Memorial Gardens

Alongside festival staples like face-painting and bouncy castles, Memorial Gardens is the place for you to see and take part in weird and wonderful arts from some of the UK’s best festival acts.

Be wowed by giant juggling stilt walkers Flame Oz with their show Calvos, who will never drop a ball as they tackle the market cobbles and characters in beautiful circus style costumes.

Visit Baba Yaga’s House if you dare. Inspired by Slavic fairy tales, the ramshackle old cottage will be roaming around on old chicken legs and Dizzy O’Dare, a contemporary circus and theatre company, promise to give you a quirky taste of their performance art.

See a tiny town humming with noise and life…. The Whalley Range All Stars present Ye Gods. Church bells ring out, a factory grinds into action, there’s a boozy sing-along in the pub and the local dog’s home can’t stop its inmates barking. But what happens when a rogue storm hits the town?

You’ll be dancing in the streets too with Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play and paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda and 90s club culture.

154 Collective’s show Cardboard Joe is a cross between cartoon and play, in which you choose where the story leads.