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
5
Sun
2020
Mayflower Half Marathon, Harwich
Apr 5 @ 10:30 am

Harwich Half Marathon, in Essex England, started in 1982 and continued until 1991. The early 80’s running boom attracted over a thousand runners to the Harwich Half Marathon. Some of those who were enticed to try running back then, are the founders of Harwich Runners and are still involved in the club today.

Apr
30
Thu
2020
Harwich Ale Trail 2020
Apr 30 – 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!

May
8
Fri
2020
@ BEACON HILL FORT
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

40’s Street Party at BEACON HILL FORT to celebrate VE DAY
Tickets include food, a soft drink, games and entertainment.
Collect & pay for tickets at BEACON HILL FORT from 1st February.

May
21
Thu
2020
Mayor Making Ceremony
May 21 – May 25 all-day

Harwich Town Council has the privilege of being permitted to elect a Town Mayor, a long-standing tradition originally granted by Royal Charter in 1604. The Mayor is elected annually at the Annual Statutory Mayor Making Meeting held in May.

Mayor Making Ceremony
May 21 @ 12:00 pm

Each May, the council elects Harwich’s new mayor at its Annual Mayor Making Ceremony which takes place on the third Thursday in May or the fourth Thursday in May when it’s an election year.  

The church service takes place at St Nicholas’ church at 12 noon, to which all are welcome to attend. This is then followed by the ancient ceremony of Kitchel Throwing. Kitchels are small spiced cakes baked locally and sealed for the new Mayor to throw out of the window of the Council Chamber to be caught by the crowds waiting below. 

The ceremony is unique to Harwich and has been a local tradition for centuries.

May
23
Sat
2020
St Nicholas Church Flower Festival ‘The Voyage of the Mayflower’
May 23 – May 25 all-day

Celebrate the voyage of The Mayflower at St Nicholas Church

Visit of The Mayflower Steam Train to Harwich
May 23 all-day

Built for the London & North Eastern Railway, 61306 Mayflower is one of two surviving B1 Class locomotives.

The B1’s were designed as mixed traffic locomotives capable of hauling express passenger trains as well as freight traffic. As powerful, go anywhere engines, the B1’s worked across most of the UK rail network from East Anglia to Scotland.

May
24
Sun
2020
Tour de Tendring
May 24 all-day

Come and join us on the hugely popular Tour de Tendring bike ride to raise money for Essex Wildlife Trust. You can cycle on one of three circular routes around the picturesque district of Tendring – perfect cycling country with quiet roads, low hills and views to the sea.

Jun
21
Sun
2020
Harwich Sprint Triathalon
Jun 21 all-day

Based at Dovercourt Swimming Pool the Harwich Runners Sprint Triathlon will take in 12 lengths of its 25 metre pool as the first phase of the event.

Jun
25
Thu
2020
Harwich Festival of the Arts
Jun 25 – Jul 6 all-day

Save the Date – The Harwich Festival will be taking place between the 25th – 5th July 2020!

Jul
4
Sat
2020
Mayflower 400 ‘Octopus Ahoy’ Trail
Jul 4 – Sep 12 all-day

Octopus Ahoy! will be the public art event of 2020 in Essex. This large-scale public art event celebrates the 400th anniversary of Captain Christopher Jones’ sea voyage aboard the Mayflower.

Jul
11
Sat
2020
Harwich Secret Gardens
Jul 11 – Jul 12 all-day
Harwich Sing Tendring Voices Concert @ St Nicholas Church
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Doors open 6pm

6.30pm start

Finish 8.45pm

There will be an interval.

Jul
23
Thu
2020
Redoubt Beer Festival – The Redoubt Fort
Jul 23 – Jul 25 all-day

Each summer we organise a beer festival in the Harwich Redoubt – a superb circular fort dating from the Napoleonic era just up the road from the original brewery. At the festival we like to showcase our own beers as well as those from other microbreweries accompanied by great music and food.

Aug
2
Sun
2020
‘Bobbits Hole’ Open Day & Charity Stroll, Dovercourt
Aug 2 all-day

Come and stroll at Bobbit’s Hole! Bobbit’s Hole is an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the very heart of Dovercourt and is open free of charge to the public each Sunday morning throughout the year.

Aug
8
Sat
2020
East Coast Finn Dingy Championship, Harwich Sailing Club
Aug 8 – Aug 9 all-day
Harwich Maritime Festival & RNLI Open Day
Aug 8 all-day

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.

Maritime Festival Theme Train
Aug 8 all-day

Sat 8 August – Maritime Festival Theme Train

Manningtree to Harwich www.esscrp.org.uk

Harwich Maritime Festival 2020 @ Harwich Quay and Ha'penny Pier
Aug 8 @ 11:00 am

The annual Maritime Festival returns on Saturday 8 August, from 11am transforming Harwich Quay and Harwich’s iconic Ha’penny Pier into an exciting hive of activity.

As the hometown of the Mayflower, this year the much-loved festival will celebrate the 400th anniversary of its historic sailing to the New World. The celebrations will commemorate the legacy of the passengers and crew who travelled on the Mayflower including its Captain, Christopher Jones whose house still stands on Kings Head Street, Harwich.

Learn more about the Mayflower Story here

The festival’s programme will incorporate Harwich’s vibrant creative community and it’s rich maritime history – with sea and land based attractions that intend to attract thousands of people from across East Anglia.

Organised by Harwich Haven Authority, there will be over 50 traders, live entertainment and must-see water based activities going on throughout the day.
If you have any questions about the festival or would like some more information, please give us a call on 07801681144 or email us.

Follow us on social media #HarwichMaritimeFestival #Mayflower400 #GetOnBoard2020

Aug
9
Sun
2020
Beside the Seaside
Aug 9 all-day

Sun 9 August – ‘Beside the Seaside’

 

Aug
31
Mon
2020
Harwich Redoubt Open Day
Aug 31 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

August Bank Holiday Monday! ADMISSION FREE!
HISTORIC antique guns! Tombola and Bottle stalls, Souvenirs and Bric-a Brac/White Elephant. Refreshments and Ice creams will be available. Traditional Games, including Roll the Penny, Wheel of Fortune & Splat the Rat. The Grand Draw will take place! There is a large selection of second hand books (fact & fiction) and more!

Sep
12
Sat
2020
Harwich Society Heritage Open Days
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day

Every September some 46,000 volunteers across England organise 5,500 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.

Harwich Society Heritage Open Days
Sep 12 – Sep 13 all-day

Sat 12 & Sun 13 September – Harwich Society Heritage Open Days

 

Sep
13
Sun
2020
Harwich Motorcycle Rally
Sep 13 @ 5:04 pm – 6:04 pm

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance host two Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day events a year.

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