Taste of the Sea 2024

Taste Cumbria heads back to the seaside in Maryport!

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2024

Maryport is welcoming back Taste Cumbria on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2024 for the Taste of the Sea festival.

In the heart of the town centre and down on the harbourside, there will be loads going on for foodies, families, locals and visitors.

Here’s a sample of the festival line-up – all of this is FREE to attend and ticketed events will be revealed closer to the time.

  • Producers’ Market
  • Outdoor picnic area with live music all weekend
  • Cookery demonstrations
  • Hot food stalls
  • Festival bar
  • Fairground rides 
  • Children’s activities

Traders – apply for a stall here:

Other 2024 dates for your diary

Taste Cumbria Wigton – 20 April 2024

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth – 28 & 29 September 2024

Taste Cumbria Christmas in Cockermouth – 7 & 8 December 2024

  • Producers’ Market on Senhouse Street
  • Freshly landed fish on the harbourside (subject to tides and weather)
  • Harbour tours – discover Maryport’s rich maritime heritage, harbourside
  • Art taster sessions, harbourside
  • Outdoor picnic area with hot food vans, harbourside
  • Live music, including Flimby Brass Band playing nautical favourites, harbourside
  • Cookery demonstrations with some great local chefs at the Vici demo kitchen, harbourside
  • Festival charity bar operated by Maryport Round Table, harbourside
  • Fairground rides at the Wave car park
  • Children’s activities and large format games at the Wave car park
  • Live music in town venues, Saturday night (details to be announced)
  • Comedy night with leading comedians at Maryport ARLFC, Mealpot Road, Maryport – book your tickets below
  • Fish food trail, eateries with fish on the menu (details to be announced)

MC Dave Twentyman

Chris Washington

Andy White

Andy Askins

Taste of the Sea Comedy Night

Maryport Taste of the Sea in Partnership with Maryport Town Council

Four amazing comedians, one fabulous town – the famous Maryport Taste of the Sea comedy night returns.

Dave Twentyman, “Brilliant” John Bishop.
Andy Askins, “Totally hilarious” Ross Noble
Andy White, “Oozes talent”, Whats on Magazine
Chris Washington, “Funny, relatable and heartwarming” Broadway Baby.

A big thank you to Maryport ARLFC for hosting the event.

Friday 11th August 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Maryport Rugby League Club, Mealpot Rd, Maryport CA15 6NE

NEW FOR 2023!

Bring the family to a FREE outdoor film screening of Finding Dory.
Saturday 12 August, 5pm on the Green, next to Shiver Me Timbers.

Live Music

Live music on the Taste of the Sea main stage, next to the harbourside…

Saturday 12th August

11am – Emma Hunt
12pm – Phil Lewthwaite & Graham Bell
1pm – Ryan Davidson
2pm – Somethin Brewin
3pm – Flimby Brass Band
4pm – No Good Reason

Sunday 13th August

11am – Alex Freitas
12pm – Vowz
1pm – Red Handed Siren
2pm – Border Concert Band
3pm – Antics

More Live Music

And the party doesn’t stop when our Producers’ Market and main stage closes – we’re supporting live music in the pubs & clubs too!

Saturday 12th August

6pm – Tap Tavern – The Clints – 6pm
7pm – Her Citi – Catherine Marcangelo & Dean Newton
8pm – Maryport Bowling Club – Bailey & Kream
8pm – The Butchers Arms – Jackdaws
9pm – Netherhall Old Boys – No Good Reason
9:15pm – Maryport Labour Club – Soul Junction

Sunday 13th August

6pm – The Butchers Arms – The Syndicate
4pm – The Lifeboat Inn – Holborn Hillbillies

The traders you will find at Maryport, Taste of the Sea...

