Things to do in Preston this May Bank Holiday Weekend

Posted on - 2nd May, 2018 - 2:28pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
The Prestfest stage on the Flag Market
The Prestfest stage on the Flag Market

It’s nearly time for Bank Holiday Weekend to begin and we’ve collected together a range of events around the city to help you make the most of the break.


Including Prestfest, rock climbing and scarecrow festivals, there is lots to choose from for this Bank Holiday.

Take a look at our list, and feel free to add other events in the comments section below.


Presfest returns for Bank Holiday Weekend with big music and fashion names.

The huge outdoor concert on the Flag Market will be taking place on Saturday 5 May at 6.30pm.

Big acts include former Sporty Spice, Melanie C, joined on stage by retro European DJ Sash, Cafe Mambo Ibiza resident DJ Ben Santiago and sax sensation Lovely Laura.

Before the concert, Fashion Rocks will be taking place with Gok Wan from 11.30am to 4.30pm, presenting an afternoon of stylish catwalk displays.

The concert is £5 per ticket, available to purchase via the Prestfest website.

The Fashion show is free.

The Stags Head Goosnargh

May Day Fun Day is coming to The Stags Head in Goosnargh for an afternoon of celebrations.

On Monday 7 May, the venue will host brilliant races, competitions and their first ever ‘Tug O War’ battle.

A kids disco, bouncy castle and face painting will also be on hand to make the day even more exciting.

With great prizes to be won, all proceeds on the day will be donated to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

You can find out more information on The Stags Head Facebook Page.

Clip N Climb

Lancashire’s new climbing sensation Clip N Climb is set to keep kids entertained, with action-packed fun for all the family.

Boasting 20 individual climbing wall challenges with various designs and difficulty, this adventure will test agility and courage.

There are 24 climbs to attempt, soft play area for under 4’s and a café area overlooking the climbing arena.

Two special attractions are also on hand – the infamous Vertical Drop Slide and the Stairway to Heaven.

A family ticket for four is priced at £44, or £12 per person.

Sessions start every half hour and can be booked online.

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Scarecrow Festival

A Scarecrow Festival is coming to Brockholes Nature Reserve on Saturday 5 May.

From 11am – 4pm, you can head out on the Scarecrow Trail, seeing how many Scarecrows you can find and take photographs with them all.

There will be children’s craft activities throughout the day, and the route is pram friendly.

There is no need to book the event, just turn up.

Scarecrow Trail Leaflets are priced at £3.50, with craft activities £3.00 per item.

Lambing Live at Mrs Dawsons

Watch Spring arrive at Hawkshaw Farm, Longsight Road, and explore the surroundings.

This year, the farm has new lambing barns and new experiences to enjoy.

Discover their newest spring arrivals and your favourite farm residents.

Strolling through the barns you’ll meet the colourful farming team and explore real farm life.

Taking place from 10 March – 3 June 2018, the farm is open weekends, school and Bank holidays from 10.30am – 5pm.

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Festival

Jazz and Blues lovers get set for a special treat this Bank Holiday.

At various locations in Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley, the festival will take place from Thursday 3 May – Monday 7 May.

Top international stars and young musicians will come together to deliver their very best.

There will be something for everyone in this mix of jazz, from the nostalgic tunes of local legend Eric Ainsworth to the ripping beats of the Renegade Brass Band at the Old School Rooms.

There will be a tribute to John Coltrane by Denys Baptiste.

On Sunday the smooth sounds of Camilla George will be performed.

For families, they have a special performance of “How Monkey Found His Swing”, a free Saturday Party along Castle Street and free music marquees at Holmes Mill on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.

You can find out more here.

What do you have planned for May Bank Holiday Weekend? Do you have anything to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below

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