What’s On Friday 23rd December

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Don’t miss our What’s On section for all the best in entertainment across the Fylde coast.

Attractions

BLACKPOOL MODEL VILLAGE. Take a big look around this tiny world which recreates English life from times gone by. East Park Drive, Blackpool. Open daily 10am. Details (01253) 763827.

MADAME TUSSAUDS. The best of British celebrities. More information www.madametussauds.com/blackpool. Central Promenade, Blackpool. 10am to 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 299483

SEA LIFE CENTRE. More information www.sealife.co.uk/blackpool. Golden Mile, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621258.

BLACKPOOL TOWER BALLROOM. Open daily except for special events. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (0844) 8561000.

BLACKPOOL TOWER DUNGEON. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (01253) 622242

BLACKPOOL TOWER EYE. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (0844) 8561000

BLACKPOOL TOWER JUNGLE JIM’S. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (0844) 8561000.

BLACKPOOL ZOO AND DINOSAUR SAFARI. Home to more than 400 animals as well as 32 different dinosaurs. Daily from 10am. East Park Drive, Blackpool. Details (01253) 830830.

FARMER PARR’S ANIMAL WORLD. Rare breeds galore. Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane and Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood. Daily, 10am to 5pm. Details, (01253) 874389.

RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Two floors of interactive exhibitions and displays. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, South Shore. Daily from 10am. Details, (0871) 2221234.

Christmas shows

MOOKY’S OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD. Panto and circus combined with Mooky, Mr Boo and a full cast. Tower Circus, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool. 3pm.

ALL LEYE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU. Back by popular demand Leye D Johns, Phil Jeffries, the Viva Showgirls and Darren Coulton in a festive party night. The Cabaret Lounge, The Layton, Westcliffe Drive, Layton. Ends January 8. Box office, (01253) 352301.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. The venue’s first professional pantomime. Cast includes comedian Tom Bright as the Dame and Karen Roberts as The Princess. Thornton Little Theatre, Four Lane Ends, Thornton. Tonight, 7pm. Ends January 6. Box office, (01253) 858529.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The annual extravaganza presented by the Blackpool Ice Drome Charities Association. The Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Today, 7.30pm. Box office, 0871 2229090.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle with Steve Royle, Kenny Jones and full company in a fast moving family pantomime. Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool. Ends January 2. Times vary (no shows Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve). Box office, (01253) 743343.

FUNNY GIRLS CHRISTMAS SHOW. Tinsel and glitter and all the usual frolics. Funny Girls, Dickson Road, Blackpool. Nightly (no shows Monday, December 25 and 26). Ends January 8. Box office, 0844 2472665.

ALADDIN. Ted Robbins and full supporting case returns after past year’s record breaking show with another family favourite.. Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston. Times vary (no shows Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 2. Box office, 0845 3442012.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. The Library Theatre Company at the Lowry present Kenneth Grahame’s classic adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett. Directed by Chris Honer. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. Times vary (no shows Sundays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 14. Box office, 0843 2086000.

THE BFG. David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story directed by Joe Sumsion. The Dukes. Moor Lane, Lancaster. Times vary (no shows Sundays, November 28, December 5, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day,January 2 and 3). Ends January 7. Box office, (01524) 589000.

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Elizabeth Newman directs her way down the Yellow Brick Road in this adaptation of the L. Frank Baum favourite. Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. Times vary (no shows Sunday Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 14. Box office, (01204) 520661.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. George S Kaufman and Moss Hart’s screwball 1930s Broadway comedy hit revived. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. Monday to Friday, 7.30pm. Saturday 4 and 8pm. Also Wednesday matinees 2.30pm (December 24, 2.30pm only, December 26 at 4 and 8pm). Box office, (0161) 8339833.Pubs and bars

SINDERFELLA. Blackpool-based Alice Barry (Lillian from Shameless) and full outrageous cast in an adult’s only pantomime. Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. Ends January 7. Box office, 0161 2379753 (after 4pm)

SCROOGE. Tommy Steele returns yet again to the role that he has made his own in this musical based on Dickens’ A Christmas carol. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. Times vary. Ends January 7 (no shows Sundays, Christmas Day or New Year Year’s Day). Box office, 0843 2086000.

JACK AND BEANSTALK. Pendle Productions return with a cast including Radio Lancashire’s Sally Naden, Conor Ryan (Coronation Street) and CJ (from BBC’s Eggheads). Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham. Times vary. Ends December 30 (no shows Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Box office, (01253) 658666.

RED RIDING HOOD. Horse+Bamboo recreates the timeless fairytale in its own distinctive style. The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. 11am and 1.30pm to December 31 (no shows Sundays or Mondays). Box office, (0161) 8339833.

