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

PUBLISHED: 01:06 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:02 31 July 2018

Gulliver’s Travels at The Octagon

Gulliver’s Travels at The Octagon

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

2nd

Rhythm of the Dance

A fully live show that celebrates Irish culture through music and dance, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band and singers.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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2nd – 3rd

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales

Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle; these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters.

King Georges Hall, Blackburn, 01254 582579

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2nd – 5th

Peter Rabbit and Friends

This delightful musical adaptation follows some of Beatrix Potter’s favourite characters in their timeless adventures as they roam around the countryside. Worden Park, Leyland, 0800 7880526

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13th – 18th

An Officer and a Gentleman

This brand-new musical is based on the 1982 Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. It tells the story of Zack Mayo who is in training to become a US Navy Pilot and falls for local girl Paula Pokrifki.

Manchester Opera House, 0844 871 3018

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13th – 18th

Fame: The Musical

Based on the 1980 pop culture film, Fame following the lives of students at New York’s High School for the Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows of life.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 01253 625252

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13th – 18th

Madagascar – A Musical Adventure

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and the plotting penguins as they bound onto stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime.

Manchester Place Theatre, 0844 871 3019

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18th

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Part of Lytham Hall’s outdoor theatre season, Illyria present Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale.

Lytham Hall, 01253 736652

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Until 18th

The Three Musketeers

The Dukes present their summer production by Hattie Naylor. Country bumpkin D’Artagnan comes to the big city with a big dream, to become a Musketeer, but there are plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Williamson Park, Lancaster, 01524 598500

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21st

On With The Show

This extravaganza of music, comedy, song and dance with over 100 performers will help raise money for masonically supported charities. Entertainment includes Emma Louise Jackson from BBC1’s The Voice and Blackpool-based Revoe-Lution Community Choir.

North Pier Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 478222

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22nd – 25th

From the Heart of Everton’s Badge to The Grand Old Lady

Starring ex-Everton player Ronnie Goodlass, some of the most memorable nights played at Goodison Park will be dramatized on stage along with footage from matches in Everton’s history.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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Until 25th

Gulliver’s Travels

Directed by Elizabeth Newman and Ben Occhipinti, this is the Octagon’s first ever full-scale park show. Bolton’s Queen’s Park will be transformed into the extraordinary lands of Jonathan Swift’s tale.

Queen’s Park, Bolton, www.octagonbolton.co.uk

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29th until September 2nd

Guys and Dolls

Southport Dramatic Club Youth Theatre will be performing this musical fable which has had great success on Broadway.

Little Theatre, Southport, 01704 530521

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st

An Audience with Peter Anthony

Peter Anthony in concert accompanied by his musical director, Andy Knight. Hotpot supper included. This is a fundraiser for Lytham Hall projects.

Lytham Hall, 01253 736652

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3rd

Summer Music at the Abbey

Ribble Valley Music Festival presents an evening of opera favourites and songs from the shows. Expect emotive performances by soprano Elizabeth Phillips contrasting with guest Flat Cap Pack swinging Las Vegas songs with a Lancashire twist. All proceeds to the Abbey.

Whalley Abbey, 01254 384893

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3rd

80s Rewind!

Three of the UK’s leading tribute bands: Dare – a tribute to the Human League, Pet Shop Boys Tribute and The Electric 80’s Band – performing the best in electro. Fancy dress encouraged but not essential.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444

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4th

Last Night of The Proms Concert

Enjoy a picnic and drinks while listening to traditional classical favourites. A collection is made during the evening for the Town Mayor’s Welfare Fund.

Clitheroe Castle Grounds, 01200 424722

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4th

National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain

NCO’s main orchestra will sweep you off your feet into a Russian fantasy featuring the works of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000

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5th

Brass in the Grass

Blackpool Brass Band will be performing a number of Sunday concerts in Ashton Gardens.

Ashton Gardens, St Annes On Sea, 01253 658658

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17th

That’ll Be The Day

This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage. Southport Theatre, 0844 871 3021

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18th – 27th

Garstang Arts and Music Festival

The programme of events caters for all ages and interests. There are live outdoor concerts, street entertainers, dances, jazz bands, folk music, art exhibitions and a variety of workshops.

Around Garstang, www.garstangartsandmusic.co.uk

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23rd – 26th

Livewire Festival

The popular summer festival returns and over four days visitors can enjoy performances from Boyz II Men & Matt Goss, Mariah Carey and more which are yet to be announced.

