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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District during September

PUBLISHED: 12:34 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 07 September 2017

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Our guide to the best events in and around the region.


6th - 23rd

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

First written for the Royal Court Theatre in 1982 when Andrea Dunbar was just 19, the play is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, both hungry for adult adventure.

Octagon Theatre Bolton, 01204 520661


The Band

This a new musical, produced by Take That, is about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. It follows five 16 year-old friends in 1992, and then 25 years on, the now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. The Band will be played by the five winners of BBC’s Let It Shine.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018


Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. This new tour features the greatest material from his career in one show.

St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756 000


Oh What A Lovely War

This performance tells the story of the First World War with dark humour, song and dance. First performed in 1963, the musical challenged attitudes towards the conflict by telling the story of the war from the perspective of the soldiers in the trenches. It won a Tony Award in 1965 in its first New York production on Broadway.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, 0161 624 2829

14th - October 14th

Our Town

Our Town tells the story of Emily and George, two unremarkable teenagers growing up in a small New Hampshire town at the turn of the last century. The audience is invited to eavesdrop on this tightly wound community as events unfold across the course of a decade.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

19th - 23rd


Rent is a rock musical with music, lyrics and book by Jonathan Larson, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, Colne, 01282 617315


Rob Brydon: I Am Standing Up Live on Stage Tour

Best known for the television shows that include Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You and The Trip, Welsh comedian Rob Brydon is coming to Preston to perform his stand up tour.

Preston Guild Hall, 01772 804444

20th - 23rd

June Evening

Set on the evening of June 1, 1921, on a typical street in a Lancashire town, this performance shares the trials and tribulations, laughter, tears and memories of the residents as they go about their daily lives.

Preston Playhouse, 01772 744771

21st - 24th

Last Train to Auschwitz

This play tells the story of a group of women’s journey into hell, where their final destination is the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. The emotional narrative is played out by Liverpool’s top acting talent including award winning film actress, Crissy Rock.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

26th - 30th

Son of a Preacher Man

X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will play the role of Kat in this heart-warming new musical. It features the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, and is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

27th - 29th

The Suitcase

Based on a true story, a young newly married couple in 1950s South Africa leave their rural village and disapproving family for the city of Durban. Their goal is to return home, rich and free. However, Timi starts to lose his moral compass and desperate to provide for his pregnant wife, he steals a suitcase left on a bus not knowing what might be inside.

The Dukes, Lancaster, 01524 598500




The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show

The two-hour stage show is an uplifting tribute to the music and memory of global superstar, Whitney Houston. It features the vocal talent of South African songstress Belinda Davids who performs her biggest pop hits and ballads.

St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756 000


Michael the Legacy

This show captures the electrifying energy of Michael Jackson’s live performances that have amazed the world for decades. Playing Michael is Craig Harrison, one of the most dedicated and well respected tribute artists in the world.

Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685 500


Last Night of the Ribble Valley Proms

Christ Church Chatburn again hosts the ever popular annual event which this year includes music of Disney performed by award winning Oldham Brass Band with guest soprano. Tickets include wine and light refreshments and are £10. All proceeds go to the church.

Christ Church, Chatburn, 01254 384893

15th - 17th

Head for the Hills Festival

The three-day event, formerly known as Ramsbottom Festival, returns for its 7th year. Indie rock quartet, Maximo Park, will headline at the festival’s opening, and a host of new acts will perform on three new and up and coming music stages: Smaller Rooms, By The River and T’Other Stage.

Ramsbottom Cricket Club, www.headforthehills.org.uk


Purple Rain: A Celebration of Prince

Along with a full nine-piece band, Jimi Love performs as the unsurpassed Prince delivering a non-stop hit packed show which spans more than two hours.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743211


Mad About the Musicals

Starring Jai McDowell winner of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and Michael Courtney, this cast will perform a host of your favourite numbers and West End musicals.

Preston Guild Hall, 
01772 804444


The Sixteen

As part of the Choral Pilgrimage 2017, The Sixteen and conductor Harry Christophers present a programme focusing on music by Palestrina and Poulenc to explore the themes of conflict and atonement.

Blackburn Cathedral, www.thesixteen.com


Madam Butterfly

The Russian State Opera presents one of the most colourful and exotic operas, featuring music by Giacomo Puccini and Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444



1st - 3rd

St Annes International Kite Festival

The festival will feature single line kites of all shapes and sizes, including a 30 metre long inflatable octopus, flying cows, dogs and even hippos. New for this year is the first illuminated night fly, music and firework display to mark the start of the kite festival on the Friday evening.

