Some ideas for things to do
Ribfest, various locations, Ribchester, Monday to Sunday
Ribfest, Ribchester’s very own music and drama festival is all set to return to the village for its annual shindig next week. The programme for the event includes a wide variety of musical genres, from jazz to folk, to swing to classical - and there’s some drama provided by the very popular and long standing Ribchester Amateur Theatrical Society thrown in too. Tickets and a full list of events are available from www.ribfest.co.uk or on 01254878479.
Collabro, Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, Monday
Returning to the Lytham Festival once again, musical theatre quartet Collabro are opening this year’s week of performances with their own headline show on the Lowther stage. Expect an incredibly intimate performance. Tickets start at £46 and you can book online at www.lowtherpavilion.co.uk.
AJ Hartley, The Harris, Preston, Wednesday
Meet New York Times bestselling author A J Hartley, author of ‘Cold Bath Street’, the best selling ghost thriller set in Preston, who will be in conversation with Barry Cunningham, former editor of the Harry Potter books at Bloomsbury. This event is free but booking is required via www.harrismuseum.org.uk or you can call 01772 258248.
Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Westholme School, Blackburn, Wednesday-Saturday
The 31st Ribble Valley International Piano Week sees renowned musicians heading to Blackburn to perform in seven concerts concentrated into a four day period. With the artistic director being the famous and much-loved pianist Martin Roscoe, RVIPW is in the privileged position of having access to an eclectic combination of exciting new rising stars and established musicians - with appearances by two young up and coming pianists, a chamber music concert and more. You can find further information and a full list of performances online at www.rvipw.org.uk.
Elektrik Dreams - Live 80s Tribute, The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, Friday
Taking you back to the early 80s, you’ll be together in Elektrik Dreams as this live band deliver the authentic sound that changed the face of music for a decade and beyond. Guaranteed a fabulous night of retro fun, this is a band that you will not want to miss.Tickets are £8 at www.newcontinental.net.