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What’s on in Cheshire during October 2018

PUBLISHED: 10:33 01 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 01 October 2018

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Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire during October

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd

Jason Donovan and his Amazing Midlife Crisis

See Jason Donovan like you’ve never seen him before in an intimate evening filled with tantalizing tales from his life. Hear some new stories plus some of the songs you know and love for a night like no other.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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9th – 13th

A Taste of Honey

Written by Shelagh Delaney when she was just 18, this is considered one of the most influential plays of its generation. Set in Salford in the 1950s, it tells the story of the stormy relationship between mother and daughter.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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13th

Ventoux

The Tour de France race is retold using breathtaking video footage and a pair of mountain bikes to ask the question – how far are we willing to go to succeed?

Pyramid, Warrington,
01925 442345

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15th -20th

Dirty Dancing

Full of heart-pounding music and sensational dancing, enjoy the story of Baby and Johnny live on stage. The show features Hungry Eyes, Do You Love Me? and (I’ve Had), The Time of My Life.

The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 0844 871 7649

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16th – 18th

Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

Crammed full of adventure, romance and comedy, this is a tale filled with original live music, stylish theatricality and magical story-telling. The story is set in 1888 with a complex plot involving service in India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, stolen treasure and a secret pact among four convicts.

Waterside, Sale, 0161 912 5616

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22nd – 27th

Let It Be

Beatles fans can join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music. Enjoy the early beginnings at the word famous Cavern Club, through to the height of Beatlemania.

Opera House, Manchester, 
0844 871 3018

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23rd – November 3rd

Orbit Festival

This year’s festival presents new work from theatre-makers across the globe who want to explore how we face the world, our relationship with the past, how we remember, the stories we tell ourselves and what it is that makes us who we are today.

HOME, Manchester,

www.homemcr.org

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25th

I Used to Hear Footsteps

Haunted by curiosity, a young man attempts to piece together the ghost story of his childhood home. In the search for answers, witnesses relive their encounters; presences emerge from the walls and the fragile lines between normal and paranormal blur exponentially.

Waterside, Sale, 0161 912 5616

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26th

Swan Lake

After sold-out performances of Nutcracker last year, the Russian National Ballet return with the greatest of all romantic ballets, Swan Lake. The compelling legend of tragic romance and mystery, this timeless tale features ballet’s most memorable music and breath-taking dance.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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26th

Flawless

Britain’s Got Talent stars Flawless are back performing jaw-dropping routines. Brimming with energy and amazing acrobatics, Chase the Dream: The Reboot, tells the story of 10 big dreamers, seeking the opportunity to live their ultimate dance fantasy on board the Intergalactic Dream Ship.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 
01925 442345

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

5th – 22nd

Goosfest 2018

This not for profit arts and music festival is held each year at various venues in and around the pretty village of Goostrey. The festival offers a really diverse programme of events including classical, folk, jazz or contemporary music, theatre, stand-up comedy or craft.

Goostrey, www.goosfest.com

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6th

Now Northwich

Set in the town centre, watch as a variety of community events and world class performances take to the streets. See music, dance and performance for all of the family from 1pm.

Northwich, 
www.nownorthwich.co.uk

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6th

Autumn Folk

A double header of folk at Clonter, as they welcome back Eddi Reader’s support act of 2015, Findlay Napier, joined by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon award winner, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys.

Clonter Opera Theatre, Congleton, www.clonter.org

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10th

Chester Music Society

The latest concert in the society’s calendar features Jess Gillam on saxophone and Zeynep Özsuca on piano. In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year.

St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester, www.chester
musicsociety.org.uk

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11th

Halle concert

In the orchestra’s opening Thursday series concert, Edward Gardner returns to conduct an enthralling programme. Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra was inspired by the writings of the philosopher Nietzsche. With its hugely famous ‘sunrise’ opening, it is a glorious example of sumptuous orchestral sound.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 
www.halle.co.uk

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14th

Echo & the Bunnymen

Cult 80s rock band are now touring their new album: The Stars, the Ocean and the Moon. Audiences will hear future classics alongside tracks from their four-decade spanning archive.

Parr Hall, Warrington,
01925 442345

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16th

Russell Watson: Canzoni d’Amore

The UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist returns with his new show ‘Canzoni d’Amore’. Russell is sure to entertain with his debut at Storyhouse.

