Bridlington will see the return of its popular seafood festival this weekend (Saturday, 9 July, 10am-11pm, and on Sunday, 10 July, 10am-4pm), with festivities located at the harbour car park.
Last year’s inaugural event proved a huge success, with around 15,000 visitors enjoying a range of activities, prompting organisers to turn the festival into a two-day event this year.
Sponsored by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Visit Hull & East Yorkshire (VHEY), the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership, Bridlington Town Council, Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, Andrew Jackson Solicitors and Yorkshire Coast Entertainment, the festival is run with support from local businesses and organisations.
There will be around 30 stalls celebrating the best of local food and drink, a top line-up of chefs providing cookery demonstrations as well as a full programme of live music.
The festival will include a children’s marquee with activities including sand art and fridge magnet making, crafty fishy fun with clay, sun catchers and a bead bar and even a chance to try t-shirt printing.
Children’s entertainment will also be on offer from Professor Dan the Punch and Judy Man, Captain Raggy Beard, Tommy Bungle the Clown and the Face Painting Pirate.
There will also be competitions, including the best dressed shop, spectacular sandcastles and little nippers crabbing.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The first Bridlington Seafood Festival proved a real success, so we have taken onboard feedback we received and expanded this year’s event to two days, with activities for the whole family, competitions, live music and, of course, a full range of stalls and chefs promoting the best of East Yorkshire food and drink.
“Hosting major events like the Bridlington Seafood Festival is a practical way of supporting our local economy, helping spread the message about our local businesses, increasing visitor footfall and providing an opportunity for local commerce.
“I would encourage residents and visitors to come down and enjoy the event on 9 and 10 July.”
For further information about the Bridlington Seafood Festival and this year’s event, visit www.bridlingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk, like the festival’s Facebook page or follow the event on Twitter @BridSeafoodFest