Sidmouth Sea Fest was created as part of the campaign to save and restore the Drill Hall at Port Royal, Sidmouth www.sidmouthdrillhall.com 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.

Sidmouth Sea Fest is a coastal community celebration for all the family.

Sidmouth Sea Fest celebrates all things ‘in, on and from the sea’.

Sidmouth Sea Fest 2016 will be back on the Ham, Sidmouth for one day only on Saturday 7th May 2016. Check back here for more details soon. A very special fundraising event will be held on Saturday 20th February featuring 2015 headliners from Canada Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys. Buy tickets now – here!

The coastal town of Sidmouth in Devon, UK welcomed the second Sea Fest on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015.

It was a very wet bank holiday weekend but many people braved the wind and rain and made it along to enjoy a fantastic mix of activities related to all things in, on and from the sea! With stalls, community activities, live music, informative exhibitions, demonstrations, and fun for all the family.

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Join us in welcoming visitors to Sea Fest from the coastal town of Hastings and the fishery village of Arnemuiden in Holland as part of the TourFish project.

Sea Fest favourites will be back in 2015 including;

The Fish Kitchen – fish filleting, preparing and cooking demonstrations, and tasting with very special guest chefs and local fishermen.

Creativity on the Coast – arts, crafts and more. Print your own t-shirt, explore your artistic talents, learn about how the coast can come to life in creative crafts. Plus the Sea Fest knitting.

Coastal Heritage Exhibition – we are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of the inshore fishing heritage of the Dutch coastal town of Arnemuiden at Sea Fest 2015 (see separate press release). Learn about the history of the fishermen’s jumpers in Arnemuiden and Zeeland and how it links to Sidmouth’s own fishing heritage.

The Sea Fest Fish Hunt – in partnership with Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce; discover the Sea Fest shop windows and find the Fish to win a prize.

Storytelling – stories from the sea including a very special reading of a new biography of one of the most loved and well known fishermen in Sidmouth, Brixham and many other coastal areas.

The coastal groups of Sidmouth – come and meet the Gig Club, the Sailing Club, Jurassic Paddles and more and join up.

And of course..

The Fish Stocks! – plus many more games.

Plus in 2015 we will be introducing;

Evening events with Live Music and more – book early!

Local real ales, ciders, teas, coffee and more plus the finest freshly caught, picked and selected food to buy throughout!

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