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Help Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival now or lose it forever!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Lifestyles Festival LOGO“Help Lifestyles Festival now or lose it forever!”  It sounds like a strong please and it is because the very popular annual watersports event is under threat.  On 19 February 2014, the Lifestyles Festival launched an Official Appeal @ The Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn to ensure that the Festival can go ahead in 2014.  Owing to lack of crew and funds last year, the Lifestyles Festival did not happen for the first time since I can remember.  Thus Lifestyles Festival volunteers are working hard to save the Festival (which began around 2005?) for future years by raising £50,000 and recruiting 40 new volunteers, by April 2014.

This year there are more new committee members on board, and a revised constitution has been agreed for the not-for-profit community group behind the Festival, Lifestyles Association.  The drive to raise much needed support for this great event is aimed at either returning the annual event to Hunstanton for 2014 or to retire it from the Norfolk events calendar forever.

Supporting the launch was Professional BMX Flatland rider and Guinness World Record holder, Matti Hemmings.  Matti explained in a BBC Radio interview how he first got into BMX at an event just like Lifestyles.  He said: ”Lifestyles is clearly beneficial to the local community, showcasing extreme sports as a good way of life and inspire young people to take part.”

During the evening, new volunteers signed up to offer their help in marshalling the VW show and the street course and A-level students from Kings Lynn took photographs, illustrating that students on work-experience were very welcome to participate in the event.

Norfolk based technology firm ‘New IT’ was the first to pledge their support for the continuation of the event and the Lifestyles Association hope that more comapnies will follow their lead.  There was considerable press and media attention on the night with reporters from BBC Radio Norfolk and the Lynn News conducting interviews.

So what can be done to ensure the Lifestyles Festival is preserved for years to come?

A supporters evening -  6 March 2014 – King’s Lynn’s new Rathskeller wine bar
Anyone interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring, is invited to come along.

A kickstarter campaign – a way of ‘crowd funding’
This campaign will be starting on the 1st March. Anyone who would like to back the campaign is asked to follow Lifestyles via facebook or twitter

Donations and Sponsors are welcome
You can donate either via online donations through the Association website, or through contact with the sponsorship team  Donations go to pay for things like safety barriers, toilet hire, marquee hire etc.


Smithdon High School students help launch Lifestyles Festival 2012

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Posted by Borough Council of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk

Kings Lynn Council logoOrganisers of Hunstanton’s Lifestyles Festival were joined on Hunstanton beach (28 March 2012) by pupils from Smithdon High School and National Amateur Ladies Champion Danielle Durrant to launch the 2012 event, which takes place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend on 1, 2 & 3 June.

The event, which first took place in 2005, is taking place a bit earlier this year to take advantage of the tides.  And the new date isn’t the only change, as Sports Development Officer Tony Devenish, who has been involved with the event since the beginning, is moving on to a new role, leaving the organisation of this year’s event in the capable hands of the Lifestyles Association and the borough council’s sports development unit.

Tony said:  “Lifestyles is a great event to be involved with.  I’ve watched it grow and grow over the years and I’ve seen the impact it’s had in the town and also watched some of the talent develop as a result of people having a go at the sports on offer.  I know I won’t actually be organising this year’s event, as I’m moving to a new role, but I’ll still be hanging out and soaking up the festival atmosphere.”

This year’s event will include the usual mix of high-adrenalin activities such as skateboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing, climbing and inline skating, alongside street dance, stalls and stands, the classic Volks Wagon show on The Green and the best of local and regional bands.  There will be a full programme of have-a-go sessions for local schools on Friday 1 June, then competitions, demonstrations and public have-a-go sessions throughout the Saturday and Sunday, including Round 2 of the British Kite Surfing Association National Freestyle Competition and an open windsurfing competition organised by Quayside Windsurfers.

Borough Council Cabinet Member Elizabeth Nockolds said: “This event began as a sports event, designed to encourage people to get involved in non mainstream sports and to provide people with an opportunity to have a go at something they might not otherwise get the chance to try.  The event has grown over the years to incorporate other activities including dance and music and whilst we are keen to continue those additional activities, this year we are making a small charge for entry to the music events to help off-set the cost of putting them on.  We really hope that people will understand the need for this charge and will continue to support this popular event.”

