St Annes International Kite Festival

Lancashire and Merseyside Summer Events

There’s loads of great summer events going on near your favourite Lancashire and Merseyside Chef & Brewers.

St Annes International Kite Festival

Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July

Come and see the sky burst into colour at the St Annes International Kite Festival this 30th and 31st July.

Fun for young and old alike, the weekend-long festival will see hundreds of kites of every shape and size soar high above the St Annes seafront, just a few miles south of Blackpool. The summer event, which has been part of the area’s cultural calendar for the last five years, is set to be even bigger, better and bolder in 2016. It will also be more international than ever, with kite flying enthusiasts from all across the world, including the world-renowned Al-Farsi Kuwait Flying Team and their gigantic collection of inflatable kites.

Visitors will also enjoy the world’s largest teddy bear kite (christened Oscar), a 30-metre-long inflatable octopus and a selection of two-line and four-line stunt kites flown in a breathtaking display. There’s live music on the beach all weekend, including a buzzing Samba Sunday (bring your own whistle!) along with market stalls, face-painting, fairground rides and a special cuddly toy parachute jump for the little ones.

Why not reserve a table at The Grapes Hotel in Kirkham?

All the events begin from 11am on Saturday and Sunday. And if you fancy a drink or a bite to eat after all that kite-flying fun, you’ll find our 19th century country pub Grapes Hotel on your way back to the A583.

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Blackpool Air Show

Blackpool Air Show

Saturday 7th and Monday 8th August

Come and experience the thrills and spills of Blackpool Air Show on 7th and 8th August.

One of England’s best loved air shows, it’s the highlight of the summer skies over Blackpool Promenade. This year, as always, there will be an incredible line-up of events including the Red Arrow’s Battle of Britain routine and the daring Breitling Wing Walkers. The first ever Blackpool Air Show was held in 1909, so the event is as classic as it is exciting, and flying legends like the Typhoon, Spitfire and Lancaster Bombers are just a few of the historic planes making an appearance in 2016.

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend on both days and Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland will be even livelier than usual. The sight of remarkable aircraft and astonishing aerial performance against the backdrop of iconic Blackpool tower promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Why not reserve a table at The Grapes Hotel in Kirkham?

The show begins at 12 noon on Sunday and 2pm on Monday. If you’re making a day of it, our village pub, Grapes Hotel, is just 20 minutes from Blackpool Promenade and perfect for lunch, dinner or a peaceful drink.

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The Royal Lancashire Show

The Royal Lancashire Show

Friday 12th and Sunday 14th August

Treat the family to a weekend of sheep dog demonstrations, ferret racing, stunt motorcycle shows and even a beauty contest at this year’s Royal Lancashire Show, taking place from 12th to 14th August.

The event made its triumphant return in 2015 after a few years of absence from the county’s social calendar. Traditionally an agricultural show – the oldest of its kind in the UK, with the first being held in 1767 – it had steadily been growing its long list of attractions. For 2016, the event will take place at Witton Park, Blackburn, as a celebration of the best the region can offer.

Expect to see show jumping and shire horse displays, motorcycles and quad bikes in the main arena. Trade stands will offer the best of local produce, from artisan foods to arts and crafts, and there will be livestock and historic military vehicles among the other displays. Adults visiting without children can spend more time sampling the craft real ales and traditional ciders.

Why not reserve a table at Malthouse Farm pub in Chorley

The opening Friday will be a ladies’ day, as was the case last year, with flower demonstrations, afternoon tea, fashion shows and the Miss Royal Lancashire competition. But whenever you visit, be sure to drop in to our Malthouse Farm pub in Chorley, just a 15-minute drive away on the A674.

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