Don’t miss our What’s On section for all the best in entertainment across the Fylde coast.
MADAME TUSSAUDS. The best of British celebrities. More information www.madametussauds.com/blackpool. Central Promenade, Blackpool. 10am to 4.30pm (later during school holidays). Details, (01253) 299483
SEA LIFE CENTRE. Brand new for 2011 - Claws! A collection of crusty creatures from the deep. 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, (01253)0844) 8561000.
BLACKPOOL TOWER JUNGLE JIM’S. Two adulst free with every paying child. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (01253)0844) 8561000.
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.
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.
PENNY FARM RESCUE & REHABILITATION CENTRE. Meet the horses and ponies. Visitor centre, guided tours. Free entry. Preston New Road, Peel. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Details, (01253) 766095.
RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Two floors of interactive exhibitions and displays. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, South Shore. Daily from 10am. Details, (0871) 2221234.
Theatre and shows
WIZARD OF OZ. Garstang Theatre Group invite audiences down the Yellow Brick Road. Garstang High School, Bowgreave, Garstang. 7.30pm nightly. To Saturday.
THE BEST OF BLACKPOOL. All new circus show with Mooky and Mr Boo plus speciality acts from around the world. Tower Circus, Blackpool Tower. Noon and VVIP special show, 7.30pm.2.30pm. Box office, 0844 8561000.
GHOST: THE MUSICAL. New stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1990 film prior to opening in London’s West End and starring Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy. Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester. Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Ends May 14.
THE DEMOLITION MAN. Based on the life of Fred Dibnah, a new play by Aelish Michael directed by David Thacker and starring Colin Connor as Fred Dibnah and Michelle Collins as Sheila. Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. To May 7. Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm plus selected matinees. Box office, (01204) 520661.
5 @ 50. World premiere of Canadian writer Brad Fraser’s comic new play about five women turning 50. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester. Monday to Friday, 7.30pm. Saturdays, 8pm. Matinees Wednesday, 2.30pm and Saturday 4pm. Box office, (0161) 8339833. Ends May 14.
Pubs and bars
KEEP IT FRESH. Walkabout, Queen Street, Blackpool. To 3am.
OPEN MIC NIGHT. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool.
OVER 65’S AFTERNOON PARTY. Weekly session for senior citizens, drinks promotions, live entertainment with Andy Knight. Over 65s policy - proof age required if you look younger! The Galleon Bar, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. 1 - 5pm.
MIKEY TAYLOR’S ROCKING BOOGIE BAND. A touch of Jools Holland. Last Wednesday of the month - The Mike Taylor Jazz Quartet. The Galleon, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. Evening, 9pm.
ROB BRIGHTMAN. Soulful tunes. Soul Suite, Queen Square, Blackpool.
AFTERNOON ENTERTAINMENT. Guest vocalist. The Townsman, Topping Street, Blackpool.
BRANDY BABYCHAM’S FULL DIAMANTE. Full line-up of female impersonators and vocalists. Free admission. Roxy’s, Queen Street, Blackpool.
JAYCEE. Keyboards and vocals. The Old Bank Inn, Bond Street, South Shore. From 3pm.
JAM NIGHT. Play or listen. The Sandpiper, Cleveleys Avenue, Cleveleys.
PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. Games night with fun quiz. The Shovels, Green Meadows Lane, Hambleton. 9 - 11.30pm.
CABARET NIGHT. With Donna Reid, Mike Dennett & Chic, and Martin Gregory Lambert. Nellie Dean’s , North Promenade, Blackpool.
FUNNY GIRLS SUMMER SHOW 2011. The award winning show performed nightly (except Mondays). Funny Girls, Dickson Road, Blackpool. From 8.30pm.
QUIZ AND BINGO. Numbers permitting. Up to £100 to be won. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool. Afternoon.
QUIZ NIGHT. And Play Your Cards Right. The Shovels, Hambleton.
DJ BASTIAN PLUS QUIZ NIGHT. Lucy’s @ Tobago, Abingdon Street, Blackpool.
