Over last weekend we visited Cleethorpes on Saturday 8th July for the annual Scooter Weekend. Continue reading Review// Cleethorpes Scooter Weekend
Review written by Steven Potter
As a regular attendee of the Scunthorpe convention scene, upon hearing of the cancellation of 2 events (S-Con and Sci-Fest), I decided to look into what other local events were happening.
Whilst Scunthorpe is still getting its own Comic con, (North Lincs TV & Film Comic Con presents Scunthorpe Comic Con 3 at the Baths Hall on Sunday 18th June 2017), I still wanted to attend more.
I had previously volunteered to take photos for S-Con and Sci-Fest over the last few years and had some of my photos appear on the Scunthorpe Telegraph website for last years Comic Con, but I really enjoy photography and knew a few people going to the Cleethorpes Con so decided to attend on the Friday.
As the event was being held at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, which is only a short train journey away and a few minutes walk, I got got up early Friday morning and arrived at the venue not long before the doors opened.
Outside the building, an inflatable TARDIS and Mr. Stay Puft the Marshallow Man were on display, with many people taking their photos with them whilst waiting to enter the venue.
Upon entering the building, I was greeted by the staff and immediately noticed several props nearby, which including a bat signal, several models including Batman, ET, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Star-Lord and Dobby, as well as a ghost containment system and Vigo painting from the GhostBusters movies.
There were a large number of cosplayers including members of The SuperHeroes Cosplay Group and The Sentinel Squad. Both of these groups travel the country attending events and collecting money for various charities.
I spoke to Katie Richmond Cosplay, who is a member of The SuperHeroes Cosplay Group and was one of the most popular cosplayers in attendance on the day, with her outfits based on Disney’s Moana and Ariel the Little Mermaid.
“Geeks Cleethorpes was a fantastic event.” said Katie. “I was there as part of the SuperHeroes Cosplay team who raise funds for Ashgate Hospice.” “The venue was fab and it was a pleasure to meet so many talented cosplayers”.
I also met and chat with several cosplayers including WolverSteve, who is such a huge Wolverine fan that Hugh Jackman knows who he is and he was personally invited to meet Hugh and attend the Logan premiere.
I managed to grab a chat with Luke Barnes, who played Rast in Game of Thrones. He told me how he enjoyed meeting his fans and how he is really busy with a number of projects, including several that he could not legally talk about at the moment. He did talk about an event he has coming up in Hull in June, that combines local music acts with a theatrical story and was really excited about it. Luke was also one of the judges in the cosplay competition at the end of the day.
I also chatted to Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter film series. Chris told me he was very busy with with projects that he couldn’t talk about but has a lot of events coming up where he will be meeting his fans, including Germany.
Alan Harris, best known as Bossk in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, told me how he had retired from acting many years ago and how much he loves meeting Star Wars fans. He even took time to pose for a photo with a member of The Sentinel Squad dressed as Bossk for me. He said he is really excited to be coming to Scunthorpe Comic Con 3 in June.
There were other guests including comic book artist Grant Perkins and YouTube gamers Pizza Games Fun Times, who were filming for their YouTube channel, but I was too busy to have a proper talk to them.
I really enjoyed myself and feel that the only negatives were that the event may need to look into finding a bigger venue if they continue to grow, hopefully with similar public transport facilities and that there could possibly be a few more interactive events taking place at the show, such as guest talks from the celebrities, have the comic artist do a live drawing on stage or have him offer a drawing class, a how to YouTube and Cosplay talks etc.
These could be paid for events or even add a few pounds on the ticket price to cover the events. They could even charge a little more for a V.I.P. ticket which would get you access to all the events.
“Geeks” Comic-Cons return to Cleethorpes Leisure on Saturday 11th November 2017 with their Heroes & Foes event that hopefully I will be able to attend. They also have a number of other shows coming up including Lincoln, with a full list of events listed on their Facebook page.
All images and content courtesy of Steven Potter
The parade will launch with a bang, with local community, businesses and charities all coming together to entertain the thousands of people who will line the four and a half mile route from Sidney Park to the Meridian Park Arena.
Come and enjoy this fantastic day of fun, colour and sound!
Cleethorpes National Scooter Rally 3rd – 5th July 2015
The main event is held at Meridian park where camping and entertainment is on offer. £15 for Scooter riders and £20 for everyone else. Day pass is also available for £2 on the day.
If you don’t fancy the actual event at Meridian the scooters can be seen parked up all along the seafront usually near waves bar. All the pubs are open with people bulging out the doors and Motown booming from every angle. It generally is a great day out for adults or families. But I’d say mostly for adults as it is quite a drinking culture event. So why not get yourself on the train and head over to Cleethorpes this weekend or go pitch up a tent at Meridian park. I say train because traffic is hectic, so I would advise you don’t drive or you park outside of Cleethorpes.
