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Out side Merseyside Listings and events 2003

Key:-- Cheshire   Greater Manchester =   Lancashire =   Cumbria =  
Listings compiled with the thanks of Games Legacy Team

Merseyside events.

Cheshire Events.

June 24th – 28th
Open Air Theatre 
The Merry Wives of Windsor Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield, 7.30pm 
The Wilmslow Green Room Society present another popular Shakespeare classic. 
Tel:- (01260) 223456 

June 28th 
World Worm Charming Championships 

Willaston School, Nantwich 
Using various techniques, competitors strive to tempt as many worms out of the ground as possible. 
Tel:- (01270) 663957 

June 28th 
Horse-Racing – Roman Day Chester Racecourse, Chester 

A Roman themed race-day with gladiators, chariot racing, Roman crafts and cookery amongst the attractions on offer. 
Tel:- (01244) 304600 

June 28th – 29th The Arley Garden Festival 
Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich 

Arley Hall’s beautiful gardens will host floral displays from exhibitors around the country. In addition there will be specialist nurseries, garden tours, ‘gardener’s question time’ and musical entertainment. Tel:- (01565) 777353 

June 30th – July 19th Chester Mystery Plays 
Cathedral Green, Chester 

A series of medieval plays and biblical stories, performed by a cast of hundreds, which will take you through history, from the dawn of creation to Judgement Day. Pre-booking recommended. 
Tel:- (01244) 402111 

July 5th 
Francis House Charity Concert 

Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich from 5pm 
An evening of classical proms style music, plus a performance by 60s band ‘The Searchers’. The night will conclude with a fireworks display. Tel:- (01565) 777353 

July 5th 
Lets Go Batty 

Stanley Woods, Ellesmere Port, 8.30pm 
Join an evening walk in the woods in search of bats and other nocturnal creatures. Pre-booking essential. 
Tel:- (0151) 3571991 

July 6th 
History On Our Doorstep, 2pm 

Congleton Southern Fringes, Congleton 
Discover more about the history of Congleton on this short walking tour organised by the Congleton Museum Trust. Pre-booking is essential. 
Tel:- (01260) 297237 

July 9th – 13th lolanthe 
Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield 7.30pm (6.30pm Sunday) 

Gilbert and Sullivan classic performed by the Phoenix Opera Company. 
Tel:- (01260) 223456 

July 12th – 13th Cheshire Steam Fair 
Tabley House, Knutsford 

See vintage steam engines and vehicles in the setting of the beautiful Tabley Estate. There will also be a funfair and trade and craft sections to visit. 
Tel:- (01751) 473780 

July 13th 
British Formula 3 & British GT Championship & Family Fun Day 
Oulton Park, Tarporley 

The highly competitive Formula 3 championship has produced several future stars of Formula 1, and drivers such as Ayrton Senna, Johnny Herbert, and Jensen Button have all competed in this event. The GT Championship will feature powerful TVR, Porsche, Lotus, and Ferrari sports cars. There will also be fairground rides, bouncy castles, face painting, stilt walkers, and Punch & Judy shows to keep the children entertained. 
Tel:- (01829) 760301 

July 17th – 20th Chester International Horse Show 
The Roodee, Chester, various opening times
 
Top British and European riders compete in the largest dedicated showjumping event in the north of England. 
Tel:- (01244) 304610 

July 19th 
Halle Fireworks & Light Spectacular-A Spanish Fantasy 
Tatton Park, Knutsford, gates open 5.30pm, starts 8.15pm 

The famous Halle Orchestra perform music with a Spanish theme. The evening will be rounded off by a spectacular fireworks display. 
Tel:- (01625) 534453 

July 19th – 20th Halton Show 
Spike Island nr Widnes 

Highlights this year will include Jean Monti and his high wire performers, and motorcycle stuntmen Jumpin’ Jake Semtex and Flyin’ Ryan Griffiths. Tel:- (0151) 4209414 
  
July 23rd – 27th RHS Flower Show 
Tatton Park, Knutsford 

The Royal Horticultural Society displays its finest wares in the wonderful setting of the Tatton Park estate. July 23rd is a RHS members only day. 
Tel:- (01625) 534400 
  
July 24th – 26th The Grimethorpe Colliery Brass Band 
Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield, 7.30pm every day. 

2 evenings of superb brass band music from the best band in the land! 
Tel:- (01260) 223456 

July 29th 
Anderton Nature Park Art Attack 

Anderton Nature Park, Northwich, 2pm- 4pm 
Take a look around the sculptures at Anderton and then, using natural materials, create your own pictures of the park. Suitable for the whole family. 
Tel:- (01606) 77741 

July 30th Nantwich & South Cheshire Show 
Dorfold Hall Park, Nantwich, gates open 8am 
The largest one-day agricultural show in Britain, this year, featuring the International Cheese Show. 
Tel:- (01270) 780306 

August 1st 
Disco – Hold Tight, Its 60’s Night Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield 7.30pm 

‘Captain Midnight’ hosts an evening of classic 60s music in Gawsworth’s open-air theatre. Tel:- (01260) 223456 

August 3rd 
Chester Races Family Fun Day 

The Roodee Chester 
Children’s entertainment, and family picnic day. There will also be a full programme of horse racing. Tel:- (01244) 304600 
  
August 3rd 
Super League:- Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors 

Wilderspool, Warrington, 3pm 
Expect a hard fought encounter as Warrington & Wigan clash at Wilderspool. 
Tel:- (01925) 635338 

August 4th 
Teddy Bears Picnic 

Rivacre Valley LNR, Ellesmere Port 
Bring a picnic and your teddy bear down to Rivacre Valley where there will be fun and games aplenty. Booking is essential. 
Tel:- (0151) 3571991 

August 10th 
British Superbike Championship 2003 Family fun Day 

Oulton Park, Tarpoley, gates open 7am 
Displays, roadshows and plenty of other entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. 
Tel:- (01829) 760301 
  
August 13th – 16th Agatha Christie's ‘A Murder is Announced’ Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield, 7.30pm 
Miss Marple investigates when a local newspaper announces that a murder is about to be committed. Open air production of the Agatha Christie mystery. 
Tel:- (01260) 223456 

August 16th – 17th Chester Regatta 
River Dee, Chester 

The oldest regatta on the Amateur Rowing Association calendar celebrates its 270th year on Chester’s scenic River Dee. Tel:- (07887) 881187 

August 17th 
Romeo & Juliet 

Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, gates open 6.30pm, starts 7.30pm 
Bring a picnic and enjoy an open-air performance of this popular Shakespeare play by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company. 
Tel:- (01625) 861221 

August 22nd – 25th Northwich Festival of Sport 
Moss Farm Recreational Centre, Northwich 

A weekend of family entertainment and sporting competitions including rugby 10s, football 7s, tug of war, Cheshire strong man, and biathlon events. There will also be a craft fair, car boot sale, and live bands plus street theatre, stalls, and exhibitions. 
Tel:- (01606) 79987 

August 22nd – 25th Nantwich Folk & Roots Festival 
Nantwich 

British and international artists will provide a weekend of top-notch folk and roots music. 
Tel:- (01270) 583426 

August 23rd 
Pony of the Year Championship Show 

Somerford Park, Congleton, 8.30am – 5.00pm The prestigious final of the Northern Counties Pony Association Championship. This event sees qualifying ponies from over 70 horse and agricultural shows battle it out for the title of Pony of the Year. 
Tel:- (01829) 752846 

August 24th 
Super League:- Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings 

Wilderspool, Warrington, 3pm 
Cheshire’s premier rugby league teams battle it out at Wilderspool. Tel:- (01925) 635338 

August 27th 
Evening Orienteering Rivacre Valley LNR, Ellesmere Port 

Gather a team together and put your map reading skills to the test. There will be a prize for the team which completes the course fastest. Booking is essential. 
Tel:- (01270) 764773 

August 30th 
Classic Proms with Fireworks 

Tatton Park, Knutsford, gates open 5pm 
The Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra play well loved pieces from the proms. Expect to hear Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and other classical favourites. The night will conclude with a fireworks display to the accompaniment of the 1812 Overture. 
Tel:- (0845) 6442355 
  
August 31st 
Super League:- Widnes Vikings v St.Helens 
Halton Stadium, Widnes, 3pm 

The Vikings take on the current Super League Champions. 
Tel:- (0151) 4200054 

September 6th – 14th Festival of Walking 
Vale Royal 

A series of pleasant country walks to suit all tastes and abilities. The routes will range from gentle strolls along riverbanks to more strenuous hikes. 
Tel:- (0151) 3272084 
  
September 10th 
Drystone Walling 

Teggs Nose Country Park, Macclesfield 
A professional dry stone wall builder will guide you in this introduction to dry stone construction methods. You will require your own safety boots and booking is essential. 
Tel:- (01625) 614279 
  
September 13th 
Chester to Ellesmere Port Canalside Walk 

Shropshire Union Canal, Chester, (time to be confirmed) 
An 8-mile walk along the scenic Shropshire Union Canal. There will be a break to visit the pub on the way and transport back to Chester will be provided. Pre-booking is essential. 
Tel:- (0151) 3571991 
  
September 14th 
Countryside Fun Day 

Caldy Nature Park, Chester, 12pm – 5pm A day of family orientated events including kite flying, bat box making and pond dipping. 
Tel:- (01244) 351066 
  
