After a two-year hiatus, Leyland Festival will return in 2022 with a theme that’s set to excite local people and businesses and ignite creativity during the much-anticipated parade.

Attendees are being asked to revel in all things Great British, with everything from our musical heritage to cream tea and the NHS up for celebration.

Scheduled for Thursday 2nd June, the festival will bring excitement levels to a peak during an extended weekend that’s set to capture national and local excitement as we commemorate 70 years with Queen Elizabeth II on the throne. This year’s theme will allow Leyland festival-goers to showcase their own take on the theme of a ‘Great British Festival’.

One of the biggest events in the South Ribble calendar, Leyland Festival has a history spanning more than 130 years and is renowned for its costume design, talent, and enthusiasm.

With the theme confirmed, local businesses, community groups, charities, artists and residents are invited to begin planning for the festivities. As they prepare floats, costumes, experiences and stalls, festival organisers will press ahead with decorating the town, packed with engaging and delighting events.

Worden Park’s treasured green space will feature live music performances, a myriad of children’s entertainment, gift stalls, an exceptional artisan food and drinks market, as well as the opportunity to grab afternoon tea.

On Friday 3rd June, there will be a Music in the Park event, featuring a variety of musicians and singers, followed by more jubilee celebrations across the weekend.

The festival will also see the return of Cars in the Park. Forming a major spectacle in the parade, vehicle enthusiasts will have the opportunity to admire the latest supercars by Lamborghini and Ferrari, and hot hatches, modifications and beautiful vintage examples.

Martin Carlin, chairman of Leyland Festival, said: “We’re very excited about next year’s Great British Festival theme. After a two-year absence, to return on a Thursday of such heightened excitement is the icing on the (Victoria Sponge!) cake.

“Not only is the festival a longstanding source of enormous local pride, in 2022 we hope to be a shining light to the whole country. We know how to throw a great party, we know how to embrace a theme, we know how to turn our resources into something extraordinary that unites our community and lifts spirits across the region. We’ll be back with a bang, showing the UK how it’s done.

“We have also been waiting a long time to champion our local businesses. We’ll be working incredibly hard to ensure that our hospitality and retail businesses have the opportunity and support to bounce back further after what’s been an unimaginably challenging period. Just as importantly, however, it’ll be a fantastic party and a festival we’ll remember for decades to come.”