What's on

Mardi gras spectacularDance through the Decades

Leigh Sports Village invite you to dance through the decades with them. Enjoy a mojito, bottled beer or soft drink on arrival, followed by a delicious two course meal (main and dessert). Then dance the night away with the help of our ‘Decades DJ’, who will be playing the best tunes from the 50’s right through to the 00’s. Relive those special moments as the music transports you through the decades.

When: Saturday 20th April, from 7pm

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

Cost: £27.95pp

or call 01942 487878 for more information.

Awful-orchestraThe Really Awful Orchestra

The Really Awful Orchestra in Concert will be performing light classics, film & TV themes, along with a range of pop, rock & jazz, all directed by the wonderful Chris Perry.

When: Friday 26th April at 7.30pm

Where: St. Teresa’s Catholic Club, 23 College Road, Upholland, Wigan. WN8 0PY

Cost: £10, available from the orchestra directly or by calling Peter Fletcher on 07848 818276.

Flashes of natureFlashes Festival of Nature

In line with National Nature Reserve week, this 2-day event is designed for you to learn more about the wildlife that resides in and around the Flash, connect with the amazing nature on your doorstep and to simply have fun with your friends and family! There are a range of activities across both days including guided walks, stalls, arts, crafts and more. Pennington Flash is one of the 13 of the Flashes of Wigan and Leigh; the only National Nature Reserve in Greater Manchester.

When: 25th - 26th May 2024

Venue: Pennington Flash, Leigh

Cost: Free to attend, some activities may incur a small charge.

Northwestern Invertebrate ShowNorthwestern Invertebrate Show

The first ever North-Western Invertebrate Show is coming to Robin Park Leisure Centre…come and immerse yourself in world of Entomology! The show is attended by some of the hobby's biggest suppliers and related businesses in the UK supplying Livestock, dry goods and gifts. As well as trading on the day there will be workshops, with guest speakers and the famous Wild & Deadly show for kids.

When: 2nd June 2024

Where: Robin Park Leisure Centre

Price: £3 per child and £6 per adult + booking fees, buy tickets online.

Armed Forces DayArmed Forces Day

This annual, family-friendly event is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, past and present. The day starts with a military parade at 11am from Civic Square, heading to the Cenotaph and back around to Civic Square, where you will find music and entertainment, fun fair and stalls plus an array of military vehicles on show.

When: 29th June 2024

Where: Leigh Civic Square

Registration/cost: Free to attend, some activities may incur a small charge.

Jazz festivalWigan International Jazz Festival

The Festival was formed in 1986 in response to the region’s growing audience for jazz and big band music created in part by the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra and is now one of the UKs longest running jazz festivals. Featuring many of the world’s finest jazz artists, many of iconic status, the event quickly gained a reputation for being one of the finest jazz Festivals in Europe. 2024 is set to no different, with a stellar line-up that includes The Ben Holden Quartet, Jeff Hooper & His Tri0, Paul Higgs  ‘Pavane’ The Steve King Big Band to name a few.

When: Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th July

Where: The Village on the Green, Aspull

Cost: from £20, book tickets for Jazz Festival (external link), on sale from 1st April.

Robin-Park-MusicRobin Park Music Series

Wigan Warriors are proud to be hosting a five-night music series In July 2024, which will see Richard Ashcroft, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, James Arthur and The Lathums perform at Robin Park Arena. Wigan has a long, illustrious music history, and in 2024, the next chapter will be written with a huge outdoor concert series – featuring some of the UK’s most beloved and acclaimed live acts – to be held at the Club’s training facility.

When: 17th – 21st July

Where: Robin Park Arena

Tickets: Robin Park Music Series (external link)

Tiki Beach PartyTiki Beach Party

Prepare yourself for the amazing summer ahead with a ‘Tiki beach’ themed party at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday 20th July from 7pm. Ticket prices include a drink on arrival, two course meal and DJ entertainment playing all the best dance classics throughout the evening, for only £27.95pp

When: Saturday 20th July

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

Cost: £27.95pp, or call 01942 487878

Proms in the ParkProms in the Park - Wigan

Join the Tyldesley Brass Band for a fantastic evening of fanfare, flag waving and fireworks in the beautiful surroundings of Mesnes Park. Bring your own blankets, chairs and picnic or treat yourself to one of our VIP packages for a memorable musical evening that is sure to be a highlight of the summer season. Book before the 31st May 2024 and you can get 10% discount off child, adult and family tickets with the code PromsEarlyBird

When: Saturday 31st August 2024

Where: Mesnes Park, Wigan

Cost: Child - £9.50, Adult - £12.50, Family (x4) - £37.50, VIP (Max. 8 persons) - £400 (inclusive of booking fees and VAT). 

