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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Get your gifts at spa event

A Christmas shopping event will be held at Ribby Hall’s Spa Hotel. On Sunday, December 2 from 12pm, guests can enjoy mulled wine and canapés to celebrate the arrival of pioneering British spa and skincare brand Elemis to the spa. Tickets cost £5 and are redeemable on the day with any purchase. Call 01772 671111.

Lancaster lit up by lanterns

Fireworks are not the only thing to light up Lancaster this weekend. On Friday, November 2, the city hosts a new free family event, Light Up Lancaster, as buildings and squares are animated by music, film, dance and art. Collect your guide to all the events in Dalton Square from 7.15pm.

Blind date for Muslim youths

The first ever Gujarati Muslim matrimonial event is to be held on November 3 at the former London Road Labour Club, now named The Royal Banqueting Suite. Participants must be between the ages of 21 and 40. Contact 07702587292 / 07526187125.

Ghostly night at Hoghton

A spooky midnight ghost tour is taking place at Hoghton Tower tonight. The historic hall on the outskirts of Preston will be the focus of a special halloween celebration. Silent torchbearers will be leading people through the dark halls and passages to the main tower, which is said to be the UK’s third most haunted house. The event will end with a midnight toasts in the famous banqueting hall. Tickets are priced at £50 each and guests should arrive at 9.15pm for a 9.30pm start.

Could your pet dog save a life?

A blood donation session for dogs will be held at Oakhill Vets, Langley Lane, Goosnargh, on November 24. The session will be run by Pet Blood Bank UK, a charity that provides a national canine blood bank open to all UK veterinary practitioners. To enquire about the session ring Megan at Pet Blood Bank UK on 01509 232222 or register via Donation is be by appointment only.