Sidmouth Sea Fest returns tomorrow (Saturday)

One of the sea themed games that could be played at the first Sidmouth sea fest. Ref shs 4114-17-14T

One of the sea themed games that could be played at the first Sidmouth sea fest. Ref shs 4114-17-14TI Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Come along to celebrate town’s coastal heritage

Kay Bagwell gives a demonstration on how to fillet fish. Ref shs 6459-19-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Kay Bagwell gives a demonstration on how to fillet fish. Ref shs 6459-19-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth Sea Fest returns tomorrow (Saturday, May 7) with an eclectic programme celebrating all things wet and wonderful about the town’s coastal environment.

Now in its third year, the event brings together an array of groups and organisations to inspire, excite and educate people – young and old - about Sidmouth’s maritime history and the importance of sustaining it.

The free community celebration of all things, in, on and from the sea returns to the Ham tomorrow from 11am to 5pm, with a fair few old favourites and a host of fun-filled activities to entertain and create conversations about the town’s shared heritage.

One of the organisers, Louise Cole, said: “Sidmouth Sea Fest connects people in many ways. For example, as a family day out, to learn informally about the importance of our coastline and what it has to offer us educationally, for leisure, to build skills that otherwise may be lost, to try new things and to promote responsible tourism.


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“It also connects people who don’t often all come together in a shared space to celebrate and be curious about the sea and coast on our doorstep and to have fun.

“Sidmouth Sea Fest intentionally brings together all those who offer activities and knowledge connected with the sea and who wish to see Sidmouth as an inspirational place for culture – arts, fish and food and the environment that brings people regardless of age, to celebrate and contribute to the wellbeing of the community now and for the future.”

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Festival-goers will have an opportunity to take part in the Fish Sticker Hunt Trail taking place across more than 30 shops, hotels and cafes in Sidmouth – look out for the stickers and the Best Dressed Crab window displays to join in the fun.

This year also sees the launch of a new community challenge with the Sidmouth Sea Fest Cake Off, in which contestants are asked to get creative and bake a sea-themed cake.

Entries will be judged on the day by Stuart White, head chef at the Victoria Hotel.

Sidmouth Sea Fest is devised and run by Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub.

Find out more by searching for Sidmouth Sea Fest on Facebook, or visit: www.sidsefest.net

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