crab & Lobster festival

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This May Cromer and Sheringham will host the eighth Crab & Lobster Festival with a host of seafaring fun for all the family. With numerous events this year’s Festival offers plenty to do across the weekend.

The Festival will begin with an Opening Concert on Friday, May 19 at Cromer Pavilion Theatre with a night of seaside fun, folk and comedy.

Hosted by Olly Day and Nigel Boy Syer, the event will feature the Sheringham Shantymen and local dance group, Marlene’s School of Dance.

It is set to be a night to really start the Festival in style.

The Festival weekend continues in Cromer on Saturday, May 20 and in both Cromer and Sheringham on Sunday, May 21.

The Festival will host an array of local food and drink stalls, superb seafood, scintillating entertainment, seafaring crafts, music, comedy, film, crab dressing competitions and the World’s Best Crab Sandwich competition.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said “I am looking forward to another enjoyable weekend in both the towns.

“Each has a distinctly different venue. In Cromer Evington Lawns will host the stalls, heritage marquee, food and entertainment, whilst in Sheringham these will fill the narrow streets at the seaward end of the town.

“I would like to welcome you all in advance to the 8th Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival.”

In Cromer a Woodforde’s bar will be located in the Festival’s main marquee.

In both towns local fishermen will be demonstrating the art of net braiding and pot making as well as the ever popular mobile aquarium from the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.

Committee member and local fisherman John Davies said “Fishing is an important part of the two towns’ heritage and visitors will be able to witness at first hand these traditional crafts and take a look at how the fishermen construct the traditional wooden crab pots as well as parlour pots.”

Throughout the weekend there will be Crab Dressing demonstrations as well as the chance to have-a-go yourself and take part in crab dressing competitions.

Alongside the main attractions will be an array of activities for children to enjoy and street entertainment for the whole family from Punch and Judy to Razz the Clown.

Local Cromer group Walkers are Welcome will be producing a walking fisherman’s trail across the town featuring points of historic interest and historic facts.

Over the Festival weekend, visitors will be able to follow the event’s Porthole Art Trail to hunt out more than 80 decorated portholes located in shop windows and outside spaces throughout, and around, the two towns.

Leaflets for the trail will be available in local tourist information centres. For more information and to view the programme of events (from May 1) please see the website

This year the Festival has worked with Ruth Elizabeth Events, a Sheringham based events company, to organise the stalls in Sheringham.

crab & Lobster festival


Tickets for the Opening Concert at Cromer’s Pavilion Theatre are £10 each and are available from the box office on 01263 512495.

Cromer and Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival
A feast of fun, food, art, music, heritage and entertainment.

The Crab & Lobster Festival is a weekend celebration of the coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham and their essential crab and lobster fishing industries – the unrivalled combination of North Norfolk’s premier seaside towns. The Festival is dedicated to promoting and celebrating North Norfolk’s local seafaring heritage and its inseparable links to the sea, for the benefit of its visitors, businesses and the local community.

Over the weekend numerous free, accessible and fun events take place. Since 2010 the Festival has raised over £35,000 for local charities.

In 2016 thousands of people enjoyed the Festival weekend and thousands more took part in the Festival’s Art Trail helping to extend the Tourist Season.

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