What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District

A scene from The Dukes production of The Hobbit which runs from July 5-August 13 in Williamson Park,

A scene from The Dukes production of The Hobbit which runs from July 5-August 13 in Williamson Park, Lancaster - Credit: Archant

A round-up of events in Lancashire and the Lake District during August



Romeo & Juliet

The Bard’s work comes to life in a unique way. They’ll also do The Taming of The Shrew on the 4th.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 01254 852986

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A moving and absorbing psychological drama as mother and daughter try to break the barriers of time, memory and punishment that separate them.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411


The Secret Garden

The classic novel is brought to life in an adaptation by BAFTA-nominated writer, Janys Chambers.

Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661


Hollywood Special Effects Show

Interactive science and special effects show that goes behind the scenes of films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic.

Charter Theatre, Preston, 01772 804444


Sunny Afternoon

Featuring some of The Kinks’ best-loved songs, this production explores the highs and lows of one of Britain’s most iconic bands.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018


Danny the Champion of the World

Illyria perform this heartwarming story by Roald Dahl, perfectly suited to the open air.

Brantwood, Coniston, www.brantwood.org.uk


Much Ado About Nothing

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men invite you to join them for Shakespeare’s sparkling battle of the sexes comedy. Performed in the open air with traditional music and dance.

Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254

Until 29th

New adventures of Captain Pool and his Mersey Mariners

Fun-packed and activity filled event promising to make ship-shape sailors of those who are a little green around the gills. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 0844 800 0410

29th-September 3rd

Sister Act

The Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK with a brand new production directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

Until September 4th

Where is Peter Rabbit?

World premiere of this show based on Beatrix Potter’s books and some of her best loved animal characters. This musical adventure will capture Potter’s poetry, freshness and humour, while staying faithful to her unforgettable illustrations.

Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness on Windermere, www.hop-skip-jump.com



Lytham Festival

Rock legend Bryan Adams and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are the two headline acts for this year’s Lytham Festival. There will also be performances from stars including The Village People, Bay City Rollers and Earth Wind & Fire and a host of West End stars.

Lytham Green, 0844 888 9991


Nowt like the 80s

Do you remember the 80s? A decade of Rubik’s Cubes, shoulder pads and Walkmans. The Lancashire Hotpots do and they bring you a show of music and comedy.

The Platform, Morecambe, 01524 582803


Simply the Best

A brand new theatre show set in a concert style following the life story and career of musical icon Tina Turner.

Viva, Blackpool, 01253 297297


We’ll Meet Again

With live music from the Martyn St James Band, this afternoon show is a tribute to the Armed Forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, 01253 794221


Towneley Music Festival

Family friendly festival with two stages with live music, fairground rides, entertainment and a beer tent with real ales and cider.

Towneley Park, Burnley, 01282 477130


Houghton Weavers Fundraising Concert

A charity concert in aid of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity Fund.

Park Hall, Charnock Richard, 01772 524412


Snake Davis Band

Saxophonist Snake Davis will perform alongside another rising star from the Ribble Valley, Grace Davies, whose recent single has been played on Radio One.

The Grand, Clitheroe, 01200 421599


Garstang Arts & Music Festival

A unique festival fusing art, music, shows, heritage, culture, crafts, workshops and local produce. There will also be performances of opera, poetry, traditional songs, an historical lecture and choir recitals.

Garstang, 01995 602125


The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

The legacy continues as The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 26th year of bringing some of the best R&B to Colne.

Colne, 01282 661234


Whitehaven Male Voice Choir

Singing a repertoire of songs from musical shows, popular songs, spirituals and classical pieces.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411



Garstang Show

Livestock and horticulture displays as well as a quad bike stunt show, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling, farmers’ market, food demonstrations and more.

The showground, Garstang, 07867 313346


Blackpool AirShow

Planes classic and modern take to the skies – a marvellous day out for young and old.

Tower Festival Headland, Promenade, Blackpool, 01253 478222


Royal Lancashire Show

A celebration of our great British countryside with the organisers promising a brilliant family day out.

