Arts, music, performance and talks

We offer something a little different at Halton Mill, thought provoking entertainment, a chance to learn something new and to see something beautiful. Click on the ‘plus sign’ next to each event for full details and to find out how to book.

We will keep your contact details on file for the purposes of event administration only, and will share these details with the event organiser only.  We will not send you any further marketing information without asking you if you are happy to receive this information, and will respect your wishes.

Our Autumn 2018 activities brochure is now out – pick up at copy at the Mill, or in all the usual outlets.

Want to put an event on here? Contact us!

Music - the Commoners Choir, led by Boff Whalley


Commoners Choir, led by Boff Whalley

Saturday 17 November 19.30

This Leeds based choir, founded in 2015 by playwright, musician and ex Chumbawumba band member Boff Whalley, sing their own songs about inequality, hope and Tory politicians. The Yorkshire Post call them “a thing of beauty, (whose) raison d’etre is quite simply to sing about things that matter.

£10/£8 book here.  Lift from Lancaster available on request:  (please also contact us if you can offer lifts from Lancaster)


Georgian singing workshop


Georgian Singing with Beth de Lange 

Sunday 18 November, 16:00 to 18:00, then again on 16 December 

Cost: £6/5 per session

Come and sing wonderful three-part Georgian harmony songs with Beth de Lange. Georgian traditional folk harmony is designated part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Beth is passionate about Georgian song and ran the Derby Georgian Choir for seven years. She has studied with various visiting Georgian singers, as well as a visit to Svaneti in 2013. We will dip into her repertoire, which includes toasts, round dances, healing songs, church songs, urban songs, cradle songs, horse riding songs, and greeting and drinking songs.

The sessions will happen once per month. It’s ok to drop in to one. Complete beginners are welcome, as well as those more familiar with Georgian harmony singing, If you’d like to request a song you’d like us to sing, please get in touch.

These harmonies are traditionally sung by all-male, or all-female groups. We will sing with whoever comes to the group, so if we are mixed, expect to sing in your upper range if male or comfortable to low range if female.

Each session costs £6/5 concessions. Book via or just turn up.

Exhibition - Creating with Clay, by Philip Pearson


Creating with Clay, by Philip Pearson

Friday 9 November – Friday 14 December

In this exhibition Philip Pearson displays his recent work of ceramic pieces made using a range of  techniques. Some of the pieces are crafted in Halton Mill Makerspace where Phil shares his skills and passion for the medium. See Phil’s talk on 11 November.

Free entry

Illustrated talk - Images from a warming planet, with photographer Ashley Cooper

Illustrated talk

Images from a warming planet, with photographer Ashley Cooper

Friday 23 November 19.30

Ambleside photographer Ashley Cooper has travelled the globe for 13 years capturing images that graphically demonstrate the impact of global warming on people, places and wildlife.  He talks about what he has learnt, and how photographs can help change policy and people.

£8/£5  book here. 

Arts, Crafts & Makers fair


Arts, Crafts & Makers fair

Saturday 1 December, 13:00 – 17:00

Our popular winter Arts & Crafts fair, with stalls by local artists and makers, is a great place to find unusual, hand-made presents. Refreshments available. Book a stall for £10, or £5 if you bring your own table, via

50p, children under 14 free.

Forgebank Political Cafe - Zero Carbon Lancaster, with Cllr Kevin Frea

Forgebank Political Cafe 

Zero Carbon Lancaster, with Cllr Kevin Frea

Sunday 9 December 19:00 for 19.30

Lancaster City Council has committed to going zero carbon by 2050. What does this mean and how urgent is it?  Cllr Kevin Frea leads a discussion about what needs to happen at a local, national and international level to make this goal a reality.

Free. Bar available

Satirical Theatre - Stationary

Satirical theatre

Lancaster satirical theatre collective, Acrimony, Hoax and Grody, present Stationary, which tells the story of four strangers whose lives collide as they discover a suspicious package at a train station, hurtling them into a crisis they have no idea how to navigate.

7.30pm Friday 7 December

Pay as you feel