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Preston Guild City

About The Preston Guild

An historic celebration, the Preston Guild is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK...

The Preston Guild celebrations date back to 1179, sharing a heritage of over 800 years. The Guild is celebrated once every 20 years, giving birth to the phrase 'once every Preston Guild'.

The most recent Guild was celebrated in 2012 and was a great success. Boasting a deep rooted history, the celebrations have evolved considerably over the centuries and played an important role in the development of Preston as a thriving Lancashire city.

The one thing that has always remained the central focus in these celebrations is the people; the people who plan it, participate in it, promote it and tell their stories to their children and grandchildren for decades to come.

Residents, visitors, artists, businesses, athletes and performers - everyone gets involved in the Guild!