Bexhill prepares for Festival of the Sea

Members of the Fishwives Choir at last year's festival SUS-140909-125919001
Members of the Fishwives Choir at last year's festival SUS-140909-125919001

The annual Festival of the Sea kicks off again this weekend with a bucket load of activities and attractions available for all the family.

Fish cooking courses, angling coaching and a wide variety of seafood to enjoy await at the free festival which runs from 10am to 6pm tomorrow and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

There are two entertainment areas: one on the De La Warr Pavilion terraces and another at the Metropole lawns.

This year’s theme is marine conservation and staff from Mallydams Wood RSPCA centre in Fairlight will be explaining the dangers of littering and the effect it has on wildlife.

Organiser Carole Green is excited for the festival to begin and believes this year will be the best one yet.

“There’s so much going on this year and so much entertainment, a lot of information to with some great food,” she said.

“Come along and have a really good time to finish off the summer.”

Last year’s festival attracted around 30,000 people to Bexhill and Carole is hoping for even more this time.

The famous Billingsgate Seafood Training School will be demonstrating the art of filleting, preparing and cooking many types of sea fish throughout the weekend.

There will also be fishing simulators, live music, angling competitions, a children’s funfair and plenty of stalls.

The first of seven angling competitions starts tomorrow with the junior beach tournament.

The competitions last for 24 days and range from kayak and boat day tournaments to a week-long Beach Specimen Hunt.

One exciting part of this year’s antics is an amateur photography competition run by the festival.

There are two categories – Rother district and the Festival of the Sea – and the judges are looking for creativity, fun, beauty, interest and quality of composition.

The winner will receive a bottle of bubbly, a trophy and dinner for two, as well as their picture used in next year’s programme and possibly a calendar with all of the entries.

Carole is an ex-professional photographer and said it was a chance for amateurs to show off their work which she believes is usually very good.

To enter, send photos to no later than midnight on Tuesday, September 8.

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