The Burnley May Day Festival is held every year on the May Day bank holiday Monday. It has run every year since the bank holiday was established in 1978 and is held at Towneley Park. It is preceeded by a May Day parade that currently sets off from Burnley Town Hall although various other start points have been used over the years. The parade sets off at 12 noon, assemble from 11:30am on the town hall car park.
The event at Towneley runs from 11am when the fun fair opens until around 4pm with the speakers at 1pm after the parade has arrived.
The event is organised by North East Lancashire Trades Council’s May Day committee.
In 2016 our main speaker was Jeremy Corbyn, followed by Sir Kier Starmer in 2017, John McDonnell in 2018 and Angie Raynor in 2019.
The Government has announced that the 2020 May Day holiday will be moved to Friday 8th May and celebrated as the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The Trades Council has decided that next year’s festival will therefore be on Sunday 3rd May 2020. This is nearer to May Day itself (1st) and avoids any clash with VE Day events.
Planning for the festival begins in December and we would welcome more helpers on to the May Day committee. If you are interesting in helping us plan the event contact Peter or come to one of our meetings (see meetings page).
2019 advertising rates for the brochure are as follows:
Full Page: £150; Half Page: £75; Quarter Page: £40 and Eighth Page: £20
Stall Hire, both in the marquee or on the field is £10 for charities and Trade Unions; £20 for others. Stalls in the marquee are one trestle table and a chair, for stalls on the field you need to bring your own gazebo, table or whatever. For larger areas on the field contact Peter Thorne.
To book a stall or brochure advert contact Peter Thorne. For details of the parade contact Peter Thorne. Contact details below.
Booking forms can be downloaded here:
And Brochure advert booking forms can be downloaded here:
Peter Thorne: 25 Glen View Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2QW.
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