What's on inWigan

Welcome to Wigan

Enjoy a mix of heritage, history, lively arts whilst visiting Wigan - our guide to events and days out is just the ticket.

Whether you're looking to brush up on local history at a museum, enjoy local arts, watch some sport, or listen to live music, you're sure to find things to do in Wigan to suit all the family, whatever the weather.

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Forthcoming events in Wigan

29
MAY
Swingtime Big Band - A Tribute to the Jazz Divas
Leigh Miners Welfare Institute

Swingtime Big Band presents ‐ A Tribute to the Great Jazz Divas. Come and see this exciting and dynamic 17 piece Swinging Big Band with special guest vocalist Emma Holcroft. Playing all your Big Band and Swing favourites from the likes of…

Location: 5.4 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07957 716286
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30
MAY
DAVID SEDARIS Summer 2015 Tour
Venues across the UK

STAR OF BBC RADIO 4 AND NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR spell‐bindinga master at work' HERALD America's best‐selling literary funnyman David Sedaris has announced a full UK and Ireland book tour. The 17‐date run starts in Cork Ireland on May…

Location: 7.8 miles away
Category: Literature and Books

TEL: 01273 709709
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30
MAY
The Doors Alive
The Citadel

The Doors Alive are a British tribute band widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the legendary 1960s rock gods The Doors in the world today. The band re‐create the sound look…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

30
MAY
U2 2
Henighans bottom Bull

U2 2 are the worlds premier U2 show. Formed by current members under the name Achtung Baby the band are now established 23 years Name‐checked by Bono past clients include BBC1 ITV1 RTE SKY TV Blackberry 2012 Olympics Pernod and more.The band…

Location: 10.9 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07593 579663
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04
JUN
Fairport Convention
The Citadel

Hailed as the originators of British folk‐rock music Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on todays concert circuit. Their sell‐out gigs always attract critical acclaim and delight audiences. Fairport has a vast…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

05
JUN
Larry Garner and Norman Beaker Band
The Citadel

Don't miss an extra special concert uniting blues stars from either side of the Atlantic. Louisiana born Larry Garner joins forces with British blues veteran Norman Beaker for a night of electric blues music. Larry was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana where…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01744 735436
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13
JUN
"We'll Always Have Paris"
Bolton Little Theatre

Three women of a certain age' gravitate to Paris. There's Nancy a retired headmistress determined to throw off the shackles; Anna recently widowed and free after years of nursing a sick husband; and Raquel a divorcee in search of eternal…

Location: 8.6 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01204524469AgentTicketSourceon03336 663366
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13
JUN
True Order
The Citadel

TRUE ORDER are the UK's only tribute to the iconic Manchester band New Order.The members of TRUE ORDER had played together in various groups for the last 15 years before they decided to take on the challenge of trying to re‐create the…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01744 735436
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14
JUN
DogFest
Arley Hall & Gardens

DogFest 2015 14 June Arley Hall Cheshire. DogFest sponsored by Natural Instinct is back for 2015 Hosted by Channel 4's Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick DogFest is the paw‐fect day out for dog lovers providing a fun‐filled action packed day out for you…

Location: 16.1 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL:
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19
JUN
Prescot Festival: Bentley Operatic Society
Prescot Methodist Centre

The festival opens in spectacular style with a return visit from our old friends featuring highlights from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.Advance tickets on sale 1 May 2015Poco Coffee 30 Eccleston Street Prescot L34 5QJPhone Ticketweb on 08444 771 000Purchase online at www.prescotfestival.co.ukBooking…

Location: 10.3 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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20
JUN
Prescot Festival: Choral Classics
Prescot Parish Church

Prescot Festival Chorus 100‐strong in 2013 and 2014 perform Karl Jenkins incredibly popular The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace conducted by James Luxton Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral with Peter Kwater organ. See website to Come & Sing. The second half…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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20
JUN
Smaller Rooms Presents Chris Wood
The Citadel

