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Egg rolling tradition returns for 2024 at Avenham and Miller Parks

Posted on - 8th March, 2024 - 12:13pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Avenham, City Centre, Kid's stuff, Parks, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Children throw eggs down a hill for a previous egg rolling event Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Children throw eggs down a hill for a previous egg rolling event Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Egg rolling – an iconic tradition spanning more than 150 years – is once again scheduled to take place at Avenham and Miller Parks this Easter.

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Participants are encouraged to take their own eggs and join the crowd in rolling them down the hills in the official egg rolls scheduled every hour from 11am to 4pm on Easter Monday.

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With a blend of workshops, street theatre and live music, the event promises a memorable experience for attendees of all ages.

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet member for Arts and Culture at Preston City Council, said: “Our aim with Egg Rolling is to not only uphold a cherished tradition but also to invigorate Preston with arts, culture, and community spirit. We want to showcase the vibrancy of our city and entice visitors from near and far to partake in this beloved tradition.

“We’re thrilled to host Egg Rolling for its 157th year and provide a platform for artists, performers, and the community to come together in celebration.”

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In addition to the egg rolling festivities, attendees can look forward to a line-up of performances featuring:

  • Seed: A rockabilly tree-planting anarcho-nomad takes audiences on a surprising and inspiring journey from small acorns to great oaks.
  • Grow Your Own!: A delightful show filled with fruit and vegetable-themed juggling and comedy cookery, including a special appearance by Peter Rabbit himself.
  • Seeing Red: A modern retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, full of red-related surprises, a pinch of feminism and a mini mob of original puppet characters; all crammed into one large, furry suitcase!

Read more: In pictures: Egg rolling 2023 in Avenham Park

The egg rolling event will also see interactive workshops such as the ever-popular Easter bonnet competition, food stands, a chance to meet Plucky the Chicken and workshops with Let’s Grow Preston where participants can learn to make simple paper pots and plant seeds, contributing to local food hubs.

More information and updates on egg rolling can be found on the Visit Preston website.

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