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Things to do in Preston for Spring Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted on - 23rd May, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Brockholes stillness captured by Paul Melling
Brockholes stillness captured by Paul Melling

Spring Bank Holiday Weekend is fast approaching, and for those who are yet to make plans for the break, don’t fear.

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Here at Blog Preston, we have come up with a range of events taking place in and around the city for you to get involved with.

From steam fairs to Brockness monsters, there’s something for everyone this bank holiday weekend.

Read more: Here’s who the weather is shaping up for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend

Garstang Children’s Festival

As one of the longest running events in Garstang, having been established for over 125 years, organisers have been working hard to ensure this year’s event is not one to miss.

Children and adults are welcome to join in with this free event, taking place on Monday 28 May, with attractions including professional face painting, children’s rides, bouncy castles and Punch & Judy shows.

The crowning of the 2018 Festival Queen, Ellen Wellings, will take place at the Market Cross at 11am.

A morning procession will proceed through the streets led by the Morris Dancers, the festival and retiring queens, and many other queens from surrounding villages and churches.

One of the highlights of the day will be the brightly decorated children’s tableaux.

Several bands will be attending, including Pilling Brass Band, Brindle Brass Band, Red Rose Brass Band, The Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe, Lancaster City Brass Band, St Peters Brigade Band from Chorley and Preston Pipe Band.

Activities will start on Moss Lane playing fields at 1.10pm with displays from the Garstang School of Gymnastics and the Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe.

You can follow the event on Facebook.

Brockness Monster Weekend

Brockholes stillness captured by Paul Melling
Brockholes stillness captured by Paul Melling

Get set for the launch of the 2018 Brockholes pond dipping season.

Kids and adults can roll up their sleeves for a spot of pond dipping to uncover which creatures are lurking in the waters on Saturday 26 May.

Visitors should come dressed for the weather wearing sturdy footwear.

Online ticket sales for £2 per person end at 11.45pm on Friday 25 May.

On the day tickets are an additional 50p each and subject to availability.

Lubaina Himid Exhibition

Lubaina Himid
Lubaina Himid

Join the Harris Museum this Bank Holiday as it presents its latest exhibition, featuring work of Turner Prize winner 2017 and Preston-based artist Professor Lubaina Himid MBE.

Taking place from 2 March – 3 June, this Bank Holiday is the perfect chance to cast your eyes over the stimulating exhibition.

Chipping Steam Fair

Green Lane Showground, in Chipping, is delighted to be hosting the Chipping Steam Fair this Bank Holiday Weekend.

It will take place from Saturday 26 May – Monday 28 May at 10am – 5pm.

Saturday will see birds of prey demonstration & flights.

On Sunday, the Batala band will feature, and the dog and duck herding will take place on Monday 28 May.

The fair will also feature a digger play pen, steam engine evening procession through the village, a food hall, live music and dancing into the night.

Adults can attend from £9, with over 12’s and senior citizens from £8 and under 12’s can attend for free.

The Moorbrook weekender

Live music at The Moorbrook
Live music at The Moorbrook

The Moorbrook is celebrating its fourth birthday under its new ownership.

Richard Fisher-Godwin and team are running an additional 22 pumps of real ale from breweries across the UK.

From Thursday (24 May) through to Bank Holiday Monday there will be live music and food. It’s free entry.

Lancashire Tales & Canal Cruise

Simon Entwistle will be story telling of Lancashire Tales on this guided cruise with Canal Boat Cruises.

On Sunday 27 May, the cruise will be departing at 6.30pm from the Marina At Riley Green, journeying through the lush green countryside.

Listen to stories from the canal bank, Heroes villain’s ghosts and mysteries during this 2.5 hour canal cruise.

Simon Entwistle is an award winning tour guide and story teller, and has appeared on TV and radio over the years.

He is a font of knowledge regarding local tales and legends, and will retell stories including local Author William woodruff and his best-selling book The Walk to Nab End, a story of the great depression in Blackburn in the 1930s.

Tales of the white lady of Samlesbury Hall, the famous bashall Eaves murder of 1934 and who built Blackpool Tower will also be relayed.

Tickets are priced at £25 per person.

Salmesbury Hall

Salmesbury Hall

Spend your Spring Bank Holiday with Betsy Bumblebee at Salmesbury Hall as she presents a brand new story for all the family to enjoy.

Hear her story, make your own craft to take away and then follow Betsy’s clues to explore the hall and grounds.

Activities are suitable for children aged 3 – 11 years old.

Children will need to be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

It is strongly recommended to book tickets before hand, and sessions are being held on Monday 28 May – Thursday 31 May.

Storytelling will take place from 10.30am with Betsy in the Chapel, and then children can enjoy free time to complete their craft and treasure hunt from 11am onwards.

Keep up to date on everything what’s on in Preston in our dedicated Facebook group

What do you have planned for Spring Bank Holiday Weekend? Do you have anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below

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