Top 10 things to do in Lancashire this weekend

Here is a list of upcoming events this weekend.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 19th August 2016, 1:49 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:09 pm
Gravy wrestling
Gravy wrestling

PAID: Harry Potter Experience, Lancaster, Thursday August 25 to Sunday August 29

Witches and wizards will descend upon Lancaster Castle for a spectacular event, creating a School of Wizardry teaching potion classes and providing charms lessons alongside outdoor cinema screenings from the Harry Potter series over the bank holiday weekend. For tickets, from £14.50, and information on screenings and events, visit

PAID: Great Eccleston Tractor Pulling Championship, Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28

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Tractor pulling

The North West Tractor Pullers Club (NWTPC) hosts its annual Tractor Pulling event at a purpose built track at Great Eccleston Showground, off Garstang Road.

The event and entertainment is open from 7.30pm on Friday; 2pm on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday.

Tickets starts from £20 and can be obtained from

PAID: Heritage Tram Tours, Blackpool, Saturday August 27 to Monday August 29

Tractor pulling

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will allow families to explore the seaside resort’s favourite attractions on one of its historic trams during three days of intensive tours.

There will be at least six heritage trams each day, from 10am until 6pm.

Tickets are from £5 for a round tour, to £10 for a heritage day ticket. Family heritage day ticket is £20.

FREE: Laberint II, Preston, Friday August 26 to Monday August 29

Over the August bank holiday the Flag Market will be transformed into a giant maze with many paths but only one exit.

Explore the maze installation, a sea of coloured walls full of crossroads, challenging the most intrepid participants with visual enigmas and skill doors. The free participation installation is open from 3pm - 9pm on Friday; and noon until 6pm the other days.

FREE: Taste of Leyland, Saturday August 27

A Taste of Leyland food and drink festival will bring the streets of Hough Lane, Leyland Market and Balfour Court alive, with a range of food stalls offering a variety of traditional and international cuisine. Visitors can buy food to eat there and then or take home, taste the locally brewed beers and ciders. Open from 10am until 4pm, with live music, children’s entertainment, food demonstrations and face painting.

PAID AND FREE: Morecambe Live Weekender, Friday August 26 to Sunday August 28

The Morecambe Live Weekender is staged over three days and two nights, at Marine Road West, with 90s, 00s and 10s tribute artists.

A host of local bands and singers will also perform. Tickets for the Disco Inferno are £10, whilst the Juke Box Jive and Park Life are free.

For more information visit

FREE: Canal Festivals, Chorley and Burnley, August 27 to 29

Botany Bay, in Chorley, hosts its first annual Canal Fest on Sunday August 28 and Bank Holiday Monday to mark the bicentenary and 200 years of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The fun includes boat rides, a narrow boat flotilla, classic car display, swing boat rides, Punch and Judy, Lancashire hawks and owls, bumper boats, plus live music.

Meanwhile, a similar event will be held at Sandygate Square and Burnley Wharf, on Saturday and Sunday. Families can enjoy the colourful display of boats and entertainment, with live music, craft and food stalls, canoeing taster session, raft racing and karaoke.

FREE: World Gravy Wrestling Championships, Rossendale, Monday August 29

The Gravy Wrestling Championships is one of the world’s craziest and quirkiest competitions. Families can cheer contestants on as they battle it out in a pool full of Lancashire gravy. Contestants must wrestle in the gravy for two minutes whilst being scored for audience applause,and various different moves. The free event will be held at Rose n Bowl, Stacksteads from noon.

PAID: Outdoor Theatre - Danny - Lytham, Sunday August 28

Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl comes to Lytham Hall, brought by Illyria.

Ticket prices are £13 for adults, £10 for seniors and students/schoolchildren are £6.50

Gates open 2pm for picnics and car parking is close to the arena. The play starts at 6pm. For tickets and further details visit or call 01253 736652.

PAID: Rhythm and Blues Festival, Colne, Friday August 26 to Monday August 29

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival celebrates its 27th year of bringing some of the best Rhythm and Blues music to Colne Town Hall, Albert Road. Big acts include Nikki Hill, Wilko Johnson and Willie and the Bandits. Tickets for all four days are £95. Day tickets are £20 for Monday or £8 for the other days. For more information visit