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

Holker Festival, Cark-in-Cartmell

Holker Festival, Cark-in-Cartmell - Credit: Archant

Compiled by Amanda Griffiths



The Last Five Years

Heartbreaking and hilarious musical about two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of five years together.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411


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Sweet Charity

Blackpool and The Fylde College’s young talent perform this popular musical.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743339


Inspector Norse

Enter introverted, monosyllabic Detective Inspector Sandra Larsson in her iconic knitted jumper. She and her cop partner Erik, uncover a disturbing mystery involving a famous 1970s Sweedish pop band. As the body count mounts and the only suspect is a troll, Sandra and Erik go undercover to solve the case.

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 01539 725133


Lee Nelson

Star of BBC Three’s breakout hit comedy series Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and Lee Nelson Live, comedian Lee Nelson is on tour with special appearances from premier league footballer Jason Bent, bungling medic Dr Bob and more,

North Pier, Blackpool, 01253 623304

7th-November 6th

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

8th-July 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


Pirates of Penzance

Scottish Opera present Gilbert and Sullivan as it’s supposed to be, pure, uncomplicated fun to the highest of standards. Mercilessly parodying Victorian society and its very particular moral values, The Pirates of Penzance is exquisitely observed and wonderfully funny.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660


Pride and Prejudice

Chapterhouse Theatre Company present Jane Austen’s classic tale in the open air.

Lytham Hall, 01253 736652

Until 15th

Dirty Dancing

The classic story of Baby and Johnny, two independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives.

The Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 7660

Until 15th


The life of French singer and cultural icon Edith Piaf is celebrated in this powerful musical drama following her rise from the streets of Paris to the international stage.

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 01204 520661


Faulty Towers the Dining Experience

Featuring all the best gags and a great meal, this is a loosely-scripted, pitch-perfect tribute to the TV series which develops the characters made famous by John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs.

The Atkinson, Southport, 01704 533333


The Midst of Crackers

Reginald D Hunter in his new tour with his own unique brand of humour.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743339


Miss Nightingale – The Burlesque Musical

An acclaimed new musical celebrating sex, scandal and showbiz in 1940s London.

The Lowry, Salford, 0843 208 6010

19th - 22nd

The Rise and Demise of Kenneth Kennedy-Smythe

A darkly comic political satire about two characters who have to make serious choices, exploring the power of the media during times of war.

Kings Arms, Salford: Wednesday 19 June – Thursday 20 June

Lantern Theatre, Liverpool: Friday 21 June – Saturday 22 June


Romeo and Juliet

The Festival Players present Shakespeare’s classic love story in the gardens.

Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, 01524 734474


Sherlock Holmes The Best Kept Secret

Spectacular new production that draws you deep into a richly seductive world of passion, breathless intrigue, jeopardy, deception and revelations.

The Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 7660


Shaolin Warriors

Breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu Show continuing the story of the warrior and vividly depicting the rarely seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 0844 847 1664



We’ll Meet Again – A 60th Anniversary Coronation Tribute

Celebratory concert bringing together much loved music that has played a part in our lives over the last 60 years, with a special tribute to the Queen’s coronation with classic music such as ‘There’ll Always Be An England’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0844 907 9000


Brian Acton Quartet

Ribble Valley Jazz and Blues present this concert incorporating more than a hint of Chet Baker.

The Atrium Café Bar, Clitheroe Castle, www.rvjazzandblues.co.uk


Blackburn Classics

The Halle Orchestra present this programme including works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

King George’s Hall, Blackburn, 0844 847 1664

Until 9th

Ulverston International Music Festival

The 10th annual Ulverston International Music Festival includes ‘ExtravaDanza’ an exciting new mini dance festival.

Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 01229 587140


The Gladly Solemn Sound

Concert by The Gladly Solemn Sound.

St Martin’s Old Church, Martindale



Morecambe Bay Sponsored Walk

Breathtaking walk across the famous Morecambe Bay led by Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s Guide to the sands.

Arnside shore, 01925 850856


A Feast For All Seasons

Vintage Revival, wardrobe, wedding and home fair – everything for your vintage inspired lifestyle.

County Showground, Crooklands, 01539 562811

Until 2nd

The Holker Garden Festival

The 21st anniversary of the Holker Garden Festival welcome world renowned, historical food expert Ivan Day as part of this year’s programme which also showcases the very best gardening, countryside, food and crafts, making it one of the most popular events in the summer calendar.

Holker Hall and Gardens, Cark-in-Cartmel, 015395 58838, www.holkerfestival.co.uk


Grasmere Gallop

Get fit, have fun and raise money by taking part in this annual event. Choose from a 10k or 17k trail, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Lakes.



