Crab & Lobster Festival

Cromer & Sheringham

19-20 May 2018

Only                        days to go

Record crowds for 2015 Festival

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!

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2015 - Crabbie Comes Home

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.

Opening Concert 15 May 2015 - A Packed House!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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




MAY 2014

  • Bands for Paella Night are: The Castaways, Hollowland, & solo artiste Gemma... Good food, good music, Woodfordes bar... a great evening!
  • Check out the latest Fish on Friday articles... Cromer Crab Galore! CLICK HERE
  • British Legion's Halsey House are celebrating the festival with crafts, crabbing on the pier, seafaring quiz and 'A Taste of the Sea'. Hope they'll send their team along to Pier Crabbing Championships on 24 August!
  • We are delighted to welcome students from Cromer Academy, who will be helping us around the site this year... and on stage for a cooking demo. or two!
  • We are most grateful to Cromer Town Council, for sponsorship and background support. Their recognition of our success in creating an event which increases tourism during the early part of the season is a great boost to the hard-working team of Festival Volunteers.
  • Sheringham Town Council are not supporting us this year.
  • Our local fishermen are out there now... pulling in fresh stocks for the weekend
  • Look out for our super printed posters & boards
  • Online voting is now active... Vote for your favourite Seafood Dish & Bootiful Boat planter.

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APRIL 2014

  • The Bootiful Boat Art Trail & Scrunptious Seafood trail launched on 18 April. Pick up a leaflet from the TIC's and at several points around town. The online voting system is Green for Go!
  • We are delighted to announce that Blyth & Wright, Sheringham's top hardware store, have agreed to sponsor The World Pier Crabbing Competition on our Grand Charity Auction Day,  24 August.
  • The wonderful K HARDWARE of Cromer have pitched in to sponsor our large display boards.
  • We have been successful in securing a package of funding from FLAG: the Fisheries Local Action Group, The Marine Management Oragnisation & the EEC. This makes the future of our festival more secure.
  • We've made it to the Conde Nast list of best food festivals ... click the logo to see!

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MARCH 2014 

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.

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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. 


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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.



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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.

The 2012 Windbreak Art Trail was hugely successful
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50 fabulous designs, thousands followed the trail, auctioned for charity....raising over £4000! Huge thanks to all concerned.

  2012 Food Trail - more than 2000 customer votes!

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30 food trail packs and voting boxes were delivered all over the area. 30 adventurous food outlets cooked up a great mix of seafood-themed dishes -  and all at affordable prices. See Food Trail Page for more information.

So good...we're did it again in 2013... and again in 2014!


2011 Charity Donations
Money raised from our 2011 Grand Charity Deckchair Auction was presented to Cromer RNLI, Sheringham RNLI and
The Fishermen's Mission, each recieved £2500. Enormous thanks to all the sponsors, artists and bidders!

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 A Fantastic Range of Stalls

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The Market Stalls have increased each year, creating a lively focus during the festival weekend.

Poster design competitions have created some gorgeous posters!
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There's always a Titanic Tussle down at the boastshed, as judges cast their votes.
Prizewinning designs are printed up and displayed all over the area. Highly collectible!
 Huge Crabster Thanks to all who took part!


Crabbing Competition

Porthole Auction

Festival Review

Opening Concert Clips

Nook Charity Walkers

Film Taster

Local Seafood

Cookery Theatre

Volunteers & Friends

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Friends & Sponsors

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