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

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:13 03 April 2020

Important Notice regarding COVID-19

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

The government advice regarding COVID-19 on March 16th recommended that we should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

This is very likely to impact the events listed here and those printed in our April issue which went to print before this announcement.

We recommend you check the website or social media of the organisers or venue for more details about cancellations, postponements and possible refunds.

We will resume updating this article when the government advice allows events involving large numbers of people to resume again.

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THEATRE AND DANCE 

1ST 

ALICE'S WONDERLAND ON ICE 

Join Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit for a spectacular ice-skating show featuring comedy and acrobatics. This action-packed panto-style adaption is perfect for all the family.

The Muni, Colne, themuni.co.uk 

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4TH-7TH 

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S SWAN LAKE 

By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love.  

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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5TH 

AJ LIVE: UK DANCE TOUR 2020 

Strictly favourite and serial semi-finalist AJ Pritchard is back on the road after his debut tour in 2019. His shw will combine the best of Strictly with his new energy-packed choreography.  

North Pier Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolpiers.co.uk 

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8TH 

BEN FOGLE: TALES FROM THE WILDERNESS 

Thrilling tales from a modern-day explorer, from crossing Antartica to conquering Everest, walking to the South Pole and swimming with crocodiles, Ben Fogle takes the audience on an adventure.  

Blackpool Grand Theatre, blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

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14TH-15TH 

HELEN FORRESTER'S BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL 

The brand-new stage play adaption is set in the 1930s after Helen's father went bankrupt during the Depression and the family were forced to leave behind their comfortable middle-class life in the south west of England for a new life in Liverpool. By The Waters of Liverpool has sold over one million books.  

Warrington Parr Hall, parrhall.culturewarrington.org/whats-on 

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20TH 

LITFEST 2020: IAN MCMILLIAN 

CANCELLED - DETAILS HERE


McMillan's latest book To Fold the Evening Star - New and Selected Poems, gathers work from eight collections, distilling an essence of his diversiform poetry and short prose. Hilarity and tenderness, gravity and light, are interwoven into a bountiful poetic fibre.  

Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, lancasterarts.org 

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24TH-28TH 

HOLES 

Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when Stanley Yelnats finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit. The inventive and creative new stage show is based on the multi-award winning novel and Hollywood blockbuster.  

Liverpool Everyman Theatre, everymanplayhouse.com 

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26TH-29TH 

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS MAGICAL ICE FESTIVAL 

Join fearless way-finder Moana, journey alongside royal sisters Anna and Elsa and dive under the sea with Ariel. You'll get tangled up with rowdy residents when they get a visit from Rapunzel - plus, get swept away by Beauty and the Beast.  

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com 

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29TH 

CHRIS RAMSEY 

Critically acclaimed comedian Chris Ramsey is hitting the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour in 2020. Critics say he has the potential to "be a mainstream hit, a cult favourite or almost anything in between".  

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com 

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31ST 

ADVENTURES OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS 

Hear how Amanda juggles life as a shepherdess, home renovator and mother to nine children, with life as a best-selling author and star of Channel 5 series 'Our Yorkshire Farm'.  

Lancaster Grand, lancastergrand.co.uk 

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS 

2ND-3RD 

LEWIS CAPALDI 

Continuing to break records and capture the nation, Lewis Capaldi is kicking off his huge UK headline arena tour this month.  

O2 Apollo, Manchester, academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester 

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5TH 

UGNIUS PAULIUKONIS 

The only student to be awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at Royal Northern College of Music's 2013 competition, Lithuiania-born Ugnius Pauliukonis will recite piano pieces by Haydn, Chopin and Ravel. As a solo pianist, he has performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunis State Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The Lecture Theatre, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, clitheroeconcerts.org 

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7TH 

ROWAN GODELL FOLK TRIO 

Rowan will be joined by two of the UK folk scene's finest musicians - Benji Kirkpatrick and Tim Cotterell - to bring a range of songs from her new album coupled with some more traditional songs.  

