How Chinese New Year is to be celebrated in Preston

Posted on - 11th February, 2016 - 8:30am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Parade outside Preston's Markets

Dragon making its way through Preston in previous years

Dragon dancing takes place on Preston Flag Market on Saturday to mark Chinese New Year.


Three parades take place along with tai chi demonstrations as the year of the monkey begins.

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Preston City Council has announced which free events are on across the Flag Market and also at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

The traditional dragon dance is on at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm on the Flag Market with each parade lasting 25 minutes.

There’s also demonstrations of the traditional Chinese martial art tai chi at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.


Inside the Harris Museum there’s events running from 11am to 3.30pm including:

Harris Entrance

Long Walk Chinese Ensemble (12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm – all approx. 30 minute performances):
A 5 piece Chinese traditional musical ensemble.

Jianzi: Watch and have a go – it’s a game that you play with a kind of shuttlecock and it’s like playing keepy uppy with a football.

Back of the Café

Learn how to use Chopsticks: Refine your technique with chopsticks and play games to test your skills.

Library (Junior Area)

Brush Painting: (1.00pm – 3.00pm): Make your very own Chinese brush painting to take home.

Calligraphy and Language: Have a go at Chinese calligraphy and make a Happy New Year card.


Tai Chi Demonstration: Watch and participate in this traditional Chinese martial art with health and meditative benefits.

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Abacus: Have a go at using a Chinese abacus and learn how to use it to count and do arithmetic.

Chinese Games: Discover three different types of Chinese board games.

Handling Chinese Coins: A chance to see and handle parts of the collection that are not currently on display.

Library (adult)

Tea ceremony and Chinese Poetry: Discover the Chinese way of drinking tea and enjoy the work of Chinese poets.

Fine Art Gallery

Paper Cutting: Try out Chinese paper cutting – it can be added to a Happy New Year card.

Paper Lanterns: Have a go at making and decorating a paper lantern.

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