A festival of fun for all

William and Tom White and Jack Rose enjoy themselves at last year's Sandcastle Festival, which returns in 2012.
William and Tom White and Jack Rose enjoy themselves at last year's Sandcastle Festival, which returns in 2012.

THE 2012 programme of Festivals by the Sea is just around the corner.

From May to September, there will be more than 20 major events and festivals, many of them free.

Family activities and music are central themes of Morecambe Festivals by the Sea 2012, with some events such as the Sandcastle Festival (June 9 to 10) and the Olympic Torch Relay and Sports Weekend (June 22 to 24) recognising the Olympic year.

Sports fans can also enjoy the Morecambe Bowling Festival (June 3 to 8) and Morecambe Bay Golf Festival (September 10 to 14).

And those wanting an alternative way of marking The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee holiday weekend, can visit the Nice ’n’ Sleazy Punk Festival in the town from June 1 to 3.

Morecambe’s summer party begins with a tribute band event, the Morecambe Live Weekender, from May 5 to 7. Other music festivals include: North Lancs Soul Festival (May 25 to 27); Country Kickback (June 1 to 3); Blueswater Festival (June 22 to 24); Morecambe Jazz (July 6 to 8); the Tutti Frutti Weekend (July 27 to 28); Motown Magic (August 10 to 12); and the Beach Bash over August Bank holiday (August 25 to 27).

A celebration of traditional seaside fun and games takes off with the Catch the Wind Kite Festival (May 13), while families looking for great seaside fun are invited to take along their buckets and spades to the ever popular Sandcastle Festival (June 9 to 10) or join in the annual celebration of the sea at Morecambe’s Seaside Festival (September 1 to 2).

Morecambe’s important place in seaside history is reflected in several events. A Vintage Bus Running Day sees a fantastic display of buses on the promenade on May 6; Poulton Heritage Festival (July 14 to 15) recalls Morecambe’s development from a fishing village; and during Heritage Open Days (September 6 to 9), many of Morecambe’s most historic buildings are open for free.

The sense of community which has made Morecambe such a friendly place to visit over the years is celebrated on July 14 at the West End Festival.