Take Part & Volunteer at Leyland Festival

Get Involved in Leyland Festival

Are you a local community group, school or business that would like to have a fun day out and promote what you do to thousands of visitors? Would you like to help kick-start Leyland Festival and create a carnival spirit across the town? Why not take part in our Festival Parade?

We have a small number of spaces available to take part in the parade that will be available on a first come, first served basis to organisations returning a fully completed booking form. Get your form by emailing festival@southribble.gov.uk

PLEASE NOTE: All floats, vehicles, groups and walkers taking part MUST be booked in advance, through the official booking form. Unfortunately, we will not be able to let anyone join the parade without booking – please do not just turn up on the day – you will not be allowed into the parade.

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Want to be involved in this year’s festival?

We’re looking for people interested in taking part, please contact us about a float or stall and exhibit at Leyland Festival!

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us too.

If you're interested in getting involved with this year's festival, please let us know by filling in the contact form below.

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Leyland Festival Committee – Meet the Team

Name: Tony Harrison

Role on Committee: Chair/Treasurer

Day Job: Retired, former CEO of Business Venture Group Ltd. Now works voluntarily as Vice Chairman of Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau, Trustee/Non-Executive Director St Catherine’s Hospice and member of Leyland Rotary Club.

“I have been involved with Leyland Festival for nine years. I love the community spirit that the festival brings to the town.

“The success of the Festival relies on the ongoing support and goodwill of the local community by their participation either as helpers on the day of just turning up and being part of the celebration, without their ongoing support the Festival would not take place.”

Leyland Festival Committee 2019 Tony Harrison
Leyland Festival Committee Justine Green

Name: Justine Green

Role on Committee: Recruits and coordinates volunteers to help on festival day

Day Job: Works for South Ribble Borough Council

“I have been involved in Leyland Festival for three years. I love meeting people on the day and chatting to families and businesses and seeing how much they enjoy the event – it makes all the work worthwhile.

“I think for a small town like Leyland this is an amazing event that caters for all ages, it really is impressive and there is nothing else that creates the same atmosphere across the whole town than Festival Day!

“I loved festival day when I was little. I remember my Auntie used to live on Towngate and my Grandma worked across at Booths and some of the staff would sit out on the canopy over Booths and watch the parade go past. I remember getting sweets off the Honey Monster once, I was only 5/6 years old so I was very excited!”

Name: Martin Carlin

Role on Committee: Organising the live music

Day Job: Director of Carmajoinery services. Also Head of the Leyland Town Team, who raise funds to make improvements in the town centre – including for the annual Christmas Lights.

“My personal highlight each year is being part of the procession, with thousands of people lining the streets, it’s amazing.

“This is my fourth year being involved in organising the festival. It’s a great honour to be part of the team. Leyland Festival is an ever-growing event, there’s something new each year.

“The event takes months of planning, but we have the passion and desire to make it a success.”

Leyland Festival Committee Martin Carlin
Leyland Festival Committee Peter Gardner

Name: Peter Gardner

Role on Committee: Leyland Festival Website

Day Job: Sales & Marketing Manager at C&W Berry Ltd – Builders, Timber, Plumbing & Electrical merchants to both the trade & DIY.

“This is my first year on the Festival Committee, but I have many memories from going to the Festival with my family – particularly of the parade and everyone in Leyland joining in on the day. It seemed like the whole town turned out to support the event!

“I love the community spirit created by the Festival. There is something for everyone, especially families, and as entry is free for children and only £3 for adults it’s far more affordable than any other event.”

Name: Derek Forrest

Role on Committee: Leyland Festival Committee Trustee

Day Job: Managing Director of Solicitors Direct and also a Councillor at South Ribble Borough Council.

“I have been involved in Leyland Festival for around 10 years. The festival brings the whole town together as one community.

“I have fond memories of bringing my family to Leyland Festival to enjoy the atmosphere.”

Leyland Festival Committee 2019 Derek Forrest
Leyland Festival Committee 2019 Martin Stringfellow

Name: Martin Stringfellow

Role on Committee: Organising the Food & Drink traders

Day Job: Joint owner of The Flying Pig Pizza Company – a mobile wood fired pizza van

“This is my year first year on the Committee but have been involved in Leyland Festival in different ways for a number of years.

“I have many different memories of the festival from over the years but the most memorable have been taking part in floats and once a battle re-enactment – but that was along time ago and only a vague memory!

“Leyland Festival is always a great fun day out and shows what a great community we have in Leyland“

Name: Steve Whelan

Role on Committee: Leyland Festival Committee Member

Day Job: Communications Manager for Leyland Trucks. We build the DAF range of trucks – Quality Trucks built by Quality People

“As a child, I remember all the family gathering to watch the procession pass my mums’ house on Preston Road, then following the procession to the park.

“I love seeing the great folk of Leyland out in their thousands enjoying the day. It’s a great community day out for families – and raises money for local charities.

“I have been involved in organising Festival for about 10 years now. I have enjoyed my time with the Festival committee both personally and as a representative of Leyland Trucks.  It’s been great to be involved with a community group who work tirelessly to create a community activity with no other aim but to benefit that community in terms of bringing it together, and with support for local charities.”

Leyland Festival Committee Steve Whelan


If you would like to take part in this year’s Leyland Festival, whether that’s in the parade, having a stall or performing on the day please get in touch. We are also looking for volunteers to help make the day run smoothly. Please contact us with your query and we will be happy to help!

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  • The events online publicity (including social media)
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