Hopes are still high for a Hunstanton Lifestyles Festival 2014
Hunstanton Lifestyles Committee is about to submit an application to secure charitable status for the event and hopes it will then be able to drum up the second half of the £50,000 to £60,000 needed to put it on.
Liz Pendleton, committee chairman, said: “I’m really hopeful of us being able to hold an event next year. Is it a safe bet? No, but it is something you have to have optimism and some confidence in doing.
“If it is to continue it is going to need those people who say they want a festival to get involved.
“It is no longer a council- funded event and we need people to help with things like putting up fences, litter picking and handing out leaflets.”
The Lifestyles Festival was launched as a partnership between West Norfolk Council and KLAS-A (King’s Lynn Adrenalin Sports Association) in 2005 and built upon the earlier Windfest.
By 2012, it was attracting 12,000 visitors and had become a venue for top-level kitesurfing contests, live music and a VW show served by a campsite on Hunstanton Recreation Ground.
The council pulled out after the 2012 event saying the event had become so big and required so much time, money and expertise that it was no longer appropriate for it to be involved.
Hunstanton Lifestyles Committee initially hoped to run a festival in September but realised in April that it was not going to be able to raise enough funds or manpower to do it.
The committee is currently trying to encourage responses to an online survey, which it hopes to use to help shape future events and prove its popularity.
The event has always aimed to offer the chance for people to get a taste for sports and culture that they would not otherwise have experienced.
To take part in the survey visit Lifestyles Festival Survey