Event Guide – September 2017

The September event guide is packed with things to do across the Borough. Check out the complete listing and be sure to share it with others 🙂

Shows, Exhibitions, Live Music, Pub Quizzes, Craft and Gift Fayres, Wedding Fayres, Real Ale, Healthy Walks, Heritage and History, Libraries, Youth Sports and more


Drawing The Collection
To coincide with the national event of The big Draw this exhibition takes museum collections from
around the North West for inspiration. Artists have come together to produce work which are
significant to each individual because of their association with an item, building, piece of artwork or the emotion it provokes. Taking drawing in its broadest meaning we have challenged artists to be‘creative’ with the mediums they use – expect the unexpected and maybe find a new way of drawing.
Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

An abstract retrospective by Phil Wilkinson
Phil has brought together an eclectic collection of his abstract work which Phil himself has said Maysurprise people. Expect both bright and bold juxtaposed with sombre and dark images to create a very personal exhibition.
Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

The Glass Wardrobe
A look back at Women’s fashion from the late 1890’s to the end of the 20th Century. The rise and fall of the hemline And the cinched in waist of the corset to the unrestricted dropped waist from the 1920’s, we’ve even got a bit of Lurex form the 1970’s. This is really a true reflection of how women have battled with the social aspect of body image And how we wrap our bodies to please society.
Saturday 9th September to Friday 3rd November, The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre.

The Museum Of Regret
Regret is a negative conscious and emotional reaction to personal past acts and behaviors. Regret is often a feeling of sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression, annoyance, or guilt, after one acts in a manner and later wishes not to have done so.

Regret is distinct from guilt, which is a deeply emotional form of regret — one which may be difficult to comprehend in an objective or conceptual way. In this regard, the concept of regret is subordinate to guilt in terms of its emotional intensity.

The Museum Of Regret is an ongoing digital and live art project which launched online and which opens from September 4th to 15th 2017 within Heart Of Glass in Beecham’s Building,St Helens prior to visiting a number of sites throughout the UK in 2018.

Open from Monday 4th – Friday 8th & Monday 11th – Friday 15th from 10am – 4pm


Cabinets Of Curiosity
This fascinating exhibition explores the origin of museums through Cabinets of Curiosity. Wealthy collectors would amass a selection of objects and curios that reflected their own particular interests and passions but also showed their love of the marvellous. Often after the owner’s death, these items would be passed on to local museums and galleries, and are the core of many of today’s collections.
The Smithy Heritage Centre, weekends 1-4pm, 15th april to 10th september

Soul Vessel Collection 2017 – Creative Recycling and Art
Exhibition of Passsoul Studio and its Students
Passsoul Studio was established as a Community Interest Company in 2013, co-founded and co-directed by Paula – a visual arts and crafts practitioner with an MA in Fine Art, and Piotr – an interior/graphic designer with a BA equivalent in architecture and urbanism. The collaborative practice involves transforming discarded wooden furniture into functional contemporary design objects using traditional techniques including pyrography and dyeing. They make work that is environmentally conscious, addressing the impacts of consumerism and highlighting key ecological concerns. They have taken part in several group exhibitions, including Art in the Market, St. Helens (2013) and Funky Aardvark Open Exhibition, Chester (2014). They held their first solo exhibition, “The Soul Vessel Collection” at The World of Glass, St. Helens in 2015. To date, they have created over 150 pieces of contemporary furniture and wooden objects made with reclaimed wood. From their studio and workshop base in Newton-le-Willows, they deliver regular workshops, courses and projects that engage a large number of local community groups including visually impaired adults, children on the autistic spectrum and refugees. During the exhibition you will see upcycled by them furniture and reclaimed wooden objects as well as a selection of Passsoul students’ works.
The Soul Vessel Collection will be on public display in the St Helens Town Hall Assembly Room from 9:00am-5:30pm, Monday to Friday from 25 August to 8 September –with a launch party event taking place on Friday 1 September, 4:00pm – 6:30pm



The Whitney Houston Show
Fri 1st Sep, 7.30pm
Adults £30 / Concession £28.50

For accomplished South African songstress Belinda Davids, starring in The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show is the culmination of a life-long connection with the superstar to whom she pays homage.

Exposed mainly to R&B and gospel as a child, Davids openly acknowledges that Houston is her personal idol and was the original inspiration for her own career when she began singing professionally at the age of 14.

A seven-piece live band, choreographed dancers, exquisite replica costuming and state-of-the-art lighting and effects combine to create a spectacular concert experience and special event worthy of Houston’s treasured legacy.

Buzz Hawkins: The Man Behind The Bradshaws
Sat 2nd Sep, 7.30pm
All Seats £20

Twice nominated for the Sony Radio Award for ‘Best Use Of Comedy’, writer-voicer-producer Buzz Hawkins brings radio’s longest running favourite funny family ‘The Bradshaws’ to life on stage before your very eyes (with some help from little Billy Bradshaw). Armed with the new comedy song album ‘Catchy Choruses & Daft Bits’, the funniest nostalgia you’ll ever see, and with thirty-odd years of comedy writing to go at, you can expect an unforgettable rib-cracking night out.

