Brixham Pirate Festival and Bmad Bike Festival



So much fun and games with the added surprise of great holiday weather, it was so warm it took everyone by surprise (shhh don't tell the sun its very shy this time of year!!)

It was a great weekend, the queues for the Brixham Ferry was epic, they added an extra boat for the afternoon.

We had a visiting ship for the festivities, El Galeon, which is a cargo ship with 5 decks to visit.  The Forecastle Deck, where you can learn to make knots with expert sailors, the Quarter deck, where the captains cabin is situated, the Main deck, The gun deck, where there is an exhibition about the Spanish galleons of the 16th and 17th centuries, and the Noble Area, which has a replica of the sevententh centry furniture, bedrooms and bathrooms.

The weekend was kicked off with an opening procession on Saturday at 10am, (which we couldn't unfortunately attend due to Breakfasts....)

The Brixham Buccaneers, are a voluntary commuity group, run by a friendly team of local people since 2007, providing family friendly piratical and nautical entertainment and activities at Brixham Old Fishmarket during the summer school holidays and autumn half term.  Information is posted on their Facebook Page.

Lots of entertainment from The Dolmen, a rock band from Dorset,  Seas of Mirth, with a varying sound marinated in maritime in a high energy live show.   Black Firday another high energy celtic-folk-punk band from Cornwall.  The Pirates of St. Piran are a non profit making charity fundraising group working to raise money for the RNLI, Children's hospice southwest, and the Cornwall Air Ambulance trust, along with many othe local charities.  They are based in St Austell area and perform all over the west country.  They sing Sea shanties, Cornish folk songs and their own unique material.  The Irish and The O'Marleys  headline a selection of festivals, check out their youtube videos.  The Sheppey Pirates, Brixham Pirate Festival Skirmish and Enactment, The crew create an informative and fun learning experience, you met 17th century characters, and learnt to understand sayings that are still used today, understand how life on board ship really was.  Hornswaggle born in the dusty cellar of a ramshackle pub, sounds of waves crashing and the smell of real ale, Hornswaggle emerge armed with a carnival of songs to delight and astound. Pyrates  a sea faring band of musical marauders, who have imposed their own brand of pirate themed electric folk rock music.  The Captains Beard a briny bunch of brightonians, well known for performing traditional maritime folk music as well as original and piratical tunes of their own devising.  GurdyBird  from South West Cornwall, composes her own pieces and puts her folktronic medieval industrial stamp on covers of traditional tunes.

BMAD Festival Paignton is probably the biggest biker, music and beer festival in the South West of England, now in its 13th year, All the monies raised at their Wednesday Biker nights, and Festival goes to Chosen Charities.    The Biker nights takes place on Wednesday nights between  June and the end of September at Paignton Seafront from 6pm,  Please see the Website for charges.



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