Big events to look forward to in Lancashire this summer

The Lytham Festival attracts huge crowds and boosts the local economy

The Lytham Festival attracts huge crowds and boosts the local economy - Credit: Cuffe & Taylor

The county is getting back to how summers should be with these fabulous events.

12th - 14th May
Highest Point Festival 
Lancaster's Williamson Park will play host to a first class music festival in the middle of May as the summer festival scene kicks off in style In addition to the main stage, there are three other performance venues with Richard Ashcroft, Clean Bandit and Kaiser Chiefs as the headline acts.

2nd - 5th
Irlam Live
Acts performing over the Jubilee weekend include Marti Pellow, Bananarama, The Feeling, Nadine Coyle from Girls Aloud, Hue & Cry, Ben from Phats & Small, Abz from 5ive and much more.

2nd - 3rd July
Rock Prest
The annual rock music festival returns to Preston's Moor Park this summer with a weekend of rock and indie tribute bands on two different stages. Acts include: AC DC Experience, Kings Ov Leon, Wink 182 and The Artificial Monkeys

22th - 24th July
Royal Lancashire Show 2022
Held annually at Salesbury Hall in Ribchester, the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Show includes a whole programme of countryside themed and equestrian events. Check the website for the latest details of the 2022 show.

Chorley Flower Show 2018

Chorley Flower Show 2018 - Credit: Martin Birchall Photography

29th - 31th July
Chorley Flower Show
The Chorley Flower Show live will return to Astley Park this year with fantastic displays from the finest gardening exhibitors in the country. There will be hints and tips from gardening experts and our gardening theatre will return for you to listen to how the experts get the best results in the garden. And you can check out the Lancashire Life show garden which is currently in progress.

READ MORE: The Lancashire Life 75th anniversary garden at the Chorley Flower Show

4th - 7th August
Rebellion Festival Blackpool
The Winter Gardens in Blackpool may be more associated with the more genteel pastime of ballroom dancing, but for one weekend in August, it will be the home of punk rock. 

Racegoers at Haydock Park, 2016

Racegoers at Haydock Park, - Credit: Kirsty Thompson

5th - 7th August
Rose of Lancaster Carnival
Haydock's Rose of Lancaster Stakes in August is one of the highlights of the summer race programme. On the Friday evening race card, BRIT-Award winning band RUDIMENTAL perform a headline DJ set, Ladies Day is on Saturday and the Sky Bet Sunday Series closes the weekend.

6th August
The Garstang Show
Watch the action in the Main Ring, shop delicious local produce in the Food Hall and see beautiful floral displays and handmade crafts in the Horticulture Marquee.

28th June - 10th July
Lytham Festival
It's arguably the biggest event on the Lancashire summer calendar and it's back in 2022 after a pandemic enforced hiatus.
The series of ten dates over the summer will include a world class roster with acts such as Diana Ross, Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Duran Duran, Nile Rogers and Chic, Simply Red, Elbow, The Strokes and many more

READ MORE: 2022 Lytham Festival - the full line-up revealed

10th – 11th September
Lancashire Game and Country Festival
The festival is set in 30 acres of stunning countryside in the beautiful Wyre village of Scorton. It is Lancashire’s only dedicated game fair – a showcase for all the county has to offer in country pursuits and rural living. Importantly, it gives visitors of all ages the opportunity to try their hand at the likes of clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and archery among other traditional skills and to talk to experts for advice on kit, clubs and coaching.