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Sept – Oct

Weds 1st Sept

FAMILY CLUE WALK PLUS PHOTO COMPETITION
Bingley Arts Centre, Bingley. Follow a set of photo clues and take a walk around Bingley to solve a puzzle. Take some photos on your journey and enter their monthly photo walk challenge competition. To access the route map and for details of the competition contact: bingleycameraclub.org.uk

UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA FAREWELL
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton St Station, Bury. We all knew it was coming, 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ is heading into retirement, and they’re determined to give the old girl a proper send off. She will be running along the line on selected dates as they head into 2022. 1st – 2nd Sept, 15th – 17th Oct, and various other dates up to 3rd Jan 2022. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Thurs 2nd Sept

9TH LEEDS INTERNATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL
Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds. This annual four-day festival in the heart of Leeds celebrates and promotes craft beer brewed in the UK and overseas. The festival also includes a street food market, live music across three stages, arcade games and all sorts of lovely beer related things. 2nd – 5th Sept. visitleeds.co.uk

FILM & FOOD FEST 2021
Roundhay Park, Mansion Lane, Roundhay, Leeds. A brand-new touring festival for Summer 2021, visiting 15 major city parks across the UK. Four days of open-air cinema, street food, live comedy, short film, craft beers prosecco, gin and cocktails. and more! 2nd – 5th Sept. visitleeds.co.uk

Fri 3rd Sept

BOLTON GIN FESTIVAL 2021
The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton. There’s no party like a gin festival. Join the party atmosphere and be spoilt for choice with over 100 carefully selected gins under one roof. To help set the party mood there will also be amazing live music, fabulous food and of course loads of fun.3rd – 4th Sept. alberthalls-bolton.co.uk

ST ANNES INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL 2021
St Annes Beach, St Annes. Taking place on St Annes Central Beach, the event will kick off with an Illuminated night flight on Fri 3rd Sept. The event continues on the 4th – 5th Sept with kites of all shapes and sizes from all over the world. Combined with fun fair rides, bouncy castles, stalls, live entertainment, donkey rides and more. visitlancashire.com

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BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS SWITCH ON
Blackpool. The sort of spectacle that everyone should see at least once, the greatest free light show on earth has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879. Blackpool Illumination 2021 is a little different this year. The annual Illuminations display is to be extended by two months to provide an invaluable boost to the resort’s tourism season. 3rd Sept 2021 – 3rd Jan 2022. visitblackpool.com

BINGO THAT’S BONKERS
Burnley Mechanics, Manchester Rd, Burnley. Don’t miss out on a chance to be chosen at random to join in the wide range of party games throughout the night and win some really crazy prizes. 3rd – 4th Sept. 7.30pm. £15. burnleyleisure.co.uk

RHS PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate. Celebrating the best in garden photography, this annual competition is an autumn highlight in the 58-acre garden. 3rd Sept – 10th Oct. Free to RHS members and included in garden admission. Adults £13.50, child 5 – 16yrs £6.75. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

FLYING SCOTSMAN
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton St Station, Bury. The legendary Flying Scotsman will be paying a very special visit to the East Lancashire Railway, a highlight in their calendar of steam train events. 3rd – 5th Sept. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

ART IN THE PARK
Lister Park, North Park Rd, Bradford. Stroll around Lister Park to view sculpture and public artwork, some on loan by the artists, others from Bradford’s own collections. See Bingley based artist Marcus Levine’s steel clout nail sculpture ‘Hung Out to Dry’ and family favourite, fibre glass ‘Hochlandbew’ by Otmar Alt. New to the Art in the Park series. Exhibition ends 30th Sept. whatson.bradford.gov.uk

Sat 4th Sept

AUTUMN STEAM FAIR
The Villa, Wrea Green, Preston. Following their last Steam Fair some 20 years ago we are back again with their own ‘Autumn Steam Fair’ at ‘The Villa’, Wrea Green. Two days of fun for all the family. 4th – 5th Sept. 10am – 5pm. wherecanwego.com

LOOK, LISTEN, MAKE THINGS – Exhibition
Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library, Market Sq, Preston. A major exhibition by acclaimed artist Bob and Roberta Smith featuring an exciting new commission for the Harris. Bob and Roberta Smith is actually one man, an artist, activist, art education advocate, writer and musician who assumed the pseudonym while he was living and working with his sister, Roberta. Exhibition ends 2nd Oct. Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm. theharis.org.uk

