Get more from your seaside holiday this summer with these top events happening along England's coastline...
Feast on some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste in south Cornwall, as you celebrate Newlyn’s fishing heritage with the locals. Each summer, the town puts on the Newlyn Fish Festival to showcase its produce, alongside a packed programme of events which includes live cookery demonstrations, a fish auction, musical performances and children’s entertainment. Elsewhere, the old sea port of Falmouth hosts the famous Tall Ships Regatta from August 28 to 31. Climb aboard one of 12 magnificent Tall Ships to learn about life on board these giants of the sea.
Enjoy 10 days of family fun in the East of England at the Wells Carnival, as the sleepy fishing port of Wells-next-the-Sea bursts to life with floats and fancy dress. Join the locals for traditional seaside activities including a sandcastle competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the Carnival Queen. Don’t miss a wide range of live music throughout the week, beach parties, outdoor cinema and loads more from August 1 to 10.
Get your nautical stripes ready for Seafest, the International Maritime Festival that celebrates Scarborough's maritime history. Now in its 12th year, the three-day festival takes place from July 15 to 17, with shanty music and seaside entertainment on the West Pier and in pubs across Scarborough, plus there’s seafood cookery demonstrations and themed activities for all the family.
Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe showcases established and up-and-coming talent from August 12 to 17. Catch family-friendly theatre performances, live bands and film screenings everywhere from churches and yurts in the woods to shop windows. The week-long shindig is set against the fabulous Victorian seaside resort town of Ventnor, so the beach is never too far away!
Following on from the successful Crab and Mackerel Festivals earlier this summer, another food-fuelled weekend is planned on September 6 and 7 in the idyllic coastal town of Lyme Regis. Renowned chef Mark Hix has partnered with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution once more for the weekend-long Food Rocks festival. Expect cooking demonstrations, masterclasses led by local chefs, tastings and even cheese rolling.
Think of Blackpool and immediately the name itself starts to flash in kaleidoscopic neon. The illuminations have been dazzling visitors of Blackpool’s world famous seafront since 1912 and they’re set to light up the night sky once more, as Pixie Lott, Union J and many more acts perform at the free switch-on concert on August 29. The party continues across the entire weekend with performances from West End musicals including Chicago and Dirty Dancing on Saturday and appearances from the likes of Rebecca Ferguson on Sunday.
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