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.

Jun
26
Sun
2022
Harwich Festival 2022
Jun 26 – Aug 26 all-day
Aug
1
Mon
2022
Exhibitions at the HAHC @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at the HAHC for more amazing free exhibitions.

Aug
25
Thu
2022
Open Mic Night @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Monthly Open Night is on!

Singers, Song Writers, Poets, Comedians, Performers…. Join us at the Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre for the best free show in town.

Bring your own instruments (we have a house guitar if needed) and meet other local artists.

Don’t fancy getting on stage? Don’t worry, come along and watch.

Hosted by Professional Musician Rosalind Harniess.

Sep
1
Thu
2022
Exhibitions at the HAHC @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Sep 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at the HAHC for more amazing free exhibitions.

Unveiling of the Kindertransport Statue @ Harwich Quay
Sep 1 @ 11:00 am

The Harwich Kindertransport Memorial and Learning Appeal is working to create and place a memorial statue and education programme for learning about the Kindertransport and the crucial role played by Harwich and Dovercourt.

The Safe Haven statue will be unveiled on the Harwich Quayside on September 1st 2022.
Sep
10
Sat
2022
Heritage Open Weekend
Sep 10 – Sep 11 all-day

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 local people and organisations, and thousands of volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Chris Wood @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Sep 10 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Track ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011.
The Harwich Festival is proud to present Folk Legend Chris Wood Live at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

“Folk Singer of the Year and Best Album BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009”

“The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson” – The Guardian

‘Albion’ nominated as ‘Best Compilation/ Reissue’ in fRoots album awards 2009

chriswoodmusic.co.uk

Sep
11
Sun
2022
Shanty Sunday on The Pier – Felix Stowaways from Felixstowe @ Ha'Penny Pier
Sep 11 @ 12:00 pm

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.

Today Felix Stowaways from Felixstowe will be performing.

Sep
18
Sun
2022
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Motorcycle Run
Sep 18 all-day

MCR Harwich returns this Autumn on Sunday 18th September. 

More information to follow and pre-registration will open in Mid-May.

Sep
29
Thu
2022
Open Mic Night @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Monthly Open Night is on!

Singers, Song Writers, Poets, Comedians, Performers…. Join us at the Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre for the best free show in town.

Bring your own instruments (we have a house guitar if needed) and meet other local artists.

Don’t fancy getting on stage? Don’t worry, come along and watch.

Hosted by Professional Musician Rosalind Harniess.

Oct
1
Sat
2022
Exhibitions at the HAHC @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at the HAHC for more amazing free exhibitions.

Oct
7
Fri
2022
Shanty Festival
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

Now in its 16th year, Harwich International Shanty Festival has become the UKs 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/

The Time and Tide Bell
Oct 7 all-day

The Time and Tide Bell is being installed over the Shanty Festival weekend (exact time and date  to be confirmed). There will be a specially commissioned Shanty written for the occasion and some shanties will be sung.

Oct
8
Sat
2022
Launch of the Harwich Time and Tide Bell
Oct 8 all-day
Oct
15
Sat
2022
Unsigned Bands Night ft Armoured Man @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Oct 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Harwich Festival is proud to present our Unsigned Bands Night featuring local grassroots bands.

Oct
27
Thu
2022
Open Mic Night @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Monthly Open Night is on!

Singers, Song Writers, Poets, Comedians, Performers…. Join us at the Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre for the best free show in town.

Bring your own instruments (we have a house guitar if needed) and meet other local artists.

Don’t fancy getting on stage? Don’t worry, come along and watch.

Hosted by Professional Musician Rosalind Harniess.

Oct
29
Sat
2022
Harwich Guy Festival
Oct 29 all-day
Nov
1
Tue
2022
Exhibitions at the HAHC @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at the HAHC for more amazing free exhibitions.

Nov
3
Thu
2022
Alden & Patterson + Armoured Man @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists from Norwich. They have been playing and singing together for the last seven years and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe – including a twenty three date tour with Show Of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals.

‘A bright, lively collection of songs that plays so sweetly it evokes the sensation of a summer folk festival’ – The Guardian
**** – The Morning Star
**** ‘Among the roots-world cognoscenti’ – RnR Magazine
‘Beautifully realised collection of songs and tunes’ – Folk Radio UK
‘Immensely talented musicians’ – fRoots

Support from local duo Armoured Man

Nov
5
Sat
2022
Sausage Festival @ Hanover Inn
Nov 5 @ 11:00 am

Tendring CAMRA – Harwich Sausage Festival

Saturday 5th November 2022

Come hither to the historic seaport of Harwich and witness the medieval* spectacle of sausage throwing, as grown men and women try to hurl seasoned pork projectiles as far as they can. Following on from this fabulous frivolity, three fantastic local inns throw open their doors for the gathered masses to test the wares of the finest butchers of the Tendring Hundred and determine the public’s favourite sausage, all washed down with the choicest real ales and ciders.

* might not actually be true

Nov
12
Sat
2022
Unsigned Bands Night @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Harwich Festival is proud to present our Unsigned Bands Night featuring local grassroots bands.

Nov
20
Sun
2022
Winter Ale Festival @ Kingsway Hall
Nov 20 all-day

Tendring CAMRA – Harwich & Dovercourt Bay Winter Ale Festival 2022

 

The festival is located in the Kingsway Hall in Dovercourt Town Centre.

Nov
27
Sun
2022
Kings Head Street Christmas Market @ Kings Head St
Nov 27 all-day
Nov
30
Wed
2022
Open Mic Night @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Monthly Open Night is on!

Singers, Song Writers, Poets, Comedians, Performers…. Join us at the Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre for the best free show in town.

Bring your own instruments (we have a house guitar if needed) and meet other local artists.

Don’t fancy getting on stage? Don’t worry, come along and watch.

Hosted by Professional Musician Rosalind Harniess.

Dec
1
Thu
2022
Exhibitions at the HAHC @ Harwich Arts & Heritage Centre
Dec 1 @ 10:00 am – Dec 31 @ 4:00 pm

Join us at the HAHC for more amazing free exhibitions.

Dec
3
Sat
2022
Dovercourt Christmas Lights Switch On and Late Night Shopping
Dec 3 all-day
St Nicholas visits Harwich @ St Nicholas Church
Dec 3 all-day
Dec
16
Fri
2022
Community Carol Service @ Town Square
Dec 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Community Carol Service, Town Square 6 to 8 pm

Dec
31
Sat
2022
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Quay @ Harwich Quay
Dec 31 all-day