The Weekend event guide is packed with things to do across the Borough.
Rotary Club Santa Sleigh events Across the Borough https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/26/rotary-clubs-santa-sleigh-collections/
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/
XMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON EVENTS
Friday 1st December
Windle, Denton’s Green 4pm
Saturday 2nd December
Rainford, Church Road 11am
Victoria Park (Christmas Tree), Rutland Street 4pm
Wargrave, Newton Community Centre at 4.30pm
Sunday 3rd December
Newton-le-Willows , St Peter’s Church 6pm
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’’.
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
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
ST HELENS IN MOTION (Walk, Run, Cycle and more)
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.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/08/17/junior-park-run/
DRINK BASED EVENTS (REAL ALE AND GIN ETC)
Connoisseur Ales Open Days.
Saturday 2nd. 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.
DARKSTAR LASER ARENA
Call 01744 733378 for more info. http://www.darkstarlaser.com/
Friday nights at Darkstar Laser. A different event every week. 7-11pm £10.
Call 01744 733378 for more info.
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.