Hunstanton’s hugely popular Lifestyles Festival returns this weekend after a one-year absence. The free event is expected to draw thousands of festival goers to the West Norfolk coast.
Freestyle kitesurfing as well as the exciting new discipline Twin Tip racing will blow into Hunstanton for the festival, which will run from 19-21 September.
As well as the British Kitesports competitions, live music, and Volkswagen show on The Green, festival goers will be able to take in extreme climbing, parkour, BMXing and skateboarding, both as spectator sports and for newcomers wanting to have a try or learn more.
Visitors will also be able to begin their kite career with free have-a-go power kiting sessions, take in the work of local street artists at this year’s Lifestyles and learn about the power of renewable energy from British Kitesports and their sponsor Dong Energy.
Lifestyles Festival has also launched a free mobile app, available on both iPhone and android devices, which is a must have for festival goers with competitions to take part in and prizes to be won. “Packed with important information and news, extreme sports fans can be kept up to date with all things Lifestyles,” chairman Liz Pendleton said. “Featuring live Hunstanton weather, including tide times, people who download the app will be the first to know if the conditions are just right.
“There will also be information about the activities happening at the festival and with more details uploaded as and when they’re released, you can stay up-to-date with everything from sports and music to art and VW.”
The festival, which was first held in 2005, had to be cancelled last year because of funding and management problems but this year is set to be one of the biggest yet after extreme sports fans voted with their wallets to help raise more than £20,000 through a public fundraising campaign and a new headline sponsor in Highline Extreme.
In addition to public funding, support has also come from groups and organisations including the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk which has given permission to use its land for free, and will be providing resort staff to assist the volunteers during Lifestyles. Backing has also come from headline sponsors Highline Extreme, Lingo Design, Hunstanton Watersports, Chicago’s, Barking Dog Media, New IT and Park Resorts, but the Festival is always happy to talk to potential new backers.