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What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District in October 2018

PUBLISHED: 12:02 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 01 October 2018

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Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire during October

THEATRE AND DANCE

1st-6th

The Lovely Bones

The stage premiere of the world-famous novel. Award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery has adapted it for this uplifting play about life after loss.

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, www.everymanplayhouse.com/

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4th-6th

Sweeny Todd

This musical thriller tells the well-known tale of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, with Stephen Sondheim’s dark yet comedic score.

Liverpool’s Royal Court, www.royalcourtliverpool.ticketsolve.com

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7th

Swan Lake

The Russian National Ballet returns with one of the most famous of all time, featuring Tchaikovsky’s memorable music and breath-taking dance scenes.

The Muni Theatre, 01282661234

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7th

The Nutcracker

Be swept away by this classic ballet with unforgettable choreography and lovely music; set to delight all audiences with its festive setting and light hearted story.

St.Helens Theatre Royal, 01744756000

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10th-13th

Blood Runs Deep

Prepare to be chilled to the bone when a gripping new psychological thriller receives its premiere in Liverpool this month

Unity Theatre, Liverpool, 0151 709 4988.

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11th

Death of a Salesman

Following his critically acclaimed performance as King Lear, Don Warrington returns to the Royal Exchange to play Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Royal Exchange Theatre, www.quaytickets.com

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11th-20th

And Then There Were None

The Longton Players present Agatha Christie’s classic mystery which will have you on the edge of your seat. #

St Andrew’s Church Hall, Longton, 01772 875418

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22nd-27th

Let It Be

Come Together and experience the iconic music of The Beatles with Let It Be, the spectacular new concert jam-packed with over 40 of The Beatles’ greatest hits.

Manchester Opera House, www.atgtickets.com

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27th

Joanna Lumley: It’s all about me

The legendary Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour It’s All About Me in Autumn 2018.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 0151 709 3789

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31st

Brendan Cole: All Night Long

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes the stage with a cast of guest dancers and 14-piece band and singers to create an exciting night of dazzling ballroom dancing.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 01254582579

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

5th-6th

Chorley Live

Returning for it’s 5th year, expect to see multiple performances from across 70 venues,with a lovely few days of music and entertainment for all ages.

Chorley, www.chorleylive.com/

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6th

Mozart, Wagner

A stellar cast of singers join conductor Omer Meir Wellber who makes his Bridgewater Hall debut with concert performances of Wagner’s Die Walkure and Mozart’s ‘Linz’ Symphony.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester- www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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6th

The Wildhearts

English group are bringing their sound of hard-rock and melodic pop to put on an amazing gig for fans everywhere.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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6th

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage, Sacred and Profane

This moving evening takes a look at two representatives of the English music on how they mixed sacred with secular. Blackburn Cathedral, Blackburn, www.thesixteen.com/choral-pilgrimage-2018/

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7th

Clitheroe Music Trio

The talented trio Hagai Shaham, Arnon Erez and Raphael Wallfisch, regarded as one of the world’s finest piano trios will impress audiences with their incredible music talents with performances of Schubert and Beethoven.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, www.clitheroeconcerts.org

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10th

Sir Cliff Richard

With 103 album releases and 123 hit singles, come and celebrate his 60th anniversary in the music business.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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11th

The South

Featuring members of The Beautiful South bringing back all the classics with a nine piece live band performing songs that have spanned 20 years.

The Atkinson, Southport, www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/the-south-2018/

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11th

Liza Pulman Sings Streisand

With her fabulous six-piece band, Liza Pulman, singer, comedian, celebrates her idol with her hugely successful and critically acclaimed show.

Bolton Albert Hall, 0843 2080500

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12th

Boyzlife

Boyzlife brings together members of two of the biggest boybands in history, Boyzone and Westlife, to perform a whole host of their biggest chart hits, Brian Mcfadden and Keith Duffy will entertain masses with this un-missable show.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston- www.vmstickets.co.uk/

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13th

Cavern Beatles

Be prepared to rock out and enjoy all the classic hits of the Beatles by the only band fully endorsed and licensed by the famous cavern club in Liverpool.

