Saturday 29 February 2020

10 incredible things to do at Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival

From sword fights, pirates, family attractions and adrenaline-fuelled activities, Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival is going to be bigger than ever for 2019. Here, SoGlos rounds up the very best highlights of this year's event.

History buffs, pirate fans and anyone who fancies a fantastic family day out can look forward to the amazing Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival when it returns from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 May 2019.

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Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure Festival is a must-visit event in Gloucestershire’s calendar. Drawing in the crowds over the May bank holiday, the Tall Ships Festival brings some of the most impressive ships, interactive history, and water activities to Gloucester Docks.

This year’s event has highlights of a zipwire across the Docks, pirates a plenty, a Sea Cadet demonstration, and some of the most impressive pirate ships around.

Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

For more information, visit gloucestertallships.co.uk directly.


1. Step on board a ship


Step back in time and hop on board the incredible tall ships at this year’s festival. Vessels worth looking out for are the Matthew, the TS Royalist and the Grayhound.


2. Watch the Gravity Industries display


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Zooming up above the water, the Gravity Industries display will see audiences in awe as the specialist team puts on its aeronautical jet suits for an unforgettable display.


3. See the Industry Pro Tour Wakeboarders


This year’s festival includes a must-see floating skate park where the Industry Pro Tour Wakeboards will show off mesmerising tricks, which are sure to wow crowds throughout the weekend.


4. Sing along to a sea shanty


Singing upbeat sea shanties around the festival, maritime music groups will be performing around the city, adding to the fantastic atmosphere.


5. Zip wire across Gloucester Docks


Reach new heights and check out the festival below, as this year’s festival features a thrill-seekers dream! Visitors will be whizzing over Gloucester Docks on the exhilarating zip wire.


6. Catch a wave on the surf simulator


Ever fancied yourself as a pro surfer? Visitors to Gloucester Tall Ships can catch a wave on the surfing simulator over the course of the weekend.


7. Listen out for live music


Local schools will be taking to the stage on Saturday 25 May 2019 as part of amazing performances with Water City Music. As well as that, crowds can expect fabulous live music across all three days.


8. Look out for the pirates


Plenty of pirates will be sticking their oar in over the weekend as they make their way around the festival. Watch out for Captain Jack Sparrow, the actor who actually appeared in the Pirates of the Carribbean film, who will be trying to get visitors to walk the plank.


9. Climb or cave


Make your way through the tunnels and scale the climbing wall when the festival hosts a pop-up climbing wall along with a mobile caving experience.


10. Check out the stalls


Keep rumbling stomachs at bay and head to the food and drink stalls around the festival. Featuring delicious local foodie treats, the stalls will also have plenty of gorgeous gifts and crafts from talented suppliers.


Tickets cost £10 for adults, with one child under 12 gaining free entry with every adult ticket purchased. Tickets are valid for the whole weekend.

For more information, visit gloucestertallships.co.uk directly.

© SoGlos
Monday 20 May 2019

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