Selected Events for 2022 in the North West. Take a look at our suggestions for events across the region for 2022. From festivals, sport, country fayres to something a little different. #winstanleywhatson will remind you in the run up to each. We will also advise should dates and plans change due to Covid-19. Enjoy. Let us know if you go and how you found it.
Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival
March 3 – 5 (see below)
Hosted at Robin Park. The festival will feature real ales, draught foreign beers, cider and perry, a gin and prosecco bar. Live entertainment, games and a variety of food stalls are planned. There are also plans for a free shuttle bus between the town centre and the festival venue.
Thursday, 3rd March 2022 : 5.30pm to 11.00pm : Free Admission.
Friday, 4th March, 2022 : 12.00pm to 6.00pm (afternoon session) : Admission £1.00
Friday, 4th March, 2022 : 6.00pm to 11.00pm (evening session) : Admission £3.00
Saturday, 5th March, 2022 : 11.30am to 9.30pm : Admission £2.00
Card-carrying CAMRA members are admitted FREE to all sessions.
Wigan Run Festival
Run off that Christmas Pud at one of the festival races. It’s not too late to start training or to enter. The adrenalin from competitors and crowd alone will give you a spring in your steps.
Liverpool Gin Festival – St Georges Hall
April 1st and 2nd
Directly Opposite Lime Street Station.
The Liverpool Gin Festival will have hundreds of handpicked Craft Gins from around the world. A vast array of distilleries and creators, some offering samples at their discretion. Buy your favourites by the glass, bottle or even case.
Split into three sessions, starting late afternoon on the Friday, then mid-afternoon and early evening on the Saturday. It also features live entertainment.
Come along with family, friends and colleagues and soak up the atmosphere. In fact, why not make a full day or weekend of it, take in some unbelievable sightseeing, visit some of the world famous art galleries, museums and cathedrals, then wind down with a bite to eat and a final gin of the day in one of the hundreds of top restaurants this magnificent city has to offer.
Whether you are a gin connoisseur or a novice it will have something for everyone that will ensure lasting memories.
Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival – Astley Green
May 14th & 15th
The Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival is a collaborative event between the Lancashire Traction Engine Club and the Lancashire Mining Museum at Astley Green.
Just along the East Lancs A580 towards Manchester. More Information.
1940’s Celebrations Weekend
June 3rd, 4th & 5th
For Tickets Location and More check here.
Put on your best polka dot dress, polish your dancing shoes and step back in time to celebrate the sights and sounds of wartime Britain on the East Lancashire Railway. It’s the biggest and most action packed 1940s event in the region!
Climb aboard a heritage steam train as we transport you back to 1945. It’s Britain’s finest hour and you’ll certainly know it – with live re-enactments, live music and loads of lively fun.
There’s fun for all the family at this all-singing, all-dancing 40s spectacular. Up and down the 12 mile line, at every station on the ELR, you’ll find all kinds of 1940s themed activities, entertainment and action-packed fun. From tank displays and battle re-enactments to live music and dance classes, this event is not to be missed.
Liverpool International Tennis Tournament
June 16 – 18
A great location in the opulent suburbs of South Liverpool. Ideal to combine with a walk in Reynolds, Calderstones or Sefton Parks. Within easy reach of wonderful eating places in Lark Lane, Aigburth and Woolton.
They encourage everyone attending to wear a facemask and follow distancing rules at the tournament. Please stay at home should you feel unwell on the day.
Free parking is signposted down Beechwood Road. Stay safe everyone and we can’t wait to see you all at the Liverpool Cricket Club on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June.
June 28 – July 9
A spectacular five-day live music event which attracting well in excess of 70,000 people each summer. Set in the idyllic Fylde Coast resort of Lytham. It has some amazing bars and eating places. Accessible by train via Preston and a wonderful lawned sea front to chill in decent weather.
Staged on the banks of Lancashire’s stunning Ribble Estuary, the festival was the brainchild of friends Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor.
Headliners have varied massively over the years ranging from the likes of Billy Ocean, Tom Jones, Faithless and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds to Bryan Adams, Hacienda Classical, Nile Rodgers and CHIC and Madness.
