The year 2015 saw new shops and businesses, restorations of historic shopfronts, spectacular theatrical productions and more in the town of Prescot. But what does 2016 hold?
Here are just a few things that the town has in store this year:
1. 12th Annual Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts. This year’s line-up sees the return of old favourites such as BOST (with more toe-tappingly good songs from the shows) and Prescot Festival Chorus (a bit of Mozart this year, perhaps?), plus new artists such as Radio 2 star Nigel Ogden – surely one of the UK’s most popular organists. Check the official Prescot Festival website regularly for more information on the festival, which runs from 17 to 26 June 2016.
2. Shakespeare! As Shakespeare North progresses with its plans to build an Elizabethan theatre in Prescot, MATE Productions will be busy commemorating 400 years since the Bard’s death. The highlight of the year will be a touring summer production of As You Like It, one of Will’s most enduring and beloved comedies. Keep up-to-date on the Shakespeare North and MATE websites.
3. Arts & Craft Fair. Prescot Town Team began the Arts & Craft Fair in 2015, to coincide with the already-established Prescot Producers’ Market, on the first Saturday of each month. It continues to grow, with an unrivalled selection of local independent traders selling handmade goods ranging from cakes and candles to books, ornaments, jewellery and confectionery.
4. Restored History & Heritage. Prescot Townscape Heritage Initiative has been busy investing time, money and skills in renovating and restoring some of the town centre’s most historic buildings. Its biggest project for 2016 will be the transformation of Atherton Street.
5. Prescot Elizabethan Fayre. There’s a local saying – ‘There was a Prescot before e’er there was a Liverpool.’ In Elizabethan times and before, Prescot was the centre of trade and commerce for swaths of Lancashire and the North West. This annual fayre celebrates that heritage with stalls, games, street entertainment and fun for all ages, bringing history alive again under the shadow of St Mary’s and the picturesque Church Street. This year’s Elizabethan Fayre takes place on Saturday 4 June.