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. 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.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. The venue’s first semi professional pantomime. Cast includes comedian Tom Bright as the Dame and Karen Roberts as The Princess plus hard working youngsters from the Blackpool and Fylde Dance Academy. Thornton Little Theatre, Four Lane Ends, Thornton. Today 2pm. Ends January 6. Box office, (01253) 858529.
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.
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 Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve). Box office, (01253) 743343.
ALADDIN. Ted Robbins and full supporting cast returns after last 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 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 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 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.
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.
ACK 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.
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)
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.
Folk, Irish and country
MUSIC, SONGS, POEMS AND PINTS. Hosted by Penny Black. The Plough, Chain Lane, Staining. 9pm.
COUNTRY & WESTERN NIGHT. With line dancing. Bispham Conservative Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham.
Pubs and bars
CHILL OUT TUESDAY. With DJ Ric Smith. Bar 19 Queen Street, Blackpool. 9pm to 4am.
OPEN MIC NIGHT. Contact the venue for details of how to take part. Yates’s, Market Street, Blackpool.
FUNKY BOX. With DJ Danny. Walkabout, Queen Street, Blackpool. To 3am.
ANDY KNIGHT’S FREE AND EASY. Buckingham’s, Queen Street, Blackpool. 3 to 5pm.
SOUNDWAVES LADIES HARMONY CHORUS. Simple singing techniques taught. Springfield Church Hall, Bispham Road, Bispham. 7pm. Details, (01253) 724817.
LYTHAM LIGHT ORCHESTRA. Weekly meeting. Michael Hall Theatre School, Preston Old Road, Marton. 7.30 to 9.30pm. Details, (01253) 696990?
CHOIR PRACTICE. For youngsters aged seven to 17. Chesters Dancing Academy, 19 Victoria Street, Fleetwood. Details, (07989) 144423.
THE ELSWICK SINGERS. New members welcome. Elswick Village Hall, Roseacre Road, Elswick. 7.30pm. Details, (01253) 890209 or (01995) 679312.
GUARDIAN CONCERT BAND. Rehearsals – brass players (grade 5 plus) always needed. Lytham Methodist Church, 4 The Serpentine, Lytham. Weekly, 7.45 to 9.30pm. Details, (0771) 424 1860.
BARBERSHOP HARMONY. New members welcome. Help and teach tapes provided. Brun Grove WM Club, Blackpool. 7.30pm.
Poker and sport
RED TOOTH POKER NIGHT. The Boars Head, Preston Old Road, Marton. 8pm.
MENS’ WORLD POOL LEAGUE. The Burn Naze, Gamble Road, Thornton.
POKER LEAGUE. Weekly points and cash. Free food for players. The Ramsden Arms, Talbot Road, Blackpool.
RED TOOTH POKER NIGHT. Open to all. The Gynn, Gynn Square, North Shore. 7.45pm.
POKER NIGHT. With free supper. The Dunes, Lytham Road, South Shore. From 8.30pm.
DARTS AND DOMINOES. The Albert, Lytham Road, South Shore.
QUIZ AND BINGO. Cash prizes and free supper. Up to £200 to be won. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool. 9.30pm.
QUIZ NIGHT. And Take Your Pick. Free buffet for contestants. The Washington, Topping Street, Blackpool. 8pm.
FOREST DAVE’S QUIZ NIGHT. Plus cash bingo and free supper. The Clarence, Preston New Road, Marton.
QUIZ NIGHT. And Play Your Cards Right with Mel and Chris. The No 4 & Freemasons, Newton Drive, Blackpool.
CASH QUIZ. Plus free supper.The Farmers Arms, Lytham Road, South Shore.
QUIZ NIGHT. The Air Balloon, Squires Gate Lane, Squires Gate. 9pm.
THE BIG FUN QUIZ. Free sandwiches, cash and other prizes. The Swift Hound, Rigby Road, Blackpool. 9.30pm.
QUIZGO. The Old England, Red Bank Road, Bispham.
QUIZ NIGHT. The Castle Gardens, Fleetwood Road, Carleton. 9pm.
