What's On in Lancashire and the Lake District in June 2019
PUBLISHED: 14:30 31 May 2019 | UPDATED: 14:30 31 May 2019
Our guide to the best events in and around Lancashire during June
THEATRE AND DANCE
Dance with Darcey
Dame Darcey Bussell will be showcasing her very own dance programme DDMIX, a full body aerobic workout and will take you through all the moves which she has personally choreographed, along with Nathan Clarke.
Muni Theatre, Colne, www.themuni.co.uk/whats-on
6th Jun-13th Jul
The Book of Mormon
This outrageous musical comedy from creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get.
Manchester Opera House, Manchester, www.atgtickets.co.uk
The Importance of being Earnest
Heralded as one of the funniest plays ever written, this wonderfully witty and deliciously decadent comedy masterpiece will now be brought to life in Bolton by a cast of celebrated stage and screen actors in a vibrant new production.
Octagon Theatre, Bolton, www.octagonbolton.co.uk
Ghosts and witches, a dysfunctional marriage, power, corruption; all classic ingredients for Verdi's first experience of creating a musical version of Shakespeare's dark and dramatic play. Featuring renowned conductor Helen Harrison, classically-trained singers, and the famous Preston Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
Preston Guild Hall, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/verdis-macbeth
The Chef Show
Backstage tales of what it's like to work on a busy Saturday night in the local curry house. Two actors play a cast of thousands in comic tales inspired by interviews with real people in the trade. They are also joined by a chef from your very own local restaurant - who will be offering a spicy cookery demonstration.
Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside, 01524 762254
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet
Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet is a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic love story. Confined against their will by a society that seeks to divide, our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together.
The Lowry, Manchester, www.quaytickets.com
Cirque du soleil - Toruk
Inspired by James Cameron's record-breaking movie Avatar, Cirque du Soleil's uniquely different touring show TORUK - The First Flight will make its UK debut.
Manchester Arena, Manchester, www.manchester-arena.com
Cirque du sparkle
Join the students from Sparkle Dance Studio who will take you on a wonderful journey with magical creatures, classic circus acts, fearless daredevils with dance routines inspired by the circus.
Charter Theatre, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Join Hillbark Players for an unforgettable evening of Open-Air Shakespeare with this production, set in rural post-war England in the 1950s, and with a soundtrack of classic numbers, it promises to have audiences rocking and rolling.
Royden Park, Wirral, 0151 666 0000
Rocky Horror Show
Richard O'Brien's legendary rock 'n' roll musical returns featuring the timeless classics, Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and the popular Time Warp.
Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 0844 856 1111
House of Blakewell: Everything is Absolutely Fine
Comedy musical about anxiety disorders, caring and trying to keep going. With power ballads, show tunes and body percussion, House of Blakewell explore what it's like to be human and to struggle.
The Lowry, Manchester, www.quaytickets.com
MUSIC AND CONCERTS
London Astrobeat Orchestra
London Astrobeat Orchestra are taking their talents to new heights as they re-interpret the classic sounds of rock music legends The Police.
The Grand Venue, Clitheroe, 01200421599
Clitheroe Concerts: Borealis Saxophone Quartet
Enjoy the award winning ensemble formed at the Royal Northern College of Music as they perform a selection of classical music. No tickets needed, admission is donation on the night.
Ribble Valley Borough Council Civic Suite, Clitheroe,
The Vaccines return to their roots with Combat Sports; ranging from pure Vaccines rock and roll through to powerpop on their latest tour.
King George's Hall, Blackburn, www.kinggeorgeshall.com/
Ribble Valley Music Festival
The prestigious Nelson Arion Male Voice Choir and professional soprano Samantha Oxborough will be performing a wide range of favourites as part of the Ribble Valley Music Festival. Tickets are £10
St Leonard's Church, Downham, 01254 384893
The city centre's annual celebration of our award-winning nightlife is back with headliner for the show, DJ Judge Jules to play on the Harris Museum balcony who is an iconic figure in British dance music.
The Flag Market, Preston, www.tickettailor.com/events
The UK's largest celebration of African & Caribbean music and culture returns once again to Liverpool. Expect a line-up of international stars alongside UK up-and-comers, as well as free workshops, DJ sessions, kid's entertainment and more.
