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Friday 12th - Sunday 14th June 2020


The dates for the 2020 Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival are 12th - 14th June. 

The dates for 2021 are 11th - 13th June.

Latest News

 Falmouth Sea Shanty Fundraiser | Saturday 18th January 2020

7pm | Wetherspoons

Acapella Moonshine | Brhyers Boys | Rum and Shrub 

Tickets £10 

Available from Wetherspoons and the Cornish Store (Food available from Wetherspoons on the night).

We are pleased to announce we won Bronze in the Cornwall Tourism Awards for the ‘Tourism Event/Festival of the Year’ category!

To keep up to date with all the latest news visit the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival Facebook page  


Welcome to one of the largest free nautical music and song festivals anywhere!

Over 65 groups from all over the UK as well as from Brittany, Holland, Spain, Canada and Ireland perform their unique take on sea songs and shanties at over 20 very different venues throughout the town. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!

Falmouth has a proud and very long history as a first safe port of call for deepwater sailing ships with their weary crews often having been at sea for many months. It was here that they filled our waterside alehouses with their songs and yarns and it is here that those shanties and stories are kept alive to this day. Many of the pubs and clubs that refreshed those Cape Horners and Clippermen remain. If you listen very carefully as you walk along our seventeenth-century quays you can still hear them singing!

We sincerely hope you can enjoy as much of our festival as possible. We are confident that you will have a memorable weekend.

We look forward to seeing you!