QUIZ NIGHT. The Squirrel, Bispham Road, Bispham.
FUN QUIZ. Win drinks vouchers. Thornton Cleveleys Royal British Legion, Rough Lea Road, Cleveleys.
KARAOKE AND BINGO. Bar 19 Queen Street, Blackpool. 2 to 6pm.
KARAOKE COMPETITION. Weekly heats with semi final on November 29 and final on December 6. Top prize £500. Soul Suite, Queen Square/Queen Street, Blackpool.
KRAZY KARAOKE. With Bonnie La Blue and Collette Ryan. £25 cash prize. Roxy’s, Queen Street, Blackpool.
DJ TIM’S KARAOKE. Prizes for best singers. Lucy’s @ Tobago, Abingdon 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.
KARAOKE. Cleveleys Ex Servicemen’s Club, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
ANN’S DANCE RANCH. Line Dancing, easy teaching and social dancing. Bispham Conservative Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham. 8-10.45pm. Details, (01253) 594043.
JULIE’S STEP IN LINE. Wyre Villa Sports Club, Stalmine. 7.30 – 10pm. Details, (01253) 811719.
LIBERTY BELLES LINE DANCING. St Mark’s Church Hall, Westcliffe Drive, Layton. 1 to 3.30pm. Details (01253) 352559/ (07870) 556440.
LANCASHIRE ROSE LINE DANCE CLUB. Trinity Methodist Church, Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood. 2 to 4pm and 7.30 to 10.30pm. Details, (07766) 310260.
SUE O’KENNEDY’S LINE DANCE. Poulton Youth & Community Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. 11.30am to 1am. Details, (01253) 826262.
LINE DANCING. Instruction and dancing, live act last Tuesday each month. Cleveleys WM Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys. Details, (01253) 594043.
FANCY FEET LINE DANCE. Social dancing and instruction. Holy Trinity Church Memorial Hall, Dean Street, South Shore. 10am to noon. Beginners first hour, social dancing and instruction. The Ashley Club, Victoria Road, Thornton. 7.15 to 10.30pm.
LINE DANCING. Cleveleys Men’s Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys.
CABARET. Darren Lee and Stella Artois. Mardi Gras, Talbot Road, Blackpool.
AFTERNOON TEA DANCE. Including afternoon tea and live music. The Sands Venue, Central Promenade, Blackpool. 2 to 4.30pm.
TEACHING AND MIXED SOCIAL DANCING. Bispham United Reform Church, Cavendish Road, Bispham. 8 to 10.45pm. Details, (01253) 594043.
BALLROOM AND LATIN CLASSES. The White Church, Ansdell. 7.30 to 9.30pm. Details, 07909 945567.
MODERN SEQUENCE. New dances taught. Poulton Community Centre/YMCA, Poulton. 7 to 10pm. Details, (01253) 873122.
AFTERNOON DANCING. With John Peate (keyboards) and Dave Miller (drums). Cleveleys Mens Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys. 2 to 4pm.
UP TO DATE SEQUENCE. St Paul’s Parish Church, Lake Road, Ansdell. 7.15 to 10.15pm. Details, (01253) 776255.
AFTERNOON SOCIAL AND DANCE GROUP. Sequence dancing. Verona Association. Verona Hall, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton. 1.45 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 865494.
THE FRIENDLY DANCE CLUB. Modern and sequence dancing. Singles and couples, all welcome. Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool. 8 to 11pm. Details, (01253) 620555.
SEQUENCE. Senior Citizens Association Hall, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. From 1.30 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 852462.
MODERN SEQUENCE. New dances taught. St Paul’s Parish Church, Lake Road, Ansdell. 7.15 to 10.15pm. Details, (01253) 776255.
SALSA CHEVERE. Salsa classes at all levels followed by social dancing. Marton Institute, Oxford Square, Marton. 7.30pm onwards. Details, 07749 812352.
SIMPLY SALSA CLASS. Beginners from 7pm. Then all levels and social dance. North Shore Golf Club, Devonshire Road, North Shore.
