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
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 – Nov 30 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.

Apr
20
Mon
2020
Harwich Ale Trail 2020
Apr 20 – May 4 all-day

The 2020 Ale Trail will be the fifth in its Springtime slot and happily coincides with the Mayflower 400 celebrations. We hope to make the 2020 Harwich Ale Trail a truly special event!
If you haven’t been before – think of it as a five day beer and cider festival across multiple venues in a one square mile area. The past venues have included pubs, cafes, restaurants, a hotel and a sailing club. We’ll announce the 2020 venues in nearer the date..

There’s one beer list for the whole event, complete with a map and information. Public transport is very close with buses and trains stopping within 200m of one of the venues!