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12 great reasons to visit Cromer in 2019

PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:35 20 March 2019

Cromer Pier is hosting a 1960s festival on March 30, 2019. Celebrating news of the event was Yasmine Macklin-Page, modeling vintage clothes, supplied by supplied by Wake Up Little Susie, on a Lambretta supplied by Trevor Bailey and Jason Matthews. Picture: Brad Damms Photography

Cromer Pier is hosting a 1960s festival on March 30, 2019. Celebrating news of the event was Yasmine Macklin-Page, modeling vintage clothes, supplied by supplied by Wake Up Little Susie, on a Lambretta supplied by Trevor Bailey and Jason Matthews. Picture: Brad Damms Photography

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What's on in Cromer in 2019?

The Kemp's Men of Norwich at 2018's Folk on the Pier festival in Cromer. The festival returns in 2019. Picture: ALISON TOONThe Kemp's Men of Norwich at 2018's Folk on the Pier festival in Cromer. The festival returns in 2019. Picture: ALISON TOON

The seaside town known as the ‘gem of the Norfolk coast’ is hosting a diverse range of festivals and events this year sure to attract visitors from near and far.

Here are a few highlights of Cromer’s calendar for the coming spring/summer season.

1. Sixties weekend: The swinging sixties are set to return to the seaside on Saturday, March 30, as Cromer’s pier and promenade become the site of a huge vintage festival featuring all the music, fashion, vehicles, dancing, stalls and memorabilia from the era. As a warm-up, there will also be a sixties music night at the pier’s Pavilion Theatre bar on March 29.

Francis Guildea, the pier’s general manager, said the festival followed a similar event in 2017. He said: “We are very excited to see the return of this great event and hope to see it build into a real community celebration in the years to come.”

The Abba and Queen gig at Cromer Hall Concerts in 2018. The event returns to Cromer Hall in 2019, this time called Starlight Concerts Picture: STARLIGHT CONCERTSThe Abba and Queen gig at Cromer Hall Concerts in 2018. The event returns to Cromer Hall in 2019, this time called Starlight Concerts Picture: STARLIGHT CONCERTS

2. Folk on the Pier: The ‘best gig on the North Sea’ returns to Cromer for its 21st year from Friday, May 10 to Sunday, May 12.

The festival will feature six full-length concerts with performers to include Listen, Richard Digance, Jamie Smith’s Mabon and Oysterband. Folk on the Pier organiser Scott Butler, whose love of the genre inspired the first festival in 1999, said the event would continue, “as long as folk rock continues to roll.”

3. The Crab and Lobster Festival: Cromer joins forces with Sheringham once again for the annual crustacean-themed fest, which takes place Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19. The fun starts with a variety concerts at the pier’s Pavilion Theatre on the Friday evening, followed by two days of food, art, music and heritage events on Evington Lawns.

4. Guild of Town Criers competition: Oyez your way to Cromer’s high street on Saturday, May 18 to watch a parade of colourful characters test their lungs to the limit in what promises to be a fun day out.

Some of the characters you can meet at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Photo: 
KAREN BETHELLSome of the characters you can meet at the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

-Cromer Gardening Festival: Green fingers will be drawn to North Lodge Park for this celebration of all things floral on Saturday, May 18, coinciding with the park’s 90th anniversary.

5. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Cromer and Sheringham Opera and Dramatic Society is bringing this musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film to the Pavilion Theatre’s stage, to run from Saturday, May 25 to Saturday, June 1.

6. RNLI Lifeboat open day: The end-of-pier lifeboat station’s annual open day will take place on Sunday, May 26, when visitors can look over the boats. Another event, Lifeboat Day, takes place on July 28, when the lifeboats will be launched and there will be stalls and music.

7. D-Day Celebrations: 2019 marks 75 years since the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy, and Cromer will host commemoration events on Saturday, June 6.

The Cromer soapbox races, held as part of the town's annual carnival, always draws a big crowd keen to witness the thrills and spills. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYThe Cromer soapbox races, held as part of the town's annual carnival, always draws a big crowd keen to witness the thrills and spills. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

8. Twinning weekend: The Cromer Twinning Association is organising events to take place between Thursday, July 4 and Monday, July 8 to mark the town’s special friendship with Nidda in Germany and Crest in France.

9. Seaside Special: The always brilliant Cromer Pier Summer Show will kick off on Saturday, June 22 and run until Saturday, September 21.

10. Starlight Concerts: The re-branded Cromer Hall Concerts will take place in the grounds of the grand country house overlooking the town from August 2-4 (Friday to Sunday).

11. Cromer Carnival: The town’s biggest event of the year is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Preceding the main events will be two weeks of children’s activities starting on August 5 and August 12. The famous Cromer Carnival soap box derby will take place on Sunday, August 11. Cromer Carnival week itself will take place from Saturday, August 17 to Friday, August 23. Carnival Day, which includes the parade, will take place on Wednesday, August 21, and the fireworks and light parade will take place the following day.

12. Auction and world crabbing competition: Officially part of the Crab and Lobster Festival, Sunday, August 25 will see an auction of hand decorated boat shelf sculptures and the return of the world’s biggest crab-off.

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