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A crabulous day out! Crowds gather to enjoy annual seaside festival

PUBLISHED: 13:03 19 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:55 21 May 2019

Claire Davies and Louise Hyde of Davies Fish Shop at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Claire Davies and Louise Hyde of Davies Fish Shop at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

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Cromer was a sea of smiling faces at the weekend, as crowds gathered to enjoy an annual festival celebrating two seaside towns.

Crab and Lobster Festival joint president Hillary Cox sporting a festival-themed hat.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCrab and Lobster Festival joint president Hillary Cox sporting a festival-themed hat. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival, held on Evington Lawns, ran from Friday to Sunday.

Adults, children, as well as dogs, came to visit the festival, which is now in its 10th year, to explore more than 50 stalls with various goods on offer.

Norwich City championship preserves on sale at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLNorwich City championship preserves on sale at Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Arts and crafts stalls, live cookery demonstrations, local charities, history boards and of course a huge selection of crabs and lobsters were on show for the many that visited.

Claire Davies owns Davies Fish Shop in Cromer and has been selling her produce at the festival every year since it has been running.

Julie Davies running a crab dressing workshop in the main marquee.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLJulie Davies running a crab dressing workshop in the main marquee. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

She said: "It's a little festival but it's a very good festival and a lot of work goes into it. We've always had good times here. It's nice to be able to promote local products like crabs and lobsters."

John Clark, who owns Love My which sells fudge and milkshakes, said: "I've been coming to the festival for about six years.

The Crab and Lobster Festival cookery theatre.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Crab and Lobster Festival cookery theatre. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

"There are lots of local people here and it's a good way of promoting the products. It's great for local business."

The festival started on Friday evening with a variety show at Cromer's Pavilion Theatre , featuring the likes of Olly Day, The Sheringham Shantymen and more.

Stalls in Sheringham town centre at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLStalls in Sheringham town centre at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Children's entertainment, such as Cromer couple Razz the Clown and Auntie Pearl, a pirate performance and a Punch and Judy show, has also been on offer at Cromer across the weekend.

This year's event saw the addition of Cromer Gardening Festival in North Lodge Park on Saturday, which included a range of stalls.

Fishing boats in Sheringham High Street at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLFishing boats in Sheringham High Street at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Nicola Hann, from Ipswich, came to the festival for the first time with her family and said: "Everyone is really enjoying it and the kids have had a go on the hook-a-crab. There's loads to do for the kids which is a big reason we came."

David and Karen Faulkner had come all the way from Skipton in North Yorkshire. Mr Faulkner said: "We come to Norfolk every other year. We came to get some crabs to take back home with us, we can't get much where we are.

Bubble fun on Sheringham seafront at this year's Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLBubble fun on Sheringham seafront at this year's Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Mrs Faulkner also added: "We saw a sign for it so we thought we'd come back. We didn't realise how many stalls there would be."

At Sheringham, Sunday's events in the high street included stalls, crab dressing demonstrations, a talk from well-known local fisherman Jim Lingwood and performances from the Sheringham Shantymen and the Lobster Potties morris dancers.

Crab dressing demonstrations in High Street, Sheringham, which was closed to traffic for this year's Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCrab dressing demonstrations in High Street, Sheringham, which was closed to traffic for this year's Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Carnival committee members also ran children's activities ranging from hook-a-duck to pot-the-crab on Lifeboat Plain, with Sheringham Museum offering free admission and laying on a crab-themed screen printing workshop.

Festival joint president Hilary Cox, who walked from Cromer on Sunday to meet up with her Sheringham counterpart, Noel Gant, said: "Although it has changed over the years, the Crab and Lobster Festival has become so important to our area and it is now well-known throughout the country."

Crab and Lobster Festival music in Sheringham High Street.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCrab and Lobster Festival music in Sheringham High Street. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Music in Sheringham town centre at this year's Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLMusic in Sheringham town centre at this year's Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

The Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLThe Holt Ridge Morris dancing side performing at the Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Crab dressing demonstrations in High Street, Sheringham, which was closed to traffic for this year's Crab and Lobster Festival.
Picture: KAREN BETHELLCrab dressing demonstrations in High Street, Sheringham, which was closed to traffic for this year's Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: KAREN BETHELL

Claire Davies (middle) has been coming to sell her products at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival for ten years. Picture: ArchantClaire Davies (middle) has been coming to sell her products at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival for ten years. Picture: Archant

Crowds enjoyed the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: ArchantCrowds enjoyed the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: Archant

John Clark, who owns Love My which sells fudge and milkshakes, at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: ArchantJohn Clark, who owns Love My which sells fudge and milkshakes, at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: Archant

David and Karen Faulkner had come all the way from Skipton in North Yorkshire to enjoy the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: ArchantDavid and Karen Faulkner had come all the way from Skipton in North Yorkshire to enjoy the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: Archant

Nicola Hann (left) and her family enjoyed their first trip to the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: ArchantNicola Hann (left) and her family enjoyed their first trip to the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Picture: Archant

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