Sat 7th & Sun 8th Sept 2019

Welcome to the 2019 Bexhill Festival of the Sea

Bexhill Festival of the Sea is a two-part month long event that promotes all that is great about our seaside:

Festival weekend takes place over the 1st & 2nd September.
Angling competitions during the festival month.

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Festival Weekend – 1st & 2nd September 2018

Saturday 10am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm

There is something for everyone at the Bexhill Festival of the Sea!

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our event, where marine and wildlife conservation sit at the very heart of what we do. Throughout the weekend, members of several conservation associations will guide us on ways we can all help improve the world in which we live.

Join us at the festival as we showcase the skills of chefs from our local restaurants. Enjoy browsing around over 50 stalls highlighting local Sussex produce and global cuisine, English wines and arts & crafts. You won’t fail to be entertained with free angling coaching, Morris dancing, belly dancing and a full line up of continuous live music.

During Saturday’s event, experience the spectacle of the Mermaid Parade with trophies in five categories. Come and see the lovely mermaids/mermen and merbabies. Better yet, don a tail and join in the fun! 

Away from the Jubilee Lawns, visit the Art Fair at the Bexhill Sailing Club for original Seaside and Nautical Art by local artists.  While there, see all that this wonderful, friendly club has to offer!

To complete the weekend we have a very special concert on Sunday evening. Back by overwhelmingly popular demand are two great performances featuring the fantastic Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band line-up, featuring the Edgelarks, and the highly entertaining Liane Carroll.  Tickets are available through the De La Warr Pavilion web site.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the Festival of the Sea without the angling events. These take place over several weeks and are all planned with conservation in mind. The open beach matches are catch and release. More information on the angling competitions can be found here.

Free programmes are available at all entrances. Many local businesses have sponsored the Sea Festival with advertising.  Please support them.

We rely on your support and donations to keep the festival going. Please donate in any of our official collection buckets.


We have a full range of entertainment including live music and dance, seafood cooking demonstrations, foraging and marine conservation presentations.


Our Festival has a huge selection of stalls selling delicious international cuisine plus many unique shopping and gift ideas.


The September calendar explodes with various angling competitions for all ages and all skill groups along our Rother seafront. Bookings can be made in advanced here

Angling Competitions

Bexhill Festival of the Sea incorporates what was Bexhill Sea Angling Festival and now includes 5 angling competitions. The competitions will showcase some of the best angling in the south of England. It aims to promote many of the diverse sea angling disciplines, as well as find the best anglers from around the country in their specialist field.

For full details on the angling competitions please click here