Work on the new Festival of the Sea in Grimsby is officially underway

Work on the new Festival of the Sea in Grimsby is officially underway

Work to create the new ‘Festival of the Sea’ in Grimsby is officially underway, with two organisations being appointed to handle the festival’s development over the coming months.

One of the UK’s leading outdoor arts organisations, Walk the Plank, has teamed up with local organisation The Culture House, which has organised local festivals including Grimsby’s ‘Wonderful World’ and Cleethorpes’ ‘Light Gardens’.

Together, the two organisations will develop the ‘Festival of the Sea’ for 2021.

The festival will celebrate Grimsby’s connections to the sea and the popular industries in the area, from seafood and fishing to renewable energy.

Charlotte Bowen from The Culture House and Liz Pugh from Walk the Plank are the Festival Directors, both bringing a wealth of experience and many connections, both international and local.

Liz Pugh said: “We’re excited to begin work on this new festival, which we hope will reinforce Grimsby’s international connections – looking at how the North Sea links the town with Scandinavia, and our other European neighbours, and how the seafood industry in North East Lincolnshire connects with the world. And the digital connectivity we’ve all experienced during lockdown will obviously feature in our plans too.”

Charlotte Bowen said: “We’re delighted to be working with Walk the Plank to deliver this new festival for the town. Having been working to engage audiences in culture over a number of years, we see this festival as a real opportunity to make cultural progress for Grimsby.

“We very much intend to support and showcase the area’s creativity while introducing people to new experiences, highlighting important heritage stories and looking to the future.”

The event took place previously in September 2016 at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre.

This time, the festival is set to take place on 17 July 2021.

Further details of the festival will be released in due course, and any ideas for how people would like to see the celebrations develop should be sent to and


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