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Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds at The Manchester Arena

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds at The Manchester Arena

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THEATRE

Blackpool

Cinderella

Cinderella, the most favourite of all fairy tales, is jam-packed with music and dance, fun and laughter and starring Emmerdale’s Danny Miller. 7pm. Telephone for details of matinees. Tickets: Tickets from £11.50 The Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool. Tel: 01253 290190. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sun, Jan 6.

Beyond The Barricade At Christmas

Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity. 7pm. Tickets: £21 The Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool. Tel: 01253 290190. Tues, Dec 11.

Chorley

Puss In Boots

Traditional characters, songs and a talented cast from Buckshaw. Saturday and Sundays, December 8 and 9 and December 15 and 16. Tickets: £6-£20 Buckshaw Village Community Centre, Unity Place, Buckshaw Village, Chorley. Opens Sat, Dec 8 until Sun, Dec 16.

Santa! The Panto

A fun-filled adventure set at the North Pole in the run-up to Christmas! With songs, dances and silliness, this is a real festive treat. 7.30pm. Tickets: £10-£35 Chorley Little Theatre, Dole Street, Chorley. Tel: 01257 264362. Fri, Dec 14 until Sat, Dec 22.

Bolton

The Comedy Store

Tomp comics entertain. 8.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £12-£14 Bolton Arena, Horwich, Bolton. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sat, Dec 8.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

The traditional tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs features Bolton’s very own Stu Francis. Contact theatre fior details. Tickets: Tickets from £11.50 The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton. Tel: 01204 334400. Opens Sat, Dec 1 until Sun, Jan 6.

Peter Pan

Family festive fun. 7.15pm matiness 10.15am and 2.15pm. Ring for more information. Tickets: £9.50-£22 The Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. Tel: 01204 520661. Opens Fri, Nov 16 until Sat, Jan 12.

Manchester

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds - The New Generation!,

Starring Marti Pellow and Jason Donovan. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £42.50 MEN Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester. Tel: 0844 847 8000. Sat, Dec 8 only.

Rats’ Tale

Rats’ Tales - a dark and magical cycle of folk tales packed with thrills, laughs, loves and more than a bit of magic. 7pm. Tickets: Tickets £5-£30 Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. Tel: 0161 833 9833. Opens Thurs, Nov 29 until Sat, Jan 12.

Aladdin

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a magical carpet ride - festive family fun. 7pm. Stockport Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square, Stockport, Manchester. Tel: 0161 477 7779. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sun, Jan 6.

Arabian Nights

Long, long ago in a faraway land there lived a clever young girl called Shahrazad. 7.30pm. The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000. Opens Fri, Nov 30 until Sat, Jan 12.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Classic festive treat stars Claire Sweeney. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £24-£45 The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000. Opens Fri, Nov 30 until Sat, Jan 5.

The Lion King

Ingeniously adapted from Disney’s classic film, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours and stunning effects. 7.30pm. Tickets: £20-£75 The Palace Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. Tel: 0844 871 7660. Until Sun, Mar 31.

ComedySportz

A comedy improvisation show. 6.30pm. Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Waterside, Sale, Manchester. Tel: 0161 912 5616. Sat, Dec 8 only.

Wigan

The Haunting

Gripping thriller. 7.30pm. Tickets: £7.50-£10 Wigan Little Theatre, Crompton Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 242561. Opens Wed, Nov 28 until Sat, Dec 8.

Liverpool

The Gingerbread Man

Join Mrs Muffin, Fairy Nuff, The dastardly Mr Fox and of Course The Gingerbread Man for a fun filled, musical adventure. 7.30pm. Tickets: £10 Liverpool Academy of Arts Actors Studio, Seel Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 9034. Opens Tues, Dec 4 until Sat, Dec 22.

Mrs Brown Rides Again

Full of feisty Irish humour, with all your favourite characters and more, Mrs Brown Rides Again is sure to be a real treat!

7.30pm. Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 8000 400. Opens Tues, Dec 11 until Sat, Dec 15.

Mam I’m ‘Ere! The Disco Christmas Show

This fun, feel-good show is jam-packed with all of your favourite Disco hits from the 70’s. 7.30pm. Tickets: £15 The Dome, Renshaw Street, Liverpool. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sat, Jan 12.

Cinerella

Stars Scouse songstress Sonia. Fri 7 Dec - Sun 6 Jan 2013 from 10:15am / 1:00pm / 2:00pm / 5:00pm / 7:00pm (check with Box Ofiice for each day). Tickets: £18.50-£8 The EpsteinTheatre, Hope Place, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4988. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sat, Jan 5.

