Are You Ready for Blue Light Weekend 2024? Mark Your Calendars!
The organising committee are proud to announce that the event programme for Blue Light Weekend 2024 is now almost finalised - and it's fair to say that you're going to be as excited to hear about it as we are to tell you !
Save the dates: 10-11 August 2024
Whilst the finer details of our programme will be released over the coming months, we're excited to share that locals and visitors will be treated to an official Tier 2 air show over Withernsea - double the size of last year's incredible spectacle and will be one of the biggest in the north of England in 2024 ! We've even had to engage one of the UK's top Flight Display Directors to safely manage Withernsea's airspace.
If that wasn't enough we already have a LOT more events on land and sea already committed - including a return of the massively popular Colour Run (tickets are on sale now!). In fact we expect over twice the number of blue light events and treble the number of promenade stalls that Withernsea hosted last August. We've had applications from some national traders, and we have some unusual and high-quality vendors who are sure will wow the Withernsea public. We're going to need a bigger promenade !
We also potentially have some high profile surprise national visitor attractions, which we will reveal once finer details are agreed (our people are speaking with their people, etc), including something almost as tall as Withernsea Lighthouse, and something else so big that you will see it 10 miles away!
But of course as Blue Light Weekend 2024 is over twice the size of last year's event you won't be surprised to learn it also costs a LOT more to stage. However the organising committee are all local people who understand finances are tight - especially in SE Holderness - so once again 99% of the weekend will be completely free as we encourage families to attend.
That said, we are currently appealing for companies and local business to back us with sponsorship of various levels, which start from as little as £100. Contact Kristina to discuss what opportunities we have available - and hear about some of the benefits we can provide in return (including some eyebrow-raising money-can't-buy rewards for our larger backers).
That said, every penny counts and if you are able we'd gratefully welcome a donation of any size to our crowdfunding site. Some of the most fantastic warm gestures we've seen have come from public donations.
The Blue Light Weekend team once again thank all the sponsors from last year's event who believed we could deliver, with absolutely no evidence whatsoever, and generously backed our vision and energy to make it all happen.
Entries for our massively popular 2km Colour Run/Jog/Walk are on sale now! We have to limit entry numbers for safety reason so we'd advise you sign-up quickly !
We also have a small number of affordable Colour Run Stations available for sale - contact us for more details.
And in August 2024 we also have water!
And a reminder that the paint used in our Colour Run is specially produced for this purpose, and safe to use. Don't believe everything you read on Facebook!
This year we are limiting to 10 rafts in our ever-popular raft Race - contact us if you'd like your pub, club or organisation to sponsor or enter a team.
We even provide your raft !
Entries are now open for our popular half mile and one-mile Blue Light Weekend sea swims, all professionally managed with support from a number of safety boats.
Test yourself in a fun and safe way - enter here.
Tiger Moth flight competition
Undoubtedly our own Para Dave was the star of Blue Light Weekend 2023, and once again the owners of his Tiger Moth aircraft have generously donated a free flight above our area in this historic plane.
Win a flight in a helicopter!
Last year's hugely popular competition - when the Royal Navy Raiders parachute guys landed on your 900 beermats scattered on the beach selecting 3 lucky helicopter flight winners - returns in 2024. Online entries will be on sale soon - and watch for local shops who will support us by selling these. Only £1 a go.
Blue Light Bands
Last year's music event in the Meridian Centre was loud, sweaty and amazing wasn't it?
Well we're going to smash that with our 2024 event at the Willows Club.
Well-known big name bands to be announced soon!
And watch out for our special music stage on Withernsea Promenade on Saturday 10th August with top local artists entertaining you!
We're proud to say that some of the Hull City of Culture volunteers who gave their time at Blue Light Weekend 2023 described it as their "best volunteering event of the year".
We are undoubtedly expecting more visitors to Withernsea in 2024 than we saw last year, so we will need more friendly and smiling volunteers to help with coordination and signposting.
If you can spare a few hours before or during the event weekend - we'd love to hear from you.
Most of the weekend events and attractions are confirmed, but there are still some we can't reveal until contracts have been signed.
That said, we are following last year's hugely successful model meaning that Saturday 10th August is dedicated to land and sea events and activities, and Sunday 11th August you will get a sore neck Looking Up at our massive Tier 2 air show - over 10 aerial displays are planned over 5 hours.
It goes without saying that Withernsea has never, ever seen anything as big as this.
We're proud that you will all be supporting us and, once again, helping put Withernsea on the map.
BLUE LIGHT WEEKEND CHARITIES
We are planning this year's BLW will be bigger and better than last year's spectacular event. Charities financially benefitting last year included Yorkshire Air Ambulance, RNLI Withernsea, Hornsea Inshore Lifeboat and Royal Navy Raiders, and we want to do a lot more in 2024. Watch this space for more details over the coming months.
Blue Light Weekend
Look up! We are proud to host an August weekend of free family activities for all ages, including some good old-fashioned family seaside fun, all in aid of our blue light emergency and lifesaving services.
It's an opportunity for us to all pay tribute to our incredible emergency services in what is a memorable family weekend.
Some activities in conjunction with BlipActive.
Blue Light Weekend
10-11 August 2024
In memory of Steve
Withernsea's Blue Light Weekend was the idea of Steve Medcalf.
It was Steve's vision for Withernsea to host an annual high-profile, free, fun family event and really put the town on the map.
The wonderful Withernsea community were determined to make that happen.
Watch Craig Marriott's touching video which reminds us why Blue Light Weekend is important to so many Withernsea people
Look who came in 2023
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Please note the weekend events are not officially organised by, or associated with, the RNLI or any other organisation.