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It’s all hands on deck at Gloucester Docks from Friday 24 to Monday 27 May 2013, when the award-winning Tall Ships Festival returns, bringing with it in excess of 80,000 visitors expected to attend.
Following the success of the 2011 event, the free biennial festival will once again see one of Gloucester’s most popular attractions transformed, giving festival-goers a taste of the sights and sounds of the historic docks as it was 100 years ago.
Visitors can look forward to seeing a flotilla of sailing vessels make a grand entrance into the UK’s most inland port via the Gloucester Sharpness Canal at 12pm on Friday 24 May 2013, with confirmed ships including the magnificent brigantine Phoenix; the Amazon, which took part in the 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant; gaff rigged sailing ship the Ruth; and traditional rigged French ship, La Belle Angèle.
There will be plenty of waterside entertainment for all ages to enjoy too, including a host of wandering living history characters and marauding pirates, live music, arts, crafts and food stalls and much more.
And while the boating bonanza itself is free of charge to attend, festival-goers can pay just £5 for a wristband on the Saturday and Sunday, offering them a closer look at all of the tall ships with onboard access, as well as free admission to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and Gloucester Waterways Museum.
The inaugural Gloucester Tall Ships Festival was launched in 2007 to lift the spirits of local residents, following the devastating floods that hit the city and the country, and has since won several awards, including silver in South West Tourism’s Best Event category – with this year’s event expected to surpass all others.
Chairman of Marketing Gloucester, organisers of the festival, councillor Paul James said: ‘The Tall Ships Festival is a superb family event and a marvellous celebration of Gloucester’s maritime heritage. It’s wonderful to see this flagship event for Gloucester go from strength to strength.’
So round up the family and set sail for Gloucester Docks this spring for a May bank holiday to remember.
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