Jack and the Beanstalk

It’s contagious, outrageous, let it all hang out!

‘Cause this Giant adventure’s gonna twist & sprout! 7pm. The Playhouse, Williamson Square, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4776. Opens Sat, Dec 1 until Sat, Jan 19.

A Nightmare On Lime Street

The wackiest, funniest, scariest Christmas show you’ve ever seen! 7.30pm. The Royal Court, Roe Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4321. Opens Fri, Nov 23 until Sat, Jan 12.

Hansel and Gretel

Expect the unexpected in this family festive treat,

With songs, dance and laughs that are good enough to eat! Ring theatre for details. Tickets: Tickets from £8 The Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4988. Until Sat, Jan 12.

Terry Titter’s Spaced Out Christmas

Terry Titter! 7.30pm. The Unity Theatre, Hope Place, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 4988. Opens Wed, Dec 12 until Sat, Dec 22.

St Helens

A Christmas Carol

A community Christmas show for all the family. Tickets: £5-£7 The Citadel, Waterloo Street, St Helens. Tel: 01744 735436. Opens Mon, Dec 10 until Sat, Dec 15.

Cinderella

Prepare the pumpkin, dust off your dancing slippers and don’t tell your evil step sisters where you’re going! Stars Tina Malone. Contact theatre for performance times. Tickets: £8-£14 Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens. Tel: 01744 756000. Opens Fri, Dec 7 until Sun, Jan 13.

Desperate Scousewives

Desperate Scousewives 2 - Pullin’ a Christmas Cracker! 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £12-£14 Theatre Royal, Corporation Street, St Helens. Tel: 01744 756000. Opens Mon, Dec 10 until Thurs, Dec 13.

MUSIC

Rock

Friday, Dec 7

The Courteeners

Think Babyshambles meets The Smiths. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £15 MEN Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester. Tel: 0844 847 8000.

Gary Barlow

One of the UK’s most-loved musicians,and one of Britain’s most successful songwriters. 7.30pm. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 907 9000.

Steve Vai

Virtuoso guitarist. 7pm. Tickets: £27.50 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

A Flash Flood Of Christmas UK Tour

Enter Shikari, Cancer Bats, Engine-Earz Experiment. 6pm. Tickets: £18 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

Thin Lizzy

The Boys are Back in Town! 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £26 O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

The Bootleg Beatles

‘The world’s most successful and longest running tribute band ever’. 8pm. Tickets: Tickets £27.50 The Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 3789.

The South

7.30pm. Tickets: £22 Eric’s Club, Matthew Street, Liverpool.

Saturday, Dec 8

Human League

One of the seminal ‘80s electro pop bands. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £27.50 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

Queen Tribute

Tribute night.

7.30pm. Tickets: £20 Longfield Live, Prestwich, Manchester. Tel: 0161 253 7227.

The Damned

With The Dickies. 7pm. Tickets: £18 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

Electro ‘80s

A brilliant ‘80s Electro synthpop tribute band. 8pm. Goose Green Labour Club, Little Lane, Goose Green, Wigan.

Ellie Goulding

English singer songwriter. 7.30pm. Tickets: £22.50 O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

Sunday, Dec 9

Seal

Award winning vocalist and songwriter. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £35 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

Brand New Heavies

Formidable live act. 7.30pm. Tickets: £16.50 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

Monday, Dec 10

Squeeze

With Paul Heaton. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £32.50 The Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 709 3789.

Florence And The Machine

Bluesy rock. 7.30pm. Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 8000 400.

Tuesday, Dec 11

The Black Keys

Alt rock duo. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets £27.50 MEN Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester. Tel: 0844 847 8000.

Wednesday, Dec 12

TRC

Hard core punk. 7pm. Tickets: £7 O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

Wall Of Sound ‘End Of The World’ Tour

Killaflaw, Kids On Bridges,Bb, Echoes, Adam Sky (Adamski), DJ Mark Jones. 8pm. Tickets: Free Eric’s Club, Matthew Street, Liverpool.

Thursday, Dec 13

Stone Sour

Pure rock. 7pm. Tickets: £23.50 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

Little Angels

Joining Little Angels are another UK rock treasure, Skin. 7pm. Tickets: £18.50 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

China Crisis

Who said the ‘80s were all bad? 8.30pm. Tickets: £16.50 Cavern Pub and Club, Mathew Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 236 1964.

