Arts, music, performance and talks

We offer something a little different at Halton Mill.  Our 2018 Autumn programme includes the return of the mechnical elephant for our Heritage Open Day, the Commoners Choir, an interactive play about Austerity, exhibitions about Halton’s industrial history and creating with clay, talks and film showings including our monthly Forgebank Political Cafe  and our winter Arts, Crafts and Makers Fair. Click on the ‘plus sign’ next to each event for full details and to find out how to book.

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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!

Exhibition - Luneside 70: Engineering and Elephants


Luneside 70: engineering and elephants

Friday 14 September to Monday 5 November

The exhibition tells the fascinating story of Luneside Engineering, founded 70 years ago by a group of Polish ex-servicemen. Includes photographs and artefacts found on the site, plus stories from the people who worked there making everything from precision components to mechanical elephants.

Free entry




Film and discussion - In Our Hands, with the Landworkers' Alliance

Film and discussion

In Our Hands with The Landworkers’ Alliance and Black Bark Films

Friday 12 October, 19:00 for 19:30

This film is the story of a quiet revolution, involving a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society. It follows a year in the life of a group of farmers and food producers who are creating an alternative to the industrialised food system. Followed by a discussion with a member of the Landworkers Alliance. 


Lift from Lancaster available on request, email

Forgebank Political Cafe: The Last Clarion House

Forgebank Political cafe 

The Last Clarion House, with Bob Sproule from the  Friends of Clarion House

Sunday 14 October, 19:00 for 19:30

This film and talk tells the story of Clarion House on the slopes of Pendle Hill. There was  once a network of Clarion Houses and Clarion Cycle groups which sprang up all over pre war Britain providing a much needed Sunday respite from the smog of the mills. Followed by discussion. 

Free, bar available

Film - A Mindful Choice


A Mindful Choice, introduced by Sevita

Sunday 21 October

This feature-length documentary follows two modern day monks on an international journey to film a diverse range of people including ballet dancers, business people, cancer patients and high security prisoners, finding peace through meditation.

Entry free, donation appreciated.

Play - The Great Austerity Debate, Menagerie/Spot On


The Great Austerity Debate,Menagerie/Spot On production

Friday 9 November 19:30pm 

For Megan K austerity is normal. She juggles low-paid work, ever-deeper debt, two kids and a fancy new red handbag. This interactive play tackles austerity at a human level, giving the audience the opportunity to step in and change how the story plays out.

Suitable for 16+. Tickets £10/8 via

Lift from Lancaster available on request, email

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

Forgebank Political Cafe - My Life in Pots, speaker Philip Pearson

Forgebank Political Cafe

My Life in Pots, speaker Philip Pearson

Sunday 11 November 19:00 for 19:30

Phil has worked with clay all his life: from labouring at Claughton brickworks to teaching ceramics in London, via an apprenticeship in the potteries and now back to Lancaster. He reflects on his journey and his craft, which has been practised for thousands of years.

Free entry. Bar available.

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 via  Lift from Lancaster available on request:

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

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 via

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