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After a one year gap the fantastic Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival returned
with even more fun and excitement in 2017.

The Festival is now in its 20th year and has grown into a main event on the Isle of Wight Calendar.
The Festival is run by a dedicated group of unpaid volunteers who work tirelessly throughout the year to put this amazing and totally unique event on.

Thousands of visitors and islanders alike flocked to the beautiful ancient town of Yarmouth to view the magnificent
spectacle of the magnificent Gaff rigged boats as they competed with each other across the Solent!

Whilst on shore the streets were packed with continental Stalls selling crafts and wares from around the world, as well as
our wonderful Farmers Market and our new Pavilion on the Green.
Everything was free until 6.30 each evening when a ticket was required for both star-packed evening's entertainment in the
main Marquee on the Quay.

The Friday Spectacular featured two new Island bands: Nakamarra and Lucid, whilst Star Tribute sang all your
favourites from the 60’s, 70's and 80’s.

A stunning evening of Rock and Roll was planned for the Saturday with the incredible 11 piece band The Regular Joes starring
Miss Annie, supported by the popular Company B-UK, as well as a special appearance by Rule the World (a Take That tribute
band) to complete the evenings entertainment.

The Character Inns Bar on the Quay provided a new Real Ale Festival as well as a Pimms & Prosecco Bar.

This year we provided special attractions for the children with a new Fun-Fair packed with delights including a big
slide, trampolines and much more. Also, the unbelievable Titan the Robot was performing in the square on Saturday!

For the Big Boys Toys we had the the biggest vintage and veteran Classic Car Display on the Island along with the
gigantic Steam Engines !!

The Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival would like to thank the great generosity and sponsorship of Wightlink, Visit the Wight and the
Harbour Commissioners as well as The Town Council, The Town Trust, Warners, Watermark and Southern Vectis without
whom this wonderful event could not go ahead.


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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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