More information about the event, including the full music line up and details about how to book campsites, will be published over the coming weeks on the Lifestyles Festival website, with regular updates via Twitter @LifestylesFest and Facebook

Sponsorship Opportunities

The event is currently sponsored by Veolia Environmental Services, Hunstantanton Watersports and Lingo Design, with funding from Mars in the Community, Flux Family Fund and Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.  Anyone interested in sponsoring the event should contact the Sports Development Unit on 01553 818015.

Trade Stands and Stalls

There is still some availability for trade stands and stalls for the weekend.  Information is available by contacting the Sports Development Unit on 01553 818015 .

Lifestyles Extreme Sports Fest 2011 hit by rain

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos by Stella Gooch

Lifestyles Festival Kite Surfing competition underway

Lifestyles Festival Kite Surfing competition underway

The weekend of 15-17 July was the long awaited Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival which is now a popular regular fixture on the Hunstanton calendar.  Despite copious amounts of organisation and planning, Hunstanton was awash with heavy rain for much of Saturday which put off the usual hordes of visitors – inlcuding myself!  However, I did visit Hunstanton on the Sunday once I was more sure of sunshine.

Young members of Allison Street Dance rehearse on Hunstanton Green

Young members of Allison Street Dance rehearse on Hunstanton Green

I heard that the extreme sports programme continued throughout in spite of the weather (it had to really) and there was street dancing is in Hunstanton Town Hall for most of Saturday (the worst weather).  Hopefully this cheered those that had been brave enough to venture out as they huddled under some kind of shelter!

Allison Street Dance rehearse on Hunstanton Green

Allison Street Dance rehearse on Hunstanton Green

After the rain comes the sun …  and it seems the rain didn’t deter visitors on the Sunday in general as Hunstanton was busy with throngs of visitors which must have gone some way to make up for the disappointment of Saturday.

The participants in the sports events are hardy souls to have “gone on with the show” with the awful conditions and hats off to you all.  Their activities included: competitions in BMX, skateboard, in-line skating, windsurfing and kite surfing.  There were also parkour displays and loads of street dance.  The bands and entertainment line-up included: Smithdon Music Show, Liam O Kane and The Stabilisers, AliceBand, Faintest Idea, Excellent Adventure, Temple Grounds, Ed Ache, Officer Gotcha, Stu Crown and Rudy Rude, Lewis The Wonder Boy, The Swelltones, Under The Influence, The Racketeers, Tin Roots and more.

I caught sight of the wonderful Allison Street Dance practicing their moves on Hunstanton Green (ahead of their official performance) and enjoyed watching the various sub-groups play to the watching crowd.  The tiny tots – I think they go by the name of Orthodox – in particular are a delight and I can see why they win awards.

I am sure all the sport enthusiasts are looking forward to the usual glorious sunny Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival in 2012.

Hunstanton beach is soaked but the kite surfing went on regardless

Hunstanton beach is soaked but the kite surfing went on regardless


Norfolk Green sponsors Hunstanton’s Lifestyles Fest 2011

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Posted by Stella Gooch
Photos courtesy of Norfolk Green & Kerry Ibrom

Norfolk Green's Coasthopper Service

Norfolk Green's Coasthopper Service

This year’s Lifestyles Extreme Sports and Culture Festival launch event kicked off with Parkour, skating, kitesurfing and a Lifestyles-branded bus.

Organisers gathered at Hunstanton Sailing Club on 6 April to launch this popular event, which takes place on 15, 16 and 17 July, and to announce this year’s headline sponsor, Norfolk Green.

Norfolk Green’s Commercial Manager Rob Bennett, who arrived at the launch in the Lifestyles-branded bus, explained why the company was keen to sponsor this year’s event.  “The Lifestyles Festival attracts thousands of people to the resort each year, which is fantastic for tourism and trade in the area.  As the main provider of fast, low-emission bus travel between Huntanton and King’s Lynn, and along the North Norfolk coast, Norfolk Green is thrilled to be headline sponsor of this year’s Festival.  We are looking forward to helping as many people as possible, from both near and far, get to the event in an environmentally-sensitive way.”