The Hedgehog Bakery – tasty cakes and treat boxes

The Doggy Deli – natural healthy dog treats

The Yolker – handmade gourmet Scotch eggs

The Wilde Bakery – family artisan flapjack bakery with an extensive range of flavours

Wiga Wagaa – award winning chilli-based jams, oils, pastes, sauces, pickles and snacks

Haverigg Smokery – meats and fish from HMP Haverigg’s smokery

Pie Demand – luxury topped pork pies, traditional meat pies and sausage rolls

Sweet Treats by Martin Frickel – naughty brownies, banging blondies and more

Cumbria Distilling Co – the highest quality spirits, created in Carlisle

The Little Poffertje Pancake Shack – Dutch street food treats

Manor Barn Organics – luxurious candles and wax melts

Portobello Wood Fired – authentic rustic wood-fired pizza

RSPB – feed the birds & learn more about them

Cumbrian Coastal Kitchen – 100% natural preserves, sauces & fruit vinegars

Rupert Mole – chocolate fountain favourites

Dogs Trust – rehoming, rescue and adoption

Westhouse Pottery – handmade ceramics from the local charity helping people with learning difficulties and disabilities

Coastline Brewery – quality beer and rum from Walney Island

Legendary Sauce Company – handcrafted sauces, salts and more

Kick Ass Cheese – a big range of waxed Cheddar cheeses

The Centre (formerly Ewanrigg Local Trust) – the dedicated Maryport- based team, working with and for the community

Evie’s Pupcakes – gourmet dog cakes and biscuits

Steven Wilson Butchers – fine fresh meats from Corby Hill, Carlisle

Kin Vodka – delicious toffee vodka, toffee apple vodka and gifts

Hallsford Catering – fantastic farm produce, freshly cooked burgers and hot dogs

Shaw Meats – game meats and gluten-free products including salami and charcuterie

The Great British Cheese Company – award-winning truckle cheeses

Natural Isle – sustainably-sourced, beautiful ethical homewares

Barry Baker Art – Maryport’s famed artist

Stonehouse Smokery – artisan carers, smokers and roasters creating big charcuterie flavours

Really Indian – handcrafted fresh sauces

Snif-Snax – Scottish salmon-based dog treats

Blueberry Hill Preserves – big flavours, great tastes and no artificial ingredients

Diplos Pizza – sour dough stone-baked pizza

Cumbria Roast Company – tasty roast meats and all the trimmings

Dosa Chaska – authentic Indian food to eat now or takeaway

Warwick Bridge Cornmill – handground flours, breads and baked treats

Cumbria Fostering – the life-changing family-finding team

Maryport Regeneration Team – discover the town’s exciting new investment projects

Made in Maryport – meet the team bringing artists and cultural groups together

Get the Fast Guide

Her Citi Gin Tasting Evening

Cumbria Distilling Company is proud to present a gin tasting evening hosted at Her Citi on Sunday 14th August – a perfect way to round off our second Taste of the Sea festival! 

Maryport - Cake-off Competition

We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever ‘Cake Off’ at Taste of Maryport 2022. The winner receiving our top spot prize (and of course title of Cake Off Champion!)

TV star to headline Maryport’s Taste Cumbria Comedy Night

A star of radio, stage and screen will be headlining the Taste Cumbria comedy night at the next Taste of the Sea festival in Maryport. Clinton Baptiste, best known for his appearances with Peter Kay on Channel 4’s Phoenix Nights, will perform at Maryport Rugby League Club, on Saturday 13 August from 7pm. 

The flamboyant medium, psychic and clairvoyant, famed for his cringe-worthy comments and complete lack of empathy as he delivers paranormal predictions, is the alter ego of actor Alex Lowe. When he’s not donning Clinton’s blond wig and flashy suits, Alex is also known as Barry from Watford, a regular with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2, as well as starring in everything from Shakespearian classics to television dramas. 

Clinton Baptiste will top the bill at the ever-popular Taste Cumbria comedy night alongside a great line-up of stand up comics. The MC for the evening is Cumbrian festival favourite Mike Wilkinson who compered the event brilliantly in Maryport last year – once he was freed from a loo with a dodgy lock! He has supported the likes of Peter Kay, Johnny Vegas and Ross Noble, as well as headlining clubs all over the country.  

