This Preston pub went all out for Halloween

Posted on - 31st October, 2017 - 6:26pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston News, Pubs, Tulketh
Landlady Liz Luxton and her son Oliver Luxton
Landlady Liz Luxton and her son Oliver Luxton

The Wheatsheaf held their annual Halloween party at the weekend and what a success it was.


The pub, in Water Lane, Ashton-on-Ribble, really got into the swing of things this year, pulling out all the stops to create a creepy carnival atmosphere for the punters.

Patrons were urged to dress-up to win prizes in the ‘best fancy dress’ competition, and there was entertainment throughout the evening, as well as free food and lots of quality ale.

Landlord and landlady, Brian and Liz Luxton, took over the running of the pub around seven years ago and have held Halloween parties each year since, even winning the Amber Taverns competition for best dressed pub two years in a row; but this year was the biggest and best ever.

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Liz said: “We do something like this every year. We decorated the pub with a scary carnival theme and had all the staff dressed as clowns.

“There was a fancy dress competition, a live band, a DJ and free hot dog sausages; we even made a ghost train out in the beer garden.”

Some of the regulars in the Wheatsheaf
Some of the regulars in the Wheatsheaf

With entertainment from band, Area 51, DJ Paul Bradley spinning the decks, the Anthony Joshua fight shown live and the costumes a real trick and treat, the place was absolutely packed.

The last few years have seen the couple completely turn the fortunes of the Wheatsheaf pub around and part of that success is down to the entertainment they provide each weekend, their can-do attitude and their constant efforts to improve in whatever they do.

Liz added: “We have live bands and a DJ every weekend; we show a lot of live sport and we really go all out with our
themed evenings and events.

“A few weeks back we had Stephen Bayliss perform for us and we’ve also had A Touch of Elvis too.”

Back in September the enthusiastic licensees held a Caribbean themed day which saw the beer garden transformed into a real festival of colour, with a live steel band performing and people urged to dress in their best reggae and Caribbean get-ups.

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The Wheatsheaf will continue to run nights like this throughout the year, the next one being at Christmas when Brian and Liz will transform the pub into a Winter Wonderland.

Do you drink in The Wheatsheaf? What do you think of the place? Let us know in the comments below

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