As the 18th of June was officially the International “Go fishing” day, we thought we would have a look at the fishing culture in the UK – turns out, we love it!
Did you know that millions of people in Britain go fishing each year? Angling, as it is officially known, is the sixth largest sport in the UK based on once-a-month participation. What’s even more interesting is that the National Angling Survey revealed that almost all fishermen wanted to go fishing even more!
With that in mind, it really is a shame that we rarely consider a nice relaxing fishing trip as an option for summer holidays. If you like to fish but don’t know where to begin, you should know that the UK has the most amazing fishing community and marvellous Seafood festivals!
Fortunately, for all fish lovers there are many amazing fish and seafood events happening over the summer and autumn and as the angling way of life is gaining more interest, we have put together our favourite picks of Britain’s best fish and seafood festivals.
Happy fishing to everyone from National Holidays!
The Multi-Award Winning Seafood & Music Festival, Fishstock Brixham will be back in Torbay this September! The event is run entirely for the benefit of the Fishermen’s Mission, which is the only charity in the UK whose objectives serve only Fishermen and their families.
Fishstock Brixham won the Silver Award at the prestigious Herald Express English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards for Tourism Event of the Year 2013. This accolade follows the event’s Gold Award in 2012, reflecting tough competition for the judges.
There will be lots of music, bouncy castles for the kids (and young spirited adults), and seafood for everyone. So why not take a trip to Fishstock Brixham, an award winning festival?
Fishstock Brixham spokesman, Jim Portus said, “The team has been doing a great job fund-raising and promoting the profile of Fishstock Brixham and, of course supporting the fishing community of Brixham through the work of the Fishermen’s Mission”.
When: Saturday 13th September 2014
Newquay Fish Festival
Newquay harbour has long had great significance as a commercial harbour and remains to this day an important fishing port.
The Newquay Fish Festival was inaugurated with the first small event taking place in September of 2003. Now in its 11th year, the Festival is firmly placed on the Newquay event calendar and is enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike.
Organisers are putting the finishing touches to Newquay’s famous Fish Festival after the recent completion of major development works at its harbour side site. The festival which attracts around 20,000 visitors will feature cooking demonstrations by some of Cornwall’s top chefs including barrister-turned-chef and winner of BBC Master Chef James Nathan.
Andrew Laming added; “Sea food takes centre stage throughout the three days, with a host of top chefs demonstrating how to make the most of the region´s fresh seafood. There will be live entertainment throughout the event with bands and singers including the Fishermen’s Wives. This year crowds will be entertained by a band of pirates from the Isle of Wight who will be reminding visitors of Cornwall’s dangerous seafaring history.
All the usual mouth-watering food stands from the Newquay Museum will be back plus local stands and stalls that showcase the vibrant coastal town and its links with the ocean”.
When: 12th, 13th, 14th of September 2014
Newlyn Fish Festival
Celebrating all things fishy at Britain’s premier fishing port where you can satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you’re likely to find anywhere, and help to raise money for the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.
The Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall began in 1990 with the goal of raising money for the RNMDSF. It has become the largest single one-day regional fund-raiser for the Mission, regularly attracting around 15,000 visitors. The heart of the Festival is the Fish Market where you can watch cooking demonstrations by top local chefs, cooking competitions, bid at the fish auction, and see one of the best displays of fresh fish that you will ever see.
Steve Ryman, Newlyn Fish Festival Administrator added: ‘It is a fun day out for the whole family with two music stages, a Fish Tales Tent, the Fishy Trail and Fish Films, plus many harbour events including lifeboat demonstrations, gig racing, sculls racing and the Lugger Rowing World Championship. All that and some of the best food you will ever taste.’
When: 25th August 2014 – Bank Holiday Monday
Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival
Love good food? Enjoy the beach and outdoor activities? Then you will definitely enjoy the Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival and there is plenty for families and non-fish lovers too.
The Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival is packed with over 250 events for people of all tastes and ages. This award-winning festival celebrates the Welsh county’s superb fish, local produce, spectacular coastline, great angling, and maritime heritage.
Pembrokeshire Fish Week Festival focuses on supporting Pembrokeshire’s local food and drink producers and its fishing and tourism industry, to increase the county´s profile and potential as a food tourism destination.
There are many places to stay, see and explore in Pembrokeshire, so bring your family/friends and enjoy a lovely week of Fish & Fun.
Key Organiser of Pembrokeshire Fish Week Kate Morgan said; ‘Pembrokeshire Fish Week is a key event in the Pembrokeshire calendar, and attracts a high volume of visitors both from within the county and further afield. Some who come to enjoy the sights and sounds of the event plan their break specifically to make sure they are here during the week to take part in many of the activities and enjoy the special dining options during their stay. It really is a landmark event, and well worth getting involved with.’
When: 28th June – 6th July 2014