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Full list of free events as The MET set to bring culture and community to Ribbleton

Posted on - 5th July, 2024 - 1:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Deepdale, Kid's stuff, Preston Council, Preston News, Ribbleton, St Matthews, What's On in Preston
Inside The Met (Mobile Event Tent) Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Inside The Met Pic: Michael Porter Photography

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) will take up residency at the Tesco car park in Ribbleton from Monday 8 July until Sunday 4 August.

A diverse range of free activities and events will be available throughout the month, all designed to give local artists and performers a platform to showcase their talents and connect with the community – especially those residents who might not otherwise participate.

This community-focused initiative involves local residents in the planning process and asking for their input on desired events, ensuring the programme is relevant and reflects the diversity of its surroundings.

Sarah Threlfall, Director of Community and Wellbeing for Preston City Council said: “We are thrilled to see The MET returning to Ribbleton this summer.

“Last year it welcomed hundreds of people from across Preston and wider and we once again look forward to seeing Ribbleton come alive with creativity and connection during this exciting programme.

“This initiative not only brings a diverse range of cultural activities directly to the community but also fosters a sense of belonging and engagement among residents.”

Charles Quick, Professor of Public Art Practice, Co Curator In Certain Places, added: “The MET is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when creative people, institutions and communities come together. It celebrates and supports the cultural resources of the communities it visits.

“The importance of culture to community’s well-being cannot be underestimated. It brings people together and unifies groups while empowering them.”

Charles Quick inside The Met Mobile Event Tent Pic: Blog Preston
Charles Quick inside The Met Pic: Blog Preston

All events are free to attend, although some do need you to book. Read on to find out what’s happening when, and go to the Visit Preston website for links to book.

Tuesday 9 July

Children’s Soft Play

Special event for pre school toddlers to experience a range of soft play equipment. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and sessions are limited to 15 children per session.

Time: 

  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1pm
  • 2pm 

Wednesday 10 July

Creative Workshop with Mural Artist Becki Miller

Join Becki Miller, aka Moze, for a creative ideas-based workshop about all things murals. Ages 12 to 18. Drop in welcome. No booking required.

Time:

  • 6 – 8pm

Thursday 11 July

Photography Mindfulness Workshop

Mindfulness Photography to help aid well-being and personal recovery. Learn how to reconnect, and reclaim your power to help navigate and understand your emotions.

Time: 

  • 10am – 12pm

Creative Crafts

Join Joey as she takes over the MET to bring out your inner artist and creator, whether you like knitting, sewing, card or lantern making! Strictly age 16+.

Time: 

  • 1pm – 4pm

Bollywood Dancing

All ages welcome to join the fun. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult over 18.

Time: 

  • 5pm – 6pm

Saturday 13 July

Taking Better Pictures with your Phone

Want to take better photos ? Be it for Instagram or just to send to your mates, this workshop shows you how to take better pictures with the camera in your pocket… your mobile phone. Sessions run by Preston Photographer Ashley Hardman. 12 people per session you will go for a walk in the immediate area to take photos.

Time:

  • 10am – 12pm
  • 2pm – 4pm
The stage in The Met (Mobile Event Tent) Pic: Michael Porter Photography
The Met’s stage Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Monday 15 July

Latin and Ballroom with Fever Dance Company

Go along as a couple or with your friends, to enjoy learning a new skill. No experience needed, just wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

Time:

  • 6.30 pm – 7.45pm

Wednesday 17 July

Screen Print Workshop

A chance to try screen printing at this workshop run by staff from ArtLab Contemporary Print Studio at University of Central Lancashire. No experience needed, all ages welcome.

Time:

  • 2pm – 4pm
  • 5pm – 7pm

Thursday 18 July

Planetarium

Space will arrive in Ribbleton with this pop-up planetarium. There is something for all ages. Starting with shows for children under 5-years-old, followed by some teatime and evening shows for families and older space fans. The planetarium can fit 25 people inside, so book tickets to be sure of a place.

Time:

  • 1pm – Moon Man Dan
  • 2pm – Moon Man Dan
  • 4.30pm – The Solar System
  • 5.30pm – The Search for Life
  • 6.30pm – The Solar System
  • 7.30pm – The Search for Life

Friday 19 July

Grow and Sow

Take the little ones and prepare to get messy. Join Let’s Grow Preston and make those little fingers green.

Time:

  • 10am – 12pm

Saturday 20 July

Billy Joel Tribute UK

The UK’s ultimate tribute act playing all the favourites.

Time:

  • 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Read more: Preston drama club to perform amateur premiere of play by local lad turned West End star

The MET (Mobile Event Tent) was popular in Ribbleton last year and has returned Pic: Blog Preston
The MET was popular in Ribbleton last year and has returned Pic: Blog Preston

Monday 22 July

Salsa with Fever Dance Company

Go along as a couple or with your friends, to enjoy learning a new skill. No experience needed, just wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

Time:

  • 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Tuesday 23 July

DENW Get Together! Safety in Summer

An event for disabled people that will cover summer safety issues, including a craft event and refreshments. Email melanie@disability-equality.org.uk if you would like more information or to attend.

Time:

  • 11am – 3pm

Thursday 25 July

A selection of films throughout the day for children and adults.

Movie: Up

Limited to 30 adults, and 40 children.

Time:

  • 10am

Movie: Mother India

Time:

  • 12.30pm

Movie: Finding Nemo

Limited to 30 adults, and 40 children.

Time:

  • 4pm

Movie: Grease Sing-A-Long

For ages 14 plus.

Time:

  • 7pm

Friday 26 July

Family Quiz

How many superheroes can you name? Do you know who sings ‘Let It Go’? Bring the family and enjoy a fun afternoon winning prizes. Free snacks for all the children and young people. 

Time:

  • 3pm – 5pm

Quiz Night

15 teams of up to six people per team will compete to win hampers, tickets, vouchers and some funny prizes. Strictly over 18s only with a bar on site; you will need to add a team name to book.

Time:

  • 7pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 27 July

Ribbleton Boys

Three musicians with connections to Ribbleton play their original songs and classic blues numbers. Limited to 70 tickets.

Time:

  • 7pm – 9:30pm
Seating set up in The Met Pic: Michael Porter Photography
Seating set up in The Met Pic: Michael Porter Photography

Monday 29 July

Making Music with Mobile Devices

Musician Aziz Ibrahim (former Stone Roses, Simply Red, Asia etc.) is running a workshop to show you how to compose music on your mobile phone – Android or iOS. Just take your mobile.

Time:

  • 4pm – 6pm

Line Dancing with Fever Dance Company

Go along as a couple or with your friends, to enjoy learning a new skill. No experience needed, just wear comfortable clothing and footwear.

Time:

  • 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Tuesday 30 July

Family Creative Crafts

Join Joey and get creative. Design and create a bag/wallet and a dreamcatcher. Tickets include one adult and up to three children.

Time:

  • 2pm – 4pm

Summer Hanging Basket Making

All resources provide for you to leave with your own unique creation.

Time:

  • 5pm – 7pm

Wednesday 31 July

Nerf Party

They have the equipment – you take your team! One booking per one child, a parent or guardian must be over 18 and complete a consent form on arrival.

Time:

  • 10am – 12pm
  • 1pm – 3pm
  • 4pm – 6pm
  • 7pm – 9pm

Thursday 1 August

Air Fryer Cookery

A hands-on cook-and-eat session where you will make quick, easy, and delicious food, and can even take home printed recipes to try. Everyone who attends is entered into a raffle to take home one of 10 air fryers used in the course.

Time:

  • 10am – 11.30am
  • 1pm – 2.30pm
  • 5pm – 6.30pm

Friday 2 August

Silent Disco

Join a session where the headphones, a DJ and a dancefloor are all provided. Drop-ins are welcome, no booking required. Ages 14 to 18.

Time: 

  • 7pm – 9.30pm

Saturday 3 August

Teen Turn-Up

DJ and free photo booth for ages 11 to 15.

Time:

  • 7pm – 9:30pm

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This story was made possible by support from you, our readers, and a host of organisations in the city, through our Crowdfund Lancashire appeal, which unlocked support from the Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provided by Lancashire County Council. You can see all our coverage and, if you know of an arts project or event in the city we should be covering, send details to contactus@blogpreston.co.uk.

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