Padiham On Parade is a fun 1940's themed weekend for everyone to enjoy - the young, the not so young and the old.

Shaking things up for 2022

Padiham Town Hall is now fully operational and we have taken advantage of this and booked the ballroom, piano bar and kitchen for the whole weekend. We have not booked a marquee this year because in its place there will be a full size replica Hurricane aircraft. This is an attraction not to be missed.

Friday 24th June

Starts the weekend off with a bang with the Ballroom Blitz in the Ballroom. Doors open from 7pm (please do not arrive sooner). Tickets are priced at £19.40 and include live entertainment from Jess McGlinchy and also the Stacksteads Brass Band. Supper will be served in a mess tin !

Saturday 25th June

Commences at 10am with music 1940s style in the Ballroom. Café Rene will be operational from 10am serving coffee/tea, cakes and sandwiches.
Throughout the day there will be live entertainment in the ballroom with Rachel Mercer, George Formby tribute and also Kelly Waldie. Dapper Dan will get your feet tapping at the front of the Town Hall throughout the day. The Punch and Judy show will be ongoing throughout the day, and just for the little ones, the Story Teller will be in the Library throughout the day.
Once again on the town hall plaza we have the return of the Rossendale Clog Dancers delighting the crowds with their fancy footwork. A ukulele band will be performing 1.30 till 2pm and 2.30 till 3pm on the Town Hall Plaza. Also this year we are able to bring to you for the first time, a drumming band. Something just a little different.
A funfair on Clitheroe Street Car Park is a must for the kids, both large and small.
For the first time a display of Tractors on the Original Factory Shop Car Park is an added attraction.
Classic and military cars will be on display at the rear of the town hall and also on A1 Car Park.
In an effort to be inclusive throughout the town centre, not just in the Town Hall area, there will be a Town Trail encouraging you to travel up the high street and visit the Bars and Eateries. The vintage bus will transport you to the top of the town making the journey quite easy. The bus stops outside Vetrano’s Italian Restaurant where music and good food await you ! The Lawrence Hotel, The Cellar Restaurant and the Fat Giraffe also provide excellent food and drink and are well worth a visit. Should you manage to make it half way down the hill and still haven’t stopped to eat, then there ae quite a few sandwich bars to snack on or wait until you reach the bottom of the hill and pop into Mooch Café. Again, well worth a visit.
Still not managed to have a bite to eat ? then go over the bridge and left up out of town. Again there are sandwich bars galore – you won’t go hungry in Padiham !
Whilst making your way down the hill, every participating establishment that you enter make sure you get the trail card stamped. Upon completion your card will be entered into a free draw with prizes of Business Vouchers which can be spent in participating businesses throughout the town.

Sunday 26th June

Commences with a parade of Chelsea Pensioners, Veterans, Cadets, Civic Dignitaries, School Children and re-enactors to the Town Hall, led by the Accrington Pipe Band – this will be a sight to behold, and hear ! A short service will be held on the Town Hall Steps.
From 12 noon the Town Hall Ballroom will be open for business and Café Rene awaits you with bacon butties, tea, coffee and cakes.
Entertainment commences at 12 noon right through until close of play at 5pm and features Kelly Waldie, the BMP Band and the George Formby tribute.

Ballroom Blitz
Look sharp lads and lasses ...
Links ...
When Burnley was Britain's theatre capital
Crown Point RAF decoy site
Hameldon Air Crash
Dash-cam 1940's style

There will be 1940s style entertainers in some of the public houses on Saturday as follows:

Hare and Hounds – Lili de Carlo 2pm and 3pm
Kings – 1pm and 2pm Artist yet to be confirmed
Molly Rigbys – Golden Age Songbird 2pm and 3pm
Boyce’s Barrel – Karen Howell 4pm and 5.30pm
Bridge Inn – Artist and timings yet to be confirmed
Free Gardeners – Stevie Kay 1.45 and 2.45

It wasn't me Sir ...
Good time girls ...
Some of the cars on display ...
Happy Feet
So, you think that the Burnley and Padiham area was safe from the Luftwaffe's attentions?
Burnley Bombing Plan #1
Burnley Bombing Plan #2