WITH confusing lockdown restrictions and ever-changing travel guidance, it’s no surprise many of us aren’t jetting off abroad for our summer holidays this year.

However, one Lancashire town is determined to bring our favourite holiday destinations to us by hosting a ‘Staycation Celebration’.

Burnley Business Improvement District, Charter Walk, Burnley Council and Burnley Markets are working together to deliver a series of events this summer.

The organisers want to bring flavours from of a number of different countries to the streets of Burnley to get people into the holiday spirit.

Burnley BID Project Manager Andrew Dean is looking forward to the six events and can’t wait for people to get into the staycation spirit.

“We know that a lot of people won’t be jetting off this year to experience different flavours and cultures like they normally would during the summer holidays so we decided to bring a taste of some popular destinations to them instead,” said Andy.

“There will be great food, music and unique performances over the different events with something to capture everyone’s imagination. It’s also our hope that people who come to check out the Staycation Celebration pay a visit to our shops, retailers and hospitality venues while they’re in Burnley too. They would love to see you as they continue to bounce back from the pandemic.

“On a final note, I’d just like to say that while COVID restrictions have now been relaxed it is important that people still take care, wash or sanitise their hands regularly and respect the personal space of others.”


Over six Saturdays, from 24th July – 28th August, tastes of culture from around the world are coming to Burnley.

Each Saturday there will be attractions, events and activities taking place in Burnley town centre from 11am-4pm, all relating to a number of different countries/geographical areas.

The focus will be on Greece first before moving on to France, Italy, Spain, USA and then finally the Caribbean.

Some details and performers are still being finalised- but many events and activities have been confirmed.

Burnley’s Staycation Celebration is brought to you by Burnley Business Improvement District, Charter Walk, Burnley Council and Burnley Markets.

What activities can I look forward to?

At every event, the following activities are set to take place:

  • Face painting – All day
  • Glitter tattoos – All day
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Dirty Twist Cocktail Bar – All day
  • Create your own mug – 11am, 1pm & 3pm


  • Greek guitar
    11am – 4pm
  • Mamma Mia Dance Troupe
    11:30am and 12:15pm
  • Greek statues
    4 x 30 minutes 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
  • Traditional dancers
    1pm & 3pm
  • BFC Children’s games
    10:30am onwards
  • Cooking Demo
  • Balloonatic
    3 x 45 minute walkarounds


  • Balloonatic
    3 x 45 minute walkarounds
  • Can Can dancers
    4 x 5 minutes
  • Mime artist
    4 shows 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3:30pm
  • Street painting
  • Tim’s Cracking Caricatures
  • Cooking Demo


  • Alegra String Quartet
    2 x 1/2 hours spots 1:30pm – 2pm
  • Italian statues
    4 x 30 mins 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm
  • Italian street painting
  • Flag Dancers
    6 x 15 mins 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:15pm, 2pm & 2:45pm
  • Cooking Demo


  • Spanish guitar
    2 x 40 mins 11:30am & 1pm
  • Traditional dancers
    6 x 5 mins 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
  • Balloonatic
  • Story Teller
  • Cooking Demo


  • The Ski Band
  • Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Dance Troupe
    11:30am & 12:15pm
  • Jared Warne – Elvis
    1pm & 2:30pm
  • Balloonatic
  • Superheroes & Princesses
    5 x 45 sets at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
  • Cooking Demo


  • Street painting
  • Pantasy Steel Band
  • Caribbean food
  • Caribbean hair braiding
  • Balloonatic




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