Crab & Lobster Festival: CROMER

Today we headed to the Crab & Lobster Festival – a weekend celebration of the two lovely coastal towns of Cromer & Sheringham.

Historically they are rival towns, but this weekend they joined together to raise money for local charities. Saturday’s events were based in Cromer and Sunday’s events are in Sheringham.  Our hope was to go to BOTH and we did!

Here are some photos of Cromer, I took as we walked around town.  The weather on Sunday, was gray, but thankfully did not rain.

There is a “Lifebuoy Art Trail” around both towns, which local artists, school children and businesses decorate and display.  They will be auctioned off on August 25th, during Carnival week, with proceeds given to charity.  We didn’t do the official art trail today but rather just a few photos – but the kids & I want to do it over the course of some days – something fun to do.

There was so much to do & see and everyone had a great time.  We left the house around 10:45 am and didn’t return until around 6 pm!!  Walking both directions, we also go in some exercise!  We ran into a friend of Soren’s from school and hung out with their family a bit too.

When we first arrived at the Evington Lawn area, the kids had their face painted.  I think these ladies did a good job – not professionals by any means, but donated their time for this event.  Maebh was a butterfly and Soren was a Cheetah.  Many people confused him with a tiger, so after a while he started correcting them and telling them he was not a tiger but a cheetah and even did a growl!

With their faces painted, we were off to see what was up on the top portion of the field.  There were about 20 stalls with crafts, foods like crab sandwiches, hot sauces, dips and a bread baker with AMAZING stuff! There were a few other hands-on exhibits like a crab dressing demo, where you can learn how to dress a crab and then you keep your crab – with a small donation.  Making crab pots, holding crabs & lobsters and even a beekeeper selling honey and displaying a queen bee and all her babies.

There was a large, beer tent area with some seats along with a cooking truck set up with some local chefs from nearby restaurants, the head fish monger/trainer at TESCO and a “celebrity chef”, Alex MacKay, all demonstrating various dishes.  He as there promoting his new cook book.  Nothing that I was interested in though, but I do want to see the Rocket House Cafe’s new cookbook.  Of course, the cooking portion was my favorite part.

After walking around a bit, the kids decided they wanted to play on the large, blown up slide.

From a distance, we noticed they had this large clear balls which you go inside and attempt to walk on water.  Soren had never done it, but wanted to try it.  First he had to get in the ball, the attendant (aka Mr. Personality!!), blew it up with an electric pump, sealed it and then pushed Soren into the water.  I had so many laughs with him trying struggling to walk.  I think once he got in and had trouble, he had second thoughts about why he wanted to try it. He said had a lot of fun!  🙂 I guess you are supposed to take small, yet big steps up the side.  Perhaps one day, I’ll try it, though I’ll probably pee my pants in laughter inside.

 After getting bashed around in the large, clear ball, we headed across the street for a ice cream.

With ice creams, we walked down to the pier to see what was happening with the “World Pier Crabbing Championship”.  Turns out that due to the choppy seas, they postponed the event until August 25th – great news for us, now we can participate! 🙂  While on the pier, we ran into the boy who had won for the past few years. He showed us some of his catch today, which included a pregnant crab. His mum was so proud, she had him hold up his trophy for us.

In the RNLI shop, we bought Soren and Maebh a new toy – a shark on the end of a stick.  Soren named his Snap and Maebh named hers Rosie!  
As we had some time to kill before I watched the cooking demonstrations, we decided to get some chips and eat them near the water.  We had a choice of two places – a busy place without a name which sold everything you could imagine and Stravin Marvins – which was dead and the worker was outside smoking the ENTIRE time we were there (see her in the black on the corner)

Then we had some fun with Snap & Rosie.

We headed back up from the promenade to the Evington Lawn so I could watch a demonstration and the kids could bounce on the trampoline with their friends L & J.   We also learned that these will be here all summer, so we’ll definitely be back!

Once the kids had their fill of jumping, we walked back across the street to the little ponds where they could look for tadpoles with their friends.   Soren wanted to take some money from the wishing well – and explained he’d only take the money of the “Badies – you know the ones who wish bad things like people to get pinched by crabs!”.  LOL

As it was after 5, we decided to get moving towards home, as we had about a 20 minute walk.  As we walked by the Cromer Museum, we saw the magician who also did the puppet show, so we stopped for a bit and had a laugh as he was tied in a straight jacket by an audience member, but was able to get out.

As it was the national event – Night at the Museum, they were having a special reading event “Meet the author Clay the Cromer Crab”.  If the kids were not already so tired, we would have stayed.  
We got home, quickly fed the kids and gave them a bath (which looked like Africa) before bed.  They were beat but had a wonderful time and are looking forward to tomorrow’s events in Sheringham and seeing the YOW YOWS!

Author: Stars Stripes and Mayonnaise

I am an American currently living in the Netherlands. I enjoy snapping photos and blogging along the way about our family’s journey as we moved from USA to the UK for a couple years then onto Ireland for three & half years and now in our next adventure in the Netherlands where the kids and are are learning Dutch. As you can probably tell by the name of the blog “Stars, Stripes & Mayonnaise” our family is half American & half Dutch and if you know one thing about the Dutch is that they LOVE their mayonnaise! I seen ’em do it man, they fuckin‘ drown ’em in it. When I started this blog way when it was to capturing memories of our family – essentially a journal of our family adventures, their love of mayonnaise, my love of photography, D.I.Y., crafting, sea glass hunting and exploring with our two amazing kids.

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