Roy Chubby Brown
Sun 3rd Sep, 7.30pm
All Seats £20

Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked! As politically incorrect as ever this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended please stay away! Age advisory 18+

Little Mix Experience
Fri 8th Sep, 6.00pm
All Seats £12.50
If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!
Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-Bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages!
Featuring songs such as DNA, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and many, many more.
They look like and Sound like Little Mix, they are “The Little Mix Experience.

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour
Sat 9 Sep, 7pm
All Seats: £27.50

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.
A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.
Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
Now all that experience is being put to good use – you can see all the greatest material from his extraordinary career in one show – this is the very best of Jimmy Carr.

The King is Back
Thu 14th Sep, 8.00pm
Adults £27 – £29.50 / Wheelchairs £25

Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs.

Fans from all over the world declare Ben Portsmouth as the closest they have ever seen to Elvis Presley. Social media forums are overwhelmed with fans demanding his return to their country.

Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and 10 piece band and will show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business.

80s Mania
Fri 15th Sep, 7.30pm
Adults £23 / Concession £22

Europe’s Official 1980’s Multi-Tribute Concert featuring 25 chart topping pop icons authentically recreated with live band and awesome dancers.
Performing over 35 chart topping smash-hits live in concert, with tributes to Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Madonna, Wham!, Nena, Toni Basil, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Madness and many many more !
As Ex-Radio1 and Top of the Pops presenter Mike Read enthusiastically described  “It’s like Top of the Pops meets Live Aid with the sexy dance troupe Legs ‘n’ Co.”
So it’s time to dig out your 80’s fashions and Party!

The Carpenters Story
Sat 16th Sep, 7.30pm
Adults £23.50 / Concession £22.50

The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in music history, Richard & Karen Carpenter.

Acclaimed international star Claire Furley remains unsurpassed in her uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter. Her stunning vocal harmonies, combined with state of the art video projection and lavish musical arrangements, will take you on an incredible journey through the uniqueness that truly was The Carpenters.

Featuring all the timeless hits including (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Superstar, Yesterday Once More, Top of the World, Please Mr Postman, and many more!

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sun 24th Sep, 3.00pm
All Seats £23

“RAY’S IN THE MOOD” as the world’s GREATEST Big Band transports you back to the heady days and music of the 1940s – with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter.

Giving you a taste of the Lindy Hop dance moves of the Forties are the energetic and exciting SWING TIME JIVERS.

And as a special treat we are proud to introduce the POLKA DOT DOLLS singing the songs of the Andrews Sisters. You’ll hear In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction and Chattanooga Choo Choo!

The Billy Fury Years
Sat 30th Sep, 7.30pm
All Seats £20

One of the best-selling recording artists of the 1960s, Billy Fury enjoyed a string of hit singles totalling a remarkable 332 weeks in the British charts. Health problems since childhood led to the singer’s untimely death on January 28, 1983.

2017 commemorates over 30 years since the untimely passing of Billy Fury, however it is reassuring to know that his name and music is far from forgotten. The Billy Fury Years is quite simply ‘The Ultimate Billy Fury show to ever hit the stage’.


Saturday 2nd September
St. Helens Sinfonietta. Ormskirk Street URC, St Helens (WA10 2JZ) and features the return of the Irwell Ensemble. Starting at 7:30 pm, this concert will include quintets by Mozart and Brahms. Tickets cost £10 and are available from The World of Glass, or ticketing secretary Lyn Wallace 01744 600846 or on the door. We’d love you to join us to hear this great group of musicians. More information on our website- www.sthelenssinfonietta.co.uk

Saturday 23rd September
St Helens Sinfionetta. 20th Anniversary concert. St Helens Town Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 and available from The World of Glass or Lyn Wallace on 01744 600846


Complete with a large beach area for youngsters to tackle with their buckets and spades – and a fantastic children’s funfair – Summer Beach will run until Saturday 2 September in Church Square, 10:00am – 4:00pm.



Junction, Rainford. Beaufort Jazz open mic night. Providing a regular fix for jazz guitar enthusiasts in the North West. Beaufort Jazz has now relocated to the Junction pub at Rainford, and is where jazz guitar enthusiasts from all over the region gather on the first Monday evening of each month.
It’s an open-mic night, with all-comers welcome, take the stage before an appreciative audience of like-minded fans. 8pm. £1. (first monday of the month)


The Junction, Rainford – Open mic night 8.30pm. Come along and have a sing or a play, everybody welcome


The Black Bull. – Open mic night 8pm.

The Junction, Rainford. – Bluegrass. Banjo workshop from 7pm for aspiring pickers. 9pm open jam session.


The Junction, Rainford – ukulele group night. Raw beginners welcome. 7pm.


The Junction, Rainford – Open Mic – 8.30pm Hosted by Tony Schofield. Local grass-roots musicians alongside existing professionals.


Ralph’s Indie Music Radio Show. 25 tracks of the best unsigned UK indie music plus Ralph’s Top 10. Radio KC 5-7pm. http://rkc.noip.me/

The Junction, Rainford – Acoustic jam night. Acoustic Jam Session Late afternoon/Early evening drift in from 6.00 onwards for a gathering of assorted artists for practice and bonding – in the best musical sense of the word.

The Junction, Rainford – Wooden Horse Folk Club, 8.30pm Every Sunday Excl. Bank. Hols. Upstairs -small charge.

Friday 1st September

Tank Bar – Adrian Gautry Band – 9.30pm

Breeze Bar – salander 9.30pm

Saturday 2nd September

Windle Labour Club – electro 80’s 9pm

Junction, Rainford – Red Men Don’t Walk

Wednesday 6th September

Tank Bar – Jam night hosted by Tricast 9pm

Friday 8th September

Bird i’th Hand – the original replica

Live rock! haresfinch rugby & community club. a full night of rock with snatch back/deathwish/dravens fall. Admission £5 on the door.

Saturday 9th September

Breeze Bar – freeway

Junction, Rainford – 909

Saturday 16th September

The Rendezvous – This is the fifth annual Fflat Back four bash at the Rondy. This time we are very, very pleased to be joined by: Rasta Four Eyes, playing one of their last gigs – and maybe their last ever in St.Helens; Crocodile God from Liverpool, back with their original line up, after many years; and Only Strangers, a powerful, melodic bunch of good people from Stoke. As ever, it will be free entry and we will have a donation point for the St. Helens Foodbank, as no-one should go hungry.
8pm onwards.

Junction, Rainford – Zebra3

Windle Labour Club – Morocco 8pm

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September

Junction, Rainford. – Bluegrass Picking Weekend – Live Music and bar in the Marquee, Picking Sessions. Midday to 11pm. Camping available at £10 per night. http://www.junctionpubrainford.co.uk/

Friday 22nd September

Griffin, Earlestown – Blueprint

Saturday 23rd September

Windle Labour Club – The Original Replica 8pm

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

Junction, Rainford – Oktoberfest Bavarian Beer Festival – Live Music, Bratwurst, German Ales, Rainford Band, Fairground, VW Cars, Marquee. Midday to 10pm. Free entry. Camping available http://www.junctionpubrainford.co.uk/

Saturday 30th September

Junction, Rainford – Black Cat Bones

Sutton Festival
Join Electro 80s, Jess Kozi, Modification, Panic and Mad hat ska for an amazing end of summer event at sutton cricket club
2pm to 9pm.
Sutton Cricket Club. New Street, St. Helens, WA9 3UU
tickets are £10.15 https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Warrington/Sutton-Cricket-Club/sutton-festival/13040315/
Come and join us at Sutton CC’s first music festival!!
Tickets are selling fast, purchase yours from the club
or online at: www.facebook.com/suttonfestival/


Sunday 3rd September
Heritage Walk – St Helens Cemetery
St.Helens Cemetery is a wealth of local history. The final resting place for industrialists, military heroes, sportsmen (and women , including our world class footballer Lily Parr). Five Policemen killed in the line of duty, victims of 19th and 20th century mining accidents, chemical work explosions, railroad accident, the famous and not so famous are interned in the cemetery.
Do you know how old the cemetery is, who designed it, who was the landscape designer?
Do you know who was the first person to be buried and where is the grave?
Why are all those grassed areas in the old section of the cemetery?
How many Commonwealth War Graves are there in the cemetery?
What is that circle of hedges at the top of the drive, is there something behind it?
If you want to learn more about the history of the cemetery join us for a walking heritage tour at 11am on Sunday 3rd September 2017. A gentle walk starting at the Rainford Road entrance car park. FREE but you need to book a place. call 07989251376 or email friendsofsthelenscemetery@gmail.com

Sunday 3rd September
Jaguar Cars Past and Present
In association with the Jaguar Drivers Club, the North West Museum of Road Transport present a display of historic Jaguar cars and their current models.
See how the classic Jaguar tradition has evolved over the years.
Snacks and drinks on sale, and free heritage bus rides.
Sunday 3rd September
Adults £4.25
Over 60’s £3.25
Children 5-17 £2.50
Family (2+2) £12.50
Under 5’s – Free

Monday 11th September
The Queens Park Local History Group will be meeting at 7.15pm at Greenalls Club on Alder Hey Road. David Thornton will be talking about Lyon’s Coalyard.

Tuesday 12th September
Rainhill Remembered meeting. Millennium Rooms View Road from 2-4 pm. Do drop in , you will be assured of a warm welcome! Always 2nd Tuesday in the month except August

Sunday 17th September 2pm.
A walk through the Green Belt. Meet at Manor Farm car park, Mill Lane. A family event – children, and dogs on leads welcome. Please wear suitable footwear.

Monday, 18th September
Rainford Heritage Society. Indoor Meeting, Chris Bentley. ‘Ormskirk – A Journey Through History
7.30pm at Junction Pub

Thursday 21st September
St. Helens Townships Family History Society present St. Helens Pals, with David Risley
Monthly meetings are held at St. Helens Town Hall, 6.45 for a 7pm start. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Tuesday 26th September
Rainhill Civic Society. Presentations to winners of Rainhill in Bloom, after which Laura Rafferty will tell us about her personal experience of growing up and working at Rainhill Mental Hospital or ‘The Asylum’ as it was known locally. St Ann’s Centre, View Road, They start at 7.30pm. .

Wednesday 27th September
Newton-Le-Willows local history group. Last Wednesday of the month. 5pm. To 7pm. (except December). Newton Library



The World of Glass Arts and Heritage Centre. Chalon Way
Once again for the 17th year they will be opening the doors of The World of Glass FREE of charge from 10 am to 4pm. There will be hourly glass blowing demonstrations and film shows from 12 noon.

Chris Coffey will be at the Citadel from 11am to 1pm. giving a talk on the history of Music Halls. The Citadel is recognised as being one of the earliest surviving examples, although it has changed over the years.

Classic Car Show. Church Square.

St Helens Town Centre Heritage Trail. A walking Tour led by Chris Coffey. Friends Garden, Shaw Street. 2pm
The route takes in Church Street, George Street, Hall Street, Corporation Street, Cotham Street, Westfield Street, Water Street, Chalon Way West, Church Square, Chalon Way East, Salisbury Street, over the Steve Prescott Bridge and to Cannington Shaw. He will repeat the tour at the same time on the Sunday. If the heavens open at the start, we head for the coffee area in St Mary’s Market. Everyone attending will be given a free 22 A4 page guide detailing the history and heritage of the sites we pass. A photoguide photobook of the bygone town centre will be available for purchase.


North West Museum Of Road Transport. The Old Bus Depot,Hall Street,St.HelensWA10 1DU

Free admission to the museum as part of the National Heritage Weekend Open Days events. Take a ride back in time with a trip on one of our heritage buses. 11Am to 4pm.

Rainford Heritage Society. Open Heritage Day 10.30am — 4pm. Rainford Village Hall


Newton le Willows Library, Crow Lane East, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9TU

Join us from 10.00am for the fascinating Newton Heritage Trail walk (refreshments served in the Library afterwards) The Library will exhibit Newton related archives not normally on display, join local historian Geoff Simms for talks about historic Newton and St Helens. Crafts and games will be available for young people and families

Opening Times

Thursday 7 September: 1300-1900
Friday 8 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1300

Booking Details
No booking required


Explore the Past at the Smithy. Smithy Heritage Centre, Kiln Lane, Eccleston, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 4RA

Come and explore the past at the Smithy – we’ve got brilliant displays of weird and wonderful things from all over the world, some thousands, even millions of years old, and lots of ancient artefacts that you can touch! We’ll also be looking at objects that have been excavated, including our wonderful rocking horse toy that has been chosen to help tell “A History of Lancashire in 70 Objects”, and you can make your own replica to play with.
On Saturday 9th we’ll be looking at how books and documents were made in the past, with some extra family fun craft activities – print your own artwork to take home!
Get your oven gloves on and join in with the 5th Annual Great Eccleston Bake-off on Sunday 10th! Entries will once again be judged by the lovely ladies of St Helens W.I. For details of how to enter, visit www.smithyheritagecentre.org.uk/whats-on

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1200-1700
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1700

Booking Details
No booking required

The Smithy Heritage Centre is all on one level. The garden can be viewed from the path but is not directly accessible to wheelchair users. Please note, parking on-site is limited but priority is given to disabled visitors.


Holy Cross & St Helen RC Church, St Helens. Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1EF

Grade II listed building, opened 1862. Guided tours available explaining the history of the church, the statues, the stained glass windows and other features. The Church was designated as one of the Jubilee Shrine of Mercy with its own Holy Door in the 2016 extraordinary year of Mercy.

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600; Tours 1230 & 1430
Sunday 10 September: 1300-1530; Tour 1415

Booking Details
No booking required


St Helen’s Parish Church. Church Square, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1AF

St Helen’s Parish Church is located in the centre of St Helens, with the town deriving its name from the church. There has been a church building on this site for hundreds of years. One of the earliest references to “St Elyn’s Chapel” dates from 1552. The current building is listed Grade II and was designed by W.D.Caroe. Completed in 1926, it is a fine example of arts and crafts architecture. During Heritage Open Days, the church will be displaying a number of items of interest, including historic bibles, furniture and memorabilia, some dating back to 1670. There will also be a selection of historical photographs on display.

Opening Times

Saturday 9 September: 1000-1500

Booking Details
No booking required


St Helens Masonic Hall, 6-8 Hall Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1DL

A chance to find out what happens behind the normally closed doors of a Masonic Hall. Our tours will give a brief history of our historic Victorian building and the conversions it has undertaken to make it one of the best examples of a Masonic Hall and Temple in the North West of England.

We will show you our practice rooms, function areas and temples and will answer any question you have! We believe you will be surprised about the size of the building, as it is a true tardis, and also with the magnificence hidden within.

While wheelchair users cannot access every part of the building, the main features are accessible and we will be at hand to help make your visit as easy and pleasant as possible.

Refreshments (hot and cold drinks and biscuits) will be available for a very modest donation.

