Leyland Festival is back!
Save the date: Saturday 20 June 2020
The family-friendly festival on our doorsteps
One of the biggest events in the South Ribble calendar launches this week as Leyland Festival reveals its fun-filled schedule for 2020.
Bursting with both new and much-loved events for all the family, Leyland Festival celebrates the town’s heritage, ingenuity and community spirit.
An action-packed Saturday on 20 June 2020 begins with the energy and colour of the festival parade, a traditional part of Leyland Festival for more than 130 years.
Following a procession route from Hough Lane into Worden Park, the parade is renowned as a spectacle of costume design, talent and sheer enthusiasm. This year’s festival theme is ‘Turn Back Time’, which is bound to inspire the showstopper floats, walking groups, dance troupes, and bands from community groups, schools, and businesses. They will be joined by eye-catching cars and vintage vehicles – a fitting tribute to the town’s industrial heritage.
Worden’s treasured green space, which last year welcomed 8,000 visitors from the town and beyond, will receive the parade and host activities, pop-up shops and entertainment for all the family. Even the family pet can join in, thanks to the paw-pular Paws in the Park Dog Show which offers have-a-go dog agility and obedience sessions.
Live music is one of the festival highlights. Worden Park is showcasing the best local talent on the Main Stage and Acoustic Stage – a chance to enjoy a family-friendly festival al fresco.
There’s also a chance to celebrate the best of Lancashire’s larder: the Artisan Producers’ Market will offer mouth-watering local produce, such as cheese, pies, cakes, vodka, wine, chutneys and more. Shop for your picnic there or take-home treats for supper without incurring food miles.
Time for tea? Festival goers can relax in style at the Afternoon Tea Tent. Run by volunteers from the Leyland Town Team, all proceeds from the delicious cakes, scones, teas and coffees go towards the ‘Light Up Leyland’ Christmas lights project.
And if yummy food isn’t enough to drool over, Leyland Festival is hosting Cars in the Park – a chance for vehicle enthusiasts to admire the latest supercars by Lamborghini and Ferrari, and hot hatches, modifications and beautiful vintage examples.
From four wheels to two. Late afternoon brings the impressive sight of more than 300 cyclists streaming through the gates of Worden Park as the Factory to Festival bike ride comes to an end. Organised by Leyland Trucks’ Helping Hand charity, the riders will be completing their choice of three cycling routes – comprising 30, 75 and 120 miles – each starting at Leyland Trucks’ factory and culminating in Worden Park.
Such community spirit is one of the unique elements of the Leyland Festival. It is a not-for-profit event that is funded solely by sponsorship and support of a body of volunteers. Any excess funds from the day are donated to local charities. Sponsors for 2020 already include DAF Trucks, Leyland Trucks and Lancashire DAF.
Filling your Saturday with fantastic family entertainment isn’t expensive. Leyland Festival is a purse-friendly day out for all. Tickets are priced at just £3 when purchased in advance from businesses around the town, or £5 on the day. To make it even easier for families to enjoy a day together, children aged 16 and under are admitted free of charge.
Leyland Festival remains one of the best value family days out in summer and one of the biggest days of the year – a fitting tribute to the town and its community.