Burnley May Day festival

The 2024 May Day Festival was on bank holiday Monday 6th May 2024. 

The Burnley May Day Festival is held every year on the May Day bank holiday Monday. Other than the two Covid years it has run every year since the bank holiday was established in 1978 and is held at Towneley Park. It is preceded by a May Day parade that this year set off from the sports pavilion car park and went around the triangle area of the park, finishing up at the stage. The parade sets off at 12 noon, assemble from 11:30am.

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.

This year’s main speaker was Justin Madders M.P., shadow minister for Employment Rights and Protections. Last year we had Angela Rayner who also spoke in 2019. Before that we had John McDonnell in 2018, Sir Kier Starmer in 2017, and Jeremy Corbyn in 2016.

Planning for the 2025 festival will begin in January. If you are interesting in helping us plan the event contact Peter or come to one of our meetings (see meetings page).
2024 advertising rates for the brochure were 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:

Stall booking form

And Brochure advert booking forms can be downloaded here:

Brochure advert form

Peter Thorne: 25 Glen View Road, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 2QW.
Tel: 01282-421757.
e-mail: peter.thorne@sky.com

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