Big summer events planned for Blackpool and the Fylde Coast
Various events are also planned on the coast for the Queen’s momentous Platinum Jubilee.
For music fans, there’s the return of Lytham Festival in July and Blackpool’s Rebellion Punk Festival in August, both packed with big names.
Paul Weller was recently announced as the headliner for the final night of Lytham’s biggest festival to date, which spans 10 nights and takes place on Lytham Green between Tuesday 28th June and Sunday 10th July.
Motown legend Diana Ross, American rock giants The Strokes, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, indie rockers Snow Patrol, disco kings Nile Rodgers and CHIC, British music icons Duran Duran, Elbow and Simply Red and world favorites Tears For Fears are the other top acts.
Rebellion has long had international significance, with punk fans coming from all over the world to enjoy so many legendary acts showcased in one event.
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This year’s more diverse event, at various venues across the city from August 4-7, features headliners Stiff Little Fingers, The Stranglers, Toyah, Squeeze and Gary Numan, along with many other artists.
While Covid paid for the whole event in 2020, it returned last year but in a very restricted format due to the pandemic.
Now it’s back, bigger than ever and with a brand new outdoor stage on the promenade – seating 15,000 fans.
Family galas and carnivals on the Fylde Coast are back this year.
Poulton Gala (Saturday May 28), Thornton Cleveleys Gala (Sunday June 12), Fleetwood Carnival (Saturday June 18) and Lytham Club Day (Saturday June 25) are all back this summer.
Expect parades of floats with marching bands, funfairs and a feast of other activities on these days.
Another returning event is the Fleetwood Transport Festival, known locally as Tram Sunday, on Sunday July 17.
This show is one of the biggest transport festivals in the north of England, but has the advantage of including the very lively SpareParts Festival, which features an original transport and street theater themed parade.
There will be classic cars, buses, trucks and motorbikes and it is hoped it can also include a number of vintage trams.
The Blackpool Airshow is ready to take off as organizers put the finishing touches to this year’s programme.
The event is back after a two-year absence and aerial entertainment is set for the weekend of August 13 and 14.
The air show is one of the largest on the resort’s schedule and attracts up to 100,000 visitors.
It regularly sees some of the world’s finest military and civilian aircraft fly over the iconic waterfront, with the Red Arrows being frequent guests to perform.
Meanwhile, various events are held to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
These include a two-day activity party at Anchorsholme Park in Cleveleys on Friday June 3 and Saturday June 4, currently coordinated by the Friends of Anchorsholme Park.
In Wyre, street parties and beacon lighting are among the events held to mark the milestone.
A major event will be the Through the Decades exhibition at the Jubilee Marquee at Wyre Council’s Civic Center in Poulton, from Wednesday June 1 to Friday June 3.
The exhibition will cover 70 years of the Queen’s reign and will include replicas, scrapbooks, quizzes and fashion from the eras.
Visitors will have the opportunity to guess objects, play traditional children’s games, play music on old bottles, rummage through button boxes and leaf through comic books, knitting patterns and annuals.
On Thursday, June 2, communities from across the country and across the Commonwealth will come together to light over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee beacons.
In Wyre, beacons will be at the Mount in Fleetwood and at Cherestanc Square in Garstang.
On the same day, Fleetwood’s Mount Gardens will host free outdoor theatrical performances of Alice in Wonderland at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
Meanwhile, Sunday June 5 is marked nationwide as the day of the Great Jubilee Luncheon and people are invited to share friendship, food and fun with neighbors as part of the celebrations.
Wyre Council has put in place a simplified application process to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in a big Jubilee Luncheon, big or small or small, whether it’s a street or a picnic, tea and cake or a barbecue in the garden.