 18 Lightship the procession will set off on its parade at 6.30pm, and will include a giant puppet lantern of Christopher Jones – captain of The Mayflower – and a lantern of The Mayflower too. Performers from the Dovercourt Theatre Group will also be there in period costume. Processing along Kings Head Street, led by dignitaries and representatives from local organisations, the parade will pass Captain Jones’ House, which will be illuminated, before continuing on to the Guildhall before reaching Harwich Green. mOn the Green, community choir Harwich Sing will perform four songs on a theme of light, with a backdrop of the Low and High Lighthouses and the Treadwheel Crane all being illuminated. An Illuminate poem, inspired by a quote from Mayflower Pilgrim William Bradford – “just as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many” – will also be read.

Michael Offord, from the Harwich Festival which organises the event on behalf of Tendring District Council (TDC), said he was looking forward to lighting up the town.

“Illuminate Festivals take place at Mayflower 400 destinations right across the country and I am excited that once again Harwich will be a part of it, I really encourage people to come along and join in the procession or spectate and bring their own lantern – though no naked flames please.”

Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, added that as this year’s Illuminate Festival stepped up from last year it would be a great preview of even bigger things in 2019.

“In 2020 we will be marking 400 years since the sailing of The Mayflower, and a year of celebrations will be bookended by magnificent Illuminate Festivals in 2019 and 2020,” Cllr Skeels said.

“Historic Harwich really has the most personal relationship with The Mayflower, being home to the vessel and its captain and with his home still standing, and it is great to celebrate this with the Illuminate Festival.”

Charlie Powell, Mayor of Harwich, said the festival was a great showcase of the town.

“We know how wonderful Harwich is, but to be able to shine a light on it – literally – in this way will, we hope, really shout about this to others, I’d really urge our residents to come along and join in this wonderful occasion.”

The evening is expected to have ended by 8pm. A workshop is taking place this week at Mayflower Primary School, in Dovercourt, where pupils will help to create lanterns for the event.


For more information on this news release contact Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager Will Lodge on 01255 686338.


Harwich Sausage Festival

Visit Harwich on Saturday November 3rd, and witness the spectacle of sausage throwing!

After the great sausage toss, the Alma Inn, the Hanover Inn and the New Bell Inn open their doors to determine the public's favourite sausage with tastings from the Tendring Hundred's best butchers, all washed down with excellent real ales and ciders.

A Brief History of Sausage Throwing

Somewhere around 2008 at a beer festival planning meeting someone came up with the idea of a sausage throwing competition, we can't be sure who it was or exactly when it was suggested but it resurfaced year after year until 2011 when we decided that it simply had to be done in order to get it off the agenda!

So in 2011 we ran a throwing competition for Tendring sausage producers after which their fine wares were entered into a blind public tasting competition held in three traditional Harwich pubs. Such was the success of this format that it has become a regular event held on a Saturday in early November to coincide with British Sausage Week.

Read More on the Tendring CAMRA website

National Heritage Week

Harwich Town Council’s honorary archivists, Ray Plummer and Anne Kemp-Luck, create an annual exhibition for National Heritage Week and it will be on display in Harwich’s Guildhall on Saturday 8th September and Sunday 9th September from 2.30PM – 4.30PM.

This year’s exhibition, free of charge to the public, marks three anniversaries as 2018 sees the centenary of the U Boat surrender in Harwich Harbour at the end of World War I, the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport and the 65th anniversary of the 1953 floods.

Ray Plummer says

“With three very significant anniversaries we couldn’t possibly choose between them so Anne and I decided to focus on all three. The link that gives the exhibition its theme is that we have personal, written accounts from ordinary people who experienced these historic events and they are included to offer the human side of Harwich’s history.”

In addition to the exhibition in the council chamber the Harwich Society’s vice chairman, David Whittle, will be giving his latest illustrated talk in the Mayor’s Parlour on the history of Harwich’s lighthouses.

David Whittle says

“This year marks the 200th anniversary of the building of Harwich’s High and Low lighthouses so it seemed a fitting time to create a talk on the history of Harwich’s lighthouses through the centuries. Although these magnificent structures date from King George III they were certainly not the first lighthouses to guide ships into harwich Harbour.”

