A HUGE cultural festival is being laid on as thousands of visitors flock to Fylde this summer — at no cost to the council tax payer.
The Revealed Festival, designed to maximise the appeal of the area as the Open Golf Championship comes to Royal Lytham and St Annes for the first time in 11 years, will feature more than 30 events.
And it will run alongside the Open for All concert series during the tournament.
Events range from high-profile activities to catch the eyes of residents and Open Golf-related TV viewers worldwide to smaller shows to entertain passers-by.
Attractions include the Fairhaven Bubbles, which feature at the Lake from July 12 until 29, the Caravan Gallery, featuring pictures showing the bizarre nature of many aspects of life and a wide variety of concerts and art shows.
Coun Sue Fazackerley, Fylde Council’s cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “We’ll have 200,000 visitors for the golf alone and there will be millions of TV viewers from across the world. We want to put Fylde’s best foot forward so that people will want to come and see it.
“The area’s reputation is that of a quiet seaside town. In truth there is as much going on here as anywhere and this festival will project that.
“None of it has cost Fylde Council a penny. Working with Lancashire County Council and Mid-Pennine Arts, we are bringing a first-class series of attractions to the area. Volunteers, including churches and local art lovers, have also pulled their weight to give Fylde a summer we can all be proud of.
“The Open Golf is expected to be worth £35m for the Lancashire economy and £53m in ‘marketing benefit’ in terms of TV coverage.
“It’s important we get it right for residents and for the tourist economy.”
Among the wide range of events taking place around the Fylde during the Open are the It’s A Birdie shows of ambient art, which has involved a wide section of the community, and a concert series entitled Open For all in aid of the CAFOD charity fund and taking place at Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church in St Annes and St Joseph’s in Ansdell.
Highlights of the series, which gets underway on Monday, July 16, include a performance by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
For details of all events, see next week’s Express.