Foodie Fest

A new food festival welcoming all lovers of food. With food and flavours from all over the world with lots and delicious foodie stalls to temp your palette with celebrity chefs including Simon Rimmer, Sean Wilson and Jean Christophe Novelli.

Barrow-in-Furness, 01229 820000


Blackburn Festival

Free festival bringing together the best performers and artists from Blackburn, Lancashire, the North West and beyond.

Witton Country Park, Blackburn


Morecambe Sandcastle Festival

Rediscover the simple pleasures of the seaside at this annual sandcastle festival. Summer and well and truly arrived.

Central Promenade, Morecambe, 01524 582808


Scorton Steam Fair

One of the biggest steam fairs in the north west packed with family fun. With more than 600 cars, trucks and engine exhibits, monster trucks and lots for kids to do too as well as lawnmower racing. A perfect family day out for Father’s Day.

Woodacre Lodge Farm, Scorton, 07713 128783


Kirkby Lonsdale Arts Festival

Varied and exciting programme with the annual brass band competition kicking things off. There will be art exhibitions in various venues, film and photography competitions, performances on every evening – opera, drama, dance and classical music along with the Highlights Rural Touring Contemporary Craft Tour.

St Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, 015242 71275



Father’s Day Pier to Pier Cycle Ride

A cycle ride from Southport and Wigan piers

Meeting at Burscough Wharf for a fun-filled afternoon

Cycle Ride Start times:

Southport by the Carousel on Promenade -10.15am

Wigan Pier from the Investment Centre - 10.00am

Welcome and event opening at Burscough Wharf from 11.00am


June 17th -23rd

Canal Heritage Week 2013

For the 3rd year the The Burscough Heritage Group have orgabised a series of nostalgic events in Burscough




An annual highlight for those who work with wool with stalls and live fleece animals, a raw fleece sale, exhibitions, displays and craft demonstrations from across the country.

Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, www.woolfest.co.uk


Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail

Visit artists studios and exhibitions to view or purchase the artist’s work and participate in a number of expertly-run workshops.

For more information see the website at www.silverdalearttrail.co.uk


Handmade and Vintage Craft Fair

Two day spectacular of crafts, vintage, entertainment and music with craft workshops, a vintage tearoom and lots of handmade goodness.

Winter Gardens, Blackpool, 01253 625252


Preston Mela

Vibrant celebration of South Asian culture filled with the sounds of modern and traditional Bhangra music. Dance and entertainment from around the world will take place alongside a strong community element featuring performances from local musicians and dance groups.

Avenham Park, Preston, 01772 253731



Derek Leyland

Exhibition of incredibly detailed Still Life paintings by Derek Leyland.

Brabin’s Gallery, Chipping, 01995 61221


LSA Art in Ashton Gardens

An open air exhibition of works of art by the members of the Lytham St Annes Art Society.

Ashton Gardens, Lytham, 01253 721189

8th-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 June 24th

Ice-Cloud Mirror

Exhibition of film by Professor Rose and Dr Neil Boynton and watercolours by John Ruskin on the theme of mountain landscape and well-being.

Blue Gallery, Brantwood, Coniston, 015394 41396

Until June

Preston People Panorama

Exhibition featuring 100 panoramic photographs of Preston groups, communities and organisations as a social and artistic record of Preston celebrating Guild year, 2012.

The Museum of Lancashire, Preston, www.lancashire.gov.uk/museumoflancashire


15th June

ChildLine Midsummer Ball

Champagne on arrival, followed by dinner with performances by Janette Monroe and Stephen Bayliss. Auction, raffle, casino tables and MC Norman Prince.

De Vere Whites Hotel, Middlebrook, Horwich, 07884 498549



Being Tommy Cooper

A new play by Tom Green and starring Damian Williams as the celebrated comedian, celebrating the brilliance of Britain’s most famous comic and exploring the pressures and loneliness of fame.

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 01253 743339


Dad’s Army

Three classic episodes of ‘Dad’s Army’ complete with all the favourite characters from Walmington-on-Sea’s colourful bunch of misfits presented by Pendle Hippodrome Theatre Company.

Pendle Hippodrome, Colne, 01282 612402


Appleby Fair

Traditional, informal gathering of gypsies and travellers with horses washed in the river, raced down the street and stalls.

Appleby, 017683 51177


Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display

Annual fundraisinf event firmly established on the Steam Rally calendar, with steam engines, vintage tractors, cars and motorbikes.

Hark to Bounty, Slaidburn, 01200 446605


Blofield and Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special

BBC cricket legends Henry Blofield and Peter Baxter are on tour with a brand new theatre show with hilarious tales from the BBC Test Match Special commentary box.

The Atkinson, Southport, 01704 533333