Event Guide – February 2018

This month’s event guide is sponsored by Britannia Taxis, The World of Glass Museum, Arts and Visitor Centre, Cakes By Design and Retro Chimps. Find out more about these great businesses here


Islands for the Lost – Jane Barwood

Godfrey Pilkington Gallery
Saturday 20th January – Friday 9th March 2018

Many of the works in this exhibition were inspired by the artist’s walks in Anglesey, North Wales and the North-West coast of England. The paintings often feature lonely buildings in the landscape. The buildings represent the ephemeral place of people within the eternal natural world. The paintings explore ideas of loneliness and connection, communication and isolation, alienation and belonging. The settings are based on reality but are not realistic. Instead the artist uses colour, texture and form to evoke atmosphere and emotion rather than photographic realism.

Jane Barwood has a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting. She has won several awards including the national Mussini Oil Painting People’s Choice Award in 2017, the Python Art Prize in 2013 and was awarded the Heart of Glass Studio Bursary in 2014. Jane has completed public art commissions and was previously Artist in Residence at Liverpool Hope University. She regularly exhibits regionally and nationally and has paintings in private and public collections, including The World of Glass and JD Wetherspoon. She lives and works in St Helens and is very active in the local arts community.

Inspired by her coastal walks, Jane Barwood uses images of buildings in the landscape in her paintings to explore ideas of loneliness and connection, communication and isolation, alienation and belonging.

There Are Places I’ll Remember – Artworks From The Museum’s Collection

Gallery One
Saturday 20th January – Friday 9th March 2018

There are places I’ll remember all my life, Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better, Some have gone and some remain.
To celebrate the Towns 150th Anniversary this exhibition will explore the ideas surrounding these very popular song lyrics. The exhibition will showcase pieces from the boroughs collection that depict the town of St. Helens over the years.


Mezzanine Level
20th January – 9th March

“To touch the past is to relive the memory of a life and time gone by”

The future is influenced by the past in everything we do and sometimes it can be the smallest thing which triggers a feeling, an emotion, a sense of being , a place or wellbeing.   Using artefacts from our museum collections we look back over 150 years of personal donations which chart the life of people of the borough.



THAT’LL BE THE DAY 2018- Music
2 Feb 7:30pm
Tickets: £26

Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Dayis an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music.
This latest production features a fantastic new-line-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage!
Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!

9 Feb 7:30pm
Tickets: £21
Both critics and fans agree that Roy G Hemmings is a great showman and dynamic singer. Understood as the longest serving former member of legendary group, The Drifters, Roy is touring with hits from the golden era of music, featuring ‘The Love Supremes”, with their smooth harmonies and slick dance routines, add a stunning dimension to the shows.
This Show feature some of the classic hits Motown, by The Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Ritchie to name but a few. This electrifying show features such classic hits as ‘Stop In The Name Of Love’ ‘Dancing In The Street’, ‘I Can’t Help Myself’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’,’My Girl ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There’ and more.

13 Feb- 18 Feb 1pm & 5:30pm
Tickets: from £14 (family tickets available)
Back again for February half term, after the show’s touring success last year, travel over the rainbow with Dorothy and her friends, the Lion, the Scarecrow and the Tinman as they skip down the yellow brick road in search of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Click your heels together and join BBC’s Pitch Battle star Maddie Hope Coelho, X-Factor’s David Heath, the brilliant Philip McGuiness, the loveable Si Foster, and the adorable little dog Toto, as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Merry Old Land of Oz to meet the Wizard so he can make their dreams come true.
Regal Entertainments’ version of this classic family show includes a hilariously funny script, dazzling costumes and sets, plus a wealth of brilliant songs and show-stopping choreography.

20 Feb 6pm
Tickets: £13.50
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, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and many, many more.
They look like Little Mix, They Sound like Little Mix, they are “The Little Mix Experience”

22 Feb
Tickets: £27
Milton Jones is regularly on Mock the Week (BBC2), has appeared on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC1), Live at the Apollo (BBC1) and he has headlined Dave’s One Night Stand (DAVE).
In this tour, he’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it. He’ll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media. He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far – the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made.

TELETUBBIES LIVE- Kids and family
24 Feb – 25 Feb 10am & 1pm
Tickets: From £13
See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones.
Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-Noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them.  Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs.

