Friday, 22 May 2009

Carnival Chase Event Announced

The city spreads out before you. Rushing from point to point, lit by slow strobe lights through dark streets. Stumbling into situations for a stranger’s signature. Fleeing unknown pursuers, breathing hard, admiring the landscape and the multitude of worlds hidden in it.

For one night, drop your relations, your work and leisure activities, and all your usual motives for movement and action, and let yourself be drawn by the attractions of the chase and the encounters you find there.

Journey to the End of the Night is a race through the streets of Lancaster, starting at Alfred Street Car Park at 7.30pm. You will try to make it to six checkpoints as fast as you can, while avoiding being caught by chasers. Those who survive will be praised and feted at the end. Those who fall will become chasers themselves, rising to pursue their former friends and allies.

Only your own two feet are allowed. No bicycles, no skates, no cars, no taxis. This race is for you, your fellow players, and our city!

More info: or email:

• This is a community event and a fun game for adults (but can be played by families and older, accompanied children - arrive early to avoid the chasers!)

Summer Afternoon Concerts at The Platform

A new series of fortnightly summer afternoon concerts starts at the Platform on Wednesday 3rd June, running until 26th August. The concerts feature Michael Conradd at the organ playing selections of music from the 1930s to the present day, including musical theatre, music from the 60s and much more.

At each concert, Michael will be joined by a guest vocalist.

All concerts start at 2pm and tickets cost £5, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits at the interval. Advance tickets are available from the box office on 01524 582803 or from Morecambe and Lancaster's visitor information centres.

Get on your bike with free cycle training

Lancaster City Council is offering a variety of bike maintenance and cycle skill courses to help you make the most of our wonderful district this summer by bike.

If you’re a regular cyclist, you might already know all the tricks to keeping your bike in tip-top condition but if you’ve just started out and need to know the secrets to a healthy bike, the council’s Cycling Demonstration Town (CDT) Team might have the answer.

For one Saturday each month from May until August, the council has teamed up with local recycling and training organisation Pedal Power to offer free maintenance classes for all levels of ability.

If you don’t know the first thing about maintaining your bike, then pop along on 27th June for a beginner’s session. If you already know the basics but want to know more, then why not take part in the intermediate class on 30th May 25th July, or the advanced class on 29th August.

All sessions take place at Pedal Power on Ridge Square, Lancaster. To book your free place call them on 01524 65328.

1-2-1 Cycle Training

If you’ve not ridden a bike for a long time and need that extra bit of confidence to get back on the saddle, why not take advantage of the special offer currently available for 1-2-1 cycle training and get the first two hours free!

1-2-1 cycle training with fully qualified national standard instructors is available for adults of all abilities who prefer a more personal touch to help them brush up on their cycling skills or for complete beginners.

Each session lasts one hour and you can book as many sessions as you think you need, either on or off road at a time and location that fits your schedule. Why not gain advice to confidently navigate a junction you have difficulty crossing on your journey to work or learn about the correct road position when cycling on busier routes.

One hour sessions are booked directly with the instructors. Usual training costs vary from £12 - £15 per hour.

• For more information and contact details visit the training section of the council’s cycling website or call the CDT team on 01524 582392/582616.

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Local Producers Event planned at Festival Market

After the success of a similar event earlier in the year, Lancaster City Council is once again organising a special event featuring local producers of food, arts and crafts at Morecambe’s Festival Market.

Taking place on Sunday 21st June, the busiest trading day of the week, the special market will give local producers the chance to show off their goods.

“The Lancaster district is renowned for being home to some of the best local producers in the country," says Tracey Bruce, who is manager of the Festival Market. “We’re hoping to attract a wide-range of different stalls so there should be something for everyone."

This event follows the success of a similar one which took place over the last May Day bank holiday weekend.

"Sales of home produce were well reported at the Bank Holiday and if this event goes as well we will be looking to hold one on a regular basis," says Tracey.

If any local producers would like to join the event they should contact the Festival Market for a booking form. Traders will need to bring stalls and covers and generators as required as the market will be operated from the Festival Market car park. Access to water and refuse disposal is also available.

For more information contact Tracey on 01524 414251 or email

Spaces for stalls will be allocated on a first come first served basis and will require a £5 deposit.

Totally Wired at The Storey

Jo Gillot - just one of the acts at Totally Wired's multi-arts event at the Storey next month.

Totally Wired, a not-for-profit group that organises regular music, performance and visual arts events throughout the North West and beyond will be hosting a Multi-Arts Event at Lancaster's newly opened Storey Creative Industries Centre on Saturday 6th June 2009.

The group promises "a Blast of Cultural Mayhem" in the form of music, comedy, poetry, drama, dance and art.

Among those performing will be Ottersgear (who are also performing at More Music in Morecambe on Friday 5th June), Jo Gillot, local poet Vik Lawless, comedy theatre group Improv Xpress and the always brilliant writer and songstress Mollie Baxter (someone plese explain why this talented artiste has not been given a recording contract!).

There will also be an Art Display by Ingrid Christie, as well as an opportunity for the audience to participate in an interactive Art Experiment.

The Event starts at 7.30 p.m. and costs just £5. Advance tickets are recommended and can be obtained from The Storey or The Book Room, 9 Meeting House Lane.

• For more info go to

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Voters: Don't miss the post

Lancaster City Council is reminding people who have registered to vote by post that postal votes are being sent out this week.

Local elections will take place for Lancashire County Council, Morecambe Parish Council and the European Parliament on 4th June.

There will also be a by-election for the Castle ward on Lancaster City Council on this date.

If you have registered for a postal vote, but haven’t received your voting paper by May 29, or have spoilt your documents in some way, please contact the elections office on 01524 582905 for advice and help.