10 things to do in Lancashire over Bank Holiday weekend...

Preston Whit Fair

Preston Whit Fair

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We’ve got 10 great things to do for you and your family for the Bank Holiday weekend.

1. PAID: War of the Roses re-enactment weekend - Hoghton Tower. Sunday and Monday

Head back to 1482 to meet the tradesmen/household members of Sir John Savile’s Household and The Beaufort Companye. The Duke of Gloucester has sent a commissioner of Array to inspect the soldiers/men at arms of the Household.

He is planning a campaign against the Scots and needs to know that the men who fight for him are well arrayed and skilled in the arts of war.

Event admission: adults £6, children & concessions £4, Under 5s Free. Separate charges apply for House Tours.

2. PAID: G Festival Beer & Music Event. Gregson Green Community Centre and Playing Fields, Gregson Lane, Hoghton. Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

This three-day inaugural G-Festival will showcase some of Lancashire’s finest ales and will have live music from local and national acts. Event will help raise money for Gregson Green Community Centre and upkeep of the grounds.

£5 per day or £12 for all three days

3. FREE: Wrea Green Car Carnival, Sunday and Monday 1-3pm, village green

This is the 4th Car Carnival on the Green, Wrea Green with all proceeds donated to Trinity Hospice. For a minimum donation of £10 per car, enthusiasts park on the picturesque village Green from 1pm – 3pm. The cars are split into three categories, Super Cars, Classic and Vintage and judged accordingly, the winners of each category being presented with a trophy at the end of the event. No charge for spectators.

4. PAID: Bubble and Bounce, Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow

Gigantic Outdoor Inflatable Play Hamlet, with over 20 giant inflatables... Where children can bounce, squeeze, crawl and slide through every shape and size of inflatable imaginable. Rides included.

Admission £5 per child (for 45 minutes) Sessions start on the hour, every hour from 10am last entry 5pm. So, bring the kids along and enjoy the fun. 2016 is bigger and better than ever before. Please note this is an outdoor event and may be cancelled at short notice if the weather is inclement.

5. FREE: Garstang Children’s Festival, Monday, May 30

Procession assembles at 10am at the Market Cross, followed by the queen crowning at 11am and moves off at 11.05am from High Street car park to Moss Lane Playfields Fields where there is a host of events, competitions and stalls.

The evening procession starts at 6pm on Moss Lane and completes two laps of the centre of the town before finishing on Park Hill Road. The roads in the centre of Garstang will be closed from 10.30am until approx. 12.30pm to all traffic and again from 5.30-7pm.

6. PAID/FREE: Chipping Steam Fair, 28, 29, 30, Green Lane Showground. Chipping

What was originally seen as a one-off event in 1998 has, through the overwhelming success of that first event, now become a firm fixture in the calendar of many enthusiasts. Over 10,000 visitors and 450 exhibitors supported that first event. Steam engines, classic cares, stalls, plants

Adults £8, children and OAPs £6. Under 12s Free

7. FREE: Quirky Back Lanes of the Western Parishes: Coppull Community Centre Monday, 10am.

You don’t have to be the next Bradley Wiggins, but you’ll need to know your way around a bike and be fairly fit to take part. This is a challenging ride exploring the Back Lanes (literally - there are two of them on the route) of the Western parishes, some with quaint & quirky names. Along the route we’ll ride through the villages of Eccleston, home of Sir Bradley Wiggins, and Mawdesley as we pass through part of the West Lancashire plains. There will be the opportunity to stop for a well earned cup of tea and slice of cake at the Owd Barn Tea Shop before heading back to the start point at Coppull Community Leisure Centre.

Starting point - Coppull Community Leisure Centre, Springfield Road, PR7 5EJ

Cycling time - 180 mins Route distance - 22 miles

8. FREE: Churchtown Festival, Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall, Churchtown Saturday 1pm

The procession of tableaux, fancy dress, local queens, dignitaries, local organisations and bands will leave Kirkland Memorial Hall field at 1pm led by the Boddington Belles Morris Men, making its way to Churchtown for a short Church service at 1.30pm, before returning to the field for the crowning of the 2016 queen at 2.15pm. Anyone wishing to enter the fancy dress should arrive by 12.30pm. There will also be children’s sports, football competition, donkey rides, a bouncy slide, games, BBQ, sweet stall, tombola, afternoon teas and refreshments during the afternoon.

9. PAID: Annual Whit Pleasure Fair, Flag Market, Preston. Friday, May 27-June 1

Over the bank holiday weekend the Market site and the historic Flag market site fills with the music, colour, laughter and screams of a fabulous Pleasure fair. From the Big wheel to the waltzers and dodgems and the fast, stomach churning thrill rides, the fair takes over the market site. Crowds by the thousands flock into the town centre to visit and enjoy one of the few remaining town centre fun fairs. The candy floss, burgers and popcorn all add to the fun of Preston’s gigantic fun fair.

10. FREE: Botany Bay superheroes day. Monday 10am-3pm

Fly into Botany Bay on Spring Bank Holiday Monday for an action packed day for all the family. G o dressed as your favourite movie superhero, star or real life hero. Activities on the day include; a ‘Superhero meet and greet’ with a chance to meet marvellous movie favoruites and have a selfie taken with them. There will also be a superhero bouncy castle, facepainting, and chance to make your own superhero mask.