18 events in 2018

Make the most of Lancaster in 2018 with our top 18 events…

1.Gregg Wallace – Greg on Food – Lancaster Grand Theatre- Saturday 27 January 2018

The star of BBC’s MasterChef, Inside the Factory and Eat Well for Less takes to the stage for this brand new live show. Join Gregg for an entertaining evening of anecdotes, culinary expertise and behind the scenes tales. Complete with an audience Q&A, this really is a must see event for any foodie fan.

2. An Evening with Jason Donovan– Lancaster Grand Theatre- Thursday 15 February 2018

After years of success for the first time, fans can meet Jason Donovan up Close. Appearing in An Audience With, Jason will talk about the highs and lows of his career. Expect previously-untold stories and exclusive, stripped-back-and-acoustic versions of his biggest hits. It’s the most intimate show of his life.

3. Milkshake! Live The Magic Story Book– Lancaster Grand Theatre- Friday 16 February 2018

Starring Milkshake! favourites; Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! Presents, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, which will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.

4. Lancaster’s Original Beerfest – The Ashton Hall- Thursday 1- Saturday 3 March 2018

Head to the historic Ashton Hall at Lancaster Town Hall for Lancaster’s Original Beer and Cider Festival. The event will feature an exciting line up of Cask Ales, Lager, Cider, Wine, Gin, and an assortment of other beverages, including soft drinks for those needing to stay sober.

Admission is pay on the door and is only £5, which includes your commemorative glass, programme and a fantastic bill of live entertainment on top of the huge range of drinks on offer at affordable prices.  A selection of food will also be available on site for those festival goers who need something to wash the beer down with…

5. Menopause the Musical – Lancaster Grand Theatre-11 March 2018

Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders),  Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats). Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics.

An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing “The Change”. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage”, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life.

The hysterical and uplifting Menopause The Musical will have you laughing, and singing, all the way home.

6. Lancaster Literature Festival– Lancaster City Centre- 2-25 March 2018

Litfest is back this year doing what it does best. Developing writers, engages readers and audiences, and celebrates literary excellence. Doing this through the annual literature festival which has been staged since 1978 and a range of other publishing, development and participatory projects that have positioned the organisation at the heart of Lancashire’s cultural and creative activity.

7. The Taming Of The Shrew – Lancaster Castle- 16-28 April 2018

Lancaster Castle’s new promenade production of 2018 will be William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Be transported to the high society halls of Edwardian England as you follow the trials and tribulations of two sisters as they navigate the pitfalls and protocols of modern matrimony.

As the lords of the manor attempt to tame their women as well as their hearts the servants below stairs become embroiled in the confounding contrivances their masters and mistresses have put in place to win the hearts of the ones they desire.

Who will end up being the winner in this game of love?

Love this view on a sunny day ☀️

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8. Wray Scarecrow Festival – Wray Village– 28 April-7 May 2018

The villagers of Wray are back this year to create some weird, wacky and wonderful scarecrow creations to surprise and delight visitors…Each year visitors can wander around Wray village, discovering the host of scarecrows (all themed in annual topical themes) that have popped up in village gardens, and can be found peeking out of windows and perching on balconies.

#little and #large #scarecrows #wrayscarecrowfestival

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9. Lancaster Food and Drink Festival – Lancaster Leisure Park- 5-7 May 2018

Lancaster’s annual food and drink festival is back in 2018. Expect Lancaster Leisure Park to be transformed into a foodie paradise with 50 exhibitors showcasing only the highest quality local produce.

Day one of Lancaster Food & Drink Festival @lancasterbrewery

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10. Chris Ramsey Live – Lancaster Grand Theatre- 21 May 2018

Critically acclaimed and award winning Stand Up comedian, host of his own TV entertainment show and Stand Up show on Comedy Central, Celebrity Juice regular and the only person to ever put Katie Hopkins in her place; Chris Ramsey brings his brand new 2018 live tour to Lancaster Grand.

Brand new series #ChrisRamseysStandUpCentral coming to Comedy Central soon…

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11. Armed Forces Day– Lancaster – 30 June 2018

Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets.

12. Guided walks with Peter Wade – Lancaster City Centre- 16 June- 1 September 2018

Peter Wade offers a number of guided walks around the district. If you love walking and want to know about more history of where you live, then these guided walks are a must do.

13. Lancaster Fake Festival – Ryelands Park – Saturday 16 June 2018

Fake Festival will be bringing to Lancaster a crackling line-up of ‘fake-bands’ – so good they’re almost the real deal. This year SIX pro-level Fake Bands will be added to the line-up. A great local event to welcome the Festival season.

14. Faith the George Michael Legacy – Lancaster Grand Theatre-July 6 2018

Faith the George Michael Legacy is a stunning celebration of one of the greatest singer –songwriters of all time. Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 8 piece band.

A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as, Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, Careless Whisper and many, many more.

If you are a fan and you know every word of these songs, join the journey and celebrate the incredible legacy George left us all.

George Michael 1963 – 2016

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15. The Dukes Play in the Park ‘The Three Musketeers’ -Williamson Park-8  July – 5 August 2018

Country bumpkin D’Artagnan comes to the big city with a big dream: to become a Musketeer. But when he accidentally becomes embroiled in the sinister schemes of Cardinal Richelieu, it doesn’t seem likely he’ll survive long enough. Especially as this would-be Musketeer is hiding a huge secret: “he” is really a “she”…

Take a swashbuckling adventure through beautiful Williamson Park this summer, as D’Artagnan teams up with the legendary Three Musketeers, Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in a death-defying quest to save the life of a loving Queen. Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and energetic swordplay will bring Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel to life in a brand new adaptation with a thoroughly modern twist.

16. Heritage Open Days– various locations around Lancaster- 6-9 September – 13-16 September 2018

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Be part of the celebration of the country’s fantastic architectural and cultural heritage. Search and explore Lancaster’s hidden gems. Enjoy one-off tours, events and activities bringing history and culture to life. And even better it is all FREE.

17. Lancaster Jazz Festival-13-16 September 2018- Lancaster City Centre

Each September Lancaster Jazz Festival provide an artist’s playground that is both pioneering and unique. They produce an ambitious jazz festival based in the centre of Lancaster. Creating a community where high quality, diverse, emerging artists can experiment, develop, collaborate, learn and grow as musicians.

18. Light Up Lancaster– Lancaster City Centre- 2-3 November 2018

The annual festival sees thousands of visitors take to the streets after dark for a magical city-wide experience and illuminating art trail, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display.

Experience a magical after-dark light-art trail that literally shines a new light on the city’s familiar places, with massive projections, artworks and installations illuminating handsome historic buildings, squares, parks and monuments.

As with every year the festival concludes with a magical extravaganza of fireworks launched from Lancaster Castle on the Saturday evening.  The display, which lights up the historic landscape and skyline of the city, continues to be one of the finest displays in the north.  The fireworks will be launched from the roof of Lancaster’s medieval castle. Set to a rousing soundtrack, this will be an amazing experience with a great atmosphere – not to be missed!


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