Superb food, entertainment and the chance of catching a whopper – the Bexhill Festival of the Sea offers a great day out for all the family.

This is a unique event in two parts:

  • The Festival Weekend – A free to enter family event – 7th & 8th September 2019
  • Angling Competitions – 4 weeks of exciting sea fishing competitions

Festival Highlights

  • Seafood cooking demos
  • Global seafood cuisine
  • Free angling coaching
  • Live music and dance
  • Angling competitions
  • Marine and wildlife educational programme

The main theme of the event is an appreciation of the sea and our beautiful beaches. The Bexhill Festival of the Sea, now in its 8th year, is a popular annual event for families and visitors of all ages. The festival in 2017 attracted thousands of fun-seeking visitors over the two days. With several new stalls booked and the music line up nearly complete 2018 is looking very much like another great weekend.

The fun starts this year on Saturday 7th September with 2 days food and fun for all on the Metropole Lawns next to the De La Warr Pavillion.

The festival showcases local traders selling delicious dishes from a host of countries and cultures. As well as food and drink, there will be plenty of unique shopping and gift ideas and seaside focused stalls. Each year we support three local charities which will be announced in June.

Specialist seafood chefs will be on hand demonstrating the art of filleting, preparing and cooking many types of sea fish throughout the weekend. They bring a different presentation with a large LED screen to provide a clear view for all. Other presentations will include foraging by Wildfeast, Incredible Oceans by Whale Fest and signing.

A Guinness World Record will be attempted on Saturday 1st September. The event is open to all men and women who can don a tail fin, mermaid/merman top and optional crown. Over 300 will be needed to set the record.

Learn about Sussex and marine wildlife with special guests, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, Marine Conservation Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Mallydams Wood RSPCA Wildlife Centre and others.

There’s plenty to keep the family occupied with a variety of games and activities. For anyone who has never picked up a rod before, expert coaches will be on hand to show you how to cast from the beach and maybe hook that catch of a lifetime. The lessons are completely FREE thanks to our sponsors.

To complete this wonderful weekend event, a fantastic ticketed concert is planned in the De La Warr Pavilion. Artists to be announced very soon.