Save the date: Thursday 2nd June 2022

Leyland Festival is returning with a bang in 2022, promising a four-day bonanza of fun to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Having been forced to cancel the coveted event in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, organisers have announced the festival – which is one of the biggest events in the South Ribble calendar – will go ahead next year and are encouraging the local community and visitors from afar to mark the date in their diaries now.

On Thursday 2nd June 2022, Leyland Festival will begin with the energy and colour of the parade. This tradition has been part of the event for more than 130 years and is renowned for its costume design, talent and enthusiasm.

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

More announcements will follow soon, including the much-anticipated reveal of the festival’s 2022 theme, which will be represented in the outfits and decorations of those taking part in the parade, donning stands and running events across the town.

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 then have the opportunity to admire the latest supercars by Lamborghini and Ferrari, and hot hatches, modifications and beautiful vintage examples on Worden Park.

The success of the event, organisers say, will be crucial to ensuring the local economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic and will be a fitting tribute to the town, its community and Her Majesty The Queen.

Martin Carlin, chairman for Leyland Festival, said: “After sadly having to postpone Leyland Festival in 2020 and 2021, we were determined to return with a bang and a spectacular line-up of events that will deliver exactly that. Though we are early in the planning stages, what we have arranged promises to deliver some of our biggest celebrations to date.

“What will be key is ensuring visitors enjoy the entertainment at the festival but also fully immerse themselves into everything Leyland has to offer – all its local hospitality and retail businesses – so that our community can bounce back further.

“Leyland Festival is a key part of the calendar not just for those living and working nearby, but for people from much further afield and we cannot wait to bring it back, in its full glory, to create happy memories for thousands of festival goers.”