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Lymington Seafood Festival reels in top-notch entertainment

Lymington Seafood Festival was one of the few local events to take place last year, between the two national lockdowns
Lymington Seafood Festival was one of the few local events to take place last year, between the two national lockdowns

THE popular Lymington Seafood Festival is set to make a return this summer better than ever, according to organisers.

As long as the easing of lockdown continues, the three-day celebration of fish, shellfish and more at the Bath Road recreation ground is set to be crammed with delicacies from the region’s producers.

Organisers at Lighthouse Marketing promised the 2021 edition – held over Friday 16th to Sunday 18th July – will have a “bigger focus” on regional craft ales and more artisan shopping.

They also promised it will have “seriously upped its game” in providing entertainment – including a turn by a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant.

The musical line-up for the festival, the fifth edition, includes soul, Irish folk, ska as well as rock and pop classics.

Saturday night will host the UK’s leading Elton John tribute band, Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band, with Sunday opening with the relaxing sounds of the Nova Forest Orchestra.

Richard Nowell, Lighthouse Marketing director, said: “We’ve invested in the seafood festival entertainment with a great and varied music line-up plus hilarious street performers that includes the zany Bruce Airhead’s giant balloon show and the Stupid Stuntman

‘Dan the Hat’.”

Bruce’s act earned a ‘Yes’ from Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent, and there will also be buskers playing at spots around the site.

About 8,000 people attended the festival in 2020 when it was one of the few local events that managed to take place between the two national lockdowns.

The 2021 festival will feature a host of safety measures to boost the confidence and safety of participants, promised organisers.

More than 80 stalls will showcase products and dishes for carnivores, pescatarians and vegetarians. Plans are still being finalised for who will be heading up the event’s alfresco kitchen.

Mr Nowell stressed Lighthouse will be keeping tabs on the impact of the lifting of national restrictions on 17th May, when large gatherings outside of up to 4,000 people in a managed space are scheduled to be permitted.

The seafood festival will again be split on Friday and Saturday into two sessions each day, with a single, slightly longer session on Sunday.

The event charity partner is the Lymington Sailability group, which provides sailing and powerboat opportunities for people with disabilities.

Advance tickets have gone on sale to ensure capacities are managed and to comply with track and trace requirements. It follows both New Forest district and Lymington town councils giving it the greenlight.

“We have an excellent working relationship with both New Forest district and Lymington and Pennington Town councils, and would like to thank them for their ongoing support,” Mr Nowell added.

“It has been a very tough time for a number of industries, none more so than the events or hospitality sectors, so to get back to some sort of normal this summer will be a relief for everyone.”

Tickets are available at www.lymingtonseafoodfestival.co.uk priced at £5 for adults. Under-16s go free.

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