More pirates, much more Captain Jack Sparrow and plenty for all ages to enjoy will be the hallmarks of this week’s Sea Ilfracombe and maritime Festival.

Sea Ilfracombe will have live re-enactments and plenty of frolics with Captain Jack Sparrow and chums throughout the harbour and seafront area. Picture: Sophia HenrySea Ilfracombe will have live re-enactments and plenty of frolics with Captain Jack Sparrow and chums throughout the harbour and seafront area. Picture: Sophia Henry

On Saturday and Sunday, August 31 to September 1, thousands of people are expected to head to Ilfracombe for two days of free family fun with a distinctly nautical theme.

Particularly visible throughout the event will be Captain Jack Sparrow and chums aka Matt Harris, as they carouse absolutely everywhere in search of fun and rum, only to happy to stop and chat or pose for a picture.

With Ropery car park as the hub, the festival will spread right around the harbour area to the pier and at various venues along the seafront.

There is a live music stage with a packed programme of local and visiting bands offering everything from folk and sea shanties to reggae, rock 'n' roll, blues and pop.

The Ilfracombe Smugglers will be bringing their own pirate mayhem to Sea Ilfracombe 2019. Picture: Sophia HenryThe Ilfracombe Smugglers will be bringing their own pirate mayhem to Sea Ilfracombe 2019. Picture: Sophia Henry

There will be a 'kitchen' area with street food vendors, plus a feast of crab dishes with All Things Crab at Ilfracombe Yacht Club on the Saturday.

Saturday also features Punch and Judy, a sandcastle competition plus a pavement art competition with prizes.

On Sunday there will be fun fishing at the pier with Combe Martin Sea Angling Club, a crabbing competition and porpoise watch from Capstone.

Both days include Mermaid storytelling, Captain Coconut, face painting and a treasure hunt.

Sea Ilfracombe will have live re-enactments and plenty of frolics with Captain Jack Sparrow and chums throughout the harbour and seafront area. Picture: Sophia HenrySea Ilfracombe will have live re-enactments and plenty of frolics with Captain Jack Sparrow and chums throughout the harbour and seafront area. Picture: Sophia Henry

Pirate mayhem will rule, with pirate fancy dress encouraged and the town's own band of reavers, The Ilfracombe Smugglers will be wandering around looking for (rum) opportunities for fun.

There is also a craft market, Ilfracombe Art Trail exhibition and the Ilfracombe and North Devon Sub Aqua Club HQ in Ropery Road will be open to the public, including its mini museum of seabed artefacts.

The innovative Waste Shark will be showing how it cleans the seas of plastic and litter too.

On Saturday visitors can meet local Royal Marine Matt Mason from RMB Chivenor and the crew who will take on the Ocean Revival 2020 challenge for charity, to row across the North Atlantic to raise money for Royal Marines charities.

Combe Martin Sea Angling Club will be hosting a free fun fishing day at the pier on Sunday, September 1 as part of Sea Ilfracombe Festival 2019. Picture: Sophia HenryCombe Martin Sea Angling Club will be hosting a free fun fishing day at the pier on Sunday, September 1 as part of Sea Ilfracombe Festival 2019. Picture: Sophia Henry

Sea Ilfracombe festival chairman Rod Donovan said: "It's been incredible to see how big the festival has grown in recent years - especially given that it's run by such a small crew of (dedicated and enthusiastic!) volunteers.

"We had over 5,000 visitors in 2018 and are expecting that number to swell considerably this year.

"Credit must also go to so many of Ilfracombe's local businesses, partners, supporters and sponsors whose ever-growing generosity and participation is making The Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival an annual 'must see' event in North Devon."

For the full programme visit www.seailfracombe.co.uk .

Combe Martin Sea Angling Club will be hosting a free fun fishing day at the pier on Sunday, September 1 as part of Sea Ilfracombe Festival 2019. Picture: Sophia HenryCombe Martin Sea Angling Club will be hosting a free fun fishing day at the pier on Sunday, September 1 as part of Sea Ilfracombe Festival 2019. Picture: Sophia Henry

Rakes Adrift will be one of many local and visiting bands performing at Sea Ilfracombe 2019. Picture: Sophia HenryRakes Adrift will be one of many local and visiting bands performing at Sea Ilfracombe 2019. Picture: Sophia Henry