A first-of-a-kind Beer & Gin Festival, held among the exhibits of Leyland’s British Commercial Vehicle Museum, has been hailed a great success - attracting hundreds of visitors for a night of food, drink and entertainment.

The popular Leyland Museum partnered with Buckshaw Village-based bar and entertainment venue, The Filling Factory, to host a Beer Festival with a difference - ‘A Night at the Museum’.

There was also support from local food & drink businesses Emma’s Coffee House, Street Eatz, Boss Hogs Catering and Cuckoo Gin.

There were also live music performances from talented local musicians including The Outliners, Ian Bailey, Nikki Fallows and Danny Fallows.

British Commercial Vehicle Museum Trustee Keith Moyes said: “The event offered a rare opportunity to visit the museum after usual opening hours, to take in our collection of beautifully restored trucks, buses and vans, while enjoying performances from talented local musicians and sampling a wide variety of real ales, beers, gins and prosecco.” 

He added: “We were delighted that so many people joined us for the Beer & Gin Festival. Some had been to the museum before, but for others it was their first visit – we hope that now they know what the museum is all about, they will visit us again and join us for future events. We are busy planning events for the remainder of this year and into 2020; watch this space for more information!

“We are incredibly grateful to the local business community who supported and sponsored the event to make it a real success. The Museum is a registered charity, so we rely on the generous support of our visitors, donors and sponsors - as well as events like the Beer Festival - to ensure Britain’s rich commercial vehicle heritage is preserved here in Leyland for generations to come.”

The museum was recently completely transformed thanks to a £2.4m refurbishment, made possible by a £1.8m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The major works programme was completed in January 2019 and has helped to secure the future of the museum, meaning that the important story of Britain’s rich commercial vehicle heritage will be told for generations to come.

The team at the museum are currently planning a series of exciting events for the rest of 2019 and into 2020. More details will be released soon.