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New Far Away Land Festival roars into Victoria Park in Southport this July

VICTORIA Park in Southport will be transformed into a magical fairytale village as the Far Away Land family festival rolls into town! The event takes place on Saturday, 2 July 2022 and Sunday, 3 July 2022 with a huge array of entertainment for children (and adults!) of all ages.

Visitors can enjoy:-

   Live music from CBeebies favourites Andy and The Oddsocks.

   Yolanda's Band Jam.

   Horrible Histories Live.

   Jurassic Live Dinosaur Show.

   Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure.

   Roald Dahl Imagination Seekers.

   Live high flying wrestling.

   Assault course.

   Graffiti workshop, with a huge graffiti wall.

   A kids comedy show.

   Plus a huge immersive Lego City!

Not only that, but Far Away Land has teamed up with autism charity Autism In Motion, to create a huge Calm and Sensory Zone for children who might become overwhelmed and need a little respite from the festival fun.

There will also be a Food and Market Village, with tons of independent stalls from delicious donuts to lip licking Lebanese treats.

This year's fancy dress theme is to come as your favourite characters from books or TV.

Fancy dress shop Smiffys is giving out vouchers to its favourites; with a fancy dress catwalk to be held each day too!

The whole Far Away Land family festival runs from 11am til 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and both days' entertainment are the same; so it doesn't matter which day you go, you'll still get to enjoy all the fun!

Far Away Land Festival organiser Andy Scott said:- "We have been working on bringing this event to Southport for the past 3 years - we are really excited to open it! This is going to be a brilliant new event for Southport. We are looking forward to making this an annual event. We have: Andy and the Oddsocks; Yolanda's Band Jam; Horrible Histories; the Jurassic Live Dinosaur Show, with a 7-metre tall Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming the park; wrestling, which is really popular; a 100 metre long graffiti wall, which children will be able to add to throughout the weekend; a huge LEGO City that they will be able to help build; there is so much stuff happening! We have got lots of great food and drink stalls coming too, supporting our Region's local independent businesses, with the UK Independents Day taking place that weekend. Victoria Park is a great place to sit back and enjoy some food and we will have a variety of vendors, including:- vegan and gluten free options. We are turning Victoria Park into a Far Away Land, which will make visitors feel they are walking into a fairytale land when they walk in - they are really going to enjoy the weekend!"

The Far Away Land Festival takes place on Saturday, 2 July 2022 and Sunday, 3 July 2022, at Victoria Park, Southport. Tickets are:- £15 each, or £10 for NHS / Emergency Services / Universal Credit.

Southport Comedy Festival announces a new associate sponsor Halliwell Jones BMW for 2022

THE Southport Comedy Festival are delighted to announce that Halliwell Jones BMW will be the associate sponsor for this year's festival. Now in its 11th year this exciting event brings some of the best stand up comedians from the world of comedy. Taking place from the:- 30 September to 16 October 2022 line up will be jam packed with a host of festival favourites and household names from the world of comedy. These include:- Ed Byrne, Reginald D Hunter, Al Murray and many more.

Brendan Riley, Festival Director:- "Southport Comedy Festival are delighted to partner with Halliwell Jones BMW as our main associate Sponsor for 2022. The support of all of our sponsors, large and small, is vital to keeping live events and the arts alive in our area."

The entire festival will be staged once again in a giant luxury heated and seated marquee courtesy of Elite Marquees in Victoria Park. This multi purpose event space which also hosts the annual Southport Flower Show is only a short distance from the Town centre and promenade making it the perfect venue for such an event

Yvonne Watton, Head of Business at Halliwell Jones Southport added:- "As a family run business we love the opportunity to get involved with events in the local community. The Southport Comedy Festival is a perfect example of this as the event brings together people from Southport and beyond. We're delighted to be associate partner for this year's festival and hope it is the beginning of a long, successful partnership."

In addition to their associate partnership Halliwell Jones MINI and Premium Trade Cars Southport will also feature as regular sponsors.

During the event Halliwell Jones BMW and MINI will have the very latest models from the range on display. They invite anyone attending the festival to visit them in their dedicated marquee next to the main event space.

To find out more or to book tickets visit the Southport Comedy Festival website.


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