Tony Devenish, the Borough Council’s Sports Development Officer and event organiser, said: “Thanks to the generous support of our sponsor this year, we are able to continue to build on the success of this event.  Since its humble beginnings back in 2005, the event has attracted tens of thousands of people to Hunstanton and it’s a firm fixture on the extreme sports competition calendar, with not one but two national competitions.”

The British Kite Surfing Association will be returning for the fifth-year running, with Round 3 of the National Freestyle Kitesurfing competition.  Round 4 of the National Windsurfing Slalom competition will also take place over the weekend.

BKSA Chairman Richard Gowers, added: “Our competitors really enjoy coming to Hunstanton.  It’s the perfect venue, and there is so much going on during the day and into the evening, that everyone is able to make a real weekend of it.  The event routinely attracts some of the country’s top talent, which means there is always plenty for spectators to see.”

Hunstanton Lifestyles 2010 competitor

Hunstanton Lifestyles 2010 competitor

The event’s usual mix of demonstrations, competitions and have-a-go opportunities will be accompanied this year by two new activities.  Lifestyles’ very first solo Bboy Battle, hosted by choreographer and performance professional Kymberlee Jay, will take place on 16 July with £500 up for grabs.  Spectators will be treated to a hip hop dance extravaganza as contenders go head to head combining style and flair with exhilarating power moves.  On Sunday 17 July up to sixteen of the country’s top street dance crews will compete to be Lifestyles 2011 Street Dance Champions.  Dance crews will need to demonstrate the hottest choreography and the most innovative, original and exciting dance moves to an esteemed judging panel to scoop the title and the £1,000 prize money.

Event organiser Tony Devenish explained: “The popularity of street dance is increasing and the demonstrations that we’ve hosted previously have been real crowd-pullers.  The natural next step was to host a dance competition, and it’s brilliant that the event has attracted Kymberlee Jay who’s so well known in the performance business.”

“This year’s event is going to be bigger and better than ever.  We’ll be announcing the music line-up soon so follow us on Twitter, check out the website or join us on Facebook to get the latest updates.

Hunstanton’s 6th Lifestyles Extreme Sports Fest

Monday, July 19th, 2010

By Stella Gooch
BMX stunt photo by Barbara Humphries
Click to see some wonderful photos by Kerry Ibrom, Barbara Humphries and Stella Gooch

BMX stunts overhead whilst the Wash Monster goes out by Barbara Humphries

BMX stunts overhead whilst the Wash Monster goes out by Barbara Humphries

The 6th Lifestyles Festival was blessed with glorious sunshine (with only a brief overcast sky early on Sunday which did not last).  The weekend kicked off on Friday with school workshops throughout the day in skateboarding, BMX, inline skating, climbing, street dance, graffiti, power kiting and windsurfing.  Windsurfing competitions continued over the weekend, alongside the BKSA kitesurfing competition.

This year’s Lifestyles Festival also incorporated BBC Blast (see separate report).  In addition, a sponsored Motorbike Ride was also going on in aid of the Hanover House Garden Project.  The bike ride started from C&A Super Bikes and went on to Hanover House finally finishing at Kays Donuts on Hunstanton’s Green.

Saturday and Sunday featured demos from some of the country’s top extreme sports men and women, along with taster sessions in power kiting and windsurfing and street dance. Visitors came to see what it was all about and the atmosphere was lively and dynamic as you would hope at such an event.  Hunstanton’s Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival is now established as the extreme sports event in the eastern region and it is a great day out for all ages.  The event is organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, Hunstanton Sailing Club, Klas-A and the Lifestyles Association.  Event sponsors include KLFM, the West Norfolk Partnership, Mars, Lingo Design and Flexifoil.