SMART ALEC’S QUIZ NIGHT. The Old Bridge, Lytham Road, South Shore. 9.30pm.
QUIZ NIGHT. With the Dave Ward Roadshow. The Tramway, Victoria Road, Cleveleys.
QUIZ NIGHT. Free to enter. Beer to win. The Blue Room, Church Street, Blackpool. From 8pm.
JOHNNY B’s FREE QUIZ. The Ship. Elswick. From 9pm.
QUIZ NIGHT. Whittle Springs, Talbot Road, Blackpool.
QUIZ NIGHT. Prizes for winners, free sandwiches. The Station Tavern, Station Square, Lytham. From 9pm.
QUIZ NIGHT. Plus Open the Box and Play Your Cards Right. The Admiral, Clifton Drive/The Square, St Annes.
QUIZ NIGHT. Stanley Road WMC, Stanley Road, off Hornby Road, Blackpool.
QUIZ AND OPEN THE BOX. The Cube, Breck Road, Poulton. From 9pm.
Sport and poker
LADIES ONLY POKER NIGHT. The Washington, Topping Street, Blackpool.
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER. The Lane Ends, Marton. 8pm.
TEXAS HOLD ‘EM NIGHT. Plus free curry and rice. Frenchman’s Cove, South King Street, Blackpool. 8pm.
KARAOKE NIGHT. Take part or just watch. Yates’s, Market Street, Blackpool.
KARAOKE NIGHT. The Victoria, Church Road, St Annes.
KARAOKE NIGHT. Free shot for singers before 10pm. The Victoria, Dock Street, Fleetwood.
KARAOKE. Blackpool RBL Club, King Street, Blackpool.
KARAOKE NIGHT. North Shore WMC, Cross Street, Blackpool.
KARAOKE. Daily do it yourself 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.
T& A’s DANCE RANCH. All welcome, partners not necessary. Beginners 12.30 - 1.30pm. Teaching and social dancing, 1.30 - 4pm. Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, Bispham. Details, (01253) 594043.
LANCASHIRE ROSE LINE DANCE CLUB. Assembly Rooms, Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood. 7.30 - 10-30pm. Details, 07766 310260.
LINE DANCING. St Annes Conservative Club, Clifton Drive North, St Annes.
LINE DANCING. With John and Marion. Hampton Road Club, South Shore.
Rock, jazz and pop
THE QUAYSIDE HOT STOMPERS. Lunchtime jazz. Thornton Little Theatre, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton. Noon to 2.30pm.
CABARET. Guest acts. Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, Blackpool. 2.30 - 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 628835.
TICKETY BOO. Bloomfield Club, 128 Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583.
TONY JORDAN. Brunswick Club, Bethesda Square, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624208.
SHAUN MCRAE, JANE HARVEY AND MAURICE MALLONE. Comrades of the Great War Club (Blackpool) Ltd, 116 Adelaide Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 625841.
DANCE CLASSES. Beginners’ foxtrot (7.30 to 8.30pm), Argentine tango (8.45 to 9.45pm). The White Church, Ansdell. 7.30 to 9.30pm. Details, 07909 945567.
BALLROOM & SEQUENCE. With John Peate (keyboards) and Dave Miller (drums). Cleveleys Mens Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys.
PARTNER DANCING. Singles, groups and couples welcome. Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Road, Ansdell. Beginners, 7.15pm. Intermediates 8.45pm. Ends 10.30pm. details, 07904 713599.
SEQUENCE. Senior Citizens’ Club, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. 9.45am to noon. Details, (01253) 852462.
SEQUENCE. With David and Rita Harrod. Holy Cross Church, Central Drive, Blackpool. 2 - 4.15pm. Details, (01253) 356284.
LADIES POLE DANCING FITNESS. Fusion Dance Studio, St Annes Road, South Shore. From 6.30pm. Details, (0770) 6357007.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING. English, American etc dances in sets, circles, squares. All dances taught, no partner required. Blackpool North Shore Folk Dance Club, The Barn, All Hallows Church, Bispham. 7.30 - 9.45pm.