The Guildhall itself is a fascinating historic building and visitors will be able to visit its famous jail and see the wooden walls which contain carvings from Napoleonic times.

Chair of Harwich Town Council’s Finance and General Purposes Committee, Cllr Pam Morrison, says

“We are very grateful to Ray, Anne and David for creating such fascinating exhibitions that provide so much information and interest. However, it should not be forgotten that they are bringing Historic Harwich’s history to life every week of the year and their dedication and knowledge is incredibly valuable to our town.”

For further information please contact:

Ray Plummer on 01255 886249
David Whittle on 01255 506183

Harwich International Shanty Festival

The Harwich International Shanty Festival is back, from the 5th - 7th October.

Tickets for all events are on sale now, available to purchase here: www.tickettailor.com/events/harwichinternationalshantyfestival

The 13th Festival will of course be the biggest and best yet, with a tremendous selection of talented artists to watch, some fascinating and original workshops, great venues, real ales, a carnival atmosphere and a jam packed weekend of entertainment.

Free summer craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier

Harwich Haven Authority – the East of England’s largest trust port – will be hosting a series of free craft workshops on Ha’penny Pier during the summer holidays.

The drop-in workshops will take place on Monday 20, Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 August in the Visitor Centre between 10am–1pm. The creative sessions will be delivered by the team from the Harwich Festival and are suitable for all ages. Children, must however, be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Artist Monique de Vlieger - whose community installation Fishy Business can be seen on Ha’penny Pier until the end of October – will lead the workshops. Children can decorate fishy bunting or have a go at sewing a small felt fish using recycled materials to take home. Harwich Haven Authority is also providing free lollies to children taking part in the activity.

“The workshops are just one of many community initiatives we have organised throughout 2018,” says Fiona Brunning, communications manager, Harwich Haven Authority.

“We have taken inspiration for the workshops from Monique’s beautiful Fishy Business installation and from our Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign  - as the children will be working with recycled materials.

“There’s no need to book a place and more details about the workshops can be found on our  Facebook page @harwichhaven.”

Michael Offord of the Harwich Festival, commented: “We are proud to be working with Harwich Haven Authority to deliver these free fun workshops. It’s a perfect opportunity for children of all ages to try out a new craft and to take part in the hugely successful Fishy Business community art project.”





For further information contact:

Hannah Theobald, communications officer, Harwich Haven Authority

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01255 252310



Notes to editors


About Harwich Haven Authority

Harwich Haven Authority was established by act of Parliament in 1863. As a trust port, we’re responsible for preserving 150 square miles of the Haven; with 40% of the country’s container traffic travelling through the Haven, our role is critical to its ongoing success and development.

We also ensure the safety of everyone using the harbour. Our PilotageVessel Traffic Services and supporting marine services work to keep the Haven flowing night and day.

As an independent organisation with no share holders we generate income through the services we provide. This enables us to reinvest surplus profits for the benefit of our stakeholders.


About Harwich Festival

The Harwich Festival is a year round arts organisation that aims to promote arts in Harwich and the surrounding area.

The Harwich Festivals work culminates in the annual 10 day combined arts festival but also includes a number of one day events, public arts projects and community arts workshops for more information visit www.harwichfestival.co.uk.



Motorcyle Run + Harwich Family Fun Day

Thousands of motorcyclists will be gearing-up for the annual Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Motorycle Run next month.

The 60 mile run sets off from Ford Dunton in Basildon on Sunday 9th September at 11am, culminating in a family fun day on Harwich Green to welcome the bikers. This year's event includes live music, a kid’s zone, and trade stands and stalls, as well as some amazing raffle prizes - not to be missed!

This is the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance's longest-running fundraiser, and is vital to support the charity's operating missions.

Whether you're joining in the ride, or coming along for a good time, you'll have a great day. Don't forget to #RideSafe.

Book your space or donate today.


Beside the Seaside festival

Beside the Seaside festival

The Beside the Seaside festival is back on 12th August 2018 between 11am and 6pm.

