What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District in November 2019

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:50 31 October 2019

The Snowman returns to the Opera House

The Snowman returns to the Opera House

Herbie Knott

Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire this month.

THEATRE AND DANCE 

2nd 

The Wizard of Oz

Join Dorothy and her friends as they take a stroll down the yellow brick road in search of The Emerald City.

Blackburn Empire Theatre, blackburnempire.com 

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5th 

Paul Zerdin's Puppet Party 

America's Got Talent winner, ventriloquist and comedian Paul Zerdin is bringing his new Puppet Party show to Bolton. 

Albert Halls, Bolton, alberthalls-bolton.co.uk 

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6th-9th 

The Hound of Baskervilles

A chilling new adaption of the Conan Doyle classic in which Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate eerie happenings around Baskerville Mansion. 

The Dukes, Lancaster, dukes-lancaster.org 

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7th 

We'll Meet Again 

A popular 40s Variety Show with comedian and multi-instrumentalist Pete Lindup along with ukulele virtuoso Anthony Mason who brings back memories of George Formby, Noel Coward and more.

Marine Hall, Fleetwood, 01253 887693 

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7th - 10th 

The Snowman 

Based on the beloved Raymond Briggs book and featuring the classic Howard Blake's song 'Walking In The Air'. 

Opera House, Manchester, atgtickets.com 

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8th 

The Great Gatsby & Party

Step back to the roaring 20s into the colourful world of Jay Gatsby with this interactive performance which is followed by a 1920s themed party night with live entertainment.

Civic Arts Centre & Theatre, Oswaldtwistle, civicartscentre.co.uk 

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14th 

Reel Rock 

The International Reel Rock Film Tour brings a night of gripping climbing and adventure films starring the world's top climbers. 

Rheged Centre, Penrith, reelrock.co.uk 

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14th 

42nd Street - The Musical 

A musical theatre classic which tells the story of a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. 

Darwen Library Theatre, darwenlibrarytheatre.com 

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16th 

Romeo and Juliet 

The classic tale of the star-crossed lovers is performed and presented by award winning company, Ballet Cymru. 

The Dukes, Lancaster, dukes-lancaster.org 

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19th-23rd 

The Girl on the Train 

A stage adaptation of  Paula Hawkins' international bestselling novel.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk 

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19th-24th 

Circus 1903 

A range of dazzling acts from around the globe, including a daring duo aerial act, a contortionist and an amazing balancing act. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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25th-30th 

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The hilarious tale of three friends who hop aboard a battered bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.com 

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26th-30th 

Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes

A tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world based on the legendary film. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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30th Nov - 25th Jan

Gypsy 

A celebration of the grime, graft, and glamour of showbusiness as well as the power of the mother-daughter bond. 

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, royalexchange.co.uk 

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS 

1st 

Beatlemania 

One of the longest running Beatle shows in the world recreates the legendary live performances of the 'Fab Four'.

Darwen Library Theatre, darwenlibrarytheatre.com  

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3rd 

James Morrison 

ames Morrison's latest album - You're Stronger Than You Know - launched a new era in his career as one of the UK's most popular artists.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, liverpoolphil.com

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8th 

The Story of Guitar Heroes

Jimi Hendrix, Brian May and Slash are some of the guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in this live concert style 'rockumentry', performed by renowned musician Phil Walker.

The Muni Theatre, Colne, themuni.co.uk 

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9th 

That Manchester Night

Clint Boon hosts the ultimate Manchester night out with an array of award winning tribute acts including The Clone Roses and The Smiths ltd. 

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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9th 

Ninebarrow 

The multi-award-winning duo have an innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition by delivering songs rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. 

Arnside Educational Institute, 01524 762254

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12th

Christina Aguilera 

Fresh from her Las Vegas residency, Christina Aguilera's UK tour wll feature hits 'Dirrty', 'Ain't No Other Man' and 'Fighter' and tracks from her latest album. 

Manchester Arena, Manchester-arena.com  

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13th 

Riyad Nicolas 

Clitheroe Concerts Society presents Riyad Nicolas, one of the most exciting young artists to emerge from the Middle East. Tickets are £18 and available online or at the door.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, clitheroeconcerts.org

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14th-16th 

Little Mix 

The show will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including 'Shout Out to My Ex', 'Black Magic' and 'Wings'.

Manchester Arena, Manchester-arena.com  

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20th 

Chris Cleverley 

Alt-folk songwriter, Chris Cleverley has recently released his second studio album and will perform his latest release during this launch tour. 

Wrea Green Institute, 01253 640959

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23rd 

The South 

To celebrate their 10th year anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released 'Song For Whoever', The South are back with a 2019 UK Tour playing shows up and down the whole of the UK.

