What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District - October 2012

PUBLISHED: 20:06 30 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:58 20 February 2013

What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District - October 2012

What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District - October 2012

What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District - October 2012 - Compiled by Amanda Griffiths

Cheshire Life and Lancashire Life Food and Drink Awards

Monday 29th October - Midland Hotel, Manchester

Tickets for the Awards evening are now available to buy. Places are limited so please reserve your tickets immediately to avoid disappointment.

Individual tickets are 65 each plus VAT. The price includes a champagne reception, a 4 course dinner with wine.

Please call Linda Chase to book your tickets on 0161 928 0333 or email - linda.chase@archant.co.uk. We would love to see you there.


Calendar Girls
Windmill Players present this iconic tale of a group of women doing something extraordinary for charity.
Thornton Little Theatre, 01253 712574

Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomens Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery
Every drama group has experienced the horrors of what can go wrong on the night and Blackburn Drama Club present this comedy where almost everything that could go wrong does.
The Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn, 01254 685500

Stephen K Amos Laughter is my Agenda
The maestro of feelgood comedy and star of television and radio is back with his new stand-up show after a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.
The Albert Halls, Bolton, 01204 334400

4th-November 3rd
Lighthearted Intercourse
A rare gem unearthed from the personal archives of Bill Naughton, tackling human relationships with the warmth, tenderness and true northern humour that characterises the work of Boltons most famous playwright.
The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661

Until 6th
The Hired Man
A musical by Melvyn Bragg and Howard Goodall, recounting an emotional love triangle which takes us right to the heart of Lakeland life in the run up to the first world war.
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 08445 040604

Until 6th
Sister Act
Fabulous fun and family friendly, feel good musical based on the movie.
The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

Ali Bastion (Hollyoaks), Stefan Booth (Eastenders), Tupele Dorgu (Coronation Street) and Bernie Nolan star in the award-winning musical.
Preston Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, 0845 344 2012

The Lady Boys of Bangkok
The new tour Carnival Queens see 16 of the worlds most entrancing and strangest beauties in a carnival parade, with elaborate costumes and heart stopping beats.
The Albert Halls, Bolton, 01204 334400

A Government Inspector
In a small Pennine town a flashy young stranger is mistaken for the Government Inspector. The towns unscrupulous councillors, fearing discovery of their corrupt goings-on, do all they can to ingratiate themselves, Bribes, backhanders and brown envelopes abound and the stranger, who has an eye for a quick buck, take full advantage with hilarious results.
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 01524 598500

9 to 5: The Musical
The UK premiere of this musical comedy based on the hit movie, centring on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist bigot of a boss.
Manchester Opera House, 0844 871 3018

Until 13th
The Heretic
The Library Theatre Company present this black comedy in which a leading light in the earth sciences department of a major northern university has opinions on global warming which conflict starkly with those around her.
The Lowry, Salford Quays, 0843 208 6010

Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Tina Malone stars in this 80s cult classic.
St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756000

Bullets and Daffodils
The East Lancashire premiere of this new musical drama about the life and works of World War One poet Wilfred Owen.
The ACE Centre, Nelson, 01282 661080

Until 20th
The Country Wife
Raunchy Restoration romp set in gossip-fuelled 17th century London, where randy rake Harry Horner feigns impotence to charm his way into the hearts and boudoirs of the apparently respectable wives of London society.
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

The Mousetrap
The worlds longest running stage production comes to Manchester. This classic murder mystery by Agatha Christie is now in its 60th year in Londons West End.
The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

24th-November 24th
Orpheus Descending
Set in the Deep South of America, this play explores the universal themes of loneliness, desire, sexuality, repression and the longing for freedom.
The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

30th-November 3rd
The Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wildes theatrical masterpiece with wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance.
The Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 0161 6242829


Clitheroe Concerts Society Concert
Eloisa-Fleur Thom on violin and Mark Austin performs on piano with a programme of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Strauss.
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 6th Form Centre, Clitheroe, 01200 423474

Stuart Riley Octet
Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues Club present the Stuart Riley Octet.
The Atrium, Clitheroe Castle, 07870 908159

Glenn Miller Orchestra
Nostalgic concert packed with wartime hits such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0844 907 9000

Lancaster Music Festival
200 performances with everything from classical to punk.

