Preston Guild 2012

We returned to our Lancashire roots in September 2012. As part of the Cultural Olympiad it was a case of "all come back to ours" to enjoy a good old Northern knees up that celebrated the creative history of Preston and wider Lancashire, through the Guild years of 1922, 1952, 1972 and 1992, and looked at the current creative scene.We also got our crystal ball out to imagine the local creative landscape in 2032.

As the opening event to the Guild City Festival, the Vintage Guild Weekend experience was an incredible celebration of the creative North. During these two days visitors to Avenham Park were treated to a celebratory and immersive selection of live entertainment, activities and performances.

Check out the photography from the Vintage Photo Booth here.

The event was a great success and as a Prestonian, who left for many years, it was great to be part of the Guild, especially with the response and good feeling that took over the Vintage weekend, I think as others felt, its highlights an optimism for the hope of building on the Guild’s events to create smaller cultural events. - Clare Buckley

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- We danced, sung and swung to live music, past and present across many genres.

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- Live arts, craft and fashion workshops. Visitors learnt skills including graffiti, knitting and even yarn bombing.

- We took a trip down memory lane and explored fashion through past Guilds from 1922 to present day, having a special look at the Guild that never was – 1942 and gazed into the future, imagining Guild 2032.

- Captivated by the catwalk. Shows displayed timeless, classic, couture, future fashion and public parades.

- Visitors were shown how to move and groove in our range of interactive dance classes from swing, jive and northern soul. Taking away special memories and a new skills!

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- There was a delectable selection of local food and drink produce and our very own Guild Marketplace. Stalls hosted an eclectic range of new, recycled and re-used vintage themed wares from clothing to accessories, homewares to music memorabilia.

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Regardless of age or gender there was something to excite and delight everyone who joined us in celebrating the creativity of the Preston and the region. Glamour, great food, great music, dance, fashion, art, design, film and above all a very warm Lancashire welcome to all who came.

A Vintage Guild was about, getting involved, celebrating and being a part of history in the making.

What Can Vintage Events Do For Your Community?

We’ve done it for Royalty, for over 50,000 people on the Sussex Downs, for the Preston Guild which happens once every 20 years, for ice skaters at Somerset House, and much more. We bring Vintage glamour and fun to any event. Don’t just take our word for it read on to find out how we did at the Vintage Weekend at the Preston Guild.

‘I was born in Preston but moved away with family place to place. I knew from my father that [the Guild is] held once every 20 years. I wanted to feel part of my hometown and I did. The Lancashire folk are so approachable and friendly. Loved the atmosphere in the Vintage tent and had makeovers and dressed up Vintage style’. Visitor survey respondent

“In terms of statistically significant differences, the Vintage Weekend was the most highly rated event in terms of overall satisfaction, with a significantly higher than average proportion of attenders rating it as ‘excellent’ (67% vs.56%).”

‘The Vintage Weekend was like nostalgic magic had been scattered all over the park. The best of British and a real community feel including making the most of our beautiful park. A real winning event that made everyone feel good’. Visitor survey respondent

Click HERE to see how we have left a legacy!

Click HERE to read our evaluation report.

Have a look at our film shot by a young creative entrepreneur, Cristina Garlington. 


Lancashire Life - October 2012

Lancashire Evening Post. Thousands Flock to Guild Events as The Week Kicks of With A Bang

Vintage Weekend. Celebrate The Guild That Never Was... 

Vintage Weekend. Disco Fever

Vintage Weekend. A Week To Remember

Vintage Weekend. 'The Best Thing I Have Done In My Career'

Wayne Hemingway MBE, Co-curator of Vintage Guild Weekend from Granada Reports on Vimeo.

Listen to BBC Radio Lancashire about the history of Preston Guild.

Read all about what happened at Preston Guild 2012 in the Brochure here.

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