Platform, Morecambe, lancaster.gov.uk/sport-and-leisure/the-platform 

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

1st 

Astley Bonfire and Fireworks

Enjoy a spectacular bonfire and fireworks display with Astley Hall as a magnificent backdrop. 

Astley Hall and Park, Chorley, 01257 515151

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1st - 9th

River of Light festival 

A special digital showcase, known as 'Flight', will see the Royal Liver Building illuminated in a five minute light show every 30 minutes. It will be accompanied by a brand new soundtrack composed by local artists Sam Crombie. The light show has been designed by Arup and supported by Heritage Great Britain.

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

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2nd 

Day of the Dead Festival 

This traditional Mexican celebration brings friends and family together in an exciting and colourful spectacle with entertainment including stilt walkers, fire-eaters, fire-spinners and a live dance DJ. There will also be stage shows, dancers, a samba drumming band and of course traditional Mexican food. 

Southport Pleasureland, 

southportpleasureland.com

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23rd 

Astley Illuminated 

For one night only Astley Hall will come alive with light, music and mystery as the jewel in Chorley's crown is transformed. This free event has to be seen as the historic Astley Hall is beautifully lit with a magnificent light display. Come along and see 400 years of history in a different light. 

Astley Hall and Park, Chorley, 01257 515151 

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23rd-24th 

Lancashire Weekend 

Wave the flag for the Red Rose county as we celebrate the day Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament. Expect a town crier, Morris Dancers and home cooked hot pot.  

Bolton Street Station, Bury, eastlancsrailway.org.uk/events-activities

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29th 

Christmas in Cartmel 

Celebrate the festive season with the launch of Cartmel Priory Festival which includes the children's lantern parade, a village market, carol singers, live reindeer, all leading up to the Christmas light switch on. 

Cartmel, cartmelvillage.com  

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SUPER SIX

From 1st 

Light up Lancaster

Blackpool doesn't have a monopoly on illuminated excitement any more. Lightopia launches in Heaton Park on the 20th and Light up Lancaster will bring a host of illuminated attractions to venues across the city. Highlights will include artworks around the city and a spectacular fireworks display, as well as Lancashire Electric which will take visitors to the Storey Gallery on a journey through time. Rare archive footage from a century of life in the county will be projected into the gallery from November 1-7. 

The free exhibition will feature moving images of childhood, work and play, some of which will be screened on deckchairs hung in the gallery. It will also depict the changing face of the landscape including developments in housing and the impact of environmental change. 

lightuplancaster.co.uk.

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2nd 

Lancashire Mining Museum Fireworks

There will be plenty of impressive bonfires and firework displays around the county this month, but we'll be heading for the Lancashire Mining Museum in Astley Green from 5-9pm. There'll be pies and black peas and (as if we needed more) a gin and prosecco bar. Tickets - costing £5 for adults and £3 for children - are available through the museum's Facebook page.

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8th 

Friends of the Lake District Fell Care Day

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Friends of the Lake District and this month there's a chance to show your support for the area this month. The group will be holding their 20th Fell Care Day which will be a chance for you to get involved with litter picking, hedge planting, dry stone walling and more at Buttermere. Book your place in advance, and find out more, at friendsofthelakedistrict.org.uk.

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16th and 22nd-23rd 

Frost fairs

Frost fairs were famously held on the frozen Thames but we'd rather head for Parbold on the 16th. There'll be stalls selling handmade gifts, original art and artisan foods.

And Blackburn Cathedral will host their own frost fair a week later (from 4-9pm on the Friday and 10am-5pm on the Saturday). The market will be held in the crypt, which is not currently open to the general public, and will offer treats from artisan makers from across Lancashire.

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23rd-24th 

Ulverston Dickensian Festival

Ulverston is the stage for, among many others, annual festivals of music, art, dance, fashion and walking but one of the most popular events on the packed calendar is the Dickensian Festival which will be held this month. The event features seasonal music, dancing, children's entertainment and traditional festive fun along with Christmas market stalls with lots of unique gifts, festive food. Shops along the cobbled streets and winding lanes always get involved and plenty of people will be there in period costume.

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27th

Lancashire Day

November 27th was the day the first elected representatives from our county were called to London to take part in Edward I's Model Parliament 724 years ago, and it's the day chosen to celebrate our good fortune in being from here. You can mark the occasion with Morris Dancers, hot pot and other home-grown fun at Bolton Street Station in Bury the weekend before (23rd-24th) and we encourage you to make an effort on the 27th too. Join us in raising a glass of Lancashire beer, locally distilled gin, sarsaparilla or Vimto to toast the Duke of Lancaster, the Queen. 

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