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!
Take a look at the venues from 2019 for a taster of what to expect in 2021. Currently all venues are TBC subject to COVID-19 compliance and Government guidelines.
5 Degrees Below
5 Degrees Below, the downstairs venue of 5 Degrees West, is an intimate way to listen to some of the best live music in Falmouth. Newly refurbished and run by Jack, it is where the music action is.
5 Degrees West
This spacious, modern bar serves food and drinks all day and is just a few minutes walk from the centre of Falmouth and opposite Events Square – home of the world famous National Maritime Museum Cornwall. There are plenty of parking options nearby, so you will never have too far to walk!
5 Degrees West is a very family friendly pub that serves a wide menu suitable for all kinds of dining from Breakfast, light bites and a large selection of evening meals. We serve food from 10am till 10pm everyday throughout the year, We advise booking at the weekend. We have a good range of food suitable for vegetarians and should you have any specific dietary requirements we will do our best to accommodate you. We try and source our food locally where possible and all our food is prepared on the premises.
As we are one of the largest dining venues in the town we lend ourselves well to bigger parties and can easily accommodate parties of 20 or 30 or more, with flexible seating and dining arrangements.
We provide lots of entertainment throughout the week, including a Monday quiz night, Jazz every Thursday and live music every Friday and Sunday
Dogs are always welcome in 5 Degrees West, and we have water bowls dotted around inside and out.
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.
Custom House Quay
Custom House Quay is the nautical heart of old Falmouth. These worn stone quays built back in 1670 have witnessed the growth of the town from a single manor house and a few fishermen’s cottages to a bustling international port of call. In days gone by there were scores of sailors’ drinking holes within easy staggering distance of the wooden ships moored alongside. Today, tourists enjoy cream teas and take river trips from these salty old quaysides.
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.
Falmouth Packet Stage, Prince of Wales Pier
Brand new main stage for 2019! With entrance and exit points through the Pier Cafe.
We are a small café on one of Falmouth’s most recognised locations, The Prince of Wales Pier. The Pier was opened in 1905 and is 155m long. It is a renowned tourist spot due to its 360 degree view of the harbour and its ongoing functionality as the ferry and pleasure boat landing. We are a small building but one that packs a punch. By day we serve delicious and wholesome breakfasts, lunches, coffees, cakes and cream teas. By evening we then move more into a bar and Cornish Tapas venue, hosting occasional feast nights, live music and other events. By doing this we can make the most of our beautiful sundeck that looks out over the harbour… with a glass of wine or two. We try to focus heavily on local produce and supporting local businesses. One way that we do this is by sourcing our fish directly from local boats to give the fisherman the best prices and us the freshest fish. We have also delved deeply into our coffee research and secured out one of the best coffee roasters in the UK. Extract coffee, with whom we have a very close relationship.
We buy in exceptional produce to deliver to our customers we feel that perhaps this is only half of the experience you get when coming to visit us. We pride ourselves in being a friendly and approachable bunch of local folk. We are here to give you great food in a relaxed atmosphere so that you can enjoy the best that our surroundings have to offer.
Come and see us soon!
Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth, TR11 3DF
The Games Room is a contemporary take on an old school pool and snooker bar. With 7 pool tables, 5 snooker tables, darts, table football and a host of other table top games you won’t be bored here! Competitively priced drinks certainly help to create a great atmosphere and friendly staff help make this bar a big hit.
This is a place where real ales, local ciders and cocktails are taken very seriously. Add to this a drop down screen for selective Sky Sports games and you have a great bar with a lively atmosphere whether you want a quiet pint or an evening of serious pool playing.
Steeped in history with unbeatable sweeping sea 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 local pints in their cosy quayside pub The Working Boat.
And at the end of the day, the plushest of rooms await. Whether it’s a lazy lie-in with breakfast in bed, a soothing spa treatment or long soak in your bath tub – there’s every excuse to retreat to this Cornish coastal hideaway.
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.
Mangos is set in the heart of Falmouth. A stylish and modern bar, kitchen and coffee house by day. And a lively bar, kitchen and nightclub at night!
5 – 7 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3DP
Standing proudly on the Moor in the heart of Falmouth is the distinctly elegant Palacio Lounge.
This impressive building began life as a fire house, then became a Magistrate’s Court and finally a nightclub before becoming Palacio Lounge. The splendid entrance takes you into a striking lobby with hanging chandeliers and a grand, curving staircase. We’ve gone for a classic 1940’s lounge look downstairs with floral wallpaper and a few portraits (Lenin on a sofa is a favourite). Upstairs things take a more interesting turn with high ceilings and low-hanging lights. Huge paintings and mirrors give guests plenty to look at. And, when the light gets a little lower, our lamps come into their own, hovering in mid-air to create the perfect mood.
Spread across our two floors is space for 145 lovely Loungers. There’s also space outside for another 32 to watch the world (and a few seagulls) go by.
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.
James (Lucky), Mark (Whitey), Steve (Boots) and the team at Pennycomequick look forward to welcoming you.
Prince of Wales
We are an historic public house dating back to the Edwardian era, where you will find a traditional Cornish welcome in a traditional Cornish pub.
We serve a varied homemade menu all day using locally sourced Cornish produce wherever possible. We also have a good selection of specials, including crab, locally caught fish, cream teas and vegetarian, we try and reflect the season’s on our specials menu. On Sunday we also do a traditional Sunday Roast with homemade Yorkshire puddings and gravy and a choice of meats. We always serve homemade chips. The majority of our meals can be adapted for children.
All of our ales are Cask Marque accredited and we have three local ales to choose from alongside Bass (straight from the cask).