September 14th 
Dolls House, Doll & Teddy Bear Fair 

Chester Racecourse, Chester, 10am – 4pm A collectors dream with antique dolls and bears, vintage clothing, handmade dolls houses, and accessories for sale. 
Tel:- (01254) 705215 
  
September 17th – 20th Frankenstein 
Chester Gateway Theatre, various times 

Stage version of the famous gothic horror story. 
Tel:- (01244) 340392 

September 26th – 28th Nantwich Local Food & Drink Festival 
Various venues, Nantwich 

One of the Uk’s biggest food festivals. Along with the 10,000 square ft food fair there will also be a beer festival, farmer’s market, festival parade and much more besides. Tel:- (01270) 610983 

September 27th – 28th Middlewich Roman Festival 
Middlewich 

Watch the Romans march through the town centre, take a ride on a Roman Galley, see displays of Roman weapons, craft and artillery and shop at a Roman market. 
Tel:- (01606) 833434 
  
September 28th - Natures Bounty on the Biddulph.
Biddulph Valley Way, Congleton 

Discover and sample the variety of foods that grow wild along the Biddulph Valley Way. Pre-booking required. Tel:- (01260) 297237 

Greater Manchester

May 17th - September 7th
Metropolis Manchester

Urbis Museum, Manchester
An exhibition of images of modern Manchester, as photographed in the summer of 2002 by John Davies.
Tel: (0161) 6058200

June 20th - July 3rd
Active and Ageless

Urbis Museum, Manchester
This striking exhibition of black and white photography celebrates the creativity, intelligence and daring of the over 60's. 
Tel: (0161) 6058200

June 27th - 29th
Droylsden Folk Festival

Various venues, Droylsden
Folk singers play the pubs and clubs of Droylsden. The festival includes an open-air concert by local artists on Sunday June 29th.
Tel: (0161) 3706587

June 27th - 30th
Circus Ronaldo in 'Fiji'

Platt Fields Park, Rusholme, from 8pm nightly
This family show combines theatre and circus to produce a colourful and lively medieval style extravaganza, loosely based on the classic story of Pinocchio. Pre-booking is necessary.
Tel: (0161) 2740600

June 28th
The Carnival of Cultures

Rochdale Town Centre from 11am - 6pm
There will be family entertainment and fun activities throughout the afternoon as Rochdale celebrates its diverse culture with a carnival parade through the town.
Tel: (01706) 864928

June 28th
Manchester Military Tattoo

MEN arena, Manchester, 2pm & 7.30pm
A spectacular showcase of military skill and teamwork including a performance by The Normandy Band of the Queens Division and a motorcycle display by the Flying Gunners.
Tel: (0161) 9505000

June 30th
Summer Song

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7pm
Hundreds of young singers from the Greater Manchester area are given the unique chance to perform a concert at this prestigious venue. 
Tel: (0161) 9079000

July 3rd
Cricket:- England V South Africa

Old Trafford Cricket Ground, 2.30pm
One Day Cricket International.
Tel: (0870) 2824000

July 5th - November 2nd
Celebrity Exhibition

People's History Museum
Manchester
An exhibition exploring the phenomenon of celebrity past and present using photographs, oral Histories, films, celebrities' possessions and scene reconstructions.
Tel: (0161) 2287212

July 5th
European Cheerleading Championships

Manchester Velodrome, Manchester
Manchester's National Cycling Centre plays host to the 2003 European Cheerleading Championship.
Tel: (0161) 2232244

July 6th
Manchester Boys Choir with Aled Jones
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7.30pm

The Bridgewater Hall's Choir in Residence team up with singer and TV presenter Aled Jones to provide an evening of wonderful summer choral music.
Tel: ((0161) 9079000

July 8th - 9th
Celebrating Creativity,
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

450 young performers will showcase their talents at this two day arts festival featuring everything from classical music to new media arts. Shows start at 7pm on the 8th and 7.30pm on the 9th
Tel: (0161) 9079000

July 8th - 12th
George's Marvellous Medicine

Palace Theatre, Manchester, matinee & evening performances.
The whole family will enjoy this stage adaptation of the famous Roald Dahl story.
Tel: (0870) 4013000

July 11th - 13th
Move
Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester

REM, The Charlatans, Badly Drawn Boy, and the Manic Street Preachers are the headline acts at this years Move music festival.
Tel: (0870) 1202221

July 12th
Jackie Mason
Opera House, Manchester, 8pm

For one night only, the world famous comic brings his hilarious brand of observational comedy and political satire to Manchester's Opera House. 
Tel: (0161) 2422509

July 12th - 19th
European Blind Football Championships
Manchester Velodrome, Manchester

Blind football teams contest the European Championship at the National Cycling Centre.
Tel: (0161) 2232244

July 12th - 13th
Victorian Weekend
Smithills Hall, Bolton

A Victorian themed weekend of fun, fairground rides, children's activities and demonstrations.
Tel: (01204) 332377

