As it's Blue Monday, here are some reasons to be cheerful about the year ahead in Lancashire

Today is Blue Monday - the most depressing day of the year - thanks to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold and dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills.

As it's Blue Monday, here's some reasons to be cheerful about the year ahead in Lancashire
As it's Blue Monday, here's some reasons to be cheerful about the year ahead in Lancashire

But even though the most miserable day in the year is upon us, fear not, there are lots of things to look forward to in the year ahead.Here is a guide to some of the biggest and best:

The Guild Hall in Preston will once again welcome many of snookers biggest names for the Coral Players Championship. The world ranking event will run from March 4 to 10 at the city centre venue. It will feature the leading 16 players on the 2018/19 season one year ranking list.
Eggs are rolled down the slopes at Avenham Park every Easter Monday, to signify the rolling away of the stone from Christs tomb. The event also features an Easter Bonnet competition, Lancashire food and drink and plenty of entertainments for a full day out. The event will run from 10am to 4pm, with the first egg roll at 11am.
This Bank Holiday event showcases over 50 artisan producers. The festival will run from midday to 6pm. Free admission and free parking.
The UKs biggest tribute festival returns to Moor Park on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Acts confirmed so far include Link N Park, Nirvana UK, Black Sabbath tribute Ozzbest and The Machine Rages On. Tickets at are free, but they require ordering online and a small booking fee applies.
It has been announced that rock star Rod Stewart, international pop star Kylie Minogue, 80s synth-pop band The Human League and Hollywood Proms featuring Sheridan Smith and Michael Ball will take to the stage over five nights for Lytham Festival 2019.
Now in its second year, the ice cream festival will be held again on National Ice Cream Day, Sunday, July 21. Ice cream sellers will take over the town centre, accompanied by hot food vendors, and with entertainment planned.
Put your name in the hat for a ticket to the switch-on, by registering at Last year, a capacity audience packed the Tower Festival Headland Arena for a five-hour concert, culminating in a switch-on by international music star, Alfie Boe.
Set on Southport seafront the Air Show attracts an estimated 80,000 to 100,000 of visitors each year. Taking place from September 6 to 8, there will be air displays, freefalls and plenty of family fun.
Catch the World Firework Championships every Friday night of September from the North Pier at 8.30pm. The free displays will see pyrotechnic teams from across the globe battle it out to be crowned world champions.