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Everything you need to know ahead of the Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival 2018

PUBLISHED: 14:57 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:51 21 September 2018

Launch of the Woodbridge Shuck Festival 2017.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Launch of the Woodbridge Shuck Festival 2017. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Celebrate all things fishy as the Woodbridge Shuck returns to Whisstocks Quayside this weekend.

Crowds of people enjoyed the Woodbridge Shuck Festival over the weekend.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCrowds of people enjoyed the Woodbridge Shuck Festival over the weekend. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

When does it take place?

The festival will be taking place on Saturday September 22 to Sunday September 23 from 11am to 4pm each day.

What can I expect?

The Woodbridge Shuck takes place at Whisstocks Quayside and is an annual fish and shellfish festival.

At the event, which is now in its seventh year, there will be freshly prepared food seafood meals, including ‘Land it - cook it - eat it’ where you can select your own fresh fish for the barbecue.

There will also be ready-to-eat shellfish including shucked oysters, lobsters, whelks and locally smoked fish.

For those who don’t want fish, a variety of other food stalls including The Cheese and Pie Man, Munchy Seeds and Stokes Sauces.

Drink stalls at the event include Suffolk Coffee Pod, Prosecco O’Clock’ and an alcohol and soft drinks bar.

Local pubs and restaurants will also be supporting the festival with special shellfish menus.

The event is run by The Shuck Shack, located in The Long Shed in Whisstocks Yard, which will be serving a four-course seafood menu on Friday and Saturday night at £40 per head.

Due to the weather, the majority of stalls will be indoors with the larger exhibits outside.

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What else is there to do at the festival?

The Shellfish Festival is a family-friendly festival, providing entertainment for all ages.

Face painting will be taking place for the young (or the young at heart) and the Sae Wylfing half size replica of the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship will be on show for fans of history.

The event will also celebrate local talent, as many Suffolk acts take to the stage including Tilly and Isaac Dalglish, Harbour Lights Trio and Dusky Sunday.

Amongst a variety of stalls at the festival will be Maritime artist Claudia Myatt, Creekside Publishing with Robert Simper, fine and gift arts by Maria’s Arts and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

There will also be a themed art exhibition at Artspace Woodbridge.

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