Blackpool Tower Headland Arena, www.livewirefestival.co.uk

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25th

Django’s Legacy VII

Blue Drag Music returns with the seventh concert of its Django’s Legacy series aimed at celebrating the music of legendary guitarist, Django Reinhardt. It brings together two legends of the Gypsy Jazz world, Holland’s Paulus Schäfer and Liverpool’s own Gary Potter.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, 0151 709 3789

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31st – September 2nd

Fleetwood Folk and Blues Weekend 2018

Three days of community based quality live music. There will be concerts, sessions, singarounds, open mic, crafts, heritage and fringe events. Various venues in Fleetwood, www.fleetwoodfolkandblues.com

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

Throughout August

Family Month

Extended opening times Tuesday to Friday (including bank holiday Sunday and Monday) to welcome families to the Hall for a free teddy bear hunt around the house. There’s also a Woodland Walk, Tree Face Trail, play area and caterpillar maze.

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 01524 734474

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2nd – 5th

Rebellion Festival 2018

This punk festival has not only headline music acts like Buzzcocks, but literary stages, punk art exhibitions, acoustic stages, poetry, vintage clothing, tattooists and much more.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, www.rebellionfestivals.com

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2nd – 5th

Ricoh Women’s British Open 2018

The 2018 Ricoh Women’s British Open is set to be another fantastic tournament where visitors can watch the world’s best women players showcasing their talents.

Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, www.ricohwomensbritishopen.com

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4th

Garstang Show

The show promises to be a brilliant family day out, packed full of entertainment. There will be agricultural and horticultural displays, a farmers market, craft stalls, children’s entertainment, a variety of trade stands, music, local food and beer.

The Garstang Showfield, Garstang, www.garstangshow.org

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11th

Cockerham Village Show

There are classes for all skills and interests including flowers, vegetables, arts, crafts, cookery, floral art & photography. There are also lots of classes for children to enter – closing date is August 8. Contact cockerhamshow@yahoo.co.uk.

Cockerham Village Hall, 14 Main St, Cockerham, near Lancaster. LA2 0EF

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11th – 19th

Pendle Walking Festival

Pendle’s Walking Festival is one of the largest and best in the country. There are 57 guided walks every day to suit walkers of all abilities, ranging from easy walks of a couple of miles to fantastic challenge walks.

Pendle, www.visitpendle.com

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12th

Blackpool Air Show

The Red Arrows’ 54th season is also the RAF’s 100th anniversary, and they’ll be performing a magnificent display. The best viewing point is on the promenade between North and Central Piers.

Promenade, Blackpool, www.visitblackpool.com

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16th – 19th

Southport Flower Show

This floral extravaganza has award-winning show gardens, colourful marquees, celebrity guests and much more. The theme for 2018 theme is Once Upon a Time.

Victoria Park, Southport, www.southportflowershow.co.uk

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17th-19th

The Ribble Valley Literary Festival

Northcote is launching a major new literary event that brings together distinguished authors including The Countess of Carnarvon, Helena Attlee, Felix Francis and Salley Vickers and legendary broadcaster Nicholas Parsons.

Guests are invited to hear each author talk about their life as a writer and their recent books while enjoying a delicious menu of Michelin-starred food and wine in the glorious setting of Northcote’s Louis Roederer Room and Champagne Terrace.

http://www.northcote.com/ribble-valley-literary-festival/

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Until 24th

Female Trouble

Put together by Paula Rego and Rebecca Scott, this brings female subjectivity to the fore, drawing counterpoints between Scott’s paintings, that rework and playfully subvert public images of women from fashion magazines, and Rego’s prints depicting images of abortion and female genital mutilation.

Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, www.crosslaneprojects.com

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24th – 26th

Great Eccleston Tractor Pulling Championships

Over 50 of the top machines in Europe live in action. Teams compete with over 9,000 horsepower at the purpose built track at Great Eccleston.

The Great Eccleston Showground, near Preston, www.nwtpc.co.uk

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24th – 27th

Flying Scotsman

The People’s Engine, A3 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’, makes a hotly anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway. Take a ride behind the historic engine through the picturesque Irwell Valley.

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

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25th – 26th

Burnley Canal Festival

The free family event returns; with lots of opportunities to have a go at arts and crafts workshops, plus music, performances, street food, stalls, canoe taster sessions, narrowboats and more.

Sandygate Square, Burnley, www.burnleycanalfestival.org

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25th – 27th

Great British Food Festival 2018

Alongside lots of delicious food and drink stalls, there will be plenty of produce on offer in the artisan market, live music, men v food challenges, chef demonstrations, plus kids’ cookery, forager walks and a Bake Off which can be booked in advance.

Stonyhurst College, Clitheroe, www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com

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27th

Classic Bus Display

Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust return for their popular annual running and display day. Last year over 1,500 people enjoyed free rides between Lytham Hall and St Annes Square via Fairhaven Lake. u

Lytham Hall, 01253 736652

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