Event Guide – December 2017

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

Xmas Fayres and Markets, Shows, Carols, Exhibitions, Real Ale, Gin Festival, Healthy Walks, Heritage and History, Libraries and more

FETES, FAYRES, MARKETS, FUN DAYS AND MORE

Xmas Tree Festival – 1st to 15th December at St Helens Parish Church in Town Centre.

 

Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints Parish Church, Rainford.
Friday 1st December 11am to 6pm.
Saturday 2nd December 10am to 6pm.
Sunday 3rd December 12,30pm to 3.30pm
Entrance is £4 which includes light refreshments. Children £1, under 5’s go FREE.

Friday 1st December

Coca-Cola Christmas truck. Tesco Extra in St Helens from 11am to 7pm.

The Magic of Christmas Carol Concert. Rainford Ladies Choir, Rainford C of E Choir and others. All Saints Parish Church, Rainford. 7.30pm. £6 which includes light refreshments.

Saturday 2nd December

Star Wars fans will have the chance to meet their favourite characters when they land in Church Square from a galaxy far, far away. 11am to 3pm.

Nutgrove methodist church. Xmas fayre

Xmas Market in aid of WillowBook Hospice. 11Am to 4pm. Living Well Centre, Borough Road. Grotto, homemade gift stalls, donkeys, entertainment, food court, children’s activities, Santa Postbox. Free entry (Grotto £5)

Xmas time with Kiera Weathers. Honeyrose Foundation, Wishes Function Room, St Helens Town Centre. Join them as they celebrate another year in style. Hot Buffet included and a chance to get some amazing pictures.Just £25 per ticket and children are welcome.

Christmas Fair at Newton Community Centre. Midday to 4pm.

Rainford Xmas Fayre. There will be charity and commercial stalls, food, mulled wine, entertainment and fair rides. All net proceeds go to local organisations. Put the date in your diary now! 11Am to 3pm at Church Road, Rainford. Outdoors if weather permitting. If not, in the vilalge hall.

How do you fancy winning £100 worth of Hardshaw Shopping vouchers just in time for Christmas? Simply find “Mrs Christmas” who is hiding in the Hardshaw Centre between 12pm and 2pm. More info here

Sunday 3rd December

Wellbeing event at Mercure, St Helens. The event offers countless treatments for beauty, wellbeing and holistics, plus inspiring and motivational talks from renowned therapists. Reiki, relaxation, therapy, holistic therapy, aromatherapy, personalised gifts, reflexology, crystal healing massages, aura photography, tarot reading and more. 1Am to 6pm.

Xmas craft / gift fair. Craft and gifts fair selling lots of unique items, some handmade, incuding jewellery, knitted goods, cosmetics, cards, handmade crafts. Birchley St Marys. Midday to 4pm.

Xmas Market, Newton High Street. Midday to 6pm.

Xmas Fayre. Boathouse Tearooms, Carr Mill Dam. 1Pm. craft and gift stalls, Carols , climbing wall adventure experience ( weather permitting ), Photography shoots, mince pies mulled wine , Christmas afternoon teas . Raffle with proceeds split equally between The Lilac Centre and Disabled Water Ski School. Cafe and bar open in our stunning location.

Carol Concert, St Peters, Newton-Le-Willows. 4pm.

Tunza’s Christmas Market. starting at 11am until 3pm – a great selection of stalls, seasonal gifts, cafe serving wonderful snacks and coffees, Santa’s Grotto, live entertainment from 4 different choirs plus loads more Crimbo Fun….the perfect way to start the seasonal celebrations….everyone welcome ! Tunza Centre, Boundary Road. 50p entry. Children go FREE.

Xmas Market at Greenslate Farm Craft, Food & Gift Stalls. Music & Live Entertainment. Practical Christmas Craft Demos. Festive Food & Mulled Wine. Midday to 4pm. More info http://greenslatefarm.org.uk/2017/11/christmas-markets-at-greenslate-community-farm/

Tuesday 5th December

Haydock Women’s Club are holding a Tombola in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer at Woodside Heath Centre, Haydock WA11 0NA – all day.

Thursday 7th December

Xmas Fayre at Parish Primary School. 5.30pm to 7pm. Grotto, handmade xmas gifts, class xmas creations, xmas novelties, candles, glasses and gifts, cakes and biscuits, carols, tombola, raffle.

