November is the host month to Mexico’s Day of the Dead – and Southport Pleasureland is staging its own twist on the Mexican celebration over two days of explosive colour and vibrant revelry in a feast for the senses.
The festival follows Halloween (and Pleasureland’s own Halloween family-friendly spooky celebrations) but is less about mischief and mayhem and much more about love and respect for lost loved-ones. Consequently, in true Latin style, towns and cities throughout Mexico dress to kill, with funky makeup and costumes, parade through the streets, sing, dance and make offerings to those who have passed. Southport’s own Day of the Dead Festival at Southport Pleasureland will burst into November with a gigantic fireworks display, the weekend in advance of Bonfire Night, with big crowds expected for this, the festival’s second year.
A Mexican drum band will add its own heart-beat to this most colourful of events while fire-eaters and stilt-walkers stalk the park. Fire dance displays add drama to be enjoyed while snacking on Mexican street food or lingering at the festival’s Gin Bar. Free hot chocolate for everyone makes sure that the only chills you’ll be experiencing will be induced by the thrill of the flames and the pulse of the drums.
Free entry before 6pm – and the Gates open from 1pm – and rides are open all day, with performances from 4pm.
Packages are available online – great value they include up to £60 of free ride tokens when you book in advance at southportpleasureland.com
Free entry before 6pm. After 6pm tickets are £5. You can get £10 of ride tokens free with a family ticket for up to 4 people online at southportpleasureland.com