Dartmouth Music Festival band
Dartmouth Music Festival band

Sort Break -Dartmouth Music Festival

Onboard our Special Weekend Break  to Dartmouth Music Festival, you will be treated to all the sights and sounds of this spectacular event from an exclusive vantage point.

This trip promises a be unique mix of  all genres of music , great food and like minded company. All your onboard meals and refreshments are included and our Skipper and Crew will be onhand to ensure that you have a great time!

What to expect from your Dartmouth Music Festival Experience:

Enjoy this special event weekend break, sailing from beautiful Brixham in Torbay, Devon. Arrive in historic Dartmouth in style aboard Pilgrim of Brixham a classic heritage sailing ship.  Enjoy refreshments as you board, and later an afternoon tea en route.  Once in Dartmouth, you can soak up the Festival atmosphere and immerse yourself in every genre of musical performance which fills the town and harbour front from end to end http://www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/lineup/

Whilst you enjoy the show- perhaps with a drink on deck , our onboard cook will prepare all your tasty meals during your stay for you and your fellow guests to enjoy. After supper onboard is the perfect time to relax and recall the highlights of the day, before you settle down for a comfortable nights sleep.

The following morning, enjoy the sights and sounds of the River Dart, following a delicious breakfast – with more time to take in the highlights of the festival before we set sail homeward to Brixham.

Points of Interest during your  Special Event Weekend Break:

The Port of Dartmouth has hosted this musical event for many years and now attracts performers from around the world performing against this unique backdrop with superb on the water events and brilliant musical entertainment.

From acapela voices and orchestral performances to street buskers and sea shanties there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

During the sailing part of your weekend we are very happy for you to get involved in sailing Pilgrim if you would like to. There are plenty of opportunities to help the crew hoist the sails and even take the helm – or you may prefer to just sit back, relax and enjoy the view – it’s up to you!

Whatever you decide, enjoy the magnificent scenery as we leave Brixham, Torbay and set sail around Berry Head. This whole area is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colonies of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes, kestrels and gulls.  On our way to Dartmouth, we are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises, 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 has the distinction of being the smallest, highest and deepest lighthouse in the British Isles.  It is over 16 feet high and its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. Berry Head is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804.  Designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was a strategic naval anchorage.

Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, coasta­­­l coves and inlets.  We sail past St Marys Bay, a popular caravan holiday destination, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then, hidden from view, the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, once the home of the Doyle Cart family.

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.

The rocky entrance to the r­­­­­­­iver is guarded on the west side of the estuary by a 15th Century castle, which also incorporates the church of St Petrox.

Kingswear, the harbour town directly opposite Dartmouth has its own historic castle. During the 2nd world war, the two fortifications were linked by chains at dusk to damage enemy ships attempting to attack Dartmouth.

Further up river The famous Britannia Royal Naval College sits above Dartmouth where officer training has taken place since 1863.

As we return to Pilgrims home port on day three, we will sail into Brixham harbour past the half mile long breakwater protecting the harbour, with its light house built in 1916.

Weather – Wind and Tides!

Because of weather, wind and tide, no two trips are exactly the same. We cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

This Special Event Weekend Break to Dartmouth Music Festival is sure to be popular 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 PortBrixham – Town Pontoon
DatesFri 12th May – Sun 14th May 2016
Embark/Disembark Time14-00 -12-00(noon)
Duration:2 Nights
Maximum Number of Guests10
What's Included*Approx 5hrs of glorious sailing! *All meals and refreshments whilst onboard *Best vantage point for harbourside festival activities *Use of safety equipment e.g Life Jackets and harnesses *Access to all street and harbourside performances *Mooring and berthing fees
What's not Included*Parking Fees *Waterproof Clothing * Water Taxi fares ashore (optional) *Meals/drinks ashore *Entry Fees for any indoor performances *Joining/onward travel *Travel Insurance
Sail Bed and Breakfast Enjoying Lunch Sailing into Dartmouth Devon onboard Pilgrim BM45
Pilgrim of Brixham classic comfort and spacious below decks
Sail Bed and Breakfast Dolphins Alongside South Devon
Enjoying some Classic Sailing on deck Pilgrim of Brixham Devon
Delicious Devon Cream Tea onboard Pilgrim Classic Sailing Boat

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