BLUE MONDAY: Reasons to be cheerful in Lancashire

Blue Monday is supposedly the most depressing day of the year - but hey, it's only one day. And besides, there's plenty to look forward to Lancashire in the year ahead.

Monday, 15th January 2018, 7:00 am
Updated Monday, 15th January 2018, 8:30 am
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Festivals, air shows, classic car meet-ups, and of course, the world gravy wrestling championships. What’s not to like about the year? As well as all things Lancashire, a year in which we will have a Royal Wedding, the FIFA World Cup and another eagerly-awaited new Star Wars spin-off, focusing on a young Han Solo, should keep spirits at a high.

Here we look at some of the reasons to be cheerful for 2018...

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::IN LANCASHIRE

Daniel O’Donnell LiveWhen? April 25.Where? Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

PrestfestWhen? May 4 - 6.Where? Flag Market, Preston.

Sarah Millican LiveWhen? May 20.Where? Guild Hall, Preston.

Dara O’Briain LiveWhen? May 25.Where? Guild Hall, Preston.

Cleveleys Classic Car ShowWhen? June 10.Where? Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.

Leyland FestivalWhen? June 16.Where? Town Centre and Worden Park, Leyland.

RockprestWhen? June 30 - July 1.Where? Moor Park, Preston.

Royal Lancashire ShowWhen? July 20 - 22.Where? Salesbury Hall, Ribchester.

Big Day Out FestivalWhen? August 11.Where? Moor Park, Preston.

Blackpool Air ShowWhen? August 11 and 12.Where? Tower Festival Headland, Blackpool.

Fylde Coast Food and Drink FestivalWhen? August 12.Where? Marine Hall, Fleetwood.

World Gravy Wrestling ChampionshipsWhen? August 27.Where? The Rose n Bowl, Rossendale.World Fireworks ChampionshipsWhen? September 7, 14, 21, 28.Where? Promenade, Blackpool.

Lancashire Encounter FestivalWhen? September 23.Where? Preston City Centre.

Ken DoddWhen? September 30; October 14, 21, 28.Where? The Grand Theatre, Blackpool.

OktoberfestWhen? October 12 and 13.Where? TBA, Preston.

OktoberfestWhen? October 12 - 14.Where? The Venue on North Promenade, Cleveleys.

Light Up LancasterWhen? November 3 - 4.Where? Market Square, Lancaster.

::NATIONAL

Super Bowl LIIWhen? February 4.Where? Minneapolis, USA.

Winter OlympicsWhen? February 9 - 25.Where? Pyongchang, South Korea.

The Academy Awards (Oscars)When? March.Where? Los Angeles, USA.

Commonwealth Games.When? April 4 - 15.Where? Queensland, Australia.

A third Royal baby for the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeWhen? April.Where? St Mary’s Hospital, London, if previous Royal births are anything to go by.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding.When? May 19.Where? Windsor Castle, but your TV might be a more practical option.

Solo: A Star Wars Story.When? May 25.Where? A galaxy far, far away...

UEFA Champions League FinalWhen? May 26.Where? Kiev, Ukraine.

FIFA World Cup.When? June 14 - July 15.Where? Russia.

Tour de France.When? July 7 - 29.Where? All over France, finishing in Paris.

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor WhoWhen? AutumnWhere? All depending on where the Tardis takes her.

United States midterm electionsWhen? November 6.Where? Poll booths throughout the USA.