A three-day family festival celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day in May next year will launch a new major attraction for the coast – Skegness Showground.
East Lindsey District Council planners today (Thursday) approved a five-year trial for the Showground, which is set to become a top destination for a variety of big events throughout the year.
Russell Sparkes, the owner of the Grosvenor Hotel, plans to use 16 acres of formerly agricultural land on Burgh Road for the £500,000 initial investment, with different layouts for events such as concerts and car shows, including camping and parking.
The VE 75 Festival, incorporating a retro festival, will take place from May 8-May 10 2020 and feature flypasts, live big bands, military reenactments, vintage military and civilian vehicles, scooters and motorcycles and stalls.
East Lindsey District Council officers have praised the “new and different tourist attraction” giving approval for five seasons.
Temporary traffic lights have been proposed just outside the showground on the A158 and at the entrance.
The plans have been supported by Skegness Town and Burgh le Marsh Town council as well as ELDC’s economic development team.
Mr Sparkes said: “Since the loss of the Pier Field community space, a showground has been a much-needed facility in Skegness and I am delighted East Lindsey District Council is supporting the plans.
“We are excited to be celebrating its launch with the VE75 Festival, which will be an important date in the resort’s year, and planning is already well-underway to make it an event to remember.”