Opening Times
Saturday 9 September: 1000-1700

Booking Details
No booking required


We will have volunteers to facilitate wheelchair users into the building, however, the practice room is behind a small staircase and would be considered impractical to access. However, the main function rooms, presentations and temple are all easily accessible via a small lift. Our toilets are not modified for wheelchair access at this time.


St Thomas’ Eccleston, St Helens. 1 Peter Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2EB

This distinctive red brick church built by Peter Greenall the brewer is one of the oldest in the town. Started before there was any real population, Greenall recognised the potential for growth in the new industrial area. The church grew and flourished with the town, and Greenall with it – becoming MP for Wigan. By the turn of the century the building was experiencing major changes for a new era. This continued after the First World War and again following a fire in 1960. Follow the changes, and how the church community responded to new needs and circumstances into the next century, through pictures, aspects of the building and furnishings. Track down the Thompson mice and – weather permitting and stamina – see the town and its surroundings from the tower. (Children need to be accompanied with an adult.)

Opening Times

Friday 8 September: 1300-1700
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 10 September: 1200-1600

Booking Details
No booking required

Wheelchair access at far end of the back of the building.


The Mansion House. Victoria Park, City Road, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2UE

Visitors will have an opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Grade II listed Mansion House including the main period rooms within the house (although not all rooms are open to the public particularly during the working week due to the building being commercial premises). At the start of the tour there will be a short presentation explaining the history of the house. In order to fully appreciate the presentation and tour, and for safety reasons, spaces on these tours are very limited, so early booking is strongly advised. Visitors will also have an opportunity to see inside the new state-of-the-art orangery where there will be photographs of the house including the restorations that took place when the charity took it over and brought it to its current state. Visitors will be given a free A5 leaflet which explains the history of the house as described in the presentation.

Opening Times
Thursday 7 September: 1300-1500, Tour 1330
Friday 8 September: 1300-1600, Tour 1500
Saturday 9 September: 1100-1700 for Food, Drink & Craft Festival, Tours 1330 & 1430

Booking Details
Pre-booking: Required
Spaces limited on tours – please pre-book
Call: 01744 752644
Email: enquiries@aukmm.org.uk
Booking opens: 14 August 2017 09:00
Booking closes: 1 September 2017 14:00

The site is fully accessible to all visitors and there are a couple of disabled parking spaces on-site. Other on-site parking is available; however, visitors do have to walk across a courtyard to reach the reception area.


Sunday 17th september
wedding fayre holiday inn haydock midday to 4pm
There will be a catwalk at 2pm and bucks fizz and canapes on arrival. We’ll have suppliers including venue dressers, cake-makers, photographers and plenty more for you to meet and get inspiration from.

Thursday 21st September
Blundells Hill Golf Club would like to invite you to a Wedding Fair on Thursday 21st September which will feature exhibitors for every element for your perfect day.
We will be on hand to show you around our Stunning Venue giving you an example of the layout for Civil Ceremonies, Wedding Breakfasts and Evening Functions; and also our Picturesque Grounds for Amazing Wedding Photographs.
We will be delighted to answer any questions you may ask.
The show will start from 6.00pm and will finish around 8.30pm.


Bottle Night at Connoisseur Ales. 5pm. To 8pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street.

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September
Connoisseur Ales Brewery is celebrating its third birthday. Their open day will be on both Friday & Saturday (1st & 2nd September) and in addition to about a dozen real ales they’ll be running a mini cider festival with around 20 ciders too. Friday 4pm to 10pm. Saturday Midday to 10pm
Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street.

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September
Junction, Rainford – Oktoberfest Bavarian Beer Festival – Live Music, Bratwurst, German Ales, Rainford Band, Fairground, VW Cars, Marquee. Midday to 10pm. Free entry. Camping available http://www.junctionpubrainford.co.uk/


Quiz night at turks head 9pm
Quiz Night at Lymewood farm, haydock 8pm
Quiz Night at Bird i’th hand, prescot road.
Quiz night at the Red Cat, Crank. 8.00pm
Quiz Night at the Holt, Rainhill 9.30pm.
Quiz night at junction rainford 9pm.

Quiz Night at The Cricketers Arms. 9.30pm.

Quiz Night at Brown edge. 10pm.

Quiz Night at the Bird I’th Hand. 9.30pm. Guaranteed £50 winner. £15 runners up.

Quiz night at The York hotel. 9pm.

Quiz Night at Junction, Rainford 9.00pm

Pub Quiz, Griffin Inn, Eccleston. 9Pm

Quiz Night at British Lion. 8.30pm.

Quiz night at The Derby Arms, Rainford. 9pm

Pub Quiz – Boars Head 8.45pm

Pub quiz – talbot ale house, duke street. From 9pm. Free food at half time.

Quiz Night at The Ship Inn, Blackbrook Road, Haydock. 9pm. Til late.

Quiz Night at The Commercial Hotel, Rainhill 9pm.

Quiz night at the Victorian Inn, Rainhill. 9.30pm.

Quiz night at The Talbot, Duke Street.

Quizs Night at The Billinge Arms. 9pm.

