Leyland Festival 2019

Rain Didn’t Dampen the Leyland Festival Spirit

Leyland Festival 2019

Despite some heavy rain showers on the day, people turned out in their thousands to enjoy all the fun and entertainment of this year’s Leyland Festival.

We were absolutely delighted to see thousands of visitors lining the streets of Leyland to see our traditional festival parade spread a carnival atmosphere right through the town.

The floats, bands and walking groups, organised by local businesses, charities and community groups, were inspired by our festival ‘musicals’ theme. Their bright decorations, costumes and choreography created a rainbow of colour, entertainment and energy that brought smiles to the faces of onlookers.

The vehicle parade was bigger and better this year, with an eclectic mix of old and new. Spectators were treated to an array of rare, unusual and eye-catching vehicles with everything from a Tuk Tuk to the latest Lamborghini and Ferrari supercars. Of course, this year, everyone was delighted to see the return of the iconic Popemobile leading the festival parade with the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble on board.

Over on Worden Park visitors were treated to a huge selection of entertainment and activities for all the family. There were hundreds of organisations involved, all providing something different for families to enjoy.

Kevin Simm’s headline performance topped off an amazing line-up of local talent. This year there were three stages – the main stage, acoustic stage and afternoon tea stage. Each had a completely different vibe for people to enjoy.

The ever-popular Paws in the Park dog show was a highlight for many once again, as was the growing festival Car Show ‘Cars in the Park’. And visitors definitely didn’t go hungry or thirsty with a huge selection of food and drink retailers and producers throughout the park.

Tony Harrison, Leyland Festival Committee Chairman said: “We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this year’s Leyland Festival, especially given the unkind weather. But the rain didn’t dampen the festival spirit one bit!

“Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces and laughter, people making memories with their families and friends that they will cherish. All the many hours of planning and preparation are worth it when you see the joy Leyland Festival brings to so many people.

“There are so many people to thank, my fellow committee members, our sponsors, all the businesses, organisations and individuals who take part on the day, South Ribble Borough Council and, of course, our amazing volunteers.

“We are incredibly proud of what we achieve with Leyland Festival. It is a celebration of everything that is good in our local community and an opportunity for us to share that with visitors from near and far. We love how the festival brings the whole community together and captures and amplifies the fabulous community spirit of Leyland. Long may that continue!”

Leyland Festival Committee will be enjoying a few weeks of well-earned rest before attention turns to planning next year’s event. Watch this space!

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Leyland Festival Returned

with the Greatest Show in Lancashire!

Aim2Be Leyland festival winning float

Despite the rain, Leyland Festival put on another amazing show this Summer with an action-packed day brimming with fun activities and entertainment for all the family.

The magic of musical theatre transformed Leyland’s town centre into the heart of Theatreland with the Leyland Festival theme of ‘Music from the Shows’ inspiring a carnival spirit across the town. There was something for everyone at this year’s Leyland festival. We are putting together an amazing image gallery for the day, so watch this space!

Why not check out your Local Leyland Community News area to discover an exciting mixture of local events and also insider stories about the 2019 Leyland Festival. If you have other community news or events let us know and we will showcase them on your behalf.

Kevin Simm Headline Act at Leyland Festival

The Leyland Festival returned in 2019 with Kevin Simm headlining on the festivals main stage! The former Liberty X band member and 2016 winner of The Voice was also the lead singer for Scottish rock band Wet Wet Wet during their spring 2019 April tour.

Kevin wowed crowds with his appearance, performing some of his greatest hit records this year at The Leyland Festival, which was held at Worden Park on Saturday 15th June 2019.

Prior to the festival Kevin announced “I’m really looking forward to performing at Leyland Festival! It was always a day I really looked forward to growing up in Leyland. I have very fond memories of being on one of the floats with the Beavers and my Grandad driving the lorry. It was always a special day out, and I’m really excited to be part of it this year”

Kevin’s career rocketed when he was a contestant on Popstars TV show back in the early 2000’s, where he was a runner up on the show and went on to be part of the band Liberty X.  Shortly after forming the band they where signed by Richard Branson’s music label V2 Records and went on to have 7 top 10 singles in the music charts.

