Yarmouth and the West Wight are celebrating this week following the news that the Old Gaffers Festival is making a comeback in June 2017.
The popular event will take place over the 2nd to 4th of June 2017, celebrating the colourful gaff-rigged and traditional sailing boats, which race in the Solent over the weekend. On shore activities include an eclectic mix of street entertainment, music, food and crafts with a great community spirit at its heart. Old Gaffers is widely recognised as one of the Island’s most fun-filled festivals for all the family.
Following a year off in 2016, Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink have stepped in to work with the organisers to bring this popular event back much to the delight of local residents. Old Gaffers Chairperson, Debbie Cotton, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the financial support we have received from Visit Isle of Wight and Wightlink which has without doubt secured the 2017 event. People from around the country visit Old Gaffers. The organising committee are committed to doing all we can to encourage people to visit and stay in the area and explore more of the West Wight when they are here”.
Wightlink Commercial Director, Clive Tilley, said: “The Old Gaffers Festival is a much-loved event on the Isle of Wight and marks the start of the summer season. We are delighted to link up with our colleagues at Visit IOW to support the organisers and make sure the three-day programme of sailing and entertainment goes ahead next year.”
For more information about Yarmouth Old Gaffers festival, go to yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk