Regular events in Newburgh include Newburgh Fair and a grand bonfire and fireworks. We have also been a frequent competitor in the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition.
In the fourteen century Newburgh was renowned for its weekly market and an annual fair which was held in June and included sporting events, aunt sallies, merry-go-rounds and all the fun of the fair.
The concept of the modern day Newburgh Fair was the brainchild of the Reverend Douglas Bell, vicar of Newburgh from 1952 to 1976. Newburgh Fair was resurrected in 1977 and organised by a group of local volunteer residents. Since then it has been held in June each year.
A themed procession takes place around the village, Rose Queens are crowned, a fete takes place with fairground rides and stalls for charity, there is entertainment in an arena and there is an evening ball.
Today the fair continues to be organised by a group of residents (supported by most of the village on the day!). It has raised thousands of pounds for local charities.
To celebrate the millennium, events took place over five days including evening entertainment as well as the day of the fair. In 2002 a new recipe for the traditional Newburgh Fairing Cake was invented to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. In 2004 Newburgh Fair played an important part in the 700th anniversary celebrations of Newburgh village and was again celebrated over five days.
The 43rd Newburgh Fair due to be held on Saturday 20 June 2020 is postponed.
A history of the revised Newburgh Fair from the 2017 programme can be found here.
An Easter Egg Hunt in aid of the Fair is held at the Newburgh Sports Club each year
Douglas Valley Lions An annual Bonfire and Fireworks is held at the Red Lion Hotel field in November.
The Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition
An annual competition, organised by Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Tourism Partnership. Newburgh has won the competition on four occasions and been runner-up several times. It won the Champion Village Class for the second time in 2006, was highly commended in 2010 and won the Small Villages category in 2011.
Best Kept Village