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Paignton Harbour Festival was set up by a community of people who shared their love for Paignton Harbour and wanting to share this hidden gem with the local people and guests to the southwest.


Alan Henderson had a chat to Adrian Bartlett (Founder of Crabstock® Festivals ) and they both approached Simon Pinder (Paignton Harbour Master) to discus of putting an event or festival on to show off the stunning location to the nation This lead to the journey of highlighting Paignton harbour in all its glory.


Since the first festival day in 2015 the event has grown over the last two years as it has become a quality for the community by enhancing holiday experiences for guests of Torbay. The event has become an asset to local business and to the community with the festival being nicknamed ‘Torbay’s Friendliest  Festival’.

’The Fishermen’s Mission is the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. We help all fishermen, active or retired, and their families.’’


The Fishermen’s Mission cares for those who go out to sea to bring back the catch and those who wait for their safe return. We do this by providing practical support and a listening ear for both active and retired fishermen.

This year we are also raising money for the South Devon and Channel Shellfish association family welfare fund

''South Devon and Channel Shellfishermen is an Association of fishermen, merchants and processors with members largely based across the South Devon Coast.

Since the founding  in 1968 as 'South Devon Shellfishermen'  we have worked to further the interests of our members and safeguard their futures.

The fishermen's welfare fund was put in place soon after the founding and is a fund dedicated to short term financial aid for fishermen who find themselves in difficulty''.



Adrian Bartlett    -          Chairman   ( Co-Founder)

Helen Gent           -         Administration

Lydia Gent           -          Entertainment Organizer  

John Woods         -          logistic

Steve Gent            -         Safety Officer

John Harrington -          Stall coordinator

Alan Henderson  –         Fundraising Manager  (Co-Founder)