North Promenade, 
Lytham St Annes, 

2nd - 3rd

Vintage by the Sea Festival

This award winning festival returns to Morecambe to celebrate 20th century design, fashion, vehicles and entertainment. Live music, classic cars, street theatre, workshops, marketplace and crafts, heritage buses, vintage fairground and pop-up dance. The art deco Midland Hotel will also play host to a Gatsby-inspired Torch Club Ball and elegantly authentic Afternoon Tea.

Morecambe www.vintagefestival.co.uk

7th - 10th

Guy’s Oyster Festival

The annual festival begins with the Oyster Eve complete with live Irish music and dancing, followed by a seafood luncheon the next day where more than 7,000 oysters will be consumed. The weekend features the AfterFest26 and the Family Jamboree.

Guy’s Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, www.guysthatchedhamlet.co.uk

8th - 10th

Rossendale 60s Festival

Enjoy a wide variety of 60s themed events at a number of venues. There will be a range of music, art and culture plus the Bacup Bakeoff.

Various locations, www.rossendale60sfest.wordpress.com

8th - 29th

World Fireworks Championship

Taking place each Friday night, some of the world’s best pyrotechnic artists will be in town to light up the night sky in superb and spectacular fashion.

Blackpool, www.visitblackpool.com


Heritage Open Days: Rufford Old Hall

Free to enter for Heritage Open Days, discover 500 years of stories from the Hesketh family archive in this beautiful, National Trust-owned Tudor building. Rufford, 01704 821254

9th - 10th

Holker Chilli Fest

An entertaining combination of chilli plants and produce, speciality food and family fun. Expect chilli companies from all over the country, local specialist food suppliers, entertainment and chilli eating competitions.

Holker Hall, Grange-over-Sands, 015395 58328

9th - 10th

C-Art Festival Art Fair

Featuring work from over 50 selected artists, makers and craftspeople, here you can see high quality art, craft, furniture, sculpture, print, jewellery and more from Cumbria and beyond.

Rheged Centre, Penrith, 01768 868000


Garden Open Day for Aid to the Church in Need

All are welcome to the stunning gardens at Gresgarth Hall! A great chance to view these award-winning gardens designed by Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and to help out families suffering in Iraq and Syria as well. Entrance by donation (Just £5 will support one family in Syria or Iraq for a whole day!); accompanied children free. Refreshments and ACN gifts available to purchase. No dogs, please.

(11am-5pm) Gresgarth Hall Gardens, Caton , Nr Lancaster (LA2 9NB)


Preston Comic Con 2017

Stars from film and TV will gather alongside amazing artists for one of the comic cons of the year.

Preston Guild Hall, 
01772 804444

23rd -24th

Autumn Diesel Gala

A diesel timetable will be running all weekend with East Lancashire Railway home fleet locomotives as well as special guest engines from other heritage railways.

East Lancashire Railway, Bury, www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk


Leighton Hall’s Motorcycle Hill Climb

Visitors are invited to enjoy an exhilarating day of racing. A real challenge for riders, the track is 220 metres in length and at an incline with one 50 to 60-degree bend around 50 metres from the start line.

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, www.leightonhall.co.uk


Artwalk Clitheroe

Clitheroe Artwalk highlights seven galleries, allowing visitors to start their journey anywhere along the route and take in some fantastic pieces from local artistic talent. Galleries will be open from 11am-4pm, and parking is free on many car parks across town.

Clitheroe, www.thelongitude



Until 10th

On Home Ground: Ruskin in England and Scotland

This exhibition showcases the many fine drawings and watercolours Ruskin produced on home ground in England and Scotland. It features studies from all of the periods of his life, including works made as a student at Oxford to those undertaken in and around Brantwood after he settled here in 1872.

Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until October 15th

Aleksandra Mir: Space Tapestry

Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and the anonymous artists who depicted Halley’s Comet in 1066, this is a wall hanging is a visual story of human space exploration based on legends, recorded events, scientific discoveries and predictions of an imagined future. It has been produced and drawn with felt tip pens by the artist in her London studio with young artist collaborators.

Tate Liverpool, 0151 702 7400




Chatsworth Country Fair

This year’s Chatsworth Country Fair promises to be spectacular fun for all the family with three days of dazzling displays on horseback, daring motorcycle stunts, a human flight team and aerobatics. In the showground there’s something for everyone from fishing to falconry, wintage cars to hot air balloons. Plus, there’s all the fun of the fair.

Enjoy a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer. Sample the delicious fare on offer in the Fine Food Village and be inspired by cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs including Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry CBE, John Torode and Lisa Faulkner.



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