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Lifestyles crew get wet at Hannams

Being a volunteer at Lifestyles is more than just helping fundraise, decorating a festival site, making tea, building skate parks, litter picking, cleaning portaloos, erecting fencing, putting up signs, helping run a festival….(phew!) you get some treat time too!

The lovely folks at Hannams Wake Hub wHannams-Wake-Hubho came to Lifestyles 2014 with their trade stand – saw the hard work that went into this year’s event and thought it would be a good idea to treat the lifestyles crew to some action at their awesome Wakeboard Cable Park near Ely.

Here’s a few of the action shots from the day….

Lastly there were a couple of videos on the day too….. the first featuring Danny from Highline…

…and the second, featuring some of the worst video editing I have ever done {liz}


None of it could have happened without our 2014 headline sponsors:

Hot off the press!

The Lifestyles Festival 2014 Programme has now been printed and it is looking totally awesome!

Big thanks to Lingo Steve for all his hard work in putting the programme together, and to all our advertisers and supporters for helping make the Lifestyles Festival happen.

Lifestyles Festival 2014

Kitesurf Freestyle & Twintip Race Nationals

Dong-EnergyFinally it’s the big news we’ve all been waiting for – British Kitesports Association have confirmed the Kitesurf Freestyle & Twintip National competitions will be held at Lifestyles.

Supported by new sponsor – DONG Energy – the kite competition will see speed and agility in Kitesports pushing to it’s limits during the weekend of activities.

top-kitesurfPete Shaw, British Kitesports director said of Lifestyles; “It’s a great venue and location for kitesurfing and it’s a brilliant event to be part of. It’s also an established event on the kitesurfing and extreme sports calendar that is well managed and we’ve got every confidence this year’s festival will be the best and most diverse yet.”

The good news is that anyone of any ability (novice or pro) can enter – as the twin tip racing offers a very accessible entry point to the competitive side of the sport. Find out more, or register online… on the British Kitesports Website.

Bring it on!

Please vote for us!

We’re getting closer & closer to the Festival and every penny counts!

Milk-play-fund-logosPlease vote for Lifestyles Association and Lifestyles Festival at the Mars Milk Play Fund, by clicking here, (or via the link below) and help us get to the top of the Top Ten Leaderboard.

Don’t forget to validate your entry by email once you’ve submitted your vote :)

The vote count resets at the end of the month, so please vote and share again during August!

Please share with as many people as possible and ask them to vote, to help fund the festival!

Click here to vote now!


Original BMX Art Drawing Auction

Artist 'Ruddy Muddy' and his sketch of Matti Hemmings.In addition to the usual activities and music, this year’s Lifestyles will feature street art. To celebrate that, and raise much needed extra income, we’re having an art auction!

Lifestyles’ arts co-ordinator Ruddy Muddy, who achieved national media coverage for his ‘grafilthy’ artwork, designs drawn in the dirt on the side of muddy vehicles, has offered up one of his pieces in a bid to further help the Lifestyles cause.

Matti-Ruddy-SketchThe artwork features internationally-renowned, Guinness World Record holding BMX freestyler Matti Hemmings, whose work has been used by organisations such as Adidas, Disney and MTV, he also rode with the Olympic relay in 2012. He came to launch the Lifestyles appeal in March of this year, showcasing tricks to young riders at the Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn in a bid to raise awareness of the cause.

ebayThe drawing was presented at the Shed Skatepark which launched the Lifestyles Appeal. People can bid on this much coveted and unique 1/1 piece by visiting the ebay auction.

We’re in with sported.

Lifestyles Association are really pleased to announce a new membership with Sported.

sported-logoSported is a UK charity, founded in 2008, and part of the 2012 legacy to inspire disadvantaged young people to use sport as a means of improving their lives. It is made up of groups and individuals who aim to bring about social change within their communities through sport. They recognise that these inspirational groups are off radar, have to fend for themselves and rely on volunteers and funding to ensure they are financially sustainable.

Sported also offers business resources so that organisations can concentrate on doing what they do best – improving the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.

Read more from Lifestyles Association here

Lifestyles iPhone App available now!

Lifestyles Festival now has a free iPhone app, download it now.

Our app is a must have for festival goers. Packed full of important information and news, keep up to date with all things Lifestyles.

lifestyles-app-weatherFeaturing live Hunstanton weather, including tide times (on and around the festival dates), you will be the first to know if the waves are just right!

Information about the activities happening at the festival, with more details coming through as and when they’re released, you can stay up-to-date with everything from sports and music to art and vw.

lifestyles-app-mapCheck out the map for important local places of interest, such as places to stay or where to get the best grub. The Festival event map will be added closer to the time.

