What’s On Wednesday 21st December

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Don’t miss our What’s On section for all the best in entertainment across the Fylde coast.

Attractions

MADAME TUSSAUDS. The best of British celebrities. More information www.madametussauds.com/blackpool. Central Promenade, Blackpool. 10am to 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 299483

SEA LIFE CENTRE. More information www.sealife.co.uk/blackpool. Golden Mile, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 621258.

BLACKPOOL TOWER BALLROOM. Open daily except for special events. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (0844) 8561000.

BLACKPOOL TOWER DUNGEON. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (01253) 622242

BLACKPOOL TOWER EYE. Open daily. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. (0844) 8561000

BLACKPOOL TOWER JUNGLE JIM’S. More information www.the blackpooltower.com. Blackpool Tower, Central Promenade, Blackpool. Details, (0844) 8561000.

BLACKPOOL MODEL VILLAGE. Take a big look around this tiny world which recreates English life from times gone by. East Park Drive, Blackpool. Open daily 10am. Details (01253) 763827.

BLACKPOOL ZOO AND DINOSAUR SAFARI. Home to more than 400 animals as well as 32 different dinosaurs. Daily from 10am. East Park Drive, Blackpool. Details (01253) 830830.

FARMER PARR’S ANIMAL WORLD. Rare breeds galore. Wyrefield Farm, Rossall Lane and Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood. Daily, 10am to 5pm. Details, (01253) 874389.

PENNY FARM RESCUE & REHABILITATION CENTRE. Meet the horses and ponies. Visitor centre, guided tours. Free entry. Preston New Road, Peel. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Details, (01253) 766095.

RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Two floors of interactive exhibitions and displays. Blackpool Pleasure Beach, South Shore. Daily from 10am. Details, (0871) 2221234.

Christmas shows

MOOKY’S OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD. Panto and circus combined with Mooky, Mr Boo and a full cast. Tower Circus, Blackpool Tower, Blackpool. 3pm.

ALL LEYE WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU. Back by popular demand Leye D Johns, Phil Jeffries, the Viva Showgirls and Darren Coulton in a festive party night. The Cabaret Lounge, The Layton, Westcliffe Drive, Layton. Ends January 8. Box office, (01253) 352301.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. The venue’s first professional pantomime. Cast includes comedian Tom Bright as the Dame and Karen Roberts as The Princess. Thornton Little Theatre, Four Lane Ends, Thornton. Tonight, 7pm. Ends January 6. Box office, (01253) 858529.

FUNNY GIRLS CHRISTMAS SHOW. Tinsel and glitter and all the usual frolics. Funny Girls, Dickson Road, Blackpool. Nightly (no shows Monday, December 25 and 26). Ends January 8. Box office, 0844 2472665.

SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle with Steve Royle, Kenny Jones and full company in a fast moving family pantomime. Grand Theatre, Church Street, Blackpool. Ends January 2. Times vary (no shows Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve). Box office, (01253) 743343.

ALADDIN. Ted Robbins and full supporting case returns after past year’s record breaking show with another family favourite.. Charter Theatre, Guild Hall, Lancaster Road, Preston. Times vary (no shows Mondays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 2. Box office, 0845 3442012.

THE BFG. David Wood’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story directed by Joe Sumsion. The Dukes. Moor Lane, Lancaster. Times vary (no shows Sundays, November 28, December 5, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day,January 2 and 3). Ends January 7. Box office, (01524) 589000.

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. The Library Theatre Company at the Lowry present Kenneth Grahame’s classic adapted for the stage by Alan Bennett. Directed by Chris Honer. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. Times vary (no shows Sundays, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 14. Box office, 0843 2086000.

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. Elizabeth Newman directs her way down the Yellow Brick Road in this adaptation of the L. Frank Baum favourite. Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton. Times vary (no shows Sunday Christmas Day or New Year’s Day). Ends January 14. Box office, (01204) 520661.

YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU. George S Kaufman and Moss Hart’s screwball 1930s Broadway comedy hit revived. Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. Monday to Friday, 7.30pm. Saturday 4 and 8pm. Also Wednesday matinees 2.30pm (December 24, 2.30pm only, December 26 at 4 and 8pm). Box office, (0161) 8339833.Pubs and bars

SCROOGE. Tommy Steele returns yet again to the role that he has made his own in this musical based on Dickens’ A Christmas carol. The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester. Times vary. Ends January 7 (no shows Sundays, Christmas Day or New Year Year’s Day). Box office, 0843 2086000.

JACK AND BEANSTALK. Pendle Productions return with a cast including Radio Lancashire’s Sally Naden, Conor Ryan (Coronation Street) and CJ (from BBC’s Eggheads). Lowther Pavilion, West Beach, Lytham. Times vary. Ends December 30 (no shows Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Box office, (01253) 658666.

SINDERFELLA. Blackpool-based Alice Barry (Lillian from Shameless) and full outrageous cast in an adult’s only pantomime. Dancehouse Theatre, Oxford Road, Manchester. Ends January 7. Box office, 0161 2379753 (after 4pm)

RED RIDING HOOD. Horse+Bamboo recreates the timeless fairytale in its own distinctive style. The Studio, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Anns Square, Manchester. 11am and 1.30pm to December 31 (no shows Sundays or Mondays). Box office, (0161) 8339833.

Pubs and bars

VEASEY. The Cedar Tavern, Cedar Square, Blackpool.

BADEOKE. Like karaoke - but with live music. Che Bar, Market Street, Blackpool.

THREE DECADES OF DANCE. DJ Kieron with hits from the 60s to 80s. The Mardi Gras, Talbot Road, Blackpool.

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. Bar 19 Queen Street, Blackpool. 2 to 6pm.

WICKED WEDNESDAY. With DJ Darrell Lord. Bar 19 Queen Street, Blackpool. 9pm to 4am.

NORTHERN AND SOULFUL SOUNDS. With Mike Hughes. . Soul Suite, Queen Square/Queen Street, Blackpool.

KEEP IT FRESH. With DJ Matt Munroe. Walkabout, Queen Street, Blackpool. To 3am.

GET “KINECTED”. Play against giant versions of yourself. Yates’s, Market Street, Blackpool.

OPEN MIC NIGHT. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool.

OVER 65’S AFTERNOON PARTY. Weekly session for senior citizens with Andy Knight. The Galleon Bar, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. 1 to 5pm.

MIKEY TAYLOR’S ROCKING BOOGIE BAND. A touch of Jools Holland. Last Wednesday of the month – The Mike Taylor Jazz Quartet. The Galleon, Abingdon Street, Blackpool. Evening, 9pm.

BRANDY BABYCHAM’S FULL DIAMANTE. Full line-up of female impersonators and vocalists. Free admission. Roxy’s, Queen Street, Blackpool.

PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. Games night with fun quiz. The Shovels, Green Meadows Lane, Hambleton. 9 to 11.30pm.

Quizzes

TONY’S QUIZ AND PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT. Cash prizes and free sandwiches. The Station Tavern, Lytham. From 9pm.

JOHN KNIGHT QUIZ NIGHT. The Hansom Cab, Station Road, Lytham.

QUIZ AND BINGO. Numbers permitting. Up to £100 to be won. Churchill’s, Topping Street. Blackpool. Afternoon.

QUIZ NIGHT. And Play Your Cards Right. The Shovels, Hambleton.

DJ BASTIAN PLUS QUIZ NIGHT. Lucy’s @ Tobago, Abingdon Street, Blackpool.

QUIZ NIGHT. With the Dave Ward Roadshow. The Tramway, Victoria Road, Cleveleys.

QUIZ NIGHT. Free to enter. Beer to win. The Blue Room, Church Street, Blackpool. From 8pm.

JOHNNY B’s FREE QUIZ. The Ship. Elswick. From 9pm.