Sun 5th Sept

MOTOR NEURON DISEASE ASSOCIATION EXHIBITION
Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley. The West Yorkshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease will be hosting an Art Exhibition in the Manor House, featuring two West Yorkshire artists, Matthew Evans and Mary Johnson Green and the winners of the Art Competition. Free admission. Sat & Sun 11am – 4pm. Currently running until 3rd Oct. whatson.bradford.gov.uk

FOUNTAINS ABBEY AND STUDLEY ROYAL WATER GARDEN
Ripon. Ancient Abbey ruins and an awe-inspiring water garden at this World Heritage Site. Following the latest government guidance, the abbey and water garden as well as the Studley deer park are open for much needed access to nature. Booking essential. nationaltrust.org.uk

PENDLE TRIATHLON FESTIVAL – GO TRI
West Craven Sports Centre, Barnoldswick. Set at West Craven Sports Centre in Barnoldswick, in the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Pendle Triathlon Festival 2021 is ideal for first timers but also attracts a host of experienced and elite racers. There are also opportunities to take part in the Go Tri and Sprint Tri. 8.30am. From £10 britishtriathlon.org

Wed 8th Sept

THE RAMSBOTTOM JIGSAW FESTIVAL 2021
St Paul’s Church, Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, Bury. Once again, St Paul’s Church in Ramsbottom will be filled with hundreds of assembled jigsaw puzzles, all brought together in a huge patchwork of colour, shapes and sizes. All puzzles are available to buy. 8th – 11th Sept. Adults £2, children free. 10am – 5pm each day (+ 6.30 – 8.30pm on Thurs 9th Sept). Tel: 07870951251.

Fri 10th Sept

GRUEL AND GRAFT – Heritage Open Day
Thackray Museum of Medicine, Beckett Street, Leeds. Experience the life of a Leeds Union Workhouse inmate on this exciting new walking tour. Follow Matron through the former workhouse and discover what inmates ate, where they slept, and more about the lives of the people who inhabited our building. 11am – 3pm. thackraymuseum.co.uk

BLACKPOOL WORLD FIREWORKS COMPETITION 2021
Tower Festival Headland & North Pier, Blackpool. Fabulous fireworks displays with teams from around the globe. Probably the best seaside fireworks displays in the country, and the Illuminations are on at the same time. 10th Sept, 17th Sept, 24th Sept & 1st Oct. loveblackpool.uk

DISCOVER ANCIENT EGYPT
The Atkinson Museum, Lord Street, Southport. Our stunning Egyptology museum takes visitors on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. The museum showcases Mrs Goodison’s personal Egyptology collection in an intimate exhibition. Mon – Sat 11am – 4pm. Free. theatkinson.co.uk.

SALTAIRE FESTIVAL
Saltaire Village, Victoria Rd, Saltaire.
A celebration of the arts, community and the village’s unique history, the Festival runs over a period of 10 days and attracts more than 30,000 people to enjoy some 100+ events. Featuring exhibitions, music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, markets, fairs, food and drink, comedy and spoken word, dance and theatre. There really is something for everyone! 10th – 17th Sept. saltairefestival.co.uk

Sat 11th Sept

THE PENDLE WITCHES GHOST HUNT WITH HAUNTING NIGHTS
Newchurch Village, Burnley. Join Haunting Nights as they take you on a Ghost Walk looking for the ghost of the witches of Pendle Hill. Let Haunting nights take you on a trip back in time as they take you to the Most Haunted locations in this chilling story. 8.30pm. £10 hauntingnightsghostwalks.co.uk

LANCASHIRE GAME AND COUNTRY FESTIVAL
Woodacre Lodge Farm, Gubberford Lane, Scorton, Preston. The Lancashire Game and Country Festival will showcase the many and varied aspects of country living in Lancashire. 11th – 12th Sept. Adults £12, children £10 – 16yrs £8, under 10s free. lancashiregamefestival.co.uk

Sun 12th Sept

MALTON OPEN DAY
Highfield Gallops, Langton Road, Malton. Each year the racing yards of Malton welcome the general public and offer a fantastic insight into what goes on behind the scenes as well as the opportunity to meet an array of equine heroes, racehorse trainers and dedicated stable staff. A brilliant day out for racing enthusiasts and families alike. maltonopenday.co.uk

