The Brixham Pirate Festival


The Brixham Pirate Festival

The Brixham Pirate Festival is an annual gathering of the worlds most infamous pirates and lowly scallywags.


Located in the historical port of Brixham in South Devon, the festival has gone from strength to strength over the past 7 years and 2016 aims to be better than ever!

Read the latest news, views and historical posts at:

The Captain's Blog


2015 Festival
Onboard the Hind
2014 Festival
Brixham Pirate Festival 2015
2015 Festival, Video
2015 Festival
Captain Jack
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Calico Jack
Take Stock
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Calico Jack
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Tony Ray
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Tony Ray
Hands up!
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Stephens
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Sarah Stephens
A Pirate Veteran
2015 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Calico Jack
Lovely Ladies
2009 Festival
Photo Courtesy of Ian Russell
Line of Pirates!
Record Attempts
Pipe Up
Brixham's Pirates!
Brixham Pirate Festival 2013 by Ted Collins
Brixham Pirate Festival 2013
2013 Festival, Video
Photo by Darren Collins
Ship Battle
2012 Festival
Photo by Darren Collins
2013 Festival
Photo by Darren Collins
2015 Festival
Photo by Darren Collins
Muskets Ready
2015 Festival

The Festival

April 30th to May 2nd 2016


There will be LOTS of pirates, military and period reenactors here with guns to make plenty of noise! We will make sure there is plenty of music too with shanties and pirate rock to keep ye hoppin’. Buskers, jugglers and other entertainers will perform around the streets and harbour of Brixham. There will be other shows, reenactments and events around the town through the weekend.

The festival takes place throughout the town with main stage right next to the Golden Hind boat in the inner harbour. The family stage will be in the Central Car park area by the bus stop.


We aim to make the festival suitable for everyone and all ages. There will be events for the kids to watch and take part in like  shows and street acts. Historical reenactments and plays during the day. Fancy dress competition for young children. Music to suit all tastes and more music in the (pirate filled) pubs in the evening. There will be GUNS & MUSIC so it might be LOUD!

Please dress up if you can, whatever you can manage will be fine even if it is just an eye-patch! There will be LOTS of pirates in costume right through the weekend so you will fit right in. We stay in costume in the evening too.


A swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment!

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Lineup for the 2016 Pirate Festival

There will be a variety of events going on over the Pirate Festival long weekend, from live music to a Pirate Cruise, there will be plenty to see and do for the whole family!

Pirate Festival 2016 Lineup

Here is a lineup for the 2016, please note all details are subject to change at this early stage.

Time Saturday Sunday Monday
11:00am Pirates of St Piran Captain Morgan’s Rum Do Exmouth Shanty Men
12:30pm The Salts Old Gaffers Bonsai Pirates
1:30pm Skirmish on Golden Hind Skirmish on Golden Hind
2:00pm Captain Morgan’s Rum Do Captain’s Beard Old Gaffers
3:30pm Blunderbuster Blunderbuster Gurdy Bird
5:00pm The Pyrates Seas of Mirth Black Friday


This year promises to be a veritable treasure trove of excitement with a boat load of exciting skirmishes, fantastical yet historical re-enactors, and everything in between! Click to read more!

Confirmed musical guests:

Seas of Mirth


Seas of Mirth, a nautical piece of rugged, misplaced corsairs with a vigorous galleon of sound.

“Before you even reach the music, Seas of Mirth will bring a smile to your face” – Bright Young Folk

“This band is surely the finest festival opening act of all time” – Vibrations

“A glorious experience that even a hardened land lubber couldn’t fail to love” – Nottingham Live

“It was okay!” – The mayor of Matlock

Captain Morgan’s Rum Do

Our music is in the folk-rock or pirate-rock genre more than any other, featuring entirely original compositions by Roy Mette which tell the stories of the authentic pirates of the Golden Age of piracy.  The stories are not lacking in blood, gore, plague, violence and so on, but have been tried out on mixed audiences and seem to go down well with festival crowds of all ages, genders, etc.


