New events planned to enhance Skegness’s tourism offer

Skegness Carnival Committee has planned enhancements to its main summer event to ensure its continuation and boost tourism.
Skegness Carnival Committee has planned enhancements to its main summer event to ensure its continuation and boost tourism.

New events have been scheduled for Skegness this year to enhance the town’s tourism offer for the benefit of businesses and the local economy.

Skegness Carnival Committee has planned a Spring Market and Car Show alongside improvements to its regular calendar of events for 2013.

Committee chairman Kris Bell hopes the new events will attract more visitors to the town during the economic downturn.

He said: “We are in the middle of a double dip recession, people haven’t got the money to go abroad so they are looking at holidays in places like Skegness and we want to provide them with entertainment while they are here.

“If we can provide enjoyable experiences while there’s a depression on, they will want to come back when they have more money too.”

The Spring Market hopes to capitalise on the success of last year’s Victorian Christmas Market when hundreds of visitors attended the town to enjoy the diverse range of stalls.

Lumley Road will again be pedestrianised to create a more vibrant shopping environment for visitors and stall holders during the event, scheduled for Sunday, March 24.

As many as 30 stalls selling arts, crafts and other goods will be trading on the day alongside charities raising funds for their worthy causes.

The event, for which planning permission is still being sought, will also coincide with Visit the Seaside’s new booklet launch, which will be attended by the town’s iconic mascots.

A charity bus pull along Lumley Road has also been planned to raise funds for disabled Skegness resident Steven Huckle, who hopes to become more independent through the purchase of a standing wheelchair, costing several thousand pounds.

The car show, planned for the first bank holiday in May, will see dozens of stunning vehicles on display at various sites within the town.

Motor clubs from across the country have been invited to bring their classic cars, modified motors and vintage sports vehicles to the event, which Mr Bell hopes will be a ‘great addition to the calendar.’

The committee recently recruited new members from the younger generations to enhance the work it has been carrying out for many years in the background,

Mr Bell says this addition of fresh blood together with a lot of hard work has helped the committee enhance and improve its Christmas programme of events and the pinnacle of its calendar - Skegness Carnival.

He said: “Carnivals all over the country are dying off on a regular basis - but by diversifying the way we run ours it can go from strength to strength.”

Details of the planned enhancements will be announced in weeks to come.

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