Friday, 28 June 2013

July's Arts First Friday Line-Up: Art, Arts - And More Arts!

The Dukes Walkabout Theatre
present 'Robin Hood'
in Williamson Park
You'll be spoilt for choice with Music, Art and Theatre in the range of First Friday events across Lancaster and Morecambe on July 5.

 July 5 sees the first night of The Dukes' return to Williamson Park after a year’s break with their outdoor walkabout version of Robin Hood from 7.15pm. For tickets priced £7-£22, phone 01524 598500 or visit:

If you fancy a pre-walkabout treat, Lee Affen will be playing a free acoustic guitar session for diners at the Pavilion Cafe in Williamson Park from 6-7pm. Tables can be reserved by ringing 01524 33318.

Meanwhile, Lancaster’s Grand Theatre is staging Carrie’s War, Nina Bawden’s classic tale of two siblings evacuated to a Welsh village during World War Two. The play begins at 7.30pm and to book tickets priced £8-£9, ring 01524 64695 or visit

Across town at The Storey Institute, there’s a performance of M.A.I.R.O.U.L.A, a collection of one woman’s comedic and dark stories serving as a metaphor for the crises faced by modern Greece, and by us all. Tickets are priced £3-£5 and the performance begins at 8pm. Click here for more

July's First Friday has plenty of music about it too as the official launch of Lancaster Jazz Festival takes place at The Hall in China Street where the powerful and introspective quintet ACV will be playing, as the organisers of September’s Lancaster Jazz Festival announce details of the forthcoming programme from 7.30pm. Tickets are £3-£5.

And at south Lancaster’s hidden gem, Forrest Hills, music fans are invited to The Jazz Mansion from 8pm, an evening of jazz, swing and fusion bands and DJs.  Tickets are £15 including food.

In Morecambe, More Like Trees who draw on a range of musical influences to create ‘Strum & Bass’ acoustic music, play The Hothouse from 7pm. Tickets are priced £5-7. Phone 01524 831997 or click here for more information.

Also at The Storey Institute on the same night is the free official opening of the latest exhibition by Lancaster & District Art Society in the Thomas Storey Room at 6pm.

And if you want a free multi-arts experience, get along to Scratch at The Ashton, a new artist-led evening of music, theatre and performance featuring artists from across the North West converging at The Lord Ashton pub in North Road from 7.30pm.

First Fridays are organised by Lancaster Arts Partners and take place every month. They offer special events, most of them free, to encourage more people to experience the wide variety of arts activities available in the district. First Fridays also promote Lancaster Arts City.

For more information on Lancaster Arts City, First Fridays and the free ‘what’s on’ app, visit

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