Discover Prescot at Summer Arts Festival

A Merseyside arts festival invites you to explore one of the region’s hidden gems this June.

The Prescot Heritage Trail is part of the opening weekend’s schedule at this year’s Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts.

Participants will download a free map and booklet as their guide to the historic Lancashire town, and from Saturday 19 June they can follow the route at their own leisure, solving the clues as they go.

Proceedings start online on Friday 18 June, with a special video welcome by artistic director Dr Robert Howard and a penned greeting from patron Ian Tracey—Organist to the City of Liverpool, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral and Chorusmaster to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society.

The evening continues with a free screening of vintage Prescot films, including rarely seen ‘70s footage.

There’ll be something online or offline for every day of the 10-day festival, the 17th since the event was founded in 2005.

‘We’ve overcome a few uncertainties to ensure a full programme this year, with some in-person events and plenty of online content to inspire and entertain,’ said director Dr Robert Howard.

‘Look out for young musicians from Liverpool Cathedral, an exclusive talk from Shakespeare North Playhouse and artwork from the local community, including Bluebell Park School.’

The Prescot Festival runs from Friday 18 to Sunday 27 June 2021, and the schedule is now online at

Pictured: A new Prescot sign, designed by artist Martin Heron, bears Shakespeare’s words ‘Welcome Wanderer’