Bank Holiday Success

40,000 were in Hoylake, watching the Red Arrows, for the RNLI Lifeboat Open Day, and 13,000 attended the first annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival.

Organisers of the Food and Drink Festival are now hoping that they will be able to make the event a yearly fixture on Wirral’s calendar, while it is expected that the Lifeboat Open Day has smashed last year’s fundraising total of £27,000.

Anne Benson, one of the volunteers who organised the event (the Food and Drink festival), said many stallholders had said it was the best festival they had attended and would like to return next year.

She had said how amazed she was as streams of people flooded into the festival site as it opened on Sunday, and later queues formed on the roads outside with many more waiting to enter.

She said: “We’ve had fantastic support from everyone who has come here as well as from all the volunteers who have helped make it so successful.

“It would be nice if we could repeat that success again next year.”

If you were at either event over the weekend, and have stories or pictures you would like to share, please comment below or email us at leftbank@nerdshack.com (apologies for anyone who tried to email last week from the blog, but I misspelled the email address, which was highly clever of me! This is the correct one to use.)

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Bank Holiday Rundown

There’s loads to do in Wirral this weekend (August 26 – 28), so get out and about. Here’s some of what’s on around the area (If you know of any other events that aren’t listed, email us at theleftbank@nerdshack.com):

Hoylake

Hoylake Lifeboat Open Day (Bank Holiday Monday, 10am – 6pm, FREE, Prom closed to traffic)

1200: RAF Red Arrows Display Team
Also, the Yakovlevs Aerial Display Team, Helicopter, Trade Stands, Funfair and more.

Spital

First Annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival (Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, 10am – 5pm Sunday, 10am – 4pm Monday, FREE)

  • Around 50 local food producers offering the best food and drink from the area
  • Specialist beer marquee
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Live radio broadcast from Wirral’s Buzz 97.1
  • Children’s Teddy Bears Picnic, in aid of Claire House and much more.

Things To Do In August

Coming up this month (next week in fact) we have the Wirral Festival of Golf at Caldy Golf Club. It runs from August 13th until the 18th and has a numberof categories for all manner of stick and ball fans. For more info, contact Caldy Golf Club.

The bank holiday weekend sees the first ever Wirral Food and Drink Festival at Claremont Farm in Spital. Billed as a celebration of all things home grown, the festival aims to promote the great range of restaurants, bars, farm shops andchefs in the area. It runs on the 27th and 28th of August and more details can be found on the website.

Also on the bank holiday monday is the now traditional Hoylake Lifeboat Day. Star attractions, once again, are the world famous Red Arrows at 12pm. There’s a whole host of other stuff happening, too, so get down there. More details on their website (beware, though, it’s pretty graphic intensive).

If you know of, or have, an event not listed here, contact us by commenting below or emailing leftbank@nerdshack.com.

Big Profits from the Open

Looks like my informer was proved wrong about the Open bringing in money; From icLiverpool:

Businesses across the region raked in hefty profits with spectators spending £8m in the Hoylake area alone.

The golfers themselves spent £1.27m in the local area while visiting media spent £4m. Ken Davies, chief executive of Wirral’s Chamber of Commerce, said: “We estimated Wirral would see around £80m of investment from tourists and guests.

“While we’re still in the early stages of counting profits, it looks like we’ve certainly exceeded that by quite a way.

In other Open news, various sources are reporting that Hoylake will once again host the tournament within a decade, with 2013 the most likely year.

Let’s hope…

From BBCi:

There was one other winner here this week, Hoylake. Out of the loop for 39 years, many had worried the old course could not hack it anymore.

Well, they were wrong. The links played hard but fair, the sun shone, the crowds came in their thousands and everybody said they wanted to see the Wirral venue back on the rotation. Over to you R&A.

Hopefully this means another visit in a few years…

Open Season

When I asked how many extra people were expected in town for next week’s Open Championship, I was told “Not many. They’ll all go to Chester or Liverpool.”

Even the hopes of Hoylake’s new restaurants and bars was played down by explaining that once on the course, visitors would not be able to leave and would have to buy all their food and drink on site.

Hopefully, this information will prove to be wrong, and money from the expected 200,000 visitors to our area will be rolling through the local tills.