Beach games, bubble monsters and sea shanties: Seaham Food Festival promises free family fun

A feast of free family fun lies in wait for families visiting this summer’s Seaham Food Festival.

The festival will bring delicious food and drink stalls and cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs to the town’s sea front on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August.

And the festival organiser, Durham County Council, has now revealed full details of the event’s family entertainment programme.

The Saturday will see the world’s largest contemporary choir, Rock Choir, belt out some classics, while North Tyneside Steel Band will bring the sounds of the Caribbean.

Also appearing on the Saturday is Luna Bubbles, who is sure to enchant young visitors with gigantic bubbles, colourful bubbles, bubble tubes and even bubble monsters!

The motley crew known as “Old Time Sailors” will bring foot-stomping, dancing and singing to the outdoor amphitheatre on the Sunday, with old folk songs and sea shanties aplenty.

Also appearing on the Sunday will be the hilarious Granny Turismo, the world’s first (and only!) shopping trolley dance display team, and inclusive dance theatre company, TIN Arts.

Performing on both days will be street circus duo, Bell & Bullock, juggler, Darryl, and Mad Alice Theatre Company.

There’ll be beach games run by the local SeaScapes project throughout the weekend too.

Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “There are only five weeks to go until Seaham Food Festival and we’ve got a cracking programme of family entertainment running throughout the event.

“There’s live music and theatre shows and we’ve got this huge choir that’ll be singing rock songs. There’ll be games on the beach and the gigantic bubbles are sure to be a hit with the little ones.

“Of course, this will all be happening alongside the stalls and the ever-popular cookery demonstrations from the celebrity chefs. What we want is for families to come down and make a real day of it.

“We’re well on with event preparations now and we’ll soon have a confirmed list of traders to share. It’s shaping up to be a great weekend.”

This year’s celebrity chefs at Seaham Food Festival are Eddie Scott, Syabira Yousoff, Freya Cox, Nadia and Dina Sawalha aka The Curly Cooks of Croydon, Nikita Pathakji, and Briony May Williams.

Seaham Food Festival is just one of the many cultural events taking place in County Durham this year, cementing Durham’s position as the ‘culture county’ and demonstrating the county council’s ongoing commitment to cultural-led regeneration.

This includes delivering key projects within County Durham’s shortlisted UK City of Culture bid; progressing major capital projects and raising the county’s profile as a fantastic place to live, work, visit and invest.

To keep updated on all the latest Seaham Food Festival news visit the event’s website and follow its social media channels.


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