Music and Arts Festival will be jam packed with fun

St Annes mayor Coun Vivienne Willder (centre) shapes up for the Music and Arts Festival with Coun Barbara Mackenzie and Clerk to the Town Council Sally Taylor
St Annes mayor Coun Vivienne Willder (centre) shapes up for the Music and Arts Festival with Coun Barbara Mackenzie and Clerk to the Town Council Sally Taylor
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Sunday’s concert by the Lytham Proms Orchestra at the RNLI boathouse is among the highlights of the St Annes Music and Arts Festival, which gets under way tomorrow and runs for nine days, up to and including Saturday, September 14

The concert starts at 2pm, with admission free but donations to the RNLI welcome.

Ashton Gardens hosts free fun galore on Saturday, while on Monday, there is a Big Sing celebration of the area’s favourite hymns at St Thomas Church, starting at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £1 for adults and free admission for children.

Other highlights of the Festival programme include a concert by string quartet Jubilee at The White Church, Fairhaven next Thursday, September 12, at 7.30pm.

Tickets for that are priced £10 and are on sale from St Annes Town Council and from the Silantro cafe bar and Dark Halo music shop in the town centre.

The previous evening, historian Peter Shakeshaft will give a talk entitled ‘St Annes –The Formative Years’ in the United Reformed Church Hall from 7.30pm.

Tickets for that, priced £3, are available from the Town Council, Coun Barbara Mackenzie at the Anchorage 
Hotel or at the door.

And the Festival winds up with an evening with the Guardian Concert Band, also at the United Reformed Church Hall on September 14 from 7.30pm.

Tickets, price £5 to include light refreshments, are available from the Town Council or at the door.

The Festival, being staged by St Annes Town Council, gets underway today with a ceramics art workshop with Jeanette Lawson at the Council’s offices in St George’s Road (1.30pm to 4pm).

Tonight at the Fresh cafe in The Square, at 6pm, the Caravan Gallery launches its new book on the Lytham St Annes Pride of Place Project.

There will be a series of craft workshops at the Unique Lancashire shop in Wood Street, St Annes, every day except Sunday, with advance booking essential.

Details of the subjects and the prices of those sessions are available by calling 07939 240068.

For more information about the Festival in general you are able to go to the Town Council on (01253) 788579.

The blue and yellow colours as featured on the St Annes town flag will predominate throughout the Festival, with balloons of those colours displayed at the venues.

Other Festival events are:

Saturday, September 7

Events in Ashton Gardens, including live music from noon to 5pm, featuring likes of Rough Touch, James Butcher and Tom Verno; Circus Skills Workshop noon to 3pm; Children’s arts and crafts workshops noon to 4pm and face painting, free entry; Craft Fair, United Reformed Church Hall, 10am-4pm, free entry; Silk Painting with Tina Lane at St Annes Town Council offices 10am-4pm; Art activity for children, 11am and 2pm; The Caravan Gallery book signing at 1pm – Storytellers Bookshop, The Crescent.

Ceramics taster session at Town Council offices, 1.30 to 4pm.

Open Mic night, St Annes Library, 6.30pm to 8.30pm.


Tuesday, September 10

2D to 3D art workshop with Helen Pemberton at St Annes Town Council offices, 10.30am to 3.30pm. 


Friday, September 13

Six Poets and A Stage performance poetry event with free admission, St Annes
Library, 6.30pm.

Saturday, September 14

Children’s crafts, St Annes Library, 10am to noon, free;

Live music at the arts arena, St Annes Square – 10.30am Crossbill, 11am Tom Metcalfe, 11.30 James Todd, noon Richard Lomas, 12.30 David James Shurr, 1pm Sweeney Astray;

Workshop on Contemporary Graffity/Urban Art at St Annes Town Council offices, 10.30am to 3.30pm, free;

St Annes Town Hall, Masonic Hall and St Annes Parish Church all open to tie in with English Heritage Open Days, 11am to 3pm;

Showcase of local live music talent at St Annes Bandstand, 1-6pm, free;

Revolution band live at the Sandhills pub from 9.30pm.