Well known as the event that kicks off the festival season, the Clarence Seafarers’ Festival on Sunday, 28 October is just around the corner and this year is focusing on getting the crowd involved in the action.

With a host of first time events, the program has been especially designed for people wishing to attend a free festival and participate in free activities over the show day long weekend.

Michael Patten, Harbour Master for the Seafarers’ Festival said that the 2012 Festival will give the public the opportunity to get on the water.

“The Festival working group hope that as many people as possible will take advantage of the opportunities we have created for them to get involved on the day,” he said.

“The Seafarer’s Festival is always an excellent day full of colour and activities. This year the family can find even more things to do at little, or no, cost.”

New, ‘have a go’ activities include; the blindfold rowing challenge, dragon boat paddling, Betta Milk raft challenge, dunk the crusty pirate, landlubbers treasure hunt and the yardarm smartphone challenge. These complement favourite components such as the Eastlands Seafarin’ costume competition, duck hunt, fling-a-fish and all types of races.

There’s also a full stage program with the likes of The Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble, Craicpot and the Ranters bringing you hornpipes and shanties, rounded out beautifully by the Hobart Highland Dancers, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and Act Your Age presenting Derwent Lobster Quadrille.

Always nautical by nature, the Seafarers’ Festival has continued to evolve its program of water activities. This year a new majestic tall ship, the Yukon, will moor at the pier and the festival will include a buoy race featuring a new class of yacht presented by the Lindisfarne Sailing Club.

There will also be a range of activities for young people with the little nippers, scouts and surf life savers participating in demonstrations as well as action from the canoe club, dragon boats, Wooden Boat Guild and The Admiral providing chances for folk to get out on the water.

Also for the first time, the Seafarers’ Festival has teamed up with The Barn Market to present the finest of Tasmanian hand-made craft in stalls along the yacht club promenade.

Mike Patten said that the dozens of displays, lots of colour and movement on the water and plenty of fantastic Tasmanian food and wine will make the 2012 Seafarers’ Festival a great event to share in.

“Get out your pirate gear, and come down to the Boardwalk for a day full of nautical fun,” said Festival Harbourmaster Patten.

The Seafarers’ Festival will be held on the Bellerive Boardwalk and Kangaroo Bay on Sunday 28 October from 10.30am to 4pm. Entry and children’s activities are free.

What: The Seafarers’ Festival
When: Sunday October 28, 10:30pm – 4pm
Where: The Bellerive Boardwalk, Kangaroo Bay
Who: Heaps to do for the whole family
More info:
Photo Opps: 11:30am – Firebug Sailing Demos
12noon – blindfolded rowing challenge
12:45 – Betta Milk raft challenge
Doug Chipman, Mayor of Clarence