Stanley Park celebrated its 90th summer this year with a big birthday celebration and a re-enactment of the original opening of the park.
1970's bandstand event in Stanley Park.
The Friends of Stanley Park have issued a plea for more people to help them out during the events that take place through the summer.
The free bandstand events take place every Sunday between May and September, as well as an extra event on the August bank holiday Monday. People are needed to help with marshalling people at the events, as well as with clearing up afterwards.
Elaine Smith, Chair of the Friends Group, said: “Yet again this year there are some excellent bands coming to the park for people to enjoy.
“However, these great events don’t put themselves on. We need volunteers to spare us a just a few hours of their weekend to put these kinds of shows on. In return, they get to spend their Sunday in the glorious Stanley Park listening to some fantastic music.”
For information, or to applying as a volunteer, call 316713 or email Carole Thaw on email@example.com .
28-29 October 2017
Come along to Stanley Park visitor centre for a weekend of games, fancy dress, refreshments, walking with the witch, pumpkin carving competition and raffle. Dress to impress!
Saturday 28th will have demonstrations of pumpkin carving from 11am to 4pm as well as many games for all the family. Bring your entry to be put on display for the competition.
There will be face painting and spooky games and at 5.00pm there will be a prize for the best costume worn by a child.
At 5.30pm a Witch and Warlock will lead a ghost walk in the park. Not so frightening that you can’t take the children!!
After the walk return to the Visitor Centre where a refreshing drink of Dracula’s blood and other Halloween food goodies will be on sale.
From 11am to 3pm there will be stalls and games in the Visitor Centre as well as the sale of tea/coffee & cakes.
Close of Pumpkin competition at 2.30pm and selection of winner (entries must be in by 1pm) followed by raffle prize draw.
Craft fair with handcrafted gifts
Halloween refreshments on sale
Join in the first Pumpkin Carving Competition on October 28 & 29 in the Visitor Centre as part of the Halloween family weekend.
We do hope you will join us and even enter a carved pumpkin into the competition. Download the entry form here.
Come and have a laugh with us before the dark nights envelop us all.
Keep a regular eye on the Events Calendar where everything is listed individually and make sure you don't miss any of the great free entertainment this summer at Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodland.
If you sign up for the weekly Visit Fylde Coast newsletter, you'll get reminders about events and much more delivered straight to your inbox every week.
There are music concerts throughout the summer - with a musical genre to suit every taste. Pitch your spot at the side of the bandstand, bring a picnic, enjoy an ice cream and while away the afternoon with a dance and a sing-along.
For vehicle enthusiasts there are events in the Italian Gardens.
Stanley Park bandstand has become a favourite place for the people of Blackpool on summer Sunday afternoons. Throughout the summer there is a mix of shows with concert bands, rock bands, metal, choirs, folk, reggae, soul and DJs.
Most acts love to appear on the bandstand. Some have large followings and up to 2,000 people have attended and created a carnival atmosphere, Rupert Fabulous comes to mind.
Touch the Pearl are a quality act and Kazoobian have their own material. Preston Concert Band and Sixteen Men Swinging are regulars. Recently choirs have become more popular. There are too many good acts to list them all. Blackpool has a lot of good young performers and the bandstand gives them a place to showcase their skills to a wide audience and there is no charge to the public.
The shows are put on by the Friends of Stanley Park who run events throughout the year to raise funds for them. For as long as anyone can remember, Carole Thaw, a member of the Friends of Stanley Park, has arranged the shows and been there on the day to staff them. To do this she has a number of volunteer helpers, such as Joan, Curtis, Billy and Dean, some who do a few shows and others who do more. There is always a need for more volunteers.
Public safety and the safety of the musicians has to be considered as electricity and water aren’t a good mix and the bandstand is open on all sides so on rainy days the acts have to be cancelled
There is plenty to do on the day of the show. A show may need special items which may need to be hired or borrowed. Items need to be transported to the bandstand, such as the dance floor for the Northern Soul show . The Friends of Stanley Park have a well-stocked stall and Carole does a great job finding small items that can be sold to make money towards the upkeep of the shows.
Every year from around October the next years shows are booked.
See www.friendsofstanleypark.org.uk for more information.
More about the Friends of Stanley Park and Salisbury Woodlands here.
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