Bridlington will see the return of its popular seafood festival this weekend and organisers hope for it to be bigger and better than ever.
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.
Cllr 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 on board 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.”
The event takes place Saturday, July 9 between 10am and 11pm, and on Sunday, July 10 between 10am and 4pm, with festivities located at the harbour car park.
The event is being sponsored by Andrew Jackson Solicitors.
Richard Hoare, partner with Andrew Jackson, said: “Andrew Jackson combines a strong heritage in the fishing industry, which spans over 130 years, together with generations of experience in protecting personal and family interests, whether you’re planning for the future or having to deal with the unexpected. We’re so pleased to be supporting this vibrant event, which offers a rich variety of activities from cookery demonstrations and musical performances, to children’s entertainment and activities.”