Tue 11 Aug 20
6 day
Trip Reference

Every summer Plymouth is packed for the fireworks and we’ll be there on our British Fireworks Championship Cruise. For 2020, why not turn it into a short break holiday cruise with a spectacular firework highlight.

Fireworks on Pilgrim are a unique experience. You get to see the whole show from your own boat with a berth on site and you can enjoy it with a lovely group of people. Add in a superb sailing holiday and it’s an unbeatable experience.  You will also get to see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Your 6 day, 5 night sailing adventure will start and end in the historic fishing port of Brixham at the southern end of Torbay. Brixham is often referred to as the ‘mother of trawling’ as it was at the heart of the development of the sailing trawler and is still England’s most productive fishing port to this day. It is bustling now, as it was then, and the harbour is still characterised by quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages and scores of fishing boats.

We will sail out around Berry Head, along the stunning South Devon coast and possibly stopover in Dartmouth or Salcombe on route. Alternatively we may anchor off Blackpool or Slapton Sands and  have a beach barbecue. Then we sail into the wonderful Plymouth Sound to find our vantage point for the fireworks displays. There will be time for trips ashore and we’ll likely cruise up the River Tamar past the Royal Naval Dockyard and under Brunel’s famous railway bridge.

Once the shows are over, we’ll have a leisurely sail back to Brixham over three days and will try to check out places we passed on the way down. The scenery is simply stunning and there’s wonderful marine wildlife along the way. Our British Fireworks Championship Cruise is a superb way to combine a fabulous sailing holiday with one of the best events in the Devon summer season.


Top photo courtesy Herbythyme

Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear
What is not included× Alcoholic drinks, × Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Travel Insurance, × Wet weather clothing
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 12noon. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the trip, get to understand guest preferences and give the essential safety briefing. Information on finding Pilgrim and on parking and transportation arrangements are in the Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the Trip

We need to make good progress on our passage to reach Plymouth in good time. As always, our progress will be dependent on wind, weather and tides. There will be two overnight stays in Plymouth and then we will work our way back along the coast to be back in Brixham by lunchtime on Sunday.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

All of our guests are encouraged to help the crew sail the boat. They will show you the ropes and ask you to help. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy the sailing and the scenery, you can sit back and leave it to others. Feedback from past guests suggests that those who get involved get the most enjoyment out of the day. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

You will start the trip with a brew and lunchtime snack. Each day we will serve breakfast lunch and dinner and also timely drinks and snacks. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions and our situation from day-to-day. On the last morning we will just serve breakfast.

What to wear and bring

In summer it can still be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring a warm top layer and don’t forget that essential sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the sailing regatta, fabulous scenery and amazing wildlife. It is important to bring sun screen to protect yourself and if you think you might need it – consider a travel sickness remedy before you set off each day- just in case.

Momentos of your heritage sailing experience

You will be invited to select from our range of regalia clothing and other momentos before you leave home and anything you order will be available to you onboard. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests. After your cruise we will award your ‘Heritage Sailing Crew Certificate’ if you have chosen to help the crew sail Pilgrim
British Firework Championships
Pilgrim BM45 catering
Pilgrim BM45 at sea
Tamar Bridge
British Firework Championships
Plymouth Fireworks