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having a remarkable eye for trivia Chris Wood's love of small things has made him one of England's most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01744 735436
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20
JUN
Kylie Minogue
Haydock Park

Aussie singer songwriter and actress Kylie Minogue has come an extremely long way since we first saw her appear in Neighbours way back in the 80's. Now an astonishing 45 years old yeah really…

Location: 4.1 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

21
JUN
Prescot Festival: The Cinema Organist Returns!
Prescot Parish Church

Now the UKs only resident cinema organist from the Liverpool Philharmonic Dave Nicholas is known for his trademark kilt his love of puns and a repertoire of nostalgic light music. Not to be missed Includes wine and nibbles.Advance tickets on…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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22
JUN
Prescot Festival: Schools' Poetry Showcase
St Mary & St Paul's School

This all‐new solo competition features highly talented primary pupils from local boroughs in a recital of their own poetry.…

Location: 10.7 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07762 607618
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23
JUN
Prescot Festival: Acoustic & Poetry Night
Poco Coffee Shop

Successfully piloted last year this relaxed evening now features an array of specially invited local artists. The winning entry in the 2015 Short Story Competition will also be announced. Refreshments available to buy.Advance tickets on sale 1 May 2015Poco Coffee…

Location: 10.3 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 07762 607618
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24
JUN
Prescot Festival: Young Instrumentalist
Evelyn CP School

Local primary and secondary pupils demonstrate their exceptional musical talent in pursuit of the Revd David Rose Trophy.…

Location: 10 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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25
JUN
Prescot Festival: Classic Film - Brassed Off
St Paul's Church

To tie in with Saturdays return visit from Fodens Band we present this 1996 comedy‐drama featuring Ewan McGregor and the late Warrington‐born actor Pete Postlethwaite in which Grimley Brass Band battle for survival amid pit closures. Includes supper courtesy of The…

Location: 10.7 miles away
Category: Film / Cinema

TEL: 07762 607618
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26
JUN
Boo Hewerdine
The Citadel

Boo Hewerdine began his career in the 1980s with the band The Bible. An accomplished songwriter he has worked very closely with Eddi Reader and also written material for the likes of Natalie Imbruglia Mel C and Alex Parks. Boo has written…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01744 735436
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26
JUN
Prescot Festival: The Chilled Lemons Jazz Quartet
Prescot Town Hall

Enjoy a Cottoms hot pot and dessert before a full‐length professional jazz concert featuring sax piano bass & drums. Licensed bar open.Advance tickets on sale 1 May 2015Poco Coffee 30 Eccleston Street Prescot L34 5QJPhone Ticketweb on 08444 771 000Purchase online…

Location: 10.2 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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27
JUN
Prescot Festival: Brass & BBQ with Foden's Band
Prescot Parish Church

Following their rapturous reception at the 10th Prescot Festival 2012 Double Champions Fodens return by popular demand with a dazzling new programme. This Brassed Off‐themed concert includes a delicious BBQ.Advance tickets on sale 1 May 2015Poco Coffee 30 Eccleston Street Prescot…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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27
JUN
Prescot Festival: From Roses to Rhinos
Prescot Parish Church Meeting Room

From Roses to Rhinos ‐ The Story of the Stanleys of KnowsleyWe welcome Ken Pye one of Merseysides most popular historians to shed light on the fascinating history of this well‐known aristocratic family and their estate.Advance tickets on sale 1 May 2015Poco…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Historic/Heritage

TEL: 07762 607618
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28
JUN
Prescot Festival Finale
Prescot Parish Church

The excellent Hope University‐based South Liverpool Orchestra is conducted by Rob Howard in classical favourites by Rossini Purcell Sibelius Elgar and Bizet. We also welcome stellar soloist Hannah Mackenzie RNCM playing Haydns Trumpet Concerto. Flag‐wave and sing along to Jerusalem…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 07762 607618
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28
JUN
Prescot Festival: Choral Evensong
Prescot Parish Church

