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Everything you need to know about this year's Cromer Crab and Lobster Festival

PUBLISHED: 15:08 02 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 May 2019

Lobster hats on display at Sheringham crab and lobster festival
Photo: 
KAREN BETHELL

Lobster hats on display at Sheringham crab and lobster festival Photo: KAREN BETHELL

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Two north Norfolk towns are preparing to celebrate a famous seafood speciality with a weekend of food and events highlighting their link to the sea.

Tom Bridges, marine science officer at Eastern IFCA with a crab at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYTom Bridges, marine science officer at Eastern IFCA with a crab at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The 10th annual Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival will begin later this month.

And the weekend of events will kick off the festival's summer-long programme, including a 'boat shelves' art trail and August's crabbing championships.

The first weekend of the festival will be held on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19, with a Friday night concert at Cromer Pier's Pavilion Theatre, and food and drink stalls, entertainment, music and cookery and crab dressing demonstrations at the festival grounds in Cromer's Evington Gardens.

Friday, May 17

Cromer town crier Jason Bell with Crab and Lobster festival president Hilary Cox pose for a photo with the festival mascot at the annual event. Picture: KAREN BETHELLCromer town crier Jason Bell with Crab and Lobster festival president Hilary Cox pose for a photo with the festival mascot at the annual event. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The opening night concert will be hosted by entertainer Olly Day, with doors at the theatre opening from 7.30pm and featuring performances from, among others, the Sheringham Shantymen and Marlene's School of Dancing.

Tickets are available from the pier's box office or via the website.

Saturday, May 18

The festival grounds open to the public at 10am, with more than 50 craft, food and drink stalls on offer, and activities including kids' entertainment from Rollo the Clown and crab dressing by Julie Davies.

Lewis Clark, seven, meets a lobster at the Eastern IFCA stand at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYLewis Clark, seven, meets a lobster at the Eastern IFCA stand at the Crab and Lobster Festival at Cromer. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual crab race will be replaced by the crab lucky dip, from 10.30am, and there will be an evening performance by Tom, Dick and Harry and a barbeque.

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2019 will also see the festival expand for the first into a fringe event - the Cromer Gardening Festival, in North Lodge Park.

The event will include a show garden, plant swap, massages, food, and a sunflower competition.

The cookery theatre at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLThe cookery theatre at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sunday, May 19

The festival's stalls and events will continue, including cookery, theatre and heritage.

And at 2pm in the main tent, the annual Cromer crab sandwich competition will be judged.

To enter, contact Phillip at Henry's Cafe, in Cromer.

Razz the Clown entertaining crowds at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLRazz the Clown entertaining crowds at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

World Crabbing Competition

On Sunday, August 25, the festival's world crabbing contest will be held on Cromer Pier.

Teams and individuals can register from 9.30am and crab from 10.30am, with winners announced on the pier at 1.30pm.

Art trail

Have-a-go crab dressing at Cromer
Photo: KAREN BETHELLHave-a-go crab dressing at Cromer Photo: KAREN BETHELL

The annual art trail will also be up for auction on Sunday, May 25.

For more information, visit the Crab and Lobster Festival website.

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