Sunshine welcomed enthusiastic crowds to festival events. With more music, super yummy cookery demonstrations & tasters, crabster walks and the fun new crab race... each year is bigger & better!
The Crab & Lobster Festival were delighted when they were offered the return of one of the original giant crabs from the first year’s festival art trail in 2010. It had been displayed outside for some time, but wind and weather had not been kind to Crabbie.... after a complete make-over, deep exfoliation and a thorough rub down, a bright new-look has totally rejuvenated this Cromer Crabbie!
You may spot crabbie happily reclining in her very own deckchair in Cromer’s Tourist Information Centre window. Crabbie’s carapace will be repainted each year to help promote the Festival activities.
A fabulous line-up performing in one of Englands most iconic pier venues: Cromer Pier Pavillion Theatre, with David Whitely, the popular radio & TV broadcaster hosting an excellent evening's entertainment!
Huge Paella Night Planned
Charlie Hodson's superb Paella cook up is coming back! In 2015 there'll be more chances for people to tuck in with servings available at 12 & 3pm on Saturday, plus one serving on Sunday. Saturday night service starts at 7pm, with live entertainments and Woodfordes wonderful bar to make the evening go with a swing!
Paul Thompson entertains
Just before taking off on his round Britain tour on a specially converted milk float, this popular singer songwriter will perform at the pier entrance on Saturday afternoon, during paella night, and will also be running a songrwiting workshop in Sheringham on Sunday.
Giant Fish Tank Comes to Cromer
We are delighted to welcome back the EIFCA giant fishtank & information truck which will be stationed on Cromer over the weekend. Experts will be available to tell you about our undersea life, and how it is managed & conserved.
Cromer on Saturday & Sunday
The festival will run on Saturday and Sunday in Cromer at the Evington Lawns site, plus a full Sunday in Sheringham too. There'll be a series of linking events between the two towns including a coastal walk and probably a special bus service, so you can easily experience the unique flavour of each town!
Sheringham Sunday Events
As usual, events in Sheringham will centre around The Lobster, High Street & Lifeboat plain. Live music, morris dancers, cookery and bakery demonstrations, street stalls, art events, demonstrations and workshops.
Norfolk Stories at Sheringham & Cromer Libraries
Saturday 2-4pm Cromer Library presents: Traditional Norfolk Music - Illustrated talk on the life and music of Sam Larner by Brian Gaudet with performance by folk musicians. Library, Prince of Wales Road NR27 9HS, 01263 5123850
Saturday 10.00-12.30 Sheringham Library Presents: At the Seaside - Family drop in, Punch and Judy with Professor Jingles, crafts, stories and display of historical Sheringham. Library, New Road, Sheringham, NR26 8EB, 01263 822874
THE SCRUMPTIOUS SEAFOOD TRAIL is now full. More than 35 restaurants, cafes, pubs and snack bars have joined in... promising a great variety of delicious seafood meals & snacks to suit all pockets! This year we are also featuring some of our lovely local seafood shops.
ALL 60 BOOTIFUL BOATS NOW FULLY SPONSORED! - a massive thanks to all the businesses, individuals and organisations who have sponsored them. Now it's over to the Artists & Designers who will be devising a whole range of creative, beautiful, wacky, weird & wonderful boat designs & fillings!
SEAFOOD TRAIL - The Grove, perhaps Cromer's most stylish restaurant and guesthouse, has an exciting series of events planned for the festival. Constantia Cottage Restaurant, Runton, with it's unique Greek/Norfolk cooking is joining the food trail. Cookies, Salthouse, has emerged from the floods and is also a great contender. More trailblazers include: The Prizewinning Jetty Cafe & The Victorian Tea Rooms in Cromer, in beautifully wooded surroundings - Northrepps Cottage, and well worth a trip along the coast - The Lighthouse Inn at Walcott.
Our 2014 Launch event was held in the magnificent Victorian ballroom of Cromer’s Cliftonville Hotel. Bubbly and delicious canapés were served to more than 160 guests. A Huge thanks to all the excellent staff. Through the festival’s community grant scheme, grants totalling £5,000 were handed out to 19 local community groups at the festival launch.
The East Of England Coop is our main sponsor this year, aiming to promote great local produce & to enrich local communities. We are truly grateful for their support.
In 2013 we premiered a new film "Crabs & Shannocks - the Longshore Fishermen of North Norfolk", and changed our Cromer Venue to Evington Lawns on Runton Road, this allowing for a much greater number of stalls on site.
(Left to right) Richard Leeds - Cromer RNLI, Noel Gant - Honorary Festival President, Tim Jenkins - The Fishermen's Mission, Tony Shipp - Festival Chairman, Trevor Holsey - Sheringham RNLI
The Market Stalls have increased each year, creating a lively focus during the festival weekend.