Sea Fest 2016 Photos Now Up

Sidmouth Sea Fest was created as part of the campaign to save and restore the Drill Hall at Port Royal, Sidmouth and bring it into community ownership. By creating an annual event on the Ham at Port Royal the core aim of Sea Fest was to gather people around the Drill Hall to enjoy and participate in a festival of arts, music, theatre and creativity with food from local and other producers and suppliers. This might create an insight into what could happen week in week out within a restored Drill Hall and build the campaign around the building with an increasing number of local and wider partners.

Sidmouth Sea Fest was founded as part of the EU funded ‘TourFish’ project that connected coastal towns in Arnemuiden, Holland, Brittany, Flanders, Hastings and Sidmouth. The event was written into the project as one of the key outcomes for Sidmouth. Core funding for Sea Fest was provided by TourFish funding.

We had a great Sidmouth Sea Fest 2016 on the Ham on 7th May.

See photos from the day in the 2016 Gallery 


Sea Fest 2016 Sat 7th May What’s In Store..

We shall have a much smaller event this year, again taking place on the Ham, Sidmouth. It will run from 11am til 5pm on Saturday 7th May 2016 and have many of the old favourites plus lots of new things to enjoy.

Check out the flyer for some of the things that will be happening.

More info up here soon. Drop us a line with any questions. We hope to see you there!!

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TourFish Report at Climate Week Wed 9th March 2016

Join us at Kennaway House in Sidmouth on Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 6.30pm when we will be publishing the TourFish EU project report in full as part of Sidmouth Climate Week

Part of the event on the evening will be a presentation on the Economic Evidence Report on Sidmouth Drill Hall.

Plus: a presentation on inshore fish types, fish preparation, filleting and tasting from Sidmouth Trawlers

A talk from Dr Stephen Guilbert of Devon Maritime Forum

And an update on the Blue New Deal from the New Economics Foundation

To book contact the Vision Group for Sidmouth

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Sea Fest 2016 Dates Announced!

Sidmouth Sea Fest will return to the Ham for one day on Saturday 7th May 2016.

Put the date in your diary!

We will have the Fish Kitchen, Prawn Cocktail Bar, Creativity on the Coast, Fish Hunt and more regulars back plus some exciting new announcements so keep checking back here.

The 2016 event kicks off with a very special fundraiser featuring 2015 headliners Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys who return to Devon on Saturday 20th February for a one off show for Sea Fest as part of their new album tour. Get your tickets now – here!

Please note: Sea Fest 2016 is subject to licensing and funding. Because of very bad weather in 2015 we were unable to carry funds forward in the way we had hoped so are working to raise money to make this year’s event happen. So we may need to come round with the begging bowl soon and ask for your help!

If you would like to help us now then you can Donate via the button and/or become a Friend of Sidmouth Drill Hall at

Thank you!

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