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Egg Rolling 2023

Monday 10 April 2023
Time: 10:00
Price: Free
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Preston's annual Egg Rolling event is back for 2023, this Easter Monday, complete with entertainment for all ages.

There will be market stalls to browse, Henna artists, performances, and workshops - not to mention the annual Easter Bonnet Competition! 

Of course, the egg rolling itself will take place and Plucky the chicken will be walking around ready to wish everyone a Happy Easter.

Don't miss an array of wacky walkabouts, creative workshops, out-of-this-world performances, and much more... 

Feel free to download the PDF programme ready for the day:  Egg Rolling Event Leaflet 2023 (PDF) [8MB]

Egg Rolling

  • Time: 11am - 4pm (every hour on the hour)

Don't forget to bring your egg to roll down the hill. The Egg Rolling itself will take place on the hour, every hour.

Events List

Taking place throughout the day, you can catch the following:

  • Easter Bonnet Workshop and Competition
  • High Tea (With a Twist)
  • The Giant Balloon Show
  • Books
  • A La Puppet Carte
  • Preston City Mela Workshops and Performances
  • Egg-tastic Marbling and Masks
  • Family Fun Making Activity- Chicken In A Box
  • African Drumming and Line-Dance Exercise
  • The Harris Workshop: Easter Family Crafts with Sarah Hicks Art

Easter Bonnet Workshops

Take part to win the accolade of 'Best Bonnet in Show. Although every Easter brings a different programme of events, you can guarantee the traditional Easter bonnet making workshop and Easter bonnet competition will always feature, with the best hats winning a prize.

  • Workshop: 11:30am - 12:00pm, 12:30pm - 01:00pm, 01:30pm - 02:00pm, 02:30pm - 03:00pm, 03:30pm - 04:00pm
  • Competition: 02:15pm - 02:30pm

Close up of a floral Easter bonnet with felt chickens and butterflies

High Tea (With a Twist)

Dressed to impress, with matching headgear and costumes; our delightful pair perform dance and acrobatics above a tastefully laid tea table and mingle with the crowd for selfies and a cuppa. Expect glittery cakes, outrageous costumes and theatrical high jinx in an explosion of bright colour and silliness.

  • Times: 12:30 - 01:00pm, 03:00pm - 03:30pm

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Two performers in pink floral dresses dance around table of tea and cakes

The Giant Balloon Show

The Giant Balloon Show will have the audience in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high energy comic performance and of course the all-important giant balloon!

Take everything you know about balloons, add an award-winning entertainer and an 80's soundtrack, and twist that into a highly entertaining show for the whole family.

Audience feedback;

That was a master class in entertainment!

"Never laughed so much, my jaws are still aching!!"

"I know what Ferris Bueller did after school; he became you!"

"Infectiously energetic, anarchic and unashamedly silly, The Giant Balloon Show was a great hit." - Claire Symonds, Theatre Programmer for The Lowry

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A man inside a giant red balloon performs to a crowd of adults and children


Four bedraggled book enthusiasts are travelling from town to town - forced between the margins - on a mission to protect literature. The libraries keep closing, and their beloved books are being forced out into the streets... where the rain is heavy and the sun is getting hotter!

As the last surviving members of their rather intensive book club, they must embark on a quest to recruit more radical readers to their cause. Without new members, the book club and the books it has sworn to protect, will surely perish!

These Hardback Heroes can't let such a tragic epilogue come to pass.

"A near lethal experience. Expect a lot of silliness."

About the company:

Tit for Tat is an unusual juggling company that believes in celebrating the ordinary. They take everyday objects, objectives and scenes, and explore every nook and cranny until they make them extra-ordinary.

Tit for Tat believe in finding the most exciting and, more often than not, the most difficult way of getting from A to B. Even when undertaking simple tasks such as making a cup of tea, painting a wall, or changing a lightbulb.

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A Tit for Tat performer juggles books in a stage area next to a bookshelf

A La Puppet Carte

On the "A la Puppet Carte" menu is a pair of pop up puppet stages built onto the back of electric tricycles.

Each mobile stage is a puppet show full of surprises, fun and a heart-warming story of friendship and a sense of home. In "The Story of the Scary Noise", a doting daddy finds the unexpected (and adorable) source of a mysterious sound. In "The Magic Samovar", a Persian tea urn reveals a compelling puzzle of secrets, objects and characters.

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A La Puppet Carte performer interacts with a clay puppet that is in a small house

Preston City Mela

Preston City Mela is a vibrant celebration of South Asian arts, culture, tradition, and heritage. Expect performances bursting with traditional South Asian music and dancing from Abhinandana Dance Academy and Kerala Drummers and Dancers, and workshops where you can get involved in Rag Mats (Fabric Recycling), Traditional Kite Making, Ebru Marbling, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Silk Painting and Henna!

The word Mela means 'a fair' and in rural tradition they are a way of bringing the community together, which is exactly what the Preston City Mela workshops and performances archive.

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Preston City Mela dancers in brightly coloured blue and orange dresses dancing to a crowd

Egg-tastic Marbling and Masks

A Marbling workshop for all the family. Drop marbling inks onto the surface of water to create amazing swirling artworks and beautiful egg designs in brilliant colour. The work will be hung to dry and people can return to collect pieces when they dry (30min). Disposable gloves and aprons will be provided and wetwipes for handwashing.

Get creative to decorate a 3D Easter Bunny mask using bright paint sticks and decorations. There will also be some giant egg-tastic cardboard mazes to challenge all the family to work together and complete the challenge!

  • Workshop sessions: 11am - 1pm, 1:30pm - 4pm

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Brightly coloured Easter eggs marbled with inks in a basket

Family Fun Making Activity- Chicken In A Box

A fun for families Drop In activity. Participants can decorate a box, create items to put inside and outside the box i.e. paper eggs, butterflies and flowers. Participants will experience a printing technique making a chicken that can be put inside the box, or hung on a stick as if suspended in flight. Creating a treasured memory to take away to remind you of the Egg Rolling day!

  • Workshop sessions: 11am - 4pm (with a half hour break)

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Two papercraft chickens hung against a wall

African Drumming and Line-Dance Exercise

Each workshop will consist of 20 minutes of African drumming within a circle of chairs followed by 20 minutes line-dance exercise that Phil Kaila will lead from the stage - the participants will dance within the circle of chairs. During the final 10 minutes of the session, children will be encouraged to roll their eggs whilst we play African music.

  • Workshop sessions: 11.00am - 11.50am, 12 noon - 12.50pm, 1.00pm - 1.50pm, 2.00pm - 2.50pm, 3.00pm - 3.50pm

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Close up of African people playing on brightly coloured drums

The Harris Workshop: Easter Family Crafts with Sarah Hicks Art

Get ready for inflatable chicken puppets, flying rabbit catapults and Easter badges. Intrigued? Join us on the day to find out more!

  • Workshop sessions: Throughout the day from 11am - 4pm

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Handcrafted puppets made from gloves and paper cups and farmyard animals on pin badges

Photos from past Egg Rolling years


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