26 Feb – 28 Feb 2pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: from £17.50
The compelling story of one family’s century-long, award-winning musical journey; and you already know all the songs!
Three generations of Sherman song-writing is brought to life in this delightful show: from Tin Pan Alley songwriter Al Sherman— writer for artists including Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald— to the Oscar and Grammy Award winning Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh) up to present day, with songs from Robert J. Sherman’s own musical Love Birds.
Catch this practically perfect family production on its premiere UK tour celebrating 100 years of Sherman family music.


01744 735436

Roxy Magic
Saturday 3rd February
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15
Roxy Magic celebrate the timeless and brilliant music of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. Expect to hear classic tracks such as “Virginia Plain”, “Dance Away”, “Love Is The Drug” and “Let’s Stick Together”

Saturday 10th February
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15
Hear classic tracks of the Irish supergroup

Little Red & the Big Bad Wolf
Sunday 11th February
Doors: 2.00pm
On stage: 2.30pm
Tickets: £7/£5
Join us for a bold and exciting re-telling of the classic tale, packed with music, dance and song. Explore the thrill of adventure, the unknown and discover if the wolf is the real villain of this popular fairy tale. Ages 5+

Live/Wire the AC/DC show
Friday 16th February
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £15/£13
The ultimate AC/DC tribute band return for over two hours high voltage Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The Lancashire Hotpots
Saturday 17th February
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £13
Local legends return for another night of comedy folk.

Who’s Who
Saturday 24th February
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £ 13 ADV/ £15 OTD
The longest running tribute to The Who, return to pay homage to the musical legacy of The Who


Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th February.
The Sutton Academy presents ‘Move Ya Body’ Dance Show. Every night will be a sell out, so get your tickets quick!! Tickets on sale from Student Reception and Main Reception. Adults: £3.50 and Student/Concessions £2.50. Everyone is welcome.

Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th February
Rainhill Garrick Society present The final Twist. Written by Alfred Bradley and Ken Whitmore and directed by David Hedges. Charlie Nicholson has writer’s block, but when he is offered a commission he sees a way to escape his debts. Merlin Foster, an actor, has specific needs: Charlie’s script must contain the perfect method and alibi for murder. With so many twists this play will keep you gripped till the end. 7.30pm each evening.Rainhill Village Hall, Dane Court, Rainhill. Tickets are available from Rainhill Village Hall or Rainhill Post Office or via ticket hotline on 01744 813 429.

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February
Pilkington Musical Theatre company present “It’s Showtime”. enjoy a celebration of West End and Broadway Hit Musicals.St Julie’s RC Church Hall. Howards Lane, Eccleston, WA10 5HJ. 7.30pm both nights. £5. ticket hotline 07594 007572

Saturday 24th February
St Helens Sinfionetta. ‘From Old to New’. Lynne Rogers And Angela Thompson. 7:30 p.m. At Ormskirk Street URC. Tickets £10. Phone 01744 600846 or 07914 114635 for tickets

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

2nd February
Griffin Wood Trail Walk, Meeting At Clock Face End Of Gorsey Lane, St Helens.WA9 4XB.
5-Mile Moderate But Few Steep Hills On The Walk Visiting Griffin Wood & The Dream.

9th February
Garswood Trail Walk, Meeting At Toby Carvery (Waterside) Car Park, Carr Mill, WA11-7LX.
6-Mile Slight Hills & Muddy Strenuous Trail Walk Leading Up To Garswood.

16th February
9-Arches Trail Walk, Meeting At Gravel Car Park Next To Penkford School, Wharf Rd,
Newton Le Willows.WA12 9XZ
6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Around The 9-Arches And Gypsy Wood.

23rd February
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.

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 Events







Saturday 3rd February Bird Box Making at Victoria Park, 1.30-3pm Meet at St Marks Gate Lodge , Rutland Street, WA10 2EH For more information contact the Rangers 01744 678073

Sunday 4th February Winter Bird Walk around Taylor Park, 10am start Meet on the car park off Grosvenor Road, WA10 3HX For more information contact the Rangers 01744 677772

Wednesday 7th February 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 Ranger on 01925-229021

Tuesday 13th February Health Walk at Sankey Valley, 4.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at the Visitor Centre on Blackbrook Road, St Helens WA11 OAB For more information contact the Sankey Valley Ranger on 01744 677772.

