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Soaring success for 2018 Southport Air Show

Thousands of people visited sunny Southport and Sefton this weekend for the 2018 Southport Air Show

The three day spectacular which featured a host of daring displays, fantastic pyrotechnics and fun for all the family saw crowds head to Southport seafront between July 6 & 8. 

Thousands of people saw the mighty Red Arrows put on an unforgettable display on Friday evening to open the show, while a firework finale set up a weekend of incredible displays both in the air and on the ground. 

Saturday also featured a giant screen for football fans to catch the England clash against Sweden, topped off with skywriters making sure everybody in Southport knew the final score. 

A special ‘It’s Coming Home’ message was also written in huge letters on the beach, being revealed only when the Tigers freefall team jumped out of their plane and snapped a special selfie with the sandart.

The busy weekend meant that business in the town centre was booming, with restaurant, shop and bar owners enjoying heavy footfall as part of the Southport Air Show.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Yet again the Southport Air Show proved to be an amazing weekend for all!

“Visitors enjoyed incredible aerial and ground spectacles throughout all three days and the weather was near perfect.

“Friday night in particular was a fantastic evening with the world famous Red Arrows, fireworks, artillery and LED aerial displays.

“Thousands of people flocked to Southport and Sefton over the weekend, which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

“We are already looking forward to the British Musical Fireworks in September.”

Don’t forget The British Musical Fireworks Championship take place across three nights on September 28, 29 & 30.

Tickets are now on sale from £4.50 at visitsouthport.com.

Sefton’s Lost Castle set to rise again…out of cardboard

A long lost castle which took pride of place along the Sefton Coast is set to rise again – except this time the building materials are a little different.

Six extraordinary structures made of cardboard, tape and community spirit will be created across the Liverpool City Region this summer in what is a cultural first for Sefton and the combined authority.

Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures, some of which will be based on actual medieval forts or historic structures which were in the region at one time.

In Sefton, the long lost Miller’s Castle, built in the 19th Century in Bootle, will be reconstructed and put on display in North Park as part of a series of family-fun activities, coinciding with Bootle’s 150th Birthday on August 11.

Members of the public – individuals and community groups – are being urged to get involved in the event which is set to take place from July 31 to August 9.

Anyone who signs up can help create these magical structures and then join in the fun of toppling them at the end of the weekend.

The concept is the brainchild of French artist Olivier Grossetȇte and is the first creative project to take place across the entire city region.

 Olivier and members of his team will work with people across Merseyside at a number of free workshops which will take place in July and August – these are drop in sessions and people can get involved as much or as little as they like. Find out more by visiting www.lostcastles.co.uk.

The project has been made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England and is supported by the City Region Combined Authority, and the Global Streets Strategic Touring Programme which aims to bring the very best international outdoor art to towns and cities.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Lost Castles project across Merseyside and to see Miller’s Castle recreated will be an incredible sight.

“Not many people are aware that Bootle had its very own castle of course.

“In 1824 an enterprising businessman called William Miller was able to build a huge castle on the shoreline, aptly named Miller’s Castle. The castle was demolished in the 1860s to make room for the ever expanding Bootle docks and a nearby road, Miller’s Bridge, was named in his honour.

“Now Miller’s Castle is set to awe and impress residents and visitors once more when it is recreated in cardboard form at North Park. It will be a magical venue for a series of community events and performances.

“Once it’s all over, Miller’s Castle will be responsibly recycled, making it artwork that’s also environmentally-friendly.”

For more information or to get involved in the Sefton Lost Castles project, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/lostcastles.

All you need to know about the 2018 Southport Air Show

All eyes are going to be on the skies around Southport during the 2018 Air Show (July 6-8) but are you ready?

We’ve put together all the top tips and information you’ll need to make sure it’s a weekend you won’t forget! 

Traffic & Travel

Never mind watching the show, first you have to get there! Signposting and road closures will be in place in the build up to all three days of the Southport Air Show, directing visitors to the town centre.

