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Visiting Preston City

As well as top entertainment from the Lancashire Encounter Festival, Preston has a variety of ways to keep you entertained when visiting the city centre and further afield.

Lancashire's top shopping destination

Preston's retail parks and bustling city centre have earnt the city its reputation as Lancashire's premier shopping spot. Not only is the high-street bursting with your favourite retailers and shopping centres, there's also a selection of independent shops for unique finds. On top of this, the city boasts a vibrant market scene, weaving modern and traditional shopping for a one-of-a-kind experience.

So, when you're not wathcing Lancashire Encounter's top performances, why not take advantage of the nearby shopping experience and see what treasures you can find.

For more details on shopping in Preston visit Preston Guild City - Shopping.

See some sights

In-between Lancashire Encounter performances and events you'll find some spectacular sights within the city centre and beyond.

Perfect for football lovers, Deepdale Stadium is just a short stroll away, home to Preston North End and opposite the city's oldest and largest parkland, Moor Park.

Turn your gaze to the skies and you'll see one of the UK's tallest spires belonging to St Walburge's Church. As well as having the tallest spire of any parish church in the UK, the church also boasts splendid architecture and guided weekend heritage tours. Nearby you'll also find the opportunity to stroll around Preston Dock and absorb the historical site.

For more details on heritage and sights in Preston visit Preston Guild City - Heritage and Sights.

Soak up some culture

Continue the arts and culture theme of the Lancashire Encounter Festival and head to The Harris for some engaging exhibitions, workshops and architecture. There's plenty to discover inside the iconic building, providing you with hours of entertainment.

Opposite The Harris you'll find the Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre, the perfect place to catch a matinee or an evening show.

For more details on arts and culture in Preston visit Preston Guild City - Arts and Culture.

Keep it outdoors

If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors then look no further than Preston's parks. The city has a large amount of green spaces to be enjoyed, whether it's for sport, scenery or children's play areas.

Avenham & Miller Parks and Winckley Square Gardens are fine examples of Victorian and Georgian parklands just a stone's throw away from the high-street. These parks create a spectacular setting for a picnic or explore as well as a peaceful retreat from the bustling city centre.

Only a short car or bus journey away, you'll also find a number of historic parklands such as the Edwardian Haslam Park and Grange Park, the site of an old Victorian manor house.

If you'd like to get even closer to nature, there are a fine selection of nature reserves waiting to be explored by foot or bike.

For more details on outdoor and adventure in Preston visit Preston Guild City - Outdoor and Adventure.

Get stuck into some activities

Lancashire's leading entertainment complex, Level, is easily accessible in the city centre and boasts an exciting choice of laser tag, indoor crazy golf, karaoke, arcade games, ten-pin bowling and an assault course.

There's also plenty more quality entertainment not far from the city centre. Team up and break out of an escape room, challenge one another to the Ninja Adventure assault course, or step into new worlds in the Multiverse Virtual Reality arena.

For more details on activities in Preston visit Preston Guild City - Activities.

Recharge with some food and drink

Take a well-earned break and discover the flavours on offer around the city centre. There are a variety of options to quench your thirst and fill your belly. From quaint tea and coffee shops and quirky cafes to family restaurants and contemporary dining, you're sure to find somewhere to suit your tastes.

For Preston's Eat & Drink directory visit Preston Guild City - Eat & Drink.

Flying the flag for a quality night out

Preston's purple flag award promises quality entertainment and a safe, vibrant evening out. Head out to one of the city's many bars or restaurants, catch a show at the Guild Hall or even enjoy one of the latest blockbusters at one of three cinemas.

From theatre and live music to a range of unique activities inside Level Preston, there's something to keep everyone entertained and continue the spirit of the Lancashire Encounter Festival.

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