The 2013 Bathing Beauties Festival

The Bathing Beauties Festival 2013 Brochure

The Bathing Beauties Festival fill the beach and the beach huts of Mablethorpe, Sutton On Sea and Sandilands with a wild assortment of artistic splendour; music, poetry, fire, performances, film and drama.

Arabian Delights - Belly Dancing

The Arabian Delights are a local belly dance group.  They enjoy meeting, having fun, dressing up and keeping fit, rehearsing through the winter to perform at local events and festivals and provide workshops for the public to join in the fun.

Beach Hut Lantern Workshop

Beach Hut Lantern Workshop

In this workshop participants can decorate their own tissue paper lantern that celebrates the iconic British seaside landmark the Beach Hut!  The lanterns can be decorated in a variety of bright colours just as the real life huts so colourfully are.  The handheld lanterns are lightweight making them great for little hands.  This workshop is great for children and even for the odd adult too!

Ben River Band - Modern Alternative Folk Music

Ben River

Modern alternative folk songs from singer and songwriter Ben River.  Ben River was brought up in West London, Ladbroke Grove and has been on a weird and wonderful musical journey ever since.  Accompanied by acoustic guitar, bass and accordion.  "Ben River - Singer, songwriter and poet playing melodic folk pop, sounding like Rufus Wainwright meets Mumford and Sons meets Tallest Man on Earth"

Charlie The Shetland Pony - Pony Rides

Charlie The Shetland Pony

Charlie is a classic standard (larger) Shetland and grey in colour.  Charlie is a cheeky, happy friendly character and enjoys the company of children.  Charlie is a safe fun ride and is a favourite at The Stables he has pretty colours in his mane and tail, he loves to dress up and his favourite colour is pink!

The Coggle Sisters - Folk Music

The Coggle Sisters

Rosie and Lucy Coggle are twin sisters who grew up near Louth.  Having both completed the Folk and Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University they have developed their love of folk music which they grew up with and have now become great performers in their own right.  Together Rosie and Lucy play a wide range of material including many of their own interpretations of traditional and folk tunes as well as some contemporary and self composed sets.  Together they perform in a powerful and interactive manner both showing high levels of skill and enthusiasm.

Coin-Operated Artist

Coin-Operated Artist

Pete Montford is the half human, half machine, coin-operated artist.  With the help of his black and white striped accomplice named OTTER he challenges you to enter and take part in his new way of being, as the living side-show attraction.  As the master of Pete's life support machine, OTTER stands outside and sets the challenge to anyone willing to get involved.  Participants must remember OTTER's body movements and rhymes before translating them into the correct combination of actions to perform when they meet Pete.  All winners receive a prize!


The Culture Cart - Mobile Craft Workshop

The Culture Cart

A hand-crafted, cart, drawn by an English gentleman on a vintage bicycle will travel around Sutton on Sea hosting a range of lino printing workshops, inspired by Sutton on Sea's historical and cultural heritage.

The Culture Cart is both a catalyst for learning high quality craft and a hub for creative collaboration.  The Culture Cart aims to develop social links between residents and the general public through learning craft.

Throughout Bathing Beauties festival the public will learn traditional lino printing techniques, as well as the creative process of creating high quality pieces of artwork.  Come along, learn a new skill and have fun making prints with The Culture Cart!

Earthbound Misfits - Circus Skills Workshop

Earthbound Misfits

The Earthbound Misfits have been providing quality performances and circus workshops since the turn of 1997.  The team are all from different walks of life and backgrounds, they have over 30 years performing and teaching experience between them and are very passionate about their art forms and the benefits it has to offer young and old alike.

The Eccentric Gents - Live Performance / Comedy

The Eccentric Gents

The Eccentric Gents present Dr Pandemonious Fish and his gentleman, Beardsley in "Around the World by Land, Air and Sea".