LADIES BELLYDANCE CLASSES. Beginners 6pm. Intermediate 7pm. Bispham Community Centre, Bispham Road, Bispham. Details, (07709) 723822.
DANCING. Ladies only - all ages, all shapes welcome. Open level. Norcross Civil Service Social Room. Noon to 1pm. Open level. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 5.45 - 6.45pm. More details, (01253) 394830 or 07811 189980.
JC DANCE CLASSES. Childrens’ dance classes . United Reformed Church, Queensway, Poulton and Womens’ Institute Hall, Great Eccleston. Details, (07792) 410390.
SALSACISE. Fusion Dance Studio, St Annes Road, South Shore. From 7.30pm. Details, (0770) 6357007.
SALSA AND AEROBICS. All abilities and ages over 12. Anchorsholme Methodist Church, North Drive, Anchorsholme. 6 - 7.30 and 7.30 - 9pm. Details, 07545 057064.
SALSA DANCING. Beginners welcome. Mammas Too, St Annes. 7.30pm.
NOCHES DE SALSA. Salsa lessons for beginners to advanced. Methodist Church Hall, Kirkham Road, Freckleton. 8 - 9.30pm. Beginners to advanced classes at The Royal British Legion Club, Rough Lea Road, Cleveleys. 7.10pm (beginners) and 8pm (advanced) then dance afterwards until 11pm. Details, (012523) 401941 or 07967 768582.
SALSA DANCING. Free tuition from Joanna. The Tavern, Adelaide Street, Fleetwood.
SALSA. Advanced 8-9pm, intermediate 9 - 10pm. St Annes Parish Rooms, St Annes. Details, (0780) 8351436.
SALSA. With Vitelio Ramos. Our Lady’s Parish Centre, St Annes. Details, (01253) 304996.
SIMPLY SALSA. Beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced lessons and social dancing. St Anthony Padua Social Club, Cadley Causeway, Fulwood, Preston.
Keep fit and exercise
CALLANETICS. All Saints Church, North Drive, Anchorsholme. 5.30pm - 7.30pm.
SALSA-CISE. Tiptoes Theatre School, Collingwood Place, Layton. 7.30 - 8.30pm. Details, (07951) 012888.
CLEVELEYS TAEKWONDO CLUB. Juniors (year one and above) - 5.30 - 6.30pm. Teenagers and adults - 7.45 - 9pm. Frank Townend Community Centre, Kensington Road, Cleveleys.
FAMILY FIT PROGRAMME. Fun exercise programme for all the family - children free. Fleetwood Lofthouse YMCA, Fleetwood. 5.30 - 6.30pm. Details, (01253) 882105.
AQUA AEROBICS, With Lynda Holmes. Dalmeny Hotel Leisure Club, St Annes. 7 - 8pm. Details, (01253) 716010.
XL FITNESS. Fitness for the fuller figure. Beginners fat-burning aerobics class. Elswick & District Village Hall, Elswick. 6.30 - 7.30pm. Details, (01772) 865645.
YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF. Five week course. Palatine High School, St Annes Road, South Shore. Details, (01253) 883601.
YOGA/TAI/CHI/PILATES. For posture, strength and flexibility. YIP Centre, Inskip. 8 - 9pm. Details, (01772) 865645.
YOGA. Trained teacher. Suitable for all. The Assembly Rooms, Dicconson Terrace, Lytham. 7 - 8.30pm. Details, (01252) 640247 or (07960) 626836.
TAI CHI. Beginners classes. Wignall Church, Victoria Road East, Cleveleys. 10 - 11am. Details, 0771 501 4018.
MUAY THAI/THAI BOXING. Pure Impact Fitness Studio, 34 Dover Court, Dover Road, South Shore. 8 - 9.30pm. Details, (07928) 128674.
KUNG FU & SELF DEFENCE. VIDA, Garstang Road, Blackpool. 7.30 - 9pm. Details, (01253) 206155.
