Helensburgh's the place to be in July with its exciting Summer Festival

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Published Date: 

2 Jul 2014 - 14:30

HELENSBURGH is the place to be in July with a series of exciting events taking place – all aimed at encouraging local people and visitors to enjoy the town centre, and boosted by almost £18,000 of support from Argyll and Bute Council.

Helensburgh Chamber of Commerce, supported by Helensburgh Community Council and Visit Helensburgh, has organised the summer events programme to run in the town centre between 19th and 27th July. Local businesses have provided sponsorship and in-kind support. Now, Argyll and Bute Council has joined in by committing £17,925 from its Helensburgh CHORD budget to provide promotion and marketing support. 

The funding was agreed unanimously by members of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee and reported to the full council when it met on Thursday 26th June. The council will also be including Helensburgh’s summer fun and happenings in its own strategic events programme.

The council’s contribution to the exciting community-led venture signals its continuing commitment to doing what it can to stimulate trade and encourage visitors to Helensburgh. Coming directly from the CHORD budget, it provides an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the long-term benefits and potential that the town centre improvement work can bring to the town.  The benefits of Argyll and Bute Council’s multi-million pound investment in Helensburgh are already visible in West Clyde Street and in Colquhoun Square, where transformation is very much under way. With a number of the July events due to take place in the square, people will be able to enjoy it at its full potential very soon.

Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Summer Festival is being recognised in Argyll and Bute Council's strategic events programme.

"We are obviously grateful for the financial support provided by the council and hope that from these beginnings the Helensburgh Summer Festival can be just as successful as its 'big brother' Helensburgh Winter Festival. We hope that together they will help to put Helensburgh back on the map as a must-visit place for shopping, dining and entertainment.

"The town is blessed with many superb and fascinating businesses and we are confident that once the CHORD work is complete and the two major festivals have become an integral part of the Helensburgh year, things can only get better."

Helensburgh’s summer programme includes the chance to show off some fancy footwork on a roller skating rink, getting creative by the seaside with sand sculpture workshops and much more. There will be music, food and craft festivals, a farmers market,  a community barbecue in the square, RIB rides and police dogs, the fun of the fairground and – for children old and young – an ice cream competition.  The variety and quality of the different activities on offer is testament to the partnership working and can-do approach of local businesses and organisations, boosted by the council’s financial contribution.

Taking place during the excitement of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Helensburgh’s summer events offer something for everyone and will help to affirm the town’s reputation as a great place for a fantastic day out. You can find out more about what’s on in Helensburgh from 19th to 27th July online – see the links below - but the best way to find out what Helensburgh’s really all about is to come along and enjoy the fun.

Keep an eye on the following websites to find out more about Helensburgh’s summer fun:

On Facebook:

Helensburgh Summer Festival – the dedicated page for the July programme