Day Sailing on Bessie Ellen


Step aboard the traditional tall ship Bessie Ellen for a day sail experience this summer! Offering just two exclusive dates as part of her 120th birthday tour, set sail from Plymouth on the South Devon coast. 

Friday 2nd August 2024 – 10.00 > 17.00 – SOLD OUT
Saturday 3rd August 2024 – 10.00 > 17.00 – SOLD OUT
Sunday 4th August 2024 – 10.00 > 17.00 – SOLD OUT 


No experience is necessary, but we love to involve you with all aspects of the ship, keeping active and working up an appetite ready for a great lunch from the galley. For those that just want to sit back and enjoy the experience, Bessie Ellen’s open decks and large hatches offer plenty of space to watch the world go by.

From Sutton Harbour, the ancient port of Plymouth, get hands-on with the crew as they show you the ropes and hoist sails, take a turn at the helm and set a course out past Drakes Island.

At 125ft long and with 8 sails to set, we should have a fantastic morning learning the ropes before dropping anchor for a great lunch in the secluded bay of Cawsand. Dive overboard and take a quick swim before we set sail along the coast, heading out around the breakwater and turning back for Plymouth.

All drinks and lunch, plus afternoon tea and cake, are included in the ticket price.

  • No experience needed
  • Active day out
  • Fun for all ages
  • Please bring a good coat and hat (it can be colder on water than land!)
  • Swimwear/towel if you’re feeling brave.

To book, please complete the form below with the names of the people in your party and lunch details. Adults are charged £125 per person, and children under 12 are £55. Once we have received your payment, you will be sent an email with all your booking details, which you must show to the crew on your arrival.

*Please note that bookings are non-refundable 7 days before the sailing day. Cancellations before 7 days will be offered a transfer or a gift voucher.