The City of Gloucester is set for a spectacular weekend with the return of the city's multi-award winning Tall Ships Festival.
Running from May 29 - 31 there will be an array of sights and experiences to enjoy at the docks, Gloucester Quays and throughout the city centre.
There will be a total of six magnificent tall ships and dockside events, while the city centre will see everything from the Romans through to World War Two tanks.
The festival is free to attend and visitors will be able to see and go on board the ships including The Matthew, Tangaroa, Kaskalot, The Phoenix and The Earl of Pembroke.
In the city there will be a living history camp at Blackfriars Priory, the East Gate Chamber and the Cathedral, along with re-enactments of the original pilgrimage that led to the creation of the Cathedral itself.
The Tall Ships festival is organised by marketing gloucester ltd on behalf of Gloucester City Council with support from Gloucester Quays, Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester Rugby.
The 2008-9 season may just have come to an end for Gloucester Rugby but Operations Manager Sean Roberts is having a busy close season to date as he has been working closely with marketing gloucester ltd in the run up to the event.
Sean will be the Safety Officer for the two day event and has also been liaising with the Council in the run up to the event.
Sean said today:
"I'm looking forward to the weekend, it'll be a bit different from a Gloucester Rugby matchday at Kingsholm!"
"We see ourselves very much as a community club and working closely with all the partners involved in the Tall Ships Festival will forge valuable relationships for the future.
Graham Walker, the Chief Executive of marketing gloucester ltd, added:
"Sean has a fine track record in delivering public events. Having the benefit of his expertise is a great boost and we're delighted that Gloucester Rugby are happy to work with us on this initiative."
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