Pop

Madness

The Charge Of The Mad Brigade! 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £35 Liverpool Echo Arena, Kings Dock, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 8000 400.

Rufus Wainwright

With: Adam Cohen, Teddy Thompson. 7.30pm. Tickets: Tickets from £20 Manchester Apollo, Stockport Road, Ardwick Green, Manchester. Tel: 08444 777 677.

Lemar

Multi-BRIT/MOBO Award winner. 7pm. Tickets: Tickets £22.50 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

St Etienne

Pop, dance and ambient fusion. 7.30pm. Tickets: £18 HMV Ritz Ballroom, Whitworth Street West, Manchester. Tel: 0161 236 4355.

Blues, Folk & Irish

June Tabor

With The Oysterband. 7pm. Tickets: £17 Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. Tel: 0161 833 9833.

Mumford & Sons

Classic Bluegrass inspired folkster songs. 7.30pm. Tickets: Ticket: £42 MEN Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester. Tel: 0844 847 8000.

Classical

Katherine Jenkins

The record-breaking multi-platinum selling mezzo-soprano is best known from her unique interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns. 7.30pm. The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 907 9000.

An Unforgettable Evening With André Rieu

Andre Rieu and The Johann Strauss Orchestra. 8pm. Tickets: Tickets from £40 MEN Arena, Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester. Tel: 0844 847 8000.

Brass Bands

Cheshire Brass

Cheshire Brass in concert. 7.30pm. Tickets: £5 Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Waterside, Sale, Manchester. Tel: 0161 912 5616.

Choral

Bolton Male Voice Choir

A musical evening with Bolton Male Voice Choir. Refreshments afterwards. 7.45pm. Pemberton Evangelical Church, Warfield Street, Pemberton, Wigan.

Rap

Dappy

Best known for being the lead singer of the Camden-based trio N-Dubz. 7.30pm. O2 Academy, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool. Tel: 0844 477 2000.

PUBS/CLUBS

Friday, Dec 7

Barrel Of Laughs

Featuring three top flight comics from the national and international circuit. Every Friday and Saturday night. 8pm. Frog And Bucket, Lords Walk, Preston.

Comedy@The Swinley

Steve Hughes, Sam Gore, Alan Donegan. 8.30pm. The Swinley, Wigan Lane, Wigan.

Saturday, Dec 8

Free And Easy

Free and easy night (singers welcome). 7.30pm. Tickets: small door charge Whelley Labour Club, Northumberland Street, Whelley, Wigan.

DANCE

Monday, Dec 10

Scottish Country Dancing

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

Tuesday, Dec 11

Newburgh Morris Dancing

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

Pensioners Tea Dance

Social event. 1pm-4pm. Tickets: £2 Formby Hall, Alder Street, Atherton, Wigan. Tel: 01942 876496.

Wednesday, Dec 12

Line Dance With Gill

7pm-8pm beginners. 8pm-9pm improvers. Chorley Cricket Club, Sandringham Road, Chorley. Tel: 01257 411799.

Line Dance With Gill

Mixed levels. 1.30pm-3pm. Euxton Parish Church Community Centre, Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley. Tel: 01257 411799.

Belly Dancing

Every Wednesday with Sue. Beginners and Intermediate classes - FUN EXERCISE FOR ALL LADIES. Beginners class 7pm-7.30pm. Intermediates class: 7.30pm-8.30pm, £4. Tickets: £4 Bateman Hall, Sagar Street, Eccleston, Chorley. Tel: 0786 6485 456.

SALES

Friday, Dec 7

Farmers Market & Craft Centre

Farmers Market and Craft Centre (craft centre open seven days). Open six days a week: (Tuesday to Saturday) 10am-5pm. Sunday 11am-5pm including Bank Holidays. Heskin Hall, Wood Lane, Heskin, Chorley. Tel: 07599 831907.

Saturday, Dec 8

Christmas Fair

Lots of stalls. Father Christmas is dropping by. 11am to 2pm. John Eddleston Centre, Main Street, Billinge, Wigan.

Christmas Fayre

Christmas gifts, toiletries and cards. Light refreshments. From 10am. Shevington Methodist Church, Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan.

Crooke Christmas Market

Lots of stalls, selling vintage clothes, handmade gifs, cakes etc. All Gates Brewery stall. Santa will also be there. Noon to 6pm. Crooke Hall Inn, Crooke Village, Wigan.

