The Harwich Sea Festival – History to 2017
This year (2013) the Harwich Sea Festival celebrates its twenty first year as a summertime attraction for the local community and folk from the surrounding area. To mark this special occasion there will be more entertainment, stalls and nautical attractions along the Harwich Quayside and on the adjoining jetties. Trinity House have agreed to open their Buoy Yard and THV "Galatea" on Trinity Pier to the public and we are sure that this will be of great interest to all.
The arrival of the helicopter has been arranged for 4pm with the usual rescue exercise with the RNLI lifeboat to follow and this will be, as always, eagerly awaited by the crowds of people on Harwich Quayside and H'penny Pier.
Started in 1988 by Mike Seaney as a waterborne fund raising event for the RNLI, the event has grown over the years from mainly being a series of trawler races by local and surrounding area fishermen and cream teas on H'penny Pier to the well organised Sea Festival of today occupying the whole of the Harwich Quayside.
In 2000, due to the ever increasing attractions and complexity of the event, the RNLI asked the Rotary Club of Harwich and Dovercourt to take the lead in organising and managing the event. With ample controlled car parking on Harwich Green there will be plenty of room for all the many hundreds of people attracted by the event.
From 2003 to 2006 the Sea Festival was centred on Harwich Green but the Quayside attractions continued to pull the crowds and provide a tremendous day out for all the family. In 2007 it was decided to refocus the Festival on The Quay and accommodate all the attractions on the Quayside, where it has been hosted ever since.
The Sea Festival remains a major fund-raising event for the Rotary Club and the majority of monies raised allows us to support local charities and organisations throughout the year. Thank you for supporting the event and Rotary over the years and we wish you all a most enjoyable day.