Sat 1st & Sun 2nd Sept 2018

Welcome to the 2018 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!
At the heart of the weekend event is conservation of marine life and our wildlife. You can see demonstrations of seafood cookery and cooking with foraged foods.   Enjoy over 50 stalls highlighting local Sussex produce and global seafood cuisine, English wines, arts & crafts, free angling coaching, children’s fun fair, Morris dancing, belly dancing and a full line up of continuous live music.
The highlight of Saturday’s event will be the Guinness World Record attempt of the Largest Gathering of Mermaids. Come see all the lovely mermaids/mermen and merbabies. Better yet, don a tail and come along. A mermaid-only swim at the Bexhill Leisure Pool is arranged.

To complete the weekend – a very special concert on Sunday evening. This is an opportunity to see not one but two great performances featuring the fantastic Peter Knight’s Gigspanner and the very popular Liane Carroll with Roger Carey.
Tickets are available through the De La Warr Pavilion web site.

The second part of the Sea Festival celebrations are a full month of angling events. 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. If you like the event, please help to support us by donating 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 7 angling competitions. The 24-day extravaganza showcases 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