The Crab and Lobster Festival is a weekend celebration of two lovely coastal towns, Cromer and Sheringham. Historically great rivals, but now joining together as two of Norfolk's premier seaside destinations. The Festival raises money for local charities, and benefits the local economy by attracting more visitors to this wonderful part of the world. It's organised by a group of busy volunteers who live and work here, helping to foster a real sense of community... and fun!
The Festival starts on Friday evening with a grand variety concert at the famous Pier Pavillion Theatre, followed IN CROMER by a full Saturday & Sunday of cookery theatre demonstrations, market stalls, heritage events, crab sandwiches, live music, competitions, performers, crab dressing, museum events, Saturday Paella & Music Night. IN SHERINGHAM by a full Sunday of events, music, cookery demonstrations, heritage displays, streetmosphere, Morris dancers, crab shell painting, Shantymen and very much more!
IN BOTH TOWNS Beautiful scenery, Fresh seafood, Clean seas, Good shops, A truly friendly festival atmosphere!
Local businesses and individuals sponsor our wheels then an enthusiastic band of artists, schools and groups create unique designs for each. The trail runs for nearly 5 months - it's great fun exploring the towns spotting all the Wheels. They'll be auctioned in August and the funds raised donated to local charities & organisations.(Pictured wheel by Cromer Academy) Huge Crabster thanks to all the Wheely Wonderful sponsors!
Many local restaurants, cafe's, hotels and pubs serve great food, they take pride in sourcing fresh local ingredients, especially our delicious seafood! Choose from our list of 30 eateries, spot their posters with cheeky seafood True or False Facts for that extra bit of fun as you explore our towns.
Trail leaflets available from Easter around the towns and from Tourist Information Centres.
Every year we aim to improve our theatre with new and exciting chefs, as well as many of our local rising stars. There's a great mix of cooking & tasting in both Cromer & Sheringham. The Cookery Live mobile kitchen will be at the Cromer site on Saturday and Sunday, featuring some of Norfolk's top chefs. The Lobster marquee in Sheringham will be open on Sunday featuring local chefs, cooks and bakers.
Take a look at the Food page for more details
Cromer and Sheringham's crab and lobster fishing industries have supplied England with a rich abundance of crustacea since the early 19th Century, and today they still offer a delicious and sustainable harvest from the sea... Our crab dressing competitions are always great fun! The Museums At Night Project is also offering a range of events in both towns.
The Festival's team of volunteers from both towns aim to make each Crab & Lobster Festival a successful, memorable, fun, entertaining and informative weekend. 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 during the early part of the season.