Top 10 things to do in Wigan

A quick rundown of the top things to do in Wigan if you have a little to spend. We also have a page just for Free activities in the town centre here.


Go to a gig! Wigan is full of live music and there are many venues with regular free or pretty low cost gigs to attend right in the centre of town.

At the moment the 2 main gig venues are primarily The Old Courts and The Boulevard.
They both have live music gigs and djs on at least once a week, and a wide range of styles from Rock, to folk, blues, punk and way more.

But there are many more live music venues in town and some great festivals during the Summer, including Wigan Jazz Festival, Proms in the Park, GreenFest, Wigan Live Festival and The Wigan Diggers, (just to name a few!) so keep looking out for announcements!

The Old Courts, Crawford St, Wigan, WN1 1NA
The Boulevard, 17A Wallgate, Wigan WN1 1LD

The Old Courts Website

The Boulevard Website

Trencherfield MillTrencherfield Mill

Trencherfield Mill is one of the oldest and largest working mills in all of the UK.

It’s open every Sunday for visits and tours – but on Steaming Sundays throughout the year (which is fairly frequent), you can go and see it in working action – it’s a real sight to see such an immense machine! They do a good group discount too.

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine, Wigan Pier Quarter, Heritage Way, Wigan WN3 4EF

Trencherfield Mill Website

Haigh Hall

With over 200 acres of land and woods, as well as the Georgian stately home itself – you can spend a full day there wandering around.

There’s a great park area for kids, as well as a the stables cafeteria, beautiful crafts shops, a little crazy golf course, walled gardens and the miniature railway, as well as a number of one off events and activities.

There’s also a great view of Wigan from the Haigh Hall itself – see if you can spot your house!
Haigh, Wigan, Lancashire WN2 1PE

Haigh Hall Website

Wigan Little Theatre

There’s plenty of culture in Wigan – and in particular theatre! Wigan Little Theatre is in a beautifully historic building close to the centre of town – where they host a number of plays each year.

From children’s pantomime near Christmas to comedy and romance there’s a good range. You can see the full listings and book tickets on their website.

There are also a number of Amateur Dramatic Societies with frequent shows near the town centre.

Crompton Street, Wigan, WN1 3SL

Wigan Little Theatre Website

Museum of Wigan Life

Museum of Wigan Life have been consistently putting on great exhibitions for years. Until June 2016 there’s a great display of Egyptian items, with some really interesting talks about the collection too.

They also hold a number of small events and activities throughout the year, which is great for kids (and some interesting ones for adults too) – particularly at half term!

Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU

Museum of Wigan Life

Independent Shops

If you never have before, browse around the Victorian Quarter and visit the independant shops.

Everyone knows about the Grand Arcade, and it is good! – but for me, it’s the independant shops in Wigan Town Centre that I love.

If you walk around Jaxons Court and Hallgate (close to the bus station) here’s where you’ll find the most independent shops, from vinyl records, to anime collectables, to bespoke clothing, handmade jewelry and specialist foods including vegan, and giant burgers! – there’s really a great variety and it’s great to support small businesses.

Hallgate, Wigan WN1 1LR

Sunshine House

Sunshine House is a community hub in Scholes (just outside of the centre) run by a dedicated team of volunteers.

They run a great range of activities every day of the week. You can try your hand at just about anything! From creative writing, to drawing, sculpting, watercolour or just a lunch there’s always something on. The classes are all quite low cost or free and are for a mix of children, adults and older people.

Wellington Street, Scholes, Wigan, WN1 3SA

Sunshine House website

Wigan Roller Rink

Skating is a great family activity to get involved in! At Wigan Roller rink, which is huge, they hold a variety of weekly and fornightly special events for both families, juniors and adults only (there’s a bar :) ).
It’s an especially popular choice for birthday parties, and even if you can’t skate well it’s a good laugh!

Unit 2, Swan Meadow Industrial Estate, Swan Meadow Rd, Wigan WN3 5BD

Wigan Roller Rink website

Oxygen Free JumpingOxygen Free Jumping

A brand new facility for Wigan!

More than just a trampoline park. Explore different areas and take your skills to the next level. Active fun for all ages! They do loads of different activities, including exercise classes, freerunning, parties and lots more.

Soccerdome Wigan, 
Stadium Way
, Wigan
, WN5 0UN

Oxygen Free Jumping website

Wigan Youth ZoneWigan Youth Zone

This is just for the under 21s, but it’s a brilliant place.

In its just over 2 years being open, thousands and thousands of youths have enjoyed their facilities.

With only £5 membership for a year, and 50p per entry there are tons of things to do – including a climbing wall, art sessions, a top class gym, a range of sports, dance, a skate park and way way more.

They also have a number of holiday clubs, which is great for half term and the summer, and which includes activities all day and special outings all over the UK.

Parson’s Walk, Wigan WN1 1RU

Wigan Youth Zone website

For a list of Free activities in Wigan – check out this page