Weekend Guide – Saturday 23rd And Sunday 24th September

Weekend guide Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

Have a lovely weekend. Lots going on across the Borough.


Chilli Festival

Back by popular demand, St Helens Chilli Village Fiesta will see a variety of chilli producers from around the country exhibit their products in Church Square. New to this year’s event is the introduction of Clash of the Titan, a nationally run and recognised chilli eating competition -not for the faint hearted – which involves 10 people battling it out to be crowned Chilli Titan Champion by eating some of the hottest chillies around. To add to the occasion, a ‘Boogie Wondervan’ will be parked up in Church Square, where a DJ will play Latin music and perform the bongos – which is sure to be music to the ears of town centre visitors. From mild to titan slaying extreme chilli sauces, naga cooking sauces, naga dips, chilli pickles, chilli plants, chilli cheese and chilli jam – all to be washed down with chilli cider and chilli beers – this day of chilli mayhem is likely to have even the most seasoned hot food lover hot under the collar. If you think you can handle the heat, St Helens Chilli Village Fiesta will take place in Church Square on Saturday 23 September from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Entrance is free.

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/

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

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

Peppa Pig At Knowsley Safari

Young adventurers and their families will have the chance to meet their favourite cheeky little piggy, Peppa Pig, as she visits Knowsley Safari. Peppa Pig will be making personal appearances in the foot safari area of the park, which is also home to some of Knowsley Safari’s newest and cutest additions – from tiny meerkat babies, to four month old bush dog pups. Visitors can expect a truly wild encounter during the full day out as they set off on the five mile safari drive, going face-to-face with animals from lions to rhinos and zebra to cheeky baboons.
Visit www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk for more information about Peppa Pig’s visit and how to book your park admission tickets. Book your admission tickets online and save 10%. Take a ride in your own car or catch the Baboon Bus with your very own guide for an additional £5 per person.

St Helens Park Run

Meet at 9am, Bandstand, Victoria Park.

Exhibition – 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.

Exhibition – 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. Meet the artist event, Saturday 9th September 1pm to 4pm.

Exhibition – 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.




Kite Festival.

The fantastic Taylor Park Kite Festival is back again. Come along to the big hill, where The Northern Kite Group will be giving wonderful displays of stunning kites and kite flying. Best of all, you can make your own kite in our kite workshop and, what’s more, jou’ll be given the opportunity to fly them majestically over St Helens’ most beautiful park. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy one of the best family events in town… and it’s all free!’ Midday to 4pm. Taylor Park

Craft Fair and Macmillan Coffee morning

Rainford Village Hall 11am to 3pm.

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/

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Theatre Royal 3pm
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!

Sunday Market

Haydock Park. 9Am to 4pm.

Junior Parkrun

2k Junior parkrun for 4-14yr olds at Colliers Moss. 9am.
More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/17/junior-park-run/

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/

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. The Junction, Rainford.



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.

Visit a FREE National Trust event
Explore Britain’s great outdoors as a family and enjoy one of the many free trails, storytelling or bulb planting activities organised across the country.

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.

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….)



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