A WEEKEND festival promising live music, cocktails and beach fun will start Rhyl’s “jam packed” summer calendar of events.
Rhyl Beach Festival, taking place on the promenade this Saturday and Sunday from noon, is expected to draw in thousands of visitors while Rhyl Carnival is also taking place on Sunday.
This will be followed in August with a series of big events such as Proms on the Prom and Rhyl Air Show
This weekend’s headline acts include The Hoosiers, James Smith – who reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent, Kitten and the Hip featuring Ashley Slater of Freakpower fame and Mav Mac.
Cllr David Simmons, mayor of Rhyl, called for residents and visitors to support Rhyl’s long list of summer events.
He said: “They can only help with the town’s regeneration. We’ve got a super weekend ahead. A lot of work has gone into the festival by the events team. We are all trying to lift the town a little. There is a lot going on in the town and they are not just for tourists, but for residents and visitors nearby.
“We mustn’t forget out beaches. They are Rhyl’s jewel and we need to emphasis that. There is a lot of love for Rhyl - both for the beaches and the town.”
Sian Davies, county events manager for Denbighshire, classed the festival as an ideal opportunity to celebrate Rhyl’s beaches.
Over weekend, beach sports such as kite surfing, foot volley and beach volleyball will be hosted on the beach and master-classes will be held allowing visitors to learn from some of the UK’s tops coaches and competitors.
Ms Davies said: “I have built up the courage to look at the weather and it is looking glorious this weekend. We are expecting around 3,000 to 4,000 people. It is the first beach festival we have done so we are very excited about it.
“We are delighted with the acts we have secured. Events in Rhyl are becoming a good platform for local artists to perform alongside established artists
“Events like this for the town are critical, in particular for businesses, and they just bring the whole community together.”