Thurs 16th Sept

TENNANTS AUCTIONEERS
Free Valuation Day. Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes. Tennants’ experienced valuers will be pleased to appraise silver, ceramics, paintings, books, jewellery, clocks, watches, books and collectables as well as value larger items from images or free home visits. Free admission. lythamhall.org.uk

Fri 17th Sept

LANCASHIRE ENCOUNTER FESTIVAL
Preston City Centre, Preston. Lancashire Encounter will be back this September with an extended event which welcomes all your favourite activities. The festival brings you an exciting dance piece highlighting the wonderful Preston story of Dick Kerr’s Ladies, a 4metre tall puppet come to tell us a story, HOWL, a film created by 100 people howling on Preston bus station and other newly commissioned pieces including virtual reality and new music. 6pm. Visitlancashire.com

HARROGATE AUTUMN FLOWER SHOW
Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon. Enjoy two great days out in one at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show in its new location at Newby Hall & Gardens! A great day out for all the family. Admission to the 2021 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show will also include access to Newby’s award-winning gardens. 17th – 19th Sept. £19 – £22, concs £8. flowershow.org.uk

Sat 18th Sept

ADVENTURES OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS AMANDA OWEN
The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster. In this frank, funny and informative new show, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen shares heart warming tales and honest anecdotes from her remarkable farming, family life in North Yorkshire. 2pm & 7.30pm. lancastergrand.co.uk

Sun 19th Sept

HERITAGE OPEN DAY
Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham St Annes. Tel: 01253 736652 for more information. Free.

ARTIST OF HOPE
Towneley Hall & Park, Burnley. An exhibition of stunning work by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Evelyn De Morgan which features 45 of her symbolic paintings. Alongside these artworks are stories of people from Lancashire who have served on the frontline at different times in history. Exhibition is on until 18th Dec. Closed Fri. towneley.org.uk

Tues 21st Sept

SKIPTON TOWN HALL TEA DANCE
Skipton Town Hall, Skipton. Bring your dancing shoes and be entertained by Blackpool Tower resident organist, John Bowdler. 1.30pm – 4pm. ticketsource.co.uk

AUTUMN EXHIBITION
Lytham Heritage Centre, 2 Henry St, Lytham St Annes. Paintings by Lytham St Annes Art Society. 21st Sept – 10th Oct. 10am – 4pm daily, closed Mondays, Free Admission. lythamheritage.wordpress.com

Thurs 23rd Sept

KENTON COOL – Everest The Cool Way
Dukes Theatre and Cinema, Moor Lane, Lancaster. Kenton talks about his life of climbing and adventure, climbing Aconcagua to the jungles of Bolivia. 8.30pm. £15 – £18. dukeslancaster.org

NYMR ANNUAL STEAM GALA
Pickering Station, 12 Park St, Pickering. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway’s Annual Steam Gala is back with up to 13 locomotives in steam. Ride behind their guest locomotives and home fleet engines across the four days with services calling at Pickering, Levisham, Newtondale Halt (by request), Goathland, Grosmont and Whitby stations. 23rd – 26th Sept. nymr.co.uk

Fri 24th Sept

NAPOLEON IN EXILE
The Fusilier Museum, Moss St, Bury. Napoleon in Exile tells the story of the final days of Napoleon Bonaparte. Showcasing internationally important objects, including Napoleon’s own books, pistols and lock of hair, the exhibition will bring to life his final days in May 1821. This exhibition is a must see, chance in a lifetime for Napoleon enthusiasts. 24th Sept – 5th Nov. Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 4pm. fusiliermuseum.com

Sat 25th Sept

THE LIFE OF THE ELEPHANT MAN
Square Chapel Arts Centre, 10 Square Road, Halifax. Author Joanne Vigor-Mungovin has looked into the early life of Merrick and his family in her hometown of Leicester and is visiting Square Chapel to talk about this incredible person. 2pm. £8 – £10. squarechapel.co.uk

THE BRONTE INTERACTIVE GHOST WALK
Haworth, West Yorkshire. Join Haunting Nights as they take you back in time at this historic village in Yorkshire. The Black Bull is known to be one of most haunted inns in the UK. This 300-year-old public house was Patrick Branwell Bronte’s (brother of Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronte) favourite place to drink. The Kings Arms Haworth Built on three storeys of local millstone grit, it is a typical, dark Yorkshire building from the early 18th century. Over the years, there have been consistent reports of at least three different men dressed in black Victorian style suits haunting the Kings Arms. 7.30pm £10 allevents.in

