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Changes to the printed programme (applies also to the web version):

1. scRiblle literary festival has been added. Events take place on 22/23 October at the Continental.

2. The Viennese Waltz Dance Workshop on 21st October has been cancelled.

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Preston Arts Association is an affiliation of local groups, organisations and individuals who are interested in amateur and voluntary arts.

Why not join us and become a member from only £5 per year. More information.

Our main activities are:

Compiling, printing and distributing Preston Arts News three times a year.

Organizing and producing the annual Preston Arts Festival.

Updating a What's On guide in conjunction with Preston FM.

Providing a forum for discussion and arts development.

Preston Arts Festival

Preston Arts Festival

2016 Arts Festival
1st-16th October

Grant Aid

The Preston City Council Small Arts Grant scheme has been suspended as no moneys are available.

Arts Festival 2016

The Arts Festival this year will run from 1st to 16th October. Click on the FESTIVAL menu item or the image in column 1 for the programme.

Since going to press, scRibble, the Preston writers group, have announced that they will hold a literary festival during the weekend of 22/23 October. All the events will take place at the Continental. We are delighted to class these events as part of the Preston Arts Festival.

Unfortunately the Viennese Waltz dance workshop on 21st October has been cancelled.








Vincent SmithChairman: Vincent Smith
tel: 01257 272929


Mike CracknellSecretary: Mike Cracknell
tel: 01772 748547

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Please contact organisations below if you want further information.

Some want new members and performance societies want your support.

Let’s keep local arts alive.

General organisations

Guild Hall

The Guild Hall entertainment complex consists of a prestigious concert hall and a smaller traditional theatre.

Contact: Richard Simkin 07826 757577

Gujarat Muslim Welfare Society Promoting and improving the health, social and educational standards of the Gujarati Muslim community in Lancashire.

Contact: Mahmud Amirat, 72 Coniston Road, Fulwood, PR2 8AY (01772 791600)

Preston Parish Arts Organises classical concerts at 12.30pm 1st & 3rd Fridays.

Venue: St. George's Church, off Lune Street, PR1 2NP (01772 490534)

Contact: City Parish of Preston, Parish Office, St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BU (01772 901313)

Westminster Stage Engineering Specialise in staging, sound and lighting for events.

Contact: Bill Sproson, 11 Northgate, Leyland, PR25 3NR (01772 435082)


Dancing the Next Step Latin, ballroom, sequence and workshops on salsa, foxtrot and tango.

Venue: War Memorial Hall, Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury, PR5 0UY at 7pm Mondays

Contact: Mr & Mrs R McDonald, Kermin House, Hothersall Lane, Longridge, PR3 2XB (01772 783364)

Preston Circle Dance Group Dance together to beautiful and inspiring music from many lands.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7pm 1st & 3rd Tuesdays (not January, June or July)

Contact: Rosemary Forrest, 1 Ribble House, Samuel Street, PR1 4YH (01772 793658)

Preston Folk Dance Club Enjoy and participate and meet new friends.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7.45pm on Mondays

Contact Jeff Thomas, Chapel House Farm, Chapel Lane, Coppull, PR7 4LZ (01257 791323)


Broughton Players Since 1946 the group has performed three plays a year with tickets from (01772 744771).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288)

Contact: Wyn Tagg, 24 Pear Tree Road, Clayton-le-Woods, PR6 7JP (01772 312447)

Club Players at Broughton The club performs three plays a season from drama to farce with tickets from (01772 774208).

Venue: Broughton Club, Whittingham Lane, Broughton, PR3 5DA

Contact: Debbie Burns 16 Kingfisher Court, Beamont Drive, Preston PR1 8UG

Grimsargh Players Formed in 1927, plays are performed in March and November with tickets from (07790 081536).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288)

Contact: Jane Rawkins (07854 799159)

Hall Players Formed over 50 years ago, the players also run the Junior Hall Players.

Venue: Parish Hall, Broadway, Fulwood, PR2 9YE

Contact: Box Office (01772 863801). Contact: Jan Winder, White Sands, Vanguard Wharf, Lytham FY8 5FQ

Penwortham Players Formerly Penwortham St.Mary's ADS, the society began a new life in 2016 in a new home, with a new name. Box Office (030 770 5945) or on-line at

Venue: Penwortham Methodist Church Hall, Leyland Road, Penwortham, PR1 9XR

Contact: Philip McLaughlin 28 Stanley Grove, Penwortham, PR1 0JH (01772 748941)

Preston Drama Club Formed in 1933, the club performs five plays a year with tickets from (01772 744771).

