GALLERY: A pick of this year's best festivals in Preston and across Lancashire

We've put together a handy guide to some of the best festivals taking place in and around Preston in 2018 to help you plan your summer entertainment.

Thursday, 26th April 2018, 1:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th April 2018, 1:46 pm
Music festivals around the north west


Preston’s annual festival celebrating the city’s prestigious ‘Purple Flag’ award.

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RockPrest  - For more info see here

Some of the biggest tribute acts in Europe are set to play over two days of crowd-surfing, chorus-chanting, festival fun.

The festival will have on offer over 20 real ales all sourced from Lancashire breweries.

Being served alongside the ales there will be a range of ciders, continental fruit beers and lagers.

For non-beer drinkers, a selection of fine wines, prosecco, gin and soft drinks for designated drivers and children.

Kirkham KirkFest is a family orientated music festival showcasing local artists, which was an amazing success last year!

It will include emerging talent as well as more established performers.

KirkFest will be planned and hosted by IWantEvents, in conjunction with local authorities and community partners.


Highest Point Festival - For more info see here

The A Wing team are back with what is set to be Lancaster’s biggest celebration of music and arts.

Taking over the stunning Williamson Park, Highest Point Festival will split the attractions into free family friendly activities during the daytime, and ticketed adult entertainment with bands and DJ sets through the night, making the weekender a fully inclusive affair.

Lancaster Fake Festival - For more info see here

Lancaster Fake Festival is a tribute-based music event.

Six pro-level Fake Bands will take to the stage in what promises to be an unmissable local event so get tickets sorted for a night to remember.


Rebellion Festival - For more info see here

Over 4 days every August in Blackpool, the very best in Punk gather for the social event of the year.

Many treat it as a main holiday and come every year so there is a very familiar feel to the weekend and it’s like one big family – all 4,000!

Lytham Festival - For more info see here 

Lytham Festival has fast become Lancashire’s Largest and best Loved Live Music Festival, attracting people in their thousands from all over the UK to enjoy awesome nights of Live Music & Arts by the Seaside.

Live wire Festival - For more info see here 

Tower Headland Arena Last year’s Live Wire drew crowds from across the country to see acts including The Jacksons,  The Hit Factory 80s night on, and rap heroes Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff.


Beat Herder - For more info see here

Now in its twelfth year, Beat Herder continues to draw crowds from across the country.

This Ribble Valley based festival prides itself on the fact that it began as a rave in the Lancashire hills – a vibe that that organisers have deliberately fought to retain.

At heart, this an inclusive, friendly, festival where children are welcomed and music preferences all catered for.


Kendal Calling - For more info see here

In 2006, a group of music nuts kicked off a two-day party at the glorious Abbot Hall Park in Kendal.

By hook and by crook, they landed festival giants Pendulum and Kendal-born British Sea Power, making the glorious rolling countryside rock with images of fighting robots, flying plastic owls and more!

Everything was set in place for Kendal Calling to make its first tentative steps into the wild, wonderful world of festivaldom.

Kendal Calling is fast becoming one of the North West’s top music festival events.

Creamfields Festival - For more info see here

This multi award winning dance and music festival is set to return to Daresbury near Cheshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Festival goers are sure to be treated to an iconic lineup of global superstars who will treat them to the best sounds around.