Leyland Festival announces ‘Great British’ theme for 2022 event

Posted on - 25th October, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Kid's stuff, Leyland, Music, South Ribble News, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Pic: Leyland Festival

Leyland Festival is returning in 2022 with a new Great British theme following a two-year hiatus.


Scheduled for Thursday 2 June, the Great British Festival aims to capture national and local excitement during Queen Elizabeth II’s jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne.

The festival allows Leyland attendees to showcase their take on the new theme. The organisers hope local people and businesses will get excited and show off their creativity during the parade.

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Pic: Leyland Festival

Organisers have asked attendees to revel in all things Great British, with everything from the UK’s musical heritage to cream tea and the NHS up for celebration.

Martin Carlin, chairman of Leyland Festival, said: “We’re very excited about next year’s Great British Festival theme. After a two-year absence, to return on a Thursday of such heightened excitement is the icing on the Victoria sponge cake”.

“The festival is a longstanding source of local pride. In 2022, we also hope to be a shining light to the whole country.

“We know how to throw a great party, we know how to embrace a theme, we know how to turn our resources into something extraordinary that unites our community and lifts spirits across the region. We’ll be back with a bang, showing the UK how it’s done.

“We have also been waiting a long time to champion our local businesses. We’ll be working incredibly hard to ensure that our hospitality and retail businesses have the opportunity and support to bounce back further after what’s been an unimaginably challenging period. Just as importantly, however, it’ll be a fantastic party and a festival we’ll remember for decades to come.”

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Pic: Leyland Festival

One of the biggest events in the South Ribble calendar, Leyland Festival has a history spanning more than 130 years and is renowned for its costume design, talent and enthusiasm.

With the theme confirmed, local businesses, community groups, charities, artists and residents are invited to begin planning for the festivities. As they prepare floats, costumes, experiences and stalls, festival organisers will press ahead with decorating the town, packed with engaging events.

Worden Park’s treasured green space will feature live music performances, children’s entertainment, gift stalls, artisan food and a drinks market, as well as the opportunity to grab afternoon tea.

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Pic: Leyland Festival

On Friday 3 June, there will be a Music in the Park event featuring musicians and singers followed by more jubilee celebrations across the weekend.

The festival will also see the return of Cars in the Park. Forming a major spectacle in the parade, vehicle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to admire the latest supercars by Lamborghini and Ferrari, as well as hot hatches, modifications and vintage examples.

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