Alongside those headliners have been spectacular picnic Proms-style concerts attracting classical and musical theatre royalty including Lea Salonga, Ramin Karimloo, Michael Ball, Sheridan Smith, Alfie Boe, Collabro and Jodie Prenger.
2019 marked the 10th anniversary with headline shows from Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue and Stereophonics.
And as Lytham Festival prepares to enter a new decade, 2022 will see five nights of live music light up Lytham Green once again. This tranquil beauty spot is normally reserved for dog walkers, kite flyers and family picnics but for one week each summer it is transformed into a buzzing live music hub as artists from across the globe perform to crowds of up to 20,000 people a night.
UEFA Women’s Euro 2022
July 10 – 18
Held at the Manchester City Academy Stadium. A chance to watch top European players.
Group A: England (hosts), Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands (holders), Sweden, Russia, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
Royal Lancashire Show
Located in rural Ribchester. A great day out with a wide range of attractions including; Medieval Jousting, Children’s Village, Children’s Funfair, Family Dog Competitions & Dog Agility Displays, Hawkeye Falconry, Livestock Displays, Army display, Craft Displays, Beer Tent, Crafty Vintage Village, Musical Entertainment and much more.
Aug 13 – 14
Unlike Southport, this is a free air show. The show features some of the most impressive military and civilian planes. The best views are between the Central and North Piers. Please note that these dates have been revised from earlier ones. For information updates and aircraft featured look at the airshow site.
Southport Flower Show
August 18 – 21
The UK’s largest independent Flower Show. Guests include the Hairy Bikers. Located in Rotten Row Southport. Ideal for a stop off for a biute to eat and drink on the way home in Southport itself, Burscough, Ormskirk or Parbold.
Many attractions including a Food and Shopping Village, Entertainment, Celebrities, Gardens and Flowers.
World Black Pudding Throwing Championship
Never let it be said we do not search for events to suit all. An annual competition in Ramsbottom, highlighting the ancient grudge between Yorkshire and Lancashire. Lobbing Black Puddings at a pile of Yorkshire Puddings on a 20-foot high plinth. Competitors have three turns in an attempt to knock down as many Yorkshire Puddings as possible (they are arranged in a pile of a dozen) and must throw underarm from a purpose built stand called the oche .The competition dates back to the 1980s but the Yorkshire-Lancashire rivalry is lost in the mists of time, and allegedly during the Wars of the Roses the two sides exchanged fire with foodstuffs when their ammunition ran out (if you believe that….). Expect a lively, fun atmosphere and hundreds of puddings!
Lancaster Music Festival
October 14th – 17th
The 11th LANCASTER MUSIC FESTIVAL is easy to access from Wigan North West by Avanti rail. 35 minutes and the next stop after Preston. It is one of the UK’s largest urban music festivals. Music will be throughout the city in over 30 venues. All are easily walkable within the city centre, from the courtyard inside Lancaster Castle to cafés and coffee shops; through the city’s squares and outdoor spaces; and in the majority of the city’s 30-odd wonderful pubs and bars.
The grassroots festival celebrates the wonderful diversity and quality of musicians and performers in the local area whilst also inviting acts from all over the globe. Over 300 performances from more than 200 artists. Almost all of them FREE. With street theatre and workshops, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, no matter what age or musical taste. Let the music play. With venues from a tiny bookshop to a medieval Castle Explore find out more
World Gymnastics Championships – Liverpool
October 29 – November 6
Between 29 Oct – 06 Nov 2022 Liverpool will host the World Gymnastics Championships at the M&S Bank Arena. Great for a stop off at oodles of hospitality venues in the Albert Dock and city. Easy reach by train from Wigan, Brynn, Garswood and Pemberton.
550 athletes from 75 counties. At this Olympic qualifying event, let the world’s greatest gymnasts show you what they’re made of, as hundreds of athletes from all corners of the world go head-to-head over nine action-packed days. This is where power meets poise, expression meets precision, and artistry meets ambition on a global stage. Welcome to the World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022.
There is also an opportunity to participate for jobs, business tenders, schools asnd volunteers.