Huge Christmas Festival to be staged in Clitheroe

An ice rink could form one of the attractions in Clitheroe this Christmas
An ice rink could form one of the attractions in Clitheroe this Christmas
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A giant marquee village will be erected on the Clitheroe Castle field as part of a Christmas festival to be staged in the town.

On the back of the success of Clitheroe Food Festival, there has been a steady flow of requests from visitors and exhibitors for a similarly impressive Christmas event.

I’m confident that after listening to the food festival visitors and exhibitors, friends and family, it’s going to be very different and popular

Julie Whalley

And Julie Whalley, of Lancashire Bites, who is Clitheroe Food Festival’s co-ordinator and is based in Clitheroe, has taken it upon herself to organise the event, which will be held from December 2nd- 6th.

She said: “I’m taking a big risk with this event, but I’m confident that after listening to the food festival visitors and exhibitors, friends and family, it’s going to be very different and popular.

“We are working to encourage people of all ages to come along, and even participate, from the Ribble Valley and beyond”.

The entrance to the giant marquee village will be from Eshton Terrace, which will 
allow people to enter without the need for “wellies and coats”. It will host an ice rink, a variety of quality food and drink producers plus a wide selection of gift and craft traders.

Seasonal demonstrations and talks will be staged throughout, with a festive atmosphere created by carol singers. There will also be the chance to sample an array of international street food.

There will also be a huge “party marquee”, featuring bands such as Drive and Booming plus Gracie Davies and David Jaggs, from the Ragamuffins, in the evenings. This marquee will have a dance floor, disco, bar and cocktail team, ideal for corporate party nights or just setting December off in style with friends and family. All visitors will be welcomed with a free seasonal tipple.

The team behind the festival, who have already gained offers of support from local businesses, are keen to promote Clitheroe as an all year round quality place to visit.

Conscious of other local festive programmes, they are keen to work with the local community, and with Ribble Valley Borough Council, to conduct joint marketing activity to increase the reason to stay local and shop this Christmas. Public transport will also be heavily promoted to reduce parking and traffic issues.

l Anyone who would like to become involved with or support the festival should call Julie on 01200 429242.