Colourful mazes, wrestling shows and Asian Mela: What’s on at Preston’s Flag Market during summer 2016

Posted on - 12th June, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
An outdoor maze is part of the events on the Flag Market this summer

An outdoor maze is part of the events on the Flag Market this summer

From wrestling to Roald Dahl classics there’s something happening every Saturday on the Flag Market until the end of August.


Preston City Council has announced what’s on with events beginning with the Caribbean Carnival on Saturday (11 June).

The city council put out a call to artists and community groups to make use of the space and they’ve been rewarded.

Here’s what is to be keeping you entertained on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Saturday 18 June, 12noon-4pm
Streetfest Preston sees urban street dance, hip hop and graffiti artists bust a move. Plus you can have a go.


Saturday 25 June, 10am-4pm
Armed Forces Day and Family Fest, the annual celebration of the city’s link with the Armed Forces including a free music concert, military vehicles and a parade. Discover more about Armed Forces Day.

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Saturday 2 July, 12noon-4pm
A Compromise of Clades is an art installation agility course, which tests your style not your speed. By Martin Hamblen.

Saturday 9 July, 12noon-4pm
South Asian Mini Mela, the tastes, sounds and moves of the Asian continent comes to the Flag Market. There will also be workshops alongside the celebrations.

Saturday 16 July, 10am-4pm
Strong Man Competition, see the muscles flexes and Preston’s strongest man crowned.

Saturday 23 July, 10am-4pm
Ribble Steam Engine Display, the trains make their way from the Docks to allow you to get a picture taken in the heart of the city with a steam engine. Discover more about Ribble Steam Railway.

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Get up close to old steam engines inside the Ribble Steam Railway museum

Get up close to old steam engines inside the Ribble Steam Railway museum

Saturday 30 July, 10.15am-4pm
Living Colours, free workshops give you the chance to sing with the One Voice Community Choir in the Harris and on the Flag Market

Saturday 6 August, 12noon-4pm
Preston City Wrestling celebrations, a live wrestling show as part of PCW’s fifth anniversary. Discover more about Preston City Wrestling.

Preston City Wrestling show on the Flag Market

Preston City Wrestling show on the Flag Market

Saturday 13 August, 12noon-4pm
Creative Village, a free hands on workshop for children and families

Saturday 20 August, 8.30pm-10pm
James and the Giant Peach, see Roald Dahl’s classic at an outdoor cinema, bring your own seat and relax

Friday 26 August to Monday 29 August, 3pm-9pm on Friday and 12noon-6pm on Sat, Sun and Mon
Laberint II, explore a maze installation as a sea of coloured walls full of crossroads challenge you to find your way through the Flag Market – but not as you know it

The maze will take over the Flag Market

The maze will take over the Flag Market

During this period there are two art exhibitions taking place in the Harris which link up with the Flag Market fun.

The first is Homing which runs until Sunday 13 November and if you pick up a pair of headphones from the Harris allows you to experience the sonic art work based on letters of Preston soldiers in World War 1. It also takes place around the Cenotaph.

From Saturday 9 July to Sunday 6 November Michael Foreman’s Painting with Rainbows also takes place at the Harris. You can enjoy original artworks and see some of Michael’s illustrations.

All events are free to attend and open to all ages.

The events build up to the Flag Market’s use as the home for the Lancashire Encounter Festival, three days of arts and events across the city.


Will you be going to any of the events? What do you think of the line up? Let us know in the comments below

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