A new festival is coming to East Lancashire for the May bank holiday – and it promises to be a jam-packed extravaganza with something for the whole family to enjoy.

Lancashire’s Music, Lifestyle, Food and Drink Festival will take place at the Great Harwood Showground from 30 April – 2 May.

Live performers, fun fairs, car shows and more will be packed into the free event on the bank holiday weekend.

As well as being a fun celebration filled with performers and events, the festival will also shine a spotlight on local Lancashire businesses and traders.

One of the organisers, Mellony Baron, said the aim of the event is to “showcase what our red rose county brings” adding that there is “something for everyone” to enjoy.

Lancashire Telegraph: Mellony being presented with best outdoor stall at Fleetwood food and drink festival (L-R) Mayor Councillor Marge Anderton, Mellony Baron and Mayoress Wendy GrovesMellony being presented with best outdoor stall at Fleetwood food and drink festival (L-R) Mayor Councillor Marge Anderton, Mellony Baron and Mayoress Wendy Groves

She said: “Myself and other event organisers wanted to think outside the box and do something that really embraces what Lancashire is all about.

“There are so many food and drink festivals out there but they just don’t combine everything.

“After a rough couple of years we really need to back local and independent businesses – and that’s the ethos of what our festival is all about.

“We’ve got local entertainment and bands and we want to be as culturally diverse as possible.”

The children will stay entertained as they interact with life-like dinosaurs that will be roaming the street.

Chorley-based Lancashire Ice Queens will also be in attendance meaning your little ones can interact with real-life Disney princesses and characters.

Sunday’s headline act and local band, Scratch, will also be performing 90s-2000s club music with a twist.

A fashion show, hosted by Chorley’s up and coming fashion designer Ross Griffiths, is also set to take place on the Sunday.

Mellony, who owns a portable gin bar business, said: “There is even a car show which will keep the dads happy and there will be a big gin trailer to keep the mums happy.”

Mellony said an event like this is just what is needed after the pandemic.

She said: “Covid has been such a burden that we have all had to endure...we want to come together, have fun and also boost the economy within the district.

“We want families and people all ages to come, relax, enjoy and savour the atmosphere but more importantly be proud of who we are and where we are from!

“We would love to have a shout out for more small businesses, local talent, local produce, artisan makers to join in the fun.”

More details about Lancashire’s Music, Lifestyle, Food and Drink Festival will be revealed on their Facebook page closer to the time.

If you are a local and independent business you can enquire about taking part in the weekend by contacting Mellony at:  mellonybaron@yahoo.co.uk.