How you can celebrate Chinese New Year in Preston

Posted on - 9th February, 2024 - 3:24pm | Author - | Posted in - Longridge, Preston City Centre, Preston Docks, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, University campus
Dragon dance at the Flag Market for Chinese New Year celebrations in 2018 Pic: Blog Preston
Dragon dance at the Flag Market for Chinese New Year celebrations in 2018 Pic: Blog Preston

Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Preston with a number of events taking place across the city.


Marking the transition between zodiac signs, in 2024 Chinese New Year begins on Saturday 10 February.

Read on how to find out how you can celebrate the advent of the Year of the Dragon.

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Friday 9 February from 9pm at Popworld


What’s Poppin Fridays is celebrating the Year of the Dragon with a live DJ and free fortune cookies. There’s free entry to the Church Street venue before 11pm for valid student and blue light cardholders.

Friday 9 February to Wednesday 13 February at Derby Arms

The Longridge inn is serving up flavours of the Chinese New Year, celebrating with dishes such as peking duck pancakes. There’s also 20 per cent off food Monday to Friday until the end of February (excluding Valentine’s Day).

Saturday 10 February from 10.30am at Preston Marina

The UCLan Confucius Institute is organising a New Year’s Day celebration including a dragon dance, paddling, dotting dragon eyes, lion dance and free pizza and bacon barms.

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A Preston Dragons boat moored at the Marina Pic: Blog Preston
Preston Dragons will be involved at the event at the Marina Pic: Blog Preston

Sunday 11 February from 12pm to 3pm at Lancashire Archives

This free event features activities for all the family, including Chinese tea-tasting, calligraphy, lantern and dragon puppet-making workshops, and a look behind the scenes at the archives to see the Queen Elizabeth I letter to the Emperor of China from 1602. There’s also the opportunity to take part in a spectacular dragon dance around Lancashire Archives.

Wednesday 21 February from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at University Square

Students and staff of the University of Central Lancashire will perform a lion dance and dragon dance. The Mayor of Preston Councillor Yakub Patel will be present, along with other special guests.

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