What’s On Guide

Frank Skinner - at the Manchester Apollo

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STUCK for something to do? Don’t know where to go? Then you’ll be glad of our comprehensive what’s on guide to Wigan and the surrounding areas ...

THEATRE

Bury

Jo Caulfield: Graham Norton’s writer and warm-up artiste. 7.30pm. Tickets: £11 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216. Thurs, Jun 5 only.

Bolton

Brassed Off: A comedy drama that celebrates the power of music and the capacity of the human spirit to inspire a community to triumph against all the odds. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tikcets from £9 The Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. Tel: 01204 520661. Opens Wed, May 28 until Sat, Jun 14.

Manchester

Frank Skinner: Very, very funny. 7pm. Tickets: £27.50 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677. Opens Thurs, Jun 5 until Fri, Jun 6.

Love Changes Everything - Michael Courtney: Best known for appearing in ‘Mad About Musicals’. 7.30pm. Tickets: £18 Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton, Manchester. Tel: 0161 662 4000. Sat, May 31 only.

The Last Days Of Troy: Reworking of Homer’s The Iliad by Simon Armitage. At a time when the nation is commemorating World War 1, it tells the story of an ancient battle. 7.30pm. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. Tel: 0161 833 9833. Until Sat, Jun 7.

Bless ‘Em All: A tribute to our armed forces of yesterday, today and tomorrow. 2.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £10.50 Stockport Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square, Stockport, Manchester. Tel: 0161 477 7779. Mon, Jun 2 only.

The Pied Piper: A new musical by award winning writer Anne Dalton.This sparkling new telling of a classic tale is a magical treat for all the family. 2pm and 7pm. Tickets from £10 Stockport Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square, Stockport, Manchester. Tel: 0161 477 7779. Until Sat, May 31.

In Camera: A plainly furnished room into which a valet introduces one by one three characters. Where is the room? Who are the characters? Why can’t they leave? 7.30pm. The Garrick, Moorside Road, Urmston, Manchester. Opens Wed, Jun 4 until Sat, Jun 7.

Jon Richardson: Comedy genius. 7.30pm. Tickets: £20.50 The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000. Opens Fri, May 30 until Sun, Jun 1.

Pirate Gran: With a pet crocodile under her bed, a wicked sense of humour and a whole raft of adventures under her belt – time with Gran is never dull! 11am and 2pm. Tickets: Tickets from £9.50 The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000. Sat, May 31 only.

Things We do for Love: Natalie Imbruglia, Claire Price, Edward Bennett, Simon Gregor. 7.30pm. The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000. Opens Mon, Jun 2 until Sat, Jun 7.

Avenue Q - Sell A Door Theatre Company: A laugh-out-loud musical that tells the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment. 7.30pm. The Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 245 6600. Until Sat, May 31.

Liverpool

The Lion King: The story of the lion cub Simba as he journeys through life and struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King. 7.30pm. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 871 3017. Opens Tues, May 27 until Sat, Jul 5.

Hope Place: Something’s up with Maggie. Rattling around in a house on Hope Place that she’s lived in all her life. Perhaps her niece’s boyfriend has the answer. 7.30pm. Tickets: £10-£18 The Everyman, Hope Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4776. Opens Fri, May 9 until Sat, May 31.

Catch 22: Set in the closing months of World War II, a bombardier named Yossarian is trapped in the absurd world of an inescapable war. 7.30pm. Tickets: £12-£23 The Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4776. Opens Tues, May 27 until Sat, May 31.

Sex In the Suburbs: Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden star in a brand new comedy about dating, men and finding Mr Right! 7.30pm. The Royal Court, Roe Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4321. Until Sat, Jun 7.

Carousel - What We Did Next: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second and darkest musical deals with serious issues. What We Did Next puts its contemporary stamp on this timeless piece. 7.30pm. The Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool. Tel: 0843 873 2888. Opens Wed, Jun 4 until Sat, Jun 7.

Jo Caulfield: Graham Norton’s writer and warm-up artiste. 7.30pm. Tickets: £11 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216. Thurs, Jun 5 only.

MUSIC

Rock

Friday, May 30

Francis Dunnery: Guitar virtuoso and original It Bites front man. 7.30pm. Tickets: £25 Manchester Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 832 1111.

The Magic Band: Captain Beefheart’s wildly influential and seminal band. 8pm. Tickets: £20 Eric’s Club, Matthew Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 236 9994.

Who’s Next: the premier live tribute to The Who. 8pm. Cavern Pub and Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 236 1964.

Saturday, May 31

Mostly Autumn: Powerful atmospheric rock with a Celtic edge. 8.30pm. Tickets: Tickets: £14 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216.

The Enemy: Stunning live performers. 7.30pm. Tickets: £28 Manchester Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 832 1111.

Swiss Lips: Mancunian five-piece. 7.30pm. Tickets: £6 The Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 237 9753.

The Telescopes: Dark and experimental. 7.30pm. Tickets: £20 The Night and Day Cafe, Oldham Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4597.

The Andy Bennett Band: Classic Rock Covers Band from Warrington. 10pm. The Boulevard, Wallgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 497165.

The Doors Alive: the No.1 tribute band to the legendary 60’s Californian rock guru’s The Doors. 7.30pm. The Citadel, Waterloo Street, St Helens. Tel: 01744 735436.

Mostly Autumn: Powerful atmospheric rock with a Celtic edge. 8.30pm. Tickets: Tickets: £14 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Graham Parker and The Rumour: 7pm. Tickets: £27.50 Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

The Struts: Indie rockers. 8pm. £5.50 Cavern Pub and Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 236 1964.

Wednesday, Jun 4

Howling Bells: Lurching from blues-fuelled rock to country folk. 7pm. Tickets: £10 The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 276 9350.

Thursday, Jun 5

Bad Manners: Buster Bloodvessel and co. continue to give a crackin’ good show of aggressive and highly danceable good-time ska. 7.30pm. Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

From The Jam: featuring Bruce Foxton from the original Jam line up. 7.30pm. Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Waterside, Sale, Manchester. Tel: 0161 912 5616.

The Phantom Band: Scottish art-rockers play west coast guitar twangs and gorgeous contorted rhythms. 7.30pm. Tickets: £11 The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 276 9350.

Future Islands: Synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland. 8pm. £10 The Kazamier, Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 324 1723.

A Plastic Rose: formed in 2006 from the scattered remains of Sligo band Haiku Thiefs. 8pm. Tickets: £5.50 Slater Street, Liverpool.

Pop

One Direction: One of the biggest, most exciting and in-demand bands in pop music worldwide. 5pm. Tickets: Tickets from £45 Etihad Stadium, Rowsley Street, Manchester.

New Kids On the Block: Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood, New Kids on the Block have sold 80 million albums worldwide. 7pm. Tickets: £38.50 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

The New Seekers: Australia’s first international supergroup on their Golden Anniversary Tour. 7.30pm. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 907 9000.

The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular: Every song is an absolute classic - with their fantastic orchestra, who also join in the fun, along with The Fabulous Vegas Showgirls. 7.30pm. Middleton Arena, Corporation Street, Middleton, Manchester. Tel: 0161 662 4000.

The Halle Orchestra: World famous orchestra performs music from the shows including: Les Misérables: Bring Him Home; The Phantom of the Opera: Love Never Dies. 7.30pm. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 907 9000.

The Rutles: Former Bonzo Dog and the ‘7th’ Monty Python member Neil Innes - with friends (although not Eric Idle) - recreate the magic of the Prefab Four. 7.30pm. Tickets: £23 O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

Sunday, Jun 1

Paul Heaton: Legendary Housemartins and The Beautiful South frontman. 7.30pm. O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

Rock & Roll

Little Barrie: Undiluted rock ‘n’ roll. 7.30pm. Tickets: £11 The Sound Control, New Wakefield Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 0340.

Soul

Alexander O’Neal: The Minneapolis based, upbeat soul singer. 8pm. The Green Room, Duke Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 922 7771.

Blues, Folk & Irish

The Houghton Weavers: mixing jokes and anecdotes with raucous traditional songs and ballads. 8pm. Tickets: £15 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216.

John Doyle: Guitarist, singer songwriter. One half of duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas. 8pm. Tickets: £10 The Mets Arts Centre, Market Street, Bury. Tel: 0161 761 2216.