The Grapes, Eccleston Park. Smartphone quiz from 8:30pm with a £30 bar tab for the winners.
quiz night at the wheatsheaf 9.30pm

Quiz night at the wheatsheaf 9.30pm


The club meets on alternate Wednesdays from 7.15to 9.15pm at the Christian Life Centre, Atherton Street. For more contact Marian Cleworth on 07720048029 or see the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/St-Helens-Writers-Club-1602649089997265/



Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Newton Family and Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows. 1Pm to 4pm.

Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Helena Central, Corporation Street, St Helens. 1Pm to 4pm. To find out more, email onecall@helenapartnerships.co.uk or telephone 01744 637383.


Helena’s Job Hubs, in partnership with Wargrave Big Local take place at Newton Family and Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows. 1Pm to 4pm.


Wednesday 13th September

Afternoon Tea at the Willowbrook Hospice Living Well Centre on Borough Road. 1Pm to 3pm.
Join us for Afternoon Tea at The Living Well. Enjoy an afternoon with friends or family over a cup of tea/coffee (or several!!), sandwiches and a range of delicious cakes. Tickets are £7.50 and area available from The Living Well – either call in or give us a ring on 01744 453798.

Friday 29th September

Casino night in aid of Rainford Parish Council Chairmans Charity. 7.30pm £15
01744 884709 for tickets.


Saturday 9th September

Club Race Day – Daily Mirror Trophy 9am to 6pm. Carr Mill Dam


St Helens Camera Club. Bishop Road Police Club. The club opens at 7:30pm for a prompt 8:00pm start and the evening runs until about 10:00pm.

The Best of the Borough Twitter Hour. If you’re on Twitter and have something great to share then tweet between 8-9pm every Monday and include the hashtag #StHelensHour
You might be an artist with new work or an exhibition, a business wanting to promote, a community group with events to share, a sports club wanting to share news etc.


Saints Motorcycle Club meeting at Springfield Pub, Thatto Heath. 1pm. Contact Mark 07541 871343. Neil 07955 559181. Every week.


ST HELENS IN MOTION (Walk, Run, Cycle and more)


FREE Walking Groups from Go Active Team. All of the walks get you to and through places you wouldn’t think existed, beautiful views, fantastic wildlife & all this is on your doorstep. Great weekly session to get active as well as meeting new people on the same path as you. All abilities welcome. Walks take place on Fridays from 8.30am to 10.30am

1st September
Griffin Wood Trail Walk, Meeting At Gorsey Lane, Clock Face Side, St Helens. WA9 4XB.
6-Mile Moderate With Slight Hills Trail walk Around green Belt & The Dream.

8th September
Sidings Lane (Kenyon’s Wood) Trail Walk, Sidings Lane, Rainford, St Helens. WA11 7SR.
6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Around Kenyon’s Wood & Local Green Belt.

15th September
Billinge Trail Walk, Meeting At Roby Well Way, Off Rainford Road, Billinge, Wigan.WN5 7PP.
6-Mile Strenuous Trail Around Hills Of Billinge Leading Up The Beacon.

Please wear suitable footwear. Well behaved dogs welcome. Weather appropriate clothing. Please bring a drink. Fully Qualified Instructors. Why not bring a friend, family or neighbour. Please be there for 8.15am to sign register and be ready to set off at 8.30am Contact details andrewbrown@sthelens.gov.uk 01744 677970 / 01744 677236

Ranger Service Events

Ranger Service Events – September 2017

Wednesday 6th September Health Walk at Mesnes Park, 4 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Park Road North, Newton-le-Willows WAl2 9TA For more information contact Mesnes Park Rangers on 01925-229021

Tuesday 12th September Health Walk at Sankey Valley, 4.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at the Visitor Centre on Blackbrook Road, St Helens WAll OAB For more information contact the Sankey Valley Rangers on 01744-677772.

Sunday 17th September Victoria Park Craft Display, 12 noon— 5pm At Victoria Park, City Road, WA10 2UE For more information contact 01744 677772

Monday 18th September Health Walk at Rainford Siding Lane, 3.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at Siding Lane Visitor Centre WAll 7SR For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

Saturday 23rd September Bat Walk around Victoria Park, 7.30pm start Meet at St Marks Gate Lodge, Rutland Street, WA10 2EH For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

Tuesday 26th September Health Walk at Bankes Park, 4 miles long, 1.30pm start Meet at Bankes Park car park on Main Street, Billinge, WN5 7HR For more information contact Sankey Valley Rangers on 01744-677772

Saturday 30th September Bat Walk around Taylor Park, 8pm start Meet at Taylor park Centre, Grosvenor Road, St Helens, WA10 3HX For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

St Helens Park Run. Meet at 9am, Bandstand, Victoria Park.