Sun 26th Sept

FESTIVAL OF SPIRIT AUTUMN 2021
The Muni, Colne. An amazing collection of holistic therapists, spiritual readers, craft & retail, food, children’s activities, talks & demonstrations. A family friendly event for the Mind Body & Spirit! Browse wonderful retail stalls, relax with a treatment or have a reading. A fantastic health and well being day out. 10am. £4. themuni.co.uk

AIRE VALLEY BRICK SHOW
Airedale Shopping Centre, Keighley. Organised and delivered by Bricktopia, another family-friendly show with LEGO bricks in the Aire Valley, offering visitors an awesome LEGO brick experience. Professional model displays, competitions, and trade stalls. 11am. Free Entry. eventbrite.co.uk

Fri 1st Oct

HELMSHORE MILLS TEXTILE MUSEUM
Holcombe Road, Helmshore, Rossendale. Nestled in a stunning rural location, the museum consists of two historic working mills, Higher Mill a wool fulling mill and Whitaker Mill a cotton mill. Explore the site to learn about an industry that shaped local Lancashire lives and the industrial heritage of Britain. Fri – Sun, 12noon – 4pm for pre-booked visits. lancashire.gov.uk

Thurs 7th Oct

YORKSHIRE DALES CHEESE FESTIVAL
Various venues, Yorkshire Dales. As you know, we are famous for cheese in the Dales and this reflects the wonderful farmers and producers we have in the area, and of course we are proud of it, but there are many other delicious local products, special to the area, that are just waiting for you to discover! 7th – 10th Oct. yorkshiredales.org.uk

Fri 8th Oct

HAWORTH STEAMPUNK WEEKEND 2021
Main Street, Haworth. You will see Steampunk, Victorian and Edwardian fashion. Steampunk vehicles, dancers, tea duelling, best dressed, steampunk accessories and Steampunk traders. Steampunks gather to socialise, shop and be enter-tained whilst taking in the lovely atmosphere and the pretty surroundings. This is an annual charity event for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Bronteadventures.co.uk

Sat 9th Oct

NATIONAL ALPINE SHOW
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate. Harlow Carr is famed for its alpines and this show is always a popular one. See an array of finely grown alpine plants and pick some up to take home from the specialist nurseries. Free to RHS members and included in garden admission. Adults £13.50, child 5 – 16yrs £6.75. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

COURAGE & DEVOTION
The Atkinson Museum, Lord Street, Southport. This exhibition remembers the lives of the Polish Airmen based at RAF Woodvale, the iconic Spitfire and some of the stories associated with the area during World War II. Exhibition is on until 12th March 2022. Closed Sun & bank holidays. theatkinson.co.uk.

Tues 12th Oct

THE ‘MEXICO’ DISASTER LIFEBOAT DISASTER EXHIBITION
Lytham Heritage Centre, 2 Henry St, Lytham St Annes. The ‘Mexico’ Disaster Lytham Heritage Group exhibition to commemorate the 135th Anniversary of the worst ever lifeboat disaster that occurred locally on 9th Dec 1886. 12th Oct – 21st Nov. lythamheritage.wordpress.com

Thurs 14th Oct

KWVR BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Haworth. Arguably one of the north’s best Beer & Music Festivals. From Thurs 14th Oct through to Sun 20th Oct, the Railway is transformed into a 5-mile beer festival with bars at Oxenhope (every day), Ingrow (Fri – Sun only) and Keighley (Fri & Sat only). kwvr.co.uk

Fri 15th Oct

AUTUMN STEAM GALA
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton St Station, Bury. Climb aboard and ride all weekend long behind their fleet of sensational steam engines in all their glory. You’ll see all the familiar faces. 15th – 17th Oct. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Sat 16th Oct

WORLD WAR ONE AND THE BRADFORD PALS
Undercliffe Cemetery, 127 Undercliffe Lane, The Lodge, Bradford. A tour of Undercliffe Cemetery covering the soldiers’ stories who served with the Bradford Pals in World War One. Tour Guides: David Whithorn and Andy Tyne. Tour starts at 11am and last for around 90 mins. Tickets – £5.98 via Eventbrite.

