Patron: Tom Lewis
The festival will take place in the City of Gloucester at various central locations, feel free to patronise them all, there will be varied programme of entertainment at each of those venues and don't forget your Shanty Bingo Cards, available from King's Square main stage (Saturday only), The Cross Keys Inn and The Northend Vaults (all Weekend).
The Cross Keys Inn
The Northend Vaults
The New Inn
The Fountain Inn
The Tall Ship Inn
The Old Bell Inn
King's Square on Saturday ONLY is home to the Main Stage featuring some great acts such as Pirate Band 'Run Out the Guns' and culminating with The Convicts, our headlining band.
Circus skills, facepainting, balloon modellers, children's pirate craft activities and Pirates will abound! Pull up a deckchair and relax in the Square!
You can also purchase your Treasure trail and Shanty Bingo cards from here and bring those back here to claim your booty.
This beautiful church in the heart of Gloucester Docks will function as the venue for the Opening Concert headlined by the up and coming Roaring Trowmen from Bristol, plus support; and the Matinee Concert on the Saturday featuring Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Gerry Ffrench, with support from the Press Gang from Cornwall and local legends The Gloucester Diamonds. Tickets are on sale now!
Once again Café René will be home to the second stage, real ale bar, and will be putting their famous BBQ on!
Don't forget to assemble here, by the Storytellers' bench in at 2pm for the start of the Pirate Walk on Saturday 28th May!
The Cross Keys is Shanty HQ and will be serving a specially-brewed Shanty Ale available nowhere else in Gloucester for the duration of the weekend.
The Cross Keys are once again hosting the legendary singarounds which are such an essential part of the festival. These permit members of the audience and public to have a grand old sing to favourite songs/party pieces - this is the opportunity for you to dust off your shanties to sing or listen to the many other groups attending
The Northend Vaults are a new addition this year and will be holding a pirate-themed festival for the duration of the festival. Plenty of opportunity to enjoy their BBQ, music both inside and outside of the pub! A resident facepainting fairy is in attendance and this is the place to redeem treasure maps and shanty bingo cards for the duration of the weekend.
The New Inn, another new venue for the festival this year! This ironically-named venue (being one of the oldest buildings in the City) will be ringing with shanties in the Courtyard, come and enjoy the surroundings and the singing in this iconic setting.
The Fountain Inn will again be supporting the festival by providing the use of their award-winning pub for the