Greater Anglia's special sea shanty train offers pirate-themed adventure

Monday, 9 October 2017
Days Out

Young and old can enjoy a special adventure on two pirate-themed sea shanty trains later this month.

The trains depart at 11am and 12 noon on Saturday, 14 October from Manningtree railway station and run through to Harwich Town railway station.

Along the way, passengers can enjoy a sea shanty sing along, activity packs for children and prizes for the best dressed pirates.

The train will arrive in Harwich just in time to allow passengers to also visit the Harwich International Shanty Festival.

Tickets for the train cost are discounted at £5 for adults and £3 for children. They must be bought online in advance at

Jayne Sumner, Rail Engagement Manager at Essex County Council, said: "Everyone loves a good sing along so why not join us along this beautiful branch line trip to Harwich.

"We will have prizes for the best dressed pirates so make sure you come dressed to impress.

"We cannot wait to invite people on board."

Paul Oxley, Greater Anglia’s stakeholder manager, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership again to host the annual Sea Shanty train. We hope the train journey helps people get in the mood for a great day out at the Harwich International Shanty Festival.

“These events are usually very popular and passengers must book in advance.”

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