Seafood, music and fun on the menu for north Norfolk’s crab and lobster festival

Crab and Lobster Festival presidents Hilary Cox and Noel Gant with a couple of crustaceans. Picture:

Crab and Lobster Festival presidents Hilary Cox and Noel Gant with a couple of crustaceans. Picture: Karen Bethell - Credit: Archant

Food, music, seafaring heritage and fun are on the menu at north Norfolk's annual crab and lobster festival this weekend.

It is the sixth running of an event born to celebrate the seafood heritage of neighbouring fishing towns Cromer and Sheringham.

The weekend has now become an established part of the north Norfolk events calendar and helps give the tourism economy a spring boost.

Some 20,000 people are expected, with many return visitors booking into local hotels, guest houses and campsites, said festival spokesman Siri Taylor.

This weekend's highlights include the opening concert, cookery theatre sessions, chances to see how seafood is prepared, a range of music and family fun and games.


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On Friday evening, the festival kicks with a variety concert featuring folk, rock, dance and comedy, compered by BBC TV and radio presenter David Whitely - a keen surfing visitor to Cromer.

Saturday events centre on Cromer and include a visit from the Fishwives choir and a preview of local musician Paul Thompson's upcoming tour - on a milk float.

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Sunday's action includes the arrival at Cromer, at about 2.30pm, of Diane Wheeler and Nicola Smith who have been walking 96 miles from Knettishall along the Peddars Way in aid of the nook children's hospice charity dressed as a crab and lobster.

? More information at www.crabandlobsterfestival.co.uk

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