Storyhouse, Chester, 
01244 409113

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17th

Abbamania

Widely regarded as one of Europe’s premier ABBA tribute bands, you’ll enjoy a fabulous night out dancing as Abbamania performs all your favourite hits from Waterloo to Dancing Queen.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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19th

Swiss Ambassador’s Award Concert: Orion String Trio

The winners of this year’s Swiss Ambassadors Award, Orion String Trio, are a Swiss group of highly talented musicians featuring South Korean violinist Soyoung Yoon, German violist Veit Hertenstein and British cellist Benjamin Gregor-Smith, who studied at RNCM.

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, www.rncm.ac.uk

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27th

Level 42

The band are currently on their Eternity tour with special guests The Blow Monkeys. In a career spanning almost four decades, Level 42 have sold in excess of 30 million albums and have an impressive back-catalogue of hits.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

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28th

Hits of Motown

Original Drifters member Roy G Hemmings brings together the sound of three of America’s iconic labels: Motown, the Sound of Philadelphia and Stax Atlantic. The show features hits by The Three Degrees, Stevie Wonder, Temptations and more.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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DAYS OUT AND CHARITY EVENTS

6th

Dream Makers Ball

On arrival, you’ll be greeted with a glass of fizz before sitting down to a delicious three-course dinner. Throughout the evening there will be lots of fundraising activities from auctions to raffles and don’t forget your dancing shoes, as there’ll also be a DJ and live band entertaining us through to the early hours.

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street, Manchester thelittleboxoffice.com/giftofawedding

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11th – 14th

Chester Antiques Fair

From Edwardian sofas to Georgian furniture, silver and china to 20th century sculptures and paintings, there is plenty of choice from 40 specialist dealers.

Chester Racecourse,
07790 441529

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12th

The Spider-Ede Appeal

This night will celebrate the fourth birthday of Edie, who has been diagnosed with a rare brain tumour (DIPG). Edie and her family have spent nine months in Mexico for pioneering treatment. There will be a meal and entertainment including a performance from Ray Quinn.

Hillbark Hotel, Royden Park, ediesball.spider-ede.org.uk

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14th

Mushroom Walk

With over 196 varieties of mushrooms at Arley this is an opportunity to see and hear about the diverse array of multi-coloured growths. But the species may not be taken for culinary use.

Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich,
01565 777 353

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Until 21st

The Wirral Society of Arts: Members’ Exhibition

The WSA hold their exhibition for the 70th year. Visit to see around 160 talented contemporary and traditional works of art, beautifully displayed and can be acquired at affordable prices.

Williamson Art Gallery,
Port Sunlight,
www.wirralsocietyarts.org

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24th-31st

Jeepers Creepers

Set out in one of Carden Park’s 4×4 vehicles as you make your way through the off-road track in the spooky woods. Who knows what frightening sights you will come across?

Carden Park, Broxton Road, Nr Chester www.cardenpark.co.uk

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27th

Meet your Military Ancestors

Book a slot with military historians Stephen Pearson and Harry Carlisle and bring along, pictures, medals or military records to uncover your ancestors military past. Places are strictly limited, this event is free but booking is essential (10am – 2pm).

Macclesfield Library,
01625 374000

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27th-28th

Halloween in the city

The popular festival returns to Manchester with a host of spooky activities including a Spooky Pooch Parade, giant inflatable monsters, a trick or treat trail, a ghostly world record attempt and much more. It’s spooky fun for all the family.

Manchester city centre,
www.visitmanchester.com

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30th

V is for Victory

History Wardrobe presents an uplifting presentation about life on the home front in World War One. 2pm – 3.30pm. Tickets are free, but please book in advance.

Macclesfield Library,
01625 374000

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FAB FOUR

16th-17th

Autumn Deer Walk

Join the Tatton Park Rangers for a guided walk in the autumn parkland and see the drama of the rut, where male deer compete to mate with the females. This must be pre-booked and includes park admission on the day.

Tatton Park, 01625 374400

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17th-20th

English National Ballet

ENB present Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece. The young and naïve Manon is torn between two lives: privilege and opulence with the wealthy Monsieur GM, or innocent love with the penniless student Des Grieux.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

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27th

NCO and Julian Bliss

The Northern Chamber Orchestra’s 51st season of concerts feature a host of classical music stars, including one of the world’s finest clarinettists, Julian Bliss.

The Heritage Centre, Macclesfield,
www.ncorch.co.uk

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27th

Anderton Fireworks

This firework display is back with a bang! Watch explosions of colour light up the night sky above the picturesque River Weaver and boat lift. There will also be an fairground, bar and food.

Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

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