Iain Hume promises ‘good classic Scottish banter’ and is ‘wonderfully deadpan with impeccable timing’ according to his reviewers, while Roger Monkhouse has a ‘stage-prowling style’ and is ‘a master of observational comedy’. 

Councillor Mike Johnson, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council which organises the Taste Cumbria events, said: “We’ve got a great line-up for the comedy night though I suspect Clinton Baptiste’s set won’t be for the faint hearted! It’s brilliant to be able to bring big names to our festivals, alongside the food and drink and family entertainment taking place in the heart of the towns. This promises to be a fantastic night.” 

What’s on where

Saturday 13th August

10am – 5pm – Senhouse Street – Producers’ Market, festival info point, Maryport regeneration exhibition, treasure hunt, Cake Off competition  

10am – 5pm – The Wave car park – children’s activities, face painting and fairground rides  

10am – 6pm – The harbourside – the Vici Demo Kitchen, Young Entrepreneurs Market, hot food court, drinks tent, picnic area, Taste of the Sea stalls & seaside activities with Cumbria Wildlife Trust 

10am – 5pm – The Settlement, High Street – film showing ‘At Home in the Steep Places: The Story of Bill Peascod’ & Urban Sketchers exhibition 

7pm – Maryport Rugby Club – Taste Cumbria Comedy Night (tickets required)   

Sunday 14th August

10am – 4pm – Senhouse Street – Producers’ Market, festival info point, Maryport regeneration exhibition, treasure hunt  

10am – 4pm – The Wave car park – children’s activities and fairground rides  

10am – 4pm – The harbourside – the Vici Demo Kitchen, Young Entrepreneurs Market, hot food court, drinks tent, picnic area, Taste of the Sea stalls & seaside activities with Cumbria Wildlife Trust 

10am – 4pm – The Settlement, High Street – film showing ‘At Home in the Steep Places: The Story of Bill Peascod’ & Urban Sketchers exhibition 

4.30pm – 6pm – Her Citi, Crosby Street–Gin Tasting Evening (tickets required) 

Expert demos on The Vici Demonstration Stage, on the harbourside

Saturday 13th August

11am – 11:30 – Yvonne Gainford
1pm – 1:30pm – Jon Fell
2pm – 2:30pm – John Crouch
2:30pm – 3pm – The Rum Story
3pm – 3:30pm – WigaWagaa
4pm – 4:30pm – Cumbria Distilling Co.   

Sunday 14th August

12:00 – 12:30pm – The Rum Story
1pm – 1:30pm – Jon Fell
2pm – 2:30pm – John Crouch
3pm – 3:30pm – WigaWagaa  

Step back in time...

Three oral history films which revisit Maryport from decades gone by will go on show at the Taste of the Sea festival. They explore the north and south of Senhouse Street, as well as Crosby Street, and give a fascinating insight into the town’s past. 

The films, which last around 30 minutes each, will be shown in the festival marquee on the harbourside at the following times: 

Saturday 13th August

10am – Senhouse Street North
10.30am – Senhouse Street South
5.15pm – Crosby Street

Sunday 14th August

10am – Senhouse Street North
10.30am – Senhouse Street South
11am – Crosby Street

Getting here

The nearest mainline train station is Carlisle – change here for the train to Maryport on the Cumbrian Coast Line. If you are travelling by car, follow the A595 from Carlisle, or leave the M6 at junction 42, take the A595 or A596 west and you should be here in just less than an hour. Here’s the bus timetable. And here’s a link to trains.


Travelling to our Maryport festival on 13/14 August? Here’s a handy link to the car parks.  If you’re parking on the street, please check local signs for restrictions. You’ll need a timing disc for many of them – these are available from many local businesses. 


Make a weekend of it by booking some accommodation. Allerdale has an excellent range of accommodation from hotels, campsites and B&Bs to self catering. And don’t forget to visit the wealth of independent businesses in Maryport.

Book tickets

Most of the attractions at the Taste Cumbria festivals are free to enjoy. A small number of events are ticketed and we’re keeping a close check on coronavirus restrictions to ensure these are planned in line with the very latest guidelines. Keep up to date on Facebook or Twitter

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