QUIZ NIGHT. Whittle Springs, Talbot Road, Blackpool.

QUIZ NIGHT. Prizes for winners, free sandwiches. The Station Tavern, Station Square, Lytham. From 9pm.

QUIZ NIGHT. Plus Open the Box and Play Your Cards Right. The Admiral, Clifton Drive/The Square, St Annes.

QUIZ NIGHT. Stanley Road WMC, Stanley Road, off Hornby Road, Blackpool.

QUIZ AND OPEN THE BOX. The Cube, Breck Road, Poulton. From 9pm.

Sport and poker

POKER NIGHT. The Burn Naze, Gamble Road, Thornton.

POKER NIGHT. Frenchman’s Cove, South King Street, Blackpool. From 7.30pm.

LADIES ONLY POKER NIGHT. The Washington, Topping Street, Blackpool.

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER. The Lane Ends, Marton. 8pm.

Music

KEQM SINGERS. Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel plus carols. St Annes United Reformed Church, St Annes. 7.30pm.

Social clubs

P J LOUI. Bloomfield Club, 128 Bloomfield Road, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 344583.

JAMES ALEXANDER. Brunswick Club, Bethesda Square, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 624208.

CABARET. Guest acts. Blackpool Catholic Club, 30 Queen Street, Blackpool. 2.30 to 4.30pm. Details, (01253) 628835.

Karaoke

KARAOKE. A gallon of beer to be won. The Townsman, Topping Street, Blackpool. 3 to 8pm.

KARAOKE NIGHT. The Victoria, Church Road, St Annes.

KARAOKE NIGHT. Free shot for singers before 10pm. The Victoria, Dock Street, Fleetwood.

KARAOKE. Blackpool RBL Club, King Street, Blackpool.

KARAOKE. Daily do it yourself session. Chubby’s Bar, The Promenade, Blackpool. From 9am to 6pm.

KARAOKE. Knobby’s Bar. West Street, Blackpool. And Thursday, Friday and Saturday. From 7pm.

Line dancing

T& A’s DANCE RANCH. All welcome, partners not necessary. Beginners 12.30 to 1.30pm. Teaching and social dancing, 1.30 to 4pm. Bispham United Reformed Church, Cavendish Road, Bispham. Details, (01253) 594043.

LANCASHIRE ROSE LINE DANCE CLUB. Assembly Rooms, Warrenhurst Road, Fleetwood. 7.30 to 10.30pm. Details, 07766 310260.

LINE DANCING. St Annes Conservative Club, Clifton Drive North, St Annes.

LINE DANCING. With John and Marion. Hampton Road Club, South Shore.

Social dancing

TEA DANCE. Langdales Hotel, Clifton Drive North, St Annes. 2 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 721342.

SOCIAL DANCING. Senior Citizens’ Hall, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. 1.30 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 852462.

DANCE CLASSES. Beginners’ foxtrot (7.30 to 8.30pm), Argentine tango (8.45 to 9.45pm). The White Church, Ansdell. 7.30 to 9.30pm. Details, 07909 945567.

BALLROOM & SEQUENCE. With John Peate (keyboards) and Dave Miller (drums). Cleveleys Mens Club, Slinger Road, Cleveleys.

PARTNER DANCING. Singles, groups and couples welcome. Fylde Rugby Club, Blackpool Road, Ansdell. Beginners, 7.15pm. Intermediates 8.45pm. Ends 10.30pm. details, 07904 713599.

SEQUENCE. With David and Rita Harrod. Holy Cross Church, Central Drive, Blackpool. 2 to 4.15pm. Details, (01253) 356284.

Other dancing

LADIES BELLYDANCE CLASSES. Beginners 6pm. Intermediate 7pm. Bispham Community Centre, Bispham Road, Bispham. Details, (07709) 723822.

DANCING. Ladies only – all ages, all shapes welcome. Open level. Norcross Civil Service Social Room. Noon to 1pm. Open level. St Annes YMCA, St Albans Road, St Annes. 5.45 to 6.45pm. More details, (01253) 394830 or 07811 189980.

