Things to do (July 28 - 29)

Enjoy lessons in potions and more at Wizard Academy
Enjoy lessons in potions and more at Wizard Academy
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Wondering what to do with the kids over the weekend? Try one of these events:

PAID: Comedy for Kids, Preston, Saturday, July 28

The Handlebards are performing Twelfth Night

The Handlebards are performing Twelfth Night

Comedy for Kids is a stand-up comedy show just for kids. It has some of the funniest people from the world of comedy. Hosted by your favourite panto star Phil Walker, and featuring comedians The Kagools and Lee Kyle - they will have you rolling about with laughter. Oh and kids, make sure you bring your grown-ups so you can explain the jokes to them. Catch Comedy for Kids at Preston’s Guild Hall. Curtain up is 2pm. Tickets are £9.50. To book visit https://prestonguildhall.co.uk/shows/comedy-for-kids-july-2018/ or call the box office on 01772 80 44 44.

PAID: Giant Bionic Bugs, Burscough, from Saturday, July 28 until Sunday, September 2

Giant Bionic Bugs are invading WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre at Burscough this summer searching for the world’s largest bug hotel. Meet a 6ft long dragonfly, 6ft wingspan butterfly, ant, grasshopper, 4ft buzzing bee, all brought to life with state of the art animatronics and sound effects. Grab your free bug book when you arrive, and start your bug-tastic adventure, collecting stickers for doing eight activities. Open from 9,30am until 6pm. Admission prices vary.

PAID: Steve Hewlett with Arthur Lager & Friends, Blackpool, until Saturday, September 1

A Cider & Fizz Festival is being held at Longridge Civic Hall

A Cider & Fizz Festival is being held at Longridge Civic Hall

With 31 years as a ventriloquist – Steve has been talking to himself for quite a while. You may have seen him on such shows as BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent! Steve Hewlett performs with his close friends Arthur Lager, Pongo, Rod-Vegas and many more. Also starring special guest and rising star vocalist Kitty Harris. It’s at The Paradise Rooms at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Curtain up is 6.30pm. Book tickets at www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/whats-on/

PAID: RSPB Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend, Silverdale, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29

Get up close and personal with nature and pop along to the Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend at RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale. The event runs from 10am to 4pm, when a variety of binoculars and telescopes will be on display for visitors to try out, as well as friendly, impartial advice from the knowledgeable team of staff and volunteers. The event is free to attend and suitable for all levels of bird and wildlife watchers. Normal admission prices apply.

PAID: SEA LIFE - LEGO Ocean Explorers, Blackpool, until Sunday, September 2

Giant Bionic Bugs can be found at WWT Martin Mere

Giant Bionic Bugs can be found at WWT Martin Mere

Dive into the deep with SEA LIFE Blackpool’s exciting adventure, LEGO® Ocean Explorers. Discover curious creatures as you navigate a trail around the aquarium to find hidden LEGO® pieces in the mystery tanks. Find all five missing pieces to become a certified SEA LIFE Junior Diver and receive an exclusive LEGO® Minifigure diver to take home. Included in admission price: From £14 adults; from £11.50 children (three -14 years) when booked in advance online.

PAID: Wizard Academy, Carnforth, Sunday, July 29

The Wizard Academy returns to Leighton Hall and welcomes children to sign up for a day of spellbinding sorcery. For one day only the Wizard Academy allows children aged five to 12 to enjoy four magical themed lessons in the company of Attic Door Productions. Learning all about enchanting potions and bewitching incantations, you can also master the art of broomstick flying, and even tame a tawny owl. Advance booking required - £10 for children, £5 for accompanying adults. Call 01524 419486.

PAID: Twelfth Night, Hoghton, Sunday, July 29

Head to RSPB Leighton Moss for their Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend

Head to RSPB Leighton Moss for their Binocular and Telescope Open Weekend

The HandleBards​, the world’s first cycling theatre company, bring their all-male production of Twelfth Night​ to Hoghton Tower. Join their troupe for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter. This is an outdoor production, so take along a picnic and something comfy to sit on. Tickets are £15. To book visit http://www.hoghtontower.co.uk/event/the-handlebards/

