Seafront is the ‘perfect venue’ for Pro Nationals Festival
PUBLISHED: 11:43 06 June 2014
A MOTOCROSS extravaganza with races, stunts and monster trucks will be taking over Weston’s ‘perfect’ seafront at the weekend – and organisers hope the event can be at home in Weston for years to come.
Around 10,000 people visited the event, organised by e22sports, last year and this time around it has grown to accommodate even more attractions.
This year’s Pro Nationals Festival includes the ‘whoop loop’, where 20 of the highest-qualifying motocross professionals will take to the track for a take-out race. A party on the beach will also be held on Saturday night.
Event promoter Matt Bates said: “The success of our tester event last year told us this was something which could grow and develop.
“It worked in Weston and there was no reason why we should not keep it here and grow it in the area.
“The more people who come, the more we can invest into making it better. And that’s exactly what we have done this year.”
Matt said he wants the event to be family-friendly and aims to keep the price down to attract people from both in and around Weston.
He said: “Towns with beaches are asking if we can do it on their beach. But for me, I see Weston as the perfect venue.
“There is so much space on the beach and with the way the seafront area has been transformed, Weston is made for this kind of event.
“It’s a nice place and very clean and tidy. And I think event organisers and people like me from the outside see that.
“If you’re looking for venues, Weston is at the top.”
Matt said in the future he will be looking to bring live music to the town, as well as something similar to the X Games, which features skateboarding and BMX.
The Pro Nationals Festival is being held on the seafront on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets, starting from £3 for children and £10 for adults, are available from www.pronationalsfestival.com
See the centre pages of today’s paper for a detailed event preview.