Beside the Seaside brings a host of traditional seaside entertainment and beach family fun sports activities to Dovercourt. The event will feature a Live Music stage featuring some of the brightest unsigned talent from across the region, craft stalls, beach sports and a whole host of family friendly activities.

The popular Secret Beach huts theme will also return – expect to see anything from art, craft and dance workshops, storytelling, face painting and an ‘Escape Hut’ – run by Harwich Escape rooms. This year’s events will take place in Dovercourt on 12 August from 11:00 – 18:00

Main Stage

Featuring performances from some of the regions brightest talent as selected by Harwich based award winning Live Music promoters – Essex Rocks.

Performances will come from Pet Needs, Ransoms, Elephant Jane, Leyline Pass, Poppy Scarlett and Denial Twist. There will also be a performance from musicians from Harwich Based Rock School.

Secret Beach Huts

Expect to see ….

Limitless Dance – Isaac and Andi from Limitless will be teaching a variety of basic, foundational breaking moves to give both a physical and mental workout challenging strength, balance, coordination and creativity! They will also be showing everyone what they can do if you continue to practice the skills you learn in their workshop.

Art Workshops – Making abstract Artwork using “Arcylic Pour” techniques and how to enhance and finish this abstract art.

The Escape Hut – Puzzles and activities run by ‘Harwich Escape Rooms’

There will also be Heritage Huts run by the Harwich Society and New Heritage Solutions, storytelling, face painting and free craft workshops.

Additional Activities

Children’s Treasure Hunt, Food, drink, and craft stalls, Donkey Rides, Sandcastle and Crazy Golf competitions, TDC hosted Sports and Leisure activities. There will also be additional activities at the Dovercourt Skaterink (including an open air screening of Grease) and from Quiver Windsurfing at the Boating Lake.


Celebrating Harwich Lifeboat Week

Celebrate Harwich Lifeboat Week at The Pier

Enjoy a delicious fish and chips lunch, followed by ice cream for the special price of just £17.03 in tribute to RNLI 17-03 lifeboat.

This all weather lifeboat is 17 metres long and is the third of its kind. This fantastic offer is available between 23rd – 27th July.

To book, call 01255 241212, or just pop in between Monday to Friday, between 12 – 3pm.

Find out more about The Pier.

The Harwich Festival

Unveiling of specially commissioned Sculpture to launch The Harwich Festival 21st June – 1st July

The Harwich Festival is pleased to announce that it will launch with a series of stunning visual arts displays on the 21st June at 7:00PM. The Launch will feature exhibitions of work from professional artists as well as community arts projects and the unveiling of the Mosaic Boat produced by Mosaic artist Ann Fielding Schwegmann.

The Festival will also host the ten- year anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art, which is the largest visual arts festival in the county- an exciting addition to the Visual Arts thread of this year’s Festival. The special exhibition taking place in the 1912 Centre will feature work from all of Essex’s twenty- five art trails and open studio events.

The Art Quarter (established in 2014) will be filled with exhibitions, there including -The Old Bank Studios who will be holding their annual show and will also feature a textile display with clothes by Lynda Monk who will be demonstrating on Saturday June 23rd. Affordable original artwork by local artists will be on sale as well as cards and prints.

The 20x20 exhibition returns by popular demand in a different setting this year. This will be the ground floor of the old Ebenezer Chapel. This open exhibition features contributions from all ages and in all types of media, the only stipulation being that submissions must measure 20x20cm.

The public art project Fishy Business has attracted a lot of people and the shoals of fish created will form an unexpected and surprising display along the waterfront – over 500 fish have been created and submitted by the general public.

Windows on Art, this year’s art trail will feature images taken by infra-red photographer Kirk Rogers. Be prepared to be surprised by the unique and unfamiliar images produced by using this technique.

The Visual Arts Exhibitions will be on display throughout the Festival running alongside a diverse programme combining Music, Art, Dance and Spoken Word.

Programme Highlights

Jazz, folk and World music

Dinosaur – 2017 Mercury Prize Nominees, Dinosaur [pictured] are one of the most exciting and innovative young bands on the music scene today, full of imagination and surprised – Led by BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17, trumpeter Laura Jurd.