Penkford School Book Fair and art exhibition. 3Pm to 5pm. Wharf Road, Newton Le Willows.

Rainford High Xmas Fayre. 5Pm to 8pm. With a massive selection of stalls offering gifts, crafts and much more they also have a Christmas food court so no need to eat before you come.
Not forgetting special guest FATHER CHRISTMAS who will be in our grotto all evening.

Len Banana Day – Remembering Len Saunders. More info on this special day More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/23/len-banana-day-remembering-len-saunders/

Ladies only Xmas Shopping Night in aid of Thatto Heath Crusaders U11 Rugby Team. Greenalls Social club, Eccleston. 6.30pm to 9pm. Jewellery, Fashion, Gifts, Food, Art, Xmas Decs, Beauty Treatments. £1 entry fee, refreshemtns included.

Friday 8th December

Du music presents : an evening of music with Amy fullagar and Emily Nevitt at Haresfinch sports and social club 6.30pm. The bar will be open and tickets include hot pot supper £4 per adult and £2.50 for kids…they will also be having a raffle…… money raised will be going to cancer research and Jenny moss go fund me page to raise money for a lady with terminal cancer to have a family holiday

Carols in Victoria Park

The annual Community Carol concert takes place on Friday 8th December.

Meet at the Rutland St lodge at 6.15pm for Carols around the Xmas tree accompanied by the fabulous Ukes 3A players.

At 6.30pm walk through the park by torchlight singing as you go to the beautiful Orangery for more Carols with the Ukes 3A players.

At 7.15pm they will be awarding the prizes for the annual story writing competition and hearing the winning entries being read out. They may also have a visit from a well loved red suited gentleman… as long as you have all been nice and not naughty.

Sleighs will leave around 8pm

Bring your lanterns and your coats… if the weather is poor meet in The Orangery.

Saturday 9th December

Phoenix Apparel’s Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair returns to St Helens Town Hall by popular demand. With a host of beautiful Christmas gifts, crafts, food & drink & of course Father Christmas himself! Entry £1. Children go FREE

Xmas Party and Art Print Sale. Sale of artists original print works from the 20:20 Print exchange. Artists from Platform as well as studios throughout the U.K. and International submissions will have work for sale from £10 per print. Along with warm festive fayre and a convivial catch up with artists from Platform Print Group and Studios 1pm to 4pm. Platform Studios, upstairs at St Marys Market.

The Big Carol event in Newton-Le-Willows. A traditional carol sing around care homes of Newton. A joyous evening where local children give gifts to to senior citizens. 3Pm onwards. Willow Court, Newton Community Hospital, Linear Park, Woods Court, Heald Farm Court, Elm Tree House, Nine Arches, Tesco.

Everyone is invited to the book launch for St. Helens Now and Then: Celebrating the first 150 years of the town by Sue Gerrard. 11am –12 noon , Wardleworths Bookshop, Westfield Street. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/16/st-helens-now-and-then-book-launch/

Inglenook Farm Xmas Market. Browse over 65 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 and so much inspiration for Christmas gifts from unique and independent traders. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled. There will be music and dancing and a special appearance from a live singer to get us in the festive mood! Enjoy mulled wine & hot spiced cider, unique businesses and a very special appearance from Santa! Car parking and entrance is free but please be aware our car park fills fast so there may be a wait – please car share wher possible so we can get you all in quickly! 10am onwards.

How do you fancy winning £100 worth of Hardshaw Shopping vouchers just in time for Christmas? Simply find “Mrs Christmas” who is hiding in the Hardshaw Centre between 12pm and 2pm. More info here

Xmas Fair. Alexandra Care Home. 2pm.

Happy Hands Xmas party at the Deafness Resource Centre. 5pm to 8pm. £3 per child. Call 07043 082965 for tickets.

Sunday 10th December

Christmas market with breakfast with Santa. 10am till 8pm the glass horse pub sherdley road St Helens. Lots of stalls and activities mulled wine mince pies plus many more. Free entry to the market but charges apply for the breakfast with Santa please visit the glass horse pub for more info.

Jamm Studios Xmas Showcase. Join them for an evening of incredible live performances and festive cheer! 4Pm to 6pm. £10. 22 Volunteer Street, Saint Helens, WA10 2AY.

