South Devon Crab Festival

For all things crabby and some great family activities head down to the South Devon Crab Festival from Monday 30th July to Sunday 5th August and sponsored by one of our partner companies Blue Chip holiday cottages.

Opportunities  to learn

There are opportunities to learn about these fascinating creatures of the sea with a full day devoted to them at the National Aquarium in Plymouth on the 4th August with displays and opportunities to see crabs moving around as they do in the sea, plus on the 2nd August BBC TV presenter and marine Biologist Monty Halls gives a talk about the sustainability of the crab and its importance to the local community.

Opportunities to eat

There are also plenty of opportunities to eat crab with a Seafood BBQ and Crabbing Competition hosted by the Cary Arms at Babbacombe on the 3rd August and also on the same  day the Teignmouth Crab Picnic Party at The Den in Teignmouth where you can learn how to dress a crab or have a go yourself. Tickets for the picnic cost £12.00 for adults and £7.50 for children which includes a two course meal of, yes you guessed it, a crab salad and desert. You need to bring your  own picnic blanket and chairs and there is a prize for the best dressed picnic blanket so get creative.  There will also be music and entertainment.

Opportunities to participate

If it’s more daytime things to do that you are after then there is The Great South Devon Crab Fete which is FREE to attend and features a traditional sports day them but with a nautical twist so you can take part in crab races. There will also be craft stalls to browse and also sea themed art workshops to get your hands dirty at. You may come home with a new hobby!

Or on Saturday August 4th there is the Shaldon Water Carnival with sand sculptures, painting and crab collecting competitions . There is also a fancy dress competition and parade and a boat decorating competition. There promises to be lots to see and do and it offers a great family day out with lots of fun for the whole family to take part in.

The advocate for the 2012 festival is Mitch Tonks, voted Tatler’s restaurateur of the year and famous for making the career switch from accountant to fish monger and chef. A passionate writer and promoter of all things edible relating to fish he makes an ideal speaker for the event. A local boy living in Brixham he supplies fish to many restaurants right across the UK and firmly believes that the South Devon Crab is the tastiest crab of all.

So if you live in Devon or are heading down there for you summer holiday why don’t you fill a day with one of these great family events and get to know the local community, learn a bit about the crab and above all have a lot of fun.


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