What's on - Wigan

February 2019

J’Adele

Sarah Evans, star of ‘Adele at the BBC’ where she met and sang with her idol, immaculately replicates Adele’s most captivating performances with her incredible voice, stunning outfits and witty charm. In July 2018, J’Adele was officially awarded the UK No.1 Best Live Tribute to Adele at the National Tribute Music Awards and having performed to sell out venues across the world, J’Adele is a spellbinding tribute to the amazing Adele.

Pebble painting for random acts of kindness day

Ahead of random acts of kindness day we will be decorating pebbles with your favourite motivational words and quotes to give as a gift or hide for strangers to find as a random act of kindness.

  • Saturday 16th February 2019 at 11am – 3pm
  • Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR
  • Free event and no booking required.

Signs of spring search

As winter passes and spring is on the horizon we will be looking for the first signs of the changing seasons as flowers and buds start to appear, birds are singing and frogs leaping. This gentle stroll round one of our finest local reserves will take in all the sights and sounds of the passing of the season. Perfect for a family walk.

  • Sunday 17th February 2019: 10am – 12pm
  • Three Sisters Recreation Area, Three Sisters Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 8DD
  • Free event and no booking required.

Half Term Children’s Arrive ‘n’ Drive

This February half term, we are back in full swing with our kid’s activities. You can join Bill Sisley’s Kart School starting with our Bambino lessons, for ages 6-7 years, Cadet Lessons for 8-15 years and Junior Lessons for 12-15 years.

Chinese Celebrations Free February Half Term Activities

Half term is packed full of family fun with our traditional Chinese craft and costume. Try your hand at activities including lantern making, calligraphy, paper cutting, and then get dressed up in traditional Chinese clothes.

  • Tuesday 19th February & Thursday 21st February 2019 at 12.30pm – 2pm
  • Museum of Wigan Life, Library Street, Wigan
  • Free drop in sessions and no need to book.

Half Term: Code a game

Want to learn more about what we do here at Wigan STEAM? We’re running a week of STEAM activities for you to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics by getting creative!

Ever wondered how animations are created? We’ll show you how to make your very own mini film using Lego and a camera. You’ll be a professional film maker in no time!

Most suited to age 8+. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult and may need some help with activities.

The STEAM Shed Launch Night

You’re invited to attend the launch of The STEAM Shed and find out more about our makerspace, equipment and members programme. Including members-only events, discounts, equipment sharing and unlimited access to our makerspace!

The Shed Meetup – a pizza fuelled monthly session for makers, crafters, artists and techies to get together to use the Shed and to share ideas.

This launch session is open to members and non-members. Come and learn all about our equipment and how you can join our community of makers, artists, geeks, crafters and inventors. Encouraging and inspiring each other, sharing equipment and space, and making the world better by making!

  • Ultimaker 3d printer, Laser cutter, Kiln, potters wheels.
  • Raspberry Pi’s and proto boards, Arduino packs.
  • Artist studio equipment, Screen printing equipment.
  • Ricoh Sublimation printer
  • Mug Press, Badge Press, soldering irons, sewing machine.
  • Consumable items including electronics and art materials.
  • Classroom for events and sessions for up to 15 people, Kitchen and snack shop.
  • Shared working space – including access to printers, computers and kitchen
  • Tool lending library – members arrange short term loan of equipment via the members community page.

Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 7pm – 9pm

Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR

Free event

Register for The STEAM shed launch night (external link).

‘At Home’ Haigh Hall History Tour

Haigh Hall Hotel is a historic country house in Haigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. Built between 1827 and 1840 by James Lindsay, 7th Earl of Balcarres, it replaced an ancient manor house and was the Lindsay family’s home until 1947, when it was sold to Wigan Corporation. Come and be ‘At Home’ with us at the stunning Grade II* listed Haigh Hall Hotel and learn about the fascinating history of one of Wigan’s finest architectural treasures.

  • Thursday 21st February 2019 at 10.30am – 2pm
    • 10.30am – Morning tea and coffee with homemade pastries
    • 11am – Historical tour of the building and grounds
    • 12:15pm – Freshly prepared Afternoon Tea to include a selection of sandwiches, a variety of cakes and sweet treats, scones with butter and cream. Served with tea and coffee.
    • 2pm – Depart.
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Tickets: £28 per person
  • Book tickets for the Haigh Hall History Tour online (external link).

