Things to do (July 13 to 17)
Get out and about this weekend with any of these great events:
PAID: Farmers’ Market, Hoghton, Sunday, July 15
Set in the Great Barn at Hoghton Tower, this is one of the original markets in Lancashire. It’s a celebration of fresh ingredients grown or reared locally. Farmers and growers are joined by bakers, confectioners and craftsmen and women to make it a great day out. It is a mecca for locals in the know so why not go along and see what it is all about. Admission is £1 per car or 50p for pedestrians. The market has a strict opening time of 10am, and runs until 2pm. The house and grounds are also open for guided tours. For more information visit www.hoghtontower.co.uk
PAID: Blackpool Ghost Walk, Blackpool, Saturday, July 14
Join The Victorian Ghost Hunter (Haunted Blackpool author and founder of Supernatural Events Stephen Mercer) on a Blackpool Ghost Walk as he guides you to some of Blackpool’s most famous, and most haunted, locations to hear of his friends; the spectres, the phantoms, the ghosts. Hear tales of terror and stories of the supernatural that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Starts at 7.30pm from VisitBlackpool Tourist Information Centre. Tickets: £6 adults; £3.50 under 16s.
PAID: Salthill Meadow Walk, Clitheroe, Saturday, July 14
The flowers of Salthill Quarry Nature Reserve are at their best in early July, so what better time to take a walk round with former Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserves manager, Phil Dykes, and learn about what there is to see? Tickets are £3 and must be pre-booked. The walk runs from 2pm until 4pm. The walk is approximately one mile. Suitable clothing and footwear is required. Fore more information about the walk and to book your place call 01200 448000. The walk is being held as part of Festival Bowland.
PAID: Great Eccleston Show, Great Eccleston, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
There is sure to be something for everyone in the biggest two-day show in the North West. Some of the best livestock in the country will be in the main ring, along with horses, sheep, pigs, goats and rare breeds. The tractor pull will take place on both days and the show field will be packed with stalls, produce marquee’s and much, much more. Held on the Showground in Great Eccleston, tickets on the gate are £15 for adults; £2 for children to age 12 and £10 concessions.
FREE: Morecambe Music Festival, Morecambe, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15
Morecambe Music Festival returns bigger and better this year with another great programme of music and events for everyone, taking place at various venues across the town. As well as some great musical acts, you can also find the festival ale Sunset in many of the establishments. That’s entertainment day and night for two solid days. So head out in the sunshine and make some great memories. For a full line-up and venues, of which there are many, visit https://morecambemusicfestival.uk
FREE: Preston Mela, Preston, Saturday, July 14
From 12pm until 4pm, witness Preston’s Flag Market come alive with the sounds of modern and traditional music. Dance and entertainment from around the world will take place, alongside a strong community element featuring performances from local musicians and dance groups.There will also be aromatic South Asian cuisine for you to sample and enjoy. This event is always extremely popular, so get there early to avoid missing out. Great fun for all the family. For more details call 01772 903215.
FREE: West End Festival, Morecambe, Saturday, July 14
The West End Festival has been going on since 1995 and this year the community will celebrate in style. There will be live music stages, featuring a range of styles from folk to rock to everything in between as well as lots of things to make and do. There are workshops and arts activities for young people, adults and families alike. It all takes place at Regeant Park on Regeant Road in the resort, and runs from 12pm until 4pm. For a full programme of events, music and activities, visit www.moremusic.org.uk/ This family event has been organised by More Music.
FREE: Fleetwood Festival of Transport, Fleetwood, Sunday, July 15
With over 200 different classic and vintage vehicles on display along with fairground rides, stalls selling a wide assortment of goods, live performances and entertainment from Spareparts Arts, this event will surely have something to offer for all the family. It runs from 10am until 4.30pm. Also known as Tram Sunday, you can find it from Memorial Park to The Esplanade, Lord Street... and all over the town centre. To learn more visit https://visitfleetwood.info/recreation-entertainment/tram-sunday/
FREE: Garstang Ice Cream Festival, Garstang, Sunday, July 15
As the hot summer days stretch out before us, what better event could you attend than an ice cream festival? Bringing together local ice cream makers and more artisan ice cream specialists, the Garstang Ice Cream Festival will have something for everyone including vegan and dairy-free ice creams and sorbets. There’s not just ice cream on offer though - you can also expect street food, stalls and entertainment, including live music. Runs from 12pm until 5pm on Garstang’s High Street.
PAID: Hot Ice Show: Mesmerise, Blackpool, until September 8
This years’ new production ‘Mesmerise’ is a spectacular fast-moving live performance, which promises to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. Hot Ice is a dream that is brought to life by the stunning lighting that reflects the mood and magnificence of each scene. Mesmerise is presented at the Pleasure Beach Arena in Blackpool. Show times are 2.30pm and 7pm. Tickets prices start at £5. To find out more and to book tickets, visit www.hoticeshow.com/ or call the box office on 01253 341 707.
PAID: Longton Live, Longton, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14
Head over to Longton tonight and tomorrow for a bumper two nights of live music. You can catch over 80s bands and artists playing at various venues throughout the area - that means a choice of over 140 performances! On the bill are bands like Crossbill, The Well Dressed Gentlemen, Deepwater Blue and much more. To catch any of these amazing artists you will need a wristband, costing £5, and this will gain you access to all venues and all performances. Under 12s will gain free entry. For a full programme of events visit www.southribble.gov.uk/longtonlive
FREE: Ormskirk Gingerbread Festival, Ormskirk, Sunday, July 15
The Gingerbread Festival is in it’s third year and has outgrown Ormskirk’s traditional market and is now it’s very own event. Celebrating Ormskirk’s historic gingerbread, go along on Sunday to Ormskirk town centre and pick up some treats and enjoy the entertainment. This is one that the children will not want to miss!
PAID: ABBA Mania, Blackpool, from Tuesday, July 17 until Saturday, September 8
It is just over 40 years since they won Eurovision and now it’s your chance to thank ABBA for the music. ABBA Mania brings fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then don’t miss it. So, dig out those platforms, dust down those flares, join in and enjoy all of your favourites including: Mamma Mia, Voulez Vous, Dancing Queen, Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper and many more. It’s on at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre from Tuesday, July 17 until Saturday, September 8. Box office: 01253 290190.
PAID: Dog's Day Out, Tarleton, Sunday, July 15
This is a fantastic chance to take a look around Woodlands Animal Sanctuary in Tarleton. Parade your pooch around the main arena, watch a little doggie dancing and learn some new tricks. There will also be a fun dog show at 2pm. Plus music from the Michele and Uke Men in the main arena. You can also browse the many stalls, and food and drink will be available. Admission is £1.50 for children; £3 adults. It’s being held on Sunday, from 11am untill 3pm.
PAID: Shadowhouse, Preston, Sunday, July 15
Shadowhouse is the debut event for new arts collective Entartete. It is an all-day interactive, immersive experience over three floors, filled with performance and installations from a wide variety of disciplines. Catch it on Sunday at the People’s Production Lab on Cannon Street in Preston, from 3pm until 10pm. Admission: £8.