Xmas Market at Greenslate Farm Craft, Food & Gift Stalls. Music & Live Entertainment. Practical Christmas Craft Demos. Festive Food & Mulled Wine. Midday to 4pm. More info http://greenslatefarm.org.uk/2017/11/christmas-markets-at-greenslate-community-farm/

Inglenook Farm Xmas Market. Browse over 65 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 and so much inspiration for Christmas gifts from unique and independent traders. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled. There will be music and dancing and a special appearance from a live singer to get us in the festive mood! Enjoy mulled wine & hot spiced cider, unique businesses and a very special appearance from Santa! Car parking and entrance is free but please be aware our car park fills fast so there may be a wait – please car share wher possible so we can get you all in quickly! 10am onwards

Monday 11th December

Christmas Market at Hope Academy. 6Pm to 8.30pm. Free Entry.

Tuesday12th December

Carol Concert. Haydock Male Voice Choir with Legh Vale. Legh Vale Primary School. 7Pm to 10pm.

Pilkington Choir present ‘Come a Carolling’. St Peter and Paul Church on Woodlands Road, Haresfinch. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4. Please contact Jacqui on 01744 21909. Alternatively you can pay on the door. Everybody is welcome.

Wednesday 13th December

Christmas Concert in Mesnes Park with Valley Brass Band. Free refreshments. 6.30pm

Light Up A Life church services for Willowbrook Hospice. Carols, readings and the lighting of the Light Up A Life tree. St Mary’s Lowe House. Starts at 7pm. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/21/willowbrook-hospices-light-up-a-life-appeal/

Carmel Xmas Cabaret. Before you succumb to Christmas excess, let the The Dalton Theatre fill your stocking with its own peculiar brand of festive folly. With a variety of performances from singers, dancers, musicians, actors and performers, The Dalton Christmas Cabaret is exactly the kind of tonic needed to lift your holiday spirit. Starts at 7pm. Tickets are £3 and £5. https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/434689

Carols, mince pies and punch. Roberts Bakery Championship Brass Band and Manchester Scots Pipers. St Peters Church, Newton-Le-Willows 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm).

Thursday 14th December

Children Xmas Party at Windle Labour Club. 4.30pm to 7pm. Childrens christmas party…Clown…..Lots of fun. and an early visit from the man himself. Tickets from the Windle Labour Club. £2-50 per child, must be accompanied by an adult.

Xmas Grotto at Newton Boys and Girls Club. Stalls, raffle, tombola, food, santa. From 4pm.

Friday 15th December

Brass Explosion at St Helens Town Hall. 7.30pm to 10pm. St Helens Youth Brass Band’s annual ‘Brass Explosion’ Christmas Concert held at the St Helens Town Hall; a showcase of talent and festive Christmas music by all three bands. £6 adults. £4 concessions.

Make a Difference Day. Local Charities Day. Town Hall event showcasing the work of many of the great Charities and community Groups across the Borough. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/09/st-helens-council-to-support-local-charities-day-in-december/

Saturday 16th December

Friends of St.Helens Cemetery are holding their annual popular event at the Crematorium Chapel at 11am. The service will be led by Reverend Phillip Collard and the  Citadel Choir will be in attendance. Write  out your Christmas message for your loved one and  then hang it on our beautiful Christmas Tree. Refreshments will be provided.  Free event. All welcome, no need to book just turn up on the day.

St Helens Choral Society. Handel Messiah. St. Thomas’ Church, Peter Street, ​St. Helens. 7pm. Tickets can be obtained in advance by calling 01695 625500. The price is £10 for all except students at £1.

Santa Special Weekend at the North West Museum of Road Transport. Visit Santa in his grotto! Refreshments on sale. Free rides on Christmas bus. Quiz. Model Railways. Admission £8.00 including visit to Santa’s grotto Adults £4.25, concessions £3.25. Midday to 4pm both days.

Christmas Fayre at The Junction, Rainford. Stalls, Santa, Mulled Wine, Hot Food, Rainford Band, Fairground. Midday to 6pm.

Sunday 17th December

Santa Special Weekend at the North West Museum of Road Transport. Visit Santa in his grotto! Refreshments on sale. Free rides on Christmas bus. Quiz. Model Railways. Admission £8.00 including visit to Santa’s grotto Adults £4.25, concessions £3.25. Midday to 4pm both days.

