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Formby Festival is finally here. Line up of events and acts for the weekend

The Formby Festival starts tonight at 5pm on Duke Street Park. Tonight it kicks off with the School Choir competition which is sponsored by Formby Parish Council and involves Woodlands School, Freshfield School, St. Luke's School, Our Lady's and Redgate.

There is a Pub Quiz where you can win £100 and also Live entertainment. The stalls are all ready for their big weekend offering food and drink from across the globe.

Details of the 'Silent Auction' at the bottom of this page.

The headline act on Saturday night are YES LAD who are tipped to be the next big boy band. Yes Lad is made up of Luke, Cian, Sonny, Lewis and Joel – five teenage lads from across the North West. Created by the man who put together the legendary TAKE THAT – Yes Lad are destined for great things. The band are busy writing and recording their first album but are doing a short tour of selected venues so don’t miss out and be one of the first to see the band before they hit the big time !

We also have our competition time which includes the Bake Off and now Fruit/Vegetable/Flower section. Full details of how to enter can be found on our website. It is free to enter and we welcome all ages from young to old. Try your hand a baking cup cakes or displaying a vegetable or fruit face, see if you can win.

In addition to all the fantastic attractions new for this year is the climbing wall, paint balling, football zorbing, and paddle boats.

This year we have a kids craft marquee where Creative Station will be running the various craft activities through the day, which is all free and has been sponsored by Sovini, allowing this activity to be free to all children and also the sponsorship from Churchill Retirement Homes has allowed us to put more on at this event.

Places on the Kids Cooking are filling up fast, this is again free so why not try your hand at Chicken & Noodle Stir Fry, Pasta Primavera, Strawberry & Lime Cheesecake or Make Your Own Pizza. You can book on line.

Don't forget to come and watch our celebrity chefs show off their skills and entertain you. Our resident chefs James Holden and Aazam Ahmed will really test your taste buds and this year we also have Eve Townsend from the Great British Menu and Steven Doherty, the first English Head Chef to hold 3 Michelin starts at Le Gavroche in London.

Sandgrounder Radio will also be broadcasting live from this event on the Saturday and Sunday and we are pleased to be working in partnership with them and not forgetting our resident host, Neil Newton who will be hosting the Live Music Stage throughout the event.

We have magic shows, circus school and balloon modelling, again all free and in addition we have various other paying attractions.

Our musical firework display on the Saturday Night will be spectacular and there is a clue on our twitter page as to what the theme will be this year, kids will love it and should not be missed.

Also the fantastic Katumba Band is back with us on the Sunday and bring a Brazilian Carnival atmosphere to the event.

The event is quickly becoming very popular with all ages and in particular families and this year to try and help people gain access quickly we now have a ticket office on site where you can pre purchase your tickets. This is open from 1 pm to 8pm on the Thursday and 10 am to 9 pm on the Friday. It is situated by the Tennis courts in Duke Street Park, so why not beat the queues and get your tickets early.

Go to our website to see what is going on and to enter any of the competitions.

Ticket prices for the Formby Festival. - Ticket office open till 9pm tonight. If you buy your tickets in advance, you can walk straight in without queuing.

Prices for Saturday and Sunday

Adult - £5

Child - £1

OAP - £4

Family (2 adults, 2 children)

Under 4's FREE

Prices for a weekend Pass (Both Saturday and Sunday)

Adult - £10

Family (2 adults, 2 children) - £20

Here is the complete line up for both days at the festival. All acts and events are subject to change without prior notice but, we do endeavour to stick to the advertised schedule.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.



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This year we are also supporting Charlie’s Last Chance.

Charlie Fearns, 10, has been diagnosed with leukaemia for the third time and, following a bone marrow transplant in 2013, the only option left is an experimental form of treatment not available to him in the UK. The youngster, was first diagnosed in 2009 and, despite getting the all clear in May 2012, sadly relapsed just months later. Following a four-month search for a bone marrow transplant, blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan found a match on their register and, after a successful transplant, Charlie was again given the all clear. However, recently his family were given the devastating news that Charlie’s leukaemia had returned for a third time and now there is no option of chemotherapy or another bone marrow transplant. His only chance of survival is a pioneering new treatment, named CART-cell therapy, which uses a patient’s own immune system to combat the disease. As it is not available in the UK, Charlie’s family and friends need to raise enough money to pay for the treatment to go ahead in Seattle, USA. It is estimated to cost approximately £140,000.00

Our 2 celebrity chefs were so touched by this cause that they are offering a dinner party for 8 in your own home and tailored to you and your guests. To win this fantastic prize call into the chef demo area and leave your bid although it does have a reserve on it. What would you give to have 2 celebrity chefs cooking for your guests, how cool would that be?

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