Kings Queens and Mr Lear Parade: Knowsley Village

Date: Saturday 4th June

Time: 2pm

Starts: St John Fisher Parish Church

Ends: St John Fisher Parish Church

Duration: 30 - 45 minutes

As part of Knowsley’s year as Borough of Culture where ‘Every Town and Village Tells Their Story’ village residents are being invited to participant in and attend a colourful street parade inspired by the area’s cultural heritage, on the weekend of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The parade is being produced by Handmade Parade in collaboration with Knowsley Borough of Culture 2022 and will take place on Saturday 4 June 2022 at 2pm. It has been made possible - thanks to National Lottery players -with support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Handmade Parade CIC create bold, colourful events through a unique coming-together of professional parade artists and community participation.

The theme of the parade is ‘Kings, Queens and Mr Lear’. Knowsley Village has a rich history of holding royal celebrations and strong links to renowned artist, author, and poet Edward Lear, who while living at Knowsley Hall painted an array of exotic birds and animals and is said to have written ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ for the Earl of Derby’s children.

Taking inspiration from this, local children and young people will transform into Kings, Queens, owls, pussycats, and exotic birds. There will also be dancers, a handmade large-scale puppet, carnival drummers and royal stilt walkers.

  • Students from St. John Fisher Primary School and Knowsley Village Primary School
  • Knowsley Village Cubs and Scouts
  • Danceworks Knowsley
  • Katumba Drummers

Are there opportunities to take part in the parade?

Yes, there are number of opportunities for residents of all ages to get involved in the parade.

Below is an overview of each opportunity and who to contact if you’d like to find out more or sign up.

Kings Queens and Mr Lear: Parade Art making workshops

Make animal masks, royal crowns, and handheld parade art with community artist Nayna Lad. The workshops are open to all ages and are free to participate in.

Workshop participants will then be able to sign up to join the ‘community’ section of the parade and show off their DIY art and costumes.

Date: Wednesday 1st June 2022

Times: 10am to 3pm

Location: Bob Whiley Community Centre, Shop Road, Knowsley Village

Workshop duration: 45 minutes

Workshop 1 - 9.45am -10.30am

Workshop 2 - 11am -11.45am

Workshop 3 - 12noon -12.45pm

Workshop 4 - 1pm -1.45pm

Workshop 5 - 2pm - 2.45pm

To book a slot – To book a slot – sign up via Eventbrite. You will need to book a space for every participant.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult/guardian at all times during the workshop.

Thank you to the Town Council for their contribution to the event. They have provided the Bob Whiley Centre free of charge for the community workshops to take place on 1st June.

Volunteer Event Makers and Event Stewards

We are looking for people who would like to be involved in the parade delivery on the Jubilee weekend itself as-well as in the weeks leading up.

In the lead up to the event we need help with spreading the word through letter drops and putting up posters around the village.

On the parade day itself event makers will be helping with event set-up, parade stewarding, welcoming spectators, providing information to audiences, and supporting the events team and participants to ensure that everyone has the best experience on the day.

Volunteer shifts available on the day are

  • 11am to 1pm
  • 1pm to 4pm
  • 11am to 4pm.

Contact to register your interest and find out more.

Event FAQs

Is it a ticketed event?

No, the event is not ticketed. However, the starting and ending location for the parade at St. John Fisher Primary School has a limit to capacity. If or once capacity is reached no additional persons will be able to enter the ground.

Disability Access

Are people who are wheelchair users or who have access requirements able to attend or participate in the event?

Yes, the parade is intended for all the community to enjoy.

  • The entrance/exit and grounds of St. John Fisher Church are fully accessible for wheelchairs.
  • The parade route itself is fully accessible for people who are wheelchair users. A map of the parade route itself is below.
  • There will be a disabled access portaloo toilet at the event.

If you require mobility support, have a disability, or have access or disability parking requirements and have any questions relating to access and the event then please contact to discuss. The Culture and Events Service team will do it’s best to accommodate any access requirements and provide mobility support.

How do I get to St. John Fisher Church Parish grounds?

St. John Fisher Church is located on Tithebarn Road, Knowsley Village, L34 0EU.

We ask that participants and attendees make their way to the start of the parade or to their chosen position on the parade route by foot or public transport where possible. We also encourage attendees who live outside of Knowsley Village to make their way via public transport where possible due to there being no public car parks in Knowsley Village itself and off-road parking spaces in the village being limited.

Is parking available?

There is limited public parking available in Knowsley Village, of which the available car parking will be allocated to performers, event staff, event volunteers and parade participants.

What will the parade route be?

  • • The parade will begin at St. John Fisher Church Parish grounds.
  • • The parade will turn right out of the gate onto Tithebarne Road and turn right again onto Frederick Lunt Avenue.
  • • At the end of Frederick Lunt Avenue, the parade will then turn right onto Sugar Lane and parade up to Knowsley Village Primary School.
  • • The parade will then pause and turn around in the opposite direction so that it can complete the second half of the parade while making its way back to St. John Fisher Church Parish grounds via Frederick Lunt Avenue.

What will happen at the end of the parade?

The parade performers, participants and attendees will gather on the grounds of St. John Fisher Church for a short performance by Katumba and a short dance performance by local dance school DanceWorks. There will be a speech to close the parade.