Summer of Culture 2018

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This year Wigan Borough is celebrating a summer of culture, with a whole programme of cultural activities, events, shows and exhibitions that will continue through to September.

  • Events guide 2018 (we're adding more events all the time please see the new additional events below which aren't in the guide)

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

So why not come along and join us for concerts that’ll make you move your feet, art exhibitions that will inspire you, festivals that will lift your spirits and world class entertainment at every turn.

There’s something for everyone to see, hear, create and discover, and whilst you’re in the borough, you’ll find some amazing shopping, beautiful parks and delicious food and drink - helping you spend a little longer absorbing the cultural atmosphere!

Bookmark this page to stay up to date on all the incredible activities taking place.

It’s easy to get around!

Wigan has two railway stations, Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate, whilst the guided busway links Leigh and surrounding towns to Manchester city centre. Bus links are great and there are plenty of car parks across the borough to help you get to the action.

Don’t feel left out - Wigan Borough includes the large towns of Wigan and Leigh, as well as Haigh Woodland Park in the north and Pennington Flash in the south of the borough.

New additional events

The events below are all in addition to those already in the events guide 2018. We'll keep adding more as they are confirmed!

New events 2018
Throughout Summer Outdoor Adventure Haigh Woodland Park Great opportunity for young explorers to try archery, pond dipping and den and bush craft skills. Find more details on the Haigh Woodland Park (external link) website.
Throughout Summer Summer of Star Wars Various There's a whole host of Star Wars themed activities happening across the borough.
Throughout Summer Digital events from D:Circus Digital Art Project Various There are many digital art events happening across the borough this summer for all the family to enjoy. Please find more details on D:Circus Digital Art Project.
Monday 23rd July - Friday 31st August Woodcock square transforms to Strawberry Square The Galleries, Wigan Town Centre Strawberry-themed fun including plant your own strawberry, a strawberry trail, music, pottery and a bake off.
Friday 27th July - 17th August Negotiate Cross Street Arts, 116 The Standish Centre, Wigan, WN6 0HQ Showcases the work of four female painters and recent graduates from Fine Art Painting BA (Hons) at University Centre St Helens. Artists are Faye Hall, Lily Karen, Sarah Gilman, and Rebecca Ainsworth.
Monday 6th August - Sunday 26th August Spinning Gate Summer Garden Spinning Gate Shopping Centre, Leigh Spinning Gate Shopping Centre is celebrating summer by providing free, family entertainment during the school holidays.
Every Tuesday from 7th August - 28th August
1.30pm - 3pm
Family Fun Walks Wigan Flashes The walk will focus on a different activity each week offering a fantastic opportunity for families to explore this beautiful green space.
Tuesday 14th August - Saturday 1st September Exhibition: Natus Residency Wigan STEAM This year's Natus Residency will be artist Keith Bloody Mary.
Wednesday 15th August
1pm - 4pm
Be a Farmer for a Day Greenslate Community Farm, Greenslate Lodge, Greenslate Road, Billinge Come and find out what it takes to be a farmer. For ages 5-11, £10 per child. Book tickets to Be a Farmer for a Day (external link).
Wednesday 15th August
7pm - 9pm
Art Lab Workshops - Making a Mob with Anna FC Smith Wigan STEAM Book tickets from Wigan STEAM (external link) at £2 each for over 16's.
Friday 17th - Saturday 18th August Wigan Live Festival Wigan Town Centre A free charity music festival taking place in Wigan's finest bars and pubs. 10 stages and 90 unique performers! Find more details on the Wigan Live Festival (external link) website.
Saturday 18th August Dinosaur Invasion Leigh Town Centre Leigh Town Centre will be filled with lots of prehistoric fun for all the family to enjoy.
Saturday 18th August The Rapide Brothers Wigan Town Centre Circus skills, balloon modelling and face painting.
Saturday 18th August Vegan and Vegetarian Foodie Saturday Haigh Woodland Park Artisan 'plant-based' food and drink traders, plus live music.
