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May bank holiday weekend festival planned to promote Preston’s nightlife

Posted on - 25th March, 2013 - 1:47pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, News, Nightlife
Firebeathers on Church Street were one of the attractions during the last Preston by Night weekend

Firebeathers on Church Street were one of the attractions during the last Preston by Night weekend

A three day festival to celebrate Preston’s nightlife will take place over the May bank holiday weekend.

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Up to 50 venues including bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs will take part as the city celebrates retaining an award for its night time offering last year.

Preston held onto its Purple Flag accreditation, a national scheme recognising what city centres have to offer in the evening, in July and now businesses want to remind punters of what’s on their doorstep.

The Preston Business Improvement District are pumping £20,000 into the weekend to put on live music, entertainers and competitions. Many venues are expected to put on special offers for the weekend of May 3,4,5.

Branded PrestFest the night time retailers are hoping to see more people visting the city centre during the weekend.

Chair of BID’s Preston By Night group, Jessica Toomey of the Frog & Bucket Comedy Club said: “It’s exciting to be working on a project like this, I’m not aware of any other towns or cities that have such a strong partnership between entertainment operators with a willingness to come together to improve trade for us all.

“BID’s financial investment will allow us all to do something different, to position Preston as a place to go for a safe, vibrant and fun night out.

“It’s not about going out and getting drunk, it’s about dining, taking in a show, or enjoying cocktail or two, Preston has a massive offering by night and working together as an industry to provide a complete package for visitors is the way forward.”

More details of what’s on over the weekend will be released in the coming weeks and organisers are already planning a second event in October.

The event follows the Purple Preston night in October which was not helped by a sudden cold snap and miserable weather.

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