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Easter egg rolling returns to Avenham Park for first time in two years

Posted on - 22nd March, 2022 - 10:11am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Getting ready to egg roll on the hill Pic: Blog Preston
Getting ready to egg roll on the hill 2019 Pic: Blog Preston

Preston’s famed egg rolling event is back for 2022, having been cancelled for the past two years due to Covid restrictions. The popular event, held on Avenham and Miller Parks every Easter Monday, has a documented history of over 150 years.

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Every year, visitors arrive from all over Lancashire to take part in the historic event which sees hundreds of visitors rolling chocolate eggs down the steep hill on Avenham Park, on the hour, every hour.

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Always an egg-citing spectacle, the traditional event has an eclectic mix of street theatre, workshops, food and drink stalls, children’s entertainers, live music, and more. You can even stop to say hello to Plucky the giant hen.

Although many features such as the Easter bonnet competition feature annually, each year has a unique theme. This year’s event which will be held on Monday 18 April, ties in with celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, along with the twenty years since Preston gained its city status. With so much to celebrate, this year’s event is going to be egg-cellent!

Plucky the Giant Hen egg rolling. Credit to Michael Porter

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet Member for Culture and Arts at Preston City Council, said: “I am extremely excited to see this wonderful Preston tradition return after a two-year break. It’s always great to see so many families from all over Lancashire enjoying Easter Monday on Preston’s picturesque parks. 

“The return of egg rolling brings with it a hope that life is getting back to normal, after what has been a difficult two years for everyone.”

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