Welcome to Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Welcome to the largest free nautical music and song festival in Europe!

Falmouth has a proud and long history as a first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships. It was here that sailors filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth-century quays you can still hear them singing!

You can find more information about future festival dates here


Supporting sustainability

Falmouth's International Sea Shanty Festival is committed to a sustainable approach.

From the reusable cup scheme to enhanced recycling points and designated sponsorship specifically for sustainability, take a look what the festival has to offer on going green...



Costumed Life Drawing: Pirates


Falmouth Classics 2020

Falmouth Classics

Friday 13th - Sunday 15th June 2025

“Falmouth Classics,” has been held in the waters around Falmouth each year since 1987. In 2013 it was re-launched in mid-June as a three day “Falmouth Classics Regatta” to coincide with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. The synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together. See more about Falmouth Classics here...