The 2014 Bathing Beauties Festival

The Bathing Beauties Festival 2014 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.

Belle Blue Music - Kids Music & Poetry Workshop

Belle Blue Music

Nu Folk Lyrical poetry, kids music writing and poetry workshops.

Clarence The Camel - Comedy Performance

Clarence The Camel

This act involves a scabby old panto camel called Clarence and his guide.  Though Clarence may appear way past his sell-by date, he's no ordinary camel; Clarence is a camel with 'attitude' and a bit of a ladies man to boot, as well as a pretty nifty dancer!  He's loved by boys and girls and mums and dads alike - even a few dogs too!

The Culture Cart - Pop Up Print Workshop

The Culture Cart

The Culture Cart will be roaming throughout Bathing Beauties Festival on a customised bicycle and cart, hosting pop up lino print workshops from their amazing mobile studio! 

Do-dance Presents - Creative Dance Workshops

Do-dance Presents

In these 20 minute Creative Dance Workshops Sophie Watkinson from do-dance will show you different ways to create your own site specific dance piece using what is around you.  All ages and abilities can join in and have a go at creating their own dance.

Do-dance Presents - I do Like to be Beside The Seasside

Do-dance Presents

Do-dance has worked with a small group of over 60's from Theddlethorpe Village to create a short fun dance performance to I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside.

Do-dance Presents - Reflections

Do-dance Presents

Reflections is a solo site specific contemporary dance, choreographed on the ever changing shores of Lincolnshire's east coast.  Choreographer and dancer Sophie Watkinson has been inspired and explored the landscape here over the past 3 months to create a response to the surrounding space and scenery.  The natural sounds and wildlife has influenced Sophie's practice and the piece is constantly developing.  There is an element of chance and improvisation within Sophie's site specific work as many factors will influence the performance on the day, such as the weather, tide, location, and atmosphere.  Reflections has been devised using the nature and the untouched natural landscape of our beautiful coastline.

Deuce Manouche - Guitar Duo

Deuce Manouche

Deuce Manouche are a highly skilled guitar duo featuring Rockin' Rob and Karl Joensen.  They perform instrumental music from the 40's and 50's in a mixture of styles that is much influenced by the guitar work of Doc Watson, Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt.  They have been gigging heavily over the last year and received much critical acclaim.

The Earth Bound Misfits - Comedy and Juggling

The Earth Bound Misfits

Ahaaar me hearties it's time to set sail with The Earth Bound Misfits as they proudly present their Pirates performance peices.  Look out for Captain No Beard and Long Leg Peggy as they navigate the coast ready to pillage and plunder.  The motley crew can be seen on stilts, sailing their land galleon or throwing canon balls in their comedy juggling show.

The Giddy Aunts - Comedy Performance

The Giddy Aunts

You've seen Men Behaving Badly, now meet the Shenanigan Shockers better known as the garrulous grannies, Mabel and Ethel Giddy.  They seem to cause mayhem and chaos wherever they go.  Not backward in coming forward, when they want your opinion they'll give it you!  And be warned - watch out for Mabel and her knitting, which she often gets carried away with!

Jake - Solo Musician


Jake brings a punk influence to his pop/folk songs.  Songs about the changing seasons sit alongside tunes of broken hearts and wasted love.  With some sing along bits.

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.

Moll Amour - Jazz/Folk Music

Molly Signs Jazz

Moll's Father's Father was a crooner with the Cleethorpes Winter Gardens Big Band in the 1950.  Growing up listening to her parents rehearse in harmony groups, watching them perform in various bands and help organise the Cleethorpes Folk Festival, Moll has always been surrounded by song and sung along.  Molly's dad, Paul Gough, sometimes accompanies her on guitar and together they perform many songs which were in Grandad Gough's repertoire.  Some of the jazz songs Moll sings are now a hundred years old: understanding the importance of heritage, Moll appreciates and enjoys performing classic melodies and jazz standards from a bygone era.