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!)

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hat-full of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea.

Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family. Fun for ages five to 105! For all aged 5+ (Not a problem with under-fives in the audience but not aimed at them).

Wigan Maker’s Market

Lots of pop up stalls from local traders showcasing their talents. Lots of different stalls from bath bombs, to wax melts, personalised gifts, to home decor.

  • Friday 22nd February & Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 9am – 4pm
  • Wigan Market Hall, Wigan, WN1 1PX
  • Free event.

Coding Meet-Up for adults

Would you like to learn more about coding? Do you feel confused by computer programming jargon? If so, come along to our free Coding Meet-Up for adults! The meet-up is an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss coding with other people and learn new coding skills together.

Bring your own laptop and refreshments.

  • Saturday 23rd February 2019 at 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH
  • Free event.

Ladies Down Under

This is a heart-warming sequel to ‘Ladies Day’, which was so warmly received in our 2016/17 season. We catch up with our four ex-fish factory workers from Hull celebrating winning a fortune at the races, with a trip of a lifetime to Oz. The ladies not only discover a new country but more about their own hidden depths.

This amateur production is performed by special agreement with Nick Hearn Books.

Wigan Beer Festival

The festival will feature over 70 real ales, draught foreign beers, cider and Perry, live entertainment, games and tombola and a variety of food stalls. There will be a shuttle bus operating between the town centre and the festival venue. The cost of the bus journey is free although donations are welcomed for the upkeep of the buses and service provided by the Wigan Transport Trust.

  • Thursday 28th February 2019 – Saturday 2nd March 2019:
  • Timings: Thursday 5.30pm - 11pm, Friday 12 noon - 11pm, Saturday 11.30am - 9.30pm.
  • Robin Park Arena, Sports and Tennis Centre, Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UH
  • Entrance for CAMRA members is free at all sessions.
  • Entry fees for non-CAMRA members are as follows: Thursday – free, Friday before 6pm – £1, Friday after 6pm – £3, Saturday – £2.

March 2019

Decorate Canvas Bags for National Book Day

Ahead of the World Book Day create your own canvas book bag by lino printing and drawing some bookish designs.

  • Saturday 2nd March 2019 at 11am – 3pm
  • Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR
  • Free event
  • Drop-in – No tickets required.

Tiny Tech: World of Tiny

Tiny Tech is our program for little people aged 5 and under! Explore our new exhibition ‘Encounter with a Bubble’ by Sci-artist Cat Scott. In this super science session you’ll be able to try out using microscopes to explore the fascinating hidden world around us. Bring along any objects you fancy a closer look at!

These sessions are facilitated by Vicky from our Education Team. She ensures the sessions are educational, inspiring and above all lots of fun.

Sessions are 90 minutes long but small people are welcome to drop in and out as they like. The sessions are held in our comfy Art Lab which is equipped with lots of engaging STEAM toys such as lego, building straws, and robots. There’s even squashy bean bags to chill out on!

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019: at 10am – 11am
  • Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR
  • £2 per session
  • Drop-in - No need to book.

Pizza and Pint Night

Join us for an evening of artisan pizza and craft beers. We serve our slow proved sourdough wood fired artisan pizza from our vintage horse trailer in the Kitchen Courtyard. Our menus are Neapolitan in style using the finest high quality Italian ingredients mixed with locally sourced and seasonal specialities. Only £7.50 (Offer on selected pizzas and draught beers only).

  • Friday 8th March 2019 at 6pm – 10pm
  • Two Left Feet Tap, Kitchen Courtyard, Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free event – No need to book.

Coding Meet-up for adults

Would you like to learn more about coding? Do you feel confused by computer programming jargon? If so, come along to our free Coding Meet-Up for adults! The meet-up is an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss coding with other people and learn new coding skills together.

Bring your own laptop and refreshments.

  • Saturday 9th March 2019 at 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH
  • Free event.