Irish, folk and country

THISTLE. With Jim Smith deputising for usual frontman Mike Heyes. The Strawberry Gardens, Poulton Road, Fleetwood.

Pubs and bars

REVEREND ROCK. New venture for some familiar faces, music veterans and long time friends. The Old Town Hall, Market Place, Poulton.

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT. Celebrate with a Robbie Williams tribute. The Swift Hound, Rigby Road, Blackpool.

THE BLUE PIG ORCHESTRA. The Queens, Fleetwood.

BOB ON. Local Bob Marley tribute band. The Prince Arthur, Lord Street, Fleetwood.

MAD FRIDAY CHRISTMAS PARTY. For those people lucky enough to get out of the early – or later. The Washington, Topping Street, Blackpool.

MAD FRIDAY PARTY. With Lee “The Festive Jester” Watson and Vince Williams.Ian. Che Bar and CoCo, Market Street, Blackpool.

TRIDENT. Hard rocking band. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Queens Promenade, Bispham.

MANHATTAN. The Venue, North Promenade, Cleveleys.

NICK UNLIMITED. The Cedar Tavern, Cedar Square, Blackpool.

DISCO NIGHT AND KARAOKE. The Gynn, Gynn Square, Blackpool. Also Saturday. 8pm to 1am.

DJ DARRELL LORD. R&B, chart, party and all things dance. Bar 19 Queen Street, Blackpool. 9pm to 4am.

CABARET NIGHT. Live act weekly. Four Lane Ends, Hawes Side Lane, Marton.

JOE CURRAN’S WEEKEND WARM UP. Nostalgic tunes, giant beats and humour. The Castle, Central Drive, Blackpool. 5 to 10pm.

FRIDAY NIGHT AT REVOLUTION. Neil Smallridge plays house, electro and club classic disco. Revolution, Market Street, Blackpol. From 8pm to 3am.

FUNKY FRIDAY. With Steve Warren. Yates’s, Market Street, Blackpool.

DEREK THE IRISH LEPRECHAUN. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Queens Promenade, Bispham. Afternoon.

FUN FACTORY. With DJ Doug E. Love. Walkabout, Queen Street, Blackpool. To 3am.

JOE DAVIS DISCO AND KARAOKE. The Excelsior, Lytham Road, South Shore.

THE JOHN ADAMS TRIO. Plus guests with jazz, blues and swing. The Galleon, Abingdon Street, Blackpool.

GUEST ACTS. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool.

ROXY HART AND BONNIE LA BLUE. Cabaret all night. Free admission before 9.30pm. Roxy’s, Queen Street, Blackpool.

FRIDAY NIGHT EXPERIENCE. With DJ Banksy. Rumours, Talbot Square, Blackpool. 10pm to 4am.

UPFRONT FRIDAY. Deeper house djs from the UK and Ibiza. Bar 137, Church Street, Blackpool. 1am.

JIMMY DAY. Che Bar, Talbot Square, Blackpool.

DISCO NIGHT. Papa Greywolf. Bay Horse Hotel, Station Road, Thornton.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT. Rota of weekly acts. Scruffy Murphy’s, Corporation Street, Blackpool. And Saturday.

Rock and pop

A VERY MESSY CHRISTMAS. Eleven bands pummel their way through a selection of Christmas songs. Acts include Goonies Never Say Die, Makers Of Venice, The Locals, Dinosaurs Are Not Dragons, Escape Artist, The Colours, Kraul, Litterbug, Last Breath and Laura Catlow’s The Herman Post. The Blue Room, Church Street, Blackpool. Fom 7.30pm.

Social clubs

MIKALA LEIGH. Stanley Road WMC, Stanley Road, (off Hornby Road), Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621168.

RICK JACKSON. Duple Social Club, 96a Bond Street, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341647.

JOHN JEFFREY. Hampton Road Social, Off Lytham Road, South Shore. Details, (01253) 341508.

RED AND BLUE. Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive, Layton. Details, (01253) 391774.

KRISTINA CASTELLINA. Blackpool’s Number One Club, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 341441.

LOADED. Bispham Con. Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham. Details, (01253) 357519.

TICKETY BOO. Bloomfield Club, 128 Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583.

MIKE DENNETT & CHIC. Hotels and Apartments Club, 122 Coronation Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 623784.

GERRY SANDON. Cleveleys Men’s Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys. Details, (01253) 853219.

NIKKI MILLER. Brunswick Club, Bethesda Square, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624208.

SHELLEY TIMMINS. Highfield Road & Rec., 79 Highfield Road, South Shore. Details, (01253) 342389.

TONY MITCHELL. Thornton Cleveleys Wings Club. 135, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. Details (01253) 852709.

