What’s On

We’ll be back on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th August 2018.  Watch this space for details…

We had lots of fun in 2017, you can see what happened below.

Make sure to join our Facebook page to keep up to date with what’s happening next…

“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!  (Saturday afternoon only)
  • Burnley Alliance Silver Band (Saturday 11am-11.40am)
  • Walkabout musician Ben Farmer
  • Sol Cinema a small, sun powered and very glamorous cinema experience – complete with usherettes!
  • Drop in workshops: sign-writing * flag making * badge making * song writing * flower bricks and more
  • Picnic area and street food stalls: cakes * pies * dim sum * handcrafted halal
  • Lancashire Wallopers clog dancers (Sunday)
  • Henna hand painter (12noon-3pm)
  • Get on the water with Outdoor Elements and their canoes
  • Charity and information stalls
  • Sense-O-Matic – meet the Victorian scientists and the splendorous contraption
  • 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 (Sunday) – featuring the extraordinary Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band * soul and funk from JD73’s Electric 2 * Afro-funk from PapaSamAlafia * Rat Pack style from The Boogie Bill Roberts Trio * high octane ceilidh from Price of My Pig and award-winning songstress Jess Gardham.
  • 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.  There is a charge for the fairground rides and games.
  • Cloud Aerial Arts Burnley and their amazing acrobatic feats (Sunday afternoon)
  • Charity and information stalls
  • Walkabout musician Ben Farmer
  • Fairground favourite foods and Nelson’s Ice-Creams plus food and drink at Inn on the Wharf and WT Visitors’ Centre
  • Burnley Alliance Silver Band (Sunday morning)
  • Best Dressed Boat & Best Dressed Boater competitions (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!) There will be a small charge to cover costs.
  • Karaoke nights at Inn of the Wharf on Friday and Sunday at 8.30pm

Finsley Gate:

  • Make spin paintings with the help of the Splodge-A-Matic machine!
  • Burnley Wood Buskers Stage – we hope you’ll take some money with you to show your support for the ones you enjoy.
    11.30am – Michael Neary – poet
    12noon – Kris Durlow – classical violinist
    1pm – Camilla Rose and Ian Sproson – country music
    2pm – Phil Unplugged – singer/guitarist
    3pm – Stephen Leech – folk/Americana
    12noon – Phil Unplugged – singer/guitarist
    1pm – Seamus McKenna – singer/guitarist
    2pm – Stovepipe – skiffle band
    3pm – Stephen Leech – folk/Americana
    4pm – Michael Neary – poet
  • See the Old Lanky Boaters with Whimbrel and ‘Captain Jack’! (Sunday)

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)
  • Simply Bistro at Burnley Mechanics are offering their bistro menu to take away between 11am and 3pm on Saturday.
  • The Bobbin Cafe next to Oak Mount Mill will be doing a special Festival Menu on Saturday 9.15am -5.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm

(All information subject to change.)