Christmas Fair

Crafts, toys, children’s grotto. 2pm. Sunshine House Community Centre, Scholes, Wigan.

Golden Mile - Christmas Fair

Free funfair, crafts, gifts, face painting and nail art. Santa will be in his grotto. Special guests. Charity event. 10am-2pm. Central Park, Montrose Avenue, Norley Hall, Wigan.

Sunday, Dec 9

Antique And Vintage Market

Antique and vintage market, boot and tabletop slaes. 8am to 1pm. Tickets: Free admission and parking Exhibition Hall, Park Hall, Charnock Richard, Chorley. Tel: 07800 508 178.

Croston Village Fair

Craft stalls, children’s fun fair, Santa’s Grotto, land train, local brass bands, choir, a piper, street entertainers, torchlight procession. 1pm-5.30pm. Croston, Wigan.

The Razzle Dazzle Travelling Vintage Fair

Monthly Vintage, Antique and Handmade Fair. Fantastic stalls of quality Vintage clothing and homewares, Antiques and Handmade Crafts. 10am-4pm. Cedar Farm, Back Lane, Mawdesley, Ormskirk.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Dec 7

Christmas Tree Festival

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Noon to 7pm Friday and Saturday 12.30pm to 5pm. St Peter’s Church, Bryn Road, Bryn, Wigan.

Crib & Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas displays, festive music, light refreshments. Friday 4pm to 8pm. Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm. The Parish Church of St John The Evangelist, Warrington Road, Abram, Wigan.

Christmas Shopping Days at Rufford Old Hall

Take your time choosing the perfect gifts from the fantastic Christmas range on offer. The garden will also be open for visitors.

10am to 3pm December: Fri 7, Wed 12, Fri 14. Tickets: Free admission Rufford Old Hall, Liverpool Road, Rufford, Ormskirk. Tel: 01704 832812.

Saturday, Dec 8

Santa’s Elves Christmas Workshops

Make a card for someone you love and write a letter to Santa! December: 8, 9, 15 and 16 - 10am-6pm. The Jungle, Westgate, Skelmersdale, Wigan.

Ashton Light switch-on

Trinity girls Band, Paul Dee, Ed Feery. Refreshments. 6pm. Ashton Library, Ashton, Wigan.

Live Music @ The Weekend

Alan Barnes, with David Newton, piano Maestro jazz saxophonist in concert.

Information: www.parbolddouglasmusic.org or telephone 01257 498452. 7.45pm. Parbold Village Hall, Parbold, Wigan.

Museum Magic Christmas

Super Saturday. Experience a real magical Christmas at the museum, with festive crafts and our very own pantomime. 11am. Museum Of Wigan Life, Rodney Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 828128.

Christmas Gift Wrapping

Have your Christmas gifts wrapped for a small donation to Guide Dogs for the Blind Between 11am - 4pm: 11am. The Galleries, Wigan.

Father Christmas visiting

Santa will be in his grotto. On December 1, 2 8 and 9. 11am to 4pm. Tickets: £3.500 Martin Mere, Fish Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk. Tel: 01704 891240.

The 12 Days Of Christmas

Father Christmas willbe visiting Rufford each weekend to December 16. Make sure you take your Christmas list along and let him know what you want. 11am - 4pm each weekend between 1st - 16th December. For details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ruffordoldhall or call 01704 823812. Rufford Old Hall, 200 Liverpool Road, Rufford, Liverpool. Tel: 01704 823812.

Sunday, Dec 9

Father Christmas At Haigh

Enjoy a family visit to Father Christmas in his Grotto. If you’ve been good this year, you might get a present from Santa! Cost: £5 per child. December: 9, 16 and 23. 12pm – 3pm.. The Stables Courtyard, Haigh Hall, Wigan.

EXHIBITIONS

Friday, Dec 7

Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story

To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, this compelling new exhibition will explore Liverpool’s central role in the Titanic story. 10am-5pm. Tickets: free Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 478 4499.

Monday, Dec 10

Comedians: From the 1940s to Now

A National Portrait Gallery touring exhibition, Comedians features over 50 phtogrpahic portraits - a must see. Sun to Fri: 11am to 5pm; Sat: 10am-5pm. Tickets: Entry free: donations welcomed The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester. Tel: 0843 208 6000.