Join intrepid adventurer Dr.Pandemonious Fish and his beleaguered butler Archibald Beardsley as they attempt to circumnavigate the local area by land, air and sea.  They are proud to possess all the accoutrements required for luxury travel including their own land-borne galleon.  These two preposterous throwbacks from a bygone era will bring seaside frolics and the halcyon days of summers past to the bathing beauties festival.

Fireworks and Fire Art

Fireworks and Fire Art

Every year pa-Boom amaze us with their mastery of fire, light and pyrotechnics.  The display begins with our torch bearers, fire art on the beach and then a fantastic fireworks display to finish the day.

GiTS from Stuff and Things - Live Performance / Comedy

Stuff And Things

Git /gIt/ n. Brit. sl. a silly or contemptible person

Celebrate the virtues of never really growing up and meet the men who put the hip into hip operation and the age into outrageous!  Vernon Ponder and Monty Tailforth are GiTS - The ultimate party minglers.  Dancing like no-one's watching and choc-full of bus pass bonhomie, these superannuated scene-stealers are never backward at coming forward and they're coming to the seaside!  Drawn by promises of bathing beauties, ice-creams and sandwiches, and with knotted hankies and the prospect of a nice paddle, be sure to expect the unexpected and expect it to be silly.  After all - any fool can put up a deckchair.  Right..?

The Hut People - Folk & World Music

The Hut People

Champions of the standing ovation, The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of a reputation as one of the hottest and most entertaining Folk/World acts touring today.  Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their varied material, they perform a hugely engaging, entertaining and truly unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed and embellished with the driving accordion and a dazzling array of exotic percussion.

Great music and virtuosity aside, a show from The Hut People is overflowing with humor, spontaneity and a 100% commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos.  Don't miss them!

Indecisive - Modern Rock Cover Band


Five piece cover band from Mablethorpe playing a selection of modern rock covers from bands such as Nirvana, Biffy Clyro, MUSE, Newton Faulkner and many more.

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Martin Pease - French / Bavarian style Accordion Music

Martin Pease

Martin has been playing the accordion for 45 years (25 years of which were professional).  He has spent 15 years in France to play the Cafe du Paris style and 2 years in Germany playing the typical Bavarian oom pah music.  Martin now resides semi-retired in Mablethorpe and can often be seen busking/playing in and around the area.

Miss Popularity - A One Woman Balloon Party!

Miss Popularity

Miss Popularity is a one-woman balloon party!  She creates spectacular balloon creations while entertaining her crowd with silly games, unimportant facts and overflowing joy.  Come see her to smile, laugh and get a clever balloon to take home.

Mr Wippy and the Conettes - Musical Theatre

Mr Wippy and the Conettes

Mr Wippy and the Conettes is a piece of mobile, musical theatre based in an antique ice cream van.  The styling is reminiscent of 1940's American 'Cheesecake' art and the saucy seaside postcard art of pre-war Britain, tailored to suit family audiences.  The theme of the show is ice cream and it is 20mins long.  The characters: Mr. Wippy - the compere and crooner, Knickerbocker Glory (AKA Strawberry Sauce) the leading lady and The Conettes-the two backing singers, all sing and dance familiar Hollywood musical numbers with rewritten lyrics.  After shows the cast offer short dance workshops to members of the audience, all ages are welcome.

No Relevance - Rock and Indie Cover Band

No Relevance

Returning to Bathing Beauties for a second year running, No Relevance are back to rock the beachfront with their eclectic mix of rock and indie covers.

Finalists at the 2012 Lincs FM Battle of the Bands Competition, No Relevance's setlist consists of popular tunes from the past five decades, so their shows always have something for everyone.  Be sure not to miss it!

Paint By Numbers, 13ft Paint By Numbers Picture

Paint By Numbers

Come along and be a part of the team to paint the largest paint-by-numbers mural ever!   Choose a number; match the colour and paint to help reveal a mystery 13ft picture!   Be the first to bring to light the shoreline, the sea or the beach huts that make up the Lincolnshire coast.   Be an artist for the day and make your mark on this large art form!