Ensuite Bed and Breakfast is available in our newly refurbished rooms at reasonable rates. Our rooms are light and airy with a good outlook onto the Prince of Wales Pier and can accommodate three/four people.
Thursday nights we have a jam night, anyone is welcome to play, we supply the kit, you supply the talent! Friday and Saturday’s are live band nights. Enjoy a great selection of music from a variety of local and visiting bands while Sunday is Karaoke evening.
The Prince of Wales is situated in a favoured position opposite the Prince of Wales Pier in the centre of town. From here you can enjoy many boat cruises around the local area (Helford River, St Mawes, Truro) or explore Falmouth on foot.
Nearly all the textile prints are designed in house and exclusive to Seasalt and a large percentage of their clothing is made using organic textiles.
‘Making the best clothes in the most responsible way we can’ is the vision behind the range which encompasses womenswear, menswear and kids. Fashionable, vibrant ‘seasidey’ and sustainable, signature stripes in organic cotton, canvas, linen, hemp and bamboo are designed with a distinctly coastal influence.
Seasalt realise that small things can make a big difference, they are a family business proud of their Cornish origins, and they know making the right decisions matter. By running their business responsibly and maintaining an impeccable attention to detail, their gorgeous shops are always a pleasure to discover.
In 2005 Seasalt were the first fashion company in the UK to have their organic clothing certified to Soil Association Standards. In 2007 & 2008 Seasalt were ranked equal first fashion company in the UK for their ethical standards, as certified by the Ethical Company Organisation.
Welcome to the Seaview Inn, a beautifully traditional pub in Falmouth. The Seaview is a country style Inn situated on Wodehouse Terrace with the most spectacular panoramic view of the busy inner marinas, harbour and estuary of Falmouth. For those looking to stay a little longer we also have three luxury en suite rooms upstairs. The Inn dates back to the 1800s, when it is believed the building was constructed in the middle of green fields as a manor house for a wealthy ship owner. It is believed to have been called Zion Manor and the cottages behind the pub still bear this name.
The front of the manor had a sloping garden now called The Lawn through which ran a pathway directly down to a quay by what is now the famous Bosuns Locker Chandlery. This is where the ship owner would dock his ships to load and unload. The cargo being carried up the hill to the storage sheds behind his manor house. Over time the manor was divided into two dwellings, Dolphin House and the current pub.
In the Victorian building Beers and Lagers: Local and European. A wide range of ales, beers, lagers and stout from around the globe.
We now do food on Weds to Saturday 12-2pm and 5pm-9pm. Also a carvery on Sunday from 12-3pm and evening food on Sunday 5.30pm to 8.30pm. No food on Monday or Tuesday.
Wines: Reds, whites and rose wines from various vineyards around the world.
Spirits: Wide range of spirits and whiskies to suit all tastes and occasions
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 Cutty Sark
A re-invention of the traditional inn set in a classic Georgian townhouse overlooking the Quay in Falmouth, offering eclectic yet relaxed and welcoming setting in which to eat drink and sleep. Our support of British farmers and artisan producers is reflected in our constantly evolving seasonal menu, providing uncomplicated, unrushed food from fresh fish and ripe fruits and salads in the summer to slow cooked sharing cuts and homemade pies in the winter. A hand-picked selection of ales, lagers and ciders chosen to complement the seasonal fayre alongside local favourites. A carefully selected wine list offering a good and interesting choice, complemented by a good range of traditional and artisan spirits to satisfy all tastes and budgets.
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 during the day – espresso coffees and a range of teas are available as well as a full brunch, lunch and afternoon food service. Main meals are also available here at lunch and dinner time; all our food is locally sourced and home made by our kitchen team which is headed up by our highly experienced Chef, Keith Webb.
The Grapes is also hosts a series of evening entertainments including our regular Wednesday night Quiz, ‘Folk Thursdays’ and ‘Friday Night Live’ featuring the best of local musical talents. A full schedule of evening events are on our Facebook wall.
So come down to The Grapes! All are welcome – we’re family friendly and we accept well behaved dogs too. See you soon….
The Moor was once a marshy tract of land with a stream flowing into Smithick Creek where the Prince of Wales Pier now stands. Following the completion of the waterfront further development of the town could only be inland, so what became The Moor was drained and developed in the early 19th century.
As a focal point of the town it has been surrounded by many important buildings including the Passmore-Edwards municipal building containing the library and award winning Falmouth Art Gallery, and the Methodist church.
Venue for the Falmouth Packet Shanty Festival
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Tom Lewis – Les Marins Des Abers – The Molgoggers – Short Drag Roger
Tickets £15 (including £1 Poly Fund supplement) available from The Poly Box Office 24 Church St. Falmouth (01326 319461) or online at www.thepoly.org
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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!
Our second Cornish Stable can be found right in the nautical heart of Falmouth on Custom House Quay. We’ve taken on the Old Custom House, a beautiful Grade II listed columned gem with loads of character and waterside views over Falmouth’s bustling harbour. Upstairs, there are two private dining rooms dictating local tales from the sea and the historical Long Room with its open kitchen and far-reaching views. Downstairs things are a bit more rustic with exposed brick walls, original wooden beams and outdoor seating. Fine cider and the usual delicious food await in this really special building.
Whether you want to eat, drink, or dance, Toast manages to achieve both early evening chill and late night buzz (it is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays). It’s never short of ambience with a range of eclectic events – from knit club on Wednesdays (from 7-10) to live music on the last Friday of the month, and some of the South West’s finest DJs from 11-2 at the weekend. You’ll be sure to find something right for you at toast.
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Check out the line up
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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.SEE MORE