BMX competitor awaits his turn

BMX competitor awaits his turn

Friday’s focus was Pro Men & Pro Ladies Freestyle Kitesurfing with a bbq in the evening.  Saturday saw the Amateur Men, Amateur Ladies, Seniors and Juniors joining in the kiting events and live bands filled the evening entertainment slot in the large marquee.  Visitors to the Festival were invited to come and have a go at the Lifestyles skate park using the available street course and mini ramp throughout the weekend except when the park closed to the public for demonstrations and competitions.

Windsurfing joined the line up at Lifestyles Festival 2010 with Quayside Windsurfers, a major retailer in the UK, introducing the biggest windsurfing competition – the UKWA National Slalom Series.  The Slalom Series boasts the best and fastest racing in the UK, with pro sailors all the technical talent with the latest windsurfing kit on show. But it was not all about the top end sailors. The UKWA also organised  ’Masterblast’ races particularly for non racers to join in and have some fun on the water.

Some major windsurfing race teams (such as JP/Neil Pryde, Thommen/Severne, Fanatic/North, Tushingham/Starboard and many others) took part with pro sailors such as Nik Baker, Jamie Hawkins, Ant Baker, John Hibbard racing and signing autographs.

I wondered what was going on when I saw some energetic leaps and somesaults being shown out in the open.  It turned out that Free Running was a new addition to this year’s Lifestyles event – unless I unwittingly missed it in the past which is possible.   King’s Lynn Free Runners were there doing demonstrations and running workshops and showing films.  They are a small 7 man Norfolk team consisting of  Matty Mallett, Stefan Boldero, Stephen Evans, Kane Sharp Jonathan Tembo and Jamie Finney.  The team recently began as a 4 man team and trained and progressed.  The team soon began to take part in several shows and workshops and even developed their own classes to teach their highly energetic skills to other young people.   to find out more about Free Running check out their website:

The award winning Alison Street Dancers were great fun to watch and entertained the cheering crowd with around 5 highly energetic street dances.  Alison’s Street Dance Club has been running across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire for over ten years, allowing children and adults of all ages a chance to learn routines to the freshest music.

KLFM Party at Lifestyles 2010

KLFM Party at Lifestyles 2010

The music line-up for Lifestyles in Hunstanton showcased many local, regional and national acts.  On the Friday the main stage featured headline act Red Hot Soul Band, along with performances from Excellent Adventure, King Kool and Ringo Pacino, a fast rising Norfolk indie rock band. On the Saturday, Vanilla Pod headed up the acts including Freyed Not, Captain Black No Stars and Swelltones on the main stage.  KLFM’s Party on the Beach, took place on the main stage on Saturday afternoon featuring Birkenhead, Under the Influence, Wildboys, Cutback and Smokin Hogs.  I was fortunate enough to look in when Wildboys were playing and I was really sorry to have to move on but my 7 year old son was not up to the volume.  If I was not a responsible parent I would have stayed all through the evening but sigh, such is life!  A range of other music and comedy acts entertained throughout the weekend.

Event Organiser, Borough Council Sports Development Officer Tony Devenish, said: “We had a really exciting line-up this year and it’s brilliant we were able to give so many local acts a chance to perform.  Lifestyles Festival is all about people exploring their hidden talents, whether that’s in extreme sports, dance, street art or music.”

Hunstanton green was filled with the popular VW Beetles owned by visitors from across the country who arrived in the town to show off their cult classics.  Each VW owner vied for recognition in the form of awards for the best type1, best type 3/4, best T4/T5, best water cooled and best rat!!  A range of trade stalls were also on the promenade near Hunstanton Sailing Club.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Borough Council Cabinet Member for Sports, Arts and Open Spaces added: “Thanks to generous sponsorship from a range of companies and organisations, this event has gone from strength to strength.  This year we were able to extend our free have-a-go workshop sessions to even more schools and we are delighted that over 200 students came along this year to try something new.  We hope that this will inspire them to take up a new sport or activity that perhaps they wouldn’t have had the chance to try before. This is a great event for Hunstanton.  It attracts hundreds of people into the town and has really helped establish the town as the venue in the east of England for extreme sports.  There really is something for everyone, whether they want to take part in workshops and competitions, watch the daring displays, or just sit back, enjoy the music and soak up the festival atmosphere.”

