The sun sets on the highly anticipated Briercliffe Festival

Thousands of people are expected at this year’s gala, which will take place on Saturday at the Queen Street Recreation Ground.

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All the fun starts at 11am when the crowds gather in the Hare and Hounds car park ahead of the 11.30am float procession.

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The Briercliffe Festival will take place on Saturday July 16th.

The festival will open at noon with a host of attractions planned to entertain visitors throughout the day.

In addition to a licensed beer tent, there will be a carnival, craft stalls, dog agility show, birds of prey show and more. Live music will come from Skafull, Birdhouse and Rakish Paddy, while DJ Kev Riley will finish the night off with a rousing retro set.

Liam Kilbride, one of the organizers, said rising costs had made it difficult, but the festival would remain affordable for families.

“This is a local event, for local people, and the prizes will always reflect that,” he said. “Last year’s event was a bit last minute as we were coming out of the pandemic, but this year we had a lot more time to organize everything.

“The procession is going to be fantastic. We have the Mayor of Burnley, characters from Paw Patrol and Bertie Bee; some of the tanks are amazing. And the festival itself – we really have something for everyone; be a beautiful day, and it looks like we’re going to have time too. It’s not just for the people of Briercliffe either, we want the whole town to come and enjoy what’s on offer.

“I would like to thank all of our sponsors and my fellow organizers, Brad and Ju, for all their help. Also, the three pubs, Hare and Hounds, The Commercial and the Craven, for their support, as well as the Village Store and Spar for allowing us to distribute tickets there

“This year we will be raising money for Briercliffe Football Club. It’s tough for grassroots football at the moment so hopefully we can raise some money for them.”

Briercliffe Festival tickets, priced at £5, are available from Spar, the Village Store and all three pubs. Children under 16 are free and do not need a ticket.

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