Rainmaker - Acoustic Duo


Lincolnshire-based acoustic duo featuring Matt Raistrick on vocals and Hetty McCarthy on guitar.  Brought together by a mutual love of 90's britpop, the band started out making bedroom demos and have since created a home studio where they recorded their self-titled EP, now citing a much wider range of influences from oldschool indie to latin jazz.

Sister Ruth - Musical Comedy

Sister Ruth

Sister Ruth is a madcap nun who can stop and entertain any group of people using comedy patter, hilarious dance moves, facial contortions, sound effects and unusual renditions of all your favourite songs.  Performed on an extravagantly decorated baby grand piano built on to an electrically powered vehicle - once seen, never forgotten!

Skegness Silver Band

Skegness Silver Band

Skegness Silver Band is a friendly and popular 4 section band which has a long history of performances and contests.  They can regularly be seen in Tower Gardens in Skegness where their expansive repertoire delights both holiday makers and residents alike.

Over the years, the Band's "Last Night of the Proms" and "Remembrance Concerts" have become firm fixtures at the Embassy Theatre in Skegness, for which early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Acting as ambassadors, they have not long returned from a very successful tour of Bad Gandersheim, Skegness' twin town, where they played two concerts to packed venues and huge appreciation.

Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra

Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra

The Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra was formed in late 2007 by Chris Watson for a bit of fun.  The orchestra currently has eleven musicians playing a variety of instruments from the ukulele family playing an eclectic selection of music from Johnny Cash to Labi Siffre, The Beatles to Beethoven, and Elvis to Enya.  They even throw in the odd jazz number!

Uncle Tacko's Flea Circus! - Comedy Performance

Uncle Tackos Flea Circus

8 highly trained fleas perform incredible feats of strength and agility in front of your very eyes.  See Madam Flea-Flea soar over the heads of the audience, marvel at the might of Hercu-fleas and thrill to the daring Fleavil Kinevil as he is fired across the ring from the mouth of a huge canon!

The Dom Tink!

Roll-up!  Roll-up!  As an added, bonus attraction Prom-Prom can provide a try-your-strength "Dom-Tink!" machine.  Can you ring Uncle's bell and prove yourself by winning a coveted "King of Ding" badge?

The Warbirds - Indie Band

The Warbirds

Critically acclaimed Lincolnshire indie 5-piece, The Warbirds, were formed after a chance meeting between two singer-songwriters who shared a passion and vision for creating inspiring music born out of hope, fear, love and change.  With a focus on beautifully intertwined melodies and intricate three part harmonies, the band are equally at home performing full line-up gigs as well as in intimate acoustic settings featuring stripped down alternate versions of The Warbirds repertoire.

Wes Finch - Americana Inspired Pop Rock

Wes Finch

Wes Finch is a rare talent.  Stylistically, Wes creates a sound that is at the same time both gentle and vulnerable but also epic in proportion.  Wes is one of a new school of musicians who is rewriting our understanding of modern music.  Presently recording with Mercury Prize Nominated Producer Gerry Diver (Sam Lee and Lisa Knapp) and recognised for support by the likes of Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy, Wes is an undeniably important figure for the future of British music.

Facebook: wesfinchmusic
Twitter: @wesfinch

Yorkshire Life Aquatic - Synchronised Swimming - On Dry Land

Yorkshire Life Aquatic

Yorkshire Life Aquatic are a new and ambitious all female physical theatre performance company that make work about synchronised swimming on dry land for public spaces.  Described by audiences as uplifting, and quirky, Yorkshire Life Aquatic's work is playful and interactive.

Yorkshire Life Aquatic's concept is to re-imagine public spaces - both real and virtual, They are interested in water, the farcical nature of attempting to swim on 'dry' land, and using vintage (post war 1940's) aesthetic in their work and iconic 'pin up' poses.  The troupe have previously performed at Beacons Festival, Leeds Light Night, Barnsley Civic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Bramley Baths, they are looking forward to a busy summer of events in 2014 including Leeds Waterfront Festival, Tour De France Yorkshire and of course Bathing Beauties!

Twitter: @YorksLifeAqua

2014 Festival Gallery

2014 Bathing Beauties Festival Gallery

By Mablethorpe Photo Album and Trevor Bradford