Opera

Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda - Opera Seria: Opera Seria concludes it’s Donizetti cycle, and it’s work on the Tudor Queen operas, with Maria Stuarda. 7.30pm. Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 907 5555.

Miscellaneous

Reggae Thursday: With a variety of weekly guests ranging from older well-established to the younger up-and-coming, alongside residents Sir Robin (Longshot) and crew. 9pm. Tickets: Free The Deaf Institute, Grosvenor Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 276 9350.

Rap

ScHoolboy Q: Polished, funky. 7.30pm. Tickets: £16 Manchester Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 832 1111.

NIGHTCLUBS

Friday, May 30

Club Night: Revisit the music from the iconic Wigan clubs - Chaplins, Pemps & Blutos - classic soul & disco choons. The Officer’s Club, Barrack Square, Wigan.

Saturday, May 31

Surfers Project: Surfers is ressurrected at The Hub every Saturday. Busy late night venue. 10pm-6.30am. The Hub, King Street, Wigan.

PUBS AND CLUBS

Friday, May 30

Basshead’s Rock Night: every Friday. 9pm to 3am. The Boulevard, Wallgate, Wigan.

degeneration fuzz / cat called dog / roger the mascot / invane: Davestock Promotions presents a line up of 4 awesome Bands to raise money for Derian House! 9pm. The Boulevard, Wallgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 497165.

Saturday, May 31

Karaoke Night: Every Saturday night with Janet. 8.30pm. Belle Vue, Woodhouse Lane, Wigan.

Karaoke Night: Every Saturday night with Rob and Glenys. 8.30pm. The Hockery Brook, Wigan Road, Hindley.

Sunday, Jun 1

Open Mic Night: Turn up and watch or play, and here’s the thing: Artists can play ANYTHING they want! Any Style - Any Genre - Any Instrument! 8pm. The Boulevard, Wallgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 497165.

Free & Easy: every Sunday at The Swinley. Bingo, raffles and a great atmosphere. 8pm. Tickets: Small door charge The Swinley, Wigan Lane, Wigan.

Justin Moorhouse: Comedic tour de force. 7.30pm. Tickets: £6 The Comedy Store, Deansgate Locks, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 839 9595.

Monday, Jun 2

Psychic weekly: Weekly event. A night of entertainment from a clairvoyant/medium. 8pm. Trader Jacks, Hollinshead Street, next door to caravans, Chorley.

Quiz Night: Smartphone Quiz Night, No Pens, No Paper, No Cheating, Smartphone V’s Smartphone with Quiz Host DJ Richard Porter. 8.30pm. The Bay Horse, Warrington Road, Ashton, Wigan.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Quiz Night: Every Tuesday evening. 8.30pm. The Wheatsheaf, Miles Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan.

DANCE

Monday, Jun 2

Scottish Country Dancing: No partner necessary, tution if required. For further information telephone 01942 861539 or 247403. 7.30-10.15pm. St Teresa’s Club, College Road, Up Holland, Wigan. Tel: 01942 247403.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Newburgh Morris Dancing: Women’s traditional Morris dancing. Every Tuesday. 7.30pm. Hilldale Village Hall, Lancaster Lane, Hilldale, Parbold, near, Wigan. Tel: 01695 723100.

SALES AND MARKETS

Saturday, May 31

Samlesbury Hall Farmers Market and Craft Fair: Fantastic food and craft fair on the last Sunday of every month at Samlesbury Hall 10am-4pm. Preston New Road, Samlesbury, Preston.

Farmers Market & Craft Centre: Featuring over 40 unique shops & businesses, includes a leading art gallery, high class butchers, craft studios, food shops.. and much more. Open: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday; Sunday: 10.30 to 4.30pm. Heskin Hall Estate, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley. Tel: 07599 831907.

Cedar Farm Farmer’s Market: An authentic and established Farmers Market, 30 plus stalls on the first Saturday of every month. Lancashire food at it’s freshest! 10am to 1pm. Cedar Farm Galleries, Back Lane, Mawdesley, Chorley.

Fir Tree Farmers Market: Situated in Kings Moss, St Helens Fir Tree hold a monthly Farmers’ Market on the third Saturday of every month. From:9.30am to 1.30pm. Fir Tree Farm, Off Pimbo Lane, Kings Moss, St Helens. Tel: 01744 894959.

