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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

We are pleased to announce we have made it to the final of the Cornwall Tourism Awards! We are a finalist 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 deep water 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. With the now famous Breton Bash starting at 1pm on the Friday on The Skinners Stage, to the fabulous massed singers closing finale on Sunday afternoon, we are confident that you will have a memorable weekend.

We look forward to seeing you!