Now in its third year, the Lowestoft Summer Festival returns to the town this month and promises a range of activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy.
Taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, the festival includes an interactive science exhibition, an international food fayre, activities on the beach and two full days of entertainment on Royal Green with puppet shows, archive film screenings, performers on two stages and the launch of the 'Find Freddie the Fish’ town trail - and it's all free!
On Saturday 22 July, the town’s weekly 5km Parkrun starts at 9am from Royal Plain and takes participants on a route along the promenade. To mark the start of the festival, visiting runners will be encouraged to take part in the UK’s most easterly Parkrun and then to stay to enjoy the Summer Festival entertainment.
Later in the day, a festival of voices will resound across Royal Green, as local choirs sing their hearts out. Then following the success of last year’s contest, the Lowestoft’s Got Talent competition finalists will take to the stage - with eight acts competing for the top prize.
Puppet shows will provide entertainment for youngsters throughout Saturday and the programme of entertainment also features screenings of archive East Anglian film clips, a special effects workshop, children’s entertainment, rides and market and craft stalls. There will also be performances on two stages including an extract from the Marina Youth Theatre of their debut production The Deal Breaker plus live music from various bands.
Meanwhile on the sands south of Claremont Pier, beach football kicks off at 11am with hourly sessions for youngsters in school years 3 – 13, followed by a sandcastle record attempt. Last year’s record of 1,574 sandcastles built in an hour will take some beating but the organisers are optimistic! A sandcastle design competition then takes place on Sunday morning.
Later on Sunday the fun continues on Royal Green with music from the Norwich Samba band, the debut performance from the Marina Theatre’s resident over-50s group The Next Stagers, plus choirs, live music, singers and theatre schools amongst other entertainment.
On Sunday afternoon a sponsored 'Warrior Walk' will leave All Saints Road car park in Pakefield at 1pm and head for Royal Green. The charity walk is led by ‘Fight the Stigma’ and aims to highlight mental health issues.
This year's Town Trail - ‘Find Freddie the Fish and Friends’ - will be launched as part of the festival. Families will be invited to search for colourful supersize fishy models hidden in shops and business premises in the town centre.
In Waterloo Road in Kirkley Village (10am to 5pm on both days), an International Food Fayre will be available, giving visitors the chance to browse an assortment of street stalls with vendors offering hot and cold foods from around the world, including burritos, curries, crepes, sushi, Thai, Cajun, American sweets, fudge and an artisan bakery.
Cambridge Science Centre has teamed up with Kirkley People’s Forum to provide residents and visitors to the Lowestoft Summer Festival with four days of amazing interactive science. From 10am - 4pm an exciting collection of hands-on, space-themed exhibits will be on display at St Mary’s RC Primary School. The pop-up exhibition will include favourites such as the Gravity Well, along with drop-in activities to help inspire children, young people and their families.
Festival Chairman Mark Lanham said:
“These events aim to promote Lowestoft and showcase local organisations, businesses and individuals whilst raising money for local charitable causes”.
The Lowestoft Summer Festival is a partnership of Lowestoft Vision, Lowestoft Rising, Lowestoft Lions, Lowestoft’s Rotary Clubs, the Kirkley Business Association, Sentinel Leisure Trust, the Kirkley People's Forum and London Road Baptist Church with support from the Access Community Trust.
For more information: www.lowestoftrising.co.uk/summer-festival