TERRY ON THE ORGAN. Blackpool RBL Club, 33-39 King Street, Blackpool. Details (01253) 626308.

KATIE DEXTOR. Station Road Social Club, 11 Station Road, South Shore.

DJ KIERAN. Plus karaoke. North Shore Sports and Social Club, Cross Street, Blackpool.

Cabaret

80S GOLD. Hits from a golden age of pop - plus three course meal. Sands Venue, Central Promenade, Blackpool.

CABARET. With Jennifer Ball, Captain Ginger and Stella Artois. Mardi Gras, Talbot Road, Blackpool.

CABARET SHOW. With Miss Lee Star and vocals from Tim James. Lucy’s @ Tobago, Talbot Road, Blackpool. From 9pm.

Karaoke

KARAOKE CONTEST. Heats every Friday and Saturday. Grand final on January 21 with £1000 and £250 to be won. The Ardwick, Foxhall Road, Blackpool.

AFTERNOON KARAOKE. With Kieron. Mardi Gras, Talbot Road, Blackpool.

KARAOKE. The Townsman, Topping Street, Blackpool.

KARAOKE WITH RAY AND THE GANG. Ma Kelly’s Stanley Arms, Chapel Street, Blackpool. From 7pm.

KARAOKE. With Mark Michaels. Frankie’s Bar, Ma Kelly’s Station, Talbot Road, Blackpool. From 9pm.

FUN KARAOKE AND PARTY DJS. Nellie Dean’s , North Promenade, Blackpool.

KARAOKE NIGHT. The Albert, Lytham Road, South Shore.

KARAOKE. Daily session. Chubby’s Bar, The Promenade, Blackpool. From 9am to 6pm.

KARAOKE. Knobby’s Bar. West Street, Blackpool. And Thursday, Friday and Saturday. From 7pm.

KARAOKE. And Play Your Cards Right. Christ The King Social Centre, Chepstow Road, Blackpool.

KARAOKE ROADSHOW. Bloomfield Hotel, Ansdell Road, Blackpool.

KARAOKE. With R Mark. Seven Stars Hotel, Hallgate, Stalmine.

KARAOKE AND DECADES DISCO. With the Steve Linz. The Dickens Inn, Cleveleys. 7.30pm to midnight.

KARAOKE. 3,000 songs to choose from. The Ramsden Arms, Talbot Road, Blackpool.

THE CAROLOKE ZONE. With Carol Hartwell. The Sandyforth Arms (formerly Last Orders), Trunnah Road, Thornton.

JAY’s KARAOKE. Prizes and bargain priced meals. The Newton Arms. Normoss.

KARAOKE AND PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. With Dave, Emma and Sean. The Highfield, Highfield Road, South Shore. 9pm to midnight.

KARAOKE PARTY TIME. With host Sam. The Duke of York, Dickson Road, Blackpool. From 9pm.

KARAOKE PARTY NIGHT. Choose from over 50,000 songs. The Cherry Blossom Hotel, Warley Road, North Shore. From 9.30pm.

KARAOKE DISCO. Over 40,000 tracks. The Sandpiper, Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys.

KARAOKE. With DJ Marki. The Rose & Crown, Corporation Street, Blackpool. 8pm.

BULL KARAOKE ROADSHOW. The Albert, Lytham Road, South Shore.

Music

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT. Carols and classics with all the style and grace of an 18th century concert. Grand Hall, Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston. 7.30pm.

Nightclubs

BIG FRIDAY. DJs Elliot Smith and Sam Newson starting the party early. The Residence, Vicarage Road, Poulton.

Quizzes

QUIZ NIGHT. The Tramway, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. 9.30 to 11pm.

BIG MICK’S FUN QUIZ. The Squirrel, Bispham Road, Bispham.

Country and line dancing

COUNTRY & WESTERN NIGHT. New venue. The Outpost, Fleetwood Rugby Club, Melbourne Avenue, Fleetwood. Details, (01253) 826120.

LANCASHIRE ROSE LINE DANCE CLUB. All Hallows Parish Church, Bispham. 2 to 4pm. Community Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. 2 to 4pm and Broadway Rooms, St Nicholas’s Church, Broadway, Fleetwood. 7.30 to 10.30pm. Details, (07766) 310260.

FANCY FEET LINE DANCE. Parish Rooms, Headroomgate Road, St Annes. 10am to noon. Details, (07984)188972.

Social and other dancing

POPULAR & SOCIAL SEQUENCE. With Brian and Maureen. Senior Citizens Hall, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. 7 to 10pm. Details, (01253) 873122.

BELLY DANCING. Ladies only – all ages, shapes and level welcome. 6.30 to 7.30pm. St Chad’s Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Poulton. Details, (01253) 394830 or 07811 189980.

