Crab & Lobster Festival set to land in north Norfolk
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Cromer and Sheringham will host the eighth Crab & Lobster Festival with a host of seafaring fun for all the family.
Across the weekend the two towns will host markets, have-a-go tables, cookery demonstrations, live music and crab pot making demos with plenty of seafood available in local eateries.
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.
Tickets are still available at £10 each and can be obtained by calling the box office on 01263 512495.
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The Festival weekend continues in Cromer on Saturday, May 20 and in both Cromer and Sheringham on Sunday, May 21.
For the first time the Festival's venue in Cromer, Evington Lawns, will host the World's Best Crab Sandwich competition.
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Eateries from across north Norfolk will compete for the title at 2pm on Sunday, May 21. This will be followed by the ever popular Crab Race off the pier at 3pm.
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.
On the night of Saturday 20 May the marquee will host an evening of live music and a BBQ along with the Woodforde's bar.
The pitch-up-and-pay BBQ will be run by award-winning chef Charlie Hodson and master butcher Icarus Hines who will be cooking up hot dogs, burgers and a vegetarian option.
In both towns local fishermen will be demonstrating the art of net braiding and pot making as well as the 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. Maps for this will be available from the Festival marquee in Cromer over the weekend.
Visitors will also 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 full programme of events please see the website www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.ukThis year the Festival has worked with Ruth Elizabeth Events, a Sheringham based events company, to organise the stalls in Sheringham.