Thu 16 Jun 22
4 days, 3 nts
Trip Reference

Falmouth Classics & Shanty Festival

Pilgrim’s Falmouth Classics & Shanty Festival cruise is one of the highlights of our season. It combines everything that is great about ‘the Classics’ with the opportunity to explore the Fal Estuary and the south coast of Cornwall. You will be sailing on our amazing fully restored Victorian sailing trawler built in 1895. She’s restored as original above deck and with comfy contemporary accommodation down below.  We have room for 10 passengers on this 4 day 3 night extravaganza out of Falmouth. It’s a fabulous way to have that special holiday break in Cornwall that all your friends will envy.

Cruising on Pilgrim is a unique experience.

Not only will you have a superb sailing holiday,  but you will 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 Falmouth Classics & Shanty Festival cruise will involve sailing with a fleet of fabulous heritage vessels and classic yachts together with time ashore to soak up the atmosphere and events. The  Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival runs in parallel with the Classics. It means Falmouth is a special place to be over that weekend. In between all of those activities we’ll go sailing in the Fal Estuary and along the stunning south coast of Cornwall. With a comfy berth and full board accommodation you get the best of everything – sailing, events, food and accommodation. That’s an incredible value offer.

Our sailing will feature the sheltered waters of the Fal Estuary and we will likely visit beautiful St. Mawes. Once out of the estuary our passages may include the enchanting Helford River and the stunning coasts of the Lizard and Roseland peninsulas. Our programme will, as ever, be dependent on the weather and tides. Wherever we go, you will be able to enjoy exhilarating sailing and soak up the fabulous scenery and the wonderful wildlife. Pilgrim provides a chance to see Cornwall in summer from a different perspective. in good company but provides the chance to also get away from the crowds and congestion of the Festivals

Take a look at Pilgrim in full sail here. You can find out more about life on board Pilgrim by reading our SAILING GUIDE. This tells you all the things you’ll need to know to make the best of your time onboard. If you would like to read reviews of guest experiences on Pilgrim check them out here.

Prices quoted are per single berth to include all meals as described. For more room or even your own ‘en-suite facilities’ please enquire by email. These are offered subject to availability on certain sailings by payment of a supplement. Contact


Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port12h00, Falmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port12h00, Falmouth
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, x Ensuite or additional space that is subject to availability for a supplement
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’, Embarkation arrangements in Falmouth vary and may involve dinghy transfers. Guests will be notified by SMS message 24 hours prior to boarding

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 12h00. 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

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will be sailing out of Falmouth and cruise the estuary and the coast of south Cornwall. We will also be in Falmouth or in the river estuary for key parts of the festivals

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. We’ll follow that up with afternoon tea and a two course dinner. Each day we will serve breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. 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

Even in summer it can still be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring extra warm layers and maybe a hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the stunning 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. These are also available from our online Shop now. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests.

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