Gordie Mackeeman on BBC 6 Music

Our Sea Fest headline act for Saturday 2nd May Gordie Mackeeman & His Rhythm Boys were featured on Cerys Matthews show on BBC 6 Music on Sunday morning.

Cerys said, “This band were in session for us a couple of years ago, they are absolutely brilliant live. Gordie will play his fiddle and tap on his board with his clogs on. They start their tour on Saturday 2nd May at Sidmouth Sea Fest. Catch them if you can”.

Listen again at BBC 6 Music

Click here for more info on the band and how to buy tickets for their Sea Fest show.

Visit Gordie’s website here Gordie Mackeeman


Top Chefs To Join Sea Fest

Sea Fest 2015 will host a series of talks and demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday 2nd May on fish preparation, filleting, cooking and more.

The Sea Fest Fish Kitchen will see award winning local chef Saul Vicary and multi award winning local fishmongers Mary, Kay and Ryan Bagwell joined by renowned chef Nick Hales.

Nick Hales has been cooking professionally for over 25 years. Having worked for chefs such as Mark Hix, Tim Hughes and Bruno Loubet early in his career, he set up St. Clement’s in Hastings in June 2005, with the aim of showcasing the area’s finest seasonal produce and fish from the local beach launched fleet.

St. Clement’s was quick to draw attention from local and national media, and has been supported over the years by appearances in various national newspapers, restaurant guides and travelogues. St. Clement’s is one of only a few restaurants in the South East to hold a Michelin Bib Gourmand Award, which was awarded after the first year of operation, and has been held ever since.

Nick has maintained an active role in running the restaurant since day one; undertaking everything from butchering locally sourced meat, poultry and game in-house, to setting up The West Hill Smokery, curing and smoking local meat and fish. He helped to pioneer the annual Seafood & Wine Festival that is held in Hastings’ historic Old Town every September, and continues to act as an advocate for the area’s ever-growing tourism trade.

Through the TourFish project Nick has been part of a group of local tourism stakeholders that have been developing the idea of responsible tourism through Classroom on the Coast, Hastings.


Lantern Making for Sea Fest 2015

Sea Fest ‘Creativity on the Coast’ artist Coco Hodgkinson has been busy with the children at Sidmouth Primary making drapes, lanterns and more that will provide the decor for the main marquees at Sea Fest 2015.

Coco will dress the marquees with a range of fish and sea related art that she is creating and making with the children of Sidmouth. From fish printed drapes to fish lanterns that will be lit up and hung from the marquee roofs, we are all getting very excited and can not wait to see the wonderful Sea Fest environment at Sea Fest that Coco is currently creating with her helpers.

On top of that, Coco is heading off this week to workshop with children in Hastings through Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society and create additional art with them that will link back to Sea Fest and add to our ongoing partnership with our friends in Hastings.

Check back for more updates here and on our facebook page and come and see at Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015.


Time Running Out To Join The Main Choir!

As we hurtle, at a steady pace, towards Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 we would like to invite you to join us as a member of the Sea Fest Community Choir.

Places are filling up, but we have now opened up the opportunity to join the main Sea Fest Choir.

If you would like to join, or are thinking of joining, then please check the information via the link below and get in touch. Depending on numbers we are likely to have to close membership of the main choir on Monday 16th March so that we can get info out to everyone.

However, there is plenty of time to join the chorus. Get involved with the chorus at any time but again please apply through the website.


Download information on the Sea Fest Choir here – Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 Choir

Gordie Mackeeman Announced for Sea Fest!!

Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 Saturday 2nd May in the Ham Marquee

presents all the way from Canada the multi award winning Gordie Mackeeman & his Rhythm Boys. Get your dancing boots on but hold onto your hats cos Gordie and the boys will serve up a night of the best in bluegrass and old roots music that will haul you up on the dance floor by your collar and give you a night to remember!

Book your tickets early!

Tickets can be bought in advance in Sidmouth from Paragon Books, Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre – call 01395 5516441 or click here to book online.

Gordie Mackeeman