JC DANCE CLASSES. Childrens’ dance classes. United Reformed Church, Queensway, Poulton and Womens’ Institute Hall, Great Eccleston. Details, (07792) 410390.

Salsa

SALSA AND AEROBICS. All abilities and ages over 12. Anchorsholme Methodist Church, North Drive, Anchorsholme. 6 to 7.30 and 7.30 to 9pm. Details, 07545 057064.

SALSA DANCING. Beginners welcome. Mammas Too, St Annes. 7.30pm.

NOCHES DE SALSA. Salsa lessons for beginners to advanced. Methodist Church Hall, Kirkham Road, Freckleton. 8 to 9.30pm. Beginners to advanced classes at The Royal British Legion Club, Rough Lea Road, Cleveleys. 7.10pm (beginners) and 8pm (advanced) then dance afterwards until 11pm. Details, (012523) 401941 or 07967 768582.

SALSA DANCING. Free tuition from Joanna. The Tavern, Adelaide Street, Fleetwood.

SALSA. Advanced 8 to 9pm, intermediate 9 to 10pm. St Annes Parish Rooms, St Annes. Details, (0780) 8351436.

SALSA. With Vitelio Ramos. Our Lady’s Parish Centre, St Annes. Details, (01253) 304996.

SIMPLY SALSA. Beginners, improvers, intermediate and advanced lessons and social dancing. St Anthony Padua Social Club, Cadley Causeway, Fulwood, Preston.

Keep fit and exercise

CALLANETICS. All Saints Church, North Drive, Anchorsholme. 5.30 to 7.30pm.

SALSA-CISE. Tiptoes Theatre School, Collingwood Place, Layton. 7.30 to 8.30pm. Details, (07951) 012888.

CLEVELEYS TAEKWONDO CLUB. Juniors (year one and above) – 5.30 to 6.30pm. Teenagers and adults – 7.45 to 9pm. Frank Townend Community Centre, Kensington Road, Cleveleys.

FAMILY FIT PROGRAMME. Fun exercise programme for all the family – children free. Fleetwood Lofthouse YMCA, Fleetwood. 5.30 to 6.30pm. Details, (01253) 882105.

XL FITNESS. Fitness for the fuller figure. Beginners fat-burning aerobics class. Elswick & District Village Hall, Elswick. 6.30 to 7.30pm. Details, (01772) 865645.

YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEF. Five week course. Palatine High School, St Annes Road, South Shore. Details, (01253) 883601.

YOGA/TAI/CHI/PILATES. For posture, strength and flexibility. YIP Centre, Inskip. 8 to 9pm. Details, (01772) 865645.

YOGA. Trained teacher. Suitable for all. The Assembly Rooms, Dicconson Terrace, Lytham. 7 to 8.30pm. Details, (01252) 640247 or (07960) 626836.

TAI CHI. Beginners classes. Wignall Church, Victoria Road East, Cleveleys. 10 to 11am. Details, 0771 501 4018.

MUAY THAI/THAI BOXING. Pure Impact Fitness Studio, 34 Dover Court, Dover Road, South Shore. 8 to 9.30pm. Details, (07928) 128674.

KUNG FU & SELF DEFENCE. VIDA, Garstang Road, Blackpool. 7.30 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 206155.

SHOTOKAN KARATE. For fitness and confidence, eight years plus. Beginners welcome. St Albans Church, St Annes. 7 to 8.30pm. Details, 07989 908135. Also adults and children from 10 years. Palmer Avenue Methodist Church, Blackpool. Also Friday, 7.30 to 9pm. Details, (0780) 1716380.

BLACKPOOL & FYLDE SUB AQUA CLUB. All diver associations and diver levels welcome. Dover Road, Marton. Details, (0790) 820693.

SUB AQUA DIVING. Turn you hand to Try-a-Dive or snorkelling. Fleetwood Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Fleetwood. 7.45 to 9pm.

