Things to do this weekend (June 16 and 19)

Here's hoping for better weather this weekend to enjoy some of these great events.

The Vander Wheel of Death is a top attraction at this year's Scorton Steam festival
The Vander Wheel of Death is a top attraction at this year's Scorton Steam festival

PAID: Blackpool’s Outdoor Beer & Cider Festival, Blackpool, Friday, June 16 until Sunday, June 18

Summer time is beer time! So why not head to the Sunlounge on Blackpool’s North pier for the only outdoor Beer and Cider Festival in Blackpool. Don’t worry if the weather isn’t kind; you’ll be covered up. More than 50 real ales, craft ales and ciders will be on offer over the course of the three day festival. Also features hot food and live entertainment. And there is 10% off real ale for CAMRA card holders. It runs from 12pm until 11pm each day and admission is just £3. For more details call 01253 622255.

FREE: Arts Centre Craft and Collectors Fair, Garstang, Saturday, June 17

Garstang Arts Centre Craft and Collectors Fair runs from 10.30am until 3.30pm. From small antiques and collectables, cards, handmade wooden objects and pens, cushions and aprons, to vintage cutlery and coins,books, wonderful jewellery, handmade notebooks and decorations, hand-crafted ornaments made from eggs and delicious homemade cakes, there is surely something there for everyone. Light refreshments will also be available all day.

PAID: PCW Wrestling, Blackpool, Saturday, June 17

Wrestling returns to Blackpool Tower for a free show! The show features wrestling TV stars and talent known all over the world. All will be revealed soon but 900 of the 1000 tickets have already been snapped up so don’t hang around too long. Preston City Wrestling are presenting the event.General Admission is free - you only pay the £2 booking fee per ticket via the website Once tickets are gone they are gone. It starts at 5pm. For more information call 01253 622242.

PAID: Nature Dad’s Trail, Preston, Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend by exploring a special trail across Brockholes Nature Reserve to find out more about what wildlife dads are up to there at the reserve. There is a celebratory treat for those who successfully complete the trail too! It’s all happening between 10am and 3pm on both days. Tickets are £3 per pack. Brockholes Nature Reserve can be found off Jct 31 of the M6, near Preston. For more information visit or telephone 01772 872000.

PAID: Bel Canto with Olivia Singleton and Karla Grant, Lancaster, Saturday, June 17

Olivia, 19, is from the local village of Garstang and currently studies Vocal Studies and Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Alongside her friend and colleague from the Conservatoire, they aim to bring to you a classy evening of beautiful singing. From Mozart to Hahn, this is an event not to be missed! It’s on at the Ashton Suite at Lancaster Golf Club. Doors open at 6pm and tickets are £20, and include canapés and prosecco on arrival. To book call 07814 308093.

FREE: Exhibition: Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock - Love Life, Blackpool, from Saturday, June 17 until Saturday, August 12

Emma Hart and Johnathan Baldock’s exhibition radically re-imagines Punch and Judy for a contemporary audience through soft sculptures, ceramic objects, costumes, video and sound. The exhibition will include new works made with the Illuminations and also puppets from the Grundy’s collection. It’s at the Grunday Art Gallery on Queen Street. Open daily from 10am until 5pm. Call o1253 478170 for information.

PAID: Monster Truck Fathers Day Special, Thornton-in-Craven, Sunday, June 18

It’s Monster Truck Madness at Thornton Hall Farm, near Skipton, this Father’s Day. Why not go along and watch their amazing displays in the morning and afternoon. There’s also lots of farm fun to be had too - including animal feeding, animal petting and egg collecting. Open from 10am. Tickets are £9 for adults; £8 for ages two and over; £5 for the under twos and those under the age of one go free. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event and are available online at

PAID: Scorton Steam, Scorton, Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18

A death-defying acrobatic display is to take centre stage at this year’s Scorton Steam, which takes place as always over the Fathers’ Day weekend. But as always, the real stars of Scorton Steam are the 600 plus exhibits of vehicles of all ages, shapes and sizes. Scorton Steam is held at Woodacre Lodge Farm on Gubberford Lane. Day entry is £10 for adults and £7 for concessions (children aged 10 to 16 years and senior citizens). Children under 10 years are admitted free. Visit

PAID: Blackpool Heritage Tour - Lightworks, Blackpool, Saturday, June 17

Here’s a chance to see the fabulous Illuminations Collection, containing over 20,000 pieces from the 1920s to the present day. You will them embark on a tour of Lightworks, the home of the Illuminations, to see how they are made from initial design to final construction. For those with illuminated autumn memories of Blackpool this is a tour not to be missed! Tickets are £8 for adults and £4 for children. Open from 11.15am. Call 01253 478222 for more information.

PAID: West Coast Classic Sportive, Preston, Sunday, June 18

In its first year, the temptingly titled West Coast Fish and Chip Ride takes you from city to sea, exhibiting some of the best of Bowland en route. With one or two tough climbs to test you, and — perhaps more pertinently — work up an appetite. Meet at Preston’s College on St Vincent’s Road in Preston for registration from 7.40am. Races start between 8am and 9am. For more information visit or call 01425 653372.

PAID: Toyah, Blackburn, Saturday, June 17

In this lively and energetic concert with her full live electric band you can expect to hear hit singles Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains, It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free, Brave New World and Rebel Run at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn at 7.30pm. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. Tickets are £20 on the door or £17 for an advance ticket. Box office: 0844 847 1664.

FREE: National Picnic Week, anywhere you want, until June 24

It’s that time of year again, so dig out your hampers and blankets and get set for National Picnic Week which runs from today until June 24. Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summertime traditions so grab your family and friends and get outdoors; it’s a great way of taking advantage of open spaces.

FREE: The Great Get Together, Lancaster, Saturday, June 17

Take along a picnic blanket to The Scout Hut in West Road, Lancaster, as they join in the Great Get Together. There will be a barbecue, food from around the world, southern fried chicken and lots of cake! And to compliment the food will be some great live music, including karaoke. Other attractions include games and activities, like face painting, coconut shy, space hopper gymkhana, welly throwing, temporary tattoos, tombola, fair trade stall, family korfball, wheelie competition and more. It’s runs from 12pm until 5pm and admission is free.

FREE: Darwen Archery Club Big Weekend, Darwen, Saturday, June 17

As part of the national archery Big Weekend, Darwen Archery Club is offering free “Have a Go” sessions at its outdoor venue at Square Meadow. This is a perfect activity for all the family. No experience is needed and equipment will be provided. It’s all happening from 10am until 4pm. Turn up on the day or email [email protected] to guarantee a session at a fixed time (state time preference in email) or call Tim on 07966 502559.

PAID: Summer Evening Strolls, Preston, Monday, June 19

Head to Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston and join them for an evening stroll at 7pm. This is the perfect opportunity to de-stress and to see the reserve in all its peak summer glory… as well as the wildlife that comes out when their visitors have left for the day! Tickets are £5, pre-book at

PAID: Leyland Festival, Leyland, Saturday, June 17

This year’s festival will provide a day of family fun with a wide choice of activities, and the theme is films and movies. Each year the event begins with the traditional vehicle parade through Leyland ending at Worden Park. The popular festival features: family acts, family arts and entertainment area, car show, dog show, vintage tea room, live music, businesses and local community floats, marching bands, dance troupes, heritage vehicles, food court and sports area. It all kicks off at 11am on Saturday and admission is £2.50 for an advance ticket or £3 on the gate; under 16s go free.