Festival aims to attract more people to city centre

Photo Ian Robinson'Prestfest'Preston By Night'Giant Butterfies and the Giant Robot
Photo Ian Robinson'Prestfest'Preston By Night'Giant Butterfies and the Giant Robot
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Quirky street performers, musicians and actors will light up Preston city centre as a major festival returns next month.

Organisers of Prestfest have confirmed the entertainment will see dinosaurs, trolls, a giant Lego man, a light show and even a camel, perform on the streets of the city centre on the May bank holiday.

It has also got more city centre venues than ever before signed up to offer revellers exclusive deals in a bid to attract more people to the city.

Jessica Toomey, chairman of Preston by Night and operator of the Frog & Bucket Comedy Club said it would be the biggest bank holiday weekend party Preston has ever seen.

She said: “This is the third time Prestfest will have hit the streets of Preston and we have no doubt this will be the biggest and best.

“The aim of the event is to create a unique experience which people will remember and encourage them to come back to enjoy a fun and safe night out in Preston.

“We have already seen people coming from all over the North West and beyond because of the success of previous events. This time we have more businesses backing us and more offers being made than ever before, so we know Preston’s night-time economy is backing us.”

The event, which runs from Thursday, May 22 to Friday, May 24, will see television’s Simon Entwistle offering free guided tours revealing the city’s spooky past, and a competition to give away £1,500 ‘Preston Pounds’ which can be spent in city centre businesses.

The BID and the Preston By Night Committee, made up of representatives of the city’s night-time venues, are also planning to send out more than 30,000 guides to homes across central Lancashire to promote the event.