Santa will visit Church Square with his reindeer to hear any last minute Christmas wishes –while Elvis the Elf will be telling stories from within a giant snow globe. Midday to 4pm.

Xmas Market at Greenslate Farm Craft, Food & Gift Stalls. Music & Live Entertainment. Practical Christmas Craft Demos. Festive Food & Mulled Wine. Midday to 4pm. More info http://greenslatefarm.org.uk/2017/11/christmas-markets-at-greenslate-community-farm/

Carols by candlelight. St Helens Parish Church, Church Square. 4.30pm

Nativity Walk – Moss Bank/Clinkham Woods. Starting from St David’s church about 12.15 and St Pats church at 12.30, finishing at Moss Bank Mission for hot drinks and mince pies. There is a band and several stops to sing carols on the way – everyone is welcome and it’s free.

Monday 18th December

Carols By Candlelight at Hope Academy. 7pm. All welcome.

Community Carol Service. The Salvation Army and Hope Centre invite you to celebrate with them at St Helens Parish Church, Church Square. 11am to midday. refreshments afterwards.

Tuesday 19th December

Community Xmas Breakfast at Newton Community Centre. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/17/community-christmas-breakfast/

Carol Concert with Haydock Male Voice Choir. Haydock Conservative Club 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Carols by candlelight. De La Salle 6.30pm

Sunday 24th December

Carols by candlelight. St Helens Baptist Church, Hall Street. 5pm to 6.30pm. Join us on Christmas Eve for our annual Carols by Candlelight. An evening of your favourit carols, readings and seasonal reflections. Then stay after for mince pies, hot chocolate & mulled wine. All welcome.

 

EXHIBITIONS

Two Faced – A Solo Show by Eric Gaskell

Gallery One, The World of Glass. Saturday 11th November – Friday 12th January

Eric Gaskell studied fine art at Wigan and Sunderland, leaving college in 1980 with the Max Beckmann and Istanbul Summer School scholarships. Since then he has continued working in the creative industries, designing, teaching, illustrating and exhibiting. He has shown work in New York, Quebec, Ghent, Dublin, London and throughout the UK as both a painter and printmaker since the early 1980s and has work in many public collections. He has become well known for his linocuts, more particularly his work around the canals of the UK. His work, which is always colourful, splits quite sharply between the highly figurative and the more abstract, graphic world. This exhibition shows both of these faces; from the canals to the more abstract, genealogically researched work and more.

“The process of putting a picture together and the ethos of good draftsmanship is the linchpin between my painting and printmaking. My work is colourful and structured moving from tightly figurative to symbolic/iconographic work. In print I prefer linocut, its strong, flat colour and its physical mark-making suit my working methods and is a good partner to my painting. I like how its graphic appearance seems immediate but can actually take many days of work to produce.”

Going Solo – Malcolm Fryer

Godfrey Pilkington Gallery, The World of Glass. Saturday 11th November – Friday 12th January

Malcolm Fryer was educated at Blackburn & Lancaster Schools of Art from 1958-1962, he later taught at Blackpool School of Art then became Curator at the Howarth Art Gallery. Malcolm is represented in many public & private collections: Blackburn & Bolton Galleries, Salford Education Committee, Provincial Insurance Ltd, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Granada Television and many more.

Malcolm is listed in the Twentieth Century Painters & Sculptures, Volume VI by Frances Spalding.

‘’During my long experience of painting, I have attempted to reflect the atmosphere and essence of the things I see every day. My surrounding wherever they may have been, have provided the inspiration for my work, which has been a continual process of exploration. I compare myself to a musical composer who has to arrange different elements to create a successful piece. Sometimes this takes long periods of time’’.

 

THEATRE ROYAL

website

Saturday 2nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs 2017/2018

ARTS IN LIBRARIES

Altered Scale & Petite Ullaloom Theatre Companies
Another Wintery Tale
Newton-le-Willows Library
Saturday 2nd December, 11.00am & *1.00pm Relaxed performance*

Who is it for: Children aged 5+ and their families. Join our Story Collecting Explorers in their tent as they take shelter from the cold outside and tell you tales from the deep of winter.  Snowy fables, wintery songs and heart-warming stories that will help you warm up on a cold winter’s day.

Cost & Booking Info. Pay what you want. Who is it for Children aged 5+ and their families. Book online at: www.culturalhubs.eventbrite.co.uk or call into any library in St.Helens to purchase your tickets
Show Length 45 minutes

 

CITADEL

http://www.citadel.org.uk/
01744 735436

Urbanisation
Friday 8th December
Doors: 6.30PM
Tickets: FREE
Dancers, singers, musicians and DJs perform in this showcase of young and local talent

Climb That Tree
Saturday 9th December
Doors: 10.00AM
Onstage: 10.30AM
Tickets: £7/£5
A musical journey through David Gibb’s hilarious imagination. Where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors in school and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. Ages 3+

The Abominable Snowman
Sunday 10th December
Doors: 11.00AM & 2.00PM
Onstage: 11.30AM & 2.30PM
Tickets: £7/£5
Join us on this snowy adventure in to the mountain where thing are not always how they seem. Enjoy a delightful blend of puppetry, live music and enchanting story telling in this charming tale of an unlikely hero. Ages 3+

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

FRIDAYS

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 December
Taylor Park Trail Walk, In Memory of Geoff Fletcher, Meeting At Boat House Car Park, Off Grosvenor Road, St Helens. WA10 3HX.
4-5 Mile Flat Trail Walk, Visiting Red Rocks, Squirrel Trail & Fletchers Farm.

8th december
Parr Greenways Trail Walk, Meeting At Parr Swimming And Fitness Centre, Ashcroft Street, St Helens.WA9-1BQ.
6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Around The Greenbelt Of Bold Moss & Sankey Canal.

15th December
Newton Racecourse Trail Walk, Meeting At (Old Engine Public House), Newton Road, St. Helens. WA9-2JR.
6-Mile Slightly Hilly Trail Walk Around Sankey Canal & Newton Land Fill Site.

22nd December
Billinge Christmas Santa Stroll Trail Walk, Meeting At Toby Carvery, Carr Mill, St Helens. WA11-7LX.
5-Mile Slight Hills On The Santa Stroll, Everyone To Wear Xmas Hats, Followed By Xmas Breakfast In The Toby Carvery.

29th December
The Dream Trail Walk, Meeting At Jubits Lane Car Park, Opposite King George’s Paying Fields, Sutton Manor, St Helens.
WA9-4RU.
5-6 Mile Slightly Strenuous With Hills Trail Walk Around The Dream.

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
https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/09/15/free-trail-walks-from-the-go-active-team/

Ranger Events

Wednesday 6th December 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

Sunday 10th December Bird Walk from Mesnes Park,10am 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 December 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.

Wednesday 13th December Christmas Carols at Mesnes Park, 6.30pm start Meet at the Visitor Centre, Park Road North, Newton-le-Willows WAl2 9TA For more information contact Mesnes Park Rangers on 01925-229021

Monday 18th December 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 December Winter Bird Watch on Taylor Park, 1 pm start. Meet at Taylor Park Visitor Centre, Grosvenor Road, WA10 3HX For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

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

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

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

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

HAYDOCK PARK

Wednesday 6th December
County £10 Christmas Party Day 10:50am
Join us for Haydock Park’s Alternative Christmas Party
Opens 10:50, First race 12:50, Last race 15:30
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/december_1750day#jJAhy0dPfTt0X0Bo.99

Saturday 23rd December
Tommy Whittle Chase Day 9:50am
Join us for an afternoon of top quality Jump racing
Opens 9:50, First race 11:50, Last race 15:20
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/tommy-whittle-chase-day#bSSpwyq30vrUuBGu.99

Saturday 30th December
The Last Fling 9.50am
Enjoy an afternoon of racing action featuring The Last Fling
Opens 9.50, First race 11.50, Last race 15:20
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/afternoon-jumps-racing-30Dec#Fp9GoP4qokzEXHBE.99

DRINK BASED EVENTS (REAL ALE AND GIN ETC)

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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Midday to 10pm.

At least 6 beers on at each as well as mead, fruit wines, cider, hot mulled wine and a temperance bar. Pints start at £2.40. Brewery tours from Mnidday to 6pm only.

Absolutely Fabulous Gin Festival at St Helens Town Hall

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd

Sample some of the best gins, served with a variety of Fever Tree Tonics & Garnish at the fabulous St Helens Town Hall, with live entertainment.