Edgelarks is Phillip Henry's and Hannah Martin’s most innovative work to date. As well as being their 4th studio album it also marks the genesis of a brand-new band name. Phillip and Hannah are former winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Duo of the year.

Classical Music

The outstanding Neopolitan pianist and chamber musician Emma Abbate teams up with the celebrated Tippett Quartet for a piano quintet recital at St Nicholas’ Church for Harwich Festival 18 sponsored by The Pier at Harwich.

Described as “an amazingly talented pianist” by the Italian magazine Musica, Emma is currently a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a staff coach at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

She has performed at many international venues and concert halls, including London’s Wigmore Hall, in addition to broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

The Tippett Quartet have delighted audiences and critics alike for more than a decade and a half with their animated virtuosic performances and inspired programming.

Saxology - This well respected and long-standing ensemble has appeared at many leading arts events including the Edinburgh and City of London Festivals and the “World Saxophone Congress”.

Having explored the relevance of the saxophone through period arrangements, French classical, jazz and improvisation through to original contemporary music, Saxology are excited to embark on a new relationship with vocal music.


Spoken word

Standard issue  - Mickey Noonan, Hannah Dunleavy and Jen Offord, of the Standard Issue podcast, will be joined by comedian Jess Fostekew and Alison Inman, President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, to talk funnies, feminism and loads more.

A collection will be held after the show in aid of local charity CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse).

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) a registered charity working with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse across the mid and North Essex, to provide them with independent, specialist support.


Harwich we need you! The future of dance hangs in the balance and it is your mission to save it. Glass House Dance invite you to join them on a clubbing journey through the ages. Calling all foot-tappers, dad dancers, disco divas, jumping jivers, old school ravers & shake-your-money-makers. Join the party and step back in time

Press Quote: Peter Davis – Artistic Director


Over the last few years we have developed a strong visual arts strand with many public arts projects such as the Willow Whale and the Panel Project and developed community projects such as 20 20 and Harwich Shorts. We have also increased the number of exhibitions and been a part of the Essex Summer of Art for several years. This has culminated in the Harwich being the proud host of the 10th anniversary of the Essex Summer of Art at this year's Festival.

Not only will the people of Harwich and visitors alike have wonderful visual art but they will also be entertained by a great line up of music, dance and spoken word. In this years Festival Classical, Early Music, Jazz, Folk and World Music are all strongly represented and there will be something for everyone. Come and have fun.


The Harwich Festival will run from the 21st June – 1st July - For tickets and more information please visit – www.harwichfestival.co.uk or contact [email protected]

The Harwich Festival  is funded by Arts Council England, Essex County  Council, Tendring District Council and Harwich Town Council.

The Harwich Festival is proudly sponsored by Harwich Haven Authority, The Pier Hotel, The East of England Coop and the Alma inn and Dining Rooms


The long awaited skatepark geared up for an opening jam with a whole host of prizes and competitions to be won.

The free event, hosted by Harwich Town Council (HTC), kicked off at 12pm on Saturday 14 April at the site next to Dovercourt Swimming Pool and ran until 4pm, with professional demonstrations and an MC.

Local organisations supported the event and include Home Start, Teen Talk, Police and Fire Cadets, St Johns Ambulance, the Ark Family Resource Centre, as well as main contractors Maverick, who have designed and constructed the new Skatepark. Several years ago a group of skaterboarders asked HTC to refurbish the site which they claimed was dangerous in the winter or when the metal ramps become slippery after it rains.

HTC put £100,000 towards the project with the remaining funding secured by partners including Tendring District Council, Tesco Bags of Help, Police Fire Crime Commissioner for Essex (PFCC), Essex County Council and Lottery Funded Sport England. The Council was granted planning permission for a major overhaul on the existing skate park site off Lower Marine Parade last August and building work started in earnest in September.

The Skate Park incorporates a series of elevations and dips to suit fans of skateboarding, bikes, scooters and in-line skates no matter what their age or ability.