Car Boot Sale: refreshments available, toilet facilities. 8am. Atherton Botanical Gardens, Tyldesley Road, Hindsford. Tel: 0777 992 3826.

Sunday, Jun 1

Farmers Market & Craft Centre: Market held the third Sunday of each month. 10am to 2pm. Hoghton Tower, Hoghtonn. Tel: 01254 852986.

Car Boot Sale: Giant Boot Sale. 7.30am. Burscough Airfield, Tollgate Road, Burscough, Ormskirk. Tel: 07831 123830.

Warrington Car Boot: Every Sunday. 7.30am. Opp B&Q, Jct9 M62, Warrington. Tel: 07770 663311.

EXHIBITIONS

Friday, May 30

Brutal Exposure - The Congo: Photographs reveal the exploitation and brutality carried out under King Leopold II’s regime in the Congo Free State. 10am to 5pm. Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 478 4499.

Saturday, May 31

Syria - Humanity in Conflict: Photographs exploring the experiences of Syrian civilians and humanitarian volunteers since the outbreak of conflict three years ago. 10am to 5pm daily. IWM North, Quay West, Trafford Wharf, Trafford Park, Manchester. Tel: 0161 836 4000.

Frances Bloomfield - The Curious Invention Of Lewis Carroll: The Warrington artist reinvents some of the eccentric characters and scenes from Lewis Carroll’s famous stories. Open Monday to Saturday: 10.30am to 4.30pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm. Closed Sundays, and Bank Holidays. Tickets: Free Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Warrington. Tel: 01925 442399.

Coal, Soul & Rock n Roll: A family friendly exhibition exploring the rich sounds of Wigan borough. Northern Soul, brass bands, jazz, Bickershaw festival, choirs and pop! Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri 10am to 5pm; Sat 11am to 3pm. Closed Wed and Sun. Free The Museum Of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 828128.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Brutal Exposure - The Congo: Photographs taken by British missionary Alice Seeley Harris in the early 1900s. Revealing the exploitation and brutality in the Congo Free State. Open daily 10am to 5pm. Free. International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 478 4499.

U-Boat Story: Visitors can look in the U-boat, now in four sections with glass viewing partitions, view its amazing interior and discover well preserved artefacts. Ring for opening times. Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, Wirrall, Liverpool.

Turner - Travels, Light And Landscape: Turner’s paintings such as ‘Margate Harbour’ and ‘Linlithgow Palace’, are shown alongside prints and watercolours that are rarely display. Open daily 10am - 5pm. Tickets: Free entry Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Wirral, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 724 3245.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Friday, May 30

Pennington Flash Country Park: The park is one of the premier birdspotting areas. Also a watersports facility, offering sailing, rowing and windsurfing. Nine hole golf course. St Helens Road, Leigh. Tel: 01942 605253.

Haigh Hall: Haigh Hall and Country Park is an enjoyable day out with something for everyone. Explore and enjoy the stunning parkland, woodland and plantations. Open daily. Once the home of Earls and Lords, Haigh Hall is surrounded by 250 acres of park and woodland, with magnificent views across the Douglas Valley to the Welsh Hills. Haigh Country Park, Haigh, Wigan. Tel: 01942 832895.

National Football Museum: The museum is arranged over three floors hosting an array of collections comprising of over 140,000 objects, artefacts and memorabilia. Monday-Saturday 10am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm. Open Every Day excluding Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday. Urbis, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester. Tel: 0161 605 8200.

Saturday, May 31

Coronation Street Tour: Studio guides will share fascinating facts and stories from more than 50 years of filming at the site, before production moved to MediaCityUK. www.coronationstreettour.co.uk. ITV Studios, Atherton Street, Manchester.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Aquarium/Planetarium: Houses amazing collections, from Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones. Also see the planetarium and the aquarium. 10am to 5pm daily. World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 478 4393.

Four four Jew - Football, Fans and Faith: Exploring the many ways that Britain’s Jews have “taken up” the beautiful game. From football’s roots in the 19th century to today’s modern game. Sunday - Thurs:10am - 4pm; Friday: 10am - 1pm. Free with museum admission Manchester Jewish Museum, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester. Tel: 0161 834 9879.

