Brest Maritime FestivalBrest and Douarnenez Festivals Special

– a Brittany sailing holiday like no other!


Main photo courtesy Benoit Stichelbaut.

There’s amazing sailing, quayside music, sensational fireworks and a series of maritime tableaux that have to be seen to be believed. When it comes to maritime festivals – this is a blockbuster!

Sail to France on Pilgrim from Brixham in Devon for our Brest and Douarnenez Festivals Special in our 125th Anniversary year. Cruise prices include full board arrangements and admission tickets for the festivals.

Every four years more than 2,000 boats from all over the world arrive in Brest for the International Maritime Festival. Thousands of people come to admire the tall ships, working boats and original wooden heritage craft like Pilgrim. They enjoy visiting the boats, the music, street performances, the sailing parades and the amazing fireworks. There’s no better way to enjoy the festival than with your own berth on one of the most delightful participating vessels. Check out the images from past Brest festivals here.

Brest Festival logo

But then, after the firework finale, we do it all over again by sailing in a grand armada onto Douarnenez for the biennial Festival Temps Fete which has been delighting visitors for 32 years. There’s music everwhere on the quayside and the incredible processions of boats. Details of the Festival are here and there’s some great images on Instagram

Festival Temps Fetes 2020

This cruise is one that every sailor and photographer can’t afford to miss. We sail to and from our home port of Brixham for this amazing 15 day cruise (14 nights). There cannot be a better way to celebrate summer, Brittany and heritage sailing than this!

Brest Maritime Festival vessels
Brest Maritime Festival. Photo courtesy Alexis Courcoux.


What to Expect on your Brest and Douarnenez Festivals Special:

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 and excitement begins!

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our skipper and crew will be onhand to make sure that you have a great time!


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 exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark LocationBrixham – Town Pontoon
Embark/Disembark Date7th July 2020 – 21st July 2020
Embark/Disembark Time11.45 – 12.00 (noon)
DestinationBrest and Douarnenez, Brittany, France
Max number of guests10
What's Included√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 14 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen √ Festival tickets for each guest
What's Not Included× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels x Joining or onward travel costs
Brest Festival Benoit Stichelbaut
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Douarnenez 2018
Douarnenez 2018
Brest Maritime Festival vessels