|Thu 13-06-2024, 12:00Falmouth, Cornwall
|Sun 16-06-2024, 12:00Falmouth, Cornwall
Our trip to Falmouth Classics & Shanty Festival is one of the highlights of our season. It combines everything that is great about ‘the Classics’ with the opportunity to explore the Fal Estuary and the south coast of Cornwall. You will be sailing on our amazing fully restored heritage sailing trawler built in 1895. She’s restored as original above deck and with comfy contemporary accommodation down below. It’s an experience of a lifetime and one that all your friends will envy.
Your trip to Falmouth Classics & Shanty Festival will involve sailing with a fleet of fabulous heritage vessels and classic yachts together with time ashore to soak up the atmosphere and events. The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival runs in parallel with the Classics. It means Falmouth is an amazing place to be over that weekend! We don’t race Pilgrim because of our conservation and safety responsibilities, but we’ll be in the Parade of Sail. In between all of the festival excitement, we’ll go sailing in the Fal Estuary and along the stunning south coast of Cornwall. With a comfy berth, hot showers and full board accommodation you get the best of everything – sailing, events, food and accommodation.
This fun voyage offers sailing, singing and comradery in the superb sailing waters of Falmouth. Experience all the sights and sounds of the largest music festival in Europe. The town plays host to hundreds of groups and will provide first class entertainment after a busy day of sailing.
Take a short break with a difference aboard Pilgrim a 74ft Brixham Trawler and enjoy great sailing in and around Falmouth Bay and South Coast of Cornwall. This annual music festival attracts bands and singers from all over Europe, singing traditional sailor and nautical folk songs. Most of the stages are free all over the town in pubs and on the quays. At the same time, the port holds a regatta for classic yachts and historic craft called Falmouth Classics, so you can enjoy the spectacle of all sorts of historic vessels racing.
All your freshly prepared meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew are on hand to ensure that you have a great time!
You will experience all the sights and sounds of the Shanty Festival combined with some spectacular coastal sailing around the picturesque Fal Estuary, St Mawes, Flushing and the beautiful Helford River.
Based around a thriving harbour, Falmouth is a picturesque coastal town with a rich and varied maritime history. The harbour itself is the the forth largest natural harbour in the world! It is therefore hardly surprising that it has such a rich maritime past and is home to the now world renowned Sea Shanty Festival.
You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready you will set sail and the adventure begins!
When Pilgrim returns to port after a day sailing and exploring the local water you can expect over 50 shanty groups, 20 venues and 250 hours of shanty singing as the town is filled with music, singing and a great community spirit! Groups come from far and wide including Netherlands, France, USA and right across the UK. In the past the likes of Fisherman’s Friends, Rum & Shrub, Exmouth Shantymen and many more have also appeared! The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is a spectacle of Maritime musicians performing at multiple venues throughout the town. The main stages hosting programmed acts are Custom House Quay, Discovery Quay and The Moor. There are also performances at a variety of venues such as pubs, churches, cafes and mobile performing spots throughout the main streets.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description above is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.
Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.
We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.
Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date.
This is a list of the likely joining locations, but sometimes the ship can also be at anchor. Read the vessel’s joining instructions carefully for full details.
Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is ‘Falmouth Town’ (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.
Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving and want to drop your bags first.
Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St), tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.
Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!
Pilgrim does not provide waterproofs. So you need to bring waterproof jacket and trousers. These don't have to be sailing waterproofs. Any good outdoor waterproofs should keep you warm and dry. If you are sailing on a longer voyage or in early spring or autumn you will find the sailing or mountaineering salopette type waterproof trousers will keep you warmer than walking trousers with waist. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022
Please Note: Pilgrim requires ‘Insurance for more than 12 miles offshore’ on all trips of more than 1 night. This is because on these longer trips they often need to go offshore to reach the destination. E.g. Start Point to the Helford may involve us tacking south of the Eddystone Light. Classic Sailing require all guests to take out adequate and appropriate insurance on all voyages longer than a daysail. If you're sailing on a multi day voyage with Pilgrim please ensure your insurance covers Pilgrims above requirements. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022
Pilgrim does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.
Had a brilliant trip-many thanks to the crew!Anonymous happy customer - July 2023
A fabulous first experience on a beautiful old ship. Skipper and crew were amazing. As was the food! Great Boat, Great Team, Great company. I would love to make a return trip and would highly recommend Pilgrim to anyone out there who is thinking about it. Sign up now! But leave a space for me please 🙂Richard
Had an awesome time. Crew was superb and professional. Pilgrim is in fabulous shape.Chris
Lovely boat and great crew. No question was too daft. A highly enjoyable education.SG
This was my first voyage on a tall ship and I had no previous experience of sailing. The crew were wonderful – friendly, calm and patiently explained and gave me confidence to help with sailing the boat. They also helped to build a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere among all of us onboard. I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to sail on Pilgrim again.Annette
Sailing on Pilgrim was amazing. I loved every moment, she is totally beautiful. Swimming ashore and snorkelling. Building a fire on the beach. I love the freedom and peace being on the water, it's so natural and relaxing. I had such a great time with a great bunch of people.Di
I can't wait for the next time- sailing on Pilgrim isn't just a holiday, it's an adventure full of new experiences, friendship, laughter and fun.Kate
A super day assisted by lovely sun and cloud, sheer joy at being on the water.Penny
Fantastic few days sailing on Pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew who all worked very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.April
Wow, what can I say about my first trip on the beautiful Pilgrim with Classic Sailing? It was amazing! I am still smiling about the utterly brilliant weekend. I booked this trip as a bit of an escape from the day to day normal life on the land and it was well worth it. I returned home more relaxed, a little sunburnt, but wanting to just jump straight back on board! I t was great fun being allowed to be involved in raising the sails and learning a bit of history about the vessel. If you hare thinking about booking a voyage, be it a day trip, weekend or longer... do it! I could not recommend it more highly and as a single traveller I also felt at ease and safe while on the whole voyage.Kate
Brilliant, fantastic, I could not have wished for better. The crew couldn't do enough for us and made the day even more special. If you want to do something a bit different for a big birthday and something that your guests will talk about for a long time then I would highly recommend Pilgrim.Sophie
Pilgrim is a fantastic heritage project that deserves everyones support. I have sailed on her twice now and on both occasions the party has had a most wonderful sailing experience. Get out there and appreciate her!Terry
The trip was one of the best experiences of my life and something I will never forget. Food was wonderful... beds were comfy... crew were faultless and very knowledgeable about the boat and its history. You can tell they have a true passion for their jobs. I would certainly return again and will be recommending to all I know!Tashargh
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