What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District during October

Strictly stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Strictly stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno at The Grand Theatre, Blackpool - Credit: Archant

Our guide to the best events in and around the region.


September 28th - October 15th

Orbit Festival

This festival brings together innovative new work from theatre makers across the globe who want to explore our place in the world. Many of these shows come straight from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, exploring our relationship with the past, how we remember, the stories we tell ourselves and what it is that makes us who we are.

Home, Manchester, 0161 200 1500


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The Ocean Film Festival World Tour

This international tour returns to the UK for its fourth edition, with an evening of ocean-themed films at Venue Cymru. Viewers can expect to see a collection of short films celebrating incredible seafaring voyages, majestic marine life, breath-taking cinematography and a rare glimpse into barely explored depths of the planet.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411

13th - November 3rd

Blackout: Tales from Storm Desmond

Blackout is an original play inspired by testimony from residents, community organisations, emergency responders, sociologists and journalists, telling the stories of ordinary lives in extraordinary times during the 2015 Storm Desmond power cut.

The Dukes, Lancaster, 01524 598500

4th - 7th

Jane Eyre

ABD Productions presents this faithful retelling of the Charlotte Brontë classic. The musical captures the full emotional force of the original novel, appealing to both those already familiar with the tale and new audiences.

Charter Theatre, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.com


Address Unknown

Blackburn Drama Club perform their festival award winning play, Address Unknown by Katherine Kressman Taylor, edited for the theatre by Frank Dunlop. There will also be a programme of Americam band music played by the East Lancashire Concert Band.

Thwaites Empire Theatre, Blackburn www.thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk

10th – 14th


Basics Junior Theatre School present this exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made his dreams come true.

The Hippodrome Theatre, Colne basicsjuniortheatre.co.uk

12th – November 4th

The Threepenny Opera

As the country prepares for the coronation of King Charles III, criminals, corrupt bankers and other opportunists are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage of the power vacuum. A darkly comic and thrilling musical drama.

Octagon Theatre Bolton, www.octagonbolton.co.uk

17th – 21st

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

X-Factor winner Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat in Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s family musical. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

21st - 29th

Sleeping Beauty

Claire Sweeney plays the evil fairy Carabosse, who curses Princess Aurora to fall asleep until a handsome suitor wakes her with true love’s kiss.

St Helens Theatre Royal, 01744 756 000

23rd - 28th

Tango Moderno

Strictly superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace return to the stage with their most audacious and thrilling show yet. The new production fuses together Ballroom, Latin and Argentine tango.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 290190

24th - 25th

All or Nothing

All Or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of four young men who became 1960s band, The Small Faces. Rocketed into the big time, they then discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.

Preston Guild Hall, 01772 804444

24th - 26th

The Wizard of Oz

Former Eastenders’ actress Cheryl Fergison will return to play the Wicked Witch of the West in this exciting performance of a classic tale. Charlotte Gallagher returns to the role of Dorothy, joining Toto and all her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road to The Emerald City.

Southport Theatre, 0844 871 3021


Vienna Festival Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

This classic fairy tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, with stunning choreography and beautiful costumes. The wicked Carbosse casts a spell on Princess Aurora proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger and die, only to be revived by true love’s kiss.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 0844 847 1664

27th - November 4th

Wife After Death

Comedian and national treasure Dave Thursby has died, and on the day of his funeral, friends and colleagues gather beside his coffin to pay their last respects. However, a series of revelations leaves all of the guests asking themselves if they ever knew the ‘real’ Dave.

Little Theatre, Southport, www.littletheatresouthport.co.uk



The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

The UK’s most successful and longest running Big Band, they celebrate their 50th anniversary with the Golden Night of Swing tour.

Lowther Pavilion Theatre, Lytham St Annes, 01253 794 221


Snake Davis and the Suspicions

With his storming 8 piece soul band, Snake will perform Motown, Atlanta and Northern Soul classics. Jess Gillam joins him as guest, who made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016.

Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 01229 587140

6th - 7th

Chorley Live

Chorley Council has teamed up once again with The Creative Network to hold a weekend of music and entertainment. Over 30 venues will host live acts.

Chorley, www.chorleylive.com


Darkside Performing The Pink Floyd Show

Seven musicians will perform a brand new show with tracks from the massive back-catalogue of Pink Floyd from the early days through to iconic albums renowned for their complex structures. The emphasis will be on replicating the experience of Pink Floyd live on stage, which many believe was Floyd at their very best.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411


Royal Northern Sinfonia

A glorious concert to begin the 2017/18 season. It opens with J.S. Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto, the popular romantic Violin Concerto by Bruch with its sublime slow movement follows, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony no.1 in C minor concludes.