2k Junior parkrun for 4-14yr olds at Colliers Moss. 9am.
More info https://www.facebook.com/StHelensUnlimited/posts/1518451238175418

Sunday 10th September
Run Rainhill
The first ever Run Rainhill 10k. Whether you are a runner, walker, plodder, everyone is welcome to join in with the first Rainhill Run 10k. there is only 400 places available, so get those entries in as soon as possible. https://www.facebook.com/rainhillgala/

Bike Rides with St Helens Pedal Power – Free use of biks and helmets. http://www.pedalpowerexperience.co.uk/sthelens.html

St Helens and District Ramblers Club.
Checkout their website for more information and walks. http://shdrc.co.uk

Beginners Canoe Sessions
These sessions take place at at Taylor Park on Wednesdays from Wednesday 23rd august to Wednesday 27th September, from 6.15pm to 8.30pm.

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Street Market, Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. 9am to 4.30pm

Street Market, Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. 9am to 4.30pm

Sunday Market At Haydock Park. 9Am to 4pm.

Saturday 9th September

Victoria Park Food, Drink & Craft Festival 11am to 5pm

Newton-le-Willows Flower and Vegetable Show
There will be competitive classes for: flowers, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, art, photography, baking, jam/jellies, chutney and also classes for children to enter. (For those exhibiting, it is 20p per exhibit and staging is open 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. on the Friday night and 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. on the Saturday).
Admission Free for the public. Free parking on site.
Saturday 9th September
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
4.15pm – presentation to the winners.
Newton Le Willows Gardeners’ Association
Penkford School, Wharf Road, Newton, St.Helens, Merseyside
St.Helens, WA12 9XZ United Kingdom + Google Map
01942 716925

Sunday 10th September

Artisan market at Inglenook Farm. 10:00am. Browse over 55 stalls full of stunning, handmade one of a kind crafts and find stunning art, award winning local produce and amazing regional producers.
From handmade skin care to stunning jewellery and handmade childrens wear, there is so much to find. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled.
There will be music and dancing with the Cotton Town Hot Club and fresh food and coffee in our cafe. Car parking and entrance is free

Saturday 16th September

Car boot sale at Willowbrook – The Living Well (Borough Road, St Helens. WA10 3RN
9am – 1pm. Pitches cost £10 – strictly no traders and only second hand sales. To secure your pitch, please call the fundraising office on 01744 453798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Sunday 17th September

Family Day at North West Museum of Road Transport. With face painting, Morris dancing, model railways big and small, heritage bus rides and much more, there’s something for everyone. 10Am to 4pm. Adults £4.25. Over 60’s. £3.25. Children aged 5-17 £2.50. Under 5’s free. Family ticket (2+2) £12.50. 2xadults £8.00

Paws In The Park. Sherdley Park.11am to 7.30pm.
This will be our 10th anniversary and we are going to make it even bigger and better, we will have lots of things planned for the day with our famous dog show £2 per class. There will also be a concert with local acts and dance groups performing. The concert will start at 5pm and close at 7.30pm. The event is free to enter.

Vintage Farmers Market. Greenslate Farm 10am to 2pm
Greenslate Community Farm, Greenslate Rd, Billinge, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7BG, UK

Saturday 23rd September

Chilli Festival. Church Square. 10.30am to 5.30pm
More info https://www.facebook.com/StHelensUnlimited/photos/a.651094231577794.1073741828.651077411579476/1521957931158082/?type=3&theater


7th September
32Red Sprint Cup Festival
The opening day of the Sprint Cup Festival.
Access Grandstand, Paddock and County Enclosure for £17.50.

8th September
32Red Sprint Cup Festival
Join us for a thrilling Friday as the finest quality Flat racing continues at Haydock Park as part of The Sprint Cup Festival.
Access Grandstand, Paddock and County Enclosure for £17.50

9th September
32Red Sprint Cup Day
One of Haydock’s most prestigious meetings, The 32Red Sprint Cup, with Joel Ross live after racing. Arguably one of the most exhilarating Flat racing fixtures in the sporting calendar, see the sprinting superstars compete side-by-side for the coveted Sprint Cup crown. Party in the Paddock continues as HEART FM DJ, Joel Ross returns to perform a 90 minute set playing some of his favourite tunes. Remember, there’s no extra cost and all customers, regardless of ticket type, can access the after-racing party.

29th September
JW Lees Day
Join us for a real ale Friday as the breweries showcase their wares!

30th September
TENsational Finale Real Ale Day
If you’re looking for a day with character to round-off your summer, look no further than this. Real Ale Day celebrates the very best of British brewers with previous participants bringing their range of unique ales to try and buy. There’s a real beer festival feel to this day and plenty of Bavarian-inspired entertainment with our very own Oompah band.
The participating breweries are:
JW Lees
Joseph Holt
Allgates- Wigan
Problem Child- Parbold
Hophurst- Hindley
Robinsons- Cheshire
Sharps- Cornwall
Neptune Real Ale
Our house band, The Sound will perform for the final TENsational, opposite the Makerfield Lawn bar and resident DJ, Jeff Wall, will be playing us out for Party in the Paddock, with a set of pop classics.
Afternoon raceday followed by Party in The Paddock with DJ Jeff


Forest Tots is a Forest School toddler club which runs every Friday morning at the Shining Light Centre. Sessions will run from 10am -1130am and will take place in the woods. For more information on these please email info@myoutdoorclassroom.co.uk