Wigan 10k run 2024Wigan 10K

The 12th Wigan 10k run will once again start and finish in the glorious surroundings of Mesnes Park. This popular event in the running calendar attracts an array of runners from across the North-West and this year is no exception. Registrations are filling up fast and the aim to reach 2500 participants is fast approaching, to secure your place visit the link below.

When: 1st September 2024

Venue: Starts in Mesnes Park

Proms in the ParkProms in the Park - Leigh

The following weekend we move to Leigh for a second evening of proms magic, this time in the beautiful surroundings of Pennington Hall Park. The Tyldesley Brass Band will once again serenade you until sunset and bring the summer season to a close with a bang. Book before the 31st May 2024 and you can get 10% discount off child, adult and family tickets with the code PromsEarlyBird.

When: Saturday 7th September 2024

Where: Pennington Hall Park

Cost: Child - £9.50, Adult - £12.50, Family (x4) - £37.50, VIP (Max. 8 persons) - £400 (inclusive of booking fees and VAT).

Diggers-FestivalWigan Diggers Festival

Come and celebrate the life and influence of Gerrard Winstanley and the 17th century Diggers’ (True Levellers) movement he inspired. On the day there is both a main stage and an acoustic stage, featuring bands, solo performers and poets. There is also a children’s area, a wide range of stalls along with a beer tent. Fringe events will complement this main festival throughout the year with guest speakers and performers. If you are interested in helping over the festival weekend please contact the Diggers Festival team.

When: Saturday 7th September 2024

Where: Believe Square, Wigan

Cost: Free

Comic-ConWigan Comic Con by NWCC Events

Attention all comic book and superhero fans! Get ready for an epic day out with your family and friends at Wigan Comic Con 2024. Rub shoulders with your favourite heroes, take selfies with your beloved characters, and indulge in all things comic book related. The event promises to be a fun-filled day with exciting activities, games, and stalls.

When: Saturday 28th September 2024

Where: Robin Park Leisure Centre

Tickets: Wigan Comic Con 2024 tickets (external link)

Forward TogetherForward Together

Wigan Borough’s 50th Anniversary photo exhibition which celebrates the people, places and communities that have shaped the character of our borough over the past 50 years. Curated with Wigan & Leigh college students and supported by Wigan Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Archives: Wigan and Leigh and the Open Eye Hub. Part of Wigan Borough’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

When: 28th March - 28th September, Thursday- Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

Where: Archives: Wigan & Leigh

WrestlingCatch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling Exhibition

Did you know that Wigan was long known as a hot bed of wrestling? Discover the history of the uniqueCatch-as-Catch-Can wrestling style, and the stories of the fighters keeping the sport alive.

When: Tuesday - Friday, 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

Where: Archives: Wigan & Leigh

Cost: Free, drop in


haighwpHaigh Woodland Park

Discover a world of adventure, enchanting woods, golf of all kinds, tasty eateries and a full calendar of family friendly activities. Find out more details on each event or contact us on 01942 828280, or email info@haighwoodlandpark.co.uk.

Where: Haigh Woodland Park

Wigan Little TheatreWigan Little Theatre events

Wigan Little Theatre is based on Crompton Street, just outside of the town centre. They have been keeping local theatregoers entertained for over 70 years with an endless list of popular productions, all organised by a team of dedicated volunteers. 2024 will be no different with a line up that includes Home, I’m Darling, A Bunch of Amateurs and Cinderella to name a few. View their full schedule and details on how to book tickets for each (external link).

When: From January - December 2024

Venue: Wigan Little Theatre

Sunday-JazzSunday Jazz in Wigan

Bringing quality local, national and international jazz to the North West for over 30 years. Each event takes place on the last Sunday of every month, with occasional special guests.

When: Last Sunday of every month

Where: Whelley Ex-Serviceman’s Club, Vauxhall Road, Wigan, WN1 3LU

Cost: £13 advance ticket, £10 for patrons, book tickets for Sunday Jazz in Wigan (external link)

Where: Archives: Wigan and Leigh (Leigh Town Hall)

whatsonWL-expoArchives: Wigan & Leigh Exhibition

An amazing new family-friendly exhibition in the archives at Leigh Town Hall showcases the astonishing stories that make up the local history of the borough. There is lots to explore, from stories from Miss Weeton’s diaries of Wigan life in the 17th Century, to Leigh’s First World War Victoria Cross recipient; Alfred Wilkinson.

When: Every Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Archives: Wigan & Leigh, Leigh Town Hall, Civic Square, Leigh, WN7 1DY

Cost: Free

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