Garstang Children’s Festival – Monday 27th May

We wish everyone a fantastic day…well done to all the hardworking committee members and parents, but most of all – well done to all the children who will take part in the proceedings.

If you have never seen Garstang’s Children’s Festival, make 2013 the year you do. We will guarantee you will want to return!

All we need is fine weather…please?



For the organisers of the event the day starts at 6 a.m. with tasks such as the decorating of the market cross and the preparation of sandwiches for the children in visiting bands.

The crowning of the 2013 Festival Queen, Laura Addison from Garstang, will take place at the Market Cross at 11 a.m. Laura will be crowned by the Retiring Queen, Natassja Hodgson.

Following the crowning of the Festival Queen the morning procession will proceed through the streets led by the Morris Dancers, the festival and retiring queens, plus many other queens from surrounding villages and churches.

One of the highlights of the day must be the brightly decorated children’s tableaux. Parents have been very busy these past few weeks putting the floats together, and I’m sure that the usual large crowds will appear to marvel at the quality of the tableaux and to show their appreciation.

There will be seven bands in attendance on the day: Pilling brass band, Brindle brass band, Red Rose brass band, The Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe, Bolton Caledonian Pipe Band, Lancaster City Brass Band and St Peters Brigade Band from Preston.

Also taking part in the procession will be the Garstang School of Gymnasium and members from the Scouts and Guides.

On completion of the morning procession, attention will switch to the Moss Lane playing fields where activities will start at 1.10 pm with a display’s from the Garstang School of Gymnasium. and the Hyndeburn Comets Majorette Troupe.

Attention will then switch to the ever popular children’s sports which will commence at approximately 2.00 pm, these will be followed by the football semi finals.

Throughout the afternoon there are many attractions for the younger children including the presence of a professional face painter, children’s rides, bouncy castles and Punch
& Judy shows.

All activities are free of charge so bring the little ones down for a great family day out.

Refreshments are available throughout the afternoon.

The evening procession starts at 6 p.m. at Moss Lane playing fields. This will include the fancy dress parade in which there are many prizes to be won. The fancy dress parade is open to anyone. Entries are accepted from 5.15pm on Moss Lane playing fields, with judging taking place between 5.30pm and 6.00pm. and along the procession route.

So why not try your luck and have great fun at the same time?

The day concludes with the final of the football competition at 7.30pm.

David Gardner
Festival Secretary.