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Gloucester Tall Ships Festival back for 2013

Posted on 28th February 2013

Those who have previously enjoyed Forest of Dean cottage holidays may well remember the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival, a spectacular 4-day event which formerly drew hundreds of thousands to the docks of Gloucester. The festival was last held in 2011 and, after disappointment that it did not happen in 2012, it has officially been brought back for 2013.

Tall Ships

The Gloucester Tall Ships Festival will be returning for four days over the late May Bank Holiday weekend, which runs from 24 to 27 May. The Bank Holiday provides the perfect opportunity for both locals and visitors to the area to make the most of the long weekend, and hopefully the good weather, and there is sure to be plenty to see and do over the course of the festival.

Gloucester City Council has declared that the festival will be bigger and better than ever this year, and the list of attractions looks to confirm this; as well as the majestic tall ships there will be live music, pirates, living history characters, boat trips, great activities for kids and stalls featuring arts, crafts and food. The main attraction of the event will, of course, be boarding the ships and pretending to be a seafaring captain for the day.

The festival has been so well-attended and successful that it is now a multi-award-winning event, and thanks to the dredging of thousands of tons of silt in the docks last January, there should be no repetition of the grounding of several ships back in 2011.

Around 120,000 people are expected to attend the event, ranging from those staying in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean to locals who have grown up with the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival year after year. Make sure to be at Gloucester Docks on the final day for when the ships set sail in a most spectacular fashion.

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