July 13th
Circular Walk - Smithills & Rivington
Smithills Hall, Bolton, 10am

A lovely walk around the Lancashire plain ( weather permitting ) with lunch in Rivington ( you will need to bring a packed lunch )
Tel: (01204) 334010

July 18th - 20th
ASA Long Course Championships 2003
Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester

Amateur national swimming championships.
Tel: (01509) 618760

July 18th - 20th
Worldport Festival
The Lowry, Salford Quays

Three days of world music with the theme of illustrating how the movement of people through ports has helped music to develop as an international language. Concerts take place in the afternoons and evenings. Pre-booking is recommended.
Tel: (0870) 7875780

July 20th
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7.30pm

This Grammy award winning African American quintet sing spiritual, jazz, and blues music a cappella style.
Tel: (0161) 9079000

July 20th
Bury Agricultural Show
Burrs Country Park, Bury 10am-5pm

This traditional show features a parade, children's rides, displays of vintage cars, and bird of prey demonstrations. 
Tel: (0161) 2535111

July 20th/26th/27th
Manchester International Caribbean Carnival
Alexandra Park, Moss Side & Zion Centre Hulme

Still going strong after 32 years, the festival promises colourful processions, a funfair, carnival dancing, and live gospel, soul, and reggae music. The event will be based in the Zion Centre on the 20th (starting at 4pm) and Alexandra Park on the 26th/27th. On both the days at Alexandra Park the entertainment begins at 12.30pm (with a procession) and runs through to 8pm.
Tel: (0161) 2260486 

July 26th
Super League:- Wigan Warriors V Widnes Vikings
JJB Stadium, Wigan, 6.05pm

Hard-hitting rugby league action is guaranteed as local rivals Widnes and Wigan clash at the JJB.
Tel: (0845) 1473227

July 26th - 27th
Castlefield en Sea/Albatross
Castlefield, Manchester

Experience the sights and sounds of an Edwardian seaside resort right in the middle of Manchester. Live music and street theatre will be taking place in amongst the beach huts and sand sculptures. In the evening there will be a performance of Albatross, a show loosely based on Coleridge's 'Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner'.
Tel: (0161) 224020 

July 26th - August 3rd 
Manchester Jazz Festival
Various Venues, Manchester

Jazz musicians will play indoor venues throughout the city centre. The focus will be on Contemporary Jazz with a special stage set up in St.Ann's Square and a grand finale in Albert Square on August 3rd.
Tel: (0161) 9505900

July 27th
Salford Triathlon
Salford Quays

One of the worlds toughest sports events returns to Salford as competitors face the gruelling task of completing a 1500m swim, a 40km cycle race, and a 10km run. 150 competitors will contest this, the first Triathlon World Cup Event ever to be held in the UK. The Women's race starts at 10am, the Men's at 12.30pm. There will also be a people's event at 7am where up to 1000 non-elite athletes can try to complete the course. (you must register to take part)
Tel: (0161) 9096510 

July 29th
Le Phun
Albert Square, Manchester

Instruction in the finer points of French Farming with Toulouse farmers Le Phun who bring their home, family and vegetable garden to Albert Square.
Tel: (0161) 2240020

August 1st - 2nd
Bolton by the Sea
Victoria Square, Bolton

The seaside comes to Bolton as seagulls and sandcastles transform Victoria Square into a beach resort for the weekend.
Tel: (01204) 523762

August 7th
Indiana Jones & The Secret of the Earth
Rock Hall Visitor Centre, Moses Gate Country Park, Bolton, 1.30pm

Help Indiana Jones track down lost treasure on a trail with an environmental twist.
Tel: (01204) 334343

August 8th - 10th
A Day out with Thomas
Bolton Street Station, Bury, 9am-5pm

Give your children the opportunity to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway.
Tel: (0161) 7647790

August 10th
Manchester City Vs Barcelona
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, 3pm

Spanish giants Barcelona provide the opposition for City's first ever game at the new 48,000 seater City of Manchester stadium.
Tel: (0161) 2262224

August 14th
007 Licence to Dip
Rock Hall Visitor Centre, Moses Gate Country Park, Bolton, 1.30pm

James Pond will need your help if he is to discover the secrets of the deep and thwart Dr Phosphate.
Tel: (01204) 334343

August 15th - 25th
Europride Festival
Various Venues, Manchester

A celebration of the interests, culture, and lifestyles of the gay community. There will be a film festival, art and museum exhibitions, workshops, swimming and rugby competitions, street entertainment, plus of course the annual Manchester Mardi Gras.
Tel: (0161) 2384568

August 16th
Premier League: Manchester United V Bolton
Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, 3pm

Premiership football fixture
Tel: (0870) 4421994

August 16th - 17th
Bolton Show
Leverhulme Park, Bolton

A weekend of great family entertainment. Includes a firework show on the 16th.
Tel: (01204) 334093