PAID: Apoth-a-Kids, Preston and Lancaster, until August 31

Apoth-a-Kids is family-focussed free food initiative which aims to provide a helping hand during the summer holidays. The aim is to provide a free lunch for children and parents alike, plus a timetable of fun activities. It will run every Monday to Friday between the hours of 12pm and 2pm. There is no need to book and children must be accompanied at all time. Apoth-a-Kids takes place at Dice & Donuts in Preston and 75 Church Street in Lancaster. For more information visit www.apoth-a-kids.co.uk

PAID: Cumbria Steam Gathering, Flookburgh, Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29

With over 1,300 steam vehicles there will be no shortage of items to interest anyone with a passion for vintage and classic vehicles and associated memorabilia. There will also be shows, entertainments, demonstrations and food stalls. Cumbria Steam Gathering takes place at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh, Grange-over-Sands. Tickets are £14 adults; £12 concession; with under 16s going free. Gates open from 9am until 5pm. For more information visit www.steamgathering.org.uk/

PAID: KirkFest 2018, Kirkham, Saturday, July 28

Kids and adults alike will love searching for the hidden LEGO pieces at SEA LIFE Blackpool

Kids and adults alike will love searching for the hidden LEGO pieces at SEA LIFE Blackpool

A family-oriented music festival bringing the community together to showcase local talent, providing exposure for both upcoming and established musicians and a great day out for the whole family. There will be a bar built onto the field, food will be cooked fresh on-site and there will be plenty of free activities for the kids! Tickets are £5 adults; £3 children aged five to 13; under fives go free. It runs from 2pm until 8pm on Kirkham Memorial Park. To books tickets visit https://kirkfest.weebly.com/

PAID: Cider and Fizz Festival, Longridge, Saturday, July 28

On Saturday Longridge and North Preston Rotary Club are holding a Cider and Fizz Festival at the Longridge Civic Hall. All the proceeds will be going to local good causes, as is the norm for the club. There will be two bands - The Heat, and The Accused - and a DJ playing live. And there will be a cider bar, a Prosecco cocktail bar and a Gin bar, plus pie and peas served from the kitchen. As always Longridge and North Preston Rotary Club believe in giving value for money at their events so all drinks are at cheaper than pub prices. Admission is £5. Doors are open 2pm until late.

FREE: Summer Garden, Fleetwood, until September 1

The Summer Garden will be open all day, every day throughout the summer holidays at the Affinity Lancashire outlet shopping centre in Fleetwood. It’s the perfect place to entertain the whole family, with a sandpit and garden games. If this isn’t enough, there’s extra entertainment every Wednesday with a traditional seaside Punch & Judy show.

FREE: Garden Open Days, Chorley, until Thursday, August 30

Visit Barbara Barlow’s Cottage Garden in Chorley throughout the month of August. The story of Barbara’s garden starts in the 1970s when she used to help her mother with their garden centre in the back garden. The more she learned about plants the more her interest grew. By the time her children had grown and flown she was hooked. See the garden in all its glory on selected open days - Wednesdays and Thursdays - between 11am and 5pm. Barbara’s garden can be found at The Ridges, Weavers Brow, Limbrick, Chorley. Call 01257 279981 for more information.

PAID: Alpha Omega Wrestling: Vendetta, Morecambe, Saturday, July 28

Alpha Omega Wrestling is family friendly, non-profit, award-winning entertainment featuring the best current and up-and-coming wrestlers from around the UK. All raising money for the restoration of the Alhambra building. This show is called Vendetta and features bouts between Ryan Hunter and Dylan Hunter, and more. It’s at The Carleton in Morecambe on Saturday, 6pm until 9.30pm. Tickets are £7 in advance; £10 on the door.

PAID: Knott End and Beyond, Knott End, Saturday, July 28

Explore the countryside tracks and paths from Knott End, either on foot or on a tramper on Saturday. Suitable clothing and footwear is required, and take binoculars and a packed lunch. Meet at 10am. Tickets: £3.50; concessions £2.50. Booking is essential, especially if you would like to book a tramper. Ring 01995 602125 or email garstangtic@wyre.gov.uk

Head to Cumbria Steam Gathering for a great display of vintage and classic vehicles

Head to Cumbria Steam Gathering for a great display of vintage and classic vehicles

Catch Comedy for Kids at Preston's Guild Hall

Catch Comedy for Kids at Preston's Guild Hall

Visit Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden in Chorley

Visit Barbara Barlow's Cottage Garden in Chorley

Walkers and trampers can enjoy a walk in Knott End and Beyond

Walkers and trampers can enjoy a walk in Knott End and Beyond