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

PUBLISHED: 08:59 02 July 2019 | UPDATED: 08:59 02 July 2019

Downham Hall Gardens (c) Sue Callister

Downham Hall Gardens (c) Sue Callister

Copyright Sue Callister 2017

Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire during July

THEATRE AND DANCE

2nd-6th

Rock of Ages

A musical comedy of an LA love story featuring over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair. This features hit songs such as We Built This City and The Final Countdown. Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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5th-6th

Danzwize

The Dance Factory presents their annual Showcase, raising funds for The Bureau Centre of the Arts. With excerpts from the musicals 'Oliver' and 'Chicago', you can expect an evening of entertainment delivered by talented students.

Blackburn Empire Theatre, Blackburn, blackburnempire.ticketsolve.com/shows

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Until 6th July

The Hired Man

Based on the novel by Melvyn Bragg, with a musical score by Howard Goodall British musical The Hired Man brings foot stomping rhythms and soaring choruses to Oldham this summer with a tale about of love, betrayal, loyalty and community.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, coliseum.org.uk

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7th

The Tempest

Illyria brings Oliver Gray's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest to Lytham Hall with this outdoor production. Prospero, Ariel and Caliban create a powerful mix of humour, romance and revenge.

Lytham Hall, Lytham, 01253 736652

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9th-13th

American Idiot

Award-winning musical American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.

Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool, everymanplayhouse.com

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11th

The Warrior Monks

Direct from China, The Warrior Monks of The Southern Shaolin Temple with its high-octane kung fu mastery. With a dynamic mix of kung fu styles and different weaponry in choreographed animal-inspired fight scenes and meditative reflections.

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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11th

Some Have all the Luck - The Rod Steward Story

Celebrating the life and career of Rod Stewart, this production stars Paul Metcalfe. The show takes the audience through Rod's story from his humble beginnings street busking and singing in the R 'n' B clubs of the 60s to superstardom.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, atgtickets.co.uk

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19th

Much Ado About Nothing

A fast paced comedy full of twists, turns, verbal dexterity and jealous plotting, all performed by a traditional all-male cast.

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 
crbo.co.uk

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19th

Rhod Gilbert - The Book of John

The multi-award-winning Welsh comedian is back with a brand new live show. This show sees Rhod as funny as ever, but like never before, raw, personal and brutally honest.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, wintergardensblackpool.co.uk

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22nd-27th

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

This timeless thriller returns by popular demand with an extensive new tour that will give audiences all across the UK the opportunity to discover theatre's best kept secret and experience shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/the-mousetrap

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27th

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A return to one of Shakespeare's best and most entertaining plays, perfect for all the family to enjoy on a summer's night. Bring your deckchair and join Off the Ground Theatre for an evening of entertainment.

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, 01282 771004

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

3rd

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight - known for her collection of classic hits such as 'Midnight Train To Georgia' which was honoured as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine - brings her soulful voice to Liverpool.

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com

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11th

Alex Horne and the Horne Section

The six-part comedy band are set to embark on their first ever national tour with their latest show That's How I Like My Tour, bringing their raucous comedy shindig across the UK on a 36-date tour.

Coronation Hall, Ulverston, corohall.co.uk

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13th

You're My World: A Celebration of Cilla Black and The Beatles

This fun-packed show celebrates the Brit-pop music scene of the 1960s, recreating the atmosphere of the original Cavern Club and the glamour of the London Palladium.

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk

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13th

The Hallé: The Music of James Bond

Two Hallé favourites, Alison Jiear and Matthew Ford, return to celebrate the songs and music synonymous with James Bond.

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

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17th

Martin Stephenson

Before he was anything else, Stephenson was a busker and 40 albums down the line and after 35 years in music he is back to showcase his ever-evolving sound.

Darwen Library Theatre, darwenlibrarytheatre.com

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19th

Cream Classical in the Park

Cream, the award-winning promoters behind some of the world's biggest electronic music events, will be bringing the orchestra, performers and vocalists together for a brand new show, including 20 of the biggest DJ's, giving electronic music fans the chance to experience a night under the stars.

Sefton Park, Liverpool, landing.cream.co.uk/classical

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24th

The Sixties Invasion

A stunning show featuring a sensational line-up of musicians that take you back to a time when pop music reigned.

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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27th

Cloudbusting: 40 years of Kate Bush

Cloudbusting's new show features all the hits you'd expect as well as many songs you wouldn't, and will be accompanied by visuals highlighting the drama of Kate's music.

