The Arts and Music Festival has been successfully established as an annual event in Garstang for many years. The festival takes place in August and runs for the 10 days prior to ending on Bank Holiday Monday.
The programme of events caters for all ages and interests. There are live outdoor concerts, street entertainers, dances, jazz bands, folk music, art exhibitions and a variety of workshops.
Local big band John Towers is a regular every year, and is an event you have to book early for to ensure a seat! Check for the new downloadable programme of events on this page from the beginning of July each year.
2011 saw the introduction of a Town Crier competition, this was so successful that it is being repeated in 2012. This will be held on the Bank Holiday Monday in Cherestanc Square.
The Arts Centre is the hub of many events during this festival, and includes activities such as: poetry, painting, origami, and card design workshops. Musical concerts vary each year and will be listed in the programme of events. Past years have seen Palm Court recitals, outdoor worship with Churches Together and a variety of talented street entertainers.
Local businesses also support the festival by displaying paintings by local artists in their windows, and this becomes part of an “arts trail” that all the family can join in.
Churches are also involved in a variety of ways by offering their premises for coffee mornings, book fairs and craft exhibitions.
For the younger visitors there is a children’s club which is generally themed on week days. The local toyshop offers craft sessions, the library has various events for the under 5’s, and the cake shop invites children to “ice a muffin”, to mention but a few.
For festival dates and details please click on the link to download this year’s festival programme, or call the organisers on the numbers below.
If you require any more information about the festival please contact the “Visit Garstang” Centre on 01995 602125, or Gillian Lamb on 01995 605490.
Or visit their own website – www.garstangartssociety.org.uk