What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District in September 2020

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:14 01 September 2020

Jackie Hagan - credit Field & McGlyn

This year's Manchester Histories DigiFest is hosted by artist and educator Jackie Hagan.

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

OUTDOORS

From September 4th

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS: BRING ON THE LIGHT

The illuminations are back and will this year feature a special tribute to the heroes of Covid-19, with a dazzling light display of hearts and rainbows as well as the faces of 50 specially-nominated ‘corona heroes’, selected by creative curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. 

Blackpool Promenade

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LARGER THAN LIFE

The giant LEGO brick wetland animals have returned to Martin Mere for their summer staycation. Explore the grounds to find all eight models hidden among their real-life feathery friends. 

wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere

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September 5th and 6th

TRY-A-TRI

For 2020, the Lancaster University triathlon is ‘going virtual’. Beginners are encouraged to ‘try-a-tri’ and complete three legs (on a route of your choice) – a 10 minute activity of your choice, a 20km bike and a 5km run – in one day (either the Saturday or Sunday), and the first 50 finishers will receive a medal. Proceeds from previous events have gone to St John’s Hospice Lancaster and Cancer Care Lancashire and South Lakeland, and participants are asked to pre-register with a £5 entry fee. 

Record your time, take a picture and email both to s.cadwallader@lancaster.ac.uk, lancaster.ac.uk/sport/events/lancaster-university-triathlon

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Every Monday

TAI CHI IN THE PARK

Reduce stress, improve posture, and increase your muscle strength with an hour’s tai chi at Williamson Park. 

Williamson Park, Lancaster, lancaster.gov.uk/sites/williamson-park

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Every Wednesday and Saturday

CHARTER MARKET

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a traditional outdoor market and the aromas of freshly cooked food as you meander through more than 40 stalls. There’s everything from local produce, fresh fruit and vegetables and international cuisine to plants and flowers, jewellery and clothing and arts and crafts.

Dalton Square, Lancaster

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THE ARTS

August 29th to 31st

MANCHESTER PRIDE

The brand-new Alternative Manchester Pride Festival 2020 spans three days across a spectrum of platforms. There’s something for everyone celebrating Pride at home, including a series of live performances and DJ sets, arts and cultural content and the usual candlelit vigil.

manchesterpride.com/alternative-manchester-pride-2020

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August 30th 

REMEMBERING OUR SELF

Originating in Bali, ‘Remembering Our Self’ sharing circles are about people getting together and speaking openly about their life and their path. The circles exist purely to create a space to share stories, experiences, teachings, and insights ‘in the presence of other aspects of our deeper self’.

Temple Yoga, Lancaster, rememberingourself.com

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September 4th 

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS VIRTUAL SWITCH-ON

Spice Girl Melanie C, Fleur East, Becky Hill, Tom Grennan, Joel Corry and Blackpool’s very own Rae Morris will perform at the hour-long streamed event, hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo.  

Access for free on MTV, mtv.co.uk

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From September 4th

CONFLUENCES

‘Confluences’ is the first joint exhibition showcasing the work of artists Martin and Siobhan Miles-More, from award-winning studio Miles-Moore Ceramics. The pair have joined forces with digital creatives Naomi Saka, of Interaktions Design, and Rich Stevens, of Design Real, using digitised images and light installation to tell their stories.

Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, 

farfieldmill.org

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September 4th and 5th 

DIGIFEST 2020 

Hosted by multi award-winning artist and educator Jackie Hagen, this year’s Manchester Histories DigiFest will have a creative focus on the 50th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970), with short films, discussions, speeches, digital art, music and comedy broadcast from a pop-up television studio.

manchesterhistories.co.uk

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Until September 5th 

FOR YOUR HEALTH AND PLEASURE

Blackpool’s Grundy Art Gallery has reopened its doors with new exhibition ‘For your health and pleasure’, devised as a ‘simple show for complex times’ – starting with the 1937 painting ‘View from my Window’ by gallery founder Cuthbert Grundy and unfolding as a travelogue... of sorts.

grundyartgallery.com

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Until September 9th

BENGAL: The Four Elements 

Work by renowned international artist Gerry Judah is now on show at Grizedale Forest Gallery, bringing together a striking body of work displayed in a stunning gallery space. Gerry was born in 1951 in Calcutta, India, and grew up there before his family moved to London when he was 10-years-old.

grizedalesculpture.org/whats-on-current

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Tuesday to Sunday’s

THE DUKES CINEMA

The Dukes cinema is back in action with a selection of recent films in its rake auditorium and round theatre space. Safety measures will be in place and visitors are asked to wear a mask throughout the screening.

dukeslancaster.org

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CIRQUE CONNECT

Cirque du Soleil is offering an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of its shows. You’ll find awe-inspiring show footage, behind-the-curtain secrets and fan favourite videos. 

cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect

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FOOD & DRINK

Select Saturdays

PIZZA NIGHT

Is there a better way to spend a Saturday night than with pizza? Samlesbury Hall is offering delicious home-made wood fired pizza for collection from the courtyard – it’s pre-order only but you can enjoy your food in the hall’s grounds.  

samlesburyhall.co.uk/food-drink/pizza 

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GIN TOUR & WORKSHOP

Brindle Distillery, the home of Cuckoo Gin, has re-opened bookings for its distillery tour and workshops. Learn how to make gin and leave with your own bottle? Yes please. 

Holmes Farm, Lancashire, brindledistillery.co.uk

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