Arnside Educational Institute, wegottickets.com/event/492672 

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11TH 

SUSAN BOYLE 

Singing sensation Susan Boyle returns to the stages of the UK with her dazzling new show, part of the TEN Tour, celebrating an incredible decade in the music industry.  

Palace Theatre, Manchester, palacetheatremanchester.net 

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16TH 

THE WHO 

TOUR POSTPONED - dates will be rescheduled for later in the year


Following their return to Wembley Stadium in July last year, The Who are back for 2020 with a brand new studio album - their first in 13 years.  

Manchester Arena, manchester-arena.com 



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19TH 

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE: THE BIRDS 

A love song to birds, through music. An intimate performance by the critically acclaimed Manchester Collective as they take on Messiaen's Catalogue of the Birds, set against music by electronic wunderkind Erland Cooper. 

Great Hall, Lancaster University, lancasterarts.org 

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29TH 

LEYLAND BAND 

Leyland Band, Lancashire's top brass band, have performed all over the world since they were formed in 1946, but this will be their debut in Clitheroe. Starting at 2pm, expect a varied repertoire and top-class performances. 

The Grand, Clitheroe, thegrandvenue.co.uk 

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COUNTY DAYS OUT 

1ST-25TH 

THE LANDING: THE LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF ARTISTS 

The exhibition for The Liverpool School's fourth major Landing Exhibition presents work focused on the urban scene, often geometric and abstract, but always challenging.  

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk 

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7TH-15TH 

MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL 

Manchester Film Festival will open with German film Traumfabrik, a luscious romance set in 1961 Berlin, and close with a special preview screening of documentary Billie, about the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. The full line-up is still to be announced.  

Odeon Manchester Great Northern, maniff.com 

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5TH-7TH

WIGAN BEER FESTIVAL

Over 70 real ales plus real ciders, perries and domestic and international keg/KeyKeg beers. This year, for the first time in its 33 years, the festival will also feature a gin & prosecco bar - Roaming Spirit. Roaming Spirit is the new business venture by Wigan Warriors and England captain Sean O'Loughlin and Wigan Warriors Assistant Coach, Matt Peet.

Robin Park Sports Centre, opposite the DW Stadium.

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8TH

TUDOR TOURS WITH HENRY VIII

Watch your heads as the King of England takes you on a guided tour of Samlesbury Hall.

Samlesbury Hall

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14TH-5TH APRIL 

EDIT.06: GIRL GANG MANCHESTER - EVERYTHING I KNOW, I FELT 

Girl Gang Manchester is a collective of artists, activists, academics and party instigators striving to encourage creativity, collaboration, confidence and community. Edit.06 will see the gang create a collaborative and interactive space allowing visitors to reflect on and debate the perception of female emotions within society.  

The Lowry, Salford Quays, thelowry.com 

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27TH 

STARGAZING AT BROCKHOLES 

Be guided on an incredible journey through the constellations and along the Milky Way, and learn how to spot some of the skies wonders yourself. Wrap up warm and don't forget your binoculars!  

Brockholes Nature Reserve, Lancashire, lancswt.org.uk 

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27TH-23RD AUGUST 

SUZANNE LACY: WE ARE HERE 

Suzanne Lacy is an American artist who works across photography, film, performance, installation, public practice and writing. Her work is centred around conversations with people about social themes and political urgencies, addressing issues such as gender, labour, class, violence and race through a feminist lens. 

Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery, manchesterartgallery.org 

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27TH-28TH 

THE GIN AND RUM FESTIVAL: UK TOUR 2020 

The Gin and Rum Festival brings not only unique spirits from all around the world, but a great selection of some of the best entertainment and food from around the UK.  

Manchester Cathedral, ginandrumfestival.com 

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27TH-29TH 

ENJOY THE UNSPOILT BEAUTY OF GRASMERE 

For three days, Moorcroft will be based in the picturesque Grasmere Village Hall where visitors can enjoy the unveiling of The William Wordsworth Collection, pottery demonstrations and discover Grasmere's famous gingerbread. For an extra special experience, head to the Wordsworth Hotel and Spa for a three-course meal on the Friday evening.  

