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 is the list of venues for the festival this year. The full programme will list where each of the groups will perform.
5 Degrees Garden
The 5 Degrees Garden is Falmouth’s best kept secret. South-facing (unlike the rest of town!) it gets the last of the sun, and, when the weather is less kind? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally!) with our retractable awning. The perfect spot for sunny OR squally sea shanties!
5 Degrees West
5 Degrees West is Falmouth’s most famous Freehouse. Owned by the Hancock family for over 50 years, “Fives” is THE place to be. Specialising in 10/10 customer service, absolutely cracking pints, and hand-made fresh pizzas, we’re independent and easy-going, plus we know a shanty or two!
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.
Church Street Car Park
Church Street Car Park will be used as one of the venues for this year’s Sea Shanty Festival.
Falmouth Rugby Football Club
Falmouth 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 above for more details, including our opening hours, the rules of the boat, and current menu.
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. A membership for local people operates which gives you as a community member you to join 10% off at the bar while as a community arts member you get 15% off food and drink and 24 hours notice of any upcoming gig before anyone else.
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 Falmouth Hotel
The Falmouth Hotel is located in the historic harbour town of Falmouth and overlooks Falmouth Bay. With its beautiful period architecture and spacious interiors, it offers the perfect base for a holiday in Cornwall.
The Falmouth Hotel’s foundation stone was laid in 1863 and it opened for business in 1865 as the Great Western Railway expanded into Cornwall. The Hotel was the first purpose built hotel in Falmouth and originally had its own private beach. Its Victorian architecture, spacious interiors, fantastic seafront location and award-winning food has ensured its place as one of Cornwall’s best known hotels.
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 Alehouse & Kitchen
One of Falmouth’s oldest pubs, The Grapes Alehouse & Kitchen 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 Alehouse & Kitchen 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 Alehouse & Kitchen 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 Alehouse & Kitchen! All are welcome – we’re family friendly and we accept well behaved dogs too. See you soon….
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.
The Pier Stage, Prince of Wales Pier
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 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.
The Seasalt Stage, 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.
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 Skinners 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.
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.
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!
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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.SEE MORE
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