Tram Sunday News

Tram Sunday News

Have you heard the latest Tram Sunday News? There’s a series of FREE “Acceleration” Art Workshops at Fleetwood Museum where you can make decorations for the parade.

All ages are welcome to come along to make flags, wands, shakers and hats at Fleetwood Museum on Saturdays throughout June.

Then bring your creation along to the event and join artist Tina Dempsey for this year’s SpareParts Festival Parade on Sunday 15 July.

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Workshops take place from 10.30am-12 noon on Saturdays 2, 9, 16, & 23 June 2018

This year, the festival is themed around the idea of ACCELERATION.

Our artist will support you in developing your own designs, using a range of materials and working together to make eye-catching festival pieces of all sizes. Ideally we’d love you to be a part of the festival parade, but if you can’t, then we hope you’ll still come along to the workshops.

PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN ADVANCE: Just email: Phone/Text: 07940 502450 and whatever you do please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

BIG Tram Sunday news – The SpareParts Festival gets a three-year grant.

The big Tram Sunday news is that The SpareParts Festival, pioneered by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, has received a three-year investment thanks to Arts Council England.

It sees the hugely popular transport themed art festival ‘accelerate’ to three northern transport events this year, increasing to five by 2020, and ensuring its spectacular programming can reach new audiences.

The innovative nature of the festival has been praised in previous years for its ability to engage those who don’t usually consider the arts to be ‘for them’ by using a mixture of clever programming and adding a colourful addition to existing Transport Festivals.

It’s a step up to the next level for SpareParts to take audiences on a journey across the North, It’s supported by a fantastic network of partners from co-founders Wyre Council and LeftCoast to newer partners like Crewe Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Sandbach Transport Festival.

The support of Arts Council England is absolutely invaluable and will allow SpareParts to be ambitious and daring with the programme and participation opportunities. Some incredible artists will be announced later in the year.

Dancing Diggers on Fleetwood beach at Tram Sunday

In its first year, the festival featured Motionhouse’s Traction with dancing JCBs performing on Fleetwood beach (above), and since then has gone from strength to strength offering a diverse programme of street performance as well as large scale spectacles.

Fleetwood Festival of Transport 2016

On top of its diverse programme of performance the festival also prides itself on its community ethos and each year will work with schools and community groups in the towns it visits to give opportunities for people of all ages to participate.

Spare Parts at Tram Sunday 2016

Jane Beardsworth, Director North, Arts Council England said “The SpareParts Festival has done a brilliant job in attracting new people to the event to enjoy the work of some excellent artists and I’m delighted that we have funded its development through our National Lottery funded Strategic Touring programme.”

Robert Brown, Chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, added: “The creation of SpareParts Festival has been a labour of love from the volunteer committee of Fleetwood Festival of Transport and we’re delighted with today’s news.

“I’ve seen first-hand the power the arts can have to enrich people’s lives and we are very proud to be developing this trailblazing festival from Fleetwood.”

In 2018 SpareParts Festival will head to Sandbach Transport Festival on April 21 and 22 and trAction in Crewe on July 7 before returning to its home town of Fleetwood on the Lancashire coast on July 15.

More information about the 2018 SpareParts Festival will be released in the coming weeks.

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SpareParts went ‘On the Move’ in 2017

Published 13.2.17

Fleetwood Festival of Transport secures further Arts Council investment to tour at trAction and Sandbach festivals

Arts Council England logo

Preparations for SpareParts, the UK’s only Festival of Art, Performance and Spectacle dedicated to transport and travel, are getting underway with the fantastic news that Fleetwood Festival of Transport has been awarded a grant by Arts Council England (ACE) to tour SpareParts to two other transport Festivals in the North of England.

Fleetwood Festival of Transport is one of only four organisations in the North of England, and 15 nationally, awarded funding from the Strategic Touring Fund in this cycle.

This investment will support SpareParts: On the Move – a pilot programme which will connect three ambitious transport festivals in Fleetwood, Crewe and Sandbach.

SpareParts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday 2016

Led by Fleetwood Festival of Transport, the organisations will work together to produce and deliver an exciting programme of outdoor arts which local audiences can enjoy and take part in. The project aims to continue this partnership approach and develop a touring network of transport festivals.

Adam McGuigan, SpareParts Festival Director said, “We are delighted that the work Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Wyre Council, LeftCoast and the Arts Council have been building for the past 3 years has been recognised again by ACE. We are excited to work with local residents to explore the rich transport heritage in all three locations and see how these stories can be brought to life at trAction and Sandbach Transport Festival. We have worked together to create an incredible programme of spectacular performance which we are sure will thrill thousands of people at all three festivals.”

SpareParts Parade at Fleetwood Tram Sunday 2016

SpareParts Festival Director Appointed

Published May 2016

Fleetwood Festival of Transport appointed Adam McGuigan as the Festival Director in 2016.

Adam comes to Fleetwood with a wealth of experience, including 10 years in Zambia.

Adam McGuigan, Tram Sunday Festival Director

Ten years ago he co-founded Barefeet Theatre in Zambia (, an organisation which works with young people living on or vulnerable to live on the streets in Zambia (children living with disability, from refugee backgrounds or in low income communities).

Barefeet works through drama, music, carnival, rhythm, dance and other expressive mediums to give young people a platform to have their voices heard, express themselves and share their skills. As the Artistic Director, Adam was responsible for spearheading their annual Barefeet Festival. This two-week festival was the culmination of a year’s work in a cross art form mix of over 27 live events. The annual event closes with a dynamic carnival procession through the streets of Lusaka with over 2500 performer participants.

“I am excited to see how I can creatively work with the partners to create a dynamic, innovative and exciting range of performances, with a transport theme, to animate and enliven the festival,” said Adam.

“I am already working on projects in Manchester and Liverpool and I’m looking forward to giving my experience, passion and energy to ensure that this year’s festival is creatively powerful, community driven, effectively managed, logistically sound and most importantly full of the spirit and soul which was so clearly evident in the last two years of SpareParts.”

Have a look at what happened in 2015:

SpareParts and Tram Sunday

Meet the Bobbins, SpareParts at Sandbach
Meet the Bobbins – SpareParts at Sandbach

SpareParts at Fleetwood Tram Sunday 2016

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