Tall Ships Festival 2013 Gloucester Quay
On May Bank holiday weekend (25th – 28th), we visited the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival at Gloucester Quays.
Five impressive tall ships attended the festival this year and they were: Phoenix, Amazon, Belle Angele, Ruth and Matthew. The Matthew, a particularly beautiful ship is a replica of John Cabot’s ship that sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497.
The Phoenix, that started as a schooner, was converted to a brigantine, then to a caravel, and finally back to a brigantine.
The Ruth has a less flashy past. She carried ceramic pots for a Swedish company, and was then used for transporting unwanted fish to auction in Gothenburg
The festival is held every two years and offers a range of on and off water activities canoeing, kayaking lessons, including live music with local bands
various street performers, historical re-enactments, food and craft stalls, boat trips and family entertainment.
Alex had a go on the climbing wall and he didn’t seem to be scared of the heights!
A great family day out and a spectacular weekend. We had also the opportunity to visit the folk museum and found out about the pin factory and had a lovely afternoon tea!