There is an annual phenomenon in Brixham. They host the renowned Brixham Pirate Festival, the largest event of its kind in the UK, taking place on the first Bank Holiday in May. Release your inner pirate by joining hundreds of others in full costume. You can go all out with period-correct costumes or even show off your plastic sword and eyepatch.
Situated on the other side of Paignton, a short 10-minute drive from Melba House, Brixham is part of the captivating English Riviera. To enjoy the festivities to their full without worrying about driving, hop on one of the regular ferries departing from Torquay Harbour, an even shorter 5-minute drive.
The festival’s heart is in the Brixham harbour, where the Golden Hind replica stands proudly alongside the main stage, hosting lively re-enactments, sea shanties, music, entertainers, and shows throughout the weekend. Brace yourself for the exhilaration of cannons and gunfire, as skirmishes, attacks, and boardings take place aboard the magnificent 17th-century flagship El Galeon, alongside the Golden Hind.
For the latest updates and event lineup, keep an eye on the Brixham Pirate Festival Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BrixhamPirateFest/
The Brixham Pirate Festival always takes place on the first May bank holiday weekend of the year.
Since its inception in 2007, Brixham’s annual pirate festival has become a beloved tradition, attracting visitors from across the country. With the exception of a pause during the pandemic, this lively event held during the bank holiday weekend has grown in popularity, captivating the community and attendees alike.
Spread throughout the town, the vibrant 3-day festival revolves around Brixham’s picturesque harbour, with the main stage located beneath the Old Fish Market.
Due to the high attendance during the Pirate Festival weekend, Brixham experiences significant congestion. To avoid parking challenges, it is advisable to plan ahead and choose a designated parking area. While there are several parking options in and around Brixham, availability is limited during this period. We suggest utilizing the convenient Park and Ride facility located just outside the town.
The Brixham Pirate Festival warmly welcomes dogs and does not enforce any restrictions on their participation. Feel free to bring your furry companions along and join in the festivities!
How to dress like a real Pirate
Dressing like a real pirate can be a fun and exciting way to embrace the swashbuckling spirit. Here are some tips on how to achieve an authentic pirate look:
- Start with a pirate shirt: Look for a loose-fitting, billowy shirt with ruffled or puffed sleeves. Opt for colours like white, beige, or muted earth tones.
- Layer with a vest or coat: Add a vest or coat in dark colours such as brown or black to create depth and add a rugged appeal to your outfit.
- Get your hands on a tricorn hat: The iconic tricorn hat with its three-cornered shape is a must-have for any pirate costume. Choose one in weathered leather or fabric, adorned with feathers or ribbons.
- Embrace the accessories: Pirates are known for their accessories. Consider adding a waist sash or belt with a large buckle, a bandana or headscarf to cover your head, and fingerless gloves to complete the look.
- Don’t forget the pants: Opt for loose-fitting pants in dark colours like black or brown. You can also go for striped or tattered trousers for a more authentic pirate appearance.
- Footwear matters: Choose boots that reach mid-calf or knee-high. Look for boots with a worn or weathered look, and consider adding boot cuffs or spats for added flair.
- Add some pirate props: Accessorise with props like an eye patch, a fake hook hand, a toy sword, or a flintlock pistol to enhance your pirate persona.
Remember, individual creativity and personal touches can make your pirate outfit unique. Create a persona and run with it. Have fun with your costume and embrace the adventurous spirit of the high seas!