Jo Henderson, chairman of Harwich Town Council’s skatepark working party, said:  “This is the most expensive project ever undertaken by Harwich Town Council and it has been a remarkable team effort to bring it to completion.” “It would not have been possible without our funding partners who have been incredibly supportive.  We now have a wonderful new facility and we hope it brings a lot of pleasure to a lot of people.”


Photography (c) Maria Fowler 2018

Surrender to Sanctuary project

U-Boat surrender and Kindertransport to be commemorated

A £319,800 grant has been awarded to the Harwich Haven Surrender to Sanctuary project to create a series of events to mark the anniversary of these significant moments in history.

The arrival of the Kindertransport –the first Jewish refugee children – and the centenary of the surrender of the German U-boat fleet in 1918 will both be marked with events such as a memorial parade and a travelling U-boat. This project will continue for a full year, and will be based in Harwich.

Electric Palace Restoration gets the go-ahead

Final works to restore The Electric Palace in Harwich have been given the green light.

The listed building has already undergone an extensive refit and has been removed from English Heritage’s buildings at risk register.

Now work to reinstate original features and preserve the building’s long term future have been agreed by Tendring District Council.

Official Launch for Dovercourt Skateboard Park

AN OFFICIAL launch event is being held to celebrate a state-of-the-art skate park.

The £220,000 facility in Lower Marine Parade, Dovercourt was completed at the end of last year after a seven-year battle for funding to replace the old rundown facility, which was built in 2002.

A group of skaters appealed to the council to refurbish the site, which they claimed was dangerous in the winter or when the metal ramps became slippery after it rained.

Harwich Town Council was granted planning permission for a major overhaul on the existing skate park site last August but it took months to get all the funding needed.

The park has been built by Maverick Industries on the same site, next to Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles, with hopes it will be a new top attraction for the town’s seafront.

The facility, which was opened in December last year, has been designed for skateboarders, in-liners, BMX and scooter riders.

It has an open bowl, driveway and street section and because it’s made of spray concrete, the facility can be used all year round. Jo Henderson, chairman of Harwich Town Council’s skate park working party, said she is really pleased the park is being used by youngsters.

She said: “For the launch there will be lots of young people there, and the community safety partnership.

“We are expecting a lot of people, but it is hard to say how many will come.

“We also get a lot of following from Maverick Industries and there are even people from Shotley, in Suffolk, who get the boat here as we have the newest skate park around. It was finished just before Christmas and it is all for young people and young adults to use for free.

“It has been used since the safety check was all done last year and it has been really well used.”

Funding for the new park also came from Sport England, developer’s contributions, Essex County Council, Tendring Council, Police and Fire Crime Commissioner and Tesco Bags of Help. An official launch of the new skate park will take place on April 14, with further details to be announced nearer the time.

Christmas lights

Santa’s coming to town this year thanks to the generosity of Harwich Haven Authority

The threatened annual Christmas light display event in Dovercourt High Street, planned for Friday 1 December, will now go ahead thanks to a last minute donation from Harwich Haven Authority.

“After reading in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard that the organisers of the Dovercourt High Street Christmas light display were struggling to raise sufficient funding we were delighted to step in and help,” says Neil Glendinning, CEO, Harwich Haven Authority.

“The Authority is an integral part of the local community and this year we’ve been able to support a number of initiatives and charities in and around the Harwich and Dovercourt area.

“The Christmas light display has traditionally been an event that draws people together from across the area and we didn’t want to see it fail.

“We have been very impressed by the passion and energy of organisers Kirsty Ayling, Les Nicoll and their team at CREATE. They work tirelessly throughout the year to organise and create activities that benefit so many members of the community.”

Kirsti Ayling from CREATE commented: “Myself, Les Nicoll and the rest of the CREATE team are absolutely overwhelmed by the huge generosity of Harwich Haven Authority. The lights cost so much money and it’s a struggle each year to raise the necessary funding.”

Les Nicoll, CREATE added: “The Christmas light turn on is a fantastic community event, which brings friends, neighbours and businesses together in celebration.

“Lots of groups and community clubs will be involved and Santa will also be making a special visit this year.

“It’s a truly fantastic event that we’re delighted to bring to the community of Dovercourt and Harwich.”

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