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Five new things to do in Lowestoft this summer

PUBLISHED: 08:46 01 June 2019 | UPDATED: 08:46 01 June 2019

Five new things happening in Lowestoft this summer. Photo: East Coast College

Five new things happening in Lowestoft this summer. Photo: East Coast College

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With the sun shining and temperatures creeping up, here are five new things coming to Lowestoft this summer season.

From front right, Wayne Hemmingway, Genevieve Christie, Claire Whittenbury, Andy Greenacre, Charlotte McGuiness and Matthew Bayfield at the launch of the First Light Festival, Lowestoft. PICTURE: Jamie HoneywoodFrom front right, Wayne Hemmingway, Genevieve Christie, Claire Whittenbury, Andy Greenacre, Charlotte McGuiness and Matthew Bayfield at the launch of the First Light Festival, Lowestoft. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

First Light Festival

Celebrating what makes Lowestoft unique, the 24-hour First Light Festival promises to showcase the best of the UK's most easterly town.

Starting at midday on June 22, visitors to South Beach will enjoy live music, late-night DJ sets, talks on astronomy, poetry, short films and art displays.

The festival is also backed by some big names, with designer Wayne Hemmingway serving as organiser, award-winning director Danny Boyle set to introduce a beach screening of sci-fi film 'Sunrise', BBC 6Music DJ Gilles Peterson hosting a sundown set at a secret location, and acclaimed choreographer and filmmaker Rosemary Lee creating a dance routine to be performed every hour.

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Pleasurewood Hills

Thrill-seekers at Pleasurewood Hills have been trying out a new, albeit familiar, ride since the park's reopening for the season in April.

Nearly Festival Credit: Nick ButcherNearly Festival Credit: Nick Butcher

The Egg-spress has been delighting park-goers ever since, and is expected to prove as popular as ever this summer.

The ride may be familiar to many in Lowestoft, with the attraction serving as the reincarnation of the park's iconic favourite Rattlesnake, which closed in 2017 after entertaining visitors for more than 30 years.

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Nearly Festival

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Nicholas Everitt Park will host the next best thing to some of the world's biggest names this summer.

Joining several other locations in East Anglia, the country's finest tribute acts will entertain crowds on June 29 and 30, with acts including homages to Ed Sheeran, Madness, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé among others.

Families were able to enjoy an exclusive preview of Pleasurewood Hills newest attraction the 'Egg-spress'. Picture: Victoria PertusaFamilies were able to enjoy an exclusive preview of Pleasurewood Hills newest attraction the 'Egg-spress'. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

With gates opening at midday, performances will begin at 1pm and carry on until 9.30pm on Saturday and 8.30pm on Sunday.

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Great Outdoor Cinema Club

Film fans will be able to view special screenings in Nicholas Everitt Park this summer, with Pop Up Pictures bringing its Great Outdoor Cinema Club to Oulton Broad for three nights in September.

On September 5, cult 80s classic The Lost Boys will be shown, followed by box office sensations Bohemian Rhapsody on September 6 and The Greatest Showman to bring the curtain down on September 7.

The showings will take place between 6pm and 10pm each evening, with woodfire pizza, popcorn, nachos and refreshments available.

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Beach schools

Pop Up Pictures will bring The Great Outdoor Cinema Club to Lowestoft. Picture: Music Art StudyPop Up Pictures will bring The Great Outdoor Cinema Club to Lowestoft. Picture: Music Art Study

East Coast College will be embracing the sea air and sprawling sands this summer after launching their beach school training courses for early years and schoolteachers.

Training teachers to use the natural environment to support students, the schools welcome children and young people to promote wellbeing, an awareness of our environment and our responsibility towards caring for it.

A number of sessions will be held this summer, with the first starting earlier this week at The Ness.#

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