Packed events calendar for 2017 making Preston a City of culture.

From exhibitions and festivals to theatre and live music, workshops and poetry nights, there is truly something to keep you entertained all year round. Sign up to our events newsletter to keep up to date with all the latest events in Preston.

A View of Preston from Penwortham Hill c.1820

This exhibition is on now, and until 30 January 2017. Lose yourself in this unique painting of Preston on the cusp of change – a picturesque harvest scene in the foreground contrasts with the rapidly growing industrial town across the river. Thanks to a public donations campaign led by the Friends of the Harris, this landscape by John Jenkinson has been expertly conserved at Lancashire Conservation Studios and we are once again able to display it at its best. Look out for dramatic tall chimneys, windmills, traditional hay stooks, and features still recognisable in Preston today.

OPENING HOURS:

Find out too why we originally thought this painting was produced in 1821 but have now dated it a year earlier. OPENING HOURS Museum, Art Gallery & Library Mon 10am-5pm (11am Museum/Art Gallery) Tue 10am-5pm Wed 10am-5pm Thur 10am-5pm Fri 10am-5pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 11am-4pm

Showcase concert by students of Chetham's School, Manchester

Showcase concert by students of Chetham's School, Manchester School age students from Chetham's School will give solo and duo performances. Details of musicians and their music will be presented on the day.

Opening Times and Dates:

Date Wednesday 18 January 2017 Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm Location The Minster, Church Street, Preston, PR1 3BT Cost £10.00 at the door Website www.costich.org.uk/HMC

Victorian Fair at Winckley Square Gardens

Join the Friends of Winckley Square Gardens for a Victorian inspired celebration. Be part of the fun with performances, music, activities, stalls and more. What's happening? Live music Street performers Craft stalls Screen printing Palace of Curiosities Face painting Why not bring out your creative side with a Victorian Costume competition. Winners will be crowned Old Twelfth Night King and Queen.

Contact and Opening Times:

Date Saturday 21 January 2017 Time 11:00am - 5:00pm Location Winckley Square Gardens, Winckley Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 3JQ Cost Free Website www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Winckley-Square-Gardens-546244258917287/?fref=ts

Blaze Lounge at "Harris Live"

A chance to hear music created and performed by some of the North West's best up-and-coming musicians as they take to the stage. Expect to hear a heady mix of rock, hip hop, folk and much more. Most of material that will be performed has been written by the young people and is totally original. Doors Open 7pm. Performances commence at 7.30pm A Bottle Bar will be available on the evening where you can purchase both hot and cold drinks. Tickets available now from:- • Online at Eventbrite/Preston Guild City Events • In person at the Harris Museum Shop • Or alternatively from the Preston Guild Hall Box Office (£1 per ticket booking fee will be applied) 01772 804444 For details of other bands playing at Harris Live visit the Harris Live 2017 page.

Details and Opening Times:

Date Wednesday 01 February 2017 Time 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Jacson St, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP Cost £6 each Website www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/preston-guild-city-12364164519

Harris Live 2017

Wednesday evenings throughout February and March sees The Harris host nine different musical evenings at 'Harris Live'. With music to suit all tastes this is a great chance to listen to some great music in the unique setting of the fantastic grade 1 listed Harris museum. How do I book? There are a number of ways you can book tickets for each event: Use the Preston Guild City Events Eventbrite site Visit the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library shop in person Book via the Preston Guild Hall Box Office (£1 booking fee applies) - www.prestonguildhall.co.uk or 01772 804444

Dates and Opening Times:

Date Wednesday 01 February 2017 - Wednesday 29 March 2017 Time 7:30pm - 9:00pm Location Harris Museum, Market Street, Preston, PR1 2PP Cost £6 each Website www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/preston-guild-city-12364164519

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