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

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 18:50 05 August 2020

Brainiac Live! is coming to the University of Bolton Stadium on August 13th

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

ON THE BIG SCREEN

Weekly from August 5th

PENDLE HILL DIGITAL GATHERINGS

To celebrate its 2nd year, the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is going digital. There’ll be gatherings on traditions, stories and folklore; interventions into the landscape; sustainable tourism and increasing access to the hill for everyone.

http://pendlehillproject.com/

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From August 4th

CINEMA AT THE DUKES LANCASTER

The Dukes have a full schedule of films on show. From the Oscar-winning Parasit and Jo Jo Rabbit appearing in their theatre to a range of online showings you can watch at home at your convenience.

https://issuu.com/dukeslancaster/docs/aug4-13web 

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August 6th

#FARM24

Join farmers across the UK in a ‘day in the life of’ as they tell the farm-to-fork story of their own countryside businesses through their social media channels with photos, videos and the hashtag #farm24.

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August 11th-16th

DIVORCED, BEHEADED, DRIVE: LIVE IN CONCERT

Electrifying phenomenon SIX the Musical is coming to Liverpool Waters for a party and a picnic, live from the drive-in arena stage.

Central Docks, Liverpool Waters, https://www.livenation.co.uk/artist/six-the-musical-tickets

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August 15th to 16th

FYLDE COAST FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

The Fylde Coast’s eighth annual Food and Drink Festival is going virtual across social media with a showcase of its traders through videos, links and demos – and the promise of amazing discounts. https://www.facebook.com/events/2422194664543580/?active_tab=discussion

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July 26th

DRIVE-IN MOVIES

Family favourites Finding Nemo and Shrek will be on the big screen at the drive-in theatre at Thornton Hall Country Park, with food and drink orders on an app for delivery to your car.

https://www.driveinevents.uk/events/

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ARTS & CRAFTS

From July 8th

WARRINGTON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY RE-OPENS

The gallery is back with all the precautions in place to show off its addition to Derek Dick’s popular exhibition Undivinable, which pays tribute to the heroic efforts of the NHS during the Covid crisis. https://wmag.culturewarrington.org

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Until August 1st

MADE WITH...

This new sculpture exhibition, curated by John Stephens for Cross Lane Projects, features work by Maxine Bristow, Anna Fairchild, Sian-Kate Mooney and Mark Woods. The gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5pm.

Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, https://www.crosslaneprojects.com

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August 3rd-December 12th

DIPPY ON TOUR

Almost 115,000 people saw Dippy in Rochdale before lockdown and the world-famous dinosaur cast from the Natural History Museum, will now have a longer stay at Number One Riverside, Rochdale. And the accompanying Dippy exhibition at Touchstones Museum and Art Gallery, is also set to re-open. Visitors can see Dippy from Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturdays and Bank Holiday Mondays 9.30am-5pm. Booking is not necessary to see Dippy but is for the exhibition at Touchstones. www.visitrochdale.com/dippy-on-tour

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Entries until midday August 10th

WARRINGTON CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL

Celebrating 10 years of exceptional art, the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival is taking things to the next level with the chance to win a £1,000 cash prize, £1,000 fees towards a solo show as part of the 2021 Arts Festival or a residency at Pyramid Arts Centre in 2021. wcaf.culturewarrington.org/whats-on/wcaf-2020-open-submissions

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August 22nd to September 5th

LAKE ARTISTS EXHIBITION

Old Court House Gallery in Ambleside has teamed up with the Lake Artists Society to run a smaller, unique art event showcasing its members’ work. A majority of the society’s 45 elected members will exhibit one or two new works each, and all works will be available to buy.

http://oldcourthousegallery.com

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JOURNEYS NEAR AND FAR

Although the Gavagan Art Gallery in the Town Hall is closed, you can still see Morecambe’s Christine Leadbetter’s online exhibition – all of which was completed following a trip to India in November 2019. You’ll also be able to view artwork by Brian Hindmarch, Katharine Holmes and Milan Ivanic. 

http://gavaganart.com/index.php/current-upcoming-exhibitions/journeys-near-and-far-part-1

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THE OUTDOORS

From July 17th

TEA ON THE TERRACE

Lakeland Arts’ tea rooms and gardens at Blackwell Terrace is open for tea, bakes and ice creams, as well as the Windermere Jetty Museum’s Lakeshore Café with a new, local summer menu to eat in or take out. https://lakelandarts.org.uk/blackwell and https://lakelandarts.org.uk/windermere-jetty-museum/

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To August 31st

GISBURNE PARK POP-UP

The UK’s first outdoor socially distanced festival with glamping, live DJs, an open-air cinema and ‘pub in the park’, all within the historic, Grade 1 listed, thousand-acre private estate of Gisburne Park.

Gisburne Park, Ribble Valley, https://www.gisburneparkpopup.com

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From August 1st

CLIMB ST. WALBURGE’S TOWER

St Walburge’s Church is offering visitors a first-of-its-kind summer chance to climb its 309ft spire - Preston’s highest point. ‘The Spire in the Summer’ will allow access to the landmark each Saturday from 7-8.30pm, via a one-way system. https://www.goldengiving.com/e/thespireinsummer

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ESCAPE TO FREIGHT ISLAND

A cutting-edge street food market with restaurant quality street food, imaginative bars, secret dens, music, immersive art and daytime family entertainment. Platform 15 is the first glimpse: a 600 capacity open-air venue, split into different spaces and designed for social distancing.

Depot Mayfield, Manchester, https://www.escapetofreightisland.com

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From September 4th

LIGHTING UP

Blackpool Illuminations will this year have a live virtual switch-on, streamed in association with MTV and hosted by Diversity’s Ashley and Jordan Banjo. It’ll be the first time in more than 70 years the resort has been unable to hold its live switch-on celebration. Instead the streamed hour-long concert will feature exclusive pre-recorded, at-home performances and live performances filmed at a closed event in the Tower Ballroom. 

https://www.visitblackpool.com/things-to-do/blackpool-illuminations-and-lightpool/blackpool-illuminations-switch-on/

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BEE EXPERIENCE

The Bee Centre at Samlesbury Hall is open for bookings to its 90-minute award-winning bee experience. The workshop includes an introduction to honeybees and beekeeping before getting close to the bees in your beekeeping suit. 

http://thebeecentre.org/courses/bee-experience

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