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Winckley Weekender: Council announces two-day festival in Winckley Square

Posted on - 18th March, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Events, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
Winckley Square is a haven for office workers during the summer lunchtimes

Winckley Square is a haven for office workers during the summer lunchtimes

Winckley Square is to see a two-day festival take place in May.

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Street traders selling cooked food, a fashion show and street performers.

Billed as the Winckley Weekend the council says it wants to channel the spirit and flavour of the Guild.

It follows the food festival which took place during the Guild on the Square and the Grest Preston Picnic that followed.

The Winckley Square Food Festival in 2012 drew hundreds of visitors down into the square

The Winckley Square Food Festival in 2012 drew hundreds of visitors down into the square

The city council is currently preparing its final bid for more than £1 million of funding to rejuvenate the Georgian Square.

Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council, explained: “The event is aimed at drawing attention to the streets off Fishergate that lead to the square, particularly Cannon Street and Guildhall Street. From the quaint to the quirky they add a different dimension to the city centre experience and, along with the adjoining elegant Winckley Square, form a link from the main shopping area to Avenham and Miller Parks and the River Ribble.

“We are looking into ways of supporting small businesses and encouraging development that will add to the quality and diversity of the city’s business, shopping, entertainment, leisure and cultural offer.”

The Winckley Square Community Interest Company has been set up to represent the interests of businesses and building owners on the Square.

Mick Goode, director of the Winckley Square Community Interest Company, added: “The area has a wealth of heritage assets that are available to be put to a more productive use, public gardens that are being upgraded to the highest standard and by adding a touch of the atmosphere that was generated during Preston Guild 2012, we are sure this will show off how truly unique this area is.”

The two day festival runs all day on Friday 2 May, including into the evening, and all day during Saturday 3 May.

Will you be attending? Do you want to see more events like this? Let us know in the comments below

Image credit to shabbagaz

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