In addition to the ships and boats, there will be an exciting array of events and entertainment taking place around the Docks including…

Food & Drink
Live Music Stage
Free Arts & Crafts
Jack Sparrow & Pirates
Craft Stalls
Food Stalls
And Much More!

On Water Activities

Get your sea legs this Bank Holiday weekend with a whole flotilla of exciting on-water activities being displayed at Gloucester Tall Ships. Taking place within the picturesque main basin of Gloucester’s historic docks will be an incredibly varied mix of entertainment from the adrenaline-fuelled wakeboarding to the wonderfully unique Newfoundland Dog Display, ensuring that there will be fun to be had for the whole family. The full line-up of on-water activities is:

  • Industry Pro Wakeboard Competition (see more)
  • Pirate Shows starring Jack Sparrow (see more)
  • On Water Living History
  • Gloucester Sea Cadets Demonstrations.

Land Lubber Activities

There’s plenty on offer to keep everyone entertained at the festival. Young visitors (12 and under) go free on board the ships and into both the Gloucester Waterways Museum and Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum when accompanied by a Tall Ships official wristband-wearing adult!

How do you keep children entertained on a bank holiday weekend? Take advantage of the outstanding value Gloucester Tall Ships Festival wristbands. Buy a Gloucester Tall Ships wristband (£10 per adult and any accompanying children under 12 go FREE) and you can:

  • Board participating tall ships
  • Visit the National Waterways Museum and discover the history of Britain’s docks and canals, and the wildlife you can find around the River Severn.
  • Visit the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and learn about one of the most decorated regiments in the British Army, from the Napoleonic Wars to the modern era.

Pirates and Living History

A whole host of lively characters will be running amok at Gloucester Tall Ships including:

The festival also hosts a rum bunch of unsavoury characters including Captain Jack Sparrow and his buccaneering brethren swashbuckling aboard the tall ships. Our Captain Jack actually appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides! Meet sailors and Red Coats from the Royal Navy that Admiral Nelson made famous and find out why Britannia ruled the waves. You’ll also find dockside denizens from the Victorian era including gin-soaked ‘ladies’ of questionable virtue, Dickensian street urchins and the upstanding ‘Peelers’ (Britain’s first bobbies) attempting to keep the peace.