All the latest news from beamed from Lifestyles Festival HQ and the Lifestyles Association straight into the palm of your hand. You’ll never miss a beat when it comes to announcements.

And much more, coming soon! Just like Lifestyles Festival, the app is free! So download the app now, we’ll keep it up to date as we release more news and announcements about the festival that you love.

The Lifestyles App has been developed by our very own Robert Shippey in collaboration with Lingo Design.

Apple and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

Free WiFi!

Our new friends at Rural Broadband are bringing even more surfing to Lifestyles Festival by providing free WiFi during the festival!

rural-broadband-bannerRural Broadband, a local business in Heacham, who pride themselves in putting high speed broadband internet connections anywhere, are going to be implementing a Satellite internet link during Lifestyles Festival for the public to use absolutely free.

A network of access points will cover the entire footprint of the festival. Using the same technology as used in the London Underground, up to 1000 simultaneous users will be able to browse, tweet, and share their experiences online for free.

Thank you Rural Broadband team!

Lifestyles Campervan Camping – NOW ON SALE

Hi-Di-Hi Campers!

Park-Resorts-Logo-with-VisionGood news! You can now book your VW (and other campervans) camping space with official Lifestyles supporter Manor Park, Hunstanton.

To get your HALF PRICE camper space just call the lovely ZOE at Manor Park on 01485 532300 and quote ‘Lifestyles Festival’ to book for just £30.00! (RRP £60).

There are currently 41 pitches available. The half-price offer is exclusive to Lifestyles Festival goers, but expires on 30th July, after which pitches will be available to everyone, at the full price.

The price is for 3 nights – from Friday night to Monday morning, and includes use of the Manor Park facilities; and is completely handled by Manor Park, who have been amazing in helping us find camping for VW’s and other campers.

Sadly, Manor Park cannot accommodate tents, and at the moment, there is no designated public campsite available for tents at Lifestyles Festival. We recommend that you look for alternative accommodation around Hunstanton.

Please remember, Lifestyles reserve the right to cancel the festival in the event of exceptional circumstances (if there was no other option) and there would be no reimbursement for camping.

Festival Planning – May update…

We might have been quiet since reaching the half way funding target in April, we’ve been busy. As well as getting to know headline sponsor Highline Extreme; planning some street course and ramp upgrades, we’ve been getting on with event planning.

Here’s a little of what’s hoped to be in store for 2014*…

Sunny Hunny promenade will again see a selection of the finest extreme sports that Lifestyles is known for; as well as a few changes. In addition to a new National Kitesurfing race competition this year we’ve added ‘have a go’ kayak sessions from Hunstanton Kayaks.

We’ve sorted a wi-fi mesh (thank you Rural Broadband) so anytime you want to check out who’s playing, performing or competing, you can; on the new official free Lifestyles Festival app – in the app stores soon.

The line-up for the 7metre music stage is coming together; with some great band bookings, to be announced soon. We’re working on adding DJ workshops to the festival line up too and local DJ competition organised by sponsors Chicagos – watch this space.

Skate, BMX and scooter competitions, organised by long-time Lifestyles extreme sports crew KLAS-A – will go alongside streetdance and street art and new workshops that you can get involved in.

Exciting improvements from wonderful hosts Hunstanton Sailing Club look set to offer an improved selection of refreshments, with a bar and BBQ run by volunteer club members.

One change this year will be that there will be no designated general camping on the recreation field. Instead, we’ve sorted some top notch camping for VW’s/campervans at the lovely Manor Park, thanks to strong local support from them (booking info coming soon) and we also hope to be able to accommodate our growing hardworking crew elsewhere thanks to more Hunstanton helpers.

Accommodation throughout Hunstanton is widely available; check with the Tourist Board for details. Searles campsite offers pitches for the weekend in their family campsite, though this is not specifically designated for Lifestyles. We’re speaking to Norfolk Green and hope to offer plenty of buses back to King’s Lynn after the last bands play.

Thanks as always to the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk and Hunstanton Sailing Club for their use of the land and their continued support, and our new epic headline sponsors Highline Extreme.

*all being well – we still need to raise funds to pay for logistics and equipment like generators and loos, and have many components of the festival yet to organise, so your support, involvement, patience and input is, as always much appreciated.

Watching the streetdance


As we’ve hit the halfway funding target (and have plans for the other half) we are, as promised, announcing the provisional* dates for the festival for 2014:

Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September*

At the wonderful sea-side spot of Hunstanton Sailing Club, The North Promenade and Hunstanton Green. There’s also a facebook event to join and share.

