Photo gallery: Bootiful boats on show at Norfolk Crab and Lobster festival

PUBLISHED: 08:43 15 April 2014 | UPDATED: 08:43 15 April 2014

Crab and Lobster 2014 art trail boat planters.

Crab and Lobster 2014 art trail boat planters. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Visitors to two north Norfolk towns can look out for more than 70 decorative boats as part of an annual celebration of the crab and lobster fishing industries.

The Crab and Lobster Festival’s Art and Seafood Trails launch this Friday, with boats decorated by local artists, school children, community groups and shops popping up in shops and open spaces.

Most have a crab and lobster as part of the design, and people can follow the Bootiful Boat Art Trail, choose their favourite and enter a prize draw.

Designers have knitted, painted, sewn and used photography to decorate the boats which will be auctioned off to raise funds in the festival’s charity auction on August 24.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp said he was delighted to start the festival, which was attended by about 20,000 people last year, on such a positive note.

He said: “We hope the Bootiful Art Trail will be as successful as the lifebuoys. It’s a fabulous way for locals and visitors to explore the area and see some unique and wacky designs along the way.”

Also launching this week is the Scrumptious Seafood Trail, where more than 20 local cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels have each created a special festival dish.

Mr Shipp said: “With the Seafood Trail beginning as well, we hope everyone will enjoy sampling some scrumptious seafood in our local pubs, restaurants and cafés.”

The Crab and Lobster Festival runs from May 16 to May 18 and an opening concert will take place at Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre on May 16 hosted by Olly Day and featuring The Sheringham Shantymen, La Gross Erreur and Nigel Boy Sayer.

Tickets are £7.50 and are available from the theatre on 01263 512495.

The Bootiful Boat Art Trail will remain in place until Friday, August 15, when all boats will be prepared for the annual auction on Sunday, August 24, to coincide with the last weekend of Cromer Carnival.

For more information about the East of England Co-op sponsored event and the trails, visit

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