Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival was founded in 1894 and it’s the biggest carnival of the year here on the Fylde Coast!
Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival – Saturday 22 June 2019
Many thanks to Visit Fylde Coast contributor Sue Massey for these photos from the 2019 event –
Lytham Club Day and Rose Queen Festival
Saturday 22 June 2019 from 9am to 10.30pm
The event begins with a procession through the beautiful town of Lytham. It features the Rose Queen Elect and retinue, marching bands and dancers, decorated floats, classic cars and more besides.
After the parade, the day continues at Lytham Hall. Enjoy an afternoon and evening of entertainment, games, food stalls and fun for all the family. Bring your picnic!
Did you know…
…that “Floats” were so called as they were originally decorated barges on the river Thames for the Lord Mayor’s Parade. When the parade moved onto the land the term stayed.
Over the years Lytham Club Day has witnessed some incredible Floats. Many of you will have happy memories of travelling through the streets on a float when you were younger. Or tiring memories of preparing the float in the weeks and months leading up to the big day. Not to mention building it on the Friday evening in some secure little corner of the town.
More About Lytham Club Day
The format of Club Day that we enjoy today has been around for over 120 years and seen many changes but managed to survive.
It’s testament to the community spirit of people in Lytham that it has kept going. Because people are prepared to put in the considerable amount of effort it takes to organise it.
Between 8:30am and 12:30pm (approx.) the streets are closed so that children and adults can parade in fancy dress. The town is alive with the hustle and bustle of tableaux, decorated cycles, horses, local traders and bands. Of course the highlight is Lytham Rose Queen and her retinue, plus visiting Queens from the Fylde.
Club Day is for everyone – from Punch & Judy shows throughout the day to Morris Dancers and performers all over town.
The main procession is led by vintage cars, followed by the Rose Queen. She lays a wreath in remembrance of the dead from the two World Wars at the Cenotaph. They, and the whole parade, are cheered on by hundreds of spectators who line the streets to watch the bands and floats.
From lunchtime/1pm the fair opens and the afternoons entertainment gets underway at Lytham Hall with the crowning of the Rose Queen and the official festivities and entertainment into the evening.
Please note that this event isn’t organised by Visit Lytham. Please go to their own official website for further details.
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