It’s hard to imagine a town more suited to hosting an annual pirate festival than the traditional fishing town of Brixham in South Devon. Every May Bank Holiday sees hundreds turn up in swashbuckling fancy dress to wander the harbourside, enjoy live entertainment and sea shanty and embrace all things to do with pirates.
The weekend always includes military re-enactments to bring the event to life (it’s not unknown to see some poor pirate volunteer walk the plank of the Golden Hind in the harbour...), live music throughout the town and the annual highlight – the line of pirates. Those in fancy dress can stand in line and try to help Brixham retain its world record for the longest line of pirates ever.
All events are free and there’s no need to book ahead, so all visitors are asked to do is dress up in pirate themed fancy dress to look the part. The festival is always great fun and it’s one of the most laidback events in Devon. Look out for Captain Jack Sparrow staggering his way around the harbourside too, as he’s always on hand to pose for photos.
The Brixham Pirate Festival takes place from 30th April to 2nd May 2016.