Here is a list of upcoming events this weekend.
FREE: The Travel and Leisure Show 2017, Blackpool, Sunday, January 29
Looking to get away for a fantastic holiday in 2017? Then this show is perfect for you as it will cater for all your holiday needs in the UK and overseas, plus great ideas for days out. There will be lots of special offers on throughout the day, plus a chance to win a raft of great prizes, including flights to the sun. The event runs from 11am - 4pm at the Village Hotel, East Park Drive, Blackpool.
PAID: After Dark Walk, Brockholes, Preston, Saturday, January 28
This evening event is back by popular demand. Members of the public are invited to go along and explore Brockholes Nature Reserve once the sun has gone down during an atmospheric guided walk.
You can learn more about the nocturnal wildlife and also join them round the campfire for a hot drink and biscuits. Tickets are £5 and it starts at 5pm.
PAID: Peter Pan, Blackpool, Friday, January 27 until Saturday, January 28
Following the success of last year’s production of Cinderella, the Grand Theatre plays host to the Blackpool Children’s Pantomime’s version of Peter Pan. With a cast of over 100 talented local children, this year’s event is sure to be entertaining and uplifting. All tickets are £13.50 for various shows. Call 01253 290190.
PAID: Egyptian Balcony Tour, Preston, Sunday, January 28
Hear the unusual story behind the famous Egyptian Balcony at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. The guided tours offer a stunning view through the full height of the building where you can see walls painted showing ancient Egyptian sites. A rare chance to visit this hidden gem. Tickets are just £1 for adults and 50p for children. Tours between 11am and 12pm.
PAID: Heritage Tram Tours Winter Gold, Blackpool, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29
This is the first Gold Weekend of Heritage Tram action of 2017. There will be six Heritage Trams in operation with tours between Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Bispham every 15 minutes and six tours to Cleveleys and Fleetwood each day. Ticket prices vary and tours are held between 10am and 5pm.
FREE: Big Garden Bird Watch, Fleetwood, Saturday, January 28
Families are invited to go along to Fleetwood’s Memorial Park to identify and count the bird species found in the beautiful gardens to contribute to the countrywide RSPB survey. The event is running from 10.30 until 11.30am and admission is free. Pop along to see what you can find!
FREE: Winter Gardens Open Day, Blackpool, Sunday, January 29
The world famous Winter Gardens will again throw open its doors to an exclusive access all areas event, allowing you a rare chance to explore the grade 2* listed building. The public will get the chance to visit backstage of the Opera House and a chance to tread the boards so many famous faces have previously walked on, visit the backstage dressing rooms, and get up-close to the historic Wurlitzer theatre organ. The grander of the Empress Ballroom will also be free to explore. The tours run between 11am and 3pm.
PAID AND FREE: Binoculars and telescopes open weekend, Silverdale, Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29
Get some hands on advice about binoculars and telescopes from the friendly, impartial team at RSPB Leighton Moss. You can also enjoy the chance to try them outdoors. Normal admission charges apply to non-members visiting the reserve, no additional charges for event. Drop in between 10 am-4 pm.
FREE: Chinese New Year, Wigan, Saturday, January 28
Pop along to Makinson Arcade to celebrate the year of the Fire Rooster. Welcome in the Chinese New Year of politeness and trust with a whole host of special activities and celebrations for everyone to enjoy. They will be hosting traditional Chinese dragon dances, with a number of craft making stations available for the whole family. The event runs from 12 - 2pm.
FREE: Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival, Sunday January 29
Organisers are asking supporters to join them on Sunday, January 29 for the showtime event to be held in the village hall at 2.30pm.
Performing arts students from Preston College will be showcasing their work and the festival will be welcoming the area’s own talented young pupils to join them.
The event will launch the festival year and during the interval reigning festival Queen Roisin will announce her successor, to be crowned on festival day June 3.
Registration for potential Queens is open from 2pm
PAID: Winter bird walk, Brockholes, Sunday January 29
Join an expert guide for a bird watching tour of Brockholes nature Reserve. They will give you some hints and tips on where to see particular species and show you their best bird watching spots. With over 100 species recorded on the reserve in 2016, there should be plenty of exciting sightings! Tickets are £4.50 and it starts at 10am on Sunday, January 29.
PAID: Bird spotting and feeders, Brinscall, Sunday January 29
To tie in with RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch there is a bird spotting guided walk through Brinscall Woods near Lodge Bank on Sunday 29 January from 2pm to 4pm.
The walk finishes up the Wildwood Days site where you can make a natural bird feeder to take home, as well as warm up by the fire with a hot drink and some marshmallows.
Binoculars and bird books are available to borrow but if you have your own then please bring them. Admission is £3 per person if booked in advance, £4 on the day.
FREE: Farmers' Market, Fulwood, Saturday January 28
The first Fulwood Farmers’ Market with Fairtrade of 2017 will be held on Saturday January 28 with the amended running time of 9.30am until 1pm at Fulwood Methodist Church Crossroads Centre. Come and stock up on fresh local produce and Fairtrade products, and enjoy a chat over a drink and a snack. A warm welcome for all. There will be five more markets this year in April, May, July, September and November - all on the fourth Saturday of the month.
FREE, Illustrated lecture, Leyland, Saturday January 28
Colin Dickinson is presenting an interesting illustrated talk on the Cotton Mills of Preston at South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre in Leyland on Saturday, January 28.
It is part of the museum’s winter lecture series and begins at 10.30am. Admission is free.