What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District in February 2020

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 February 2020 | UPDATED: 08:45 04 February 2020

The Gin Society event at Manchester Cathedral

The Gin Society event held at Manchester Cathedral.

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

1ST-9TH 

ALADDIN 

This original adaptation promises to be packed with dazzling costumes and dad jokes amid its Arabia-meets-Edgeworth village take. Proudly performed by the young people of the Appleton Dickenson Acting Company as they adventure on the flying carpet.

The Barlow Edgeworth, thebarlow.co.uk/whats-on 

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7TH 

AN AUDIENCE WITH LIVERPOOL LEGENDS 

Join Jan Molby and Steve McMahon as they delve into their football career, from previous clubs to the first time putting on that red jersey.  

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, liverpoolphil.com

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8TH

SOUL NIGHT 

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to bask in the era of Wigan Casino, Blackpool Mecca and The Twisted Wheel as part of the Northern Soul Circuit in the North West.

The Muni Theatre, Colne, themuni.co.uk 

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9TH 

ANTON & ERIN

Strictly favourite Anton du Beke joins Erin Boag in their tour 'Dance Those Magic Musicals'. Prepare to be swept away in the sensational choreography set to hits made big on the silver screen.   

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

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15TH

JOSH WIDDICOMBE: BIT MUCH 

Best known for the twice-BAFTA nominated and multiple award-winning show The Last Leg, comedian Josh Widdicome is taking to the stage in Blackpool to tackle the comedy behind advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.

Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

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16TH 

JIMMY CARR: TERRIBLY FUNNY 

Comedian Jimmy Carr's distinctive laugh is set to roar through his brand new show with toe-curling jokes about all kinds of terrible things. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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18TH-22ND 

THE SOUND OF MUSIC 

One of the greatest musicals of all time is back with a bang in an enchanting production based on Baronesss Maria Von Trapp's 1949 autobiography. The new staging follows the musical family's story from their romantic beginnings to their thrilling escape to freedom.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk 

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25TH-29TH 

CABARET 

Prepare to be transported back in time to 1931 as the Nazis are rising to power. The audience will be dropped right into the nightlife at the Kit Kat Klub following legendary Sally Bowles and her relationship with American writer Cliff Bradshaw. 

Palace Theatre Manchester, agtickets.co.uk 

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS 

1ST

THE MAGIC OF THE BEATLES 

Join The Magic of the Beatles as they celebrate the Abbey Road Anniversary Tour with a class-act tribute show replicating the iconic look and sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo.  

Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster, lancastergrand.co.uk 

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5TH

SING-A-LONG-A BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 

The smash hit film as you have never seen it before, featuring live host vocal warm-ups, iconic Queen dance moves and interactive props. The subtitled film will re-live the legendary adventures of Freddie Mercury.  

Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

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8TH

RETRO TUNES 

Twist and shimmy to retro tunes from the 60s and 70s as the Hoppers throwback to their disco days. 

Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club, Preston, pgrfc.co.uk

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8TH

ESPANA!

Embrace the Spanish-inspired passion with Stephen Bell, the Hallé and Craig Ogden, performing Rodrigo's impressive guitar concerto. The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk 

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14TH

BEETHOVEN: MOONLIGHT SONATA BY CANDLELIGHT 

Romance is at the heart of this candelit piano recital on Valentine's Day. Ben Powell offers a refined and beautiful selection of pieces. 

Manchester Cathedral, Manchester, manchestercathedral.org  

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20TH 

THE SCRIPT 

Irish alt-pop trio The Script kick-start their European tour Sunsets and Full Moons at this quirky Liverpool venue. Lead singer Danny O'Donoghue says it is the most poignant record the band has ever made. 

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com 

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28TH 

AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE HOLOGRAM TOUR 

A hologram of Queen of Pop Whitney Houston using state-of-the-art technology and digitally remastered arrangements, backed by a live band, singers and dancers, is set to create a one-of-a-kind concert experience.  

O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester/ 

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28TH

THE 1975

Wilmslow-formed pop-rock band and one of the world's biggest artists The 1975 are taking to the stage in Manchester as part of their 2020 world tour.

Manchester Arena, Manchester, manchester-arena.com 

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COUNTY DAYS OUT 

1ST FEB-7TH MARCH

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF OUTREACH PROJECTS 

Marking its 10-year charity status anniversary, this special exhibition showcases the work of local artist workshops and residencies with local health and social care partners over the last decade. Explore the benefits of craft, ceramics and printmaking on health and well-being, as well as its importance in education.  

Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, bluecoatdisplaycentre.com 

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9TH

CALLIGRAPHY FOR THE CURIOUS

Eager to better your lettering? An introduction to modern calligraphy and the basics of hand lettering forms the basis of this popular calligraphy class.  

