Events

We create an exceptional events calendar for Southport

The Southport BID team works hard to create and support a programme of special events designed to enhance the activities taking place in Southport. We’re really proud of our own events, which include Southport Halloween Festival and our flagship Christmas Switch On, and the key role we play in delivering the Southport Festival each May.

Our events drive footfall out of the peak summer season and our dedicated marketing reaches hundred’s of thousands and ensures that Southport’s profile remains high all round.

Additional

250,000

visitors a year brought into the town centre through BID events

Over

750,000

reached on Facebook alone through event promotion

Over

11,000

event specific social media followers

Our annual Halloween festival has grown each year and is attracting thousands of visitors from all over the North West. Designed to generate additional footfall to the town centre the event compromises four days of street entertainment and performances.

The dedicated website spookysouthport.com allows a chance for all town centre businesses who would like to be involved promote their Halloween event or offer. Our Spook Up Your Business competition helps get everyone involved and give a great festival atmosphere throughout the town centre.

Previous festival highlights include our Lord Street Parade, Harry Potter day, a 16 foot Arachnobot and a huge kids Halloween party.

  • Over 500,000 reached each year on social media
  • 9,000+ social media followers
  • 2,000 on Chapel Street for Arachnobot 2017
  • 5,000 on Lord Street for 2016s parade

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10th – 12th May 2019

Over three days, Southport bursts into life with a huge programme of art and culture splashed throughout its venues and open spaces. From Wesley Streets annual festival, interactive street drawing and dress up for little ones all create unforgettable experiences for the whole family. Music, dance performances and laughter will fill the street.

There is live music in venues throughout the town centre, with jazz orchestras, flamenco guitar, folk, jive and pop punk bands just some of the excellent free performances coming over 3 days and nights. Highlights for 2018 included a Viking take-over of the gardens, Mermaid craft gardens, live dance in Chapel Street and stunning butterfly stilt walkers!

The festival is directed by representatives from Southport BID,Sefton Council, Southport Contemporary Arts, The Atkinson and The SDCalongside passionate members of the local arts community.

Funded and resourced by Southport BID and Sefton Council the festival is now in its third year.

  • 90,000 impressions with a regional digital campaign in 2018
  • Over 20% more footfall in town centre then Bank Holiday weekend each year
  • Over 60 individual events throughout the town each year

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Christmas

We are the sole organisers of Southports big annual Christmas lights switch on event! Each year we put on a huge family event and live show packed with local performers and big name acts to turn on our Christmas lighting scheme. The event, taking place in November each year, attracts thousands into the town centre each year with over 40,000 people in the centre for 2017s event.

With previous headliners including The Overtones, Sam Bailey and East 17, last year’s sensational S Club and 911 made the event bigger then ever with people travelling in from throughout the North West.  The event has always gone down well with families and had a superb atmosphere with fireworks exploding to music as the magical tree lit up.

2017s event moved to a Sunday following requests from levy payers and proved a huge success. With additional attractions in place and a full afternoon of entertainment around the town centre people lingered all day.

Ice Rink

In 2015, 2017 and 2018 we installed an ice rink into the Town Hall Gardens for the entire Christmas period. Designed to bring families and groups into the town centre and provide them with a great Christmas experience in the town. 2017s was even bigger then the first time and was full throughout the weekends and school holidays with hundreds of families skating. 2018’s was our biggest year yet with a full open air rink beneath the digital tree.

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Other events

We provide funding and localised support for other events within the town centre.

Southport Comedy Festival

Since taking over the comedy festival several years ago, local company Big Comedy UK have turned the event in to a superb two weeks of comedy with some huge names performing. We provide additional funding and support to the festival to help it grow and to put on a series of Comedy Pub Crawls. These great events take a series of comedians into venues that wouldn’t normally have this kind of act on. It is free to the business and can fill their venue on a quiet night! It gives great exposure online to the venue and helps the people on the night discover somewhere new.

Chilli Festival

We provide support to Chilli Fest UK to bring their travelling Chilli event to Southport. Over 20 traders sell chilli related products, spicy cocktails and more. There is a chilli eating contest on the day, attracting great crowds and live entertainment all day.

The Open 2017 Golf Zone

We part funded with Sefton Council a fully interactive golf zone in Town Hall Gardens, designed to attract golf fans into the town centre. The zone, with celebrity vloggers and state of the art virtual reality sections ran throughout the week and into the evening. The BID also funded a shuttle bus to bring the golf visitors directly into the town centre and the golf zone.