Winners of the events as notified to Hunstanton-On-Line at time of going to press are:

Kite Surfing –
Pro Men
1-     Oli Sweeney
2-     Ned Taylor
3-     Lewis Wilby

Kite Surfing –Pro Ladies
1-     Hannah Whiteley
2-     Nicky Rudd
3-     Holly Kennedy

Kite Surfing –Am Men
1-     Xan Woods
2-     Jordan Smith
3-     Simon Light

Kite Surfing –Am Ladies
1-     Chloe Durrant
2-     Polly Crathorn
3-     Danielle Durrant

Kite Surfing –Seniors
1-     Richard Jones, Daniel Vaughn, Peter Whiteley, Joe Hockley

Kite Surfing –Youth
1-     Sam Bull, Will Makinson, Jack Daykin, Ollie Bridge

Kite Surfing –Juniors
1-     Tom Bridge
2-     Guy Bridge
3-     Callum Asquith

Kite Surfing –King of the Air
Hannah Whiteley with a Railey to Blind both regular and switch

For fuller details check out the Lifestyles website.

Mega Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival for 2010

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Photos by Frank Gogerty

Kitesurfers sort out their equipment at Lifestyles Festival 2009

Kitesurfers sort out their equipment at Lifestyles Festival 2009

The 6th Lifestyles Extreme Sports Festival launched in early April when it was announced that the event would feature not one but two national ranking competitions, and would play host to KLFM’s 18th birthday party celebrations.  This year’s event takes place on 9, 10 and 11 July in Hunstanton.

The Lifestyles Festival, which first took place in 2005, has now become firmly established as the eastern region’s premier extreme sports festival and has helped cement Hunstanton’s reputation as an extreme sports destination.

This reputation is confirmed by the return of the British Kite Surfing Association for a record fourth year running.    Richard Gowers, BKSA Chairman, explained: “Hunstanton is just a perfect venue for us.  The event brings a real buzz to the town, and our competitors really enjoy all the activity that is going on alongside the competition.  The event attracts some superb talent, which means we are able to put on a good show for spectators.”

A first for this year is the announcement that the event will also be hosting the UK Windsurfing Association national championship competition.   The UK Windsurfing Association attended the event last year to put on some windsurfing demonstrations.

Youngsters get in on the act at Lifestyles Festival 2008

Youngsters Kiting at Lifestyles Festival 2008

The Lifestyles Festival will feature all the usual high-adrenalin activities, including BMX, skateboarding and inline skating demonstrations.  Free have-a-go workshops for schools which include power-kiting, windsurfing, climbing, street dance, skateboarding, inline skating and BMX will take place on the Friday, with further have-a-go opportunities available for the public on the Saturday and Sunday.

Tony Devenish, Sports Development Officer at the Borough Council and organiser of the event explained: “The popularity of this event just goes from strength to strength.  We’re really excited about seeing some of the country’s top talent showing off their skills in windsurfing and kite surfing.  It’s going to be awesome.”

And it doesn’t stop there.  This year’s Lifestyles Festival will be playing host to KLFM’s 18th Birthday celebrations.  They’ll be showcasing the best of local live music and playing host to some of the bands from The Sunday Session.  MD Pam Lawton is looking forward to the event: “It’s great that we get to join up with such a fantastic local event as we celebrate turning 18.  Hunstanton is just the perfect place to hold our birthday party.  We’re taking over the Lifestyles stage during the afternoon and hope that people from across West Norfolk will join us to make it KL.FM’s best birthday yet.  We’ll also be broadcasting live from the beach during the afternoon on 96.7fm.”

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Sports, Arts and Open Spaces, added: “This event has so much to offer.  There are opportunities to watch the experts, soak up the festival atmosphere or try a new activity.  The have-a-go sessions have proved very popular and have helped people not interested in traditional sports find alternative ways of keeping active.”

“All I can say is get the dates in your diary, book your accommodation if you’re planning to stay, and watch this space as we announce further details of the event over the coming weeks, including the live music line-up for the Friday and Saturday evenings,” concluded Tony.

More information is available by visiting the Lifestyles website at