The Captain’s Beard

The Captain's Beard

Yarrr! The Captain’s Beard be a company o’ travelin’ troubadors on a quest te bring the finest o’ sea shanties and forebitters to the ears of all who’ll listen. When we’re not engaged in the villainous depravity that is customary of our occupation we play songs of the grog, grot and grime that comes o’ travelling the high seas.


Black Friday


BLACK FRIDAY are a high energy Celtic folk punk band from St Germans in Cornwall. Their music is a fine mix of original songs, traditional Irish jigs, reels and ballads.

They have played all over the UK and Europe, playing well over 100 gigs in 2014 alone. And 2015 looks set to get even busier. The band plays a variety of venues and festivals, such as The Maker Festival, The Port Eliot Festival, The Electric Picnic in Ireland, Donauinsel Festival in Austria, The Plymouth Folk Festival, The Looe Music Festival. Calstock Biker Festival, Burnham-on-Sea Folk Festival and Wimbourne Folk Festival.

After playing at the reknowned Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues Club in Soho, London, they were spotted by top BBC Radio 2 DJ, Marc Lamarr, who invited them to record a 6 song session for his radio show at the famous Maida Vale Studios in London. Whilst they were there, they played for and met their hero and Pogues singer, Shane MacGowan, who was very impressed, especially with their rendition of the folk classic Dirty Old Town.




The 2 Anchors


The 2 Anchors have been kindly described as “Gloucester’s Premier Shanty Crew” and have, since 2009, been delighting audiences around the UK with their own brand of Shantynanigans.

Having played in Maritime and Shanty festivals in Liverpool, Falmouth and Ellesmere Port; Folk Festivals in Upton-upon-Severn, Gloucester Tall Ships Festival, Cheltenham and Stroud Folk Festivals they are the host crew and organisers of the Gloucester Shanty Festival.

With a close, tight sound they put a huge amount of energy into their shows and place passion into the heart of shanty singing and singing about the sea. They have been known to make people sing, cry, weep and laugh in equal measure and guarantee that you will have a great time, or your money back!

You know when you’ve been 2 Anchored.



The Old Gaffers


We’ve been rocking assorted boats, and all sorts of other stages since 2010.
With our own brand of humour, no nonsense no gimmicks acapela sea shanties and other sea songs, we have entertained audiences at festivals and concerts the length and breadth of the country, and soon to be the continent.

We have been on national and local television and radio and recorded 3 CDs.

With an average age of 45, (sorry that should be waist size), and a groupie fan base of well over one we are going from strength to strength!




Pyrates! are a sea faring band of musical marauders who’ve imposed their own brand of pirate themed electric folk rock music to fellow pirates and unfortunate landlubbers not only in their own country but across the seas themselves.
These able bodied bawdy balladeers, having left their native England, now sail from the shores of the Netherlands to many rowdy ports across the world.

Armed with guitar, bass, drums and fiddle, These gentlemen of fortune perform in full pirate costume and sing all songs in the quay of ARRRR!


Stix Drummers


Stix Rhythmic Drummers are based in Eastbourne, East Sussex. We drum at various locations across the country including Brixham Pirate Festival, Medieval events at Herstmonceux Castle, Spiritual Awareness in Essex, Bonfires across East Sussex, Steampunk festivals, carnivals, charity fundraising events, weddings and other specials occasions – the list is endless. You can’t miss us as we’re the ones dressed in purple and black steampunk and gothic attire.


Bonsai Pirates


Yoho! We are the Bonsai Pirates. We are a 5 piece folk-pop-indie-pirate act! Our aim at every show is to get people up, dancing, singing and smiling. We sings songs of love, booze, the sea and tattoos, perfect for any festival or venue! Our line up boasts guitar, bass, drums, male and female vocals and French rap!





GurdyBird, or Tamsyn Swingler is a Cornish artist/illustrator/poet/designer and craftmaker who has been playing her beloved Symphonie since late 2010 (with a 6 month break whilst recovering from illness) and has composed, programmed and perfomed for art pieces and short sketches with The Pink Bear Club and Kayleigh O’Keefe. She loves to perform in costume and frequents relaxed events and festivals, playing in the sidelines and talking about her instrument. 2014 sees the start of her work on stage.

