What’s On in Lancashire and the Lake District - July 2013

Robin Hood which will be presented by The Dukes in Williamson Park, Lancaster from July 5-August 10,

Robin Hood which will be presented by The Dukes in Williamson Park, Lancaster from July 5-August 10, 2013.Picture by Darren Andrews - Credit: Archant

Compiled by Amanda Griffiths



Giselle, Don Quixote and Swan Lake

Sofia National Ballet accompanied by the Orchestra of Sofia National Ballet present these three ballets on consecutive nights, from the most poignant of classical ballets, Giselle, to the Russian showpiece of thrilling technique in Don Quixote and the most romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, 0844 871 3017


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As You Like It

The Lord Chamberlain’s men breathe new life into this comedy classic of romance, cross-dressing, satire, slapstick and passion. Open air performance, bring your picnic.

Speke Hall, 0151 427 7231


Ghost the Musical

The show based on the Academy Award winning film is returning to Manchester where it enjoyed its world premiere.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

Until 6th

Manchester Sound: The Massacre

The final site-specific production by the Library Theatre Company sees the Peterloo Massacre of 1819 colliding with the explosion in acid house rave culture in 1988/89 and each actor, some doubling up as musicians, plays a character from both historical era.

Secret Manchester city location, 0161 200 1500


As You Like It

Illyria perform Shakespeare’s classic in the open air.

Lytham Hall, Lytham, 01253 736652


Dora the Explorer LIVE!

Children’s favourite Dora the Explorer is live on tour with her Search for the City of Lost Toys. Dora has lost her teddy bear and the search is on to retrieve him, with the help of the audience,

Liverpool Empire Theatre, www.atgtickets.com/liverpool


Cissie and Ada, An Hysterical Rectomy

Show revisiting the story and culture behind Les Dawson’s side-splitting sketches.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743339


Don Quixote, Giselle and Swan Lake

Sofia National Ballet accompanied by the Orchestra of Sofia National Ballet present these three ballets on consecutive nights, from the Russian showpiece of thrilling technique in Don Quixote to the most poignant of classical ballets, Giselle and the most romantic ballet of all time, Swan Lake.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 7627


As You Like It

Shakespeare’s classic tale performed in the open air by Illyria, held in the settingof Brantwood’s lakeside meadow. Bring your own seating.

Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396


Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s classic romantic tale performed by Handlebards.

Tudor Great Hall, Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821253


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Festival Players present Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, 01524 734474

26th-November 8th

She Stoops To Conquor

Unlikely hero Marlow mistakes a private house for an inn, his future father-in-law for the landlord and the high born lady he is supposed to be wooing for a barmaid.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Pantaloons perform the Bard’s classic comedy, performed as never before. A festival of fun with music, magic and audience participation. Bring your picnic.

Speke Hall, 0151 427 7231

Until 6th November

An Inspector Calls

A celebratory dinner party at the prosperous Birling family home is shattered by the arrival of an investigating a young woman’s suicide, Secrets are unearthed as an evening of suspense, mystery and revelations unfolds.

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 017687 74411



The Lancashire Hotpots

Five northern blokes in flat caps singing folk songs about the wonders of modern day life.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743339


Eduardo Niebla

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Eduardo Niebla showcases songs from his new, eagerly awaited album, as well as revisiting his back catalogue of hits spanning four decades.

The Atkinson, Southport, 01704 533333


Levens Choir Concert

Levens Choir present a programme of music by Purcell and the Requiem by Maurice Durufle.

Kendal Parish Church, Kendal



As part of the music for a summer evening programme Tapestry present great folk songs.

Hawkshead Parish Church St Michael, 015394 31070


Levens Choir Concert

Levens Choir present Bach’s the B Minor Mass.

Lancaster Cathedral, 01524 384820


Chatburn Summer Proms

A great variety of music performed by Farnworth and Walkden Band stirring the emotions with rousing marches, hymns, classical, pop and movie music in aid of the Church Development Fund.

Christ Church, Chatburn, 01200 441624 or 01254 384893



Goosnargh and Longridge Show

Celebration of farming, food and rural living, with cattle, sheep, heavy horses and vintage machinery, craft stalls and local producers.

Lower Lane, Longridge


Lakeland Classic Car Rally

The 14th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show at Leighton Hall, with around 500 different vehicles.

Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, 01524 734474


Great Eccleston Show

Two day showcase for every aspect of rural endeavour and the whole range of crafts and skills associated with the county. Entertainment includes demonstrations of rural crafts, a Victorian fun fair, Cumberland wrestling and the annual tractor pull competition.

The showground, Great Eccleston, www.greatecclestonshow.co.uk


Ribchester Roman Festival

Annual Roman re-enactment with Legio Secujda augusta, one of Europe’s pre-eminent Roman re-enactment groups, featuring exciting and realistic demonstrations about everyday and military life.

Riverside, Ribchester


Lea and Cottam Family Fun Day

Children’s fun fair, Punch and Judy, donkey rides, face painting, birds of prey exhibition, musical arts, climbing wall, hog roast and BBQ plus much more.

UCLan Westleigh Conference Centre, Preston, 01772 894500


Vintage Festival

Vintage, veteran and classic vehicles, craft market, retro sounds, dance and food. Donations on admission.

Speke Hall, 0151 427 7231


Cockermouth Rock Festival

‘CockRock’ returns with The Cribs headlining the Friday night and Kids in Glass Houses on Saturday.

