Dartmouth Sailing and Music Festival:
Take a short break with a difference aboard a classic sailing boat Pilgrim of Brixham to experience the famous Dartmouth Music Festival from the best possible vantage point.
During this 3 day sailing and performing arts experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great Devon coastal sailing combined with all the sights and sounds of one of the county’s biggest and most vibrant music 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 Short Break:
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 sights and sounds of the Dartmouth Music Festival combined with some spectacular coastal sailing around the picturesque Dart Estuary, Dittisham and the sweeping Slapton Sands Bay.
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 musicians, choirs, mime artists and an amazing array of foods from around the world.
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 Music 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. This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise,
common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.
During your Dartmouth Music 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 upwards of 20 musical acts spread across venues and streets throughout the town and some performing onboard boats! The town and harbour area are filled with music, singing, delicious food and a great community spirit!
After a hearty breakfast on the final morning there will be some final photo opportunities as you once again round Berry Head and head for 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 Music Festival is always a popular event and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!
|Embark/Disembark Date||Fri 12th May – Sun 14th May 2017|
|Embark/Disembark Time||14-00 – 12-00 (noon)|
|Destination||Dartmouth – Music Festival|
|Max number of guests||10-12|
|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 street based festival events – some events would need to be booked and paid for seperately (e.g. recitals & venue based performances)|
|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 Please note some musical performances require separate booking & payment to be arranged by guests|