Salvage House Collective, Whalley, kate-illustrate.co.uk/workshops 

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11TH 

THE SYMBOLISM OF RENAISSANCE JEWELLERY LECTURE 

Jewellery history specialist and Antiques Roadshow expert Susan Rumfitt will join the South Lakeland Decorative and Fine Arts Society to guide viewers through the story behind the jewellery worn by the good and the bad of the Renaissance. After all, jewellery was not just for decoration.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Lalik Nasmyth, 01229 468525 

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13TH-15TH 

BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 

Chosen from hundreds of entries to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held every November in the Canadian Rockies, the tour's line-up features a collection of adventure films full of gripping action, soulful journeys and mind-blowing cinematography.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, banff-uk.com 

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14TH

BEER, BINGO AND BURGERS 

Whether you grab your significant other, best friend or head for a singles' night out, this event is back by popular demand and not to be missed. 

With one of the longest bars in Britain, 42 hand-pulls and 24 individual cask beers, there'll be no empty glasses.

Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, holmesmill.co.uk 

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16TH

GREAT NORTH WEST HALF MARATHON 

Back for its 31st year, this multi-lap, fast and relatively flat course on the coastal front of Blackpool attracts almost 1,200 participants each year. A great race to beat that last PB.

North Promenade, Blackpool, fyldecoastrunners.com 

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20TH-22ND

LIVERPOOL BEER FESTIVAL 2020 

With more than 200 real ales and ciders, the brewers of Yorkshire and Lancashire are put to the test in the War of the Roses. Votes at the ready. 

Crypt Hall, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, eventbrite.co.uk/liverpool-beer-festival-2020 

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21ST-22ND 

MANCHESTER GIN FESTIVAL 

More than 100 carefully selected gins will be accompanied by live music, encouraging gin-goers to dance the night away. Hosted by The Gin Society. 

Manchester Cathedral, eventbrite.co.uk 

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SUPER SIX

6th-9th 

ALL THAT JAZZ

Artists from across the north West will be joined by national and international stars for the 16th Southport Jazz Festival. 

The popular event has an impressive, and growing, reputation and among the names on the bill at the Royal Clifton Hotel this year are the Alan Barnes Octet, the Swingtime Big Band and the Nick Maclean Quartet.

southportjazzfestival.com

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10th-June 28th

DIPPY ON TOUR

They're going deeply dippy for dinosaurs on Rochdale where the Natural History Museum's famous diplodocus will be spending a holiday this spring. Dippy has left his London home for the first time to go a on a tour of the UK, and Number One Riverside on Smith Street in Rochdale is one of just eight venues which will host him during the tour.

There's all sorts of dinosaur-themed exhibitions, events and family fun planned around the town to coincide with Dippy's visit, including a Diplodocus Day at Rochdale's Festival of Performing Arts on February 7th which will showcase a range of dinosaur-related songs, dances, drama, speeches and musical performances. 

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12th-15th

NORTHERN LIGHTS

A stunning sound and light installation at Carlisle's 900 year old cathedral will be the centrepiece for the 'City of Lights' event which will also include a series of light displays and projections around the city centre. 

As well as seeing historic buildings illuminated, Carlisle will be the first location in the North to host 'The Great Exhibition - SPACE: God, the Universe and Everything,' which will give visitors the chance to walk among the stars, discover planets and explore to the edge of the Milky Way and back. 

discovercarlisle.co.uk

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21st

LATE NIGHT ARTS

See Oldham in a new light as three town centre venues play host to a late-night arts festival, 'Illuminate'. There will be a range of light-themed performances, attractions and workshops lined up at Oldham's Parish Church, Parliament Square and Gallery Oldham from 6-9pm, as well as a community parade.

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27th-Mar 1st

SILVER SCREEN TIME

The 21st Keswick Film Festival will feature a programme of the best of world and independent cinema including winners and highlights from the world's most prestigious festivals alongside premieres and pre-releases. Screenings will take place at the restored Alhambra Cinema, Theatre by the Lake and at nearby Rheged and this year there will be a focus on up and coming young filmmakers, artists and designers. 

theatrebythelake.com

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SEASONAL SPLENDOUR

How many seasons can you name? Just the four? A project now underway in Pendle aims to re-connect people with the landscape throughout 72 seasons. 

It's an idea based on an ancient Japanese calendar which identified 72 distinct periods in the natural world. And while Pendle Hill can't claim much of a cherry blossom season, the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership have come up with their own list of 72 and now want volunteers to spot the changes in the flora and fauna and confirm - or update - their list. 

They stress that you don't have to be a Bear Grylls-type to take part, much of the work can be done online. 

72seasons.co.uk

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