August Bank Holiday Monday, sees the 28th annual Newlyn Fish Festival taking place. It’s a feast of fishy tales and activities and one of the largest celebrations of the sea, seafood and fishing in the country.
Newlyn is one of Cornwall’s working fishing ports, the harbour offers a great setting for the festival, with colourful fishing boats tied up alongside the piers, which are lined with stalls selling art, crafts and food.
On the quay amongst piles of nets, green and orange fishing lines, wooden fish crates and buoys you can watch lobster pots being skilfully woven from willow rods – a tradition which used to be carried out by fishermen during the winter months on days when the weather was bad and they couldn’t go to sea.
In the fish market you will find a central display which showcases the variety of species landed in Newlyn – a display of fish of all shapes and sizes, some pretty, some not so, which are auctioned off later in the day, all donated by the Newlyn fishermen.
You can watch cookery demonstrations by local chefs, and there are free fish workshops for children by Dan the Fish Man, where they can handle lobsters and even learn how to fillet a fish.
Cornish Gigs sprint race across the harbour, there are rescue demonstrations from the RNLI, and a friendly battle with water cannons between the fishing trawlers.
The distinctive appearance of the Cornish Lugger, a classic fishing vessel with billowing sails always draws a crowd, whether on the water or in the models displayed on the shore.
28th August 2017