Bumper Bank Holiday weekend of Bands and Buccaneers



Join us this weekend for the Gloucester Pirate Takeover – an exciting one-off pop-up pirate party. Pirates, buccaneers and rapscallions will be invading Gloucester, the UK’s most inland port, for two days of music and general skulduggery.


There will be live shanty music at Café Rene, The Fountain Inn and Kings Square, between 1.30pm and 6pm on the Saturday and 1.30pm and 5.15pm on the Sunday. If you’re new to shanty music, this is sure to get you hooked.


There be a ‘Pirate Walk’ departing from Café René, Southgate Street at 3pm Saturday, which will see whole crews of pirates taking a rare stroll on dry land as they make their way through the city streets to finish in King’s Square. If you’d like to get involved you can dress up as a pirate and join the walk. Landlubber pirates will be meeting at 2.30pm, although you will want to make sure you’re there on time or you may end up walking the plank. There will be face painters, balloon artists, 200 free pirate hand flags for kids and buskers along the route and in King’s Square ensuring that this will be an exciting day for all ages.


Supported by Gloucester Business Improvement District, the event is free, so if you’re looking for boatloads of fun this weekend that won’t cost an arm and a peg-leg then be sure to come along.


Music Programme


Saturday – Café René
1:30-2:15pm – The Gloucester Diamonds
2:30pm-3pm – Bygonz & Gloucester Pirate Walk 2018 departs from Café René
3pm-3:45pm – Call me Ishmael
3:45pm-4:30pm – ReBill
4:30pm-5:15pm – Charlotte & Spong
5:15pm-6pm – Mariners Away
6pm-6:45pm – UkeStroud TBC
6:45pm-7:30pm – Rod Penlington
7:30pm-8:15pm – Cotswold Male Voice Choir

Saturday – The Fountain Inn
1:30-2:15pm – Bygonz
2:15pm-3pm – Mariners Away
3pm-3:45pm – The Gloucester Diamonds
3:45pm-4:30pm – Charlotte & Spong
4:30pm-5:15pm – Rod Penlington
5:15pm-6pm – Cotswold Male Voice Choir


Saturday – Kings Square
3pm – Pirate walk arrives with a special pantomime with Matt Harris Jack Sparrow Lookalike with photo opportunity and live music from the Cotswold Male Voice Choir

There will also be buskers and shanty groups in the streets of Gloucester through-out Saturday!

Sunday – The Fountain Inn
1:30-2:15pm – Mariners Away
2:15pm-3pm – Gloucester Diamonds
3pm-3:45pm – Charlotte and Spong
3:45pm-4:30pm – Severn Whalers
4:30pm-5:15pm – Rod Penlington


For more information, contact ben@marketinggloucester.co.uk