COUNTY DAYS OUT
HOGHTON TOWER GHOST TOUR
Explore the third most haunted house in Britain where you will encounter spectres from the past and learn about the ghostly happenings across the centuries. The tour also includes a twocourse meal.
Hoghton Tower, Preston, www. hoghtontower.co.uk
This live show goes beyond all your expectations, and proves that the circus isn’t just for kids. Expect spectacular aerialists flying through the Big Top, Wheel of Death acrobats that leap dizzying heights, fearless fire eaters, gymnasts and effortless comic moments.
Carr Road, Nelson, www.circusfuntasia.co.uk
WORDS BY THE WATER
Theatre by the Lake will play
host to hundreds of authors and speakers discussing a diverse and intriguing range of subjects. This years line up includes Bake Off’s Prue Leith discussing her life and cooking, John Simpson revealing the murky realms of Russia, and Alan Johnson taking a tour of the records of his youth.
Theatre By the Lake, Keswick, www.theatrebythelake.com
ELLESMERE PORT COMEDY FESTIVAL
Some of the nation’s funniest men and women will descend on the town’s Civic Hall, from newly-discovered talent from the Edinburgh Fringe to household names on tour, including Elliot Steel and Nina Gilligan. Ellesmere Port Civic
Hall, Ellesmere Port, www. ticketsource.co.uk/brioleisure
LIVERPOOL COMIC CON
Expect high profile guests, full size props, a bigger stage with Q&A sessions, retro arcade cabs and more for cosplay enthusiasts, sci-fi fans, anime devotees and comic book aficionados. Exhibition Centre
Liverpool, Liverpool, www. exhibitioncentreliverpool.com
WITCH TOURS WITH JANEY
Join in the hilarious “Janey” as she tells the gruesome tales of Samlesbury - great for all the family. Samlesbury Hall, Samlesbury, 01254 812010
CHARITY AND COMMUNITY FAIR
Stalls and activities will be provided by charities and community groups. This event will provide visitors with information about these organisations including volunteering opportunities, how to access services as well as family entertainment throughout the day.
Accrington Town Square, Accrington
THE ANGEL FIELD FESTIVAL
A new addition to Liverpool’s cultural calendar - an international, combined arts festival which sets out to delight and challenge with its content and events. It will feature music, theatre, dance, film, and visual art from around the world as well as that found much closer to home and look at our major historic events.
Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, www. thecapstonetheatre.com/ angelfieldfestival
ABOVE: An example of Leonardo da Vinci’s art showcased at The Walker Art Gallery