Fishing heritage festival returns

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2015 gvs

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2015 gvs - Credit: Archant

Laughter fine food and entertainment for the young and old are all set to feature in this year's Crab and Lobster Festival.

The annual event, held across Cromer and Sheringham from May 21 -22 this year, puts the friendly rivalry between the towns to one side in celebration of a shared fishing heritage.

The festival kicks off with an opening variety concert in Cromer's Pier Pavilion Theatre on Friday May 20 at 7.30pm.

This year's cast includes all-round entertainer Olly Day and comedian Nigel Boy Syer, folk choir the Sheringham Shantymen, and Cromer-based Marlene's School of Dance.

On Saturday, May 21 there will be cookery demonstrations, live music, traditional craft displays and good food on sale - including crab sandwiches, and lobster bisque at the Evington Lawns site in Cromer from 10am - 5pm. In the evening the site will be transformed to host a sparkling seafood evening event for people to enjoy.

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Both Cromer and Sheringham host events on Sunday, May 22. At the Evington Lawns site in Cromer there will again be cooking demonstrations and food on sale as well as activities for children.

And at 4pm there will be the traditional crazy crab race from the pier.

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In Sheringham from 11am onwards there will also be live cookery demonstration and crab pot making workshops as well as demonstrations from the lifeboat and coastguard teams, all based around The Lobster pub.

The festival's annual art trail is also already under way across the two towns in the form of 102 mini beach huts, which will stay on display until they are auctioned on August 28, with proceeds going to good causes.

Festival chairman Tony Shipp, said: 'We have a good line-up for the opening night and on the Saturday evening for the first time we have the seafood evening because we had kept being asked by people about sampling the different types of seafood.

'We also have all the usual market stalls, children's activities and the popular crab sandwiches. We just hope everyone will enjoy it.'

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