Rural Communities

From Cowan Bridge to Skelmersdale and from the coast to the moors we work with volunteers in rural communities to enable them to host professional artists in their community venues.

There are no limits on hall capacity – a tiny church or a sports hall all get equal opportunity to host, but we can offer advice on the size of performance space an artist or company might require.

We have solo promoters and we have entire village hall committees, the common thread is they are passionate about bringing the arts to their doorstep.

If you’re interested in becoming a Spot On Rural Promoter you might want to take a look at our guidelines first, or give us a call on 01254 660 360.

Lancashire Libraries

We work with Lancashire Library Service to enable their staff to host Spot On performances in the same way as our rural venues host events. A majority of these events happen in peri-urban libraries but we’ve also toured artists via the Mobile Library Service and the Prison Library Service.

Each library decides whether they’d like to host during opening hours or after the library has shut for the day, so you might find yourself at a day time performance in Ormskirk or an evening show in Bolton-Le-Sands – always check the times advertised!

We’re really keen to engage with community owned libraries in Lancashire. Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more:

Here is a recent documentary about our work with Lancashire Library Service:


We are working with a national project called Inn Crowd to deliver live literature events to pubs in Lancashire. Recently the remit has expanded further to include ‘venues with an alcohol license’ in a more general sense (although village halls aren’t included in this one).

We’re on the look out for new pubs, gin distilleries, breweries, bottle shops and all manner of other spaces to host Inn Crowd events.

You can find out more about Inn Crowd here:

Get in touch with us if you’d like to find out how to get involved:

Blackburn with Darwen Markets

We work with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to programme activities for families during holiday periods in both Blackburn Market and Darwen Market.

This programme is funded separately by Arts Council England and is not core to Spot On’s regular work. The events are free and open to all. We advertise the activities through Spot On so we can broaden audience awareness and increase visitor footfall to the markets.

The events range from craft activities, workshops and live performances. Sometimes we make use of the outdoor spaces nearby. During 2023 we will be commissioning an artist to create an artwork, installation or performance for the markets.

We’re really keen to engage with other market spaces. Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more: