12 things to see and do in and around Lancashire in August

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo - Credit: The Lowry

A look ahead to the month's best things to see and do in Lancashire and beyond 

August 6 
Garstang Show 
The show celebrates food, farming and family fun. There are livestock classes, including pygmy goats and heavy horses, as well as a fun dog show. There will be plenty to eat and drink too. Entertainments include classic vehicles, the Astral Circus and a display by the motorcycle display team Bolddog Lings. Children can enjoy fairground rides and the Wigan Ukulele Band provide music. garstangshow.org 

August 9-13 
The Osmonds: A New Musical 

The cast of The Osmonds A New Musical

The cast of The Osmonds A New Musical - Credit: Pamela Raith

Whether you loved them for a reason the first time around or are discovering one of the world’s biggest boy bands for the first time, this new musical is performed at The Palace Theatre Manchester. It’s from the pen of Jay Osmond – he calls it a, ‘living autobiography’ – and tells the story of the brothers from Utah who went on to have numerous hits and countless teenage fans. manchestertheatres.com 

August 13-14 
Fylde Coast Food and Drink Festival 
Taking place in the Art Deco Marine Hall at Fleetwood, a variety of artisan foods from chocolate and cheese to pies and puddings will be on offer. There will also be the chance to buy hot food from stallholders, who will cook it on the spot. Entertainment will be provided, including local street buskers and face painting. wyretheatres.co.uk 

August 20-21 
Heaton Park Food and Drink Festival 
Bring your own deckchairs and folding tables and enjoy some of the fantastic range of international street food and drinks that will be on offer at this Manchester festival. There will also be an artisan market, arts and crafts and live chef demonstrations. Musical performances will include jazz, choral and swing. Little ones can be entertained with magicians, a fun fair and quizzes. heatonparkfoodfestival.com 

August 26-28 
The Octagon Family Festival 
This free weekend stuffed full of family activities at the Bolton theatre will include back stage tours and behind the scenes experiences, as well as interactive performances and Bubbles on the Street. A dedicated Sanctuary Space will have face painting, crafts and sensory activities and a Boogie Wonderland is perfect for family dancing. Timeslots do have to be booked in advance. octagonbolton.co.uk 

August 27 
Chipping Show 
A traditional village, agricultural and horticultural show, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Parlick Fell. As well as animal classes, there will be sheep racing and horse lovers are well catered for with Shetland ponies, heavy and light horses and Chipping Pony Club among the attractions. The show is known for its vintage machinery and, and with stalls and cooking, there is something for everyone. chippingshow.co.uk 

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August 28 
Bretherton Open Gardens 
Contrasting gardens will be open in this pretty village. They include a plant lover’s paradise, developing native woodland and cottage gardens. Home-made refreshments and live music will be available to enjoy and there will also be the chance to visit a sculpture gallery, where sculpture demonstrations will be held. ngs.org.uk 

August 31-September 11 
Liverpool Theatre Festival 
This is the third year of this multi award winning festival which takes place at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, which presents drama, musicals and children’s shows. This year, performances include: Laughterhouse Comedy from Liverpool’s longest running comedy club; ‘Opera Beneath the Stars’, showcasing an evening of operatic and classical hits and, ‘Looking for Me Friend’, a tribute to the music of Victoria Wood. liverpooltheatrefestival.com 

Until August 21 
The Gruffalo 
Taking place at The Lowry, Salford, this adaptation of Julia Donaldson's classic picture book has successfully toured worldwide, including the West End and Broadway. It tells the tale of Mouse who goes on a woodland adventure but might just need saving from predators by The Gruffalo. The physical storytelling, combined with original songs, makes it perfect theatre experience for children over the age of three. thelowry.com 

Until August 28 
The Jungle Book 
The Jungle Book, directed by Sarah Punshon and presented by the Duke’s Theatre, Lancaster takes place in Williamson Park. Follow the drama of jungle characters through a series of different park locations, as it tells the story of Mowgli, Baloo and the terrible baddies, Shere Kahn and Kaa. There are fabulous costumes, catchy songs and plenty of action and fun. Don’t forget to bring your coat and comfortable shoes. dukeslancaster.org 

The Dukes Theatre's Jungle Book in Williamson Park, Lancaster - review

The Jungle Book, Photo_ Gabi Dawkins _ Jess Turton(6)

The annual Dukes Theatre play in the park is a joy from start to emotional finish.

 The Dukes Theatre's Jungle Book in Williamson Park, Lancaster - review
 

Until September 3 
One Man Two Guvnors 
This West End hit, with songs by Grant Olding, is on at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Set in 1963, Francis Henshall, played by Jordan Pearson, has just been fired from his skiffle band. He finds two new jobs but soon realises that his bosses must be kept apart at all costs. It’s full of laugh out loud moments. theatrebythelake.com 

Until September 4 
Barbara Nicholls Art Exhibition

Barbara Nicholls with her work

Barbara Nicholls with her work - Credit: Livia Lazar

The exhibition held at Windermere Jetty Museum by renowned artist, Barbara Nicholls looks at the changing nature and dramatic landscape of the Lake District. The watercolours are large and very impressive – some are almost three metres long. The museum provides the perfect setting for this solo exhibition, with the nearby lake providing a wonderful backdrop. lakelandarts.org.uk