It’s been a year in the making, but we’ve got there. Click below for our 2019 line-up!
Hartlepool’s modern maritime arts festival.
Get set to join us for two days in July on Hartlepool Waterfront as we celebrate our rich maritime heritage and throw a giant 2-day welcome party!
Make sure to join us on Sat 20th and Sun 21st July for a fantastic array of music, performance, arts and creative activity!
Join us as we throw the biggest welcome party you’ve ever seen. We’ll have the usual exciting line-up of family friendly arts and creative activities as well as music, theatre and community arts.
Get set to welcome one and all to our own modern harbour of refuge, including Brân, a 25ft tall puppet who has been lost for a millennia.
SAT 20th JULY
12pm - 7pm
SUN 21st JULY
12pm - 7pm
As part of Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, one of our main goals is to help develop and enrich the lives of those who visit the festival.
This means that we’re always on the look out for festival volunteers to join our team and help deliver the borough’s biggest and best outdoor event.
Whether you’re retired and looking to give back, or looking to get into work, a student with time to spare, or just some who loves Hartlepool, we want to hear from you.
The process is simple and we’re working closely with Volunteer Hartlepool to develop our Hands Team, who will be available on the festival weekend to lend a hand where we need them!
More information can be found at Volunteer Hartlepool.
Alternatively, email email@example.com to arrange a chat!
Racz Group SPONSOR FESTIVAL
This year’s Hartlepool Waterfront Festival, on Sat 20th and Sun 21st July 2019 will be sponsored by RACZ group, who own Domino’s Pizza on York Road and The Black Olive on Hartlepool Marina.
Hartlepool Borough Council have announced that the partnership will see RACZ group sponsor the festival in order to support creative activity for young people in Hartlepool.
The sponsorship package will see RACZ group match-fund the Pay-What-You-Decide scheme at the festival, as well as providing extra creative activity.
More information can be found here.
Pay what you decide
This year's Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is to be the first ever "Pay What You Decide" arts festival in the country.
We’re pleased to announce that all visitors to the event on Saturday and Sunday July 20th and 21st will be able to make anonymous donations based on their experience - with all money being used to provide additional creative activities at the 2020 festival.
The donations will be held in a separate pot with the aim of giving children and young people a chance to work directly with artists, both at next year’s festival and in the run-up to it.
Companies are also being invited to match-fund visitor donations in a flexible model of sponsorship aimed at business leaders who believe that creativity is the key to the best future for our children.
Harbour of refuge
We are pleased to announce that this year’s theme for Hartlepool Waterfront Festival is ‘Harbour of Refuge’.
In the Victorian Era, a ‘Harbour of Refuge’ was the name of a safe haven for ships seeking free shelter from stormy seas. The founder of the town, Ralph Ward Jackson, spent most of his life raising money to build a Harbour of Refuge in Hartlepool. Sadly, the Harbour was never built.
But now, for 2019, the time has come where we will complete what he started. Join us, as we build our own reimagined Harbour of Refuge by throwing the biggest welcome party you’ve ever seen. We’ll have the usual exciting line-up of family friendly arts and creative activities as well as music, theatre and community arts.
Local Artists - We need you!
An Artist Market is coming to Hartlepool Waterfront Festival on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July!
If you’re a little unsure about going out into the public to sell your creations – get in touch! We would love to discover more amazing art created in the town and we would be so happy to help out however we can and guide you through the process!
To request an application form or to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(The cost of a stall is £35 per business)