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28 March 2002

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Formby Summer Festival 2002
takes on the theme of Medieval Life in England.
Coming soon to the Pinewoods in Formby.   Like the event of 2000 when a re-enactment group invaded the dunes of Formby Point and the village, this year the Millennium Committee is setting out to do the same again!
"Escafield", a medieval re-enactment group, will provide tournaments - hand to hand combat, mediaeval dances, archery and children's games in a 2.5 hours show each afternoon. Some financial help from local businesses and some national businesses   (featured  on our site's Formby Arts Festival Role of Honour also in the Formby Times and on Formby-Online's site,) should see this year's celebrations of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the lead up to the Commonwealth Games become a week to remember.  The week starts on Saturday 6th and ends on the 13th July with the long awaited Arts and Culture festival in the Pinewoods.   
The opening Saturday's festival kicks off within Formby village.   The Event will see Chapel Lane (the heart of the village) transformed into a Medieval Fayre, with Mummers, Morris Dancers, Dancing Bears, Jugglers, Jesters, Magicians, Devils, Angels and Madrigal Singers.   Even Queen Elizabeth 1st will be there opening the festival with a blessing!  The event will then see Knights on Horseback riding through and will issue challenges to be taken up in a Tournament later on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon, on the activities' field at Lifeboat Road performed by Escafield, a mediaeval re-enactment group from Sheffield.    Lifeboat Road will have a whole host of craft-stalls, living history, woodturning, leather working, excerpts from 'As You Like It' and a George and the Dragon play, complete with Mediaeval dances and children's games.   If that is not enough to wet your appetite, well, think again as there will also be swings, roundabouts and then to make it even more fun, the famous little train from the Southport Model Engineers Club, will provide rides for younger children on Sunday
If you wish to book a stall please email us now with your details at
Through out the week! 
musical concerts
Well, just to say if the famous name in Jazz, "Humphrey Lyttelton,"  does not tempt you, we have more top acts to come... like ABBA UK and Reckless.  They will be performing in the outdoor theatre adjacent to the fighting arena on Lifeboat Road.  During the weekday afternoons schools from throughout Sefton will entertain with a Eisteddfod. The afternoon Eisteddfod will be free so just come along and enjoy.

The festival will finish with a grand finale on Saturday 13th July when the Historic Formby Hall will be open to the public for a garden party. This garden party  will include music and theatrical entertainment, with Tombola and stalls, wine and strawberries.

For entrance fees and tickets, see opposite. Tickets are strictly limited. There will be ample parking.

keep an eye on this site for more information!
for more information.
ABBA UK   Map to find Lifeboat Road.
Got back to the Top of the page.
Humphrey LittletonFormby Arts Festival Concert Ticket Prices.

Picture opposite supplied by Humphrey Littleton.  Interest info about him:- started his band over fifty years ago and since 1948 it  has been in the forefront of British Jazz. In 1983 he founded Calligraph Records. 

Swing Shift Big Band
Saturday 6th July
£5.00 £4.00
Humphrey Lyttelton
Sunday 7th July
£12.00 £10.00
Monday 8th July
£5.00 £4.00
Folk in the Pinewoods
Tuesday 9th July
£5.00 £4.00
Wind Ensemble
Wednesday 10th July
£5.00 £4.00
Sefton Youth Brass Band
Thursday 11th July
£5.00 £4.00
Pirates of Penzance
Friday 12th July
£5.00 £4.00
Saturday 13th July
£8.00 £7.00
Formby Hall Garden Party
Saturday 13th July
Adult ticket £10.00 - Family ticket TBA
All of the performances will start at 7.30pm and aim to finish at 10.30pm.

As with the event of 2000, tickets are for the seating stand and for the grassed area around the stage.

Tickets for all events will be available from the Pool Project shop in Formby village or by phone on Formby 01704-877311. 

Tickets are limited and may be obtained by calling into the shop, phoning the above number or through the Formby Times Office at Elbow Lane Formby, phone 01704 872237 or Email us at:-

Reckless photoPicture opposite is a group called  Reckless who are a young trio performing a wide variety of popular hits from the 1960's up to the present day.  Pic. used with thanks from group.

Formby Arts Festival ROLL OF HONOUR.

This year's festival in Formby is well underway now.  Sponsors of the festival so far are:-

Southport Reporter, Formby Times, Alliance & Leicester, In House, Shorrocks Hill Country Club, McDougall's Chemist, Formby Health Food Store, Boots, Re-Aqua (at Just Beauty), Byrne's & Son, Maxwell Entwistle & Byrne, H.D. Vince Ltd., Ekaton Ltd., Brough Butchers, Alan Rumph & Co., Waterfields, Lloyds TSB, Backhouse, Trimmers, A.B. Lewis Ltd, AC Greeting cards, Colette Gunter Ltd, Animals in Need, Mr. Mint,  Global Video rentals, Formby-Online & Derbyshires.

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