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With the support of our sponsors, we hope that Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival will return from 12:00 noon on Friday 31st May until Sunday 2nd June 2019.

Back in 2017 Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival was a great success, celebrating our 20th year, the theme was:  All Things Maritime! and our chosen charity was the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

As ever we welcomed visitors and islanders alike to come and watch the magnificent Gaff Rigged boats racing in the Solent and brilliantly dressed in the Harbour.

There was plenty of free entertainment onshore with music and street theatre, as well as a variety of international and local stalls selling crafts and wares including our wonderful farmers market and the new Pavillion on the green. There was a funfair for the children and a fantastic Classic Car display in the Big Boys Toys field.

On Friday and Saturday evening there were some spectacular bands for dancing in our Famous Marquee and Character Inns Bar on the Quay. Tickets will cost £10.00. 

Many people kindly supported us by buying a programme £1 of every sale was donated to the Air Ambulance charity.

See Useful Info. to find out where to buy Tickets and Programmes which were both available from mid-April.

After a break in 2016, the Festival returned with the generous support of Wightlink and Visit Isle of Wight and the Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners; plus many other sponsors including Watermark,  Warners, Southern Vectis, The Town Council and The Town Trust

Without these organisations, including the amazing support of our local community police, it simply would not be possible to find the means to put on such a unique and fabulous event. Thank you all!

We all hope there will be opportunities for sponsorship and support in the future!

The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival is a community event run entirely by volunteers, we are nationally recognised and attract thousands of visitors to the Island. 

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Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival. A community event run entirely by volunteers, we are nationally recognised and attract thousands of visitors to West Wight. Celebrating All Things Maritime in 2017.

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