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Old Gaffers Festival 2017

June 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - June 4, 2017 @ 10:00 pm

Old Gaffers Festival Isle of Wight

Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival Committee are excited to announce that the Festival will now be held as a bi-annual event and the next one will be on Friday June 2nd, to Sunday 4th June 2017.

Back for another fun filled weekend of entertainment and interesting things to see and do for the whole family. The harbour will be filled with the colourful spectacle of the visiting gaff rigged vessels, some of which will race in The Solent on Saturday. There is also a Sunday morning race from the Royal Solent Yacht Club with the Queen’s Jubilee Race.

Celebrating our 20th year, the theme will be:  All Things Maritime! and our chosen charity is the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
As ever we welcome visitors and islanders alike to come and watch the magnificent Gaff Rigged boats racing in the Solent and brilliantly dressed in the Harbour.
There will be plenty of free entertainment onshore with music and street theatre, as well as a variety of international and local stalls selling crafts and wares including our wonderful farmers market and the new Pavillion on the green. There is a funfair for the children and a fantastic Classic Car display in the Big Boys Toys field.
On Friday and Saturday evening there are some spectacular bands for dancing in our Famous Marquee and Character Inns Bar on the Quay.Tickets will cost £10.00.

Please support us by buying a programme £1 of every sale is donated to the Air Ambulance charity.

The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival is a community event run entirely by volunteers, we are nationally recognised and attract thousands of visitors to the Island.

Where to buy Programmes & Tickets

Full details and times of various activities and performances are listed in the Programme. These are available to buy from many local shops including: Harwoods, Holdings and the Yarmouth Pharmacy; as well as the Yarmouth & Lymington Wightlink Ferry Booking Offices, Southern Vectis kiosk in Yarmouth Bus Station, the Royal Solent Yacht Club, and the Festival Information Desk in the Town Hall.

Tickets for the evening performances in the Marquee will be available from: the Yarmouth & Lymington Wightlink Ferry Booking Offices, Southern Vectis kiosk in Yarmouth Bus Station, the Royal Solent Yacht Club. During the Festival, tickets are available from: the Festival Information Desk in the Town Hall and ‘on the gate’ from the Marquee after 6:30 pm

What’s On Where?
Along Quay Street, In the Square and Up The High Street
You will find many local businesses, pubs and restaurants as well as the Festival stalls and street entertainers.
The Festival Information desk is in Yarmouth Town Hall in the Square at PO41 0NS. This is the centre for lost children and possessions. You can buy programmes and tickets here and ask our volunteers questions about the Festival and other information you might need.