Friday https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/StHelens/St.-Helens-Metropolitan-Borough-Council/Absolutely-Fabulous-Gin-Festival-Does-Gin-at-Christmas/12974474/

Saturday https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/StHelens/St.-Helens-Metropolitan-Borough-Council/Absolutely-Fabulous-Gin-Festival-Does-Gin-at-Christmas/12974474/

 

COMEDY

Thursday 14th December

Festive Fun And Laughter For A Good Cause

Its that time of the year when we all look forward to going out with our family, friends and work colleagues. What better way to celebrate than a fantastic Comedy night which will benefit local homeless Charity, Teardrops. 7pm at the Rendezvous, Church Street, St Helens Town Centre. £3 entry, and a raffle. More info https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/17/festive-fun-and-laughter-for-a-good-cause/

 

DARKSTAR LASER ARENA

Call 01744 733378 for more info. http://www.darkstarlaser.com/

Friday 15th December – Xmas Lockdown Special

*Unlimited Games
*Free Pizza
*Drinks Offers
*Free Slush or Shot
*Dress Code… Xmas Jumper!
£12

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

THURSDAYS
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.

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

SATURDAYS
Kids Club. This is aimed at younger kids 6 to 12 years of age. The first game is at 10am so guests have to be here for 9.45ish to get tickets. No booking, just turn up. £6 for 3 games.

 

HERITAGE AND HISTORY

Every Tuesday

The Townships Family History Society “help and workshop” sessions are currently being held at Eccleston Community Library, Broadway, Eccleston, WA10 5PJ from 3 45pm to 6 45pm Ring 677575 to check.

Monday 11th December

Queens Park Local History Group will be enjoying their Christmas Meal at the Black Bull.

Tuesday 12th December

Rainhill civic society. Christmas Social Event. Jean Finney will entertain us with music and explain the origins of nursery rhymes – Seasonal refreshments. (Small charge). This event will now take place at the Victoria Hotel not the St Ann’s Centre, as stated in the Membership Card.

Thursday 14th December

Locomotive Club of Great Britain – North West Branch.
“Webb to Beames -The Premier Line and its Locomotives 1899 – 1958” by Neville Bond. The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street, Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH. 7.30pm

 

WILLOWBROOK HOSPICE

Willowbrook Hospice – Light Up A Life Appeal and services

Make a donation in memory of your loved one this Christmas and you will receive a commemorative card and a voucher for one of our special badges. Your loved one’s name will also be entered into the Willowbrook Hospice Book of Honour which will be available at our Light Up A Life services: Wednesday 13 Dec, 7pm – St Mary’s Lowe House, North Road, St Helens.

For more information, ring 01744 453798 or go online at willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/LUAL

Willowbrook Hospice – Santa’s Mailbox

Keep the magic of Christmas alive by sending your children/grandchildren a personalised letter from Santa! For more information, ring 01744 453798 or go online at www.willowbrook.org.uk

 

ST HELENS WRITERS’ CLUB

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/

JOB HUNTING

TUESDAYS

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.

WEDNESDAYS

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.

THURSDAYS

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.

 

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

MONDAYS
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.

SUNDAYS

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

The Phoenix Car Club meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the Clock Face Hotel 7.45pm. All older vehicles welcome, for more details contact David Jones 01744 637052 davidjones66@blueyonder.co.uk

FAMILY ZONE

FRIDAYS
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

SENIOR ZONE

WEDNESDAYS

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

 

YOUTH ZONE

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

WEDNESDAYS
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

THURSDAYS
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

FRIDAYS
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 December
Youth Aflame. Wesley Methodist Church, Corporation Street, WA10 1HE. Runs from 2pm to 6pm.
https://www.facebook.com/Youth-Aflame-110303343632/
4th Saturday of the month.

 

LIBRARIES

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

CHILDREN’S CENTRES

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/social-care-health/children-and-families/childrens-centres-in-st-helens/

HEALTHY ST HELENS

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

OTHER EVENTS

THURSDAYS

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.

SUNDAYS

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

 

EVENTS FURTHER AFIELD AND IDEAS FOR FUN TIMES

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.
http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

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.
http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/blog/what-is-geocaching-2/#more-3890

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!
https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/getoutside/explore/beginners-guide-to-fossil-hunting/

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.
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cycling
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/walks-for-little-legs

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
http://www.netmums.com/activities/free-family-fun

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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