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.
Here are some hints and tips to help you get the best experience ever
Bottom line is 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 trainers, believe it you will THANK me !
Clothing………….. 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 known for a bit of rain. It can also be windy even though it is enclosed we are right on the coast. On the flip side, put on sunscreen and a hat/cap as it can still be hot early evening. If it is warm keep hydrated with water from various concessions around the site.
We are in North West UK, and sometimes we literally can have four seasons in a day!
You could elevate your experience at various levels, with some fabulous options for 2018 with VIP Lounge, VIP Garden and VIP Club
Check them out here lythamfestival.com/vip-packages/
It’s once a year, and YES you are worth it!!
For Something Completely Different
There are usually some ‘satellite’ events, outside the Main Arena, this year is NO different, there are several ‘intimate’ performances at Lowther Pavilion and for the play goers, the World Premier of a NEW Play Dan Leno – A Royal Jester
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, Click HERE for the Festivals Getting Here Page
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 haven’t 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 (Il Divo) you can bring your own food & drink, chairs, tables, candelabras etc, I have seen many sights over the years, so really anything goes! Ballgowns & Black Ties would be good.
Insider tip, on all days, 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 meeting up and people watching and it’s ‘sister’ Bistro, literally across the Square with lots of outdoor seating.
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.
If your at Gate A
Newest cafe in the Windmill Quarter, is Bijou with an Outside terrace, lots of gluten free and vegetarian options, quirky Tea Pigs tea and as it’s licenced, wine beer and bubbly too!
If you are staying over a few days
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 if not now Global 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 and ages.
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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