What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District in October 2019

PUBLISHED: 09:49 30 September 2019

Gaia 'Museum of the Moon', Blackpool Light Festival (c) Luke Jerram

Gaia 'Museum of the Moon', Blackpool Light Festival (c) Luke Jerram

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

THEATRE AND DANCE

Until 19th oct

BERYL

Award-winning actor Maxine Peake will be debuting her critically acclaimed play Beryl starring a talented cast from British TV and theatre. Tickets priced from £14-£29.

Library Theatre, Bolton, octagonbolton.co.uk/what's-on

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1st-12th

KINKY BOOTS THE MUSICAL

Songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, the Kinky Boots musical will star West End favourite, Kayi Ushe, Coronation Street star, Paula Lane and Joel Harper-Jackson.

Opera House, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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4th-5th

STICK MAN

Freckle Productions' adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Stick Man is coming to Blackburn. Packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves, you won't want to miss it!

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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6th

LEAP COMMUNITY DANCE SHOWCASE

LEAP 2019 will invite dance artists from across the North West to join Men!Dancing and Merseyside Youth Dance Company in their annual celebration of uncovering new talent.

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, thecapstonetheatre.com

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8th

FANTASIA

Following MK ULTRA at last year's LEAP Rosie Kay is returning to Merseyside to showcase her latest ballet choreography in Fantasia where her fine-tuned routine questions what makes dance so beautiful to watch and experience.

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, thecapstonetheatre.com

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15th

NUTCRACKER BALLET

The Russian National Ballet will be in Colne to enchant the audience with a charming performance of the classic fairy tale, the Nutcracker.

The Muni Theatre, Colne, themuni.co.uk

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16th-19th

BREEZEBLOCK PARK

Preston's amateur dramatic society, The Hall Players will be bringing Willy Russell's comedy about the ups and downs of family life in the 1970s to the Playhouse.

Preston Playhouse, Preston, hallplayers.org.uk

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19th Oct

RIGHT PLACE! WRONG TIME!

The hit musical comedy delivered by an all star comedy cast will tell the bonkers tale of Thelma Henderson who cannot get into heaven because she doesn't have the correct paperwork.

Blackburn Empire Theatre, blackburnempire.com

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21st-26th

PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT

Be prepared for more glitter than ever before as the iconic musical arrives at the Opera House. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla, the hilarious adventure of three friends will have you hooked!

Opera House, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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27th

I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOST

A comedy show based on director Gareth Nicolls own childhood when his favourite film inspired him to become a ghostbuster. Now an adult Gareth and his co-director Philip Holyman will try and uncover what was really going on in his childhood home.

Arnside Educational Institute, Arnside, highlightsnorth.co.uk

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25th Oct - 2nd Nov

THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS

An immersive celebration of 25 years of performing, this year the Britain's Got Talent finalist circus group will put on an amazing spooky spectacle.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, blackpoolpleasurebeach.com

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29th Oct - 2nd Nov

BLOOD RUNS DEEP

Anthony Costa from pop group Blue will star as Greg in the new psychological thriller coming to Liverpool.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, wearebreakaleg.co.uk

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

1st

THE JERSEY BEATS

Blackpool's most popular midweek production, Oh What a Nite! is celebrating its 6th season. Come join them for a night of comedy and the hit music Frankie Valli & The Four Season. Viva, Blackpool, vivablackpool.com

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2nd

ONDES MARTENOT

Enjoy a unique concert performed by the talented Josh Semans who will play a variety of music for piano and the exceptionally rare instrument the ondes Martenot.

The Harris, Preston, joshsemans.com

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4th

THE SOUTH

To celebrate their 10th anniversary and 30 years since The Beautiful South released 'Song For Whoever', The South will be touring UK theatres. The nine piece band features former members of The Beautiful South, Alison Wheeler and Gaz Birtles.

Southport, Atkinson, theatkinson.co.uk/events/the-south-2019

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7th, 14th & 21st

THE DISCOVERY OF BEATLEMANIA

This brand new Beatles production comes from the residential cast of Viva Blackpool to offer you a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they explore the real story of Beatle Mania.

Viva, Blackpool, vivablackpool.com

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16th

THE THREE DEGREES

Coming all the way from the USA for their 50th anniversary tour, the Philadelphia female vocal group, The Three Degrees are sure to go down a storm.

The Platform, Lancaster, lancaster.gov.uk

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18th

JOHN LAW'S RECREATIONS

Jazz pianist, John Law will be playing his original compositions, mixing together jazz, electro is and as well as classical projects.

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, thecapstonetheatre.com

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19th

ROBYN HITCHCOCK

Contemporary singer songwriter and one of alternative rock's father figures, Robyn Hitchcock blends folk and psychedelia together to perform his recently released 21st album.

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, thecapstonetheatre.com

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31st

JUST GILBERT

70s superstar, Gilbert O'Sullivan will be bringing his autumn tour to Lancashire this month tplaying songs from his self-titled 2018 album which reached the top 20 in the UK charts.

Burnley Mechanics, Burnley and The Grand Theatre, Lancashire, gilbertosullivan.co.uk

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

3rd

HOLMES MILL OCTOBEERFEST

A whole month dedicated to celebrating beers from around the globe. Every week in October Holmes Mill will have a special event on including their very own Bavarian Oktoberfest.

Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, holmesmill.co.uk/events-offers

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3rd Oct-3rd Nov

BRITISH TEXTILE BIENNIAL

The British Textile Biennial explores fabric as a means of expression and as a vehicle for cultural identity in installations, performances and art work.

Various locations in Lancashire, britishtextilebiennial.co.uk

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5th

CLITHEROE LIBRARY FUN PALACE

Following the success of last year, the Fun Palace will be bigger and better with new and returning activities and ideas which put the community and culture at the heart of what they do.

Church Street, Clitheroe, funpalaces.co.uk

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5th-6th

THOMAS & FRIENDS

Thomas and Friends will be returning with a range of themed activities and performances, magic shows, circus workshops and face painting.

East Lancashire Railway, eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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12th

THE GIN SOCIETY FESTIVAL

The gin society returns with a list of 120 gins alongside a selection of new, local gins to enhance your tastes. For £12.50 you get access to the whole festival including masterclasses from distillers and a free G&T.

Lancaster Town Hall, theginsociety.bar

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12th-26th

BLACKPOOL LIGHTPOOL FESTIVAL

For two weeks over October half-term Blackpool will play host to the award winning Lightpool Festival. There will be a mix of live performance and light-based art installations all around the city.

Various locations in Blackpool, visitblackpool.com/lightpoolfestival

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11th

GHOST TOUR AT HOGHTON TOWER

Do you dare to enter the third most haunted house in Britain? This historic landmark is rumoured to be home to spooks, ghouls and spirits, but it's also a wonderful family day out.

Hoghton Tower, Preston, hoghtontower.co.uk

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12th-31st

VAMPIRE PLEASURE BEACH

Gather the whole family for some spooky celebrations at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with a whole host of fun activities and events that offer something for all ages.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, blackpoolpleasurebeach.com

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12th-31st

HALLOWEEN AND PUMPKIN PICKING

Thornton Hall farm annual Halloween celebrations are back in full swing and you can expect classic activities such as scary mazes, freaky face painting and pumpkin carving.

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk

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EXHIBITIONS

26th-27th

STEAMINGS

You can view 30 rescued and restored engines, many are the only ones of its kind left in the world and one dates back 180 years.

Bolton Steam Museum, 
Bolton, nmes.org

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Until 18th

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN OF WINCKLEY SQUARE

The Friends of Winckley Square have research the women who lived, worked and were associated with the square have put together a free exhibition of their untold stories that promises to fascinate, surprise and possibly shock you.

St Wilfrid's Church, Preston

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SUPER SIX

4th-5th

CHORLEY LIVE

The seventh annual Chorley Live music festival will see performances at more than 30 venues across the town. Past editions of the two-day event have brought thousands of people to Chorley to enjoy all sorts of music and a lively and fun atmosphere.

chorleylive.com

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6th and 18th-20th

EAST AND WEST LANCASHIRE RAILWAYS

There are two chances to get all steamed up this month as the East and West Lancashire Railways stage special events. It starts in the west at Hesketh Bank on the 6th when all their available locomotives will be in steam and you'll have the chance to drive a diesel train. Be honest: you're tempted.

Then from the 18th-20th the action switches to the East Lancs line at Bury for their Autumn Steam Gala where you'll be able to travel along the line, see a selection of model railways and enjoy a beer tent and live music.

westlancsrailway.org, eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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10th-14th

LANCASTER MUSIC FESTIVAL

More than 75,000 people are expected to attend the 10th Lancaster Music Festival. Headline acts Massive Wagons, The Lovely Eggs and Lowes will share the stage with a mix of groups from around the world. Over 400 performances (most of them free) will be staged at more than 40 venues - most of them within easy walking distance of each other. There will be plenty of street entertainment, too, to put a spring in your step as you move between venues.

lancastermusicfestival.com

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11th-13th

COMIC ART FESTIVAL

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival promises to bring 'kick-ass superheroes, future worlds, fantastical creatures, zombies, crime fighters, politics, satire, documentary, comedy, manga and much more' to Kendal.

The family-friendly festival will feature live drawing by international comic artists, workshops and masterclasses, and the chance to buy comics and have them signed by artists and writers. There will also be a comic art trail through the town and comic-themed film screenings and exhibitions of comic art.

comicartfestival.com

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11th-26th

LIGHTPOOL

If you thought Blackpool Illuminations were just about the lights along the Prom, then you're in the dark about Lightpool.

It's a town-wide celebration of art and light with performances, specially-commissioned pieces and events that has grown over the last few years since someone had a light-bulb moment (sorry) and realised the famous old lights now needed a refresh.

This year's festival will include an illuminated carnival, fire dancers, a light art trail and projections beamed onto the Tower building. Artist Luke Jerram will exhibit Gaia - a huge model of the earth - in the Tower Ballroom and the sun will be on show in the Winter Gardens. So that's where it goes in autumn.

visitblackpool.com

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13th

CLITHEROE BLUES FESTIVAL

The third Clitheroe Blues Festival will see performances by artists from across the globe. Among this year's headline acts are guitar legend Albert Lee, British Blues award winner Dani Wilde and the marvellously-named Crow Black Chicken. They will all take to the stage at The Grand during an eight-hour celebration of blues, rhythm and rock.

clitheroebluesfestival.co.uk

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