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Tall Ships sailing back to Gloucester

The Tall Ships Festival is sailing back to Gloucester for 2019, with the fun taking place over the spring bank holiday weekend.

From Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May, Gloucester Docks will be going back in time to the Victorian age for a celebration of life on the high seas.

Tall ships are traditionally rigged sailing boats, which don't use newer materials like aluminium and steel, so have more complex rigging. Among the tall ships heading for the docks are The Matthew and Lady of Avenel. The Matthew is a full size replica of John Cabot's ship which charted North America in 1497. At a height of 22 metres, Lady of Avenel is a truly stunning sight.

But the festival is about far more than the ships. There really is something for everyone, from watersports demonstrations to a vintage funfair, Europe's largest mobile observation wheel and lots of pirates, including Captain Jack Sparrow.

A wristband to board the tall ships is just £7 for adults, with accompanying children under 12 completely free.

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