The festival features competitions, demonstrations and FREE have-a-go workshops in Extreme Sports and Culture, but is also treated as an opportunity for community volunteering, work experience and more.

The 2014 Festival, with headline sponsor Highline Extreme, is now into it’s second stage of planning and fundraising; with plenty of work to do to ensure the festival is a definite hit.

More information will be on it’s way soon… watch this space.

*IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE – The festival dates are still provisional. The organising committee reserve the right to change or withdraw the event, in which case notice will be provided on this website.

With thanks to all our supporters and sponsors.


Crowdfunder Target Reached!

Great news! The £20,500 target has been reached in Crowdfunder!

The campaign has consisted of 100’s of crew hours, 39 pledges, 28 days of fundraising, 5 radio interviews, 4 headline news stories, 3 supporters evenings, 2 major sponsors being found and there’s still 1 day left to go!

This means there’s still 1 day to get limited edition goodies, wristbands, t-shirts, VIP passes, and a last minute special offer for a sponsors square in the programme for just £25.

With Highline Extreme as headline sponsor and Chicago’s sponsoring the music stage, the campaign has received exceptional support from a selection of businesses, who were not only keen to raise their own profiles, but also to contribute to the future of Norfolk as a destination for extreme sport and culture.

The Crowdfunder income is an excellent starting point to the festival, but further finance is required to meet the expected cost of £50,000, Lifestyles Association – the organisers behind Lifestyles Festival – will continue to fundraise leading up to the 3 day event… which is expected to take place in September 2014.

Exact dates will be announced soon…watch this space!

Special thanks to: Crowdfunder, Highline Extreme, Chicago’s, Lynn News, EDP, Your Local Paper, BBC Radio Norfolk, Lingo Design, The Rathskeller’s, The Princess Theatre, and all of the Lifestyles Crew & friends. 

£5000 Music stage pledge from Chicagos!

The festival music stage – an essential element to Lifestyles. A bass-pumping, beat-tastic, extreme-sports-culture-inspired-centerpiece to the weekend. A place to fill your ears with new talent and established artists.

And now in 2014, to safeguard the future of the stage, you’ll spot something else there… stage sponsor banners from our newest supporters: Chicago’s.

The company, best known for the ‘Rock-Cafe’ bars in King’s Lynn, Norwich, Chelmsford and 6 other locations in the UK, recently played host to our third and final supporters evening, in Norwich.

Hearing our plight for fundraising, and keen to demonstrate their support of new music in Norfolk, Chicago’s have decided to make the most of the stage sponsorship, and have pledged a healthy £5,000 to help Lifestyles festival survive.

Lifestyles music line-up includes a mix of new and well-established acts, from punk, reggae, ska, rock, soul, blues, and a smattering of other genres, including one or two DJ’s.

Back in the early days, the Lifestyles stage was off the back of a lorry, then it was a small marquee, then a bigger one, then a huge one and lately a giant dome stage. The plans for the stage for 2014 are still in the pipeline, but the sponsorship from Chicago’s will go a long way to making sure there actually is one!

Thank you Chicago’s – we’ll see you where beach meets street…


Norwich Supporters in Chicagos


Holy Chip Shop it’s a New Sponsor!

The wonderfully tasty Vegas Fish Bar Restaurant and Take Away in South Beach Hunstanton, have stepped up and pledged their support of Lifestyles Festival to the tune of a lip-smacking £3000!

After a chance meeting with fish bar offishal servers (!) Fred and Ryan in O’Quigley’s (the after party of the Supporters Evening in Hunstanton)…. connections were made with the owners and the confirmation came this evening!

As well as the warm feeling of helping to save the festival, the Hunstanton business, owned and operated by Jose Rodrigues, (pictured below in his restaurant) will receive stacks of quality brand awareness across the event and it’s marketing such as advertising in the programme and across the internet.

They will also be bringing their mobile fish and chip van along to the event and serving up the classic seaside combo of wonderful Fish ‘n’ Chips!

They don’t have a website or facebook page yet, but below are some pictures of the restaurant, and a location on Google maps – so feel free to pop along, grab a bag of scraps, and say hi and ….



Princess Theatre Supporters Evening Rundown

Many thanks to the Princess Theatre for hosting our second supporters evening, and to those who came along. The evening started with a buzz as our team of volunteer organisers got together and recruited a few eager marshals, and a long-time Lifestyles attendee came forward and offered to join in helping with the music organisation. Splash leisure and fitness centre from Sheringham stepped up and pledged £100 to crowdfunder, and the Dodgy Dubbers VW crew turned up with their VWs, and plenty of ideas for fundraising; they all pledged into the crowdfunder as well.