SHOTOKAN KARATE. For fitness and confidence, eight years plus. Beginners welcome. St Albans Church, St Annes. 7 - 8.30pm. Details, 07989 908135. Also adults and children from 10 years. Palmer Avenue Methodist Church, Blackpool. Also Friday, 7.30-9pm. Details, (0780) 1716380.
BLACKPOOL & FYLDE SUB AQUA CLUB. All diver associations and diver levels welcome. Dover Road, Marton. Details, (0790) 820693.
SUB AQUA DIVING. Turn you hand to Try-a-Dive or snorkelling. Fleetwood Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Fleetwood.7.45 - 9pm.
PILATES. Senior Citizens Association Hall, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. From 6.30 - 7.20pm. Details, (01253) 852462; Dalmeny Hotel Leisure Club, The Promenade, St Annes. 5.50 - 6.50pm. Details, (01253) 403273.
STEAK AND PSYCHIC NIGHT. The twelfth sell out season. With or without two course meal. Two mediums each week. The Venue, North Promenade, Cleveleys. Details, (01253) 852143.
EVENING OF CLAIRVOYANCE. With Chris and Helen. From 7.30pm. Touchwood Spiritual Centre. 37 St Chads Road, South Shore.
GIRLGUIDING. Meet for evening of fun, games, challenges, craft, sleepovers and camps. 1st Bispham Brownies 6.30-8pm, Guides 8-9.15pm, Scout & Guide HQ, Devonshire Road, Bispham; 3rd Norbreck Rainbows 5-6pm, Brownies 6.15-7.45pm, Beaufort Avenue Methodist Church, Beauford Avenue, Bispham; 20th Blackpool Brownies 6-7.30pm Holy Family Church Hall, Links Road, Claremont. Details 352098.
dark horse writers group. Weekly creative writing group. Blackpool Catholic Club, Queen Street, Blackpool. 7 - 9pm. Details, (01253) 347556.
JUST GOOD FRIENDS. Fun social group for 35s/50s. Wings Club, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. From 8pm. Details, (01253) 869519. Social group for 40s to 60s. Bispham Conservative Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham. 8.15pm. Details, (01253) 869519.
OVER EATERS ANONYMOUS. Self help group for people with eating disorders. Friends Meeting House, Raikes Parade, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 823418.
PUBLIC SKATING SESSION. The Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 10am to noon and 1 - 3pm.
SELF DEVELOPMENT CLASS. Learn about past lives, meditate and heal as part of a group. The Fleetwood Arms, Dock Street, Fleetwood. Details, (07722) 539461.
INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION. Weekly classes. Keajra Buddhist Centre, 64 Holmfield Road, North Shore. 7.30 - 9.30pm. details, (01253) 352721.
CAPRICORN SINGERS. New members welcome. Varied repertoire. Cleveleys Park Methodist Church, Cleveleys. 7.45pm.
POULTON JUNIOR BRASS BAND. Members (8 -14 years) welcome (min 18 months playing experience required). Poulton Band Headquarters, Station Road, Poulton. 6.30 - 7.30pm.
FYLDE COMPUTER CLUB. Enthusiasts always welcome. Lostock Gardens Day Centre, off Clayton Crescent, Blackpool. Second and fourth Wednesday each month, 7.30pm.
BLACKPOOL CIRCUS SCHOOL. Circus training weekly. Beginners, 5.30-6.30pm. Advanced, 5.45 - 7.45pm. Sports Hall, Highfield Humanities College. Details, (01253) 735725.
BLACKPOOL ART SOCIETY. Portrait painting. 10am. Life Drawing 2pm. Contact Brian Halliagan (01253) 393552. The Studio. Wilkinson Avenue (off Woodland Grove). Blackpool.
BRIDGE CLUBS. Gazette bridge club - friendly duplicate bridge. The Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool. 7pm; Lytham Bridge Club - friendly duplicate bridge. Lytham Bridge Club, Pembroke Road, Lytham. 7.15pm; Clifton Bridge Club - improvers’ night. Ansdell Institute, Woodlands Road, Ansdell. 7.30pm.