There are a variety of additional events at this year's Create Longridge which the team hope will encourage as a many people as possible to be involved on the day. Please keep up to date with news on these "fringe events" by following us on Twitter and Facebook or by our regular features in Live Ribble Valley and the Longridge News.


The fringe so far comprises:

Children’s Art Classes and Pottery at St Wilfrid's Primary School

At St Wilfrid's Primary School a number of events are taking place. Following last year’s enormous success, there will again be art classes for children aged 5 – 9 years, with the new theme "My Longridge". One session will be held in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Also at St Wilfrid's there will be three sessions of pottery. Lead by professional potter and former CBeebies presenter Lizi Pickup, the sessions will be for children aged 9 - 13 years. Lizi will be leading the classes in making air-dried clay models and will also allow all the participants to get their hands on the potter’s wheel. All the work completed will be available for the children to take home and we are delighted to be working with someone of Lizi's standing.

A small charge will apply for these events and registration beforehand is available at Longridge Gallery.

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Urban Art at St Wilfrid’s Primary School

Longridge teacher Laura Dent will be leading two urban art classes aimed at children aged 10 – 14 years. “Whenever I have led these lessons in school the students have absolutely loved it. Their imaginations run wild and we finish with the most incredible, expressive work”. The participants will be able to take home the results of their labour.

A small charge will apply for these events and registration beforehand is available at Longridge Gallery.


Painting on Silk at St Wilfrid’s School

Another new activity for 2018. Painting on silk is the most beautiful, delicate activity and participants will be taken through the entire process. There will be two classes for children aged 9 – 13 years with only 6 children in each class. Don’t delay in booking! In the afternoon there will be a third class for adults. All those taking part will be able to keep the work produced on the day, once it has dried. The classes will be lead by silk painting expert Kelly Holland.

A small charge will apply for these events and registration beforehand is available at Longridge Gallery.



Oh Sew Crafty at Towneley Gardens

Following the huge success of the previous two year’s collaborative textile work we are thrilled that Cath Reid from Oh Sew Crafty will again lead our textile enthusiasts in a new collaborative venture. Based at Towneley Gardens, the theme of this year's work will be a large scale weaving project. Cath really wants to focus on the young people of Longridge being the main participants this year but all adults are welcome to drop in, add to the work and help and guide the younger needleworkers. The Create Longridge team is extremely grateful once again to Cath.



Creative Writing at Longridge Library

A new strand to our fringe programme this year! We received a number of approaches last year to include somehow those creative individuals who were not necessarily dexterous. So, for 2018 we have added creative writing and poetry. Following the ethos of Create Longridge, new writing will be produced from scratch on Create Longridge day. It can be either a short story or a piece of poetry. What’s more, the authors will have the opportunity to perform their work, in person, at the newly renovated Palace Cinema. We’re keeping the theme of the writing under wraps until 14th July but it’s sure to be a lot of fun.


The fringe events add an enormous amount to the day and we hope that you are able to get involved. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us.