15 April 2018

− The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival the UK’s top seafood festival is just months away–

With Easter behind us, the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival is creeping ever nearer. The award-winning festival taking place on the 14th  & 15th July around Weymouth’s picturesque harbour is now in its 11th year.  The free to attend event is a great day out for all the family, with chef demos and stunning seafood and champagne.

The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival attracts over 50,000 people from across the country and raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families. The festival offers so much more than food and drink, with organisers working hard to enrich the visitor experience exploring the seafood journey. Sustainability has never been more in the public eye and the festival are amping up their sustainability message and expectations from stall holders.  

Paul Mills – Festival Director, commented: “The festival is drawing ever closer and we have all been working hard to bring the programme together. We are more aware than ever of the impact we are having on the environment and as such we are implementing much stricter rules on our stall holders – insisting on recyclable utensils and packaging.”

Key highlights include: 

‘Louise and Lobster’ sit beside the harbour and enjoy a glass of Cuvée Louise Champagne served with a locally-sourced BBQ lobster half.

Navy Vessel: With five new Offshore Patrol Vessels being built to replace the current River Class ships, Weymouth harbour is looking forward to welcoming the captain and crew of one of the new vessels, all in support of the Fishermen’s Mission. Last year HMS Severn docked in Weymouth Harbour and thousands of guests boarded her for a tour. Join the Fishermen’s Mission for a blessing on Sunday morning.

Badger Sett This year, you can Learn more about Dorset’s favourite beers in these delicious tasting sessions.   Expert tutorials, tastings and food pairing  with Hall & Woodhouse experts Mark Woodhouse, Chairman  and Toby Heasman, Head Brewer.   At the Ship inn, Custom House Quay. Only £5 person

Saturday 14th July

Morning Session     11.30am Toby Heasman - Head Brewer

Afternoon Session  14.30pm Toby Heasman - Head Brewer

Sunday 15th July

Morning Session      11.30am Mark Woodhouse - Chairman

Afternoon Session   14.30pm Mark Woodhouse - Chairman


Fishy Magic with the Great Baldini

At 3.30 pm daily in The Ship pub garden

Seafood Trail Win an incredible 5* family stay at one of Dream Cottages flagship properties.

Put your thinking caps on and your best foot forward to explore this free family friendly trail. Search for clues high and low along old harbour, and up and around the beautiful Nothe Gardens. Meet the Nothe mice, play traditional games at the stone pier and keep an eye out for questions to complete your trail. With an incredible family holiday to be won at one of Dream Cottages 5* Weymouth properties and fun activities to see and do along the way, the Dream Dorset Trail is the perfect family addition to the Seafood Festival. 

  • The trail will run from 10am-4pm Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July
  • Maps will be provided by Dream Cottages for free
  • The first 500 children per day will win an artisan edible medal
  • You must complete the trail questions to be in with a chance of winning.

Family Activity Area - The Fishermen’s Mission will be curating a family workshop – free for all the family! With knot tying, basket weaving and lobster pot making for all the family to get stuck in with. Materials are provided, and helpers are on hand to aid with the creative flow!

A family favourite returning in 2018 is the Crabbing Competition with Weymouth Angling. Last year, prizes were awarded for the most crabs caught, the biggest crabs, the smallest and crabs with the most barnacles!

Bella Ceramics makes its festival debut this year - hot on the fishtail of 2018’s trend in pottery making. Jo & George will provide the following children’s activities over the Festival weekend

Slime Making

Mermaid slime or oyster snot slime! (using biodegradable glitter)

£2.50 per pot

Throw a Pot

On a potter’s wheel using air dry clay, to take home and paint with your own acrylics or poster paint.

Session lasts around 5-10 mins, hands on teaching by George.

£5.00 per person.

Paint a Rock for the new craze of ‘Rocking’

Kids or adults paint and seal their own rock. (responsibly sourced, not off the beach)

Upload a photo and add a message to Weymouth or Dorset rocks.

£1.00 per rock

All rocking proceeds go to Fishermen’s Mission

Free Colouring

Using crayons, colour in a hand drawn (by Jo) Weymouth landmark.

Choose from the Jubilee Clock, Punch & Judy, Harbour View or Beach/Seagull Scene.

Bring your best singing voice – the festival welcomes back old favourites, the shanty band plus an exciting performance from Dorset Rock Choir.


Pavillion Demo Stage - A great way to not only learn about but taste some award winning Pommery Champagnes with the fun and expert guidance of UK Director, Sara Hicks, and the Telegraph and Delicious Magazine’s Wine expert  Susy Atkins. Confirmed chefs so far include; Sophie Michell, Neil Rankin, Ed Baines, the much loved Duncan Lucas, CJ Jackson from Billingsgate and Pete Murt from Rick Steins.

The Seafish marquee - Seafish’s mission is to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry. Seafish is running their campaign, ‘Fish 2 a week’, focusing on the health benefits of eating two portions of seafood a week.  Watch BBQ champions Ben Bartlett and Simon Dyer in action along with some of Dorset’s finest chefs; Matt Budden, Nigel Bloxham & Russell Brown all showcasing their skills in the kitchen.

Sophie Michell returns to the festival, but this time as Pommery Champagne’s chef ambassador. Sophie will be on stage and cooking some incredible seafood.

Sophie Michell, chef and author commented: “I am so excited to be returning to the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival for the 3rd year, my first time as an ambassador for Champagne Pommery though! The festival has such an incredible atmosphere and buzz and the chef demos are so exciting and informative.” 

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SEAFEAST - The Dorset Seafood Festival raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families.
Fishermen's Mission