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The cast of A Tender Thing at The Dukes. Picture by Darren Andrews.

Tender memories as Morecambe love tales retold

Old romantics are in for a treat this autumn when The Dukes presents a re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest love story and sets it by the seaside.

Photo: David Hurst
Lancaster Castle.

Ghost tales at Lancaster Castle

Ghostly tales will become the backdrop this month at Lancaster Castle.

Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas

Photo by Idil Sukan (Draw HQ)

Going cuckoo in Lancaster

One of comedy’s elder statesmen and all-round arty mischief-maker, Mark Thomas makes a welcome return to The Dukes on October 17.

Psychedelia and Other Colours

Book review: Psychedelia and Other Colours

Rob Chapman By Craig Fleming

Lumberjack Heartbreak Trucking Company play at Lancaster Castle for Lancaster Music Festival.

Lancaster music festival to return with a bang

The countdown is on for Lancaster Music Festival which is set to be bigger than ever with 345 performers across the district.

The Ladykillers

Lancaster Footlights start their new season

Lancaster Footlights starts its new season with two popular comedies.

Ghastly goings-on and amazing adventures with Macmillan

Book review: Ghastly goings-on and amazing adventures with Macmillan

As the leaves turn to red and gold, it’s time to enjoy a multi-coloured selection of exciting new reads from Macmillan Children’s Books.

Jon Moore and Sue Parish at the Robert Gillow

Jazz breakfasts back on the menu at Lancaster pub

Jazz breakfasts are back at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster as part of a partnership between the landlord and musicians.

The Thunderbirds Classic 50th Anniversary DVD is to be launched.

50 years of the Thunderbirds

There are some TV shows with everlasting appeal.

Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry

Book review: Treachery at Lancaster Gate by Anne Perry

Anne Perry’s thrillers always deliver so much more than a routine Victorian murder mystery.


Slamboree back in the north west

Mike Freear’s Slamboree return to the north west this month with a Hallowe’en special in Manchester.

What should children be reading? Photo: Sharon-and-Nikki-McCutcheon / flickr.com.payitforwardphotos

Which 10 books should children read before they leave school?

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece 1984 has beaten Harry Potter to the top of a list of books that every student should read before leaving primary and secondary school.


The Forest of Bowland by Helen Shaw & Andrew Stachulski

Book review: The Forest of Bowland by Helen Shaw & Andrew Stachulski

The North of England boasts some of the country’s richest pockets of beautiful countryside… but there is one area that remains a little-known gem.

The Adventures of the Crumpsall Kid by Mike Harding

Book review: The Adventures of the Crumpsall Kid by Mike Harding

Not many of us can claim to be a singer, songwriter, composer, comedian, author, poet, broadcaster and multi-instrumentalist… an impressive CV for a Lancashire lad born in the back streets of a Manchester suburb.

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Barber Ryan Wallace getting a close shave from Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett.

Time for a close shave as Sweeney Todd comes to Morecambe

Barber Ryan Wallace, manager of the Temperance Club English Barbers, had the tables turned on him when Sweeney Todd and Mrs Lovett turned up to give him a shave.

Hubert Moore.

Top writers at Lancaster’s tenth poetry event

Lancaster’s April Poets celebrate their tenth event at The Storey Auditorium with an impressive line up of nationally acclaimed writers.


Pop group Stooshe to come to Lancaster

They turned down Simon Cowell, their first single was so X-rated they had to change the name and they have toured with two of the biggest names in the business, Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Lopez.

Buzz Hawkins

Buzz Hawkins interview: Bradshaws come to Lancaster

An unsung hero of a popular radio show has spoken of his pride as his creation celebrates its 32nd anniversary.

Sam Smith who has been confirmed as the voice of the new Bond theme song

SPECTRE: Sam Smith awaits Bond fans’ verdict

Singer Sam Smith has admitted he is nervous about how Bond fans will react to his hotly-anticipated theme tune for the new film Spectre as the track was played for the first time.


Part of the project: R.I.O.T by PanicLab, picture by BManuel.

Lancaster University’s art project gets new name

Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University is the new name for the university’s core arts provider supporting the promotion of arts at the university and across the city.

3D Tanx

Lancaster musicians join national party

Lancaster will take part in a national weekend of music events to raise money for people affected by welfare cuts.

The Lovely Eggs waiting for a party in Lancaster. Photo by Darren Andrews.

Looking for a party in the city in the 90s when the pub shuts

The Lovely Eggs are back with a new single - giving a playful nod to the 1990s house party scene in Lancaster.

The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

Book review: The Dark Inside by Rod Reynolds

In the spring of 1946, the small town of Texarkana on the border of Texas and Arkansas was rocked by a series of unsolved, brutal killings which became known as the Texarkana Moonlight Murders.

Doctor of the High Fells by Elizabeth Gill

Book review: Doctor of the High Fells by Elizabeth Gill

Escaping a loveless marriage in 1920s New York is hard enough, but crossing the Atlantic to start a new life on foreign shores is a daunting prospect for a young woman doctor.

