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Stroll through Avenham & Miller Parks and Winckley Square. From there you can head off around the Guild Wheel too, in a city boasting more than 160 miles of footpaths and bridleways. Alternatively, wander in the Harris Museum’s monument to ‘Literature, Arts and Science’. There is much to see at the docks and marina as well, built up in recent years but no less historic, giving a further nod to that past heritage – from steam trains and boating to waterfront living, shopping, eateries, pubs and cinema. Sample Preston’s reputation as Lancashire’s shopping destination, offering two shopping centres and numerous high street brands - yet all relatively small and easy to explore – and you can soak up the architecture too, not least the Victorian qualities of the Miller Arcade. It is not just about famous high-street names and brands, Preston offers bustling indoor and outdoor markets, fresh Lancashire produce, and a variety of boutique and independent shops, many with a long, proud history of their own. There is no need to head off home when you have wandered around the shops, Preston offers quality traditional and international food on offer at restaurants, cafes and tea shops.

Preston’s Purple Flag Award also promises quality entertainment and a safe night out, with its bars, pubs and clubs, theatre, dance, arts, comedy and live music.

While Preston’s Guild celebrations famously only happen, once every 20 years, there is always something going on in this proud city.

A variety of events take place throughout the seasons – from traditional events like the Easter Egg Rolling in Avenham & Miller Parks to the Summer and Winter Festival’s taking in art, theatre, dance and music, ensure there is plenty to make you want to visit Preston.

Facts about Preston:

• Preston had the first Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in the UK.
• The creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park, was born in Preston.
• Preston born cricket superstar Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff became Wisden Cricketer of the year for 2004 and in 2005 broke the record for the most sixes scored for England.
• One of the oldest family-run grocery businesses in the UK is E.H. Booth & Co. Ltd whose headquarters are in Preston.
• The founder of the Ryder Cup, the great biennial golf championship, was born in 1858 at Walton-le-Dale, Preston.
• Preston born Richard Arkwright is considered the father of the modern industrial factory system and his developments in cotton spinning are seen as a catalyst for the Industrial Revolution.
• The first ever UK motorway, the M6, was built around Preston and, yes, as soon as it was opened the first ever motorway traffic jam took place. The weekend after opening, traffic was reduced to a 2 mph crawl.
• The bright orange three-wheeler Bond Bug motor car, first produced in Preston in 1970, became a style icon of the 1970’s.
• Preston North End legend, Sir Tom Finney OBE, CBE was the first player to be named Footballer of the Year twice – in 1954 and 1957.
• English Electric designed and built the DP1 - Diesel Prototype number 1 at Strand Road in Preston and this engine was at the time the most powerful train in the whole world.
• The tram manufacturing works in Preston expanded and diverted into aircraft development and construction. The Felixstowe F3 flying boat was built here and the Wren made its first night from Ashton Park in Preston on 5 April 1923.
• The Canberra aircraft, the world’s first jet bomber, was designed in Preston
• Preston obtained city status in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
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