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05 DEC 2001

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Tourism bosses in Southport in Merseyside have just revealed next year’s events programme promising residents and visitors another superb line-up of festivals and attractions.
The 2002 programme will see a huge range of events including the hugely successful Southport Air Show and the return of the Southport Jazz Festival and the very popular Street Festival.

“Southport has now established itself as one of the UK’s leading destinations for major, top quality events and its reputation for staging such a well organized and diverse programme is spreading,” says Cllr. Lord Fearn, Sefton Cabinet member for Economic Development and Tourism. “I am confident that the 2002 programme will be a huge success attracting even more visitors to the resort and further boosting the local economy.”

The programme kicks-off in April with the most prestigious and acclaimed steeplechase in the world. The Grand National takes place at Aintree racecourse between April 4th and 6th and is just a short drive from Southport.

The third annual Spring Gardening Festival once again takes place in the beautiful 100-acre grounds of Meols Hall in Churchtown between the 4th and 6th of May offering visitors the chance to see floral displays, talks and demonstrations, live music, expert gardening advice, trade stands and children’s play area.

Southport will commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in a big way, Plans are already being made for a major celebration in the resort between the 1st and 3rd of June.

Southport Jazz Festival returns for a second year between the 13th and 16th of June attracting top names in the jazz world and an exciting month-long programme of music, mime, street theatre and dance starts on July 25th with the Southport 2002 Street Festival.

Other established favorites will again feature in the 2002 event’s calendar are the Southport Charity Carnival on June 29th, Woodvale International Rally on 3rd and 4th of August, Southport Flower Show, the biggest independent flower show in the country, between 22nd-24th of August and the 24-hour yacht race at the Marine Lake on September 14th and 15th.

Southport Air Show remains the highlight of the Southport events programme attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the resort. In 2002 the air show takes place on August 31st and September 1st and already organizers are promising bigger and better displays.

The British Musical Fireworks Championships has also become a firm favorite and is now one of the country’s leading firework events. Each display uses half and ton of fireworks and some are fired up to 600 feet in the air. Next year’s event takes place between 6th-8th September.

And for the first time ever Southport Theatre and Floral Hall will be playing host to the Cult TV Festival. Nearly 1,000 people with a love of cult TV programmes are expected to gather in the resort for the 9th annual festival between October 25th and 28th.

Special guest appearances will be made by actors from long lost TV shows together with special screenings of programmes like Sapphire and Steel, Doctor Who, The Man from Uncle and Star Trek. There will also be TV production workshops including special effects, make-up and costume and a charity auction.

“Southport not only boasts one of the best entertainment programmes in the country but offers other attractions to appeal to visitors of all ages,” says Cllr. Lord Fearn. “Whether its Pleasureland Amusement Park, walks along the beautiful 22-mile coastline, playing golf at one of the 15 courses in the area, bird watching, shopping along Lord Street’s famous tree-lined boulevards or simply enjoying a superb night out at one of the many restaurants, theatres, bars, night clubs and casinos Southport is a terrific place to stay for a short break.”
To find out more about the many events and attractions telephone the Tourist Information Center on 01704 533333

Article by Julia Brough.

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