August 17th - 23rd
National Track Championships
Manchester Velodrome, Manchester

National cycling competition with both senior and 'under 16s' events.
Tel: (0161) 2232244

August 18th
Departing Migrants
Gilnow Park, Bolton, 2pm

Say goodbye to some of our British birds before they migrate back to Africa.
Tel: (01204) 334343

August 22 - 25th
The Big Weekend- Mardi Gras
Gay Village, Manchester

The Big Weekend promises to be the largest Gay event the UK has yet seen. A parade through the city streets will kick-start the festivities. Admission to the village will be by ticket only.
Tel: (0161) 2384568

August 22nd - 31st
Bolton Festival
Various Venues, Bolton

Lunchtime music, canal walks, folk concert, evening storytelling, poetry, sport activities, a film festival and more! The Bolton festival promises 10 days of fun packed entertainment, with something for everyone to enjoy.
Tel: (01204) 334115

August 23rd
Premier League:- Bolton V Blackburn
Reebok Stadium. Bolton, 3pm

Premiership football fixture.
Tel: (0871) 8712932

August 23rd
Premier League:- Manchester City V Portsmouth
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, 3pm

Newly promoted Portsmouth are the visitors for the first Premier League game at
the City of Manchester Stadium.
Tel: (0161) 2262224

August 23rd - 25th
Steam Rally & Vintage Fair
Meadow Pitt Lane, Haigh, nr Wigan

Come and see a collection of classic cars, steam engines, and motorcycles. There will also be a supporting programme of entertainment suitable for the whole family.
Tel: (01257) 791477

August 24th - 25th
Manchester Mela
Platt Fields Park, Rusholme, Manchester

This year's event will feature the usual mix of multi-cultural bands, food stalls, crafts and other free entertainment, all of which helps to make this the region's biggest Mela.
Tel: (0161) 2257900

August 25th
Super League:- Wigan Warriors V Bradford Bulls
JJB Stadium, Wigan, 7.30pm (time to be confirmed)

The Warriors take on Challenge Cup holders Bradford at the JJB.
Tel: (0845) 1473227

August 28th
Austin Flowers & The Suncatcher
Rock Hall Visitor Centre, Moses Gate Country Park, Bolton, 1.30pm

Get into flower power with Austin Flowers as he tries to stop Dr Evil making a suncatcher ray that could destroy the world.
Tel: (01204) 334343

August 29th - 31st
Noddy & The Magical Day
Palace Theatre, Manchester

Noddy, Big Ears and friends present a fun family show with lively songs and audience participation.
Tel: (0870) 4013000

August 30th
Respect
Platt Fields Park, Rusholme, Manchester, 1pm-11pm

A free music and arts festival which aims to explore the theme of 'respect' in an exciting and entertaining way. The event brings together major UK and international acts along with the best of local talent, and is suitable for all ages 
Tel: (07977) 515977

August 30th - 31st
Festival Manchester
Heaton Park, Manchester

Free 2 day outdoor festival with live music, a food court, children's area, skateboarding displays, and vintage car show.
Tel: (0161) 9462333

September 5th
The Rolling Stones
MEN Arena, Manchester, 7pm

The veteran rock superstars play a one off gig in Manchester.
Tel: (08701) 908000 

September 6th
One Night of Queen

Opera House, Manchester, 7.30pm
Stars in Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen and his live band 'The Works' are the stars of this spectacular tribute to Queen.
Tel: (0870) 4019000

September 6th - 14th
2003 World Track Masters

Manchester Velodrome, Manchester
8 days of top class international cycling competition.
Tel: (0161) 2232244

September 11th
Dixie Chicks - World Tour 2003

Apollo Theatre, Manchester, 7.30pm
Grammy award winning trio from Texas whose modern take on country music has helped them to sell over 25 million albums worldwide.
Tel: (0870) 4018000

September 12th - 16th
In The City

Various Venues, Manchester
Manchester's bars and clubs play host to the regions best new and unsigned bands.
www.inthecity.co.uk

Lancashire

July 4th
Midsummer Eve Walk
Lancaster Castle, Lancaster

Dr Socrates Gripenerve and Pilling Dick will lead you on a torch lit tour of Historic Lancaster. A quiz with prizes rounds off the evening.
Tel: (01524) 32878

July 6th
Last Night of the Lytham Proms

The Green, Lytham St Annes, gates open 6pm, starts 6.45pm
A night of prom favourites with a fireworks display. Pre-booking may be required.
Tel: (01253) 725610

July 12th & July 13th
Ribchester Roman Re-enactment Days

Ribchester Playing Fields & Ribchester Museum, Ribchester from 11am
Legio Secunda Augusta re-enact gladiatorial swordfights and provide an insight into everyday Roman life. Plus the chance for children to dress up in Roman armour and try out Roman snacks.
Tel: (01254) 878261

