What's on - Wigan

August 2018

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Summer of Culture

Wigan Borough is celebrating a summer of culture, with a whole programme of cultural activities, events, shows and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.

Organisations across the borough are coming together to celebrate the wealth of creativity, innovation and heritage we have to offer.

There is so much going on in July especially with the Wigan International Jazz Festival (WIJF) in full swing!

Child’s Play – A celebration of childhood

A new exhibition giving children a taste of life in the Victorian era. A free interactive experience giving families an insight into Victorian Life through dress up, games and education.

Family fun walks

Each week at Wigan Flashes we will be holding activity walks for children and adults.

The walks will focus on a different activity offering a fantastic opportunity for families to explore this beautiful green space.

Be a farmer for a day

Come and find out what it takes to be a farmer at Greenslate in this action packed day where you can get up close to all the residents on the farm, both domestic and wild! Feed the sheep, collect the eggs, groom the goats, grow your own veg and take part in a wildlife exploration to find out how nature helps put food on the table!

Wigan Live Festival

Join us for our huge 6th Wigan Live Festival!

We present to you some of the best unsigned bands and soloists from the local area and further afield. With a dynamic and diverse line-up, there’s truly something for everyone! The ultimate musical pub crawl with 60+ bands in 9 venues across Wigan Town Centre.

  • Friday 17th August 2018: 6pm – 11pm and Saturday 18th August 2018: 3pm – 11.30pm
  • Venues for this year’s Wigan Live Fest are Wigan Central, The Old Courts, The Boulevard, Casino De Cuba, Joe’s Bar, Doc’s Symposium, Little Fifteen, The Raven, and Tap N Barrel.
  • Free Entry and no need to book
  • See the line-up and listen to the artists (external link).

Plant Based Saturdays

The Coven, presents ‘Plant Based Saturdays’. Amazing plant based street food from across the region, live music, bars, and a beautiful child and dog-friendly woodland park venue. Wigan Vegan Community will also be there to share information and a chance to regularly meet with like-minded people.

  • Saturday 18th August 2018: 6pm – 10pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry

Haigh Woodland Park Artisan Market

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

  • Sunday 19th August 2018: 10am – 4pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry

Steaming Sundays

Visit Trencherfield mill to admire its immense power and size but more importantly, experience it working as it did all those years ago. There will be an informative multimedia presentation by engineers about the Mill engine’s history.

  • Sunday 19th August 2018: 1pm – 4pm
  • Trencherfield Mill, Wigan Pier Quarter, Wigan, WN3 4EF
  • Tickets: Adults - £4, Children under 12 and concessions - £2
  • For further information and booking enquiries call 01942 828128.

Wigan's Got Talent

The search is on for the biggest talents in Wigan! If you love to sing, dance, juggle or even yodel we want to see your act. There are three age categories for the competition with a fantastic prize for each, under 10’s, 10-17’s and over 18’s.

Our judges will be looking for a combination of talent, personality and individuality so get practising and show us what you can do.

If you would prefer to come and enjoy the entertainment as a spectator bring family and friends for an awesome day to celebrate our town.

Moth Walks

Discover the amazing world of moths, a great event for all the family to join in. We will be examining what has been caught in the overnight moth trap before going on a short woodland walk to look and listen for the summer wildlife.

  • Sunday 26th August 2018: 10am – 11.30am
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free event – booking is essential as places are limited.
  • Book by calling 01942 828508.

Picnic Brass - Old Hall Brass Band

Bring along your picnic, set your blanket on the ground and enjoy the music of local brass bands.

An afternoon combining traditional brass sounds and the historic and beautiful surroundings. All Woodland Park attractions open as normal during each performance.

  • Sunday 26th August 2018: 1pm – 3.30pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free event – Car park charges apply.

Haigh Foodie Friday

Fantastic food from a variety of different food traders, some you know and some brand new, but all are amazing. Live music will be played and the event is dog friendly.

  • Friday 31st August 2018: 6pm – 10pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry and free parking after 5pm.

Make Stuff This Summer!

FutureEverything and Leigh Hackspace will be hosting a free weekend of making, inventing and coding for kids aged 7-12 this August.


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