Things to do in Preston this July

Posted on - 15th July, 2009 - 3:27pm | Author - | Posted in - Recreation, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

Preston Marina will play host to the annual Riversway Festival. Image by Johnny English.


We’re half-way through the summer but there’s still plenty to do during summer 2009 in Preston. We’ve picked out a few highlights for July, and there’s a whole range of activities to get involved in.

There’s everything from ghost tours, to treks around Ashton, live kids entertainment and festivals.

Try a ghost tour of the city…

Think the scariest Preston gets is a Friday night on Church Street? This tour of the old city might just change your mind. Meet at the Cenotaph 0n the Flag Market at 7 PM on Thursday 16th July 2009 and prepare to find out about murders, ghosts and other spooky stuff.

Taste some old fashioned Lancashire food…

Hoghton Tower will be stepping back a few centuries for the Merchant of Hoghton Tower Farmers Market on Sunday 19th July 2009. The market opens at 10 AM and will have on offer everything from wild salmon to ostrich meat. The market finishes at 2 PM. For more information call 01254 852986.

Experience the Tweenies live…

If you’re stuck for what to do with the kids as the summer holidays begin, take them to the Guild Hall to check out the Tweenies. That’s the CBBC kids show for those who aren’t in the know. Tuesday 21st July 2009 at 4.30 PM and again on Wednesday 22nd July 2009 at 11 AM and 2 PM. For tickets and more information see the Guild Hall.

Join in with the Summer Stomp around Ashton…

Tuesday 21st July 2009 will see resident’s taking part in an 11 mile walk that takes in Ashton Park, Lea, the docks and the canal. It starts at 9.30 AM from the bowling pavillion in Ashton Park. You’re advised to bring stout footwear and a packed lunch. Definitely a good one to do with the kids, and tire them out! Call 01772 903623 for more information.

Take in the history of one of Preston’s famous streets and discover it’s war time past…

Fancy a bit of history? On Wednesday 22nd July 2009 you’ll be able to find out about Friargate, as a tour takes you through the ancient street – and discovers ancient remnants in amongst all the new pubs and shops. There’s also a second tour on the 22nd that uncovers Preston’s links with many different wars, from Viking skirmishes through to the Second World War there seems to be something in the water up here when it comes to war. Both tours start at the Cenotaph at the Flag Market, Friargate at 2 PM and War time at 7 PM.

Be part of the Preston Tringe Festival…

Preston’s first Tringe Festival kicks off on Thursday 23rd April 2009 and will stretch all the way through to Friday 31st July. There is comedy, music, theatre, literature, tweetups and loads more. Take a look through the programme and make sure you support Preston’s fringe festival.

Plenty of boats and more at the Riversway Festival…

As well as the Preston Tringe Festival the annual Preston Riversway Festival returns at the Docklands area of the city. There will be tall ships, dragon boat racing and much more starting on Friday 24th July 2009 and Sunday 26th July 2009. Find out more on Preston Riversway Festival.

Get natural at Fishwick Nature Reserve…

From 1 PM on Sunday 26th July 2009 you can experience some wildlife at Preston’s newest nature reserve – Fishwick. You can meet those volunteers and community members who have been responsible for transforming the area – plus maybe see some animals. Call 01772 906471 for more information.

Enjoy some puppetry fairytales…

As part of the Enchanted Worlds exhibition at the Harris Museum there’s a fairytale puppetry show on Thursday 30th July from 2 PM to 5.30 PM. It’s being put on by Dynamic New Animati0n. Suitable for ages 4-11 and costing £1 per child.

Image credit for Preston Marina picture used in this post is to Flickr user Johnny English.

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