Kendal Leisure Centre, www.lakelandsinfonia.org.uk

12th - 16th

Lancaster Music Festival

The annual festival returns and this year their live music venue count has reached almost 50. Novel new highlights at this year’s event include a musical heritage bus service running in and around the city, and live music being hosted by barges moored on Lancaster’s historic canal.

Lancaster, www.lancastermusicfestival.com


Walter Trout

Blues guitar legend Walter Trout will be performing tracks from his brand new studio album, We’re All In This Together.

Preston Guild Hall, 01772 804444


Blackburn Music Society: Autumn concert

The autumn concert programme includes A Little Jazz Mass by Bob Chilcott and Eternal Light by Howard Goodall with dancers from St. Wilfrid’s Academy Blackburn, plus short pieces by John Rutter and Howard Goodall.

Westholme Senior School, Blackburn, www.blackburnmusicsociety.org.uk


Lulu: All About the Music

Legendary singer Lulu embarks on the biggest tour of her incredible career, which spans over 50 years. Fans can expect to hear hits such as Shout, Relight My Fire and The Man Who Sold The World among many others.

Charter Theatre, Preston, www.prestonguildhall.com


September 28th – October 9th

The Manchester Food and Drink Festival

This nationally acclaimed event is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Alongside the festival hub, which features cookery demos and street food, event highlights include the ‘Big Indie Wine Fest’, a six-course tasting menu from Aiden Byrne and the Manchester Tart Off.

Albert Square, Manchester, www.foodanddrinkfestival.com


Autumn Migration Bird Watch

Meet the rangers for an early morning bird watch. Make sure to dress for a slow walk with frequent stops and don’t forget your binoculars or telescope if you have one.

Rossall Point, Fleetwood, 01995 602125

6th - 9th

Burnley Literary Festival

The festival will include an amazing programme of events, including storytelling sessions, poetry writing workshops, children’s theatre performances, flash fiction workshops and award winning authors.

Burnley, www.burnley.co.uk/burnley-literary-festival

6th – 20th

Manchester Literature Festival

A city wide celebration of the written and spoken word, the festival features an eclectic and packed programme of performances, in conversations, interactive activities for families and walking tours. High profile guests include Maxine Peake, Sarah Millican, Viv Groskop and Alan Hollinghurst.

Various Manchester venues, 0843 208 0500


Colin Caygill Antique Fair

An emporium of stands bursting with home furnishings, collectors items, vintage jewellery, clothes, antique tools, watches and more. Spend your Sunday having a good rummage and pick up a design classic or a quirky find.

Rheged Centre, Penrith, www.rheged.com


The Tulip Charity Ball

Dress to impress at this masquerade ball. Ticket includes champagne reception, three course meal, entertainment from The Convicts, charity auction and raffle. Money raised will be donated to The Christie.

The Village Hotel, Blackpool, 07980197964

19th – 29th

Manchester Science Festival

A place for innovative, surprising and meaningful experiences, people of all ages can ignite their curiosity in science at this festival. The first headliner is Robots, an exhibition exploring humanity’s 500-year quest to recreate ourselves in mechanised form. It features a unique collection of over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from both science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, 0161 606 0169

28th - 29th

Half-term Holiday Steamings

Volunteers have rescued and restored 30 old stationary steam engines - some of which once powered the cotton mills and woollen mills of Lancashire. Most will be running in steam on these two days only.

Bolton Steam Museum, 01204 846490

28th October

Charity Parent and Child Vegan Baking Workshop

Lancashire based Vegan Cookery school are hosting their launch event is held at Ashton community college with and all proceeds going towards the RockFM Cash for Kids charity’s 500 faces appeal.

Tickets for the three hour workshop are £35 for a parent and child.



4th - 22nd

This Building for Hope

Jenny Steele’s long running research project into Seaside Moderne architecture and recent visit to Miami. It will include new prints on paper and textiles, sculptures, architectural interventions and site specific printed textile work.

Midland Hotel, Morecambe, 0333 220 3109

4th - 22nd

Bringing It All Back Home

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Green Close practice, artists Sue and Pete Flowers launching this exhibition which explores the range and impact of their innovative work over the past two decades.

The Storey Gallery, Lancaster, www.greenclose.org


The Objects Talk

South Lakeland Decorative & Fine Arts Society present The Objects Talk: Revelations about Art & Antiques discovered from Chosen Artefacts. The lecture is crafted around objects, quirky or unusual, of significance to and chosen by the lecturer.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01524 761836

14th & 15th

Central Lancashire fine arts fair

New Longton Artists stage the 24th Fine Art Fair, an exhibition of paintings, held in New Longton Village Hall in Boundary Close. Admission is free and it is open 10am-5pm on both days.