July 13th
Classic Car Rally
Leighton Hall, Carnforth

Admire classic motor cars and motorcycles and visit the trade and craft stands in the grand setting of this historic house and gardens.
Tel: (01524) 734474

July 13th - July 19th
International Piano Festival 
Centenaries Theatre Stonyhurst, Lancashire

A series of concerts by artists such as Steven Osbourne, John Scott, Martin Ruscoe and Yan Lin. There will be a family gala on Saturday the 19th.
Tel: (01254) 826948

July 15th
St.Swithin's Day Saunter
Bold Venture Park, Darwen, 10am

A 3-mile guided walk around the attractive Darwen area. The walk will start from the park gates.
Tel: (01254) 55423

July 19th - 20th
National Archaeology Days

Clitheroe Castle, Clitheroe 
Two days of outdoor archaeological digs for National Archaeology Day.
Tel: (01200) 424635

July 20th
Fleetwood Tram & Transport Festival
Lord Street & Esplanade, Fleetwood, 11am - 5pm

Displays of vintage trams, with stalls, parades and a 'walk down memory lane'.
Tel: (01253) 873336

July 26th - July 27th
Burnley Balloon Festival
Towneley Park, Burnley

Mass balloon launches, extreme trial bike show, historic balloon inflations, and 'Night Glow' an evening display choreographed to music.
Tel: (01282) 664421

July 26th - 27th
Morecambe Festival of Light & Water
Morecambe Bay

Music by top local bands in the day is followed by spectacular firework displays in the evening.
Tel: (01524) 582808

July 27th - August 2nd
Stan James World Matchplay Darts Championship
Winter Gardens, Blackpool

£100,000 prize money is on offer to the winner of this high profile tournament, which attracts the world's top darts players.
Tel: (01253) 292029

July 29th - 31st
Royal Lancashire Show
Ribchester, nr Preston

This years programme includes show jumping displays, fishing demonstrations, sheepdog trials, and Ladies Day.
Tel: (01254) 813769

29th July - 16th August
Cats
Opera House, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Based on a series of poems by TS Elliot, Cats is one of the most successful musicals of all time. It is estimated that Andrew Lloyd Webber's show has now been seen by over 50 million people worldwide. Shows times are Mon-Sat 7.30pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.
Tel: (01253) 292029

July 31st - August 3rd
Weetabix Ladies Open Championship
Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club, Lytham St Annes

The world's top female golfers contest the 2003 championship.
Tel: (01253) 725610

August 7th
Red Deer at Dusk
Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve, Silverdale, 7.30pm

The local wardens take you on a guided walk through the reedbed to see a red deer herd as it gathers by the meres at dusk.
Tel: (01524) 701601

August 8th - 10th
Blackpool Skyshow
Promenade, Blackpool

RAF static displays on Friday and Saturday, with flying displays taking place on Sunday.
Tel: (01253) 478222 

August 9th
Summer Walk
Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale 10.30am

1-5 Km walk through Tawd Valley Park, in the heart of Skelmerdale. Starts from Skelmersdale Library at 10.30am.
Tel: (01695) 622794

August 12th
What's That Wader?
Leighton Moss RSPB Nature Reserve, Silverdale, 11am

Learn how to identify the various different species of wader with a local warden. Meet at Leighton Moss Nature Reserve at 10.30am and they will direct you to the start of the walk.
Tel: (01524) 701601

August 15th - 17th
Adlington & District Carnival Weekend
Adlington nr Chorley

A Funfair and cabaret, with classic cars, motorbikes and military vehicles on display and an appearance by a mystery celebrity too.
Tel: (01257) 482043

August 15 - 17th
Biennial Exhibition of Embroidery
Lytham Assembly Rooms, Lytham St.Annes

The St. Annes branch of the Embroiders Guild display an exhibition of their work. 
Tel: (01253) 735323

August 22nd - 24th
Worldbeat Weekend
Morecambe

A spectacular festival of global music and dance with a grand fireworks finale. There will also be children's workshops and a 'global market' over the course of the weekend. 
Tel: (01524) 582803

August 23rd
Chipping Agricultural Show
Chipping Showground nr Preston

Traditional agricultural show.
Tel: (01254) 826362

August 27th
Premier League: Blackburn V Manchester City
Ewood Park, Blackburn, 7.45pm

Premiership football fixture.
Tel: (01254) 671666

August 29th - November 2nd
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool

The famous Golden Mile will be ablaze with light and colour as the ever-popular illuminations return to the seafront.
Tel: (01253) 478222