Charter Theatre, Preston - www.prestonguildhall.co.uk

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14th

At Last: The Etta James Story

Remember and celebrate the outstanding Etta James, starring the sensational Vika Bull, At Last: The Etta James Story tells the story of the soul legend’s turbulent life, & features some of her most beloved song.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester-www.prideofmanchester.seetickets.com

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20th

That Manchester Night

The ultimate Manchester night out, with iconic tribute acts and headlined by the number one Stone Roses tribute, The Clone Roses, you will be in for an awesome night of music from the Mad-chester era.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston- www.prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/that-manchester-night/

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27th

Fast Love – A tribute to George Michael

This is a spellbinding experience you won’t forget, remembering the iconic George Michael and boogieing to his famous hits. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity in this incredible concert sensation.

Preston Guild Hall, Preston- www.prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/fastlove/

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29th

Michael Bolton

Multiple award winning singer and songwriter who has sold more than 65 million records worldwide performs in Manchester as part of his latest must see tour.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester- www.tickets.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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31st October

RAF in Concert Presents the Centenary Tour

Be a part of the tribute to our Royal Air Force that marks 100 years of service with classic military tunes and RAF vocalists

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester- www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

4th

Guess How Much I Love You

Watch Little & Big Nutbrown Hare settle down after bedtime and re-awaken they compete to measure their love for each other in this timeless loveable story.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 08448471664

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4th-7th

Royal Deluxe Giant Spectacular

Autumn sees the return to the Mersey of those daring and ingenious magicians from the world’s leading street theatre company, Royal de Luxe, with a new story as the Giants walk the streets once more.

Liverpool Centre and Wirral 0151 233 2008 MancheManchester

www.manchestersciencefestival.com/category/news/2018/

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6th-21st

Manchester Literature Festival

A city wide celebration of the spoken and written word, it features a packed programme of interactive performances, walks and discussions with some of the most well known faces of literature. High profile guests include Jo Brand, Graham Norton, and Susan Calman.

Various Manchester Venues, 08432080500

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6th

Darwen Food Festival

With live music, an amazing array of food stalls and local bars all taking part, this food festival won’t be one to miss.

Darwen Market Square- www.darwencouncil.co.uk/darwen-food-festival

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13th

Rail Ale Trail: Pie and Pints

Board a steam train and spend the day chugging through lush valleys and beautiful villages whilst sampling some of the finest locally brewed ales and delicious pies from the area.

East Lancashire Railway, www.quaytickets.com

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18th-28th

Manchester Science Festival

Creative and innovative, this festival celebrates science where people of all ages can ignite their curiosity in all things science.

Manchester Science and Industry Museum, www.manchestersciencefestival.com/

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19th-21st

Liverpool Literary Festival

A weekend of discussions, readings and workshops in one of the most dynamic culturally vibrant cities in the world.

University of Liferpool, 0151 794 2650

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21st

Late Autumn Bird Watch

Visit the rural Rossall Point Tower to observe some of natures beautiful coastal birds whilst taking in some picturesque views on this peaceful walk.

Rossall Point, Fleetwood, 01995602125

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27th & 28th

Autumn Steamings

Volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines, some powered the cotton mills of Lancashire. Most are well over 100 years old and will be running in steam on these two days only.

Bolton Steam Museum, 01204846490

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27th

Illuminations Heritage Tour

This guided tour introduces you to the rich heritage of the illuminations, with information on the history and development whilst being able to view designs dating back to the 1920s.

Blackpool, 01253478222

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EVENTS

6th October- 19th January

Opening the Gates

As 2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and celebrates 100 years of women having the right to vote, this exhibition illuminates the stories and heritage of local women who had active roles during the war. Expect archive photographs, letters, and objects from this period in history that brings this story to life.

Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 01695 571328

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7th

An Evening With Graham Norton

One of Britain’s most successful broadcasters and also and acclaimed novelist, listen as he discusses his brilliant career.

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, 01619075200

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9th

Catherine Parr - England’s first Protestant queen

Dr David Starkey’s Lecture is about Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and last wife, a fascinating and formidable character

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01524 761836

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9th-27th

Therese James - Solo Exhibition

This exhibition features a selection of paintings which examine the communities during the 1984 Miner’s Strike

Art Decor Gallert, Clitheroe, 01254 824840

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12th-14th

Manchester Art FAir

The longest and established art fair of the North returns featuring over 120 galleries and artists showcases original artworks for sale.

Manchester Central, 07846851153

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