Grasmere Village Hall, moorcroft.com/william-wordsworth-lake-district

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31ST 

FEAST OF FIDDLES 

This group of six fiddler friends are set to put on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun to the backline of guitars. keyboards, sax and accordion, all held together by drummer Dave Mattacks.  

The Atkinson, Southport, feastoffiddles.co.uk 

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UNTIL MAY 10TH 

AMONG MOUNTAINS 

Among Mountains is an exhibition of paintings of some of the world's great mountain ranges by Julian Cooper, Britain's foremost living mountain painter who, in recent years, has concentrated on images closer to home in the Lake District.  

The exhibition will also feature photos, drawings and text alongside other material related to his trips to the mountains. 

Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, heatoncooper.co.uk

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SUPER SIX

MARCH 6TH 

GIRL POWER

Celebrate International Women's Day with the theme #EachForEqual and mingle among more than 150 like-minded businesswomen from across the North West. Be inspired by a talk by the North West's youngest independent female restaurant owner Karina Jadhav, of Menagerie Restaurant and Bar, and take notes from the 2019 Enterprise Vision Awards Inspirational Woman of the Year and chief executive of homeless charity Backup North West, Maura Jackson. Browse the exhibition stands, take part in business masterclasses and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch.  

Boulevard Hotel, Blackpool, pinklinkladies.co.uk 

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MARCH 7TH-8TH 

WORLD BOOK DAY WEEKENDER 

Celebrate all your favourite characters this World Book Day with The National Trust: explore the Puffling Children's Trail, test your animal knowledge with the Evie and the Jungle Animal facts quiz and exchange your £1 book token for an exciting new read. 

The National Trust, nationaltrust.org.uk

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FROM MARCH 7TH-17th

IRISH EYES ARE SMILING

You don't have to be from the Emerald Isle to celebrate St Patrick's Day and there are events happening all over the region to mark St Patrick's Day on Marth 17th. One the biggest and most popular is Manchester's Irish Festival. The 25th annual event features music, dance, literature, and maybe a glass or two of Guinness. The parade will leave the Irish World Heritage Centre at noon, arriving at Albert Square about an hour later. 

manchesteririshfestival.co.uk

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MARCH 14TH

REACH FOR THE STARS

Take a fascinating journey into the night sky with renowned expert astronomer and founder of the Kielder Observatory, Gary Fildes. His infectious enthusiasm will guide you through an illuminating tour of the known universe before (if the weather and the cloud cover allow) you will have the chance to gaze at stunning objects and hidden wonders in the northern hemisphere.

Then settle down to indulge in a warming Dark Skies gin cocktail from the multi-award winning Goosnargh Gin distillery, accompanied by canapes and a three-course meal.

Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping, gibbon-bridge.co.uk

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MARCH 22ND 

FOR MUM

Embrace your creative side and learn the art of candle-making to gift your mum this Mother's Day. During the workshop you'll be taken through a step-by-step guide on how to hand-pour a bespoke 220g candle before adding the final touch, a gorgeous handmade card. When your masterpiece is complete, relax with a delicious afternoon tea.

Lime Bar Lounge, Penwortham, cottonwickcandle.co.uk

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MARCH 26TH-29TH

THE MUSIC & LITERATURE OF THE LAKES

POSTPONED UNTIL 24TH-27TH SEPTEMBER


Dip in and out of Ambleside's new festival of contemporary music, literature and performance taking place in venues across the town. This carefully curated collection of individually ticketed and free shows allow you to plan a weekend escape to The Lakes on your own terms: experience a handful of shows, explore the bars and restaurants, head out on epic fell treks or hire a boat to explore the beautiful waters. Organisers want you to "experience why this place has been and continues to be an inspiration to generation after generation of artist". 

Aerial Festival, Ambleside, aerialfestival.com

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