The first ever Southend-on-Sea Maritime Festival (6-7 June 2015) promises to be a weekend of free activities, promotions and events for all the family.
Southend Council is organising the event to celebrate the maritime heritage of the borough. Funding for the festival has been provided by the Coastal Communities Fund, to which the Council made a successful bid in 2013 to improve the Southend Seafront Economy and raise the profile of the history and culture of the area.
The all-new festival will include live music, celebrity chefs’ cookery demonstrations, wine tastings, opportunities to try your hand at rowing, sand castle-making and sculptures through to history talks and re-enactments.
Graham Longley, Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development, said: "I am delighted that we have secured external funding to run this event and I am looking forward to being involved and part of it. We have a Film Festival, Folk Festival, and a Jazz Festival so I am very pleased that this year we will also have a Maritime Festival that will explore our important relationship with the water and our wonderful seafront.
"This will be a wonderful event for all the family with a host of activities that will boost the seafront economy and be a great weekend for residents, businesses and visitors alike. I hope that it is well supported and could lead to it becoming a fixture in the Southend-on-Sea events calendar."