Prescot Parish Church Choir sing traditional evening prayer with Stanfords setting in B flat and his anthem O for a Closer Walk with God. Refreshments follow.…

Location: 10.5 miles away
Category: Religious and Spiritual

TEL: 07762 607618
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28
JUN
Prescot Festival: Prescot Carnival
Brown's Field

Prescot Town Council presents this annual feast of entertainment stalls games and fairground rides for all ages. Procession sets off from the town centre at 11am.…

Location: 10.8 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 07762 607618
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03
JUL
Madness
Haydock Park

British popska band Madness saw their major success and popularity in the mid 1980s. Members include Graham Suggs McPherson Mike Barson Lee Thompson Chris Foreman Mark Bedford Daniel Woodgate and Carl Smyth. They were famed…

Location: 4.1 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

05
JUL
Vibrant Vintage Fair
Haigh Hall, Wigan, Lancashire

Vibrant Vintage are organising 5 fabulous vintage and retro craft fairs at the impressive stately Haigh Hall during 2015. The fairs have a wide range of stalls selling vintage and retro clothing accessories home wear collectables and china dating from 1920's…

Location: 2.5 miles away
Category: Exhibitions

TEL: 07787 316234
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11
JUL
Cheshire Steam Fair
Daresbury Showground

Attractions include: 30 x Steam Engines 200 x Classic Cars 150 x Vintage Commercials 40 x Land Rovers 150 xClassic Motorcycles 80 x Tractors Stationary Engines Miniature Steam Engines Military Section Model Boat Display with Pool FalconryMiniature Railway Trade Stands Craft &…

Location: 14 miles away
Category: Family Events

TEL: 01751 200839
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11
JUL
Joanne Shaw Taylor
The Citadel

Joanne Shaw Taylor is a leading light of the British blues music scene. Discovered by Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart Joanne is now touring with her latest album The Dirty Truth. Don't miss this great evening of brilliant blues‐rock. Please note Under 18's…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Live Music & Concerts

TEL: 01744 735436
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16
JUL
Master Of The House
The Citadel

A devised melodrama by the Citadel Youth Theatre that celebrates the history of the Citadel and marks the end of their Heritage Lottery Project.…

Location: 7.5 miles away
Category: Theatre & Performing Arts

TEL: 01744 735436
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Tourist Attractions


Acorn Farm

Acorn Farm is an award‐winning, family‐friendly attraction in Kirkby, Merseyside. Were open 7 days a week 10am‐4pm and there's always loads to see and do Whatever the weather, Acorn Farm offers a great value, fun day out for everyoneWe have a wide range of animals here at the…

Dream

This impressive sculpture, by internationally renowned artist Jaume Plensa, is situated on the site of the former Sutton Manor Colliery in St. Helens, midway between Liverpool and Manchester.Dream was commissioned by local ex‐miners and St. Helens Council as part of the Channel 4 Big Art Project, an ambitious…

North West Museum of Road Transport

A unique & extensive collection of vintage buses is the centrepiece of this Regional Transport Museum.The Museum houses the North West Museum of Transport Limited's collection of vehicles. It can trace its roots back forty years, when a group of enthusiasts from the St.Helens area got together to…

Wigan Pier

At the heart of The Wigan Pier Experience is The Way We Were, an authentic recreation of life in the 1900s for the people of Wigan and surrounding Lancashire. Witness the Victorian way of life from schooldays through to work and play. You can experience…

World of Glass

Visit The World of Glass for a great day out ‐ so much to see and do You can see live glassblowing demonstrations with Sarah, Charlie & Graeme. or why not try your hand at blowing a glass bauble on one of our glass blowing courses Experience our…

51st State

51st State Nightclub in Wigan, Lancashire. Contact venue on telephone number 01942 829819 for opening times, entrance costs, guest list information and special offers.…

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