Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival takes place across the whole town in a variety of venues. From cosy pubs to professionally engineered main stages, street corners to parish churches we have them all!

Here’s the list of venues who will be hosting shanty groups at the 2024 festival.

  • Chain Locker

    Following a sensitive yet spectacular restoration the Chain Locker, on Falmouth’s historic quayside offers stylish and contemporary dining with the original and distinctive charm of the 16th century inn, believed to be one of Falmouth’s oldest buildings. The first floor provides unrivalled waterside views of the bustling key and spectacular natural beauty of Carrick Roads with two fantastic new balconies perfect for dining alfresco. On the ground floor the original bar has been refreshed and brought back to its former glory retaining the ambience that locals and visitors love.

    Chain Locker website

  • Falmouth Rugby Football Club

    Falmouth Rugby Football Club was founded in 1873 and is one of the oldest rugby clubs in Cornwall. It has a thriving mini/Junior section and runs two senior teams.

    Falmouth RFC Website

  • Fives Cyderhouse

    “I thought I heard the old man say…. Come on down to Fives today”

    Cracking Pints, Top notch pizzas and service with a smile. Did we mention the fact we are hosting Sea Shanties all weekend and know a few ourselves.

    Five’s Cyderhouse Website

  • Fives Cyderhouse Garden

    The larger of the two venues, we have a covered garden for all weather conditions. A perfect south facing area where you can enjoy everything Fives has to offer.

    Five’s Cyderhouse Garden Website

  • Games Room

    The Games Room, Falmouth’s home of competitive socialising!  With 9 English pool tables, 1 full size snooker table, 1 9ft American pool table, 2 table tennis tables, foosball, Giant Jenga and over 50 board games, there is something for everyone here!  Competitively priced drinks, matched with a great atmosphere and friendly staff helps make us your destination bar!

    Add in drop-down screens, for selective sports and you have a great bar with a lively atmosphere, whether you want a quiet pint or a serious evening of game playing!

    The Games Room Website

  • Harbour House, Flushing

    Harbour House opened October 2023 after a full refurbishment. We are a modern take on the classic waterside pub. Located just over the water from the Falmouth, we are easily accessible by car – around 8 minutes from Falmouth, or water taxi/ferry in five minutes. The Ferry runs every half an hour from Prince of Wales pier over to Flushing Quay.
    We serve a fabulous selection of local beers and ciders specialising in Verdant and Lacuna. Our kitchen is led by head chef Andrew Tuck who’s specialises in cooking over fire. Our food is cooked over a charcoal ember grill where we’re serving incredible dry aged Cornish beef and pork, local shellfish, the freshest day boat fish, lobster and our speciality ember roasted queen scallops. Alongside this we have our bar menu with changing pub classics such as an epic house burger or pie and tasty bar snacks like house pig skins or mini Cornish pasty’s.
    We’re super excited to be included in this years Sea Shanty festival.
  • Indidog Eatery

    Mix, mingle, chat, or just be. Solo, social, friends or work. Bunker, booths and amazing harbour views.

    Coffee, juices, milkshakes, beer, cocktails, wines. Delicious breakfasts, sharing platters, healthy salads, kids’ meals, social snacks, filling mains, sundowner dinners. All day.

    It’s your time so it’s your choice. Find what works for you and find your view at IndiDog.

    Indidog Eatery was designed and created by Simon and Vanessa Clark of Highcliffe Contemporary Bed and Breakfast.

    Simon and Vanessa have taken their knowledge of the hospitality industry, eye for contemporary design and ability to notice and develop every detail for the most comfortable and tasty dining experience, to create Indidog.

    IndiDog Website

  • King Charles the Martyr Church

    Our church in Falmouth, Cornwall is a place where you can explore and experience the Christian faith. You can’t miss the building – it’s right on the main shopping street ,where Church Street meets Arwenack Street, adjacent to the King’s Head Pub, and the church hall is nearby in New Street. Our people comprise- Young and old; Cornish residents and visitors; those who attend services every Sunday, and some occasional visitors.

    KCM Website

  • Main Stage, Church Street Car Park

    Church Street Car Park will once again be used as one of the venues for this year’s Sea Shanty Festival. With incredible views across the water to Flushing, this is the perfect location to sit back, relax and enjoy the music on offer from the main stage.

