Over May Bank Holiday the 9th annual Brixham Pirate Festival returns. It’s the very first Pirate Festival of the year, and promises to be even better than last year’s. This year it commemorates the death of local pirate Sam Bellamy, aka Black Sam, who was lost at sea 300 years ago. From Saturday 29th April to Monday May 1st the streets, quayside and marina will be bustling with Pirates, Landlubbers and Militia gathered together to enjoy the Shanty Town and the day programmes. You’ll find bands on the Main Stage, activities in the Children’s area and more entertainment at the Children and Family Stage next to the marina. There’ll be lots to enjoy: a Pirate Street Party and games on Middle Street, fire eaters, stilt walkers and busking musicians, food and drink vendors and stalls. Each day there’s a raffle: buy that day’s coloured wristband to enter. At night there will be plenty of live music in the pubs around town. Sign up to the Pirate Articles and become a member of the Crew! Will you be the Youngest or Oldest Pirate there? Join in the Best Dressed Pirate competition! Or watch the re-enactments and skirmishes on the Golden Hind at noon and on our really exciting visitor, the Nao Victoria, in the afternoon. The Nao Victoria will be moored on the town pontoon, ready for boarding! She’s the authentic wooden replica of the very first ship to sail around the world under Magellan, and is an impressive four decks high.
We were awarded ‘Silver’ for the Best Event last year, in the 2016 Herald Express Tourism and Hospitality Awards for South Devon. Festival fans come back year after year, travelling not only from across the UK, but also across the Channel. We already know that we’ll have visitors from both Belgium and Holland this year. And some are crossing far wider seas, travelling from Nova Scotia or New Zealand!
‘This was the best weekend I've had in a long time; there was so much to look at, so many laughs and such great people. I highly recommend it for everyone.’
‘Amazing great family friendly day out.’
‘Dressing up isn't compulsory but is highly recommended. Pirate parade was impressive with hundreds dressed up for the occasion. Re-enactment was loud and entertaining. Live bands and street entertainment made it a lovely day. Marking it in my calendar for next year.’
The Festival kicks off on Saturday April 29th with a Parade through town starting from the top of Fore Street at 10.15am, finishing down by the old fish Quay and Main Stage at 11am. Daily events start at 11am and close at 6pm. Good to know: some roads in the centre of Brixham close from 10 am. It is advisable to come via the ferry from Torquay or park in the park-and-ride at Churston.
- Dogs Allowed
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Outdoor Event
Parking & Transport
- Car parking - Long and short term parking available
- On Bus Route - Buses numbers include 12, 12a, 17,
- Park & Ride
- Toilets - Public toilets
Map & Directions
|Brixham Pirate Festival 2017 (29 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017)|