THIS Sunday (August 28) will see the first Ormskirk Bank Holiday Festival come to town.
Organisers say the festival will have a “relaxed and family-friendly feel” with live music and acts over two separate stages, food and drink to enjoy, artisan offerings as well as community stalls.
There will also be demonstrations by Lancashire Fire and Rescue and ‘have a go’ swimming and gym session at Park Pool for just £1 with a the chance to win swimming sessions or a gym membership.
Street acts will also provide entertainment mingling with visitors throughout the town.
The event will kick off with the Moor Street Night Market on Friday evening with street food, drinks and live music, before Saturday’s traditional market welcomes shoppers.
The Night Market will make it an afternoon to remember on Sunday as they return to celebrate the long weekend while the popular Ormskirk Artisan Market will complement the Festival event programme by showcasing the region's makers, bakers, artists and creatives.
Celebrations will run from 11am to 6pm after which The Chapel on St Helens Road will carry on the entertainment with food and music from 5.30 until 9pm.
Musical group, Jeramiah Ferrari, will headline the Sunday event. Seasoned festival stage performers, they have forged a reputation for live sets, fusing styles of reggae, rock, ska and pop.
Expect a great calypso-ska style dancing party with the band who have supported The Wailers and have previously toured with Madness and UB40 and have performed at several major festivals around the country.
Councillor Adam Yates, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “This will be a brilliant new addition to the events calendar in the borough. It will be a real feel-good weekend with our fantastic markets at its heart.
“This is a great example of partnership working and we’re delighted to be supporting this event which has been driven by town centre businesses looking for new ways to enhance Ormskirk’s cultural offer.”
Councillor Gareth Dowling, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for communities added: “Massive thanks must go to our officers, town centre businesses, the Night Market and Artisan Market and other community groups who have come together at short notice to launch this festival, free of charge for residents to enjoy.
“The council is proud to be trying new things while retaining the focus on Ormskirk’s historic market town reputation and promoting our great markets.”