  • Palacio Lounge

    Palacio Lounge is in a really rather grand old building overlooking the Moor, right in the heart of Falmouth. We began life as a fire house, then became a Magistrate’s Court and finally a nightclub before becoming Palacio Lounge. We’re stretched across two floors and have one of the largest indoor seating areas in Falmouth. Our cosier ground floor giving way to a breathtaking first floor space with incredibly high ceilings and equally dangly clouds of tassel-y lightshades. We serve a great range of food and drinks (including kids, gluten free and vegan menus) throughout this warm, relaxed space where everyone is welcome, including our four-legged friends!

    Palacio Lounge Website

  • Pennycomequick

    The Pennycomequick is a beautiful Cornish pub located on The Moor in Falmouth; Pennycomequick means “head of the creek” and is the old Celtic name for Falmouth.

    Dating back to the mid 1700’s the pub has a cosy, friendly atmosphere and a fantastic range of the finest beers, ciders, spirits, wines and coffee.

    Our menu changes monthly depending on what produce we get in from the Cornish fields, farms and ocean. Our passion is for great quality, honest, locally sourced food, cooked simply with love.

    At the heart of our pub you’ll find our people, we are passionate about making each and every one of our customers feel welcome and relaxed.

    Pennycomequick Website

  • Seasalt Main Stage, Events Square

    Discovery Quay (Events Square) is a vibrant part of Falmouth’s waterfront. It was developed 10 years ago and now offers a great mix of shops, businesses, cafés and restaurants. The quay also houses the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, a centre of nautical excellence that attracts people of all ages with its award-winning exhibitions.

    Known locally as Events Square it is one of the key open air arenas in Falmouth and as such, plays a key role in helping to host Falmouth Week, Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth Spring Festival and Famouth Oyster Festival.

  • The Boathouse Falmouth

    A licensed pub for over 300 years, The Boathouse is one of Falmouth’s favourite pubs and one of only a handful of independent, free houses remaining in the town. With stunning views over Falmouth Harbour, the Penryn River and Flushing, and out onto the Carrick Roads, the pub specialises in expertly made, locally sourced and seasonal food, accompanied by specialty ales and wines. 

    Our very experienced team will be delighted to welcome you; whether for a light lunch, decadent dinner, or one of our famous Boathouse Sunday Roasts. We are also dog friendly so your furry friend can join us too. Please click the links below for more details, including our opening hours, the rules of the boat, and current menu.

    The Boathouse Website

  • The Chintz Symposium

    Far down the rabbit hole in the heart of Falmouth lies The Chintz Bar, a bar like no other. Vividly patterned wallpaper, walls of mirrors, secret rooms and gaudy vintage furniture evoke the bright and abstract fantasy created by Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland.

    Specialising in wines, cheese, cocktails, wise debates, music and awesome parties. The Chintz Bar is the best place to relax, put your feet up and watch the mayhem unfold…

    The Chintz Symposium Website

  • The Cornish Bank

    The Cornish Bank lives up to its name by opening in a former bank in Church Street, Falmouth, a building which was last used as a council one-stop shop.

    The Cornish Bank is founded by Will Greenham and Rufus Maurice. Will also runs Smugglers Records Shop in Deal, Kent, and its associated Smugglers record label and festival, while Rufus runs The Old Tractor Shed arts space and music venue in Mabe, near Falmouth. The Cornish Bank brings together live music gigs and food and drink.

    The Cornish Bank Website

  • The Cornish Store

    The Cornish Store is a unique Piskey-sized Cornish department store with an extensive variety of fine Cornish gifts for every occasion and every budget. Situated along Arwenack Street in historic Falmouth, we sell everything from Cornish Hampers and St. Piran flags to jewellery, books, music, clothing and chocolate pasties! We also sell all festival merchandise including t-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies, caps, CD’s and progrmmes.

    The Cornish Store

  • The Front

    Situated by the harbour in Falmouth, with outside seating for the better weather. Superb collection of ales and knowledgeable staff plus good selection of spirits. It’s small but has a great atmosphere. It does not serve food but you can take your own in!

  • The Grapes

    One of Falmouth’s oldest pubs, The Grapes was founded in the 1700s and, situated on Fish Strand Quay, has traditionally been the destination of choice for the seafarers, merchants and Navy-men whose ships are docked in Falmouth’s stunning harbour which this pub overlooks. The beautiful panoramic view from the back of the pub is a perfect location to enjoy a great drink from the pub’s very extensive range; with over 80 spirits and liqueurs across the back bar and a great range of lagers and local real ales and ciders – there is something for everyone.

    The front of the pub faces onto Falmouth’s busy high street and located right in the centre of town. The Grapes is a great place to drop by, day or night. A community pub that welcomes everyone. Whether you want a nice refreshing drink with a harbour view or to watch your favourite sporting team in action – you can do it all at The Grapes.