Party Workshop - Circus Skills

Party Workshop

The Party Workshop team will be providing a host of circus challenges such as juggling, diablos and spinning plates with more traditional toys such as space hoppers and hoola hoops for the whole family.  For the more adventurous we have uni cycles and giant walking globes.  Fun for the whole family, all welcome and completely free.

Peter Bruntnell, Internationally Established Musician

Peter Bruntnell

NME claimed that "Peter Bruntnell's records should be taught in schools".  Peter has 9 studio albums under his belt and has picked up countless high-profile fans including Rumer, REM's Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Son Volt's Jay Farrar and more recently John Murry.

"One of the finest songwriters in Britain" - The Independent
"One of England's best kept musical secrets" - Rolling Stone
"Bruntnell has a remarkable knack for turning out big, dreamy, melodic, memorable songs" - Mojo


Punch And Judy

Mablethorpe man Paul Douglas - aka Duggy - first picked up Punch and Judy aged just six-years-old and now boasts 50 years experience handling the unruly 16th century puppets.  Years ago,Paul would perform them along with a traditional magic show and balloon modelling every summer on Mablethorpe's seafront.  He's dusted off the puppets to join us again at the Bathing Beauties Festival.

Roberta de Francia - Jazz, Funk and Folk

Roberta de Francia
"A cross between jazz, funk and folk, this UK band offers a light-hearted and warm bed of music to offset the what we hear in commercial music today.  Roberta has a talent that only a handful of singers possess!  Her unique pitch-bending vocal delivery is a breath of fresh air..."
Senseitional, IAE MAGAZINE, "M-East-Ery Park" Album Review, Sept 2012


Soul Summit - Sixties Soul & Motown Tribute

Soul Summit

Great nostalgia for fans of sixties soul and motown, with a modern influence from the Commitments and Blues Brothers.

Soul Summit perform some of the most memorable sounds from Stax, Atlantic, Motown and many of the most influential soul labels of the sixties.

Sing along to hits from Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, The Drifters, Temptations and many more, including home-grown legends Chris Farlowe and the Spencer Davis group.

Belting out tunes that create a great party atmosphere Soul Summit are not to be missed.

Surf Simulator

Surf Simulator

Ride the surf as you try and stay upright and hold on tight as the waves get bigger and bigger, eventually leading to that inevitable wipeout!

The Wheel House - Rolling Theatre & Acrobatics Performance

The Wheel House

"Acrobatic virtuosity combined with poetic design."
City Mouse Magazine review, Israel

Heath Robinson meets Beckett meets The Wombles meet the Road...
A gently comic dystopia, set in a different time where everything has a new value and survival relies on sharp eyes, quick hands, and, above all, friendship.  Join these traveller-gatherers on the road to nowhere: treading lightly, surviving quietly, and always, always moving onwards.

A story which unfolds inside and around the circular set as it rolls along at a gentle pace, with the audience walking alongside, The Wheel House features comedy, theatrical acrobatics and breathtaking moments of risk, all housed within an exquisite, hand-built structure.

A moving piece of visual theatre from Acrojou.
Twitter: @acrojou

Two Step - Jazz, Funk, RnB & Indie

Two Step

An aspiring five-piece band from the UK; Two Step have been gigging for over a year, but recently have begun to focus on writing original material.  Drawing from a wide range of influences, the band has quickly developed a well-matured sound; with elements of jazz, funk and RnB all present in their music, behind an unmistakeable indie chime.

The band members met while studying at Queen Elizabeths Grammar School Alford, and are currently sitting their A levels.

Influences include Alt-J / Arctic Monkeys / Biffy Clyro / Bloc Party / Dear Hunter / Everything Everything / Foals / Hoosiers / John Frusciante / Karnivool / Muse / Raconteurs / Radiohead / Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Specials / The Strokes

2013 Festival Gallery

2013 Bathing Beauties Festival Gallery

By Mablethorpe Photo Album, Trevor Bradford & Visions