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Here’s what’s on at Preston Flag Market for summer 2018

Posted on - 14th May, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Events, Kid's stuff, News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Things To Do

Prepare for lots to do on the Flag Market this year

Prepare for lots to do on the Flag Market this year

The city’s Flag Market is becoming a hub of events during the summer – from comic heroes to a celebration of Preston’s Asian community.

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Summer Saturdays mean there’s something happening nearly every Saturday on the city’s main square.

It all begins with the Caribbean Carnival King and Queen competition on Saturday 2 June.

Running from 12.30pm to 4pm it will crown this year’s winners who will lead the Carnival at the end of June.

Expect plenty of colours and sounds for the Carnival competition

On Saturday 9 June there’s a creative spectacle for Making A Mark.

From 12pm to 4pm the event gives you a chance to create and involves the Harris too.

Running for a second time the Preston People’s Festival returns to the city centre on Saturday 16 June.

Using venues across the city the festival is inviting as many people as possible to dress in costume from the turn of the 20th century.

Comic Heroes Day is running on Saturday 23 June and is a chance to a wider range of comics.

It’s timed to work with the comics exhibition planned for the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Times are yet to be confirmed for this event.

Read more: Comic exhibition coming to Preston’s Harris Museum

Armed Forces Day is a regular highlight of the city’s events calendar and this year will be no exception.

With 2018 being the 100 years of the RAF this is likely to feature strongly.

Running from 11am to 5pm on Saturday 30 June there’s something for everyone as well as being a chance to celebrate the city’s serving soldiers, their families and Preston’s military connections.

Saturday 7 July has a youth-led music festival on the Flag Market.

Running from 12pm to 4pm the Youth Music Festival was very well received in 2017 and should be popular this year.

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Making up one of the city’s largest communities the Preston Mela is a celebration of South Asian culture on Saturday 14 July.

Drummers and dancers on the Flag Market Pic: Paul Melling
Drummers and dancers on the Flag Market Pic: Paul Melling

On from 12pm to 4pm the Mela includes dance and entertainment, as well as food stalls.

Preston Pulse is a new event for 2018 and is taking place on Saturday 28 July.

It is due to celebrate the diversity and community in the city.

With events including card making, mass participation dancing, it will be a surprising but pleasing event.

Pirates of Preston set sail on the Flag Market on Saturday 4 August.

Running from 12pm to 4pm the event is your chance to meet pirates, explore islands and help them find their treasure too.

After we’ve had the pirates, it’s time for the Vikings on Saturday 11 August from 12pm to 4pm.

In scenes similar to Burnley a Dark Ages encampment is being set up on the Flag Market and showing what life may have been like more than 1,000 years ago.

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One of the most popular Saturday events sees the crew from Preston City Wrestling bring their big show back to the Flag Market.

PCW fifth anniversary event on the flag market. Pic: Paul Melling

Adrenaline-fuelled PCW grappling in the shadows of the Harris is on from 1pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 18 August. Standing is free but there is a charge for seated tickets.

Feast for Peace is set to be the final event for the summer – with an opportunity to eat, listen to music and dance together.

Taking place on Saturday 25 August the event is from 12pm to 4pm.

The Flag Market was covered in stalls for the event Pic: Geoff Wilde
The Flag Market was covered in stalls for the Feast for Peace Pic: Geoff Wilde

All events are free to attend and take part in, there may be a charge for food/refreshments and some additional activities at events.

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