What’s On

The Festival will have two main hubs of activity:  Sandygate Square and Burnley Wharf, with activities happening on the tow path in between and other things to see and do at Finsley Gate.

We’re busy working on this year’s Festival and will add things to this page as they are confirmed. It’s going to be exciting!  Join our Facebook page to make sure you’re the first to know what happening.

“Smiling faces everywhere.”

Festival Hub at Sandygate Square:

  • Award-winning Prodigal Theatre are bringing the world’s first specially-constructed Parkour stage to the festival for their blockbusting Urban Playground performance This show also puts young people from the local Burnley ‘free running’ community centre stage and includes a free interactive parkour workshop for all ages!
  • Burnley Alliance Silver Band (Saturday – times tbc)
  • Walkabout musician Ben Farmer
  • Drop in workshops
  • Picnic area and street food stalls
  • Lancashire Wallopers clog dancers (Sunday)
  • Face Painter & Henna hand painter
  • Get on the water with Outdoor Elements and their canoes
  • Charity and information stalls
  • The Festival will be officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley followed by a performance by the Broadside Balladress Jennifer Reid and her newly formed community choir – 12noon Saturday.
  • Folk and World Music stage – featuring the extraordinary Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band (Sunday)
  • The Towpath Explorers (T.EX) are back and need your help to foil a dastardly plot. Join them on the Lock Keepers Quest, a FREE adventure for all the family and explorers of all ages…  (11am-4pm both days)

The Fairground at Burnley Wharf:

  • Family favourite Punch & Judy
  • Fairground with traditional waltzers, hook-a-duck, Pepper Pig Bugs and a Bouncy Castle, there is fun for all the family
  • Cloud Aerial Arts Burnley and their amazing acrobatic feats (Sunday – times tbc)
  • Charity and information stalls
  • Walkabout musician Ben Farmer
  • Street food plus food and drink at Inn on the Wharf and WT Visitors’ Centre
  • Burnley Alliance Silver Band (Sunday – times tbc)
  • Best dressed boat competition (Sunday)
  • The Towpath Explorers (T.EX) are back and need your help to foil a dastardly plot. Join them on the Lock Keepers Quest, a FREE adventure for all the family and explorers of all ages…  (11am-4pm both days)
  • Boat trips along the canal on the waterbus, Ruby, travelling between the Wharf and Finsley Gate. (Please note that Ruby is a beautifully refurbished 12 seater and is likely to be very busy – you will probably need to queue. Why not ride one way and stroll back the other!)
  • Karaoke night at Inn of the Wharf (Times tbc)

On the water:

And you can visit:

  • The Weavers’ Triangle Visitors’ Centre (11am-4pm each day)Make sure you take time to visit the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre during the Festival. Step into the past with a Victorian schoolroom, an Edwardian bathroom and an authentic weaver’s dwelling – you can even have a go at weaving yourself! Fun awaits the whole family with a children’s corner, winding trails and tricky quizzes. You can also visit the Oak Mount Mill Engine House which houses a steam engine dating from 1887. The engine is now operated by an electric motor and can be seen in action on special occasions – like the Festival

  • Oak Mount Mill Engine House (2-4pm each day)

(All information subject to change.)

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