Seafair Haven is normally a biennial gathering of like-minded watercraft enthusiasts taking place around Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire. It has taken place since 2006, having originally been run by the Port of Milford Haven. It was taken on by the local Tall Ships (Wales) Trust in 2012 in order to keep the enjoyable sailing event in the calendar and to provide opportunities for local communities in Lawrenny, Pembroke Dock and surrounding areas to enjoy the wonderful waterway on the doorstep.
Traditional-style boats, vintage and contemporary, sail and oar, bilge and fin keel make their way by road or by sea to meet up for a week-long programme of sailing, entertainment and relaxation in the upper reaches of the Milford Haven waterway.
Hosted by local volunteers who are familiar with the tidal waters of the Cleddau and Cresswell rivers and estuary, Seafair welcomes repeat visitors and new friends to follow a gentle daily itinerary to destinations along the waterways with lunches and BBQs plotted in. Evening entertainment is organised including traditional music, poetry, films, dinners and a party or two.
Popular features include the Pembroke River Run into Pembroke Castle’s millpond, catching a pint or two on high water at the ever-popular traditional Cresselly Arms at Cresswell Quay, lunching at Angle Point house, convivial fleet sailing, free sailing days, beautiful campsites and welcoming lunches at waterside pubs and pontoons.
The week features a Parade of Sail where members of the public flock to the waterside to catch a glimpse of the whole fleet sailing together, dockside performance and entertainment take place and ex-RNLI traditional lifeboats provide a colourful attraction for all attendees.
The Parade of Sail Hobbs Point Festival
The whole town gathers at Hobbs Point to witness the Parade of Sail led by the Tall Ship Johanna Lucretia. This marvellous spectacle launches the vibrant community festival taking place on Hobbs Point with a programme of Street Theatre, live music, market stalls, street food, fairground rides and much more. The visiting Tall Ship will tie up at the public pontoon and be open to visitors. The Pembroke Haven Yacht Club will open its doors and provide a bar and BBQ.