MISCELLANEOUS

Monday, Jun 2

Bingo Nights: Wednesday at 7.45pm and Sunday at 9pm, each week. Holy Family Catholic Club, Tram Street, Platt Bridge, Wigan.

Under 5s Story Time: Stories crafts and fun event for the under fives. 1.45pm to 2.45pm. Tickets: Free event Tyldesley Library, Stanley Street, Tyldesley. Tel: 01942 404738.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Atherton Blind Group: Social meeting. 11.30am-2pm. Belong Village, Atherton, Wigan. Tel: 01942 242891.

Messy Monkeys: Messy play for under 5s. 2pm-2.45pm. Tickets: £2 Ashton Children’s Centre, Hilton Street, Ashton, Wigan. Tel: 01942 723965.

Bingo Nights: each Tuesday and Sunday. 9pm. Sacred Heart Catholic Club, Swan Lane, Hindley Green.

Coffee and Chat: Folk can enjoy chatting to other members of the community while enjoying light refreshments. Every Tuesday. 9am. St Barnabus Church, Marsh Green.

Bowls: Tel. 01257 473022 for more information. Opens at 8am, closes sunset. Shevington Bowling Green, Forest Fold, Miles Lane, Wigan.

Wednesday, Jun 4

Shevington Mother’s Union: A group for Christian women to support each oter and make a difference in the world. Meet every other Wednesday. 7pm. St Anne’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, Shevington.

Thursday, Jun 5

Little Saints Mums & Tots: 9am to 11am, each Thursday during term time. Tickets: £1 All Saints Church, Finch Lane, Appley Bridge, Wigan.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

Sunday, Jun 1

Wigan Sailing Club: Prospective members welcome. Meet around 10.30am Sunday morning. Scotmans Flash, Rusdene, Poolstock Lane, Wigan. Tel: 01942 222773/01257 452196.

HOBBIES

Monday, Jun 2

Wigan Woodcrafts: Promoting an interest in woodturning and other related skills. Meetings alternate fortnightly between a demonstration evening and a hands on night. 7.30pm. Platt Bridge Community Centre, Walthew Lane, Platt Bridge, Wigan.

Wigan Musical Theatre Group: New members always welcome, on stage or backstage, with scenery, lighting or props. Telephone for more details. 7.45pm. St Mary’s Parish Centre, Standishgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 204461.

Deep Harmony Male Voice Choir: Male Voice Choir rehearsals, everyone who can sing welcome. Tel. 01942 874608. 7.30pm-9pm. Fred Longworth High School, Print Shop Lane, Tyldelsey. Tel: 01942 874608.

Shevington Gardening Association: If you’re keen on gardening- get together with some like-minded enthusiasts. The second Monday of every month. 8pm. St Anne’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, Shevington.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Wigan Musical Theatre Group: Children are coached in music, dance, drama and singing. Tel for further information. 7pm-8.30pm. St Mary’s Parish Centre, Standishgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 204461.

Wigan Pier Theatre Company: 6.30pm-7.30pm. Hawkley Hall High School, Carr Lane, Wigan.

Leigh Junior Singers: All welcome, term time only. 4pm-5pm. Leigh Central Primary School, Windermere Road, Leigh.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Monday, Jun 2

Atherton Young Voices: Choir open to children in Atherton area. For more information Tel. Wigan Music Centre on 01942 255227. 3.45pm-4.45pm. Term time only. St Philip’s CE School, Bolton Road, Atherton. Tel: 01942 255227.

Wigan Ladies Guild: Meetings held on the first three Mondays of the month. Various and interesting speakers, plus social events and outings. No meetings January or July. 7pm-9pm. Wigan Baptist Church Hall, Charles Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 323033.

Orrell Townswomen’s Guild: Meet the first Monday of each month. 7.30pm. St Luke’s Church Hall, Orrell, Wigan. Tel: 01695 624148.

Tuesday, Jun 3

Probus Club: For retired or semi-retired men and women. Talks, days out. New members always welcome. 10.30am. The Crown, Worthington, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 424994.494078.