    A family and dog friendly pub, with games for children and treats, water bowls and towels available for our furry friends.

    If you fancy a catch up with friends, testing your knowledge with a quiz, singing like no-one is listening on karaoke or having a good old boogie then you’ll find all those options here.

    Mel & Gid took over in July 2023 and although The Grapes has previously been a venue for Sea Shanty, this is a first for us…. and we cannot wait! We are so excited to welcome all the performing groups into the newly refurbished Grapes along with all those visiting the festival, for a great old knees up and a wonderful weekend.

    The Grapes Website

  • The Greenbank Hotel Main Stage

    Steeped in history with unbeatable sweeping views, the four star hotel was originally built in 1640 and has now been lovingly refurbished. Moor up on The Greenbank’s private pontoons, float from your boat to the dinner table, then sink a few in their cosy quayside pub The Working Boat.

    Established in 1876 and rebuilt in 2015, many a Cornish brew has been supped at The Working Boat. The pub honours its rich history deeply engrained in Falmouth’s sea-faring past, and a warm welcome and cool pint will always be waiting for you.

    The Greenbank Hotel Website

  • The Princess Pavilion

    The Princess Pavilion, Falmouth is a year-round live music venue and theatre complex offering a wide programme of excellent entertainment, combined with the well-known and stunning Gyllyngdune Gardens.

    Princess Pavilion Website

  • The Quayside Inn

    The Quayside Inn is a great local pub in the heart of the community, with friendly service and honest pricing.

    The Quayside Inn Website

  • The Seven Stars

    A 17th century ale house where time has stood still. The building itself dates back to the 14th century when it was used as a grain store for the mill that was next door. The view from the windows was slightly different then! The Moor (aptly named) is reclaimed land and the river came right up to where Asha indian restaurant is now. It is now a Grade II listed building and on the CAMRA National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors. The interior is smoke stained, the bar hasn’t been decorated since the 1950s.

    The Seven Stars was granted its licence in 1660, a year before Falmouth was given its Royal Charter and the licensee at the time was one Henry Penial and his spouse Mary-Jane! It has seen many changes around Falmouth and has also encountered many characters, from salty old sea dogs to royalty. Many of the characters worked on the water or for the water, on working boats or down in the shipyard. All of them had fascinating stories to tell.

    The pub has seen seven generations of the same family as landlords, dating from 1873, the most famous being Rev John Barrington Bennetts. He served as landlord for nearly 60 years while also serving his congregation at the Parish Church, before his passing back in 2011. There are quirky points to the pub, the coffin hatch being one of them, which you can find in the back saloon bar. An amazing collection of keyrings can be found in the bar which started back in 1953. We still find ourselves being handed keyrings from eager customers!

    The Seven Stars Website

  • The Stable

    Set across two floors and overlooking the bustling harbour, there are views of the water from just about every table, as well as tonnes of outside waterfront seating. Famed for their mouth-watering range of handcrafted sourdough pizzas loaded with quality regional ingredients, they also offer an extensive selection of superb West Country ciders and craft beers.

    Nearest parking is on the Custom House Quay – only a pebble’s throw away.

    The Stable Website

  • The Windjammer Cafe & Bar

    Windjammer is the restaurant with sea views and seafood directly on our doorstep in Falmouth. Serving you fresh fish and meats, vegetarian and vegan food from breakfast and late into evening hours. We are a coffee & cake-loving cafe by day and an active diner & cocktail bar by night. Welcoming families, kids and dogs!

    The Windjammer Website

  • The Working Boat

    Seas the day at The Working Boat, a proper pub on the waterfront where you can sink a few on Cornish time whilst admiring the view across Falmouth harbour. With fifteen beers and ciders on tap including our own Working Boat brew, moor up and cruise in for a pint (or three) of your favourite.

    When you’re hungry there’s no better place to be than The Working Boat. Jam-packed days mean hearty appetites, so expect proper pub food and generous portions, available every day of the week. Nothing brings people together like good food – so sit back and enjoy. Or should we say, ahoy.

    The Working Boat Website

Festival Groups

Check out the line up

With performances over the years from 75 groups, take a sneak peak at the performers and get in the mood for the three-day festival.

Falmouth Classics 2020

Visitor information

Plan your visit to the festival

Taking place at various locations throughout the town, from pubs and bars to historic courtyards and quays, check out our visitor information section for information on travel, accommodation and food and drink.