Giant puppet will stroll into two-day festival in Bacup

Published May 26, 2022 at 12:39

giant lifesize puppet walks through streets of people

A GIANT walking puppet will stroll around Bacup as part of a two-day fun family festival on June 2 and 3 and there are plans to make it an annual event.

Coinciding with the school half-term break, all daytime events at the ‘This Here Festival’ will be free for parents and children.

Greensclough Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing Barbara Ashworth said: “The festival will be a new event for the Bacup calendar, but we are hoping that it will become an historic one because it is intended that this event will be the first of many.

“The aim is to unite people all ages to enjoy two fun days out in the town and for families it will offer them the chance to participate in new activities and experiences.”

giant life size puppet on stage

On Thursday June 2, the Baybeat Streetband will create a create a carnival atmosphere in the town as they loudly parade round. The musicians of all ages, will certainly be heard before they are seen.

In the afternoon, a show for Dinosaur-loving five to 10-year-olds will be staged at the ABD Centre, on Burnley Road on Thursday. Aaaaaaaaaaaaagh Dinosaurs, which has featured on BBC’s ‘Rhyme Rocket’ will be presented by Dommy B.

The audience will follow the amazing adventures of a young female troll who has to defend her town from a gang of destructive and deadly dinosaurs. For free tickets visit

On Thursday evening, Bacup Waffle will feature spoken word by Dommy B and music from Mary Joanna and the Star, this is a paid for event with tickets at £5.

Councillor Ashworth said: “Friday will see the arrival of Out of the Deep Blue and Eko – a giant 4m tall interactive puppet that will be walking around Bacup and gathering a crowd to watch a show on Irwell Terrace.

“The activities will be new to the town and will provide families with free daytime entertainment.

“We want to create a lasting legacy in the town and to build on the festival’s success year-on-year.

“We have selected the dinosaur theme as it ties in nicely with this year’s Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival theme and we hope people will also support that event which will be held on Sunday June 26.”



Out of the Deep Blue – the giant puppet Eko that is coming to Bacup as part of ‘This Here Festival’.

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