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.

Oct
8
Thu
2020
Harwich International Shanty Festival
Oct 8 @ 5:04 pm – Oct 11 @ 6:04 pm

The 15th Harwich International Shanty Festival this year coincides with the 400th Anniversary of the historic voyage of the Mayflower and much of the Festival will celebrate aspects of this anniversary and the important place of Harwich within this story. With Concerts, Free entertainment, Shanties, Sea Songs and Music, plus Street Theatre, Pirates, Maritime Crafts, Workshops and Train and Barge Trips, there is entertainment for all ages and abilities. Join a rousing shanty session on the Ha’Penny Pier, watch a pirate skirmish in the Redoubt or snuggle down in a real ale pub to watch or join a lively music session. Tickets and Programmes available from late summer. Details on the website – https://harwichshantyfestival.co.uk

Oct
10
Sat
2020
Shanty Festival Theme Train
Oct 10 all-day

Sat 10 October – Shanty Festival Theme Train

Manningtree – Harwich www.esscrp.org.uk

Oct
31
Sat
2020
Harwich Society History Fair 2020
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

We invite you to bring your old photos, maps, artefacts to discuss with archivists from the Harwich Society and Harwich Town Council.
Old photo displays, maps, pictures and prints. Illustrated talk! We can digitise old negatives. Make a recording for our audio history archive.

Harwich Guy Carnival Procession
Oct 31 @ 5:04 pm – 6:04 pm

It seems there have been various incarnations of the carnival through the centuries, each one different to the last. So, when did it all start?

Nov
7
Sat
2020
Harwich Sausage Festival
Nov 7 all-day

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.

Nov
27
Fri
2020
Mayflower 400 Illuminate Festival
Nov 27 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 8:00 pm

Historic Harwich will again light up to commemorate Mayflower 400. The Illuminate Festival 2020 will take place on 27th and 28th November bringing a lantern parade, Tunnel of Light and projections right along the old town seafront.

Friday 27th November 5:00pm – 8:00pm and Saturday 28th November 3:30pm – 8:00pm.

 

Nov
29
Sun
2020
Kings Head Street Christmas Market
Nov 29 all-day

Festive fun at the Kings Street Christmas Market

Dec
4
Fri
2020
Dovercourt Christmas Lights & Market event
Dec 4 all-day

Fri 4 December – Dovercourt Christmas Lights & Market event

 

Dec
5
Sat
2020
‘Arrival of St Nicholas’ in Harwich
Dec 5 all-day
Dec
26
Sat
2020
Harwich Beach Charity Swim
Dec 26 all-day

A bit of Christmas fun for charity

Dec
31
Thu
2020
New Years’ Eve Fireworks Display, Harwich
Dec 31 @ 10:30 pm

Welcome in the New Year with a fabulous fireworks display on the Harwich harbour