Prestfest: City centre nightlife celebration returns for May Bank Holiday weekend

Posted on - 8th May, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Nightlife, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Like something you'd see on a night out in Burnley? Entertainers out for PrestFest

Like something you’d see on a night out in Burnley? Entertainers out for PrestFest

A festival to celebrate the nightlife of Preston’s city centre returns for the late May Bank Holiday.


Prestfest is three days of entertainment at city centre venues to promote what Preston has to offer.

The festival also sees street entertainers out in the city to surprise families and those on a night out – last time giant illuminated peacocks and monkey men were on show in the Flag Market.

Organisers Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID) say more city centre venues than ever before have signed up to take part.

The festival runs from Thursday 22 May to Saturday 24 May.

Jessica Toomey, chair of the Preston by Night group and operator of the Frog and Bucket comedy club, said: “This is the third time Prestfest will have hit the streets of Preston and we have no doubt this will be the biggest and best. The aim of the event is to create a unique experience which people will remember and encourage them to come back to enjoy a fun and safe night out in Preston.

“We have already seen people coming from all over the North West and beyond because of the success of previous events. This time we have more businesses backing us and more offers being made than ever before, so we know Preston’s night-time economy is backing us.”

Events planned include spooky tours of Preston by Simon Entwistle.

Dinosaurs, trolls, a giant Lego man and a light show will be out on the streets entertaining revellers too.

Illuminated peacocks lit up the city centre

Illuminated peacocks lit up the city centre

Plus there will be a competition to give away £1,500 which can be spent in city centre businesses.

Mark Whittle from Preston BID said they had a big advertising campaign planned to try and attract Prestonians into the city centre during the weekend.

Preston is the only place in Lancashire to hold the Purple Flag award for having a great, fun and safe night out.

Did you go to the last Prestfest? Is your business taking part? Let us know in the comments below

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