Weekend Guide – Friday 15th to Sunday 17th December

The Weekend event guide is packed with things to do across the Borough. Xmas Markets, Carols, Grotto’s, Reindeer, Rotary Club Santa Sleigh, Brass Bands, Real Ale Events, Walks, Exhibitions,

Rotary Club Santa Sleigh events Across the Borough https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/11/26/rotary-clubs-santa-sleigh-collections/


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

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.



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’’.

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

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.

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

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/



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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 16th. 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.



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!

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.


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