What is happening on Preston Flag Market this summer

Posted on - 23rd May, 2017 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Kid's stuff, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston

There are lots of things happening on Preston Flag Market this summer that you can get involved with.


From Saturday 3 June – Saturday 26 August  you can visit the Flag Market between 9am-11.30pm to take part in the array of activities and events available.

Preston City Council are holding the free event where there will be everything from music, dancing, street theatre and much more.

Making a Mark Saturday 3 June, 12pm-4pm

The Harris Museum is to be lit gold throughout September

Making a Mark is your chance to paint a picture or take a photo. Taking place in the Harris and on the Flag Market, you can create your very own piece of art and they will be shown on the large TV screen near the Harris shop. So if you’re a professional or novice artist, or a family looking for a fun day out, get involved with Making a Mark.

Urban Astronaut Saturday 10 June, 12pm-4pm

Without Walls, a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals developing the UK’s outdoor arts sector, is presenting Urban Astronaut. This will combine stunning design and will include never before seen aerial performance providing a glimpse of a future that might be.

Street Theatre Saturday 10 June, 12pm-4pm

Salsa dancing on the Flag Market

Come and enjoy a fresh take on street theatre in which you will be transported to other worlds with classic tales being told at the Shed of Stories. Overnight a small mysterious shed will appear on Preston Flag Market and stories will be told by performers in a variety of ways, both inside and outside the shed. Between story times the shed becomes a pop-up library where children and families can read together, along with there being a small writing desk with paper and pencils where older children can pen their next masterpiece. You will have the chance to meet Bill Oddity’s Bewildered Beasts.

Carnival’s King & Queen Saturday 17 June, 12pm-4pm

Preston Caribbean Carnival King and Queen

Come along to the fantastic competition in which this years Caribbean Carnival King and Queen will be named. The family friendly event is held each year in which one King and Queen will be crowned for the most amazing costumes of the year. The main Caribbean Carnival will be held on Sunday 25 June and is made up of individual bands, who will put forward one King and one Queen into the competition to showcase their costumes in a dazzling display of dance and music. The bands choose a theme each year and are expected to have knowledge of Carnival and how their costumes relate to the theme. They will also dance and entertain the crowd in a bid to impress the judges and be crowned the King and Queen.

Armed Forces Day Saturday 24 June, 11am-5pm

Come and celebrate Preston’s armed forces in style with attractions, demonstrations, military vehicles and a free music concert. The event will begin with a celebration, with military bands and the city’s veterans. There will be various military equipment on display for you to come and view, including a spitfire and Challenger tank supplied by two military museums, the veterans association and local/national charities. There will also be a fairground for the children and other attractions and stalls.

Lancashire Music Hub Saturday 1 July, 12pm-4pm

Why not visit the Lancashire Music Hub for a spectacular musical performance and a chance to sing along in the Harris and on the Flag Market.

Derelict17 Festival Saturday 1 July, 11am-4pm

The Derelict17 is an outdoor festival that will be taking place on the Flag Market. This gives you the chance to engage with spectacular and participatory performance delivered by emerging national and international artists.

Prestfest Saturday 8 July, 7pm-11.30pm

PrestFest is brought to you by Preston’s Business Improvement District (BID) in which international music performances including Tom Zanetti and Fatman Scoop will be live on the Flag Market at this spectacular open-air gig. Tickets for the vent are priced at £5 and you can get tickets by visiting the PrestFest event page.

Superhero Academy Saturday 15 July, 12pm-4pm

Join in with these interactive workshops for young people where you can create a superhero identity on Preston’s Flag Market. You will inducted into the gadgets laboratory to create Gadgets & Goo worthy of fighting enemies and keeping the streets of Preston free from litter.

Preston Tringe Saturday 22 July, 12pm-5pm

Come along to the exciting mix of theatre, comedy, dance music and more. The full festival takes place from 21st to 30th July however this creative programme will give you the chance to experience a taste of the exciting music event.

Preston Strong Man competition Saturday 29 July, 10am-4pm

There's a range of challenges to overcome to become Preston's Strongest Man

Watch competitors battle it out to win the Strong Man title. Just like on the TV programme, now you get the chance to view Preston’s Strong men on the Flag Market in which they will pit themselves against each other with a series of strength and stamina tests.

Preston Mela Saturday 5 August, 12pm-4pm

Drummers and dancers on the Flag Market Pic: Paul Melling
Drummers and dancers on the Flag Market Pic: Paul Melling

Preston Mela is a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture that will see the Flag Market filled with the sounds of modern and traditional music. Dance and entertainment from around the world will take place alongside performances from local musicians and dance groups.

Preston City Wrestling Saturday 12 August, 12pm-4pm

Come and watch a live wrestling show in the heart of the city centre. This will be taking place as part of Preston City Wrestling’s 6th anniversary and fans both old and new are most welcome to attend.

Feast for Peace Saturday 19 August 12pm-4pm

The Flag Market was covered in stalls for the event Pic: Geoff Wilde

The Flag Market was covered in stalls for the event Pic: Geoff Wilde

Help to celebrate Preston’s cultural diversity with plenty of opportunities to eat, listen to music and dance together. The Larder and Preston Food Partnership are also teaming up with the Harris to celebrate the amazing food heroes of World War I.

Blaze Lounge Saturday 26 August, 12pm-4pm

This is your chance to hear some of the North West’s best up and coming musicians performing their own new music. It is a great  latform for emerging musicians to perform new music and reach new audiences.

Will you be attending any of the events in our list? Have you visited Preston’s Flag Market recently? Let us know in the comments below

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