What to see on the Saturday of Lancashire Encounter Festival

Posted on - 18th September, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, History, People, Preston City Centre, Preston Railway Station, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, University campus, What's On in Preston
The Red Canopies were the main attraction of last year's Lancashire Encounter Pic: Tony Worrall

The Red Canopies were the main attraction of last year’s Lancashire Encounter Pic: Tony Worrall

Lancashire Encounter is expected to impress Preston as a long list of events set to amaze the city on Saturday 24 September.


The whole weekend is bursting with quality activities and performances designed to inspire, excite and captivate guests who get involved with the Lancastrian festival of fun.

Each day will hold a variety of events at different locations around the city centre.

Friday saw a thrilling line-up, but there is even more excitement in store for Saturday, including a procession of light.

Read the best picks for Saturday in our handy guide below.

Saturday September 24 11am-10pm

Pride, Flag Market

With 2016 being the year of the much loved Olympic Games, come and celebrate the Rio Olympics as a record number of openly gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes take part in Preston Pride Sports Day. This is a unique opportunity for transsexual athletes to compete for the first time without undergoing gender reassignment surgery. Why not join in the celebrations?

Times: 10.30am-4pm

Flag Market Performance at Lancashire Encounter 2015

Flag Market Performance at Lancashire Encounter 2015


DJ and Music, Flag Market

Come and enjoy an entraining afternoon with a combination of vibrant music and atmosphere to lift your spirits while the daytime programme finishes and Preston prepares for the much anticipated Procession of Light.

Times: 4.30pm-7.30pm

Read more: What to see during the Friday of Lancashire Encounter festival

Core Part 1 , Guild Hall

Don’t miss out on the raw movement that blends two generations. Core Part 1, commissioned by Lancaster Arts and Big Imaginations uses spoken word and electronic music to provide spectacular performances including dance, swing and leaps as performers clamber their way through a bespoke scaffolding structure.

Times: 10-minute performance followed by 30-minute workshop. 1pm – 1.40pm, 2pm – 2.40pm, 3pm – 3.40pm, 4pm – 4.40pm

Part of the Guild 2012 torchlight procession Pic: Ruthie H

Part of the Guild 2012 torchlight procession Pic: Ruthie H

Procession of Light, Adelphi Roundabout

Continuing the Preston Guild torchlight precession, Saturday Lancashire Encounter will reach an ultimate peak with the Procession of Light.

Starting from 8pm from the Adelphi roundabout the procession will bring the streets of Preston alive weaving around the Covered Market canopies, across the historic Flag Market and down the newly refurbished Fishergate.

The eagerly anticipated procession will illuminate Lancashire’s Spirit of Invention, taking inspiration from Lancashire’s industrial heritage and the 200th anniversary of Preston’s illumination by Gas Light through to modern day jet engines and drones.

Organisations and businesses across Lancashire have worked together to create this unmissable spectacle of light.

PASS, Lancaster Road

Be prepared for an energetic explosion of dance theatre and movement performed live at Hawk Dance Theatre. The dramatic arts will explore the connections and encounter from our everyday lives in a creative visualisation.

Times: 12.45pm – 1pm, 2pm – 2.15pm, 4.15pm – 4.30pm

The South Asian Arts, Lancaster Road

Experience the interesting culture of The South Asian Arts by creating and decorating your own Diwa’s (lanterns). This exciting event will also give you the opportunity to join in Arabic Calligraphy workshops and decorate candles in the traditional henna designs.

Times: 11am-4pm

Circus Zyair, Bing Images

Circus Zyair, Bing Images

Circus Zyair, Avenham Park

Circus Zyair is proud to present a colourful and action packed hour and a half show displaying high energy acts from all over the world. The 2016 tour is a dazzling combination of circus, music and laughter. Enjoy the fantastic show inside a heated big top, with comfy seating and an electric atmosphere from start to finis

h. Circus Zyair The whole family can experience the spectacular Circus Zyair.

The front entrance to the train station is to be closed once work begins

The front entrance to the train station


Brace Yourself, Train Station

Come and enjoy a dance theatre performance that explores what happens when a series of unwritten socially accepted cultural norms of commuting from one place to another are broken. Ludus Dance and second year Dance Performance and Teaching Students from UCLan have choreographed the site-specific dance routine in partnership with UCLan University, Preston Train Station and the Harris Museum. Come see for yourself what it’s all about.

Times: 12noon – 12.15pm, 1.30pm – 1, 4.30pm – 4.45pm

If this taste of what’s to come next week has inspired your appetite for more, visit our Friday guide here

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