Thursday, Dec 13

Saving Lives: Frontline Medicine in a Century of Conflict

This exhibition uses personal stories to examine all aspects of medical care on the front line, from the trenches of the WW1 to the present day. Opening Times: Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm. Closed 24, 25 and 26 December. Tickets: General admission free IMperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf, Trafford Park, Manchester. Tel: 0161 836 4000.

TOURIST

Friday, Dec 7

Astley Green Colliery Museum

A fully operational coal mine until its closure in 1970, Astley Green Colliery has been restored as a working museum Open: Sun 12:00-17:00, Tue and Thur 13:00-17:00 (Closed 25/26 Dec). Higher Green Lane, Astley, Leigh. Tel: 01942 828121.

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, artifacts 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.

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. n/a. St Helens Road, Leigh. Tel: 01942 605253.

Tuesday, Dec 11

Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Home to over 100 species of rare and endangered birds. 9.30pm-5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets: Admission £8.75/£6.50 Under 4s free WWT Martin Mere, Burscough. Tel: 01704 895181.

Wednesday, Dec 12

Victoria Gallery & Museum

Spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, the art collection comprises more than 6,500 items of fine art, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, glass, silverware Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5pm. Tickets: Free Liverpool University, Ashton Street/Brownlow Hill, Liverpool. Tel: 0151 794 2348.

Art & Exhibitions

A range of attractions, including an internationally renowned collection of fine art, a hi-tech interactive children’s gallery. Tuesday to Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays, and also closed 1 January, Good Friday, 24-26 and 31 December). Tickets: Free Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester. Tel: 0161 235 8888.

MISCELLANEOUS

Monday, Dec 10

Christmas songs Of Praise

Everyone can join in. 1.30pm. Queen’s Methodist Chruch Hall, Market Street, Wigan.

Tuesday, Dec 11

Rhymetime

Drop in or tel 01942 727119 for more information. 9.30am-10am. Ashton Library, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan. Tel: 01942 727119.

Under 5s Storytime

Free drop in session. The event includes stories, crafts, sing-a-longs and refreshments. 10am-10.45am. Aspull Library, Oakfield Crescent, Aspull, Wigan. Tel: 01942 831303.

Leigh & District Society For The Blind

Social morning. 11.30am-2pm. Formby Hall, Alder Street, Atherton, Wigan. Tel: 01942 876496.

Wigan national Chidlbirth Trust

Coffee morning, baby and toddler groups, advice. For further information tel. 01942 247713. 1pm-3pm. St Peter’s Church, Hindley, Wigan. Tel: 01942 247713.

Messy Monkeys

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

LEISURE

Sunday, Dec 9

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, Dec 10

Bookchat Reading Groups

Last Monday of the month. If you enjoy reading and talking about books drop in on this informal group. 2pm-3pm. Beech Hill Library, Buckley Street West, Beech Hill, Wigan. Tel: 01942 747750.

Bookchat Rading Group

Last Monday of the month. An informalgroup for those who enjoy reading and talking about books. 2pm-3pm. Hindley Library, Market Street, Hindley, Wigan. Tel: 01942 255287.

Bookchat Reading Groups

Last Monday of the month. If you enjoy reading and talkign about books, drop in on this informal group. 2pm-3pm. Hindley Library, Market Street, Hindley, Wigan. Tel: 01942 255287.

Knit & Natter

For further information tel. 01942 404817 or just drop in.

2pm-4pm. Atherton Library, York Street, Atherton, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404817.

Under 5s Storytime

Join us every week for a free drop in session. The event include stories, crafts, sing-a-longs and refreshments. 2pm-3pm. Tyldesley Library, Stanley Street, Tyldesley, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404738.

Rhyme Time

For further information tel 01942 487997. 2.30pm-3pm. Tyldesley Library, Stanley Street, Tyldesley, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404738.

Rubber Bridge

Bridge lessons Monday at 7.30pm, new members welcome. 1.30pm also at 7.30pm. Wigan Bridge Club, 38 Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan. Tel: 01942 243612.

Cheerleading

Cheerleading, great exercise, make new friends. 5.15pm-8.15pm. Worsley Mesnes Community Centre, Clifton Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 244641.

Cheerleading

For children aged 5-15 years. Telephone for more details. 5.15pm-8.15pm. Worsley Mesnes Community Centre, Clifton Street, Wigan. Tel: 01942 244641.

Deep Harmony Male Voice Choir

Male voice choir rehearsals. 7.30pm-9pm. Fred Longworth High School, Print Shop Lane, Tyldelsey, Leigh. Tel: 01942 874608.