Venue: The Playhouse, Market Street West, PR1 2HB (01772 252288)

Contact: Debbie Taylor (01772 615928)


Preston Historical Society The society meets and invites speakers to talk about the city's past.

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT at 7.15pm 1st Mondays monthly

Contact: Karen Doyle, 6 Ashbank Close, Barton, PR3 5BA(01772 862673)

Preston Poets' Society Forum for the enjoyment and writing of poetry. Members are encouraged to compose their own poems and read and comment on members' work.

Venue: St. George's Church Hall, off Lune Street, PR1 2NP at 7.30pm 3rd Thursdays monthly.

Contact Dorothy Nelson, 16 Greenslate Avenue, Appley Bridge, Wigan, WN6 9LG (01257 254331)


Broughton Music Academy Enjoy guitar, drum, piano, singing lessons and more including a music production studio.

Venue: 506-508 Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston, PR3 5HE

Contact: (01772 864300)

Company of Voyces The chamber choir perform sacred, secular, ancient and modern music.

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT at 12.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Jean Miller, 46 Janice Drive, Fulwood, PR2 9TY (01772 718064)

Find Your Voice Group and individual singing tuition for all levels from absolute beginners to experienced performers.

Contact: Joyce Tindsley, 280 Liverpool Road South, Burscough, L40 7TD (01704 895683)

Friends of Folk Bringing the best in live folk, acoustic and singer/songwriter music to central Lancashire.

Contact: Jim Minall, 56 Victoria Park Avenue, Leyland, PR25 1UG (01772 422416)

Gathered Voices A choir of all ages and experience with the aim to support local charities.

Venue: St Teresa's Social Centre, Penwortham, PR1 0DS at 9.30am Mondays

Contact: Kath Jones (01772 933014)

Guild Horns Play ensemble music with other horn players and meet monthly.

Contact: Barbara McLaren, 28 Beech Grove, Ashton, PR2 1DX (01772 726414)

Harmony Singers Choir set up to raise money for St Catherine's Hospice and other local charities.

Venue: St Aidan's Church Brownie Hut, Station Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6QR at 1pm Sundays

Contact: Winifred Oneil 23 The Farthings, Chorley PR7 1TP

Harris Music Club Organises monthly classical music concerts at 1.00 pm on Wednesdays

Venue: St. John's Minster, Church Street, PR1 3BT

Contact: Prof. Alastair Thomas (Secretary and Treasurer, 10 Slater Court, Leyland PR26 7SA Tel 01772 458338

Preston Cecilian Choral Society A professionally-led choir performing several concerts a year ranging from Messiah to jazz and folk songs.

Venue: St. Augustine's School Hall, St. Austin's Place, PR1 3YJ at 7.30pm Mondays

Contact: Heather Swift, 7 Fowler Avenue, Leyland, PR26 6RL (01772 456666)

Preston Flute Group The group meets to play ensemble music including alto, bass, contr'alto and contra bass flutes.

Venue: Woodplumpton at 7.30pm Fridays fortnightly

Contact: Robert Rainford, 23 West Crescent, Broughton, PR3 5JY (01772 861105)

Preston Gilbert & Sullivan Society The society performs at The Playhouse with tickets from (0777 973 8607)

Venue: St. Michael's Church Hall, Tulketh Road, Ashton, PR2 1AJ at 7.45pm Tuesdays

Contact: Sue Hurrell, 23 Ennerdale Close, Leyland, PR25 3BE (01772 454774)

Preston Musical Comedy Society Traditional & modern musicals are performed at the Charter Theatre and Playhouse.

Venue: Harris Primary School, Wychnor, off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, PR2 7EE at 7.30pm Mondays & Thursdays

Contact: Brian Lawson, 3 Severn House, Samuel Street, PR1 4YL (01772 798734)

Preston Opera Since 1967 the society has performed grand opera at the Charter Theatre and Minster with tickets from (07709 872773).

Venue: Carey Baptist Church Centre, Pole Street, PR1 1DX at 7.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Barbara Walsh, Albion House, Cumeragh Lane, Whittingham, PR3 2AL (01772 784578)        

Preston Orpheus Choir Formed in 1929, the choir meets, rehearses and performs choral music.

