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Bexhill Festival of the Sea

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 

The Festival kicks off with a brilliant weekend event next to the De La Warr Pavilion with over 50 stalls highlighting local Sussex produce and global seafood cuisine, English wine, arts & crafts, local charities, marine and wildlife conservation, free angling coaching, children’s fun fair, dancing and a fantastic line up of live music.

The Mermaids Are Coming!

The Guinness World Record Attempt of:  Largest Gathering of Mermaids

Mermaids and Mermen of all ages are welcome

  • 2pm                 Mermaids begin to gather on the Colonnade at the Bexhill Rowing Club
  • 2.45pm            All mermaids take their place on the beach within the cordoned area.  You must be “clicked” in at the entrance and all others not participating must leave via the designated area and be “clicked” out.
  • 3.30pm            Signal will sound to mark the start of five-minute qualifying period.  Both aerial and still photographs will be taken for qualification.
  • 3.35pm            Signal will sound to mark the end of five-minute qualifying period.
  • 4pm                 Finish – live music and festival continues till 6pm.
  • 6pm-7pm        “Mermaids only Swim” at the Bexhill Leisure Pool at Ravenside Retail Park, Bexhill, TN40 2JS

Rules for “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Mermaids” 

  • Only participants in full mermaid dress will be counted for the record.
  • A full costume consists of a fish tail skirt of at least ankle length and costume top. T-shirts and the like are not acceptable. Male participants may be shirtless but must wear the fishtail skirt.
  • All participants must be in position simultaneously and remain so for a minimum of five minutes.
  • A loud start and finish signal recognised by all participants must be used.
  • All participants must wear the costume for the entirety of the attempt.

Entertainment 2-3 September

Bexhill Sea Angling Festival from 4 September

The Angling Festival has major competitions attracting anglers from many regions.  The challenges start with the Junior Beach Match on Monday 4 September on the Festival beaches. Competitions reflect all sea angling pursuits with beach, boat, kayak, specimen hunt, juniors, bass specimen hunt and a charter boat challengeWith conservation in mind, our beach matches are all catch and release!  

Sea Angling Map


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