BELLYDANCING FOR BEGINNERS. For ladies and children of all ages, shapes and sizes. The Junction, Beacon Hill Family Centre, Warbreck Hill Road, Blackpool. 4.15 to 5.15pm. Details, (07811) 189980 or (01253) 883877.

ADULT DANCE CLASSES. Class Act Theatre School, Holy Family Church Hall, Links Road, North Shore. 7pm.

CHILDRENS DANCE CLASSES. United Reformed Church, Queensway, Poulton and Womens’ Institute, Great Eccleston.. Details, (07792) 410390.

UP TO DATE SEQUENCE. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church Hall, Church Road, Lytham. 2 to 4pm. Details, (07765) 554877.

SEQUENCE DANCE CLUB. Old favourites and new dances. Dean Street Memorial Hall, South Shore. 7 to 10pm. Details, (01253)863693.

SEQUENCE. Tuition, 10 to 11am. Sequence dancing until 12.45pm. With David and Rita Harrod. St Christopher’s Parish Centre, Hawes Side Lane, Marton. Details, (01253) 356284.

STREET DANCE AND BREAK DANCE. Mimi Dance presents sessions for under 10’s at 5.30pm. Sessions for over 10’s at 6.30pm. ECN Bodyworks. Chiswick Grove, Marton. Details, 07584 359310.

ADULT STREET DANCE WORKOUT. Mimi Dance presents sessions for adults at 6.30pm. ECN Bodyworks. Chiswick Grove, Marton. Details, 07584 359310.

Keep fit

OVER 50S EXERCISE CLASS. United Reformed Church Hall, Rossall Road (next to Cleveleys Library), Cleveleys. 11am to noon. Details, (01253) 853295.

AEROBICS. Over 50s. United Reformed Church Hall, near Cleveleys Library, Cleveleys. 2 to 3pm. Details, (01253) 853295.

BLT. Bums, legs and tums. Tiptoes Theatre School, Collingwood Place, Layton. 9.30 to 10.30am. Details, (07951) 012888.

MUAY THAI. Thai boxing. Pure Impact Fitness Studio, Dover Road, South Shore. 7 to 8.30pm. Details (07928) 128674.

MEND. Free, fun fitness programme for seven to 13 year olds. Poulton Community Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. 5 to 7pm. Fleetwood Lofthouse YMCA, Fleetwood. 5 to 7pm. And St Annes YMCA. Details, (01253) 882105.

IYENGAR YOGA CLASS. For men and women, equipment provided. St Mary Michael’s Social Centre, Castle Lane, Garstang. 1 to 2.30pm. Details, (01253) 399495.

PHOENIX TAE KWONDO. All ages welcome. Vida, Garstang Road, Blackpool. 6 to 7pm. Details, (07963) 104353.

TAI CHI. All levels. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 10 to 11.30am. Details, (01253) 724117.

PILATES. With Lisa. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 11am to noon; Palatine Leisure Centre, St Annes Road, South Shore. 10 to 11am. Details, (01253) 403273.

Others

THORNTON CLEVELEYS YOUTH THEATRE. Weekly rehearsals. New members aged 10 to 18 always welcome. Operatic Hall, Ritherham Avenue, Cleveleys. More details, (01253) 864089.

GIRLGUIDING. Fun, games, challenges, craft, sleepovers and camps. 5th Blackpool Brownies 6 to 7.30pm, Guides 7.45 to 9.30pm St Paul’s Worship Centre, Edgerton Road, Blackpool; Norbreck Senior Section meet alternate Fridays 8 to10pm All Hallows Church Hall in the Shippon, All Hallows Road, Bispham. Details 352098.

BRIDGE CLUBS. Gazette Bridge Club – friendly duplicate bridge. The Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool. 7pm; Lytham Bridge Club – friendly, beginners and improvers bridge 1.30pm, friendly duplicate bridge – 7.15pm. Lytham Bridge Club, Pembroke Road, Lytham; Clifton Bridge Club. Ansdell Institute, Woodlands Road, Ansdell. 7.30pm.

GOLDEN CIRCLE OF LIGHT. Clairvoyance awareness evening and psychic development. 478 Lytham Road (next to Arnold School), South Shore. 7.30pm.

COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNINGS. St Peter’s Community Centre, Lytham Road, South Shore. 10.30am to noon.

ART CLUBS. Blackpool Art Society – general painting ,9.30am and 2pm. The Studio. Wilkinson Avenue (off Woodland Grove). Blackpool; Art Workshop Class. Frank Townend Community Centre, Kensington Road, Cleveleys. 9am to noon; Windmill Art Society. All abilities welcome. Frank Townend Centre, Beach Road, Cleveleys. 1 to 3pm.