Wellington Farm, Cockermouth, www.cockermouthrockfestival.com


Summer Crafts Fair

Quality craft fair in its 37th year with more than 35 different craft workers from all over Cumbria, south Boarders and Northumberland.

Dacre Hall, Brampton, 01697 741803


Open Garden

Garden open for charity for the National Garden Scheme in Leyland, cream teas and plants for sale.

10 Forestway, Leyland, contact Julia Harwood-Geall or Fred Bell on 01772 452094 for more information.


The Cumbria Steam and Vintage Fair

41st anniversary of this huge, colourful and noisy gathering with a variety of entertainments as well as splendid steam engines and vintage vehicles as well as hundreds of classic transport including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines.

Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, 07825 369601


Potfest in the Park

An amazing day out amongst some of the most creative makers in clay from all over the UK.

Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, www.potfest.co.uk


Picnic in the Park

Enjoy a picnic and the beautiful green spaces with entertainment including fairground, live music, family games, craft and food stalls and more,

Avenham and Miller Parks, Preston, 01772 906471


St Annes Kite Festival

Festival featuring single line kites of all shapes and sizes, including a massive 30 metre long inflatable octopus, flying crows, dogs and even hippos.

North Promenade, Lytham St Annes


July 20th-August 4th

Lytham St Annes Art Society Summer Exhibition

Exhibition of original works by Ltham St Annes Art Society.

The Studio, Haven Road, Lytham, free admission

Until August 4th

Trio: A Textile Hub Exhibition

This exhibition showcases the work of three textile artists from the North East. Expect texture, colour, unusual materials and references to domestic crafts of the past, presented in a contemporary approach to textiles.

Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, 015396 21958

Until 1st September

Journeys North

Exhibition of a new collection of paintings and drawings by Fiona Clucas and poetry by Brian Fereday.

Severn Studio, Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until 8th September

Heaven’s Company: Ornithological Art

Exhibition celebrating Ruskin’s love of birds with a display of stunning pictures by some of the 19th century’s greatest ornithological artists.

Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396



Symphony at the Tower

For the first time this popular fundraising event takes place over two nights. On Friday 5th, see The Human League, while Saturday 6th Aled Jones is accompanied by the Heart of England Philharmonic Choir.

Hoghton Tower, near Preston, 0844 888 9991

5th-August 10th

Robin Hood

The Dukes Theatre returns with it’s annual open air theatre show. This is a new adaptation of this traditional tale performed in this spectacular setting with two essentials for the story – fantastic woodlands and the Ashton Memorial, a very grand castle indeed.

Williamson Park, Lancaster, 01524 598500


Midnight Tango

Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent and Flavia, star in this show which brings to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of the tango, set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018


Kendal Calling

Award winning, innovative, independent festival featuring pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment.

Lowther Deer Park, Penrith, www.kendalcalling.co.uk


My Brother the Robot

Tall Stories Theatre Company present this tale about Bobbie, a little girl who lives with her inventor dad, who after Bobbie announces she wishes she had a little brother, makes her a robot version. But when she gets into danger one day, will her robot brother be able to save her?

The Atkinson, Southport, 01704 533333

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Tarleton Holy Trinity Church

125th Anniversary

Spectacular Flower Festival

5th – 7th July

On the evening of 4th July the Mayor of West Lancashire will attend a sponsors and exhibitors private Preview Evening at the Church, at 7.30pm when wine and canapés will be served.

The Festival will be open to the public from 10am – 8pm on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July, and from 10am – 6.30pm on Sunday 7th July when it will conclude with a Festival Evensong.

Mere Brow Methodist Church

Open Gardens Trail

Sunday, 14th July, 12 Noon – 5pm

6/7 gardens in Mere Brow and Holmes

Cost: £5 pp which includes admission to all gardens.

Lunches, teas, plant fair, museum, etc.

Vintage bus will run between the gardens

Coaches welcome by appointment only

Tel: 01695 575200 mob: 07545 173616

Proceeds for Mere Brow Methodist Church and a nominated charity


Davenport Farm Charity Event , Arthur Lane, Bolton, BL2 5PW

Saturday 6th July between 2pm and 5pm.

A charitable donation will be requested upon arrival, ample off road parking is available and dogs on leads are welcome. There will also be a play area for small children available with parental supervision.

All proceeds will be split between the Alzheimer’s Society and the 2015 Festival East Lancashire Masonic Charity

Jeffrey Bernard Lancashire Tour

For the last 10 years Preston based touring theatre company, Dean Taylor productions has brought the North West critically acclaimed Shakespeare outdoors.

This Summer will be different. For Dean Taylor and his team are presenting outdoors, anywhere, for the first time the crack West End comedy hit ‘Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell’ by Keith Waterhouse and is coming to a venue near you. (Itinerary attached)

Several venues in Lancashire shall host the tour, from Preston’s ‘Avenham Pavilion’ in Avenham Park to the famous ‘Lowther Pavilion’ in Lytham St. Annes.

“The visit to the Lowther Gardens will be particularly exciting as it will be our first,” says Dean. “The British seaside Summer holiday season holds a special charm si it’s nice to be a part.”

In between Dean will return to his home town in Preston before call at Wigan’s Haigh Hall; the east Lancashire jewel that is Whalley Abbey; Lydiate Abbey near Maghull and penultimately , Turton Tower near Bolton, that Tudor treasure recently upgraded.

*All venues except Turton Tower have indoor provision in case of poor weather.