Wheeling into Wigan on her scooter, we welcome 5-metre-tall mechanical puppet Farrah the Fox and Frankie, a puppet designed by local young people and arts organisation Everyday. Beginning at Mesnes Park at 1pm with a performance from Spoken Word Artist Jessica Porter, the parade will head towards King Street through Standishgate; with dance, music and surprises along the way. Expect to see local dancers from WigLe Dance, Bom-Ta-Bom percussion band and local young people with specially decorated scooters, wheelchairs, and skateboards.
The parade will end on King Street at 2pm for a spectacular finale!
See King St transformed with flags, decorations & an outdoor stage. There will be a fierce and fabulous street party curated by Darren Pritchard.
The day will be packed with family friendly activity - highlights include hula hoop artist Natasha Moonshine, fierce female dance artists Ghetto Fem, hand balancing act Only Wonderland, amazing dancers George and Cal and much more. There will also be a special edition of the Family Catwalk Extravaganza – an epic lip sync battle bringing the Glitz and Glamour to King Street.
As we head into the evening, family activities will make way for music and dance, as King Street turns into its very own outdoor club with an artistic twist. Fierce dancers will perform alongside DJ sets from DJ Single Lady, SCAPA, Black Betty, DJ Jade Jaxson and G33.
Expect a relaxed vibe on day 2 with live performances, artisan markets, food stalls and interactive art activities for people of all ages to enjoy. A programme celebrating local talent will include performances from Wigan Little Theatre, Everything Human Rights, The Music Projects, Louise Fazackerley, Corrie Shelley & Julie McKiernan, and more.
There’ll also be guided history tours from Wigan Local History and Heritage Society – perfect for those interested in Wigan’s past. If that wasn’t enough, award-winning theatre company ThickSkin will create a unique audio experience, designed for listeners as they walk, which celebrates Wigan’s past, present and future.
FOOD & DRINK
Businesses on King Street will be open throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, serving food and drink. Some businesses will have outdoor seating areas, for consumption of food and drink bought from their premises.
You are welcome to bring your own soft drinks and food onto the street, seating areas will be provided for public use. Alcoholic drinks and glass containers must not be brought onto the street. Random searches will be in operation, and all bags larger than A4 size will be searched.
No alcoholic drinks can be consumed on the street between the hours of 2-5pm, except in designated outdoor seating areas attached to businesses.
Between 5pm-10pm, alcoholic drinks served from any King Street businesses can be consumed outside on the street in plastic containers, as King Street turns into its very own outdoor club with an artistic twist.
We encourage people attending the festival during the daytime to bring their own water bottles. Businesses will be happy to refill your bottle for you, and we will also have a water refill station on King Street.
On Sunday, we will have additional food and drink stalls on the street, including ice cream from Martin’s Whippy, Coffee on the Green and Desi Punjabi Cuisine.