Saturday 25th July
Cleefest Meridian Showground
Cleefest returns to Meridian Showground for another year. This family-friendly festival will be sure to entertain the whole family with its fantastic live entertainment and leading tribute acts including One Direction, Bon Jovi and Madness.
For more information and to book tickets please contact the Tourist Information Centre who will be happy to help with your enquiries. 01472 323111 or email email@example.com
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of this festival, the line-up had to be very special and with a distinctive international flavour, Geno Washington headlining, 12 different artists and two stages; this is certain to be a special day and one festival not to miss!
Always ready to rock the house, the King of the Swingers Geno Washington is the incarnation of all things ’60s. Hipsters and flipsters, movers and shakers alike, are all rendered incapable of having a bad time, when the Good Time Guru gets his army of fans on the good foot…….the old Geno magic still drags them in and sends them home high. Geno Washington is a genuine full-on cult hero… a legend on the 60’s Soul scene. He enjoys such status on the Soul, R&B and Northern Soul scenes, due to his unsurpassable reputation as a live performer. He is electrifying on stage and his love of performance (and of life!) makes him an inspiration, a joy to witness, and one of the greatest frontmen from the latter half of the 20th century. Geno had two of the biggest selling U.K. albums of the sixties and amazingly both of these were live albums!
The Main Street Stage will host:
· Geno Washington
· Aynsley Lister
· The Brew
· Larry Miller
. Erja Lyytinen
· Red Butler
Artists playing on the Blues Cafe Acoustic Stage are:
· Jack J Hutchinson
· Gary The Slide Guy Smith
· Alex McKown
· Gary Grainger
· Mike Wyatt
· Starvin’ Sid
With some of the hottest names in the business stepping on stage, augmented by one or two highly original up and coming young artists, festival goers are guaranteed to see scintillating live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate a creative mix of Blues, Rock, R & B, Soul and more!
Don’t miss out on going to Cleethorpes Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival 5 on Sunday 21 June – twelve top class acts, eight hours of some of the best live music on the circuit and all for only £28……what a great deal!
The festival takes place at the Pleasure Island, Kings Road, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire DN35 0PL
Advance tickets are £28 and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at http://www.cleethorpesbluesfestival.co.uk/tickets.html
Why not save money and car share to the festival with Liftshare……for info on how to do this, please visit https://liftshare.com/uk/lifts/cleethorpesbluesfestival
To find out more about line up and the festival in general, please visit http://www.cleethorpesbluesfestival.co.uk/index.html
Don’t be late, doors open at 2.30 p.m, the music starts at 3 p.m and ends at 11 p.m.
As it’s coming up to seaside season a few of you may be getting yourself to the beach at the weekends, so Just a short drive from Scunthorpe in the popular seaside town of Cleethorpe’s we visited STEEL’S fish and chips for a sit down fish supper.
Steel’s opened back in 1946. STEEL’S has gained a wide reputation based on it’s quality and quantity.
The place it’s self is a little dated with it’s decor, but I suppose it adds to the charm of it. The restaurant covers two floors and it’s quite a cosy fit. When I hear about people visiting Cleethorpe’s for Fish and Chips for a sit down rather than over the counter, STEEL’S is probably the one I hear of most, usually from the more mature age group and families.
The staff were very welcoming and polite with smiles on their faces even at 8pm on a Sunday night. We went for a medium haddock and chips each with a side of mushy pea’s, which included a pot of tea for two. The amount of chips piled onto the plate was a little overwhelming and there was no chance we were going to manage them all. The pea’s were sweet & tasty and the haddock was coated in a nice light batter and wasn’t hard or greasy. The fish tasted very freshly prepared and good quality and all the food was very hot, including the pot of tea. Probably the only complaint would be the seating booths were not the most comfortable and the air con smelt a little fusty.
Overall the quantity and quality of the food was good and it wasn’t over priced, it came up to just over £23.00 for the two of us. STEEL’S Fish
STEELS FAMOUS FISH MENU
Small Haddock & Chips £8.25
Medium Haddock & Chips £9.40
Jumbo Haddock & Chips £10.45
Skate & Chips £10.95
Whole Plaice on the Bone & Chips £10.95
Battered Scampi, with Side Salad; or Chips & Peas £9.25
Home Made Fish Pie with Vegetables of the day or Chips & Peas £8.40
Home Made Fish Cakes, Chips & Peas £7.50
Halibut Steak with Side Salad; or Chips & Peas £11.75
Breaded Plaice, Chips & Peas £8.45
Do you know a better place for Fish & Chips in Scunthorpe or nearby?
The Cleethorpes Community Carnival Parade will be back for everyone to enjoy on Saturday 19th July 2014. Continue reading Cleethorpe Carnival 19th July