Turn back the clock for our Victorian festival

Garstang Victorian Christmas festival - big event, lots of stalls, carol singing, street organs, brass bands etc - people dressed in Victorian costume'Enjoying a Mulled Wine, Dennis Bond from Scorton and helen Bolton from Wigan.

Garstang Victorian Christmas festival - big event, lots of stalls, carol singing, street organs, brass bands etc - people dressed in Victorian costume'Enjoying a Mulled Wine, Dennis Bond from Scorton and helen Bolton from Wigan.

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IT’S been going now for more than 20 years, and has become one of the best crowd-pulling events in Garstang.

If the Spring Bank Holiday children’s festival is the highlight of the bright days of spring and early summer, the Garstang Victorian Festival is certainly the highlight of the town’s winter season.

The town centre streets are closed off for two nights of fun, frivolity and nostalgia - all on a Victorian theme, for the Garstang Victorian Festival.

This year’s festival will start at 6pm on Monday, December 12, with a procession through the town, bringing Santa to his Grotto in style!

Calvos, a group of stunning white stilt walkers, and a real favourite at the festival will be in town for both Monday and Tuesday evenings.

On Monday The Red Rose Jazz Band will be making music then, on Tuesday the Batala Drum Band will lead the procession, then play on throughout the evening.

They will be joined by some old favourites, brass bands, morris men, Punch and Judy , dance groups and choirs.

New for this year are juggling jesters and an ‘Old Time Fairground’.

All this takes place around all areas of the town, but especially on the High Street. which will be lined with a huge variety of stalls.

All the shops and cafes in the town centre are expected to be open, giving a Garstang welcome to the hundreds, if not thousands of visitors who come from all over Lancashire, and even further afield to experience this great festival.

There is always something for everyone in this town of independent traders.

The festival, which has previously won awards, is well worth a visit, as it captures a real Christmas atmosphere.

Many local people dress in Victorian garb - it’s not complusory, but those who do brave it add to the olde worlde atmosphere which is genuine Garstang.

So why not join in the fun on one or both evenings ... and enjoy a little bit of Christmas early?

And it is all for free!

Leaflets publicising the event have been circulated around the town including a map (re-produced in this feature) showing what is going on and where during the two nights.

* Look out in The Courier next week for photos and report of the 2011 Victorian Festival.