Countdown to Barrowford Lifestyle Festival

The traditional Barrowford Show is now being re-launched as Barrowford Lifestyle Festival – and it is taking place early next month.
People watch the birds of prey at Barrowford Show  years ago.
Photo: Ben Parsons.People watch the birds of prey at Barrowford Show  years ago.
Photo: Ben Parsons.
People watch the birds of prey at Barrowford Show years ago. Photo: Ben Parsons.

The previous shows had taken place for decades in Barrowford Park, attracking thousands of people. It has traditionally featured farm animals and pets, as well as displays and contests.

Organiser Marina Parente explained: “Myself and Michelle Berkin from the old show committee have set up a new Community Interest Company and are starting completely from scratch.

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“The festival will be held on Saturday, July 4th, on the park in Barrowford and we have something for everyone. The main theme of the festival this year is food, so we have invited lots of local producers and growers to come and show us their wares, and the children from Barrowford School, St Thomas’ School and Blacko School are all busy making masterpieces entitled Edible Art to exhibit.

“But it isn’t just about food. We have drink, too – Lancaster Brewery will be there!”

And she said: “There is a Children’s Area where Burnley Football Club will be testing your target and agility skills, as well as the good old egg and spoon and three legged races and Chuck a Boot – instead of welly throwing.

“The Library Service will have a story telling corner, there’s a Treasure Hunt and a Duck Race organised by our main sponsor Farnsworth Rose Solicitors.”

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Marina revealed: “We also have a Man Creche complete with pop-up bar, demonstrations of man toys – everything from power tools to barbecues – a fly fishing demo, vintage and super cars and vehicle wrapping.”

Tea and cakes will be served at the lakeside area and people will be serenaded in the morning by the children’s choir. The Music Event starts at 2pm with Wayne Farrow and friends providing the musical entertainment into the evening.

Profits from this year’s festival will go to the Seniors Luncheon Club and Barrowford Park.

And Marina added: “All this would not be possible without the enormous generosity of many of our local companies.”