Katie Melua
The 27 year old singer performs songs from all five of her albums.
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000

The Sound of Musicals
Show-stopping songs from some of the best loved musicals of all time.
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000


The Power and The Glory
Flower festival as part of the centenary celebrations, staged by the Parbold and District Flower Club.
St John the Divine, Coppull, 01257 794176

Fun Dog Show
A great day out for you and your best friend with categories such as waggiest tail, dogs which look most like their owner .
Festival Market, Morecambe, 01524 414251

North West Garden Railway and Narrow Gauge Exhibition
Featuring garden and narrow gauge railways from 2mm to 5 gauge including trams, G scale, 16mm live steam, drive it yourself Playmobil railway .
Lytham St Annes High Technology College, Ansdell, Lytham, 01253 403069

Vintage Vehicle Display
North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood, 01253 876525

Ghost Trains
Spooky evening out on a steam train for Halloween.
East Lancashire Railway, 0161 764 7790

Wardrobe, Wedding and Home
Vintage Revival present another vintage event celebrating everything British with the very best in vintage and retro clothing, homewares, jewellery, kitchenalia, design, styling and ideas as well as the Wedge Hall Vintage Tea Room.
Kendal Town Hall, www.vintagerevival.co.uk


Spooky goings on in Morecambe
Free to enter competitions with ghoulish prizes.
Festival Market, Morecambe, 01524 414251

27th-2nd November
Halloween at Old Holly Farm
Various activities including pumpkin carving, free admission to farm but admission costs for activities.
Old Holly Farm, Cabus, 01524 791200

Kids Halloween Party
Afternoon of Halloween fun including a walk with an owl, the trick and treat show, party games and mask making, suitable for 4 to 11 year olds.
Brockhole, Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, 0845 272 0004


20th-January 13th, 2013
The Materials of Mountains
Photographs by David and Angela Unsworth. Each is a work of art, breathing new life into the photographic record of this most intensely visualised landscape.
Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until 28th October
Turner Monet Twomblt: Later Paintings
Exhibition of work by JMW Turner, Claude Monet and Cy Twombly, all three painters were considered radical in their time, this exhibition examines not only the art historical links and affinities between the artists but suggests common characteristics and motivations.
The Tate, Liverpool, 0151 702 7400

Until 31st October
A fascinating exhibition looking at witches and witchcraft in popular culture, from early folk tales and fairy stories to contemporary TV and filmmakers.
Lancaster Castle, 01524 582394

Until 4th November
Heaton Cooper Exhibition
A major exhibition of work buy this remarkable family of Lakeland artists
Rheged Centre, near Penrith , 01768 868000

Until 10th November
Peter Slight
Exhibition of work demonstrating a fascination with folktales and fables, 60s and 70s design, the woodlands and nature.
The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 01695 571328

Until 6th November
Art and Craft Guild
Exhibition of contemporary arts and crafts.
Artroom gallery, High Street, Garstang


18th October
Ladies Fashion Show
Luncheon and fashion show by Barbaras of Standish.
Shaw Hill Golf Club,, Whittle Le Woods, Chorley, 01257 269221

Quiz Night
In aid of the RNLI.
St Aidans Church Hall, Bamber Bridge, Preston, 01772 312021

27th October
Lancashire Mind Ball
Black tie corporate ball with champagne reception, gala dinner and entertainment to raise funds to continue to support mental health provisions in Lancashire.
The Pines Hotel, Chorley, tickets 55 from teresabb@lancashiremind.org.uk

24th November
Annual Ball
In aid of East Lancashire Hospice.
The Dunkenhalgh Hotel, Clayton-le-Woods, 01254 733411


Afrovibes Festival
A festival of the very best contemporary theatre, dance, music, film and spoken word from Southern Africa.
The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 01524 598500

Grease the Musical
Russell Grant guest stars as Teen Angel in this iconic musical.
The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

Sean Hughes: Life Becomes Noises
Comedian Sean Hughes deals with the subject of death, more than a year after his father died, in a way that only he can, in this hilarious and poignant tale, highlighting how ridiculous life can be and how quickly it can be taken away,.
The Albert Halls, Bolton, 01204 334400

28th-November 1st
Lancaster Fireworks Festival
Descend into Lancaster for a series of guided walks, events and workshops that leads from Halloween up to the famous and finest fireworks display of the north.
Lancaster, 01524 582394

Until 10th November
Great Expectations
Adapted from one of the best-loved novels by Charles Dickens, the meeting of young Pip and the criminal Magwitch in the graveyard is the perfect prelude to a dramatic and mysterious story.
Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411

Reader Recommendations


An Evening With Clare Balding

UCLan is delighted to be welcoming leading sports broadcaster and writer Clare Balding to the University. Lancashires award-winning independent book retailer SilverDell of Kirkham has secured an Evening With Clare Balding which will be held in the Universitys Harrington Lecture Theatre on Monday 15 October 2012 at 7.00pm. The event has been organised to tie in with the release of Clares autobiography My Animals and Other Family. At the event Clare will talk - and later take questions - about being the daughter of the Queens racehorse trainer, how she spent much of her first year in boarding school in tears due to being picked on by snobbish girls and explain how she was suspended from school after resorting to petty theft to be part of the gang. Despite the boarding school experience Clare has gone on to become a well-loved household name being the face of the BBCs racing output and the face of pretty much every sport going having worked on four Olympic Games, three Paralympics and three Winter Olympics. Tickets to the event are 20 and include a signed and personalised hardback copy of Clares autobiography (RRP 20). Free parking; refreshments available for purchase on arrival. Proceeds from the event will go to the Universitys Harris Bursary Fund. For tickets contact SilverDell on 01772 683444.

