Ok survival may be a bit extreme, as you know Lytham Festival is like no other, no need for baby wipes, dry shampoo or using eco toilets.
I’m a lady (of a certain age) and if I can do 5 nights, anyone can. You only live once, fill it with amazing experiences. The opportunity to see these performances without a costly trip (and usually overnight stay) to a large city is just a huge advantage.
But here are some hints and tips to help you get the best experience ever
Unless you are in VIP or The Terraces, think comfort and LAYERS
Footwear……….no need for spike heels, apart from anything else you wont be popular should you step on someone toes, you can still look great in trendy flats or athleisure type shoes.
Because we are in the North of England, the weather is VERY changeable and even though it can be balmy early evening it can turn cold when the sun goes down, so suggest a light top, something warm for later and a waterproof layer, because we are renown for a bit of rain. It can also be windy even though it is enclosed we are right on the coast.
Sometimes we literally can have four seasons in a day!
You could elevate your experience at various levels, the most affordable being The Garden
Of course you can go the whole nine yards with, VIP in the Marquee and The Terraces. See all details HERE
The key to this is PLANNING, if coming by car, public transport, or being dropped off you need to have it locked down BEFORE you come, there are road closures in operation from Wednesday to Sunday, all details are here https://www.lythamfestival.com/about-us/festival-information/
I notice it doesn’t really cover travel to Preston and beyond, the bus number you need is a 68 and can be caught from several stops along Clifton Street, here is the link to the Stagecoach timetables stagecoachbus.com/ I havent found any info about extra buses or times, but will update if I do.
Insider tip if being dropped off picked up, Lytham Hospital is a good meeting place FY8 5EE if coming from Preston side and the back of Lowther Gardens/Lytham Cricket & Sports Club FY8 5QD if coming from Blackpool
Food & Drink
There are lots of World Food stands and Drink concessions within the Main Stage arena, and although there is sometimes queues they are dealt with quickly and efficiently. Some people complain about the drinks prices but can categorically say they are no better or worse than any other festival in the UK! It’s a once a year occasion, make the most of it.
Some may take cards, but there are Cashpoints on site.
On Sunday (West End Proms) you can bring your own food & drink, chairs, tables, candelabras etc, I have seen many sights over the years, but the stands are also open too.
Insider tip, come early and sample some of the local restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs before heading to the Main Stage Arena.
My personal favorites are
Vinyl Groove on Queen Street …perfect place for musical lovers & food lovers too
Spago on Dicconson Terrace, with fabulous outdoor terrace a great place for people watching
Le Roti (Rotisserie) take away on Park Street & pick up a Pique Nique, find a sunny spot somewhere or order for the Sunday, a perfectly boxed alfresco treat.
The majority of accommodation is up the road in St Annes, so before venturing to the Festival there is 54 Scandi Inspired Restaurant on Wood Street for brunch, lunch and dinner, great sharing boards and Breakfast/Brunch served until 2pm.
As a women of a certain age, that cant drink anything more than a shot, without searching out the facilities, dont worry there are loads at either end of the arena to the left and right of the stage, so queuing time is normally absolute minimum, and with a central hand-sanitiser bank so you can be in and out in seconds.
Cuffe & Taylor, now part of the LIVE NATION family, are local guys with local staff, and even though a UK wide operation, I personally think they put extra love into Lytham and once again have put a brilliant programme of entertainment for us, encapsulating all tastes, with comedy, culture and music……..and After Parties too
Keep up with what they are up to around the country
Please keep behaviours polite and consider people of all ages & children that the Festival attracts.
Remember you are in the middle of residential area, not in a field miles from anywhere, so please treat the place respectfully when leaving the Arena.
Most of all ENJOY!
See you there!!!! SO EXCITED
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