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Things to do in Preston to make your August Awesome...

With more Preston businesses opening their doors, and socially-distanced events taking place, there are many things to do this August. Whether you're looking for something to do with the kids, or some grown-up fun, we have ten ideas to get you inspired.

Whatever you choose to do this August, don't forget to keep safe and keep your distance. And, with more and more businesses opening safely, there are even more of your favourite activities to get stuck back into.

Cold War Steve exhibition

Who said exhibitions have to be indoors? With the Cold War Steve exhibition, taking place at The Larder, you can experience the laughter and politics of the artist's latest work displayed in the café's windows.

Thanks to this new way of thinking, you can grab a drink to takeaway from the café and soak up the details of these satirical collages from the safety of the pavement - guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

The exhibition is on daily at The Larder until Friday 7 August.

Drive-in cinema

Enjoy some retro fun as a family and take in some blockbuster movies from the comfort of your own car.

Throughout August, the Daisy Duke's Drive-In Cinema will host family-friendly daytime films and adult-only evening films at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club.

For films, times, and tickets visit Daisy Duke's Box Office.

The Wind in the Willows outdoor theatre

Where better to experience a The Wind in the Willows outdoor performance than Hoghton Tower. Pack a picnic and head on an adventure with Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad.

To book tickets visit Hoghton Tower - The Wind in the Willows.

Climb St Walburge's Spire

The Spire in the Summer is an event taking place at St Walburge's every Saturday in August, 7pm - 8.30pm. Book your ticket and you put your brave face, then climb the church's spire and witness amazing views over Preston. The spire reaches a staggering height of 309 feet, and is one of the tallest in the UK.

Children must be over 8 years old (or 110cm) in order to climb with an adult.

To book your ticket visit The Spire in the Summer.

Preston's annual Caribbean Carnival

Preston's annual Caribbean Carnival is going virtual for 2020. The event takes place online, 2pm-4pm, Sunday 9 August. Join in with the festivities from the comfort of your own home and make sure to take part by uploading your pictures and videos.

The event is free, just head to the Preston Carnival website on the day.

Fired 4 U workshops

Fired 4 U have a variety of workshops for both children and adults, throughout August. The venue are also hosting a summer holiday four week workshop, with workshops running every Thursday at 3pm. If no workshops take your fancy, the venue is open for normal bookings, with safety procedures in place.

To see what workshops are available and to book tickets visit Facebook - Fired 4 U events.

Explore a new park

Why not add some exploration of Preston's parks to your "things to do list" this August. With the kids on their summer holidays, there's no better time to head outdoors and burn off some energy.

For a creative and fun explore, check out the Preston Spy Mission Treasure Trail. The trail is designed to get the whole family out and about, offering clues and problem solving to complete your special mission.

Doodles and Coffee

Valley Coffee have created a space for some self-care, perfect for relaxing in these stressful times. Every Wednesday the café has a colouring and doodling space available, suitable for both adults and children.

Grab a hot drink, sit back and engage your brain in a healthy way.

Eat out to help out

With the Eat Out to Help Out scheme offering a 50% discount on your bill throughout August, now is the time to sample new places to eat and drink. Cafés registered with the scheme include the Pavilion Café and the Harris Café, both of which make a wise pitstop when out and about in the city centre.

For further details on how to benefit from the scheme and places registered in Preston see Where you can "Eat Out to Help Out" in Preston.

Energetic activities

A number of fantastic activity venues are back, just in time for the summer holidays. With social distancing procedures in place, you can enjoy climbing at Clip 'n Climb, some bouncing fun at Flip Out Preston, or some mind-bending puzzles at Escape Reality.

Check out our activities directory for even more things to do in Preston. Remember to call ahead before turning up to any of the venues in the directory.

Map addresses for things to do this August

  • The Larder, 50 Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1DD.
  • Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club, Lightfoot Green Lane, Preston, PR4 0AP.
  • Hoghton Tower, Hoghton, Preston, PR5 0SH.
  • Shrine Church of St Walburge's, Weston Street, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, PR2 2QE.
  • Fired 4 U, 15-17 Hennel Lane, Walton-le-Dale, Preston, PR5 4LA.
  • Valley Coffee, Fourfields, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6GS.
  • Clip 'n Climb, 1b Wyder Court, Millennium City Park, Preston, PR2 5BW. 
  • Flip Out Preston Trampoline and Adventure Park, Fishwick Park, 1B, Mercer Street, Preston, PR1 4LQ.
  • Escape Reality, Aqueduct Mill Industrial Park, 1 Aqueduct Street, Preston, PR1 7JN.