Venue: St. Pius School, 200 Garstang Road, Fulwood, PR2 8RD at 7.30pm Tuesdays

Contact: Morag Hill, 9 Cromwell Road, Ribbleton, Preston PR2 8YB (01772 791873)

Preston Recorded Music Society Meet, listen to and enjoy the best in classical music.

Venue: St. George's Church Hall, off Lune Street, PR1 2NP at 7.30pm Fridays

Contact: Stuart Sillitoe, 37 Holme Slack Lane, PR1 6EX (01772 705220)

Rawstorne Singers A group of mixed voices that meet, socialise and perform choral work.

Venue: St Saviour's Church, Church Road, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6AJ at 7.30pm Wednesdays

Contact: Publicity Officer, 90 Bow Lane, Leyland, PR25 4YB (07092 966976)

Red Rose Chorus A male harmony group also known as Preston Barbershop Harmony Singers.

Venue: Leyland Methodist School Hall, Canberra Road, PR24 3ET at 7.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Steve Plummer, 166 Keighley Road, Colne BB8 0PJ (01282 870350)

Red Rosettes A female group who sing unaccompanied in four part harmony.

Venue: Leyland Methodist School Hall, Canberra Road, PR24 3ET at 7.30pm Wednesdays

Contact: (0779 514 6897)

Silver Bell Jazz Band The band and its marching version Red Rose Brass Band play the music of old New Orleans.

Venue: The Ale Emporium, 4th Thursdays

Contact: Peter Vickers, 14 Osborne Street, PR1 8PN (01772 822787)

Visual Arts

Artfull Providing support for artists by mentoring and arranging exhibitions.

Contact Bernie Velvick, 8 Beech Grove, Ashton, PR2 1DX (01772 734040)

Fired4u The paint your own pottery studio for all ages to enjoy many ceramic based activities.

Venue: 15-17 Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, PR5 4LA

Contact: Jane Fox (01772 203060)

New Longton Artists New Longton Artists meet each Wednesday throughout the year from 7.30 pm to 10.30 pm. The membership ranges from accomplished artists to beginner hobby painters. The Society attracts members from a wide geographical area. Membership is currently open and those with ambition to develop their artistic skills are welcomed.

Venue: New Longton Village Hall

Contact: Brian Thomas 01772 614270, 124 Cop Lane, Penwortham PR1 0US

Preston Art Society Formed in 1960, it encourages the enjoyment, appreciation & practice of the visual arts with talks and workshops.

Venue: Queens Drive Primary School Hall, Black Bull Lane, Fulwood at 7pm Tuesdays fortnightly

Contact: Pam Potter, 47 Lower Bank Road, Fulwood, PR2 8NT (01772 718144)

Preston Cardmakers The group meet to make and decorate greetings cards sharing experiences and ideas.

Venue: Ashton Methodist Church Hall, Wellington Road, Ashton, PR2 1BU at 1.30pm 3rd Wednesdays monthly & 7pm 1st Wednesdays monthly

Contact: Kath Derbyshire, 23 Whinfield Lane, Ashton, PR2 1NQ (01772 463670) or (01772 555512)

Preston Embroiderers' Guild The group has tutors who demonstrate and assist members in the art of stitching.

Venue: St. Andrew's Church Hall, Tulketh Road, Ashton, PR2 1ES at 10am-4pm 1st Saturdays monthly

Contact Kath Roberts, 54 Greystock Avenue Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9OW (01772 463668)

Preston Lacemakers The group hold workshops, invites speakers, visits lace days and exhibitions.

Venue: United Reformed Church Hall, Liverpool Road, Penwortham, PR1 0QB at 10am-4pm 1st Saturdays monthly

Contact: Christine Keber, 22 Radburn Close, Clayton-le-Woods (01772 339913)

Preston Movie Makers Enjoy and learn digital film making with talks, competitions and social nights.

Venue: Galloway Hall, 131 Brackenbury Road, Fulwood, PR2 3BS at 7.45pm Thursdays

Contact: Roy Logsdon, 46 Hornby Drive, Newton, Preston PR4 3SU (01772 672599)

Preston Photographic Society The society is open to amateur and professionals and has talks, competitions and portrait nights.

Venue: Conservative Club, Blackpool Road, Fulwood, PR2 3AE at 7.30pm Thursdays

Contact: Paul Rushton 10 Aspels Nook, Penwortham PR1 9AP