Saturday 18th August
6pm - 10pm
Plant Based Saturdays Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE 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.
Monday 20th August Road Car Track Day Three Sisters Circuit The perfect introduction to track day driving. £89 per person (drivers require a full driving licence and passengers must be over 16 years).
Tuesday 21st August Bike Attack Three Sisters Circuit Bike Attack is open to the public for road legal bikes for rides with a full licence.
£10 for ten laps around the circuit.
Tuesday 21st August
12pm - 2.30pm
Pinocchio Haigh Woodland Park Tickets are £7.50 and a family ticket is £15. Under 3's go free.
Saturday 25th August, 11am – 6pm Wigan’s Got Talent Haigh Woodland Park See the best talents go head to head on a fantastic stage set in the stunning Haigh Woodland Park.
Saturday 25th August Titan the Robot Returns Leigh Town Centre Titan is the ultimate family entertainment show. Titan's comedic antics are adored by children and adults alike.
Sunday 26th August
10am - 11.30am
Moth Walks Haigh Woodland Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN2 1PE Discover the amazing world of moths. A great free event for all the family to join in. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book, call 01942 828508.
Sunday 26th August Picnic Brass Haigh Woodland Park Bring a picnic (and something to sit on) and enjoy the music of local brass bands.
Monday 27th August Family Day Arrive 'n' Drive Karting Three Sisters Circuit Family Day Arrive 'n' Drive Karting for ages 8+. Different circuits and karts for different age groups.
£25 per person.
Tuesday 28th August
12pm and 2.30pm
The Wind in the Willows Haigh Woodland Park Tickets are £7.50 and a family ticket is £15. Under 3's go free.
Saturday 29th August Vegan and Vegetarian Foodie Saturday Haigh Woodland Park Tickets are £7.50 and a family ticket is £15. Under 3's go free.
Saturday 1st September, 9am – 5pm Wigan Comic-Con, Guardians of the Galleries The Galleries Shopping Centre A convention for fans of all things comic book, superhero movies, video games and more.  Including special guest appearance from Spencer Wilding – Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter star.
Saturday 1st September
12pm - 4pm
Big Summer Festival 2018 Jubilee Park, Ashton-in-Makerfield Lots for the family to enjoy, including fairground rides, live music, WISH FM stage, sports, crafts, activity stalls, local clubs and services, donkey rides and much more.
Saturday 8th September Art Lab Workshops - Making a Mob with Anna FC Smith Wigan Diggers Festival, Wigan Town Centre Drop in all day, £2.
Suitable for all ages but under 8's may need adult assistance.
Wednesday 12th September
7pm - 9pm
Art Lab Workshops - Making a Mob with Anna FC Smith Wigan STEAM Book tickets from Wigan STEAM (external link) at £2 each for over 16's.
Saturday 15th September, 7pm Proms in the Park Atherton Park A fantastic evening of open air music, including performances from Tyldesley Brass Band plus guest singers.
Saturday 15th September Capsule Collection Grand Arcade Shopping Centre, Wigan Come along to this fashion event for the latest advice on fashion and beauty. Learn about capsule wardrobe clothing, how to get the latest beauty looks, watch catwalk shows and much more.
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th September Heritage Open Weekend Damhouse, Astley Hall Drive, Astley Guided tours of Damhouse, exhibitions and much more for all the family to see.
Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th September
10am - 5pm
Leigh Canal Festival Leigh Miners Welfare Institute, Twist Lane, Leigh Celebration of the canal and its heritage. Key attractions include boat trips, canoe taster sessions, canal art, funfair rides, climbing wall, local music, food court and much more.
Sunday 16th September 40's Day at Haigh Haigh Woodland Park Come along to a 1940's themed afternoon complete with wartime music tributes, forties scenes re-enactments, vehicles, entertainment and stalls.
Saturday 29th September
Lancashire Evening Damhouse, Astley Enjoy a fabulous Lancastrian evening. The event will also include a hotpot supper.

Please contact the venues in advance for more details.

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