Summer events for West Lancashire
Music, art, delicious gingerbread and fabulous cars are all on the menu at a series of great summer events in West Lancashire for 2019.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “Visitors can find so much to enjoy in Ormskirk so if you haven’t visited recently come and take a look.
"A range of attractions, including a large number of independent shops and restaurants, are complemented by Ormskirk Market every Thursday and Saturday which goes from strength to strength. With many exciting events also due to take place, Ormskirk really is the place to be this summer.”
Art lovers won’t want to miss the fabulous Lancashire Open Exhibition at the Chapel Gallery from 20 July to 4 September 2019. This vibrant exhibition, formerly known as the West Lancashire Open Exhibition, is a superb collection of art by accomplished artists from across the UK and is a highlight in the region’s arts calendar.
There will also be an "Out of this World" summer holiday programme at the Gallery, including free films, drop in activities and a series of cosmic workshops. Activities start on 22 July and go on throughout the summer. For further information and how to book go to www.chapelgallery.org.uk.
Food lovers will have their tastebuds tickled at the Moor Street Night Markets with are planned for the last Friday of July and August, from 5pm-9pm. Food and drink establishments will be setting up on the street to serve mouthwatering treats, and there will be live music and street entertainment. Entry to the market is free and the event is supported by the Ormskirk Town Centre Management Group.
The exciting Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival on Sunday 14 July has a huge range of fun attractions for all the family from 11am-4pm. There will be plenty of entertainment including live music, heritage displays, and street theatre as well as children's entertainment and face painting. The Chapel Gallery will be open for drop in creative activities. Visitors can also try gingerbread decorating, meet Ormskirk's Town Crier and gingerbread lady, browse the specialist markets and enter The Famous Festival Free Prize Draw with fantastic prizes for both children and adults. The Gingerbread Festival is organised by Ormskirk Community Partnership (OCP) and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council.
On Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July Beacon Country Park hosts the Green Fayre, a celebration of the countryside and countryside living. Thousands of people are expected to come and enjoy a huge range of wonderful attractions and family entertainment. There will be a wide range of woodland craft demonstrations, a magnificent line-up of animal displays including falconry, horse and dog shows in the arena and much, much more. Entry is free and the show is open 11am-5pm both days. For more information visit Green Fayre.
Music fans are in a for a real treat at the Summer Music Festival in Coronation Park with concerts at the park bandstand every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 3 August to Sunday 1 September.
Then on Sunday 25 August the marvellous Ormskirk MotorFest will roar into town. This annual motoring extravaganza is one of the biggest free family events in the North West. Thousands of people are expected to come and admire up to 300 cars and motorcycles from all eras of motoring, and enjoy fun activities throughout the day. The Chapel Gallery will also be open providing a great opportunity to see the Lancashire Open exhibition. Ormskirk MotorFest is organised by Aintree Circuit Club and supported by West Lancashire Borough Council. For more information please visit MotorFest.
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