Peter Hook Talk, Q&A and Book Signing Session

UCLan is delighted to be welcoming legendary musician, author, record producer and Honorary Fellow Peter Hook to the University. Lancashires award-winning independent book retailer SilverDell of Kirkham has confirmed Peter Hook for a talk, Q&A and signing session in the Universitys Foster Lecture Theatre 2 on Wednesday 10 October 2012 at 7.00pm. The event has been organised to celebrate the release of Hookies latest book Unknown Pleasures Inside Joy Division. At the event BBC Lancashires John Gilmore will interview Hookie - and later take questions from the audience about being a founder member of Joy Division and New Order, his time as co-owner of the Hacienda nightclub which became the epicentre of the Madchester music scene and his most recent experiences of touring the world with his new band The Light. Tickets to the event are 20 and include a signed and personalised hardback copy of Hookies new book (RRP 20). Free parking; refreshments available for purchase on arrival. For tickets contact SilverDell on 01772 683444

Hookie has teamed up with UCLan to launch the UKs first Masters in Music Industry Management and Promotion http://www.uclan.ac.uk/information/courses/music_industry_management_promotion.php

Event Name: UCLan Public Lecture Series: Energy Challenges

Event cost: Free

Location: Greenbank Lecture Theatre, Adelphi Street, Preston PR1 7DR

Date: Wednesday 24 October 2012

Time: 7pm 8.45pm

Phone Number: 01772 894106


This free lecture is presented by Professor Joe Howe, Director of the Centre for Energy and Power Management and UCLan Chair of Sustainable Development.

Fuel poverty and energy security will be cornerstones of the Governments Energy Bill. However energy use and its associated cost continue to rise. Whilst reducing energy consumption has become an imperative for us an increase in energy use is required to lift billions out of poverty across significant parts of the world. In his presentation Professor Howe details the global energy dilemmas that frame the development of the Energy Bill. It is these challenges that frame the research currently being undertaken by the UCLan Centre for Energy and Power Management. Professor Howe will detail this work before considering whether Lancashires Energy Landscape is tipped to become the UKs hub of expertise to address the energy challenge that we now face.

To book onto this event, please fill in the online form at www.uclan.ac.uk/publiclectureseries

Special Recital to Celebrate the Famous Church Organ at Saint Bartholomews Church, Chipping

Saint Bartholomews Church in Chipping, Lancashire has recently received special recognition for its magnificent organ. The British Institute of Organ Studies has awarded the Church a rare Grade II certificate in recognition of the organ being a fine instrument by Henry Willis 1876 substantially in original condition. The Institute cites the organs importance to the national heritage and deserving of careful preservation for the benefit of future generations.

In response to a growing interest in organ music and to showcase this remarkable instrument, an organ master class has been arranged for Saturday 6th October beginning at 2pm at the Church. The master class will be led by Samuel Hudson, Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. The master class will provide a good insight into how the organ works and the wonderful sounds that it can produce. In the evening Samuel will give a recital in the Church at 7.30pm. Entry is free for the master class, although donations will be warmly received. The evening recital will cost 8 on the door with 5 for concessions and accompanied children under 16 are free. Refreshments will be available.

Saint Bartholomews is a beautiful country church with many interesting features and is the perfect arena for these events which will provide a memorable and informative occasion for a wide audience.

Longton Players 20th anniversary production - "The Reunion" by Peter Gordon.

25th- 27th October at Longton St Andrews church hall, curtain up at 7.30pm- box office 01772 612766

It's good to meet up with old friends ... or perhaps not!

When Nigel arranges a reunion in the back room of a pub, he is optimistic of a good turnout. Whilst the numbers disappoint him, he soon has his hands full when a motley middle-aged threesome turn up, bringing with them assorted wives, girlfriends, prejudices, and resentments that have simmered for the last twenty-five years. As the evening unfolds, the men are forced to reassess their old alliances and reflect on their lives, as the women are increasingly struck by the futility of the whole exercise!

Comedy and confusion combine in this hilarious but poignant story of 'small people' in a 'big world'.

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