Let’s face it, we all like to be beside the seaside, but some of us require a little more entertainment than merely sunbathing on the beach and swimming in the sea. For those fun seeking people we have rounded up some of the UK’s most quirkiest and fun events this summer. So if you fancy dressing up as a pirate, or donning a stripey bathing suit to enter the bathing beauties competition, check out our comprehensive list below.
Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival – June 14 – 16
Falmouth’s annual sea shanty festival is a mecca for budding singers all across the globe. Did you know that sea shanties were first sung to keep the rhythm of the rowing at a regular speed? These and many more questions are answered by the knowledgeable staff, the artists and performers present at the event, and of course, it includes the singing of popular songs. The event supports the RNLI and one guest who visited a few years ago who emptied his change into a collection box said: “when you have been floating in the sea for many hours the lifeboat is a wonderful sight”.
Penzance Mazey Festival – June 28 – 30
This annual festival weekend is held in Penzance, and follows the end of the Golowan festival (Cornish for midsummer) which is held in Penzance each year in late June. The Golowan festival lasts for 10 days, and was revived back in 1991 by schools and a group of artists. It culminates in the Mazey weekend and notably Mazey Day on the Saturday. All the streets leading up from the beach are packed full of market stalls, entertainers and parades, and on Mazey Eve, the Friday, the “obby oss” creature is let loose.
Margate RIBA Sandcastle Challenge June 29
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is holding a Sandcastle Challenge on Saturday 29 June 2013. Anyone can enter so you can challenge your friends and family and spend a great day on the beach. Registration is free and starts at 10am and the judging starts from 2.30pm with the winners to be announced at 3pm. You can enter the competition as a team or on your own and prize categories include: tallest sand structure (Betteridge & Milsom Prize), Most technically daring (Hornby Prize), Life’s a Beach (Joss Bay Surf School Prize), Curiosity (Turner Contemporary Prize) and the Mayor’s prize. If you want to take part you have to inform the RIBA in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridlington Vintage Fair – August 25
If you have a passion for everything vintage and collectible then head up to the Bridlington Vintage Fair, situated at the Spa in Scarborough. The event hosts promise a fabulous time of browsing, following the last two very successful fairs, in which over 2,500 people attended. The table top event last year showcased a huge 1907 Gavioli Fairground Organ, along with classic cars, scooters, bikes and plenty of vintage clothing and jewellery stalls.
Mablethorpe & Sutton on Sea Bathing Beauties Festival – September 13 – 15
A weekend of fun and entertainment awaits you along the three-mile promenade from Mablethorpe to Sutton on Sea. The town literally comes alive as the beach huts are turned into mini art and craft galleries whilst the beach is the perfect backdrop and canvas for contemporary art installations, sculpture and much more. There are quirky and fabulous live performances and inter-active activities for all the family. At the heart of the festival is the “Bathing Beauties Beach Hut Trail” which you can see along the promenade. There are also more ‘serious’ artists showing their work.
Essex Old Leigh Regatta – September 21 – 22
This is a charity event situated within Leigh-on-sea Old Town by the local scout groups. On this weekend the high street closes and there is an array of fun-filled events and entertainment to be had. Live music will be played throughout the weekend, or you can watch the Morris dancing, take part in the banana, cracker and cockle eating competitions, there are also a selection of various stalls selling local delicacies. A number of water-based activities, especially tailored for the 2 Sea Scout groups, will see them taking part in a competition known as the Annual Scout Pentathlon. The scouts have been training for this event all year and the series of challenges will test both team work and skill. The tests include a Dinghy Tug of War, Dinghy Sculling, and the famous ‘Leigh Marsh Race’.