Charter Theatre, Preston, prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/cloudbusting

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28th

Ribble Valley Music Festival

A double bill of quality music in a beautiful setting. Jester B will provide renditions of songs by Simon and Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers. The Helsby Mountain String Band will showcase music from Bob Dylan, Jonny Cash and The Beatles in bluegrass style to raise money for St Andrews Church. Tickets are £10.

Slaidburn Village Hall, Slaidburn, 01254 384893

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COUNTY DAYS OUT

29th Jun

The Manchester Festival of Nature

A carnival of wildlife and conservation. Activities include forest school skills, natural crafts, ecotherapy, woodland walks, tree and plant identifications and den building. There will be performances bringing to life the enchanting book, The Lost Words, by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

Heaton Park, Manchester, lancswt.org.uk

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4th-6th

Summer Diesel Spectacular

Join a number of special guest engines as well as favourites from the East Lancashire Railway's legendary home fleet for an intensive weekend of all diesel passenger services.

Bolton Street Station, Bury, eastlancsrailway.org.uk

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6th

Habergham Festival

An annual church fete hosted by All Saints Habergham which is held in the grounds of Gawthorpe Hall. This family event includes music, raffles, tombolas and even a bouncy castle.

Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, 01282 771004

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6th

Alice in Wonderland family fun day

Come dressed as your favourite Alice character and enjoy a day of Alice inspired family fun. Find out more in the exhibition 'Inspired by Alice'.

The day will also include a Mad Hatter's workshop, a screening of the original Walt Disney film and a White Rabbit Hunt.

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk

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6th

Myerscough Farmers' Market and Craft Stalls

Expect a wide array of fresh produce as well as a variety of craft stalls featuring an assortment of homemade goods from local crafts people.

Myerscough College, Bilsborrow, Preston, 07767 663345

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7th

Classic Car and Bike Show

Over 500 historic vehicles will be roaring through the glorious 80 acre park, including classic cars from Austin 7s to Land Rovers, motorcycles, vans, trucks, 4x4s, military vehicles and commercials.

Leighton Hall, Carnforth, leightonhall.co.uk

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13th-14th

Downham Hall Gardens

Downham Hall will open its gardens in aid of the Prince's Trust and Downham Village Hall. There will be traditionally planted herbaceous borders, a red and white themed Rose Garden and extensive kitchen gardens with some new and interesting vegetables, herbs and fruit for people to view. There will also be live music.

Downham Village Hall, downhamvillage.org

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14th

Open Gardens

The 19th Longton Open Gardens will see new gardens and old favourites open to the public to raise money for development charities. As well as the gardens, there is also an art exhibition in St Andrew's church hall. There will also be light refreshments available.

Longton, Preston, 01772 612951

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20th

The Lancashire Festival

Start the summer holidays off right with this family friendly day festival that focuses on live music from local bands, circus entertainers, and a selection of delicious street food. There will also be workshops and stalls on all day.

Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston, thelancashirefestival.co.uk

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21st

Fleetwood Festival of Transport

Over 200 different classic and vintage vehicles are on display along with fairground rides, stalls selling a wide assortment of goods, live performances and entertainment from Spareparts Arts. Plus it's free admission.

The Esplanade, Fleetwood, 07946 537950

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21st

Garstang Ice Cream Festival

Held on national ice cream day, the ice cream festival is back with a day packed with tasty treats, food, entertainment, craft, competitions and a lot more.

High Street, Garstang, garstangicecreamfestival.co.uk

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26th-28th

Canalside Cider Festival

Owd Nell's Canalside Tavern is hosting the North West's only Pressed Cider Festival with cask cider tasting and a barbecue with traditional South West Food along with their charity cider barrel dip. There will also be live music and a gin and prosecco pop up bar.

Guy's Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, 01995 640010

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CHARITY EVENTS

6th-7th

St Catherine's Moonlight and Memories Walk

Join St Catherine's for their biggest annual fundraiser and a special night to remember. Last year over 1,100 supporters took part in the Moonlight and Memories Walk - striding out under the stars in memory of loved ones and in support of the charity.

St Catherine's Hospice, Preston, 01772 629171

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7th

The Christie Charity Manchester to Blackpool ride

Cyclists will hit the open road on a 60 mile route from Media City at Salford Quays to the Glitterball on Blackpool's South Promenade to raise funds for The Christie Hospital.

The Piazza, Media City, Salford, 0161 446 3401

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28th

Cross Bay Challenge

The Dukes is swapping the stage for the sands. The Lancaster theatre's Cross Bay Challenge asks members of the public to take part in this walk across Morecambe Bay to raise money for the theatre. u

Arnside, dukes-lancaster.org

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