September 5th - 6th September
Annual Historical Fayre
Flag Market, Preston

Traditional handmade craft fair and street entertainment.
Tel: (01772) 253731

September 7th
UK Bus Driver of the Year
Princess Parade, Blackpool, 9am-1pm

Bus drivers showcase their skills as they vie for the title of UK Bus Driver of the Year.
Tel: (01273) 813763

September 13th
Premier League: Blackburn Vs Liverpool
Ewood Park, Blackburn, 3pm

Premiership football fixture.
Tel: (01254) 671666

September 13th
Hodder Valley Show
Newton, Clitheroe, starts 9am

Agricultural and horticultural show with craft stalls and competitions.
Tel: (01200) 446686

September 13th - 14th
Morecambe Heritage Gala
Marine Road Central, Morecambe

Amongst the many highlights of the gala will be live music and entertainment in Morecambe arena, a vintage car rally, and a display by the Red Arrows.
Tel: (01524) 582808

September 18th - 21st
Lancaster Jazz Festival 2003
Venues around Lancaster

With a mixture of modern and traditional jazz being played in venues throughout the city, the festival promises to provide music to suit all tastes.
Tel: (01524) 32878 

September 20th - 21st
Natural Health Body Mind & Spirit Fair
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St. Annes 10am-5pm every day

Workshops, demonstrations, and health and lifestyle advice for those with an interest in Complementary Medicine 
Tel: (0151) 6512207

September 28th 
Conservation Task
Fairy Glen, 10.30am

Help conserve the beauty of this gorgeous woodland clough. Starts from 10.30am at the Fairy Glen Lay By off the A5209.
Tel: (01695) 622794

September 29th
George Formby Night
South Shore Cricket Club, Blackpool, 7pm

A night of music in the style of George Formby. A buffet is included.
Tel: (01253) 768097

Cumbria

June 28th - July 30th
Cockermouth Festival
Cockermouth Town Centre.

The festival will feature Children's shows, story telling, music, theatre, and exhibitions.
Tel: (01900) 822634

July 5th
Flower Fairy Day
World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness on Windermere, 3.00pm.

Put on your party clothes and come to the magical tea garden where you will be transformed into a flower fairy for the day. Includes a picnic tea.
Tel: (015394) 88444

July 8th - September 30th (to be confirmed)
Hutton In The Forest Sculpture 2003
Hutton In The Forest, Penrith

An exhibition by artists form Cumbria and glass sculptures from the North East
are displayed in a Victorian style garden.
Open 11am-5pm every day except Saturday.
Tel: (017684) 84449

July 9th
Hutton In The Forest Moll Flanders
Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, from 7.30pm.

This open-air performance by the North Country Theatre Company is set in 
Hutton's beautiful Victorian style garden. Ground covers, warm clothing and insect repellent are recommended.
Tel: (017684) 84449

July 12th - 19th
Music in the Cathedral Summer Festival
Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle

Nightly concerts by artists including Emma Hancock, Daniel Roth, Robert Poulton, The Bach Choir, Angela Livingstone, and Sarah Beth Briggs.
Tel: (01228) 548151

July 17th
Cartmel Steeplechases
Cartmel, Grange Over Sands, 2pm

A national hunt race meeting which also incorporates a fairground and market stalls. Refreshments are available on-site though it is recommended that you bring a picnic (a picnic area is provided). Free parking and free entry for children aged 16 or under ( if accompanied by an adult )
Tel: (0151) 5232600

July 18th - 20th
Brampton Live
Brampton, Cumbria.

The North of England's biggest folk and roots festival. Top acts from around the world will grace two main stages and there will also be children's activities, a craft fair and workshops. Free on site camping will be available.
Tel: (01228) 534664

July 19th
Cleator Moor Sports
Cleator Moor nr Frizington

A selection of sports events for both children and adults. Featured sports are cycling, athletics, fell running, football, and a fun run. Other attractions include a dog show, hound trailing and a gun dog demonstration.
Tel: (01946) 814217

July 19th
Grasmere Rushbearing
Grasmere Parish Church, Grasmere, 3pm-6pm

Traditional flower and garland laden procession through the streets of Grasmere. The ceremony is followed by a church service, tea, children's sports and a barbecue.
Tel: (015394) 35537

July 20th
'Investigate The Past' National Archaeology Day
Lake District Visitor Centre, Brockhole, Windermere, from 10am

A unique opportunity to learn about the Archaeology in the Lake District National Park and get involved in some hands on activities. Includes talks by National Park archaeologists.
Tel: (015394) 46601

July 21st - 25th
Coniston Water Splash
Coniston Boating Centre, Coniston

The Boating Centre will be holding Canadian Canoeing, Kayaking and sailing sessions throughout the week. Experience is not required and instruction and equipment are provided.
Tel: (015394) 46601

July 22nd
The Merchant of Venice
Brantwood, Coniston, gates open 6.00pm

An open air performance of Shakespeare's 'Merchant of Venice' by the renowned Illyria Theatre Company. The show will take place in the grounds of Brantwood so it is advisable to bring along a rug or low backed chair.
Tel: (015394) 41396

July 25th - 27th
Potfest In The Park
Penrith, 10am-5pm every day.

