Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival 2011

From town crier competitions and cookery lessons through to a twist on the traditional Punch and Judy show and of course the return of the world famous crabbing competition - the full programme of events for this year's Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival has been unveiled.

The second crab and lobster festival, which celebrates the crustacea that link the two resorts and their fishing heritage, is taking place from May 20 -22, with a host of events planned.

Last year the inaugural event featured a trail of more then 80 shellfish models painted by local artists, community groups and individuals for visiting families to track down. This year the trail, launched in April, features scores of colourful deckchairs and is also running for much longer this time, until late August.

On the Friday evening there will be an opening night concert on Cromer Pier by the Sheringham Shantymen, and the Cromer Smugglers, compered by Olly Day.

Cookery also remains a key part of the festival, with a host of well-known and local chefs lending their support and cooking up an array of treats on Sheringham sea front on the Saturday and around Cromer prom on the Sunday .

There is also a planned clash between the two town criers, Jason Bell and Tony Nelson and the chance to get creative and crafty with arts sessions at Cromer museum and The Mo Museum in Sheringham, and a farmer's market.

Also making a welcome return on Cromer Pier on the Sunday is the crabbing competition.

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Hilary Thompson, who alongside Noel Gant is joint president of the festival, said there were lots of highlights in this year's event.

She said: 'The cookery demonstrations are going to be one of the highlights, and this time around we will get to do some tasting. There is also the street entertainment and we will also have a lot more stalls selling local produce.

'It is going to be better, we have learnt a lot from last year.'

For more information, visit www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

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