An East Lancashire market town has revealed details of its annual 'Festive Jamboree'.

Clitheroe will host the free pre-Christmas event on Saturday, December 2.

Ribble Valley Council has joined forces with the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade and the town's Grand venue to create to the festive celebration.

From 1pm, Clitheroe Market will rejoice to the Sounds of Sykora with a funky festive playlist, after which the popular Clitheroe Pop Choir will take to the bullring at 2.30pm, followed by a Christmas lights switch-on at 3pm by Ribble Valley Mayor Cllr Mark Hindle.

Then from 4.30pm Clitheroe Castle will host a Carols at the Castle event organised by the Grand and supported by the Clitheroe Christians in Partnership.

The free sing-along at the bandstand will feature modern and traditional carols and the first 1,000 participants will receive a complimentary cup of hot chocolate and mince pie.

Throughout the day a host of events organised by the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade will take place in Clitheroe town centre, including the yarnbombing of bollards and lampposts and a Santa’s grotto at the castle gates in Castlegate, in aid of the Clitheroe Foodbank.

Meanwhile in Castle Street there will be live music, fire jugglers and stalls selling winter woollies.

Families can enjoy an elf hunt in the grounds of Clitheroe Castle and anyone collecting a map for the hunt who is wearing a Christmas jumper and happy to have their picture taken for social media will be entered into a prize draw for Shop Clitheroe vouchers.

Nicola Hopkins, Ribble Valley Council’s director of economic development, said: “Visitors to Clitheroe and the market on December 2 can expect top-quality local produce, great music, a feast of free family fun and a warm Ribble Valley welcome.”

Lucy Greenhalgh, president of the Clitheroe Chamber of Trade, said: “A lot of work goes into making Christmas in the town special and we have pulled out the stops to ensure this year is a cracker.

“Clitheroe has some of the best independent shops in Lancashire and visitors are invited to see for themselves what our unique shops and market have to offer.

“So, forget the hustle and bustle of the shopping mall and come to Clitheroe for a feast of family fun and a cosy Christmas.”

Free parking is on offer at the Lowergate, market and Railway View (council offices) car parks in Clitheroe and the Barclay Road car park in Longridge, from 9.30am on Saturdays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23.

The free parking is intended for shoppers only, not traders or town centre workers.