POP! Bubble Activity Day

To coincide with the opening of our new exhibition ‘Encounter with a Bubble’ by sci-artist Cat Scott we’re running a day of bubble-themed family activities!

Bubble Experiments (with artist Cat Scott) - Most of us think of bubbles as temporary, colourful, transparent spheres that form and quickly pop. How many different ways can bubbles be created and how can we play with the physics of bubbles? Take part in some fun experiments for the whole family.

Bubble Geometry

Experiment with making your own bubble wands to see how you can create all kinds of shapes with bubbles.

Bubble Art

Make some colourful bubble art by blowing bubbles mixed with colouring!   

  • Saturday 9th March 2019 at 11am – 3pm
  • Wigan STEAM, Marsden Street, The Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR
  • Free event
  • Drop-in – No need to book.

Stephen Bayliss Party Night

Back by popular demand! Join us for an evening of live entertainment by the fabulous Stephen Bayliss. The evening includes a four course meal, live entertainment, resident DJ & bar service.

Haigh Woodland Park Artisan Market

Over 80 awesome artisans with art, food, craft, design, drinks, sensational street food, outstanding live music and a great community atmosphere.

In the heart of Haigh Woodland Park, a magnificent spectacle, an opportunity to browse stalls, taste the culinary treats, talk to artists, vintage dealers and designer-makers. All the very finest, exquisite craftsmen and craftswomen, many local to Wigan, talented, award winning, passionate, knowledgeable, creative and wonderful artisan market traders bringing a whole array of mouth-watering, quirky and unusual must have goodies.

  • Sunday 17th March 2019 at 10am – 4pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free event – No need to book.

‘At Home’ Haigh Hall History Tour

Haigh Hall Hotel is a historic country house in Haigh, Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester, England. Built between 1827 and 1840 by James Lindsay, 7th Earl of Balcarres, it replaced an ancient manor house and was the Lindsay family’s home until 1947, when it was sold to Wigan Corporation. Come and be ‘At Home’ with us at the stunning Grade II* listed Haigh Hall Hotel and learn about the fascinating history of one of Wigan’s finest architectural treasures.

  • Tuesday 19th March 2019 at 10.30am – 2pm
    • 10.30am – Morning tea and coffee with homemade pastries
    • 11am – Historical tour of the building and grounds
    • 12:15pm – Freshly prepared Afternoon Tea to include a selection of sandwiches, a variety of cakes and sweet treats, scones with butter and cream. Served with tea and coffee.
    • 2pm – Depart.
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Tickets: £28 per person
  • Book tickets for the Haigh Hall History Tour online (external link).

Coding Meet-Up for adults

Would you like to learn more about coding? Do you feel confused by computer programming jargon? If so, come along to our free Coding Meet-Up for adults! The meet-up is an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss coding with other people and learn new coding skills together.

Bring your own laptop and refreshments.

  • Saturday 23rd March 2019 at 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Wigan Library, Wigan Life Centre, The Wiend, Wigan, WN1 1NH
  • Free event.

Haigh Foodie Friday

Fantastic food from a variety of street food traders – some you know some brand new – but all amazing! Refreshments, street food, DJ and live music! Child & dog friendly.

  • Friday 29th March 2019 at 6pm – 10pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry & parking.

Watoto Children’s Choir

The Watoto Children’s Choir are excited to share a brand new production for the 2019 UK Tour: ‘We Will Go’.

Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled extensively since 1994, sharing a message of hope for Africa’s orphans and widows. To date, the choir has toured six continents and performed to enthralled audiences in schools, retirement homes, churches, parliaments, state houses and royal palaces. The Watoto Children’s Choir concert is a fundraising event for Watoto.

The choir’s members are orphans and other vulnerable children; many of them have suffered the loss of one or both parents and now live in a Watoto village. Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission by sharing personal stories, music and dance.

While on the road, the children act as advocates for the millions of other African children who have experienced the same heartbreaking pain and suffering as them. Through the power of their testimonies the children will share stories of how their lives have been changed, and how they have been called into a life of purpose to transform their communities. Each story will declare the miracle of transformation – from darkness to light; from despair to hope; from loss to purpose; from fear to faith.

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