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Celebrate with us on 23 & 24th September in Exeter

Join us on the 23rd when we celebrate our arrival in Exeter for the winter as part of the Exeter Heritage Harbour festival. There are lots of events planned by the organisers as well as tours of Snark in the afternoon and jazz on the quay adjacent to our berth. There are also some free tickets available for local subscribers to attend our informal, on board gathering, with music, drinks and nibbles, 5 - 7 pm Sat 23 September. First come. first served, book here

Thames barges were regular visitors to the Quay when the harbour was still operational. Since the building of the M5 bridge fully rigged boat have not been able to get up the Exeter Ship Canal. Snark can lower her rig and will be the first 'tall ship' into the harbour for many years.


Saturday – Kings Wharf

  • Arrival of Sailing Barge Snark

  • Cannon firing by Trafalgar Gun Company

  • Canal convoy

  • The Steamboat Association of Great Britain

  • Exeter Redcoat tour of Historic Quay

  • Snark greeted by Lord Mayor

  • On board talks and tours of Snark

  • Jazz on the Quay, sponsored by Snark

  • In the Transit Shed - Premiere of ‘Onedin Line Redux’ (Lottery funded event developed by Art Work Exeter to recreate the filming of the BBC TV series ‘The Onedin Line,’ much of which happened at Exeter Quay.)

SundayCanal Basin and Piazza Terracina

  • Snark moves to canal basin.

  • Re-launch and arrival in the basin of the fishing smack Britannia’ hauled by Sea Cadets.

  • Aargh! – musical pirates on ‘galleon’ rollerblades!

  • Maritime Market

  • The Steamboat Association of Great Britain

  • Cannon firing by Trafalgar Gun Company

  • Historic Transport event in Piazza with contributions from Devon Crash Box Club, Winkleigh Transport Museum and Steam Traction Engines

  • Shanty singing from Mariners Away and Exmouth Shanty Crew

  • Exeter Red Coat tours

  • Children’s activities

  • The Liberty Sisters – 1940’s style close harmony singers.

  • Burn The Curtain Theatre present, Captain Peacock and the Swan Boats of the Exe.

  • AGM of South West Maritime History Society + talks and lectures. (Custom House)

  • Poetry and prose readings on Snark (to be confirmed)

All weekend : Get Afloat taster sessions with Haven Banks Centre and Saddles & Paddles.

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