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2022 Festival of the Sea

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Ahoy there! Festival of the Sea returns to Grimsby on Saturday 16 July celebrating the town’s relationship with the sea.

At a new location this summer, enjoy the free entertainment suitable for all ages and a great day out for local families and visitors alike.

Looking out onto the water, Festival of the Sea will host vibrant street theatre, dance, and live music at Heritage Square, located between the River Freshney and Alexandra Dock. Mooch around the stalls and sample delicious seafood while learning more about Grimsby’s heritage.

This free town centre event will once again dive into Grimsby’s future, present and past relationship with the sea, with an additional programme of online activity in the lead up.

Produced by Grimsby-based events organisation The Culture House, in partnership with one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations, Walk the Plank, Festival of the Sea invites residents and visitors on a voyage of discovery, where they can enjoy live entertainment while taking part in hands-on activities, as well as joining walks, talks or even this year trying their hand a bit of stand up paddle boarding.

Festival of the Sea welcomes headline sponsor, Ørsted, who have just launched the world’s biggest wind farm, Hornsea 2 and DFDS, the world’s leading ferry operator.

The live programme includes Castaway by Highly Sprung, a stunning outdoor performance that explores the impact of today’s throwaway society on our waterways; slapstick mayhem in a show called The Wave, featuring buffoonish sailors, that need help on their journey of incredible highs and sudden lows as they battle against the stormy seas and The Tide – telling stories of unknown land, new arrivals, boarded doors and a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and aspirations.

Look out for three mermaids, washed ashore and slightly on the crazy side, dancing in unison (despite their flippers) as well as a life-size octopus riding a tricycle accompanied by two “aquabatic” fish!

Enjoy uplifting world fusion music from Mambo Jambo and Celtarabia on the day, plus the unique sounds of Boom Bike Bourree – a joyous mix of Medieval dance music and hip hop beats.

What’s more, there’s plenty for little ones on offer from interactive storytelling with the Singing Mermaid and Under the Sea music workshops, including percussion rapping, as well as the chance to get creative in the Make and Take tent, making seabird headdresses ready to take part in a Festival of the Sea procession the afternoon.

Heritage Walks suitable for families – taking in the haven, River Freshney and Alexandra Dock – will uncover how the port developed and why it moved further out from the old town

With more to be announced, Festival of the Sea promises to be a great day out for all ages.  Meanwhile why not watch a short video clip of last year’s event, here.

16 July 2022

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July 16
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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