Stella Gooch (Virtual PA and webmaster at Hunstanton On Line) came and helped welcome new supporters such as Barbara from the B&B Glenberis who came and discussed her thoughts about the provision of accommodation over the festival weekend. The outcome of which was that if the festival goes ahead, Glenberis will welcome festival goers to their newly refurbished B&B, and the Lifestyles website will feature a list of accommodation providers and will spread the word to others who might be interested in doing the same.

Hunstanton Water Sports came along and continued their ongoing support of the event, confirming again that they will be offering coaching and workshops in windsurfing and power kiting at the event, and Kieren Roan, national windsurfer discussed the possibility of a local windsurfing event to run alongside the nationals.

Lions president, Chamber Chair and festival supporter Michael Rushton came forward and represented the businesses from the town, offering to continue discussions through his groups, and to encourage more businesses to come forward and get involved.

No sponsors were found though, and although attendance was lower than had been hoped after such a strong turnout in King’s Lynn; the event provided a great opportunity for networking and further discussion, planning and team building time for the now growing Lifestyles Association committee.

Several of the lifestyles crew rounded off the evening by heading on to sample the refreshments and bonhomie of the nearby O’Quigleys bar, where there was plenty more moral support for the event, before heading to Hunstanton Hostel who provided beds for the crew to stay over, and who also offered to be on the list of preferred accommodation providers as they shared their renovation progress.

More than one way to support the #LifestylesAppeal

We’re excited for our Supporters Evening tomorrow at The Princess Theatre in Hunstanton. We love Hunstanton but unfortunately some of us don’t live there, to ensure we’re able to spend as much time focusing on Hunstanton that weekend we needed somewhere to stay on Saturday night.

Hunstanton YHAKindly, Hunstanton Backpackers & YHA offered a few soft places to rest our heads that night. Which means we can get a good rest then continue with promoting the Lifestyles Appeal during the day in Hunstanton on Sunday too!

So, massive thanks to these guys, and we’ll see you at the Princess Theatre tomorrow!



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Highline Extreme have stepped up as a headline sponsor!

The up and coming extreme sports company from Downham Market, who make mobile climbing walls, skate parks and high ropes, has just made their online contribution towards the campaign to save Lifestyles 2014. And it is a headline sponsorship of £10,000.

It’s a massive boost and will help secure the festival…BMX

Owner Chris Peach heard about the festival through friend and new sponsor Jason King of New IT, also in Downham Market, and, after seeing the sponsorship pack and crowdfunder campaign, was excited to get on board. In an interview with the EDP, Chris said;

“There are two reasons why we are sponsoring the festival. Firstly, it goes hand in glove with our company and our remit. And, secondly, everything about it works really well for us. It’s the right product, right people, it’s exciting and extreme, and it’s in Norfolk. I’m really excited about it.”

The organising committee are thrilled with the decision from a local sports company to meet such a large contribution to the funding of the event but say that they continue to pursue additional funding.

Having streamlined the donation process through crowdfunder, it is even easier to make donations to the festival which gives both private enterprise and individuals brilliant rewards such as back-stage-passes and VIP access as well as goodies like wristbands, t-shirts stickers and even opportunities to meet the stars.

The headline sponsorship amount is a huge step toward the £20,000 target of the online campaign in only it’s third day live since it was launched at the Supporters Evening.

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Supporter Evening Success!

Last night saw a great turn out for our first supporters evening, and we think it went AMAZINGLY!

Thank you to everyone who attended, and extra special thank you to those who signed up to be a volunteer or a festival supporter, including venue hosts The Rathskeller bar in King’s Lynn.

The Crowdfunder campaign (with a video from our Free-Running superstar Stephen Evans) was officially kicked off  – and the first donations were made. There are some awesome rewards for anyone who pledges, from as little as £3…so help out if you can, or spread the word via our Facebook and Twitter by sharing, liking, retweeting our posts.

Check out the photos below, many thanks to Rebel Heart Photography 

Supporters Evening – The Rathskeller, King’s Lynn

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Lifestyles Association and festival crew are gearing up for our first supporters evening tomorrow, Thursday 6th March at The Rathskellers bar in King’s Lynn, and we’re super excited.

Supporters (old and new) are crucial to keeping Lifestyles Festival alive in 2014 and beyond, whether it’s signing up as a volunteer, submitting music demos, or donating to the #LifestylesAppeal Crowdfunder campaign.

We also plan to hold a little live auction of some awesome street-art, by new Lifestyles supporter; Ruddy Muddy, featuring BMX pro-rider Matti Hemmings who helped at our recent launch.

