© South Ribble Borough Council 2018 

‘You better be-leaf it’: Magic, mazes and micropubs at Worden Autumn Market

Temperatures may have fallen in recent weeks but Leylanders’ spirits couldn’t help but be lifted over the weekend as they flocked to a special artisan market.

Hundreds of residents from around South Ribble descended on Worden Park in Leyland on Sunday 28 October for South Ribble Borough Council’s chill-defying ‘Worden Autumn Market’.

From 10.30am until 2.30pm, the venue for the event – Worden Arts and Crafts Centre at the heart of the award-winning Worden Park – played host to a huge range of stallholders and local businesses, selling everything from unique handmade crafts and homemade jams to crêpes, ales and pizzas.

Busy from start to finish, the market invited local Leyland businesses to come and showcase their huge talents and excellent produce.

Councillor Jane Bell, Chair of the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, said: “It’s such a positive thing that so many local businesses – each specialising in different trades or products – can come together for a lovely autumn event like this.

“It’s great for the local economy; it’s great for Leyland; and it’s great for South Ribble.

“I’ve heard some very good feedback from our residents, including my family who really enjoyed themselves.

“We now look forward to the Leyland Christmas Festival on Saturday 24 November.”

What’s more, the council partnered up with Magical Story Jars to provide children’s activities on a recycling theme – and more than 80 families took part.

Taking place inside Worden Park’s impressive adventure maze, the contest took on a Halloween theme, and imagined a scenario involving ‘Nancy the Naughty Witch’.

Nancy had been out dropping litter in the maze overnight, the participants were told, so everyone had to find within the maze five recycling facts and two pieces of litter to help clear the mess left by the naughty witch. 

If they found Nancy (painted on a stone and hidden within the maze), they also won the extra prize of a Magical Story Jar.