Sefton Park, Liverpool, www.africaoye.com
Internationally celebrated pop star P!nk has announced her Beautiful Trauma Tour 2019. Joining the three-time Grammy Award winner on all dates will be Vance Joy, KidCutUp and Bang Bang Romeo.
Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, www.liverpoolfc.com/lfcevents/concerts/pink
An evening with some of Lancashire's experienced and seasoned performers, Norman Prince from Houghton Weavers and Paul Johnston from Fivepenny Piece, bringing folk, comedy and tales of their beloved county in this Ribble Valley Music Festival feel-good fund raising event for the church.
St Ambrose Church, Grindleton, 01254 384893.
COUNTY DAYS OUT
Accrington food and drink festival
Celebrity chef and food fest favourite, Richard Fox, will be returning to Accrington for his fifth year to do cooking demonstrations and take on the role of compere. There will also be activities for children on the day.
Accrington Town Centre, 01282 426846
The Steam Rally is an annual event with various things to see including several Steam Engines, the Original Bounty Bus, many vintage vehicles with cars, tractors and more. There is also stalls selling local goods.
Hark to Bounty, Slaidburn, www.slaidburnsteam.co.uk
A Taste of Chorley
Treat your taste buds and quench your thirst for local produce at the fantastic food and drink showcase which returns to Chorley town centre with a range of food and drink activities to celebrate the Chorley borough's flavoursome food and drink on offer.
Chorley town centre, www.checkoutchorley.com/atasteofchorley
The prestigious and nationwide favourite, Antiques Roadshow is being filmed at Lytham Hall and the event is free for the public to bring along their treasures to be valued or just to have a look at the filming process.
Lytham Hall, Lytham, www.lythamhall.org.uk
The National Festival of Making
For a third year, The National Festival of Making welcomes over 50 independent makers to their Maker's Market, bringing one-off, conversation-starting products such as biscuit cushions, candles with the aroma of black pepper and oranges and guitar string jewellery.
King George's Hall, Blackburn, www.festivalofmaking.co.uk
Scorton Steam Fair
The 15th annual Scorton Steam gathering, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, 15th and 16th June, remains one of the North West's biggest yearly steam fests, showcasing a collection of more than 600 vehicles of all vintages.
Woodacre Lodge Farm, Scorton, www.scortonsteam.co.uk
The magic of musical theatre will transform Leyland's town centre into the heart of Theatreland with the Leyland Festival theme of 'Music from the Shows' set to inspire a carnival spirit across the town. The event will feature afternoon tea marquees, craft stalls and more.
Town Centre & Worden Park, Leyland, 01772, 625441
Newburgh Fair Wonders
Wonders of the World will come to the streets of Newburgh when the village stages its 42nd Annual Fair with children's visions of the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China will feature on the floats as well as a fair and evening entertainment.
Newburgh School, Back Lane, 01257 463837
Lytham Beer, Cider and Gin festival
Expect in excess of 50 real ales and ciders and 25 boutique gins, alongside continental beers, wines and prosecco, in the beautiful surroundings of Lytham for this first festival.
Fylde Rugby Football Club, Lytham St Annes, 01513293801
Enjoy a weekend of live entertainment, gin tasting with a large selection of gins, music performances, as well as a selection of tapas dishes being served up canalside.
Guy's Thatched Hamlet, Bilsborrow, Nr Garstang, 01995 640010
EXHIBITIONS AND CHARITY EVENTS
Displaying up to 60 rare black and white photographs, taken by Liverpool City Police from 1940 - 1941, revealing the devastation the Blitz had on the city and people of Liverpool. Through personal accounts, this exhibition brings to life the impact of the war through the eyes of those directly affected by the bombings.
Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Artwalk Clitheroe is a gentle circular walking route along pavements including six fantastic galleries that our historic market town has to offer with opportunity to meet the artists and view work being created.
18 Castlegate, Clitheroe, 07783919824
Race the train
The race is on as these runners set out to beat the steam train from Bury to Rawtenstall for charity. All donations go to a good cause at this annual clash of man vs machines. u
Bolton Street Station, Bury, 03333202830