Wigan Choral Society Rehearsals

Meet Monday evenings at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome, contact Sara Moreton 01942 830766. 7.30pm. Mount Zion Methodist Church, Enfield Street, Wigan. Tel: 01257 425129.

Wigan Musical Theatre Group

New members always welcome on stage or bckstage with lighting scenery lighting or properties. 7.45pm. St Mary’s Parish Centre, Standishgate, Wigan. Tel: 01942 204461.

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.

Tuesday, Dec 11

Standish Book Of The Month Reading Group

Third Tuesday of the month.

10am-11.30am. Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400496.

Tyldesley Creative Writers

Discuss, share, get help and support with anything you are writing. 10am-12pm. Tyldesley Library, Stanley Street, Tyldesley, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404738.

Under 5s Storytime

Free drop-in session, stories, crafts sing-a-longs and refreshments. 10.30am-11.30am. Hindley Library, Market Street, Hindley, Wigan. Tel: 01942 255287.

Baby Book Club

Everyone welcome, meet new mums and introduce your baby to books. Drop-in. 11am-noon. Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400496.

Get Into Reading

Informal and friendly reading group for adults. 11.30-1pm. Derby Room, Leigh Library, Civic Square, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404404.

Book Chat

A regular reading group featuring best sellers and more. Meet every second Tuesday. 1pm-2pm. Marsh Green Library, Harrow Road, Wigan. Tel: 01942 760041.

Reading Group

Informal group that reviews the books at the moment. Share your opinions with library staff and like-minded readers. The last Tuesday of the month. 2pm-3pm. Shevington Library, Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan. Tel: 01257 252618.

Under 5s Storytime

Drop-in session every Tuesday. Includes stories, crafts and sing-alongs. 2pm-3pm. Ince Library, Smithy Green, Ince, Wigan. Tel: 01942 324423.

Under 5s Storytime

Weekly drop-in session. Including crafts, stories and sing-a-longs. 2pm-3pm. Marsh Green Library, Harrow Road, Wigan. Tel: 01942 760041.

Under 5s Storytime

Weekly drop-in session. Stories, crafts and sing-a-longs. 2pm-3pm. Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400496.

Shakespeare Reading Group

Informal relaxed conversation and readings. The first Tuesday of every month. 5.30pm-6.30pm. Tickets: Free Beech Hill Library, Buckley Street West, Beech Hill, Wigan. Tel: 01942 747750.

Wednesday, Dec 12

Wymott Art Group

Social morning in which members pursue their own arts/crafts. Limited teaching available. 10am-1pm. Tickets: £2 Wymott Social Club, Willow Road, Ulnes Walton, Leyland. Tel: 01772 431986.

CLUBS

Monday, Dec 10

Writer’s Group

A friendly and supportive creative writing session. Every two weeks, tel 01942 404404 for details. 5.30pm-6.45pm. Derby Room, Leigh Library, Civic Square, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404404.

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time. 10am-10.30am. Golborne Library, Tanners Lane, Golborne, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404404.

Modern Classic Reading Group

Tackling the greatest releases of the last 100 years, in a friendly supportive environment. Last Monday of every month. 10.30am-11.30am. Ashton Library, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan. Tel: 01942 727119.

Baby Club

Introduce your baby to the world of books and spend social time with parents/carers like yourself. No need to book, drop-in. 1.30pm-3.00pm. Tickets: Free Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400496.

Baby Rhyme Time

No booking required. 2pm-2.30pm. Standish Library, Cross Street, Standish, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400496.

Film Club

Chill out watching a film in the library, refreshments provided. Tel. 01942 404738 for more details. 4.30pm-6.30pm. Tickets: Free Tyldesley Library, Stanley Street, Tyldesley, Leigh. Tel: 01942 404738.

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

Meet the first Monday on the month. 7.30pm. St Luke’s Church Hall, Orrell, Wigan. Tel: 01942 223199.

Tuesday, Dec 11

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.

Wednesday, Dec 12

Wigan Ukulele Club

The club meet every Wednesday. All ages and abilities welcome. Tel Stephen 07981 976 904 for more information. 7.30pm. The Crooke Hall Inn, Crooke Village, Wigan. Tel: 07981 976 904.

Wigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Concert group with varied programme of work from G&S, light opera, musical theatre. Come along and join in or ring 01257 400582 for more details. 7.30pm every Wednesday. Wigan Baptist Church, Scarisbrick Street, Wigan. Tel: 01257 400852.

 
 
 

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