NOCHES DE SALSA. Beginners to advanced 8pm to 9.30pm then dance until 11pm. Co-operative Sports and Social Club, Preston New Road, Marton. Details, (01253) 401941 or (07967) 768582.
SALSA. With Vitelio Ramos. St Thomas’ Church Hall, Caunce Street, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 304996.
TAP DANCING. Adult beginners. Chesters Dancing Academy, 19 Victoria Street, Fleetwood. 8 to 9pm.Details, (07989) 144423.
JC DANCE CLASSES. Childrens’ and adult dance classes. United Reformed Church, Queensway, Poulton. and Norbreck Primary School. Details, (07792) 410390.
DANCE FOR THE UNDER 5’s. Afternoon dance classes. Poulton Youth and Communty Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. Details, (0779) 2410390.
BELLY DANCING. Ladies only – all ages, shapes and levels welcome. Fleetwood YMCA, London Road, Fleetwood. 6.30 to 7.30pm – open level. Details, (01253) 394830 or 07811 189980.
STREET AND BREAK DANCE. Mimi Dance at Thornton Little Theatre, Victoria Road East, Thornton. Under eights, 5pm, over eights, 6pm. 07584 359310
PRESTON CIRCLE DANCE GROUP. Music from around the world. Newcomers always welcome. Galloway Hall, Brackenbury Road, Fulwood. 7 to 9pm. More details, (01772) 793658.
Keep fit and exercise
ZUMBA FITNESS. For seniors/beginners. Drive Methodist Church, St Annes. 6.45-7.45pm
WYDANCE STRETCH AND BOOGIE. Get fit and loose weight to music from around the world. Led by Jacqueline Greaves from Ludus Dance. No special footwear needed, just enthusiasm. Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood. 6 to 7pm. Weekly to April 5.
CALLANETICS. All Saints Church, North Drive, Anchorsholme. 6pm to 8.30pm.
ANNE’S LOSE SIZE - RE-ENERGIZE. Diet and fitness. Victoria Congregational Church, Newton Drive, Blackpool. 6 to 7.30m. Details, (07983) 684885.
SLIMMERCISE. Aerobics, salsa, conditioning, slimming club. The Christian Centre, Waterloo Road, South Shore. 7.30 to 8.30pm. Details, (07795) 030922.
DANCERSIZE. The Therapy House, St Annes. 7 to 8pm. Details, (01253) 403273.
MUAY THAI/FITNESS. Women only. 5.45 to 6.45pm, Pure Impact Fitness Studio, Dover Road, South Shore. Details 07928 128674.
DANCERCISE. 7 to 8pm. Pure Impact Fitness Studio, Dover Road, South Shore. Details 07928 128674.
50+ EXERCISE. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 9.30 to 11.30am.
POWER WALKS. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 6.30 to 7.30pm. Route varies.
MEND. Free, fun programme for seven to 13 year old children to become fitter and happier. Fleetwood Lofthouse YMCA, Fleetwood. 5 to 7pm. Also Friday. Details, (01253) 882105.
FAMILY FIT PROGRAMME. Fun exercise for the family. Poulton Community Centre, Breck Road, Poulton. 5.30 to 6.30pm. Details, (01253) 882105.
HATHA YOGA CLASS. Hewitt Room, off Clifton Street, next to the Old Police Station, Lytham. 6.30 to 8 pm. Details, Karen (07989) 985466
YOGA. All abilities. Our Lady of the Assumption Church Hall, Common Edge Road, Blackpool. 7.30 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 640247 and (07960) 626836.
AQUA AEROBICS. Dalmeny Hotel Leisure Club, The Promenade, St Annes. 1 to 2pm. Details, (01253) 716010.
PHOENIX TAEKWONDO. New members always welcome. Kincraig Primary School, Blackpool. 6.30 to 8pm. Details, (07963) 104353.
TAI CHI. Main Hall, St Annes Parish Rooms, St Annes. 8.15 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 315478 and (07976) 773559.