Kevin then went on to WOW the audience and judges in 2016, as he was a contestant on The Voice. Kevin was a winner on the show and then released his UK debut single “All You Good Friends”.

Recently the 1980s band Wet Wet Wet have announced that Kevin is set to join them on their nationwide tour in 2019.

Leyland Festival organisers are proud that Kevin performed at the event especially as he was born and grew up in Leyland, it made it extra special and brought talent and pride to the festival and local area.

Discover more exciting acts who appeared on stage in 2019 at  Festival Music

Kevin Simm Headline Act 2019 Leyland Festival
See Kevin Simm Headline at Leyland Festival 2019

Local groups and individuals made this year’s festival a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who supported Leyland Festival 2019 for making a difference in your local community. Many took part and were able to raise the profile of community groups or charities. Volunteers and attendees worked together to make the 2019 Festival the best yet!

Leyland Festival Event Photography

As promised we had an official photographer with us on the festival day capturing all of the highlights from this year’s events. But we know there will be lots of other amazing photos taken by you on the day – and we want to see them!

Please share your photos with us via our social media pages or by emailing festival@southribble.gov.uk We may use photos sent to us for future printed and/or online publicity for Leyland Festival.

We are putting together a celebration of the day in photographs, and here are a few sneak previews…

Leyland Festival 2019
Leyland Festival 2019
Leyland Festival 2019
Leyland Festival 2019
Leyland Festival 2019
Aim2Be Leyland festival winning float

Please share your photos with us via our social media pages or by emailing festival@southribble.gov.uk We may use photos sent to us for future printed and/or online publicity for Leyland Festival.

Please note that the Leyland Festival organisers will be taking photos and/or film footage at the event that will be used in the following ways:

  • The event’s printed publicity
  • The event’s online publicity (including social media)

Images are be stored securely and will not be kept longer than needed for the purposes listed above.

Be assured that we take individuals’ right to privacy seriously and will delete any images that contain any individual or their child, if requested to do so. Should you wish for an image to be deleted, please send your request to festival@southribble.gov.uk giving a description of the photo(s) and where you have seen it.

Discover Local Leyland

Your Community and Festival News Area

Why not check out your Local Leyland, Community News area to discover an exciting mixture of local events and also insider stories about how different groups prepared to take part in the 2019 Leyland Festival, along with exciting stories from the day. We are happy to showcase local events and community celebrations on your Community Spotlight

amazing dancers from Mavis Berry & Helen Allen School Of Dance at the Leyland Festival
The Magic of the Musicals Leyland Festival 2019
The Magic of the Musicals Leyland Festival 2019
The Magic of the Musicals Leyland Festival 2019

Wicked

Cats

Chicago

Grease

Les Misérables

The Lion King

Mama Mia!

Aladdin the Broadway Musical

West Side Story

School of Rock

The Phantom of the Opera

Matilda the Musical

Mary Poppins

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

A Chorus Line

Beauty and the Beast

Miss Saigon

42nd Street

Fiddler on the Roof

Hello Dolly

Hairspray

Cabaret

War of the Worlds

Annie

Oklahoma!

South Pacific

The Magic Show

Evita

Dreamgirls

Singin in the Rain

Sound of Music

Me and My Girl

The Music Man

My Fair Lady

Peter Pan

Jersey Boys

The Little Mermaid

Cinderella

Shrek the Musical

Oliver!

The Wizard of Oz

Funny Girl

The Addams Family

The Little Shop of Horrors

Moulin Rouge

Pinocchio

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Billy Elliot the musical

Sister Act the Musical

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Saturday Night Fever

Funny Girl

The King and I

Amadeus

Guys and Dolls

Annie Get Your Gun

Footloose

Starlight Express

Frozen the Broadway Musical

Anastasia

Naruto

Camelot

All That Jazz

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Leyland Festival organisers and their representatives will be taking photos and/or film footage at the event. These images will be used by the Leyland Festival organisers in the following ways:
  • The events printed publicity
  • The events online publicity (including social media)
Images will be stored securely and will not be kept for longer than they are needed for the purposes listed above.
Please be assured that we take individuals right to privacy seriously and will delete any images that contain any individual or their child if requested to do so by that individual.
Should you wish for an image to be deleted please send all requests to festival@southribble.gov.uk
Photography at Leyland Festival 2019