PILATES. Senior Citizens Association Hall, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys. From 6.30 to 7.20pm. Details, (01253) 852462;

Psychic nights

STEAK AND PSYCHIC NIGHT. Choice of 12 main courses followed by two hours of close up psychic inter-action by two mediums, The Venue, North Promenade, Cleveleys. Details, (01253) 852143.

EVENING OF CLAIRVOYANCE. With Chris and Helen. From 7.30pm. Touchwood Spiritual Centre. 37 St Chads Road, South Shore.

Chess

CHESS AND WHIST. Senior Citizens’ Hall, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. 12.45 to 4pm. Details, (01253) 852462.

Others

BUDDHIST TEACHING AND MEDITATION. Weekly classes to September 28. Creative Support/Lighthouse Cafe, Crescent West, Cleveleys. From 7 to 8.30pm. Details, (01253) 352721.

DARK HORSE WRITERS GROUP. Weekly creative writing group. Blackpool Catholic Club, Queen Street, Blackpool. 7 to 9pm. Details, (01253) 347556.

JUST GOOD FRIENDS. Fun social group for 35s/50s. Wings Club, Victoria Road, Cleveleys. From 8pm. Details, (01253) 869519. Social group for 40s to 60s. Bispham Conservative Club, Red Bank Road, Bispham. 8.15pm. Details, (01253) 869519.

OVER EATERS ANONYMOUS. Self help group for people with eating disorders. Friends Meeting House, Raikes Parade, Blackpool. Details, (01253) 823418.

PUBLIC SKATING SESSION. The Arena, Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 10am to noon and 1 to 3pm.

SELF DEVELOPMENT CLASS. Learn about past lives, meditate and heal as part of a group. The Fleetwood Arms, Dock Street, Fleetwood. Details, (07722) 539461.

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION. Weekly classes. Keajra Buddhist Centre, 64 Holmfield Road, North Shore. 7.30 to 9.30pm. details, (01253) 352721.

CAPRICORN SINGERS. New members welcome. Varied repertoire. Cleveleys Park Methodist Church, Cleveleys. 7.45pm.

POULTON JUNIOR BRASS BAND. Members (8 to14 years) welcome (min 18 months playing experience required). Poulton Band Headquarters, Station Road, Poulton. 6.30 to 7.30pm.

FYLDE COMPUTER CLUB. Enthusiasts always welcome. Lostock Gardens Day Centre, off Clayton Crescent, Blackpool. Second and fourth Wednesday each month, 7.30pm.

BLACKPOOL CIRCUS SCHOOL. Circus training weekly. Beginners, 5.30 to 6.30pm. Advanced, 5.45 to 7.45pm. Sports Hall, Highfield Humanities College. Details, (01253) 735725.

BLACKPOOL ART SOCIETY. Portrait painting. 10am. Life Drawing 2pm. Contact Brian Halliagan (01253) 393552. The Studio. Wilkinson Avenue (off Woodland Grove). Blackpool.

BRIDGE CLUBS. Gazette bridge club – friendly duplicate bridge. The Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, Blackpool. 7pm; Lytham Bridge Club – friendly duplicate bridge. Lytham Bridge Club, Pembroke Road, Lytham. 7.15pm; Clifton Bridge Club – improvers’ night. Ansdell Institute, Woodlands Road, Ansdell. 7.30pm.

GIRLGUIDING. Meet for evening of fun, games, challenges, craft, sleepovers and camps. 1st Bispham Brownies 6.30 to 8pm, Guides 8 to 9.15pm, Scout & Guide HQ, Devonshire Road, Bispham; 3rd Norbreck Rainbows 5 to 6pm, Brownies 6.15 to 7.45pm, Beaufort Avenue Methodist Church, Beauford Avenue, Bispham; 20th Blackpool Brownies 6 to 7.30pm Holy Family Church Hall, Links Road, Claremont. Details (01253) 352098.