Fleetwood’s Festival of Transport: Tram Sunday is returning this Sunday alongside creative arts festival SpareParts, brought to town by local arts company, LeftCoast.
The two, FREE events will be taking over the town on Sunday 17th July – with a whole host of acts, performances and special vehicles lined up for the day.
This year, both the transport and art parades are combining together to make one unforgettable show.
The parade will start from Lord Street at 11am, where it will travel the length of North Albert Street, ending up at Euston Gardens.
Fleetwood Festival of Transport: Tram Sunday
Tram Sunday is the UK’s largest, free transport and arts event that showcases retro and vintage car displays ranging from the 40s, as well as the town’s classic Heritage trams and buses.
This year will feature the legendary Cevic Trawler Tram, a Heritage PD3 Leyland Bus, Fleetwood Fire Station’s Fire Engine well as, The Royal Poppy Bikes, 10 All Star HGV Trucks, Sid Hill V8 Scania Trucks, North West Blood Bikes, Fylde Coast MINI meets, and Roger Moore’s classic car from the TV Series The Saint and many more unique vehicles.
Terry Rogers, the new chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, said: “I am delighted to announce the return of the much loved Fleetwood Festival of Transport.
The Tram Sunday parade alongside SpareParts street performers & live entertainers will this year also include local talent and services including The Fleetwood Sea Cadets, Fleetwood Army Cadets, Fleetwood Old Boys Band, Highbury Morris Dancers, Fleetwood Community Fire Station, Fleetwood RNLI, Fleetwood Mounted Police and Horses as well as a Police Mitsubishi Shogun 4 x 4 and other notable vehicles.
We also have the Town Cryer and full Mayoral party in the parade joining in with the Spare Parts carnival atmosphere. There will be a live bands stage all afternoon with a variety of Fleetwood’s finest musicians and headlining will be the internet sensations Father and Son Karaoke Kings.
Blackpool Heritage Trams are actively involved with lots of unique tours and special tram services on over the weekend.
Running between North Pier – Fisherman’s Walk, Double Decker balloon trams 700 & 717 are operating roughly a 30-minute service, offering a seamless way to get to Fleetwood (or back!)
The impressive Illuminated Trawler, a 1960s Leyland PD3, 1930s Double-Decker balloon tram and ADL E400 will be static at the event, so come down to say hello and get close to these awe-inspiring vehicles.
We are delighted to welcome Blackpool Transport’s Andy Mitchell who will be driving a beautiful heritage bus, the cherished 1980’s Leyland PD3 along the promenade to arrive in grand style for a static display, so loads of photo opportunities there!”
“It’s a fun-filled day for all the family and we hope people from across the Fylde coast and beyond will come along.
Together as a community we can showcase the very best that Fleetwood has to offer with many of the local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants open. Fleetwood’s Famous Market is also open on the day.
Parking is free and the designated event car park is The ABP (Associated British Ports) Car Park on Dock Street. Our designated charity here is a Homeless Hounds and are reliant on kind donations.
Disabled parking is also available on Custom House Lane.
As well as the special vehicles, the day will also include:
Arts and craft stalls
Live music and entertainment stage
SpareParts Festival and street entertainment
Terry added: “We are thrilled to be partnering with the amazing SpareParts, the UK’s only touring festival of art, performance and spectacle dedicated to transport, travel and motion.
“They have been busy devising and creating an awe inspiring range of incredible performances for all ages that will take place throughout the day, keeping you entertained from start to finish.”
Spectacular, whacky and outrageous! SpareParts Festival will be packed full of interactive walkabout performances. Look out for unexpected characters, crazy contraptions, music, dance and giant puppets.
Tina Redford, LeftCoast’s Artistic Director, said: “Its great to be back in Fleetwood with SpareParts after Covid-19. It is such a brilliant day out. Where else would you see a glowing snail, operated by a pushbike, being followed by a rainbow-coloured mammoth?
Our fantastic SOS vehicle will also be in the morning parade and that always gets an amazing reaction from the crowds.
“We cannot wait to celebrate with everyone again, and would encourage everyone who can to join us at 11am for the fabulous parade.”
10am – 4pm
Fleetwood Lord Street