What to see on the Sunday of Lancashire Encounter Festival

Posted on - 19th September, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, History, Music, People, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Sport, Things to Do in and around Preston, UCLan, What's On in Preston

Performers at last year’s Lancashire Encounter

The final day of Lancashire Encounter concludes with Run Preston being the headline attraction on Sunday 25 September, which has been a huge success in recent years of the festival.


The finale to the event hopes to impress again this year, and Sunday has a programme packed full of events and activities to celebrate the last day.

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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.

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


Sunday September 25 9am-5pm

You can wear headphones but runners are advised not to Pic: Paul Melling

You can wear headphones but runners are advised not to Pic: Paul Melling

Run Preston, Covered Market

After the huge success of Run Preston in recent years, Lancashire Festival welcomes the event as one of the weekend’s highlights, as it returns even bigger and better. This year the run will follow a new traffic free course and chip timing. Runners of all abilities can sign up to secure a place.

Races have caped entry numbers including 2500 for 10k, 1000 for 5k. You have to be minimum age of 15 to take part in the 10k, at a cost of £14 for UK Athletics Club Runners and £16 for Unattached Runners. Runners taking part in the 5k have to be minimum age of 15 and the cost is £8 for UK Athletics Club Runners and £10 for Unattached Runners.

You can register online at

Times: 9am-12noon


Combat-a-thon, Covered Market

A unique and inspiring event helping to raise money for Armed Forces charities SSAFA and Help for Heroes. Come join local fitness enthusiasts and first timers to participate in Preston’s first Combat-a-thon for 5 hours. Anyone age 14 or above can take part, regardless of fitness levels. You can do as much and as little as you can, enjoying punching your way to a fitter you whilst having fun along the way.


Read more: What to see on the Friday of Lancashire Encounter

Once Around the Sun Burnley Youth Theatre, The Harris

Suitable for children aged 0-5’s with their families, come and enjoy a magical, sensory production of storytelling and live music to explore cross-cultural tales. Willow, the traveller, explorer and story collector will take you on an exciting adventure as she travels for 365 days over land and sea to hear stories from different cultures. Join Willow as she meets new friends, celebrates their festivals and brings different cultures together to create new stories.

Times: 12noon-12.45pm, 2.30-3.15pm


Community Expo, Flag Market

Come and experience a magnificent event organised by Preston City Council, which will see an array of colour, aromas and sounds from across the world descend upon the Flag Market. The Community Expo creates the opportunity for individual and groups from our local communities to showcase their own talents. Shoppers, passes by and participants will be granted the perfect location to enjoy a free spectacle of music, song, dance, art and food that reflect Preston’s diverse communities. Why not join the celebrations too?

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Times: 12noon-5pm

Short Story Slam, Preston Guild Hall

Take your chance to decide the ultimate winner in Lancashire Encounter’s Short Story Slam. The audience become the judges as they vote to decide which one of 12 writers is the winner as they deliver their stories to the room. This is literal death for fans of literature.

Times: 2.30-4.30pm

Kate Whelan from Cottam Primary School with Steven Gough – Kelly, a first year astronomy and physics student from UCLan

Kate Whelan from Cottam Primary School with Steven Gough – Kelly, a first year astronomy and physics student from UCLan

Light and Dark, UCLan, St George’s Shopping Centre

This is your chance to explore Light and Dark through cutting-edge scientific research in astrophysics from the University of Central Lancashire. Come view the “From the Earth to the Sun” installation, providing you the view of your closest star through the eyes of NASA’s satellite mission, the Solar Dynamic Observatory. This magnificent event will give you the opportunity to find out about our dynamic Sun, the life cycle of stars and a whole galaxy of interesting concepts and idea s with astronomers on hand to answer your questions.

Times: 12noon-5pm

Read more: What to see on the Saturday of Lancashire Encounter

K-stock, Korova Café Bar, Canon Street

To celebrate the legendary Woodstock landmark, after 2014 marked 14 years since the Woodstock Festival, Korova Café & Bar are creating their very own K-Stock Festival. Featuring the best bands and solo acts from Preston, come and enjoy your taste of Korova’s music and arts in this exciting celebration.

Times: 12noon-5pm

Push, Friargate

The powerful and engaging male duet, Push, is an athletic yet sensitive take which explores the complex nature of our psychology, in terms of dominance and control. Displaying the different stances we take as we understand and relate to one another, this effective piece choreographed by Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner, aka Company Chameleon, will highlight how at times we push to exert dominance and control, and other times choose to submit and take back. The enriching arrangement is co-commissioned by Without Walls and Dance Manchester.

Times: 12.15-12.35pm, 3.45-4.05pm

If this taste of what to come next week has inspired your appetite for more, visit our Friday and Saturday guide here or see the full listings on the Lancashire Encounter website here. 

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