Blyth renewables Festival 2011


The coastline overlooking Europe’s first off-shore wind turbines is a fitting venue to run an event celebrating renewable energy.

On June 18 and 19, The Port of Blyth, in partnership with Northumberland County Council will host the Blyth Renewables Festival 2011 with a packed programme of activities focusing on the importance of renewable energy.

The Stavros S Niarchos, one of the world’s most magnificent tall ships, will act as a spectacular centre piece to the festival. The ship will be berthed along the quayside in Blyth throughout the weekend as an early example of renewable energy and visitors will be able to board and tour the ship for  a small charge.

Other festival highlights will include a programme of street entertainment, a green fairground,   river trips and live music.

A renewables ‘village’ will be a hub of activity with a range of displays and demonstrations from local organisations showing the impact that green energy sources can have on our lives.

Of particular interest for those looking for new career openings will be an information stand providing   training  and development opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

Councillor Neil Bradbury, executive member for customer services and culture at Northumberland County Council  said “ Blyth Renewables Festival aims to highlight the importance of renewable energy to the wider community and  showcase the growing cluster of renewable energy related organisations around the estuary. The event combines education and entertainment and there is nothing else like it in the region.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive of the Port Of Blyth added:

“ Last year’s inaugural event was a tremendous success attracting up to 10,000 visitors over the weekend. We  intend to make this year’s festival even  bigger and better and hope people will put the date in their diary now so they are free to come along on the day.”