Held only once every 20 years, Preston Guild is England's oldest festival - dating back to 1179 - and is the only Guild to still be celebrated in the UK.
Early September will see Preston's Avenham Park come alive to the sights and sounds of a colourful programme of music and arts events, including the Preston Proms in the Park with Jose Carreras and Katherine Jenkins, the massive one day G-Fest festival with Maverick Sabre, Labrinth and more, a show by The Human League and contemporary circus entertainment by French acrobatic company Switch.
Tickets for all of these events are now on sale with Skiddle - so read on to find out how you can join in with the celebrations.
The Human League
Sunday 2nd September
The Sheffield trio perform in the Big Top at Avenham Park on Sunday 2nd September, headlining the Vintage Guild Festival as part of the Vintage Guild Weekend.
Having sold more than 20 million records over a career that spans more than 30 years, The Human League are still hugely popular today and this event will be a fitting finale for the festival, drawing a crowd of fans young and old.
Kick starting the Sunday night in the Big Top are classic synth-poppers Blancmange, whose hits like “Living on the Ceiling” and “Blind Vision” still retain an edgy contemporary power and will, of course, ensure the Vintage Guild audience enjoys a great time.
Tickets £22, The Big Top, Avenham Park
Cie Bam present Switch
Monday 3rd September
One of France’s most exciting acrobatic circus companies, Compagnie Bam will bring their jaw-dropping one-hour performance, ‘Switch’, to the Big Top on Avenham Park at 6pm on Monday 3 September.
The company fuses elements of traditional and contemporary circus acts, mixing teeterboard, Chinese pole and breathtaking acrobatics with comedy, song and dance. ‘Switch’ will see five artists working individually and as a group to captivate the audience with a unique blend of circus skills and daring acrobatics.
Tickets: £6 Adults, £5 Children/OAP/Students, £20 Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children), The Big Top, Avenham Park
Preston Guild Proms in the Park
Friday 7th September
Now this will be very special indeed. In a world exclusive, legendary operatic star Jose Carreras and world renowned Welsh Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins will jointly headline this one-off, open air classical concert with the Machester Camerata conducted by David Gimenez Carreras.
Bring your deckchairs, blankets and picnics and settle down to an atmospheric night of Classical music which will see Avenham Park transformed into an open-air amphitheatre.
Tickets £65.00, Avenham Park Arena
Saturday 8th September
Saturday 8th September will see Avenham Park taken over by the sounds of some of biggest urban and soul artists, with a one day, outdoor event headlined by Maverick Sabre. Joining the soul star will be a host of chart-topping acts including iconic urban performer Labrinth, former N-Dubz front-man Dappy and feisty R&B girl group Stooshe. The full line-up also features the genre-splitting collective Clement Marfo & The Frontline, Northern Soul band The Milk and alternative hip-hop duo Abandoman.
Tickets £18 before 23 August / £23 after, Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, Avenham Park