(L-R) David Birrell as Ezra Fitton, Jessica Baglow as Violet Fitton, Harry Long as Arthur Fitton, and Barbara Drennan as Lucy Fitton. Photo credit: Ian Tilton.

Theatre review: The Family Way at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

No matter how good a play is, the audience will only get out of it what the actors put into it.

Front Runner by Felix Francis

Book review: Front Runner by Felix Francis

The heat is on – in more ways than one – as Felix Francis saddles up for his fifth solo outing into the thrilling world of horseracing.

Ewen Bremner (left) as Spud and Ewan McGregor as Renton in the film Trainspotting.

Trainspotting 2: What to expect from Danny Boyle’s sequel

EARLIER this month, filmmaker Danny Boyle committed to helming a sequel to Trainspotting, his bleak yet bitingly funny portrayal of squalor and addiction in an economically depressed 1980s Edinburgh.

Facts by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker

Book review: Facts by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker

It’s a fact… children just love learning fascinating facts!

Rick Wakeman

Rick rolling his way to the Priory

Prog rock legend Rick Wakeman is set for two nights at Lancaster Music Festival next month.

Bleasdale and Nicky Nook pictured during the heather  flowering season

Dark Skies event in Forest of Bowland

It promises to be an outstanding September week in the Forest of Bowland area and through the UK

Hilli McManus and the singing bowl at Lancaster Priory.

Singing bowl at Lancaster Priory

A singing bowl filled with lullabies has found its way to Lancaster Priory.

Hilli McManus and the singing bowl at Lancaster Priory.

Education Awards 2015

The Lancaster Guardian & Morecambe Visitor are proud to announce their inaugural Lancaster & Morecambe Education Awards 2015.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Book review: Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Holly Bourne is becoming something of a writing sensation in the world of Young Adult fiction… and it’s easy to see why.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Dine The Fawlty Tower experience in Lancaster

The chance to be waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel, in a fully immersive Fawlty Towers experience will soon be here.

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

Robbie Williams tribute in Lancaster

Robbie Williams fans will soon be in for a treat when an experience like no other comes to Lancaster.


City welcomes coolest cats in jazz for fifth music festival

Lancaster Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth birthday in the city this weekend with a programme of music described as “truly original and exciting”.

In The Night Garden - CBeebies

BBC children’s channel saved after thousands sign petition

Popular children’s TV Channel CBeebies has been saved from the chop after a national campaign saw 130,000 people sign a petition to keep it.

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The Tea Planters Wife by Dinah Jefferies

Book review: The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies

The nights are drawing in and it’s time to seek out a sizzling saga to bring back the sunshine and sweep you off your feet.

Moulettes will be performing at The Leopard on November 30.

Moulettes return to Morecambe

Prog-folk band Moulettes return to play More Music’s Hothouse in Morecambe for the fourth time on September 19.


Priory show for Greenheart trio

Music equals life for a Galgate based performer who is currently involved in three different albums with three different bands.

Steve Gibbons.

Steve Gibbons to perform in Morecambe

English rock vocalist Steve Gibbons and his band will be performing at the Platform in Morecambe later this month.

The Pie At Night: In Search of the North at Play by Stuart Maconie

Book review: The Pie At Night: In Search of the North at Play by Stuart Maconie

Wigan-born writer, broadcaster and journalist Stuart Maconie is clocking off and heading out… to discover the leisure pleasures of his fellow northerners.


Review: Tommy the rock musical at Blackpool Opera House

Sometimes, a production just takes your breath away.

Double Fudge Brownie by Murder Joanne Fluke

Book review: Double Fudge Brownie by Murder Joanne Fluke

Welcome back to Lake Eden… the small American town where crime is deadly but the cakes are scrumptious!

CBeebies: Future in doubt

CBeebies: Parents unite to save kids’ channel

Worried parents have tried to contact Prime Minister David Cameron in their efforts to save BBC children’s channel CBeebies from the axe.

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The new look Mojo nightclub in Lancaster

£40k investment in new city nightclub

A popular city nightspot is to re-open thanks to a £40,000 investment by a trio of Lancaster University graduates.

The new look Mojo nightclub in Lancaster

Book review: Magic in the Mix by Annie Burrows

Girls will not only love this book’s cover – but the story too! It’s a tale of sisterhood, time travel and cookies.

The Lumberjack Cowboy Hearbreak Trucking Co

It’s over but we can’t let go as Lumberjacks split

This week’s column could only be an ode to The Lumberjack Cowboy Heartbreak Trucking Co who play their Last. Ever. Gig this weekend.

Madame Butterfly. Heritage Opera. Picture by Martin Cassell.

The lovers betrayal

Heritage Opera returns to Lancaster Grand Theatre with a tale of faithful love, betrayal and heartbreak.

Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton: A mesmerising study of one America’s most influential music groups

In the late 1980s – against a backdrop of simmering tensions on the streets of America - a group of disaffected and talented individuals formed what is now commonly known as a ‘super-group’. The NWA (Niggaz with Attitudes) were one of the earliest and most significant influences on both the gansgsta rap movement and American culture as a whole.

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