Warrington will celebrate the Year of the Dragon for Lunar New Year, with the town centre transforming into a festival of colour and sound.
Chinese New Year officially starts on Saturday, February 10th but celebrations last more than two weeks. 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon, which is said to foster growth, progress and abundance in Chinese culture.
In Warrington, the town centre will celebrate Lunar New Year on Sunday, February 18th, with a host of activities throughout the day to celebrate, organised by Warrington Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Warrington Borough Council, Culture Warrington, Live Wire and Independent Street Markets. Scroll down for a full itinerary, what to expect on the day, travel information and more.
To everyone who is celebrating we wish you all
“Xīnnián hǎo” (新年好)”
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On Sunday, February 18th, from 11am-4pm, Warrington’s Lunar New Year will see a host of free activities planned throughout the day, taking place cross Palmyra Square, Queen Gardens, Time Square, Warrington Market, Warrington Central Library and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
Visitors can expect an authentic lion and dragon dance, a martial arts demonstration, arts and craft workshops, live music, face painting, traditional western foods and up to 50 artisan market stalls.
Liverpool’s Hung Gar Kung Fu School will perform a special lion dance, which is said to bring good luck, followed by a martial arts demonstration and then a dragon dance at Palmyra Square.
The team will then make an appearance at Warrington’s popular, traditional Asian cuisine restaurant, Mr Lau’s on Springfield Street, for a performance for diners.
Liverpool’s Hung Gar Kung Fu School will take their Lunar New Year performance to Time Square, before heading into Warrington’s new Chinese restaurant, Yum Cha in Time Square and Warrington market.
Independent Street Markets will showcase up to 50 artisan stalls to explore in Queen Gardens in Palmyra Square, with offerings including a range of street food and drink stalls, independent businesses, live music and face painting.
ndependent Street, who champion local independent businesses, will be bringing specially selected artisan market stalls to Queens Gardens for Warrington’s Lunar New Year.
From award winning pies HM Pasties to epic cakes, artisan candles and handmade jewellery, to hand baked treats for dogs, beautiful handmade textiles, wooden crafts, tasty cheeses, local gin distilleries to artisan soaps and handmade bath creams…there will also be authentic Asian food and food influences from around the globe to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the street food arena.
Northern singer songwriter Olly Flavell will be on hand with live music, plus there’ll be face painters for the little market goers.
Organisers have also commissioned indoor activities in Warrington Central Library and Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, in partnership with Mulan Culture.
This will include free arts and crafts workshops, from 3D printing dragons to calligraphy, birth year badge, paper flower making as well as displays of the museum’s full collections to celebrate Lunar New Year.
As well as the street food stalls among the artisan markets, many restaurants in Warrington will be showcasing deals during the day.
Mr Lau’s on Springfield Street will welcome Liverpool’s Yung Gar Kung Fu School in the afternoon, and will also be holding their own deal banquet, complete with a dragon banquet, and a lion dance on Saturday, February 17th. To book, visit their website here.
Neil Wan, co-owner at Yum Cha is looking forward to welcoming the school, after previously performing with them when he was younger. Yum Cha, a new restaurant that has arrived in Time Square, will offer the people of Warrington a range of deals over the weekend, including special offers on February 18th.
To be able to join in the celebrations of the Lunar New Year in Warrington, there are many different ways you can get to the town centre. Warrington has a variety of public transport options, whether it’s by bus or train.
If you’re hopping on a bus for the event then Warrington Bus Interchange, on Winwick Street, WA1 1TS, has all the latest timetables and routes, or you can visit their website.
If you’re journeying in by train then Warrington Central is just a five minute walk-away from the town centre and has connections from the Northern Line, operating from Manchester and Liverpool.
Warrington’s Lunar New Year has been organised by Warrington Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Warrington Borough Council, Culture Warrington, Live Wire and Independent Street Markets, here’s what each of them had to say about the event below.
Amy Dawber, Warrington BID Manager, said: “This is the first time we’ve held an event of this kind in Warrington and we felt it was important to celebrate the town’s rich culture and diverse communities. There’ll be plenty going on, and will promise something for everyone to enjoy.”
Cllr Tom Jennings, Cabinet member for Economic Development & Innovation at Warrington Borough Council, said: “There’s a real buzz around Warrington town centre at the moment, and we want to continue to showcase a wide range of events which celebrates the many different cultures within Warrington’s communities.”
Leah Biddle, Cultural Manager at Culture Warrington, said: “For the festival (Year of the Dragon), together the museum and library will be decorated and from 11am-2pm, visitors can take part in a range of free, craft activities but we are also starting the celebrations earlier, on February 16th, so families can enjoy the sessions during half-term.
“Lunar New Year is an exciting event for Warrington, not only marking the start of the Chinese New Year but also bringing a range of cultures together to learn, enjoy and celebrate as a community.”
Lisa Cowley from Independent Street said: ”We are so excited to be once again collaborating with the team at Warrington BID. An event like this is a great way to showcase local talent whilst also boosting footfall to the town centre.
“Our artisan market in Queens Gardens will be packed full of authentic food, unique crafts, live music and face painters who will be theming their designs for the Lunar New Year. We are excited to welcome the dragon and Lion dances from 11am! This is one not to miss! We hope you can pop by and see the entertainment, listen to the music, soak up the atmosphere and support our small independent businesses.”
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