Visitor Information

The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival usually takes place at various locations throughout the town, from pubs and bars to historic courtyards and quays.

Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival will be going virtual for 2021. The Virtual Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will take place live on Facebook and YouTube at 6pm Saturday 19th June. In respect of the current situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and given that the Festival normally attracts in excess of 65,000 visitors to see over 70 shanty groups, it would not be feasible to go ahead with the physical plans for this year. See the full press release here.

Please note that the festival will plan to physically go ahead on the following dates in future years:

2022 festival dates: 17th – 19th June

2023 festival dates: 16th – 18th June

For Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival 2022 and 2023 please see the following:

The festival is a FREE event, with shanty performances scheduled throughout the weekend at venues including Events Square, Prince of Wales Pier, Custom House Quay, The Moor and The Poly. Visitors are encouraged to explore the town and its wealth of shops, restaurants, gardens and beaches, as well as the 20+ official festival venues.

Alongside the variety of free performances, we are delighted to host a special one-off Falmouth Packet Gala Concert at The Poly. The concert brings four of our headline groups together in Falmouth’s top live music venue. Tickets are just £15 (including £1 Poly Fund supplement) and are available from The Poly Box Office 24 Church St. Falmouth (01326 319461) or online here.

The festival program contains all sorts of useful information from maps to schedules, and is available to purchase in the lead up to the festival from The Cornish Store and Bow Fashion Accessories. It will also be available to purchase from the Festival Shops on Events Square and Custom House Quay during the festival itself.

With a wide range of quality accommodation, Falmouth has something to offer everyone. See below for information on places to stay, eat out, and explore.