Charlestown’s First Ever Classic Sail Festival

    If you’re planning to make the trip to Charlestown’s Classic Sail Festival this summer (Friday 30th August – Sunday 1st September) be sure to visit the Shipwreck Museum whilst you’re in port! Read on to discover what’s in store for the weekend.


    Charlestown’s first ever Classic Sail Festival will celebrate the historic port’s maritime heritage, classic sail, music, food and drink.


    Highlights will include the Parade of Sail as the tall ships and other classic vessels enter the harbour and live music including the headline act ‘Mad Dog McRea’ – a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz and folk.


    “The Classic Sail Festival is gearing up to be a spectacular event. A lot of planning has gone into it and we hope the people of Charlestown and beyond in Cornwall can join us in a celebration of this port’s industrious heritage and prosperous future,” said Rolf Munding, owner of Charlestown Harbour

    “We’re excited to be announcing more music acts, classic tall ships and other excellent additions to the line up over the summer,” he added.


    Visitors to Charlestown can purchase a gangway pass that allows them access to the inner harbour and a tour of all the boats moored in the Grade II listed port. Lots of activities await children and families including pirates, musicians, food demonstrations, film and traditional craftspeople.

    Charlestown’s beaches and the rest of the harbour will remain accessible for visitors where there will be local craft and food stalls to peruse.


    If you can’t make it to Charlestown that weekend both the Charlestown Harbour and Shipwreck Museum are open daily from 10am daily throughout the summer and nautical adventures and piratical treasure await families visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site.



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