Every September, Brixham hold their yearly Fishstock festival. It’s like a mini food and drink festival right next to the beautiful harbour.
There are lots of lovely food stalls and of course, you can buy fish that is fresher than fresh, straight off the boat that morning. You could also learn how to dress a crab!
Inside the fish market, (where normally in the early hours, there is a hive of activity, where buyers come as far as London’s top restaurants to purchase the freshly caught fish) there was a lovely array of stalls selling local crafts and produce. They were also showing a demonstration on how nets are created, they made it look very easy.
There were lots of informative stalls too, the boys loved learning about all the sealife and undersea landscapes that surrounds the Devon and Cornish coast.
We then had the chance to look around one of the local crabbing boats, William Henry II.
The skipper of the William Henry II explained all about how the boat works and also some tales of his time working at sea.
Myself and the boys ventured down the steep stairs to the living quarters of the boat. The boys were so intrigued by how everything had to be secured as we explained to them that it can be really rough out at sea.
The next level down was the engine room, it was a bit too steep and enclosed for my liking but i enjoyed watching the boys venture down and explore all the mechanics of the boat.
Here was the view of the harbour from William Henry II crabbing boat.
As well as the stalls and the tour of the crabbing boat. You get a chance to enjoy the gorgeous views of Brixham harbour. I love looking out to sea here, it is always so protected because of the breakwater, which is also great to walk across.
At Fishtock they also do some great cooking demonstrations. If you want to know how to prepare and cook fish, this is the place to learn!
If you’re lucky, you may get to meet a real life Brixham pirate… we did!
Fishtock was a great day out, there were lots of activity stalls and fun things for the boys to do. The tour of the boat was especially fun. I think maybe next year we will attend in the day with the boys and then return sans kids to experience some of the food stalls and gin bar. There was also live music too so i think the evening right on the harbour would be a fun night out.
See you again next year Fishstock!