If you’re a business, we have some great sponsorship opportunities, which provide excellent awareness and are vital to keeping Lifestyles going. We also hope to meet event or trade suppliers who can help to keep our festival logistics costs nice and low in return for good exposure and the feel-good-factor of helping do something awesome.

Check out this event on Facebook, like our Facebook Page, or follow us on Twitter, to keep up-to-date.

Bring the tunes!

Music is a vital part of the Lifestyles Festival, giving everyone a rhythm they can keep beat to.


To keep the Festival running in 2014 we need artists! If you’ve got music in your blood, we’d love to hear from you.

  • We’d love to see you at our Supporters Evening at the Rathskeller on 6th March in King’s Lynn where you can introduce yourself, have a chat, and give us your demo CD.
  • If you can’t come to that, feel free to email us ( your links/biographies for our consideration.

We’ll listen to everything and get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks to Your Local Paper

YourLocalPaperMany thanks to Your Local Paper for helping to get the message about the Lifestyles Funding Appeal out by featuring us on their front page!

We need businesses and individuals to come forward to offer support, funding, volunteer, and help to ensure the festival survives in 2014 and beyond.

As they noted, when we reach half our appeal goal (£25,000) we will announce provisional dates for the festival, if it goes ahead.

Extra, Extra! #LifestylesAppeal front page news!

Lynn News Front PageThank you to Lynn News for giving the Lifestyles Funding Appeal Launch Evening a front page spot!

On Wednesday 19th February, we launched our #LifestylesAppeal; an appeal to get funding to keep Lifestyles Festival alive in 2014 and beyond.

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Lynn News attended the event, interviewed our very own Liz Pendleton (Lifestyles Committee Chair) and took some great photos of our special guest, professional BMX star, Matti Hemmings.

Click on the images to see full-sized versions. Also, read our post about the event on our news blog or the article on Lynn News’ website.

What’s so good about Lifestyles?

As well as free access to sport and culture, did you know, Lifestyles Association offers…

Opportunities for individuals:

  • Work experience
  • Skills sharing
  • Personal development
  • Access to discounted training courses
  • Information about positive lifestyle choices
  • Community focussed activities

Opportunities for groups:

  • Networking
  • Promotion
  • Information and resource sharing

…to find out more – follow us on facebook, or get in touch.

Matti and BMX'rs

Lifestyles Official Appeal @ The Shed

A huge collective of Lifestyles Festival crew came together at the Shed Skatepark in King’s Lynn tonight, to mark the official launch of the 2014 festival appeal.

The awareness campaign and fundraising drive has a clear objective; to save the festival for future years by raising £50,000 and recruiting 40 new volunteers, by April.

The festival took a year off last year; insufficient funding and lack of crew were at the heart of that decision… but now, with more new committee members on board, and a revised constitution, the not-for-profit community group behind the festival, Lifestyles Association hope to either bring back the annual event to Hunstanton for 2014 or retire it from the Norfolk events calendar forever.

Professional BMX Flatland rider and Guinness World Record holder Matti Hemmings was the special guest at the launch, and joined those backing the campaign. During an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk – who were in attendance to find out more – Matti explained how he first got into BMX at an event like Lifestyles, and said “Lifestyles is clearly beneficial to the local community, showcasing extreme sports as a good way of life and inspire young people to take part”.

The first new volunteers were signed up, offering to help marshall the VW show and the street course, and during the evening, photographs were taken by A-level students from King’s Lynn who were invited to join in to represent the fact that Lifestyles organisers welcome work-experience students to be involved in the event.

The first new sponsor, Norfolk based technology firm ‘New IT’ came to the event and pledged their support, following which, Lifestyles Association hope that other comapnies will follow suit. Members of the press and media, such as BBC Radio Norfolk and Lynn News came to find out what it was all about, interviewing those in attendance.

Lastly, to represent the culture element of the festival, local artist Ruddy Muddy – another new supporter of the event – who is famed for his art on muddy vans showcased the kind of art workshop planned for the festival, with his charcoal sketch of Matt Hemmings, which was donated to the event and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at the supporters evening.

So, how can we save the festival?

1. A supporters evening is being held on the 6th March in King’s Lynn’s new Rathskeller wine bar, and anyone interested in volunteering, supporting or sponsoring, is invited to come along.

2. A kickstarter campaign – which is a way of ‘crowd funding’ will be starting on the 1st March. Anyone who would like to back the campaign is asked to follow Lifestyles via facebook or twitter

3. Donations and Sponsors are welcome, either via online donations through the Association website, or through contact with the sponsorship team .

With special thanks to:

The Shed Skatepark
Matti Hemmings
Rebel Heart Photography
Ruddy Muddy