“Like a folky Nine Inch Nails.” – Matt Lee – Revolutionary Radio on Phonic FM

The Exmouth Shanty Men


Devon’s favourite “buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the County’s rich maritime heritage, are in demand at home and abroad.  They have played the main stage at Sidmouth, Warwick, Banbury and Wadebridge folk festivals and have enjoyed visits to Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Poland, where they were honoured to win the Stan Hugill trophy for the most authentic shanties.  They have appeared on national television and radio in the UK and in Europe, but can be found with a song and a pint every Tuesday in a pub overlooking Exmouth dock. Their fourth album “Run Ashore” will keep the pigeons off your peas, if mounted on a sharp stick.



Blunderbuster are a 5-piece folk/punk band currently based in Staffordshire/Derbyshire. Their sound mixes elements of traditional British folk music with punk and metal.

Formed out of a mutual love of all things folky and all things heavy. Blunderbuster started life with a vastly different line-up including a different bassist and drummer, as well as an accordian player and a tin whistle and banjo player. But as we all know sometimes life gets in the way and changes were made. The dropping out of most of the folk instrument players curved Blunderbuster’s sound to be much heavier and more punk oriented. Thus creating the sound that you can now hear at our live shows.

We currently have an E.P out and are working on material for our first full-length album.



“les corsaires de la Vesdre”from East Belgium


We are a Belgian group of 5 or 6 people. We live in eastern Belgium, at the borders of Germany and the Netherlands, in what is called the Euregio.

we live in the French-speaking part of the country but some of us are bilingual, German-French

we sing real shanties but also songs of the sea or sailors, which are not strictly speaking  shanties  but which speak about the life of the women of sailors, the homesickness, of the lastrest, of the nights in the ports; we sing also prayers of the sailors.

we perform in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and England.


The Shanty Town

Rarities and Treasures


The 2016 Brixham Pirate Festival will have an exciting new attraction, The Shanty Town!

Located on the harbour, the Shanty Town will be host to exotic market stalls, selling a variety of rarities from around the globe! From authentic clothing to hand crafted leather gear and even proper pirate Grog!

If you are a trader and are interested in having a stall in the 2016 festival, please contact us here

The Smugglers Run

Follow the Map!

The Smugglers Run is an exciting new addition to the Brixham Pirate Festival! Find out more by following the link!



Getting There…

How to get to the Festival


The Brixham Pirate Festival is one of the largest of it’s kind, and so attracts thousands to the small fishing town each year! To help you get the most out of your weekend, we suggest you plan your visit to avoid any disappointment:

By Car:

Roads into Brixham are operating as usual. Please allow some extra travel time to account for increased traffic in the bay over the bank holiday.
Note: Parking in town is often limited during the festival. Using the Park and Ride service is recommended.

By Bus:

Busses operate frequently into Brixham over the bank holiday weekend.

By  Ferry:

The most affordable way to travel to Brixham is aboard one of the popular Ferries operating in Torbay!

The 35 minute ferry ride across the Bay to Brixham and returning to Torquay is a stress-free delightful way to view Torbay from the sea, especially when the sun is shining!

The Western Lady will be operating at an increased frequency during the festival, as well as providing a special Pirates Only trip across the bay!

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And a special thanks to our donors and sponsors!

Hans Gifts
Brixham Bait and Tackle
Brixham Steam Packet
Fullers Pasties
Its all about me
Nicks art
Craft cart
Riviera Cottage interiors
Mayor Gordon Oliver
Western lady
Brixham chamber of commerce
Torbay council
Brixham harbour authorities
Lynne Peats – Artist
Decol Glass
Brixham Chamber of Commerce
Aran Timbrell
Brixham Buccaneers
Sheepskin and Suede
Brixham Fish Resturant
Featherz and Wingz
Old market house
Gems Turkish Barber
Exe valley eggs
Harbour News
Sean Glover
Sprat & Mackeral
The Rising Sun
The Golden Lion
Edwards Fudge Kitchen
Hob Nobs
Lavender Mob
Brixham Angels
Bon Bon
Simply Fish
The Long Bar
South Devon Players
I Scream
Rising Sun
PA Steele
Meads Clothing
Lloyd Maunder
Discount Bedding
Brixham Bouquets
The Coffee House
New Quay Inn

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