The leader of Gloucester City Council, Councillor Paul James, has said that he is hoping that the Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester this August will be the best ever.
The first Tall Ships Festival was held in 2007 following the floods. It gave the area’s economy a great boost. The next festival was held in 2009, and was attended by TV star Gok Wan. Around 60-75,000 visited the festival, adding £2 million to the local economy.
The Tall Ships Festival is now seen as one of Gloucester’s most popular events, which makes the most of the city’s history and Docks.
Gloucester City Council is contributing more than £25,000 towards the £130,000 event costs.
This year’s event will take place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and four ships have already been booked, the Phoenix, the Kathleen & May, the Irene and the White Heather.
The festival will also include other attractions such as a fairground, market stalls, food and drink and re-enactment groups. Entry to the event is completely free.
As well as attracting attendees from further afield, the event wants to appeal to local residents, and create a festival that we can all be proud of. The festival celebrates the Docks and local history, and also shows off all of the development that has happened in the city in recent times. Local people will be able to appreciate the gems that are on their doorstep.
The Docks have been lovingly restored and there are a lot of things to see, including striking and sometimes controversial pieces of public art. The Tall Ships Festival will bring the area to life.