Catch Your Gingerbread in Ormskirk

Talk and cookery demonstration by Sam Bilton, author of "First Catch Your Gingerbread".

Sunday 12th September 2021 

11:30 - 12:30 and 1pm - 2pm

The Chapel - Ormskirk Arts House, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QR

Join us on Sunday 12 September at The Chapel Ormskirk for an inspiring and entertaining talk and cookery demonstration by Sam Bilton. Sam is an established food historian, writer and cook and the author of “First Catch Your Gingerbread”, which tells the story of gingerbread and presents a tempting selection of recipes inspired by historical sources. She has worked with the National Trust and English Heritage and enjoys recreating the dishes that our ancestors appreciated.

Ormskirk has a long tradition of making and selling gingerbread that continues to the present day. In the eighteenth century the customers were weary travellers on uncomfortable stage coaches between Liverpool and Preston. A hundred years later, our local gingerbread ladies found that railway passengers were equally appreciative of their wares. And today, Ormskirk Gingerbread is still sold in our local shops and market.

Free event.  Everyone welcome but tickets must be booked in advance.

For more information and tickets see

This is an Heritage Open Day Event, supported by West Lancashire Borough Council and English Heritage.


The 4th Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival will be back on Sunday 14th July from 11am to 4pm. And this year it will be bigger and better than ever!

Last year’s Festival broke all records with almost 20,000 people visiting the town to enjoy a day out with something for all the family.

Taking place in Ormskirk’s town centre there were lots of things to do:
  • Non-stop entertainment all day including special children’s activities.
  • Stalls along Moor Street, many with a Gingerbread theme.
  • Heritage stalls to help with family history and showing Ormskirk in days gone by.
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars open all day with lots of special menus and Gingerbread themed food and drink
  • Shops with special offers.
  • The Famous Festival Free Raffle with fantastic prizes for both children and adults.
  • Craft stalls and activities in the Chapel Gallery.
  • Classic cars in Moor Street
With even more events in the pipeline for 2019, follow us on Facebook and Ormskirk Community Partnership’s Gingerbread website, to find out about the latest Festival news.


Let's Make Ormskirk Better!