International potters market featuring British and European pottery of the very highest standard.
Tel: (017684) 83820

July 25th - July 27th
Maryport Blues Festival
Maryport, Cumbria

Dionne Warwick headlines a weekend of contemporary and vintage blues performed by artists from both sides of the Atlantic.
Tel: (0115) 9328615

July 30th
Multicultural Children's Festival Day
St George's Hall and St John's Garden, Liverpool.

Workshops and performances aimed at a young audience. The festival focuses on music, story telling and story making activities.
Tel: (0151) 7093334

August 2nd Windermere Steamboats & Museum British Classic Rally
Bowness on Windermere

A display of classic motor boats plus the opportunity to take a short trip on a Cumbria Classic Coach.
Tel: (015394) 45565

August 2nd - 3rd
Borrowdale and Latrigg Fell Races
Borrowdale, Cumbria

Traditional fell racing events held in the beautiful setting of Borrowdale. 
Tel: (017687) 77144

August 2nd - 13th
Lake District Summer Music International Festival & Summer School
Various venues across Cumbria

Morning recitals, masterclasses, nightly concerts, and talks will take place across the Lake District.
Tel: (01539) 724441

August 8th - 10th
Lowther Driving Trials & Country Fair
Lowther Castle, Lowther nr Penrith, 8am-6pm every day.

Watch the pony and horse carriage driving trials and visit the country fair with its 400 shops & stalls.
Tel: (01931) 712378

August 9th - 23rd
Wordsworth Summer Conference
Dove Cottage, Grasmere

The Wordsworth Trust presents this annual conference for students, scholars, and lovers of poetry everywhere. The conference features visits to Wordsworth's houses in Grasmere and Rydal, walks in the countryside, visits to places of local interest, plus lectures and seminars.
Tel: (015394) 35544

August 14th
Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves
Brantwood, Coniston, gates open 6.00pm

An open air performance of this classic story by the renowned Illyria Theatre Company. The show will take place in the grounds of Brantwood so it is advisable to bring along a rug or low backed chair.
Tel: (015394) 41396

August 14th - 17th
Cumbrian Beer and Sausage Festival
Queens Head Inn, Tirril, Cumbria

Sample some of the 20 locally brewed cask ales or try out a few of the 15 varieties of sausages and dishes from the Cumbria area.
Tel: (01768) 863219

August 17th
Lakeland Country Fair
Torver, Cumbria, 12pm-6pm

Events at the fair will include sheep shearing competitions, a terrier and lurcher show, Cumberland wrestling, ferret racing, a dog show, demonstrations of Lakeland crafts, and children's sports.
Tel: (01229) 837680

August 22nd - 25th
Carlisle Great Food Fair
Carlisle City Centre

The largest food festival in Cumbria. The fair will include a continental market and street entertainment.
Tel: (01228) 625600

August 25th
Keswick Agricultural Show
Keswick , Cumbria

A traditional agricultural show with competitions, show jumping, wrestling, and much more.
Tel: (016973) 23418

August 26th
Meet the Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team
Mountain Rescue H.Q. Cockermouth, 2pm-4pm

An opportunity to meet the team and find out how a mountain rescue operation is carried out. There will be a video of the team in action and free tea and biscuits will be provided.
Tel: (01946) 861051

September 4th - 6th
CAMRA Charter Beer Festival
Coronation Hall, Ullverston

There will be a huge selection of real ale and ciders to try as well as live music and chat.
Opening times are Thu 4th 7pm-11pm, Fri 5th 12pm-11pm, Sat 6th 11am-11pm
Tel: (01229) 587429

September 6th - 7th
Kirkby Lonsdale Victorian Fair
Kirkby Lonsdale

Take a trip back in time with the people of Kirby Lonsdale as they lay on weekend of Victorian style entertainment. A street market, competitions, music, activities, and great costumes are just some of the attractions on offer.
Tel: (015242) 71261

September 12th
Annual Kendal Torchlight Carnival
Kendal, Cumbria, 6.45pm-11.00pm

Come and see the amazing sight of a 2-mile long procession of light and colour snaking its way through the streets of Kendal. Over 2000 people will take part in the procession which will also feature floats, horse teams, marching bands, and classic cars.
Tel: (015395) 63018 

September 21st
Borrowdale Shepherds Meet and Show
Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite, 10am - 4.30pm

A traditional shepherds meet set against the backdrop of some stunning Lake District scenery. Highlights include Westmorland Wrestling, sheepdog trials, fell racing, and decorated shepherds crooks judging.
Tel (01434) 382250

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