We recommend that you follow the signage and diversionary information rather than your SatNav.

The Southport Town Centre Park & Ride facilities will not be operating on Saturday or Sunday.

Make sure you give yourself enough time for your journey. Gates open at 6:30pm on Friday (July 6) and 10am on Saturday/ Sunday (July 7/8) – the Air Show team recommend you get to the show as close to this time as possible.

On your journey to Southport you can tune into the Air Show Radio Station ( 87.7FM) to keep you updated with traffic news. 

Consider using public transport and if you’re local, why not walk or cycle?

Parking

For parking at the event please follow all AA yellow road signs which will direct you to official sites. 

The AA signs will be on all main routes into the town centre.

Beach Parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday the Little Esplanade Car Park will be open for Air Show traffic.

If you are travelling in from the North you will be directed to Princes Park on Friday and the Beach/Marine Drive on Saturday and Sunday.

If you are travelling from the East you will be directed to the Esplanade on Friday and  Princes Park on Saturday and Sunday

If you are travelling from the South you will be directed to the Esplanade on all three days.

We would like to remind visitors that caravans, motorhomes and any high sided vehicle are not allowed on the beach.

Everything Else

The weather will be exceptionally warm so make sure you stay sun safe! Keep a bottle of sun cream handy and always make sure you have adequate protection like sunglasses and a hat!

Please make sure that you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Refreshment stands are available on site. 

Remember if you have any rubbish, please dispose of it responsibly or take it home.

If you are planning to bring your dog to the town centre, do not leave them in your car. 

We would also like to remind visitors that BBQs and drones are banned along the Sefton Coastline. It is also against the law to fly them within the Air Show Restricted Airspace

After the Air Show ends why not take advantage of the wonderful shopping and restaurants that Sefton has to offer. 

The borough is booming with business and it’s easy to find a world of shopping wonders – check out our shopping supplement here.

 

For all other info including flight times and displays, visit www.visitsouthport.com/airshow

Sefton honours service personnel on Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated in Sefton with special flags flown at Bootle and Southport Town Halls.

Each year Armed Forces Day is held as an opportunity for residents to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flown from Bootle and Southport Town Halls from Monday June 25 to Monday July 2.

Although the day itself takes place on Saturday June 30, a special series of events will be held outside Southport Town Hall on Sunday July 1 from 10am, hosted by the Sefton Branch of the SSAFA.

The Mayor of Sefton will be present at Southport Town Hall to oversee a Drumhead Service and Parade before SSAFA launch a day long program of events in the town centre.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robinson, said: “Armed Forces Day is a great way to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

“It also gives us all an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the entire Armed Forces community.

“I would like to ask as many people as possible across the borough to take note of this special day and remember some of the real heroes in our society.”

For more information on Armed Forces Day visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

Typhoon confirmed for 2018 Southport Air Show

The jaw dropping Typhoon has been confirmed for the 2018 Southport Air Show.

Set to thunder through the skies over Southport beach, the Typhoon will perform on the third day of the Air Show (Sunday July 8), rounding off a fantastic three days of aerial and ground displays.

The Typhoon provides the RAF with a multi-role combat aircraft, capable of being deployed in a full spectrum of air operations, from air policing, to peace support, through to high intensity conflict.

Starting with an exhilarating Friday night line up of the Red Arrows, pyrotechnic laden aircraft and a thundering firework finale, the Southport Air Show promises none stop fun for all the family between July 6 & 8.

To make this an incredible day out for the family there will be a host of fun filled activities taking place on the ground including military tanks, a diving tank, replica aircraft, flight simulators plus the return of the much loved beach explosions

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “The Typhoon is a brilliant display that has been added to the programme and are excited for the weekend which is promising to be a great family weekend of aviaton”

Discounted tickets for each day of the Air Show are available to buy in advance until Friday 20 June and start at just £6.50 (including all fees).

For more information or to book your tickets visit Southportairshow.com.

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