Lytham Festival 10th Anniversary

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.

Now in it’s 10th year…can you believe it!! A Festival that began in 2009 featuring Lesley Garrett, 2 Fold-Up Tables as a Box Office, and I was there. So that gives me the right to impart my knowledge

Here are some hints and tips to help you get the best experience ever

Clothing

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!

Upgrades

You could elevate your experience at various levels, with some fabulous options for 2019 with VIP Garden and VIP Lounge

Lytham Festival VIP Garden

Check them out here lythamfestival.com/vip-packages/

Go on it’s only once a year, and YES you are worth it!!

Lowther Stage 

As well as the traditional 5 days, there are usually some ‘satellite’ events, outside the Main Arena, this year is NO different, there are two fantastic nights at the Lowther Pavilion literally 5 minutes from the Main Area.

On Monday 8th July a showcase of some of Lancashire’s hottest up-and-coming music talent, a special ‘BBC Music Introducing’  event.

On Tuesday 9th – The Mersey Beatles, a show that is already wowing sell-out audiences across the globe, the world-renowned Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band will play the classic 1969 album in full – followed by a spectacular set of John, Paul, George and Ringo’s greatest hits.

Travel arrangements

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.

New for 2019  Blackpool Transport are laying on extra buses to all points North to Preston too, see more details HERE

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

Meeting Up 

As at all large gathering mobile phone coverage is compromised (to many phones trying to ‘ping’ off the same mast) so DO NOT rely on your phone to contact with people you are meeting at the venue or being picked up (see Transport tips).

Make plans of where and when to meet up as so you dont spend all night on your own (yep I’ve done it!). If you are going in at Gate A a good place to meet up is Wetherspoons as it’s just a stones throw from the Green, if at Gate B arrange to meet up at  the Queens Pub, both are easily found and most locals will direct you to them. Layout inside the venue has largely been the same but has just changed in 2019 with the introduction of the Garden Area. So the entrance to that would be a good meeting place if you are right of stage (& gone in through Gate B). On the other side, there is usually a merchandise concession again perhaps use that as a meet up place.

First Time in Lytham 

So what else is there in this festival town, if you are staying a few day please get out and explore and browse our great indie shops, cafe’s, bars, pubs & restaurants

My personal favorites are

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!

bijou Lytham Bagel

If you are going VIP, why not start with a 5 star meal and Spago on Dicconson Terrace, with fabulous outdoor terrace a great place for meeting up and people watching and it’s ‘sister’ Bistro, Java literally across the Square with lots of outdoor seating.

Le Roti (Rotisserie) take away on Park Street & pick up a ready made Pique Nique, find a sunny spot somewhere or order to take in to the Festival on the Sunday, a perfectly boxed alfresco treat.

Le Roti Lytham

 Toilets

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.

Your hosts

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

cuffeandtaylor.com/news/

And Finally

I know I dont have to tell you to please keep behavior 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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Lots more info on lythamfestival.com

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