Arts and Music at the Mill

We’re offering something a little different, from silent movies to award winning musicians, Shakespeare on bikes, and a one man show in a minibus!  Our events and workshops are listed below: click on the ‘plus sign’ next to each event for full details and to book and pay.  (For payment we use Stripe, which holds the highest level of security certification for the payment card industry).

BOOK AND PAY IN ADVANCE BELOW TO BE SURE OF A PLACE at these events: or call 07582 789406 or email Contact us if you have any technical difficulties with the site. 

HandleBards - As You Like It! Sat Oct 21 3pm (and theatre workshop, 12 noon)

£15 adults, £8 concessions/low waged/children under 16.   Family ticket £30 includes 2 adults 2 children. Get your ticket in advance here or reserve by phoning 07582 789406

Doors open 2.30 p.m. with the performance starting at 3 p.m. Tea and cakes will be on sale before the performance and during the interval.

The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe at Halton Mill for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ like none other. Expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.And what’s the play about? Well – Rosalind and Orlando have been forced into exile in the Forest of Arden. As lovers, they become entangled in a bizarre game of lust, love and mistaken identity. Visit to find out more!

Preceded by Theatre Workshop at 12 noon. (£10). Shakespeare plays can often be considered as stuffy and boring… the HandleBards would disagree! Join the madcap cycling theatre company for an hour of fun and games in which they teach rehearsal techniques for making Shakespeare playful, vibrant and accessible to everyone.

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Klezmer Ceilidh with the Kleznorth Reunion Band and support: Sat 21 October 19:30

Sat Oct 21       7:30pm – 11pm           Klezmer Keilidh with the Kleznorth Reunion Band and support

£8/£5  GET YOUR TICKET  HERE,  reserve on 07582 789406, or pay on the door.

Soulful Eastern European Jewish wedding music, great for dancing: with callers so you don’t need to know what you’re doing!  Bar and refreshments. For more info  call Fiona on 07778 737681.

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Paul Sprawl in concert: Sat 28 October, 8 p.m.

Door opens 7.30 with bar, concert starts 8 p.m.

Cost £8/£5 or ‘pay what you feel’.   GET YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE BELOW or phone 07582 789406, or pay on the door.

Born and raised in California, Paul Sprawl has been playing guitar, singing and writing songs since he was a boy. His music uniquely combines percussive guitar techniques with bottleneck, tapping, harmonica and a baritone voice.

“Paul played an intense concert, blending playful with passionate, songs of the road with songs of politics, shorter with longer, and throughout showing a tremendous mastery of his voice and of his guitar. It was musically rich and intellectually challenging, and our audience gladly went deep with him.”
(T. Kohlenberg)  Boston, Mass

Hear Paul’s track “Refugee”  here. 

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed: 1926 animated film with music and food: Sun 29 October 5 p.m. Adventurous Shadow Puppet workshop, 2.30 p.m.

Sun Oct 29 Arabian food at 5pm, Performance 6 – 9pm       Animated 1926 film The Adventures of Prince Achmed with musical score. With bar.

£12 adults, £8 children 16 and under, includes food .   GET YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE ON below or phone 07582 789406.

The very first animated feature film, which took 3 years to produce, came out in 1926 and will be on show at Halton Mill, with an original musical score, performed live by Chris Davies – performance starts at 6, preceded by a supper of mezze, mint tea and other Arabian delicacies at 5pm.

Before the film and food, why not bring your friends and family to an Adventurous Shadow Puppet Workshop, 2.30 to 4.30.

£10 per person – Advance booking essential – book on the Mill website or reserve your place by phoning 07582 789406.

If you’re between 5 and 95, come to make ancient heroes and heroines come alive! This shadow puppet art activity with artist Ali Harwood breathes new life into the fantastical story of ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ , the groundbreaking first full length animation from 1926. You can make and animate courageous characters, mind-boggling beasts or magnificent moving monuments. Without a shadow of a doubt, you’ll be taken on an awesome, mythical adventure and get an idea of how Lotte Reiniger made the original film.


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Nosferatu: 1922 horror film with live piano acccompaniment, and food! Tuesday 7 November 8 p.m.

Tue Nov 7       8pm – 11pm “Nosferatu” with food – and piano score. – Halton Mill, Mill Lane, Halton LA2 6ND  

£12/£8 concessions GET YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE BELOW ON or phone 07582 789406 .

Doors open 8 p.m., with bar and themed supper (borscht and rye bread!) to  set the scene. Wear your best Vampire outfit! Performance starts 8.45 p.m.

F W Murnau’s classic Dracula film, shown alongside Dmytro Morykit’s hauntingly beautiful new concert. The event got a fantastic reaction when it was premiered at Halloween 2015. It went on to open the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby in 2016.

“Another wonderful score written & performed by the virtuoso Dmytro Morykit”
Noel J Griffin

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John Tams and Barry Coope in Concert: Sat 19 November 19:30

Saturday 18th November . John Tams + Barry Coope in Concert

Doors open 7.30pm. With Bar.

Tickets £15.00  GET YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE ON the Mill WEBSITE or ‘phone 07582 789406

“Go and see them. John Tams is a National Treasure. They are brilliant.” BBC Radio 2

John Tams and Barry Coope are a unique collaboration. John, the composer of music for the stage show War Horse and the TV series Sharpe, has been described by Mojo magazine as ‘one of the giants of folk’. His musical career extends back to the Muckram Wakes, taking in the Albion Band and Home Service as well as solo albums. He is a five times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Barry Coope is one third of acclaimed accapella group Coope, Boyes & Simpson. Playing as a duo since the early 1990’s, their sound is rich and often includes unusual vocal harmonies. Together, Tams & Coope are former winners of BBC Folk Awards Duo of the Year.

‘One of our best British songwriters. …..cracking songs….’ Mike Harding