Sun 17th Oct

AN EVENING WITH SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON
The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton. An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2,000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. 7.30pm. £26. alberthalls-bolton.co.uk

Sat 23rd Oct

LANCASHIRE SCIENCE FESTIVAL
University of Central Lancashire Preston. A celebration of all things Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, with a day full of live shows, workshops and drop-in activities. 10am – 4pm. Tel: 01772 894288.

ROYAL ARMOURIES MUSEUM
Armouries Drive, Leeds. Explore the national museum of arms and armour, with objects from across the world and through time over five floors of stunning displays. Experience daily live performances, including combat demonstrations, object handling sessions and talks. Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm, school holidays daily. Free.

Mon 25th Oct

ALL THINGS WOOLY
Skipton Market, North Yorkshire. Celebrating the brilliance of yarn in all its forms, the award-winning festival brings together over 180 makers, craft workers, retailers, and artisans in the picturesque market town of Skipton. Now a must-visit event for yarn enthusiasts everywhere, around 7,500 visitors regularly flock to the town to enjoy the weekend. 10am. Various Prices. yarndale.co.uk

BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY
Chorley Theatre, Chorley. Celebrating 35 years of the classic adventure, watch all three films on the big screen!
The classic time-travel trilogy – back on the big screen! In the first film, Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student is accidentally sent 30 years into the past by his close friend the eccentric scientist Doc Brown. Stuck in 1955 he must save his parent’s relationship, avoid the town bully and find a way to get back to the future. 1.30pm. £5 per film, £12 for all three. visitlancashire.com

JURASSIC SPECIALS
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, The Railway Station, Station Rd, Haworth. Are you brave enough to get close to a giant T-Rex and Raptor? See the epic battle between an animatronic 8ft T-Rex and mischievous Raptor at Keighley. There’ll be cute baby dinosaurs for those not quite brave enough to meet the bigger boys, and live reptiles waiting for you too. Don’t forget to pick up your activity sheet on arrival. 25th – 29th Oct. kwvr.co.uk

Thurs 28th Oct

HALLOWEEN GHOST TRAINS
East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury. Looking for some tricks and treats to share with the little ones this Halloween? Pay a visit to the East Lancashire Railway for a spooktacular seasonal celebration. Meet friendly ghouls and ghosts and head out on a haunted steam train ride! Get ready for the ride of your life, but be warned, not everything is as it seems… 5.30pm. Vari-ous Prices. eastlancsrailway.org.uk

APPLE DISPLAY & FRUIT AND VEGETABLE COMPETITION
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate. Discover locally grown apple varieties and bring your own along for advice and identification. Enjoy spectacular displays of 80 classes of champion fruit and vegetables. 28th – 31st Oct. Free to members and included in garden admission. Adults £13.50, child 5yrs – 16yrs £6.75. rhs.org.uk/harlowcarr

Fri 29th Oct

SIR RANULPH FIENNES – Living Dangerously
St. George’s Hall, Blackburn. In Living Dangerously, Sir Ranulph offers a personal journey through his life, from his early years to the present day. Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours have pushed his endurance levels to the very limits, inspiring generations and making him a pioneer of exploration with an unparalleled story to tell. 7pm. £29 – £34. bwdvenues.com

CREATIVE CRAFTS FAIR
Lowther Pavilion & Gardens, Lytham St. Annes. Creative craft fair. 29th – 31st Oct. 10am. Free. lowtherpavilion.co.uk

Sat 30th Oct

HALLOWEEN IN COLNE
Parliament Street Car Park, Colne. Hallowe’en in Colne celebration has it all: children’s free face painting, a shop window competition, market stalls in the Parliament Street Car Park, funfair in the Hartley Square, crafts in the Market Hall, pumpkin competition, in the Creepy Corridor, fancy dress competition in front of the Market Hall, crafts and story telling in the Library. 9am. Free Admission. colnetowncouncil.co.uk

SPOOKY SILENT DISCO
Winter Gardens, Ilkley. A silent disco (4 different music sets that you can chop and change depending on your mood). A bit of silly fun and a chance to catch up with people, dance & have a laugh. Plus raising money for two fantastic charities in the Stroke Association and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 7pm.Various Prices. eventbrite.co.uk

Sun 31st Oct

ONCE UPON A CRIME
Leighton Hall, Carnforth. After Dark Murder Mystery Events presents a Once Upon A Crime suitable for children aged 4 – 11, all children and families are welcome. Tickets to be booked in advance online via this website. 10am & 2pm. £7.50. leightonhall.co.uk

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