Laughter sending the tills ringing
I’M never quite sure when Autumn officially starts so I tend to judge it by the dates in our events’ calendar. For me the sign that Autumn is here or very nearly here is when we say farewell to the last of the summer events (in this case the Musical Firework Championship, and well done to the organisers for another fabulous event despite the problems with the weather on the final day) and say hello to the first of our October events.
The BID-supported Comedy Festival started last week (October 4) and will continue to run until October 17.
We’ve supported Brendan Riley and his team for the past four years because the festival itself helps bring fun, laughter and potential customers to many of our venues across the town centre.
The Festival Comedy Pubcrawls, in their own special way, are very entertaining and great fun to take part in.
When the Comedy Festival closes around the middle of month it’s only a matter of days before a new one starts.
Our very own Hallowe’en Festival gets going on October 25 and runs through until October 29.
We decided to make changes to this event a couple of years ago in order to extend the festival over four days rather than concentrate everything into a single Friday night parade.
The full programme of events is on our BID website www.southportbid.com so check it out to find out more.
We’ll be releasing details of our Christmas lights switch-on and what else you can expect to see at Christmas later this month.
Last week we helped host a visit from the team behind Great Yarmouth BID and some of their local authority colleagues from Norfolk.
The Yarmouth BID and our own BID share many similarities including the level of income and the number of levy payers.
Both BIDs have been operating for roughly the same length of time and both are going to ballot next year (Southport in May and Great Yarmouth in August).
Whilst the Great Yarmouth team were here we took the opportunity to share ideas and best practice.
Great Yarmouth may be a competing tourism resort but both towns share the same pressures and challenges.
Both towns remain optimistic for the future and both see their respective BIDs as the only real opportunity to lever in private sector funding to help improve their local economies.
Brendan Riley’s work organising the Comedy Festival brings a great boost to trade across Southport town centre