Celebrations to help bring in the Year of the Goat

Chinese New Year was celebrated in style with a special event at Hoghton Tower.

Around 300 visitors saw a Chinese dragon and watched displays of martial arts, sword fighting, tai chi and Chinese football on Sunday.

Members of the UCLan Confucius Institute with the Chinese dragon

Members of the UCLan Confucius Institute with the Chinese dragon

They could also try Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, board games and chopsticks.

Organisers worked in partnership with the Confucius Institute of the University of Central Lancashire to bring experiences and activities for families.

The event was held to mark the Year of the Goat, which starts on Thursday and will be celebrated by millions of people around the world.

It was the first time a Chinese New Year event had been held at Hoghton Tower and ran alongside a farmers’ market.

Elena Faraoni, a trustee at Hoghton Tower, said: “It was great, a really enjoyable day. It was really colourful.”

It is hoped the event will be held again next year and could become bigger.

Hoghton Tower is open this week, apart from Friday, for half-term family-friendly tours and felt-making workshops.