Things to do (April 7 to 12)
There's a great mix of events happening in and around Lancashire over the coming days:
PAID: Plant Hunters’ Fair, Hoghton, Saturday, April 7
It’s a great time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration than at a Plant Hunters Fair at Hoghton Tower. The plants are lovingly grown by specialist nurseries and these enthusiastic plants people are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. The plant fair runs from 10am until 4pm. Entry to the Plant Fair is only £1, in aid of the Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust. For more information call 01254 852986.
PAID: Raver Tots, Blackpool, Saturday, April 7
Raver Tots is a family rave-style event where kids and grown-ups can hit the dance floor and let off some steam. They cater for all ages from tiny babies up. Celebrating the best of British rave culture, you can expect some of the countries biggest name DJs playing the best in old skool rave, Happy Hardcore, Drum & Bass, House and Garage with lots of kids fun including mini soft play area, parachutes, glow sticks and more. It’s at VIVA Blackpool, and runs from 1.30pm until 3.30pm. Tickets from £8.50.
PAID: The Evolution ofMagic Show, Blackpool, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
The Evolution of Magic starring award winning magician and illusionist Craig Christian and Elizabeth Best is a modern, edgy fast paced show. Prepared to be fully entertained with mind blowing magic and illusion. It’s being shown in The Horseshoe Bar at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Curtain up is 6pm each night. There are shows from Tuesday to Thursday next week too. Ticket prices range from £14 for an adult and £10 for a child. To book visit https://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com
PAID: Alpha Omega Wrestling: War on the Shore, Morecambe, Saturday, April 7
Family friendly, non-profit, award-winning entertainment featuring the best current and up and coming wrestlers from around the UK. All raising money for the restoration of the Alhambra building - featuring the world famous Morecambe raffle in aid of Morecambe Bay foodbank. War on the Shore is being presented at The Carleton on Marine Road, Morecambe. Wrestling runs from 6pm until 9.30pm and tickets are £7 in advance, £10 on the door. Call 07999 992421 to book.
PAID: Crafty Afty, Fleetwood, Saturday, April 7
To while away some time on a Saturday, why not join the Memorial Park team for an afternoon of crafts? Booking is essential for this craft session. All ages are welcome, and a parent or guardian must attend the workshop. Those attending should go along dressed to get messy - so old clothes or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. It’s being held in The Pavilion on Memorial Park, which is off Warrenhurst Road in Fleetwood, from 12pm until 3pm. Admission is £3 per child. Call 01253 891000 to secure your place.
PAID: Spring Sand Art, Preston, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8
Mrs Sand Art is back at Brockholes Nature Reserve with her ever popular arts and crafts sessions. You will make pictures from coloured sand and leave with a very impressive finished product. You may get a little messy, so come dressed with that in mind. There is no need to book, just go along. Sessions at 10am until 12pm and 1pm until 4pm. Admission is £3 per picture. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Normal car parking charges apply. For more information visit http://www.brockholes.org
PAID: Family Sunday Magic, Leyland, Sunday, April 8
An afternoon of table magic with Alex from Zanda Magic. Dine at 4.30pm or 6.30pm and be entertained at no extra charge. A perfect family afternoon during the Easter holidays that will amuse and amaze the kids. It’s at La Corte, The Old Police Station in Leyland. You can dine from their £11.90 two-course offer or the main menu. A children’s menu is also available at £5.95 with a main, ice cream and drink. For more information visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lacorteleyland, online at www.lacorteleyland.co.uk or call 01772 453552.
FREE: Preston Kids Reading Club, Preston, Saturday, April 7
This is a bi-weekly meet-up group for parents and children alike who enjoy reading and a good story. It is free to attend and there is no age limit. Children are encouraged to bring along their own favourite stories to read at the group (this is not a must). Each session there will be a theme story read by a parent. This reading club is aiming to provide an opportunity for children to improve knowledge as well as to boost their confidence as an end goal. Starts at 3pm at the Harris library.
FREE: That Spring Thing, Morecambe, Sunday, April 8
Why not head out to a free neighbourhood party of planting, music, food, crafts and storytelling, all to celebrate the arrival of spring. Activities on the day include: The Gods & Monsters Show, where the stage is set for a high voltage mythological mash-up, and much, much more. It’s all happening at More Music on Devonshire Road in Morecambe. The fun starts at 12pm and runs until 4pm. For more information visit http://www.moremusic.org.uk or call 01524 831997.
PAID: Twinkle Twinkle, Rawtenstall, Sunday, April 8
There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose songs and play-time with his dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to find the music inside yourself... A heartwarming adventure in melody and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Suitable for ages one to three, and deaf friendly. Free craft session one hour before performance. It’s at The Boo, Waterfoot, Rawtenstall at 2pm. Call 01706 220241 to book.
PAID: Mozart Madness, Colne, Sunday, April 8
Mesmerising pianist, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Pendle Young Musicians Bursary prize winner for soloist performance, returns to the Muni Theatre in Colne for another session of vivid music making with Gábor and the orchestra, presenting a programme of Mozart music in high definition. The Sunday afternoon performance will be a concentrated one hour performance of the highest calibre, starting at 1pm. Expect to hear Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.15 and his Quintet for Piano and Winds. Tickets are £16.50 for adults, with concessions at £14. Call 01282 661234 to book.
PAID: Free Parking, Preston, Sunday, April 8
The Ferret pub in Preston are keeping the jazz train rolling with another jazz Sunday and they are toying with the idea of doing it every month. It all depends on the crowds, so if you’re an enthusiast of Free Parking, jazz or Norm and Harold, head on down and show your support. Miles Salisbury will also be DJing. Admission is £3. Doors open at 8pm.
FREE: Cleveleys Beach Care, Cleveleys, Sunday, April 8
As awareness is raised over the state of the world’s oceans and beaches, why not join the Cleveleys beach care rangers to help make a difference and do your bit? Marine litter is a global problem, so go along to make your local coastal environment a better place for you, your children, its wildlife and the environment. They supply all the equipment, just wear your wellies and suitable outdoor clothing. It’s taking place on Sunday from 10.30am until 11.30am. Meet at the Sea Swallow Statue, at Jubilee Beach, Cleveleys. Call 01995 602125 for more information.
PAID: Teletubbies Live, Preston, Wednesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 12
See the iconic Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun world which captures young children’s imaginations. It’s on Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12 at Preston’s Charter Theatre. Tickets prices and times vary.
PAID: Children's Craft Club, Preston, Saturday, April 7
Start your weekend with a fun family-friendly themed craft session at the Children’s Craft Club. It’s at Fulwood Library on Garstang Road in Preston on Saturday, from 10.30am until 11.30am. The charge is £1 per child, to cover the cost of materials (with a maximum charge of £2 per family). The charge for child minders is £1 for each child.