Dartmouth Sailing & Food Festival:

Take a short break with a difference aboard a classic sailing boat Pilgrim of Brixham to experience the famous Dartmouth Food Festival from the best possible vantage point.

During  this 3 day sailing and culinary delights experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great  Devon coastal sailing combined with all the mouthwatering tastes you can imagine at one of the county’s biggest and most vibrant food events!

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew are on hand to ensure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on this Unique Food Festival Experience:

This special event short break starts as soon as you join Pilgrim in her beautiful Devon Maritime Port of Brixham.

You will sail into the River Dart in style to experience all the delights of the Dartmouth Food Festival combined with some spectacular coastal sailing around the picturesque Dart Estuary, Dittisham and the sweeping Slapton Sands Bay.

Cottage on the River Dart at Dittisham
Cottage on the River Dart at Dittisham

Based around a thriving river harbour, Dartmouth is a picturesque coastal town with a rich and varied maritime history. It is therefore hardly surprising that it acts as host to a number of festivals and regattas throughout the year. The harbour and town become a bustling vibrant stage for cuisine from around the world with many local and world renowned chefs hosting live cookery theatres around the town.

You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

Points of Interest During your Sailing and Dartmouth Food Festival Experience:

As we leave Brixham,be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.


Pilgrim then sets sail around Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home.  We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Sailing past Berry Head, look for the lighthouse built in 1906 which guards the rocks at the mouth t St Marys Bay. A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart.  We then pass the Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river.

During your Dartmouth Food Festival experience it is most likely that we will take you out sailing in the mornings leaving you free to enjoy all the festival events in the afternoons. However this will always be decided by consultation as we like to be as flexible as possible with our itineraries so that you get maximum enjoyment from your time with us!

When Pilgrim returns to port after sailing, you can expect to find a wide array of food demonstrations and tasting events being staged across venues and streets throughout the town and some even aboard boats! The town and harbour area are filled with delicious smells that are sure to get your tastebuds going!


After a hearty breakfast on the final morning there will be some final photo opportunities and a chance to buy some last minute goodies before we set sail for Berry Head and  the Breakwater lighthouse guarding the entrance to Brixham harbour.

We will berth back at the Town Pontoon to say our farewells before disembarking for your onward journey home.

Weather- Wind and Tides!:

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be in your itinerary exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

The Dartmouth Food Festival is always a popular event and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark LocationBrixham – Town Pontoon
Embark/Disembark DateFri 19th Oct – Sun 21st Oct 2018
Embark/Disembark Time13.00 – 12.00 (noon)
Duration:2 Nights
DestinationDartmouth – Food Festival
Max number of guests10-12
What's Included:√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 8 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen (towels by request) √ Entrance to the festival events
What's Not Included:× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels for swimming use × Joining or onward travel costs

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