Park Farm ACYP Centre
Table Tennis for Seniors -every Wednesday 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Table tennis is a sport that can be enjoyed by individuals of any age and physical ability. Playing table tennis is a great way to stimulate the brain and promote quick thinking while improving hand to eye coordination. It is a fun sport which keeps you fit and flexible without putting stress on your joints, increasing your agility, flexibility and reaction time and a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Park Farm ACYP Centre. Carr Mill, 54 Kentmere Ave, Saint Helens WA11 7PG. 01744 754367 acypcentre@yahoo.com

Reminiscence Cafe at Totally Wicked Stadium. If you want any further information regarding the Café please call 01744 455 074 or email eddie.cunningham@saintsrlfc.com


Wargrave Youth Group 6pm-8pm at Newton Community Centre. free and refreshments provided. For 11-17 year olds. Funded by Wargrave Big Local.

Youth club for 11-17 year olds. Shining Light Centre. Forest Road, Sutton Manor. 7Pm to 9pm.
Music, great games, food, arts and crafts. Chillout. Free

Youth Club for 11-17 year olds. Hope Centre. Atherton Street. 7Pm to 9pm. Trips out. Team challenges. Arts and crafts. Music. X-box. Movie night. Chill out. Cooking. Free

Youth club for ages 5-11. St Andrews, Dentons Green Lane. 4.30pm to 6pm. Music, great games, food. Arts and crafts. Chill out. Free

Saturday 23rd September
Youth Aflame. Wesley Methodist Church, Corporation Street, WA10 1HE. Runs from 2pm to 6pm.
4th friday of the month.

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Tag Tuesday at Darkstar Laser. After 6pm its £9. 3 games of laser tag. Free pizza slice, happy hour drinks.

RE:FLEX at Darkstar Laser. Student night. £8 with sutdent ID, £9 otherwise. 3 games of laster tag. Free shot or slush. Discount vodka slush.

Friday nights at Darkstar Laser. A different event every week. 7-11pm £10.
Call 01744 733378 for more info.


Sport and activity programmes run seven days a week providing a variety of participation opportunities at a number of sites across the borough. These activities include five a-side football, dance, zumba, boxing, female football, table tennis, trampolining, breakdancing, cheerleading and basketball. There are opportunities for young people to participate, volunteer and gain qualifications by attending sessions.

View the timetable here https://www.facebook.com/StHelensUnlimited/photos/a.651094231577794.1073741828.651077411579476/1226953263991885/?type=3&theater


Always lots on at your local Library, view all the events here bit.ly/SHlibraries




For a full list of activities view the website http://www.healthysthelens.co.uk/whats-on/



Latin In Line Dancing – the fun way to keep fit, no partner required. Reeve Court, Stratton Drive. 6.45pm. At 8pm its intermediate ballroom, latin and sequence.£3.50. Call Keith on 07802 237 261.


Soulful Sunday at Coco’s, Westfield Street. 3Pm to 7pm. Playing all your Classic old & New Soul, Motown, R&B, Funk, Disco and Northern Soul. Every Sunday.

Beginners Ballroom, Latin and Popular Sequence Class. Sutton Cricket Club New Street St Helens WA9 3UU. 8.00pm £6.00 per person. Contact Keith on 07802 237 261 every week

Satuday 9th September

Reminisce Dance Festival. Sherdley Park.

Monday 25th September

Ellamora Ladies Fashion Show. Houghwood golf club. Arrive from 2pm. £10
Ring 01744 453798 for tickets.


All creatures, mainly small
The Wildlife Trust has an excellent searchable database of outdoor events around the country throughout 2016. It is passionate about involving children with the outdoors, and offers family-friendly walks, pre-school wildlife clubs and special family events.

Treasure hunts with GPS
There’s a lot of fun to be had on modern-day treasure hunts using GPS. Beginners’ guides to geocaching are available online with GPS unit recommendations. A simple web search will reveal caches in your area, and it’s a brilliant way of getting even the most reluctant tweenies out of the house.

Sights for dinosaur eyes
The Ordnance Survey website has a great beginners’ guide to fossil hunting, which includes suggestions for where and when to go and what to take with you, such as books of tide times and old newspapers for wrapping any delicate finds in. Go find yourself a dinosaur!

Walking and Cycling
The National Trust has a number of cycle routes for families too as well as some great walks including  walks for little legs so that the young’uns don’t get too tired.

Become a nature detective
Free Woodland Trust activities from a choice of about 100 from its website for outdoor and indoor fun with nature. Activities include downloadable guides for outdoor fun making squirrel-proof bird feeders and more and for bad weather there are craft activities such as colouring sheets. See Woodland Trust for the full info. https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/search/

Visit the park
Here’s a handy page where you can search for award-winning parks near you – and they are free! http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/

English Heritage kids go free
If you’re already an English Heritage member, you can get free entry for up to six children (up to 18 years and within the family group) accompanied by an adult. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/join/

Over 500 ideas for free activities

Activities for a rainy day (Because we live in England and you just never know….) http://www.netmums.com/activities/g/20-activities-for-a-rainy-day



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