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'Greene light' for Blue Light!

The Blue Light Weekend organising committee are proud to announce a sponsorship deal with Greene King Brewery. This long-term backing enables our 2024 event to proceed as big as planned, whilst giving the annual event some stability going forward. We are delighted Greene King understand the Blue Light Weekend vision and fully support our objectives.

In addition to their backing of the BlipActive activities there will be three Greene King bar areas along the South Promenade event area - including a funky converted jeep and a magnificent converted Dennis Fire Engine! Soft drinks will be available throughout the promenade event area, plus a number of independent hot & cold food stalls.

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BLW Makes
Withernsea Waves

Blue Light Weekend are proud to continue making donations to local emergency and lifesaving groups with another £500 cheque to Withernsea RNLI towards the running costs of their Safety Training Boat.

We are immensely proud to support those volunteer organisations who put their lives on the line to help us all for no personal reward.

FUN FACT: 100% of donations received during Blue Light Weekend 2023 were donated to local  emergency services & lifesaving charities.

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Typhoon Warning!

The Blue Light Weekend team are incredibly proud to announce that the Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team will be giving an amazing high-speed (and loud!) display over Withernsea on Sunday 11th August !

Footage courtesy of Elwyn Roberts 

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Withernsea set for Spitfire Spectacular

The Blue Light Weekend organisers are proud to announce that the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight have kindly agreed to once again grace the skies above Withernsea.

However this year it's not just a stunning flypast - but instead we have manage to secure a thrilling tailchase display from two of our most historic aircraft, sparring high above our promenade.


At precisely 15:00 hours on Sunday 11th August we request everyone please assemble and Look Up.

Lest we forget.

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Sound up!

Blue Light Weekend fundraiser

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Blue Light Weekend 2024 has kindly been supported by


Raiders glad they dropped by!

The Blue Light Weekend organisers were delighted to hear from the Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display Team, who thrilled the Withernsea crowd last year.

They are really looking forward to returning to Holderness and were especially thankful for the £1,000 donation the Blue Light Weekend made towards their vital safety equipment.

Over the summer The Holderness Gazette will be interviewing the team to learn what made Withernsea so special to them.

Come and see their two amazing jumps above Withernsea on Sunday 11th August ! Maybe they will pick you as a lucky competition winner of a helicopter ride !

Coming Soon ! Exclusive GoPro video footage from the parachutists as they jumped from 6,000 feet above Withernsea!

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We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the estimable Helen at Precious Prints, Queen Steet, Withernsea who stock a range of Blue Light Weekend merchandising, as well as being our sole local sales point for tickets and competition entries.

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Blue Light Weekend News

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 everyone will be treated to an official Tier 2 air show over our promenade - double the size of last year's incredible spectacle ! 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 (entries are now open!). We expect over double the blue light events and 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!

Keep checking back on this website and in the Holderness Gazette as we reveal detail of this year's huge free weekend programme. We promise you won't be disappointed !

Sponsors required

But of course as Blue Light Weekend 2024 is bigger than last year's event you won't be surprised to learn it also costs a LOT more to stage - eyewateringly so. 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 £50. 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.

Colour Run

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 this year we also have water!

And a reminder that the paint used in our Colour Run is specially manufactured for this purpose, and completely safe to use. Don't believe everything you read on Facebook! ;)

Raft Race

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 !

Sea Swims

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.

Tickets are only £2.50 and are on sale now.

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. Beermat entries are available from Precious Prints, Queen Street, Castle Cafe, Pier Road and The Plough Inn, Hollym. Withernsea. Only £1 a go!

Again we express massive thanks to Martyn and Phoenix Building Services for the use of his helicopter during the Blue Light Weekend.

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.

A special one-night reformation of a massive local band from the 1990's 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 chuffed to say that some of the HEY 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.

Event Programme

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 air show - a packed programme of aerial displays over 4 hours.

We promise you that Withernsea has never seen anything like this.

We're proud that you will all be supporting us and, once again, helping put Withernsea on the map.
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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.

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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.

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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

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Look who's coming in 2024

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Our Corporate Sponsors 2024

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Our Community Sponsors 2024

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Our 2024 Colour Run Sponsors

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Our 2024 Raft Race Sponsors

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Our Event sponsors 2023

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Get In Touch

For more information about the free weekend events contact us at or just fill in the form and we will get back to you

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Please note the weekend events are not officially organised by, or associated with, the RNLI or any other organisation.

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