Accrington’s Town Square was buzzing with the crowds who flocked there over the Bank Holiday weekend to enjoy a packed programme of events in the sunshine at Amazing Accrington’s Big Weekend, bringing fun and excitement into the heart of Accrington.
The weekend kicked off on the Square on Friday with ‘Accrington’s Biggest Quiz’, which saw the Town Square transformed into an outdoor garden where teams of quizzers played a family interactive quiz via their smartphones, with results displayed live on the big screen.
On Saturday afternoon the Square hosted a lively ‘Pop Party’, featuring free live music, fairground rides and community stalls in another family friendly event which entertained the many visitors all afternoon.
The Biggest Weekend ended spectacularly on Sunday 25 with a ‘Fantastical Forest Parade,’ where people lined the streets to see a colourful and lively procession of giant puppets, including a fifteen foot Oaken Giant, all complete with handmade props, parading though Accrington to the Town Square in a spectacle of music and dance.
The puppets and props were made in a series of local workshops running up to the weekend, which were open to all and where local families and community groups went along to make costumes, parade art or help create giant puppets to feature in this fabulous parade.
Richard Needham from Adventure Hyndburn, who organised the Parade with The Handmade Parade and Hyndburn Council, with support from the Arts Council, said:
“The Parade was a magnificent creative spectacle – many, many thanks to all the groups who helped, the families who joined in, and of course all those who came to see it. We can’t wait for next year!”
Gayle Knight, Creative Director of the Civic, organisers of the Pop Party, said;
“The event had a really relaxed atmosphere with lots of families taking part and having fun, the sun shone and everyone had a great time.”
Council Leader, Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, said;
“It’s been a fantastic weekend which brought crowds into the heart of Accrington to enjoy a packed programme of events with lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Thank you to everyone who came along for Amazing Accrington’s Biggest Weekend, and to the organisers and community volunteers for making it all possible. Also a huge thankyou to all the other community groups and organisations who have put on so many other marvelous family events in the Borough over this weekend too, bringing the community together and raising money for local charities as well.”
Cllr Parkinson concluded; The Biggest Weekend was part of the programme of events for Accrington’s Town Square and we’re now looking forward to the #AmazingAccrington Soapbox Challenge, Classic Car Show and Treasure Trail this Saturday 31August 2019 from 9:30am – 4pm, don’t miss it!”