Hartlepool tourist attraction to host its first rum festival

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is hosting a rum festival on board HMS Trincomalee and around the town's quayside at Jackson Dock, which will be authentically recreated for the event on Saturday, August 11.
The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is hosting a rum festival on board HMS Trincomalee and around the town's quayside at Jackson Dock, which will be authentically recreated for the event on Saturday, August 11.

Visitors are set to descend on Hartlepool when a historic tourist attraction holds its first rum festival.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) is hosting the festival on board HMS Trincomalee and around the town’s quayside at Jackson Dock, which will be authentically recreated for the event on Saturday, August 11.

There will be a large selection of rums available to sample at the event, which runs from 7.30pm to 11pm, including already confirmed brands Alnwick, Pusser’s, English Spirit and Old J Spiced Rum, with others set to be announced ahead of the event.

The NMRN Hartlepool is also creating a Polynesian-inspired, Old J Spiced Rum-themed Tiki room, which will include a cocktail bar area with all different varieties of Old J Spiced Rum.

NMRN staff will also be on hand to deliver masterclasses about the history of rum, the Navy’s signature beverage, and tours of the quayside and NMRN Hartlepool site, with live musicians and entertainment taking place over the course of the festival.

Rachel Shepherd, events manager at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, said: “We are hoping to recreate the success enjoyed by our festival held in Portsmouth and are excited to be bringing the event to the North.

“The NMRN Hartlepool site and quayside are ideal locations for the festival, and we are grateful to the many, popular rum brands that are already confirmed and supporting our rum festival.

“It is shaping up to be a fantastic evening of entertainment, with plenty of activities and masterclasses scheduled to hopefully increase footfall in the town, while continuing our ongoing support of the region’s wider leisure and tourism economies.”

The rum festival will also support the ‘Enjoy Tees Valley’ destination marketing service that was launched by the Tees Valley Combined Authority and led by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.

It aims to champion the region’s tourist attractions, create an additional 3,000 jobs across Tees Valley and contribute £1bn to the local economy by 2021.

Mayor Houchen said: “Hats off to the National Museum of the Royal Navy for thinking outside the box with this event.

“Hartlepool is known nationwide for its rich naval heritage, so it’s excellent to see the team organising a bit of a knees up to rightly celebrate it.

“I hope as many people head down, have fun, and support our local tourist attractions.”

HMS Trincomalee, which celebrated her 200th anniversary in 2017, is Britain’s oldest warship still afloat.