Witton Country Park, Blackburn, 01254 814712


Lytham 1940s Wartime Festival

Immerse yourself in a weekend of entertainment, re-enactment and have-a-go fun. There will be historic vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, talks and demonstrations plus a living history camp.

The Green, Lytham, 01253 658443


Clitheroe Food Festival

This is a true food festival, with the emphasis on local food from local producers, many of which supply or work with each other.

Castle Street, Clitheroe, 01200 425111


Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

The 36th classic car and motorcycle show – with house open for guided tours, tea room and gift shop open.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 01254 852986


Southport Flower Show

The UK’s largest independent flower show and a great day out. This year’s event, with a Mediterranean theme, will feature stunning show gardens, flower and vegetable displays, specialist foods and demos, celebrity guests and much more.

Victoria Park, Southport, 01704 547147


The Appleby Summer Pudding

A brand new summer festival with a delicious recipe full of the finest ingredients of live bands and street circus acts with foodie treats and a vintage funfair.

Appleby Castle, www.edenarts.co.uk/appleby-summer-pudding


Bolton Food and Drink Festival

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain headlines this four day festival which also features celebrity chefs James Martin, Michael Caines and John Torode.

Bolton town centre, www.boltonfoodanddrinkfestival.com


Summer Steamings

See 30 restored stationary steam engines – some of which powered the cotton mills of Lancashire, most running in steam. Some are the only one of their kind to have survived anywhere in the world.

Bolton Steam Museum, 01204 846490


Medieval Re-enactment Weekend

Admission includes access to the encampment and demonstrations including archery, candle making, weaving, apocrathy, medieval writing and much more.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 01254 852986


Lytham Bus Day

Vintage buses and coaches from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust’s collection on display at Lytham Hall. A further eleven buses will operate a free service from the hall via Lytham town centre to Fairhaven Lake and on to St Anne’s Square.

Lytham Hall, 01253 736652, www.lythamhall.org.uk


6th-16th October

The Ribble Valley Open Art Exhibition

This year, the theme for the Ribble Valley Open Exhibition is ‘Time’. Artists – both amateur and professional – from across the Ribble Valley and adjoining boroughs exhibit and sell work based on this theme.

Clitheroe Castle Museum, 01200 424568

11th-October 9th


Exhibition of a group of artist printmakers living and working in Cumbria.

Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until 29th

Tibor Reich

With the rise of Nazism Tibor Reich emigrated to Britain to study textiles at Leeds University. He innovated British textiles and produced fabric known for deep use of colour and three dimensional textures.

The Whitworth Gallery, University of Manchester, www.manchester.ac.uk/whitworth

Until October 16th

Liverpool Biennial

Established in 1999, Liverpool Biennial in the UK’s Biennial of Contemporary Art – and for this, the ninth edition, a curatorial team has been assembled to bring together different interests and expertise. Tate Liverpool, will once again be a key venue in an exhibition that crosses the city.

Tate Liverpool, www.tate.org.uk

Until May 1, 2017

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

As we mark the 75th anniversary of the announcement of clothes rationing in Britain, join IWM North for this major exhibition, exploring how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing.

IWM North, Manchester, www.iwm.org.uk



Wuthering Heights

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for an unforgettable evening of theatre under the stars. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s everlasting love bring happiness, or will the very forces of nature and the moors tear them apart?

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 01254 852986


Cockerham Village Show

Classes for all skills and interests including flowers, vegetables, arts, crafts, cookery, floral art and photography – there are also lots of classes for children to enter.

Cockerham Village Hall, 01524 793549


The Take That Experience

One of the finest tributes to Take That, wowing audiences with their amazing vocal, stunning costumes and electrifying dance routine, they continue to successfully recreate the magic of Take That.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290190


Great Eccleston’s Tractor Pulling Championships

The UK’s largest tractor pulling event and UK finals. Called ‘the world’s most powerful motor sport’ this will be a great day out for all the family.

Great Eccleston Showground, www.nwtpc.co.uk


Grasmere Lakeland Sports & Show

The original and world famous Lakeland Sports has over 160 years of history. The Sports comprises the old and traditional sports of fell running, Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling and Hound Trailing.

Grasmere Sports Field, www.grasmeresports.com