Crab & Lobster Festival

Cromer & Sheringham

Porthole Auction
27 August 2017

Follow the Amazing Porthole Art Trail

From May - August 2017, more than 80 wonderfully designed portholes are on display in Cromer, Sheringham and beyond. Pick up a leaflet at the tourist information centres, or find the full list here - click the green "Find Them Here" button.             Portholes will be collected together the week before the auction, so do make sure you get to see them all before then.


Another Great Day out - Stalls, Music, Fun, Sea, Sun

This is always a great day with interesting and lively stalls ranged along the prom, and all the  amazing Portholes gathered together around the pier forecourt ready to be auctioned to the highest bidder. The World Pier Crabbing Competition is wonderful fun for people of all ages. There will be music, prizes and always our friendly seaside atmosphere to enjoy!

A Feast of Fun, Food, Art, Music & Heritage

Our crab and lobster festival is a lively weekend celebration of two fine North Norfolk coastal towns,       Cromer & Sheringham. Historically great rivals, but now joining together as two of Norfolk's premier seaside destinations to create a friendly and entertaining weekend event. The festival is dedicated to promoting our local seafaring heritage and active fishing community. Our small boats launch from the beach and brave the North sea in all weathers to bring home delicious crabs and lobsters for your delectation!

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We believe this is the only two town Crab & Lobster Festival in the country. With a full programme of activities and events in both towns - it's a packed weekend! The fun starts on Friday night with a traditional seaside variety concert at the Famous Pier Pavilion Theatre, Festival events continue in Cromer on Saturday and Sunday, and there's a full day of events in Sheringham on Sunday too. Visit both towns to taste their unique character & experience the full Festival effect.


 Charity Grant Fund Beneficiaries

The Art Trail Auction is one of the highlights of our year. All profits go to local good causes, and so far we have distributed over £38,000. In 2016 £5000 was divided between a wonderful bunch of local charities and organisations. The 2017 Grant fund application form and information sheet can be accessed via the Green button in the right hand panel.

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The organisations who received grants were: The Cromer Mardlers, Sheringham in Bloom, Back to the Drawing Board, Sing Your Heart Out, Ladybird Pre School Nursery, Playing for Cake, Love for Leo, Sheringham Museum, Banningham Defibrillator Fund, Cromer Christmas Lights Volunteers,  1st Cromer Sea Scouts, Friends of North Lodge Park, Cromer RNLI, Waveney Stardust Trust, National Coastwatch Institution – East Runton, Cromer Academy, Cromer Exhibition Foundation, Sheringham Woodfields School, Cromer Carnival Security Team, Sheringham Playpark Revamp, Roughton Under 5s Playgroup, Cromer Girl Guiding, Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society, Cromer and District Garden Society.

The Festival Team

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The Festival is run entirely by volunteers from both towns, their aim is to make each Crab & Lobster Festival successful, memorable, fun, entertaining and informative. It's such a wonderful way to get together and celebrate our way of life here... and a great opportunity to encourage visitors to come along and enjoy what we have to offer. We aim to keep the Festival as a free event for all the family, but ask visitors please to contribute to our bucket collection.

Funds raised go to support local charities and good causes, and to create future festival events.










A huge thanks for the great photos in this site: Chris Taylor, Andreas Yiasimi, John Worrall, Sean Parnell

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Arty Porthole Trail

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