What you can enjoy as part of the first ever Lowestoft Summer Festival

Lowestoft Summer Festival organisers putting together final preparations for next month's event.Jaso

Lowestoft Summer Festival organisers putting together final preparations for next month's event.Jason Cookson, Derek Ward, Peter Dyer, Trevor Waters, Darren Newman and Danny Steel on Royal Green, Lowestoft. - Credit: Nick Butcher

This year will be the first time the Lowestoft Summer Festival is held. Here are some of the activities visitors will be able to enjoy between July 16 and 19.

PARADE ON THE PROM: On the Sunday at 2.30pm, non-motorised vehicles will embark on a parade which includes a number of local organisations, dance groups and bands. If you would like to take part in the parade, please contact Mark Lanham on 01502 718035.

STREET VELODROME: Street Velodrome UK will be in the town centre over the whole festival weekend. It begins with an open session where members of the public can experience velodrome racing against friends and family members. During Saturday there will be a local schools competition and battle of the Businesses.

Sunday's racing will be an open competition to find Lowestoft's fastest racer around the velodrome. The winner and fastest runners up will then be selected to join the professionals in the National series event which takes place from 3pm.

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Professional riders taking part in the Lowestoft event include Jack Ravenscroft, who is the Under-23 Team GB Cyclocross champion, and Jess Stone, who was the 2010 British Downhill Champion.

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SEAFRONT TRAIL: Organised by Lowestoft Lions, those taking part in the trail have to uncover the answers to a wide range of questions about the area. Trail sheets will be available from Cooks Furnishers and the Lions stall on Royal Green.

WOMEN ON WHEELS: This is a national incentive to encourage more women to ride a bike. The Lowestoft event will start from 2pm on Saturday, July 18 includes the choice of two routes five-mile or 20-mile. The event is open all females and those taking part are reminded to scan their Beat the Street cards. The event costs £10 for adults and £5 for those under-16.

SANDCASTLE COMPETITION: The event on the Sunday has been kindly sponsored by Persimmon Homes. Families and local businesses are encouraged to come down to create their own master piece in the sand. The winner will receive a £75 cash prize with other prizes available.

The sandcastle competition is £10 for a family or group of up to six, or £25 for a local business.

SPORTS DEMONSTRATIONS: Lowestoft Rotary club will also be hosting a range of sports demonstrations on Royal Green over the weekend, which includes the Team GB handball team and Lowestoft and Yarmouth Rugby Club.

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