What's on - Wigan

October 2018

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.

England v France Rugby League International

The Perfect Murder

Have you ever wondered how you commit the perfect murder? A husband and wife secretly try to kill one another. Which of them will succeed and claim the insurance? Are the police getting just a little too close for comfort and what has a Hungarian prostitute got to do with it all?

An audience with Lee Sharpe

HC Promotions Ltd are delighted to bring to The Old Courts, Wigan, a legend of Manchester Utd, Leeds and England. On the night you can hear tales from Lee from both on and off the field including hilarious stories about Eric Cantona, an insight into how Sir Alex Ferguson manages and much more. This is a must for all football fans and in a fantastic setting.

  • Thursday 18th October 2018 at 7pm – 11pm
  • The Theatre: Entrance 4, The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NG
  • Tickets - £20 per person (Includes all of full nights entertainment – Lee Sharpe, raffles, Auction and chance to ask Lee a question) or £30 per person (includes a professional picture taken with Lee printed on the night, full nights entertainment – Lee Sharpe, raffles, Auction and chance to ask Lee a question)
  • Book online for An audience with Lee Sharpe (external link).

The music of John Denver by Chris Bannister

Leisuretec Events presents The Music of John Denver by Chris Bannister hosted by Chris Milow from Wish FM, The evening in Rigalettos Restaurant includes a 3 Course Meal, Music from Chris, Interview and a Question and Answer session, signings & photographs.

Bloktoberfest: Teletext art festival

Pixel pushers rejoice, the next Block Party has been confirmed!

This year, Britain’s premier teletext festival will venture ‘up north’ to Wigan STEAM for a weekend of VBI, Videotext and Viewdata jollities. Suitable for all the family, drop in to explore the phenomenon that is teletext art, meet teletext artists from around the globe, and participate in all sorts of teletext related pixel art activities!

  • Saturday 20th October 2018 at 12pm – 4pm & Sunday 21st October 2018 at 10am – 4pm
  • Wigan S.T.E.A.M. Hub, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
  • Admission to the event is free, but to participate in drop-in art activities we recommend donating £2 per participant to cover costs.

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.

  • Sunday 21st October 2018 at 10am – 4pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry

Half Term Aquageddon fun

October Half Term Aquageddon Fun! You must be aged 8 – 14 years to attend this session, maximum 40 places so book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Monday 22nd October 2018, Wednesday 24th October 2018 & Friday 26th October 2018 at 1pm – 2.15pm
  • Wigan Life Centre – Healthy Living Zone, College Ave, Wigan, WN1 1NJ
  • Cost £3.60 per child (includes locker token) - Call Reception on 01942 489611/489612

The Stylistics

The Stylistics 50th Anniversary Tour, a celebration of all the hits!

The Stylistics are known instantly for their many recognisable hits such as the Grammy nominated ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’ plus numerous classics including ‘Can’t Give You Anything (But My Love), ‘Let’s Put it All together’, ‘Stop Look Listen’, ‘You are Everything’, ‘Betcha by Golly Wow’, ‘Sing Baby Sing’ and more.

The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breath-taking, plying audiences with the hits that made them a household name.

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

See our town centres in a whole new light. Be dazzled by light night parades, street performers and incredible artwork that will really light up your imagination.


  • Thursday 25th October
  • 5.30pm – 8.30pm


  • Saturday 27th October
  • 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Discover more about the Light Night events.

Woodland Pumpkin pickin’

Set within an area of our woods are hundreds of pumpkins and it’s up to you to find them! There’s also some spooky (child-friendly) ghosts and ghouls in the woods adding something different to your Halloween hunt.

  • Friday 26th October 2018 – Sunday 28th October 2018 at 10am – 4pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Tickets - £4.50 per child (includes pumpkin), Mums and Dads go free
  • To purchase tickets, call 01942 828508 (Box Office) or book tickets online (external link).

Nick Sharatt’s Draw along

The Old Courts are delighted to welcome much loved children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt to the Grand Vault. He’ll be showing you how he creates characters like Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, sharing ways to invent your own crazy creatures, and giving loads of top tips as you draw along with him. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on.

  • Nick’s show will begin at 1pm and last for around 75 minutes. Nick will spend time after the show signing books and chatting with the audience.
  • Friday 26th October 2018 at 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • The Grand Vault: Entrance 3, The Old Courts, Crawford Street, Wigan, WN1 1NG
  • Tickets - £10
  • Book tickets for Nick Sharatt's Draw along online (external link).

Haigh Foodie Friday

Fantastic food from a variety of different food traders – some you know some brand new, but all amazing. Free parking after 5pm and free entry. Live music also and dog friendly.

  • Friday 26th October 2018 at 6pm – 10pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry and free parking after 5pm.

Children’s Halloween Fancy dress disco

Taking place in our marquee alongside Foodie Friday. A Halloween kids dress and dance event. Prizes for best costumes.

  • Friday 26th October 2018 at 6pm – 8pm
  • Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free entry and free parking after 5pm.

Family spooky walk at Jubilee Park

Come and join us for our annual Spooky Walk at Jubilee Park Ashton in Makerfield! Wigan’s only volunteer led community scarefest for kids!!

  • Saturday 27th October 2018 at 5.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Queens Road gate, Jubilee Park, Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield, Wigan, WN4 9BH
  • Tickets: £1 per person - pay on door.

Apple Day – Haigh Halloween Festival

Taking place in the Walled Gardens, this day will be all things ‘apple’. Games of Apple Bobbing, Apple Juicing, Toffee Apple Making and much more.

  • Sunday 28th October: 12pm - 4pm
  • Walled Gardens, Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE
  • Free event – Donations welcome to Friends Group for Apples and charges apply to Toffee Apple making.

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