Brixham Pirate Festival
£4,920 of £15,000 goal
Thanks Me Hearties!
The 2018 Brixham Pirate Festival was a resounding success! Thanks to your generousity and determination of many people around the world, we defied the odds and put on our best festival yet!
Here is to an even bigger and brighter future! HUZZAH!
We’re the people behind the Brixham Pirate Festival, an annual gathering of the world’s most infamous pirates and scallywags. It’s held on and around the Harbour in the heart of this historic little fishing port at the southern end of Torbay every year, on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May. 2018 will mark 300 years since Blackbeard’s death, and 10 years of the Festival, so it’s going to be extra special!
The next Brixham Pirate Festival is May 5th to 7th 2018
Come and join us! We aim to make the festival family friendly, suitable for everyone and all ages. As the first pirate festival in the year, many come to show off their pirate finery after the winter (you don’t have to dress up, but it’s fun if you do!) There will be LOTS of pirates, amazing music – sea shanties and pirate rock -living history and re-enactments with some big bangs, militias, cannon, and skirmishes involving the Golden Hind and maybe other historic ships in the harbour. There will be games, competitions, buskers, jugglers, street performers, street stalls. You’ll find lots to eat and drink and people having fun and being very merry; it’s a great atmosphere. And it will sometimes be loud! Once the day’s programme is over you can eat and drink in town (in pirate filled pubs) and hear more music too. You can drive, park n ride, come by bus, or come by ferry.
And it’s free! You don’t need a ticket to come!
Putting on the Festival costs lots of money. To make it safe and legal we pay for road closures, signs, licences, insurances, security people and first aid teams, safety fences - and extra toilets, stages, all the equipment, before we even get to the entertainment! That’s around £32000…..and we can’t charge an entrance fee….
How on earth do we do it? We need your help!!!
The Festival can only happen if we get enough pledges of support, some sponsors and donations. Everything raised goes to pay for the Festival; anything left over goes towards the cost of the next year’s Festival. As you might imagine, a big part of each year is spent raising funds. This year we’re trying something a little different: asking for your help to fund ONE thing.
We need £5000 for the Main Stage!
Could you help us raise the funds for one truly essential part of the Festival, the Main Stage? This is where the bands play during the day (11am – 6pm); it’s also where we locate our public announcement system using the stage sound system.
£5000 will pay for the hire of sound & lighting equipment, the stage, and the technicians for the 3 days of the festival.
And there are prizes…
As a thank you there will be a draw with TWO winners chosen from go fund me donors: one prize for the person making the biggest single donation leading up to the 2018 festival, and one for the person drawn out whose name is drawn out randomly. More details soon!
Thank you for your support! It makes ALL the difference!
We haven't received a Fairy Godmother (yet), but we have been approached by a couple of Fairy Godaunties, who are looking to help us!
The amounts being talked about will not cover our shortfalls alone, but they have made the potential for us meeting it much more within grasp! There is land in sight for our glorious festival!
To that end, we are going to re-enable donations on our GoFundMe page until the cut off date of February 5th, 2018.
We cannot guarantee that all donations from the date of the cancelation announcement can be paid refunded if our funding goal is not reached, but we will endeavour to do so.
Meanwhile, please continue spreading the word. As always, any additional funds past this years' goal will go towards next years' festival.
Your messages of support and love have reignited our spirits which were bruised and beaten from these past few months of trying to get this festival to go ahead, and we thank you all.
Brixham Pirate Festival Committee, on the 17th of January 2018
It is with a heavy heart and great regret that we announce that the 2018 Festival cannot go ahead because of a severe lack of funding.
As you will have read on our Facebook page and seen in the press, we have been trying very hard to raise funds to put on the 2018 Brixham Pirate Festival, through:
Donations via our Go Fund Me page and PayPal account;
Sales of BPF T-shirts and sweatshirts;
Bag packing in supermarkets;
Being Father Christmas on the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas;
Selling advertising space in the brochure and online;
Collecting at other festivals and in town shops, businesses and accommodation providers;
Applying for grants, sponsorship and to local councils.
When we won Silver, then Bronze for the Best Tourism Event of the Year in 2016 and 2017 we anticipated more local organisations would want to be associated with such a fantastic, award-winning, community event. We hoped more financial aid would be offered locally by those wanting to show support for Brixham and the festival.
Although the Brixham Pirate Festival has brought a lot of money into the local area over what used to be the quietest Bank Holiday of the year, it has become harder and harder to secure enough financial support to run the festival. It was difficult to fund the 2017 festival. This year it is impossible.
To put the festival on safely we need to raise £30,000. As context, this is nearly the same amount as the Grinagog festival shortfall, underwritten by Torbay Council. Because our festival is on public access land we cannot sell tickets, and because it is so successful we must comply with a lot of legislation. That brings big costs such as road closures and diversions, ambulances and extra public toilets, before we begin to pay for entertainment. The Committee can only generate a small proportion of what is needed so funding the festival has always depended on donations, sponsorship and grants.
Sadly over the last 9 months local businesses have been finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. Firms that formerly supported us can do so no longer, or have cut their support drastically. The final blow for us was when Brixham Chamber of Commerce told us they were not in a position to donate anything in 2018 due to poor market revenue.
But festival costs do not go down, and in January and February we must have enough money to cover nearly all expenditure. We have a deficit of £24,000. We have been trying to reach this target since June 2017. It is extremely unlikely that we can achieve it now unless somebody comes forward guaranteeing to fund this festival fully by February 4th, 2018.
My heartfelt apologies go to all our loyal supporters, who have booked to attend the festival and were looking forward to another wonderful weekend in 2018.
Brixham Pirate Festival Committee