Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival around Weymouth harbourside this weekend
Thousands of people are set to pour into Weymouth this weekend as the delights of seafood are celebrated in a major festival around the harbourside.
The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival, said to be the UK’s largest free to attend seafood festival, is celebrating its 10th year.
It draws crowds of more than 50,000 people eager to taste fabulous seafood, drink champagne, browse the stalls and learn cookery tips from the experts.
Motorists are warned roads around the harbourside will be closed to traffic from 6am-8pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
This includes Custom House Quay (from South Parade to Town Bridge) and Trinity Road, Cove Row, Cove Street and Hope Square.
Those visiting the town by car are being urged to not drive into the centre but instead use the park and ride site, or park at Lodmoor where a free bus will take people to the seafront.
The festival – supporting the Fishermen’s Mission – kicks off at 10.30am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday with events running throughout the day including cooking demonstrations and tastings.
See dorsetseafood.co.uk for a full line-up and more information.
Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn will also be moored up, educating and entertaining guests with barbecues, talks and champagne.
The arts festival Inside Out Dorset is also getting involved, bringing international performers to the town for a one-off ‘signature’ event as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations this year.
Dutch-based Le Cirque du Platzak, a collection of musicians and circus artists, will present Kermiz, a “darkly-comic adventure” for all the family. (This is a paid-for event) As well as circus, Inside Out Dorset is also bringing music with Rock the Boat Street Guitars.