Events

Upcoming events are listed below


Harwich benefits from great attractions and a range of events taking place throughout the year. Discover what’s happening and what captures your interest and then get involved. We hope you enjoy everything the town has to offer.

Apr
25
Thu
2019
Gin Tasting @ The Alma Inn
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

An evening of gindulgence with some fantastic local gin makers, some delectable nibbles and of course some drinking!
Tickets need to be booked in advance.

May
2
Thu
2019
Harwich Ale Trail
May 2 – May 6 all-day

An ale & cider festival set across Historic Harwich, every venue walking distance from the next. Pubs, former pubs, galleries, a brewery and more!

May
3
Fri
2019
Live Music at the Alma Inn – The Remoras @ The Alma Inn
May 3 @ 7:30 pm

The Remoras are a three, sometimes four, piece guitar band playing an eclectic mix of classic covers from across the universe; and they will be playing at the Alma Inn on Friday, May 3rd.

May
10
Fri
2019
Live Music at the Alma Inn – Raw Dogs @ The Alma Inn
May 10 @ 7:30 pm

Raw Dogs are a Psychobilly band from the USA. Fast paced, thrashy, street punk infused with psychobilly party animal apocalypse dudes from outerspace!

May
23
Thu
2019
Mayor Making Ceremony
May 23 all-day
May
24
Fri
2019
Live Music at the Alma Inn – Don’t Fret @ The Alma Inn
May 24 @ 7:30 pm

Don’t Fret will be performing at the Alma Inn on Friday 24th May.

Jun
2
Sun
2019
Tour De Tendring
Jun 2 @ 9:59 am – 10:59 am
Jun
20
Thu
2019
Harwich Festival of the Arts
Jun 20 – Jun 30 all-day

Save the Date – The Harwich Festival will be taking place between the 20th – 30th June 2019!

Jun
23
Sun
2019
Essex Comic Con 2019 @ Dovercourt Skate Rink,
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Stars from TV and Film will be coming to Harwich, including a number of Cosplayers from Bumblebee to Harley Quinn.

Its a day of family fun with shows from The Wrestling League and also live music. 11am – 4pm

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Harwich Secret Gardens
Jul 6 – Jul 7 all-day
Jul
25
Thu
2019
Harwich Beer Festival @ The Redoubt Fort
Jul 25 – Jul 27 all-day
Jul
27
Sat
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This two day workshop is most suitable for those with oil painting experience. The day will begin in the studio, but you will be working mostly outside and will only move back into the studio in the event of persistent or heavy rain – Haidee-Jo is not averse to working in the wind or cold!

Harwich Maritime Festival & RNLI Open Day @ Harwich Maritime Festival & RNLI Open Day
Jul 27 @ 10:17 am
Jul
28
Sun
2019
Haidee-Jo Summers – Plein Air Weekend @ Old Bank Studios
Jul 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

This two day workshop is most suitable for those with oil painting experience. The day will begin in the studio, but you will be working mostly outside and will only move back into the studio in the event of persistent or heavy rain – Haidee-Jo is not averse to working in the wind or cold!

Aug
3
Sat
2019
WrabFest
Aug 3 all-day

t’s a niche, family friendly, boutique music festival held once a year in beautiful surroundings, overlooking The River Stour and the Grayson Perry designed “House for Essex”. Organised by the village of Wrabness whose Volunteers work incredibly hard so that you can enjoy the best party of the summer.

WrabFest is a not-for-profit event with any proceeds being invested into future events and Wrabness based community activities.

Aug
4
Sun
2019
‘Bobbits Hole’ Open Day
Aug 4 all-day

‘Bobbits Hole’ Open Day, Dovercourt

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Harwich Town Sailing Club National Championship
Aug 16 – Aug 18 all-day

The Sprint 15 class catamaran fleet will descend on Harwich for their annual championships. They will be accommodated on St Helen’s Green by kind permission of TDC.

We expect 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.

Sep
8
Sun
2019
Harwich Motorcycle Rally
Sep 8 all-day
Sep
14
Sat
2019
Harwich Society Heritage Open Days
Sep 14 – Sep 15 all-day

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore

Oct
11
Fri
2019
Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival @ Harwich
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

The Harwich International Shanty Festival was set up in 2006 to organise and co-ordinate an annual sea shanty festival over a weekend in October. Through concerts, ‘singarounds’, pub sessions, talks and workshops, the history and heritage of Harwich as part of the British seafaring nation is celebrated, promoted and perpetuated by local people and groups. This is unique for the county of Essex and is attracting audiences countrywide and beyond. 

Harwich International Shanty Festival
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

It has journeyed a long way since its small beginnings with a bunch of friends meeting up in a couple of pubs to drink good beer and sing good shanties, but we like to think that the initial idea of a cosy pub atmosphere, good friends and rousing shanties is still at the heart of all we do. Nowadays the whole town of Old Harwich resounds to the sound of Shanties and Sea songs and in addition there are concerts, barge trips, street theatre, maritime crafts, pirates, a Shanty train and much more.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Harwich Guy Carnival Procession
Oct 26 all-day
Harwich Society History Fair
Oct 26 @ 12:26 pm – Oct 27 @ 1:26 pm
Nov
2
Sat
2019
Harwich Sausage Festival
Nov 2 all-day
Nov
20
Wed
2019
Harwich and Parkeston Winter Ale Festival
Nov 20 – Nov 23 all-day
Nov
29
Fri
2019
Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival
Nov 29 all-day

To celebrate the voyage the Illuminate Festival is held in Harwich on the day after Thanksgiving each year, consisting of a torch-light procession through the town including giant torches resembling the ship and Captain Jones.

Dec
1
Sun
2019
Kings Head Street Christmas Market @ Kings Head Street, Harwich
Dec 1 all-day

Kings Head Street Christmas Market, Harwich.

Dec
6
Fri
2019
Christmas Light Switch on @ Dovercourt Town Centre
Dec 6 @ 2:02 pm – 3:02 pm
Dec
7
Sat
2019
Arrival of St Nicholas
Dec 7 @ 12:50 pm – 1:50 pm
Dec
31
Tue
2019
New Years’ Eve Fireworks Display
Dec 31 all-day
Apr
5
Sun
2020
Harwich Half Marathon
Apr 5 all-day

The Harwich half marathon is being organised by Harwich Runners and the Rotary Club of Harwich & Dovercourt, to commemorate the Mayflower 400 celebrations. The route will take part of the original course from 1982, when the tradition first began. The race has not been organised since 1991, and so Harwich Runners hope to create a festival-style atmosphere to make sure the event goes with a bang.