Crab & Lobster Festival 2013 is launched

Just Regional
Jan 28, 2013 4 mins read

This May Cromer and Sheringham will host the fourth Crab & Lobster Festival – a feast of fun, food, art, music, heritage and entertainment – and there are more opportunities than ever to get involved.

A full and varied programme will take place across the Festival weekend 17-19 May. On Thursday 24 January an evening of lifebuoys, film and seafood launched the 2013 Festival.
The Crab & Lobster Festival will kick off the coming holiday season with an Opening Concert on at Cromer Pier’s Pavilion Theatre on Friday 17 May. Hosted by the ever-popular Olly Day the concert will feature music by the renowned Sheringham Shantymen, internationally-respected singer John Conolly and comedy by Nigel ‘Boy’ Sayer. This will be a show for everyone who enjoys the seaside tradition of Sea Shanties, folk and irresistible humour.

Tickets for this concert are now on sale via the Pavilion Theatre box office on 01263 512495 at only £5 each.

The Festival weekend continues in Cromer on Saturday 18 May and in Sheringham on Sunday 19 May with a programme which promises a feast of superb seafood, scintillating street entertainment, music, comedy, film, seafood competitions, the World Pier Crabbing Championships and the return of the Festival’s art trail.


In 2013 the Festival will concentrate on highlighting the local seafaring heritage of Cromer and Sheringham through live demonstrations of fishing crafts where audiences can also ‘have a go’, crab dressing competitions as well as cookery demonstrations from local and national chefs and fish specialists.


This week the Festival launched a range of ways in which local businesses, schools, community groups and individuals can get involved with this year’s celebrations. Central to this is the Lifebuoy Art Trail which will run in the same spirit as the decorated windbreaks in 2012. For the sum of £50 or £60 sponsors will be supplied with a 24” or 30” primed, plastic lifebuoy to decorate and display as part of the Festival’s Art Trail which will run from Easter until August 2013. At the end of the trail all the windbreaks will go into the Grand Windbreak Auction on Sunday 25 August. The first 100 lifebuoys are now available to sponsor.


Alongside the Lifebuoy Art Trail the Festival is encouraging artists, designers and creative’s of all ages and abilities to enter their second Poster Design Competition where one lucky winner will see their design turned into 2013s official Festival poster. Details of the competition can be found on the Festival website, the deadline is Friday 1 March.


The Festival would like to see as many people as possible getting involved. Chairman Tony Shipp said “We are delighted to start the year on such a positive note. We hope the Lifebuoy Art Trail will be as successful as the windbreaks, it’s a great way for visitors to explore the area and see what North Norfolk has to offer.” He added “we are also running the Festival’s Poster Design Competition where people can design the Festival’s official poster for 2013, entries are already coming in”.


With over 40 events and an expanded street theatre programme this year’s festival offers an abundance of fun for all the family across the weekend.


Festival secretary Kate Royall said “In 2012 the Festival achieved enormous successes. Over 20,000 people enjoyed the Festival weekend, thousands followed the art trail and hundreds of people entered the poster design competition and we hope this year’s Festival, with an expanded programme of free events, will achieve the same success and bring more people to this fabulous area”.


For more information on the Lifebuoys, Poster Design Competition, volunteering with the Festival and many other opportunities please see the website or call 07775 337201.


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