TAI CHI. Beginnners, 10 to 11.30am. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. Details, (01253) 724117. And Main Hall, St Annes Parish Rooms, Headroomgate Road, St Annes. 8.15 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 315478 or 07976 773559.
PILATES. Blackpool Cricket Club, Stanley Park, Blackpool. 6.15 to 7.15pm. Details, (07738) 434991; St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 1 to 2pm; Dalmeny Hotel Leisure Club, St Annes. 2 to 3pm. Details, Details, (01253) 403273; Marton United Reformed Church Hall, Wordsworth Avenue, Marton. 6.30 to 7.30pm. Details, (01253) 694918.
YOGA/TAI/CHI/PILATES. For posture, strength and flexibility. Details, (07941) 0123053. WI Hall, Great Eccleston. 8.15 to 9.15pm.
MEDITATION FOR RELAXATION. Keajra Buddhist Centre, 64 Holmfield Road, Blackpool. 7.30 to 9pm. Weekly to December 6. Details, (01253) 352721.
OFFICIAL HOBBY LEAGUE CLUB. Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon. All ages, player duels, tuck shop on site. Marton Methodist Church, Midgeland Road, Marton. 6 to 8pm. Also Saturday, 5.30 to 8.30pm. Details, (01253) 695334.
CLEVELEYS WRITERS SHORT STORY AND POETS MEETING. Cleveleys Library, Rossall Road, Cleveleys. 1.30 to 3.30pm. Second and fourth Tuesday. Details, (01253) 852147.
PUBLIC SKATING SESSION. The Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 10am to noon and 1 to 3pm.
LAMBRETTA CLUB MEETING. The Clarence, Preston New Road, Marton.
BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION. Second and fourth week of the month. Lytham Rugby Club, Ansdell Road, Lytham. 7.30pm. Details, (01253) 293957.
GENERAL PAINTING. From 2pm. And Portrait Painting from 7.30 to 9pm. Blackpool Art Society. The Studio. Wilkinson Avenue (off Woodland Grove). Blackpool. 7.30 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 767667.
GIRLGUIDING. Meet for evening of fun, games, challenges, craft, sleepovers and camps.2nd Bispham Rainbows, 4.45 to 5.45pm, Brownies 6 to 7.30pm, Guides 7 to 9pm, St Bernadettes Church Hall, All Hallows Road, Bispham; 5th Bispham Rainbows, 4.45 to 5.45pm, Brownies 5.45 to 7.15pm, Guides 7.15 to 8.45pm. St Annes Church, Salmesbury Avenue, Bispham; 27th Blackpool Brownies 6 to 7.20pm at Revoe School, Grasmere Road, Blackpool; 29th Blackpool Rainbows 6 to 7pm, Brownies 6 to 7.30pm, Guides 7 to 8.30pm, Layton Senior Section 7.30 to 9pm, Christ the King Youth Centre, Gateside Drive, Layton; 31st Blackpool Brownies 6.30 to 7.45pm, St Kentigerns Church Hall, Newton Drive, Blackpool; Staining Rainbows 5 to 6pm, Brownies 6 to 7.15pm, Staining Scout Hut, Staining Road, Staining. Details: (01253) 352098.
Chess and bridge
CHESS AND BRIDGE. Senior Citizens’ Hall, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. 12.45 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 852462.
POULTON CHESS CLUB. All abilities including beginners welcome. Sevenoaks Drive Day Centre, Hobart Place, Cleveleys. 7.30pm. More details, (01253) 899742.
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. 1.30pm.
BISPHAM CHESS CLUB. New members welcome. Community Centre, Bispham Road, Bispham. 7.30pm. Details, (01253) 300918.
CLIFTON BRIDGE CLUB. Ansdell Institute, Woodlands Road, Ansdell. 7.30pm.
DJ KEIRAN. And karaoke. North Shore Sports and Social Club, Cross Street, Blackpool.
CABARET. Guest acts. Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, Blackpool. 2.30 to 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 628835.
GOLDEN CIRCLE OF LIGHT. Weekly evening of clairvoyance. 478 Lytham Road, next to World Healing Centre, South Shore. Details, (01253) 401490.