Whalley prepares for Pickwick Festival

Whalley Pickwick Festival
Whalley Pickwick Festival

Have you got anything planned for tonight? If not, then get yourself down to Whalley!

The village’s annual Pickwick Victorian festivities kick off this evening from 6pm and organisers are promising a night to remember.

Crowds of visitors from far and wide are expected to descend into the village to enjoy the sights and sounds of a Dickensian Christmas. This year marks’s the 28th anniversary of the three-hour extravaganza, which will see traders clad in Victorian costumes.

Atrractions include more than 40 stalls selling a range of seasonal goods including gifts, cards, Christmas fare, hot food and tombola. Music from Accrington Pipe Band and Balderstone Brass Band, plus live acts on the main stage will keep people entertained throughout the evening, while there is children’s entertainment and Father Christmas at Whalley Methodist Church .

Due to the circumstances following the village floods on Boxing Day and the limited numbers of committee volunteers, this year’s Pickwick Festival will be held at the car parks behind Whalley Arms and The Swan Hotel. There will be indoor trading at Whalley Village Hall, as well as Whalley Parish Church, Whalley Old Grammar School, Whalley Methodist Church, Whalley Masonic Lodge and Whalley Primary School.

Bus services may experience slight delays when passing through Whalley. The bus station will be fully closed between 4-30 and 9-30 pm. This is to accommodate traders vehicles during the event keeping street parking free for visitors to the event.

The temporary bus stop will be located at the courtyard at the side of Cosgroves at the exit of the bus station.

Parking is available from the Sidings Business park located next to the Whalley Railway Station. Signs will direct visitors to the parking. No parking will be avaialble within the areas on the Whalley Arms Car Park and the Swan Hotel Car Parks.