This performance on Wednesday 14 April features Ashley Hutchings and Ken Nicol, as well as Judy Dunlop and the excellent Becky Mills. It's part of Wigan Literary festival, and will be a mixture of poetry, prose and song. Ashley says it is a one-off, never-to-be-repeated evening, ranging from 'Shakespeare to Springsteen'. Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the night. Contact for further details and tickets: 01942 824291. Wigan Parish Church is in Crawford Street, less than 5 minutes walk from Wallgate station.
I doubt the church will sell beer, but there some good real ale pubs nearby: the Berkeley and the Boulevard are both just across the road from the station, and the award-winning Anvil is just around the corner. Wigan is only half an hour by train from Southport.