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

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 December 2019 | UPDATED: 11:48 27 December 2019

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd-19th 

Aladdin 

For 2020, Pendle Leisure Trust has joined forces with Shone Productions Ltd to bring you Colne's biggest ever pantomime - a brand new magical version of Aladdin. Watch Aladdin, along with his mother Widow Twankey and his brother Wishee Washee, battle against the evil Abanazar and his plan to be master of the world. 

The Muni Theatre, Colne, themuni.co.uk

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5th-6th 

Swan Lake 

One of the greatest romantic ballets of all times is brought to life by Tchaikovsky's score with the story of this tragic romance starring Swan Queen Odette and Odile, the temptress. 

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

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6th-11th 

We Will Rock You 

The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK delivering 24 of Queen's biggest hits in a spectacular show that celebrates the band's legendary live performances. 

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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7th 

An Evening With Alan Titchmarsh 

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, a gardener, a poet, a TV presenter, a writer of non-fiction and a novelist, known to millions through popular TV programmes such as Love Your Garden, Gardeners World, Ground Force and Songs of Praise, is bringing his fabulous show 'An Evening with Alan Titchmarsh - Trowel & Error - Tales From My Life On Earth' to Lancaster. 

Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster, lancastergrand.co.uk 

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8th-9th 

Hamlet 

Following the success of their adaptation of Hamlet at Storyhouse, Chalice Productions' will be propelling Shakespeare's tragic tale of treachery, mistrust, lost love and lust spectacularly into life once more. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com

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17th 

The Russian State Ballet - Sleeping Beauty

Russia's acclaimed ballet company returns to the UK and accompanied by a live orchestra, The Russian State Ballet Orchestra. Sleeping Beauty is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky's score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse. 

Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk

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19th 

Dirty Dusting

Starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm, I'm a Celebrity), Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta and Andrew Green. This feel-good comedy is about three senior cleaning ladies who embark on a brand new business - a telephone sex line. Prepare for hilarity with this heart-warming comedy. 

Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, blackburnempire.com

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21st 

Ellen Kent's La Boheme

La Bohème is seen as one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer with a set that reflects the Bohemian art of the period. Keep an eye out for Muzetta's dog making an appearance.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.co.uk 

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21st-25th 

Band of Gold 

The premiere stage adaption of Kay Mellor's multi award-winning ITV crime drama hits the stage this month which tells the story of a group of women who battle to survive whilst working in a notorious red-light district. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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22nd 

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has any traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy. 

Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster, lancastergrand.co.uk 

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25th 

Dance To The Music 

Dance To The Music is a sumptuously beautiful, glamorous dance show created, directed and choreographed by ex Strictly Come Dancing professional Kristina Rihanoff. The show will portray the evolution of dance through musical eras and genres from the roaring 20s to modern day Ballroom and Latin. 

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk 

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25th-26th 

Strictly Come Dancing - The Live Tour 2020

Winner of strictly 2018 Stacey Dooley is the host of this popular tour and will be joined on stage by a selection of celebrities and professional dancers from the much awaited 17th series of the award-winning BBC show. Expect all the jazz and colour seen on the TV. 

Manchester Arena, Manchester, Manchester-arena.com 

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st 

New Year's Day Viennese Gala 

Start 2020 in style with the annual Viennese Gala. Beat the winter blues and let the music transport you to the beautiful city of Vienna. Soprano Jenni Bern joins Manchester Camerata for this wonderful New Year's Day celebration. The programme includes: J Strauss II Overture to Die Fledermaus and Czardas; Joseph Strauss & J Strauss II Pizzicato Polka; Sibelius Valse Triste and the timeless J Strauss II Blue Danube Waltz. 

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

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5th 

A Spoonful of Julie 

Join Soprano Nicola Mills for an afternoon of the songs and music of Dame Julie Andrews. With her songs and some stories thrown in, hear you're most favourite 'Julie' things and have all your Julie senses delighted.

The Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, lowtherpavilion.co.uk 

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10th 

BBC Philharmonic 

BBC Philharmonic returns to Blackburn under the baton of New Zealand-born conductor, Holly Mathieson who has won plaudits in all forms of music direction from opera, ballet to full scale symphonic programmes. She opens this BBC Philharmonic programme with a shimmering fairy-tale, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. 

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com 

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11th 

Glenn Miller Orchestra 

The UK's most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller's own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, liverpoolphil.com 

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18th 

The Bob Dylan Story 

A live music concert is taking place to celebrate rock music's greatest icon, Bob Dylan. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dylan's famous Isle of Wight comeback show and relive the classics-packed set. 

Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, blackburnempire.com

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25th 

Lost in Music 

Celebrate the golden age of disco and relive some of the greatest songs from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic. This show boasts a live band, talented cast and stunning vocals and is sure to have you dancing. The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 

bridgewater-hall.co.uk

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25th 

Jive Talkin' Perform The Bee Gees 

Jive Talkin' are the only Bee Gees tribute show to have actually performed with the original Bee Gees and received compliments from both Maurice and Barry Gibb. 

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com

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29th-31st 

The Young Voices Concert

The Young Voices Concert is the largest school choir concerts in the world, inspiring children to discover their love for music.

Manchester Arena, Manchester, Manchester-arena.com 

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

Until april 20th

The Art of Brick 

Globally renowned touring exhibition, created with millions of Lego building blocks is back in Manchester. Featuring more than 75 pieces of art, the exhibition features 3D sculptures and oversized portraits from Nathan Sawaya's collection, including a recreation of the Mona Lisa and some never-before-seen pieces. Great Northern Warehouse, Manchester,

aotbmanchester.co.uk 

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4th 

HAPPA Horse Experience Day 

Join the centre team, spend the morning caring for the HAPPA horses and ponies, and learn more about the equines and their needs. Refreshments and lunch included. 

Shores Hey Farm, Burnley, shoresheyfarm.co.uk

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5th 

Cleveleys Beach Care

Marine litter is a global problem, come along and make your local coastal environment a better place for you, your children its wildlife and the environment. Jubilee Beach, Cleveleys, 

01995 602125

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11th-Feb 8th 

Spire at Night 

One of the landmarks of Preston, St. Walburge's Church spire, will be open to the public this month. Visitors will be able to climb the 309 foot (94 metres) high spire and admire the views. 

St Walburge's Preston, icksp.org.uk 

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11th 

A Brief History of Painting

This informal talk looks at painting's progression, from religious iconography to royal portraits, landscapes to abstraction, to leaving the canvas behind altogether, with artists painting directly onto walls, floors and objects.

Bluecoat, Liverpool, thebluecoat.org.uk 

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14th 

The Murder Trial 

The Murder Trial Live, a unique social experiment puts audiences into the heart of a murder investigation that has been unsolved for 16 years, in an experiential dining event. The event will see guests become jurors in the murder trial of The Brewer Brothers. After a two course dinner guests will witness barristers cross examine witnesses and experts and review physical evidence before providing their final verdict.

Mytton Fold Golf Club, Langho, themurdertriallive.co.uk 

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25th 

St George's Hall Burns Night Ceilidh 

Whether you're a Scot or not, who could say no to a night of haggis, whisky and Ceilidh dancing in grand surroundings? This charming night of tradition is guaranteed to be a fun, heart-warming affair that will live long in the memory.

St George's Hall, Liverpool, stgeorgeshallliverpool.co.uk 

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26th 

The Dragon Parade 

Follow the famous 175ft dragon through Manchester as it makes it way to Chinatown, accompanied by traditional Lion and Ribbon dances, alongside Chinese Opera performers, giant Buddha Dolls and the Chinese Scout parade to mark the start of the Year of the Rat. 

Manchester City Centre

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30th-Feb 1st 

16th Pendle Beer Festival 

If you're a beer lover, join this fascinating tour of beers and ciders from around the counties of Great Britain. With an eclectic range of real ales from Cornwall to the Highlands, Norfolk to Pembrokeshire, there's sure to be something that hits the spot. There will also be a gin bar for the first time. Muni Theatre, Colne, themuni.co.uk 

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SUPER SIX

January 1st 

Take the plunge

The holidays can be a time for gentle relaxation, over-indulgence and staying indoors by the fireside. The perfect antidote to all that sitting down is a refreshing new year's day dip, so grab your cossie and head for Fell Foot at Windermere or Salford Quays. Costs apply but you might spark a love of wild swimming which is free and there are scores of places across Lancashire and the Lake District to indulge in your new passion.

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January 5th

A Novel Day

Novelist Elizabeth Gaskell lived at 84 Plymouth Grove from 1850 to her death in 1865 and it was here that she wrote many of her best known works, including Cranford and North and South. Neglected for years, the house was re-opened to the public five years ago, after a £2.5m renovation project. Join a member of the Gaskell's circle - Elizabeth, William Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte or William Gaskell's mother, Margaret Dimock - to learn more about life at Plymouth Grove and the people they knew.

Admission charges apply. Go to elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk for details and more information.

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Until January 9th

Fab Four are back

It was 53 years ago, Sgt Pepper burst onto the scene. Now, you can relive the excitement of a Beatles gig with a free immersive experience at Liverpool's Albert Dock. A re-mixed version of the album will be played in Dolby Atmos, making it feel as though the Fab Four are there in the room at the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building.

Tickets are free but advanced booking is essential from National Museums Liverpool. For dates and times, go online to visitliverpool.com.

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January 11th-February 8th

View to a thrill

Enjoy a different view of Preston - and far beyond the city on a clear day - from the famous spire of St Walburge's Church.

It is the third tallest spire in the UK, and the tallest on a parish church and at 7.30pm each Saturday from January 11th-February 8th visitors will be able to climb the spiral staircase inside the 309 foot (94 metres) high spire. The tower contains a single bell of 31 cwt (1.5 tonnes) which is the heaviest swinging bell in Lancashire.

For tickets, which cost £8.50, go online to eventbrite.co.uk and search for 'Spire at night'. 

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January 11th-26th 

Coming together

Macfest is a ground-breaking, award winning and mostly free 16-day festival with events at venues across Manchester celebrating art, literature, music, culture and the heritage of the Muslim diaspora. With more than 50 events, Macfest was created to bring Muslim and non-Muslim communities together and promote social inclusion. 

macfest.org.uk.

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January 25th-26th

Happy New Year

Just when you've recovered from one set of New Year celebrations, the party stars again. The festivities will be particularly impressive in Manchester and Liverpool's Chinatowns where firecrackers and lanterns will light the sky as dragons dance through the streets.

Thousands of spectators are expected to line the streets of Manchester and enjoy Chinese music, dancing, opera, acrobatics and cuisine as the Golden Dragon Parade makes its way from Albert Square to the Ming Dynasty Imperial Arch.

And Liverpool's Chinese Arch - the largest outside China - will be the centre of the celebrations in that city as the Year of the Rat begins. The party will include street parades, entertainment and a spectacular firecracker performance. 

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