Monday 19th February Health Walk at Rainford Siding Lane, 3.5 miles long, 1.30pm start. Meet at Siding Lane Visitor Centre WA11 7SR For more information contact Taylor Park Ranger on 01744-678073

Tuesday 27th February 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 Ranger on 01744 677772


St Helens Park Run. Meet at 9am, Bandstand, Victoria Park. http://www.parkrun.org.uk/sthelens/


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 bikes and helmets.


St Helens and District Ramblers Club.

Checkout their website for more information and walks. http://shdrc.co.uk

Woolybacks Mountain biking Club






More info about this group on their website

St Helens Healthy Walks Programme

The walks programme from the Healthy Living Team have a range of different walks including Health Walks and Progression walks which are led by qualified, friendly Volunteer Walks Leaders, St Helens Council Rangers and Healthy Living Team Staff.

View the February and March timetable of walks


Thursday 1st February will see the fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world.

As before, St Helens Library Service will host an unforgettable evening of fun for all the family to enjoy at Haydock Library, this time themed around the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

All young wizards, witches and muggles will enter the library through Platform 9 ¾ before being sorted into their Hogwarts Houses by the library’s own Sorting Hat.

More info here


Taking place on Tuesday 13 February not only will youngsters be marking Valentine’s Day but, as this year is the 150th anniversary of the town – Shopper Whopper will be celebrating this milestone birthday.

Little visitors to the kids’ club will be getting stuck into creating their very own lanterns in acknowledgement of St Helens heritage in glass making. Children will have the opportunity to learn a little of the town’s past industry while enjoying all the lovely arts and crafts on offer.

Held at St Mary’s Arcade, the Shopper Whopper Kids’ club will be on Tuesday 13 February from 11am until 3pm. Admission is free and parental permission is required for children attending.


Park Rd South, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 8EX. 01925 224731

Friday 2nd February
Memory Cafe 1pm to 3pm
coffee, cake, music, memory wall, laughter and chatter.

Monday 12th February
Book Club 7.30pm

Every Monday and Thursday
Breakfast Bonanza 9.30am til 11am
Bagels / crumpets or toast with butter/jam/marmalade plus a drink of your choice £1.50

Every Tuesday
Family Fun Time. 12.30pm to 2.30pm
For children up to the age of 5
Play equipment. Toys. Books. Snack and a drink.
First session is free then £2.50 a family

Every Friday
Flower Arranging Class. 2pm to 3.15pm
£3 per person (includes a cuppa)


17th February
Betfred Grand National Trial
Don’t miss out on a great day of sport featuring some of the finest Jump horses. Opens 11:30, First race 13:30, Last race 17.00
Read more at http://haydock.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/betfred-grand-national-trial#2AWoPPuoRe0WHaqH.99


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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 3rd February
Midday to 10pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street. (First Saturday of every month)


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

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.

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.


Thursday 15th February
St. Helens Townships Family History Society
Irish Migration to St. Helens in the 19th Century, with Tony Sweeny. United Reform Church, King Street, St Helens, WA10 1BQ. 6.45 for a 7pm start. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Thursday 15th February
Locomotive Club of Great Britain – North West Branch.
“L & Y Locos at Work – Part 2” by Paul Shackcloth. The Pied Bull Hotel, 54, High Street, Newton-le-Willows. WA12 9SH. 7.30pm

Monday, 19th February
Rainford heritage Society. Brian Farrimond presents ‘Medieval Manuscripts’. 7.30pm at Junction Pub

Tuesday 20th February
Rainhill Civic Society. “Tourette’s Syndrome”. Charlotte Graham, accompanied by her mum Jane and her support dog, Lexi, will talk about her experiences. Help for those involved with Tourettes. St Ann’s Centre, View Road, unless otherwise stated. They start at 7.30pm. There is no charge and meetings are open to all, members and non-members. Free parking and level access.

Friday 23rd February
Writer Sue Gerrard will be giving a talk called ‘Behind the Cover’ which takes a look behind the writing of her successful book ‘St. Helens Now and Then.’  This will be at Thatto Heath Libray, Thatto Heath Road from 2 to 3pm. Admission is free but places must be booked by ringing the library on 01744 677842.

Wednesday 28th February
Newton-Le-Willows local history group. Last Wednesday of the month. 5pm. To 7pm. (except December). Newton Library

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.

The Birth Of Club Rugby – The History and Heritage Of Liverpool St Helens FC

An exhibition celebrating the history of club rugby and its origins in St Helens and Liverpool.

Parr Library – 5th February to 23rd February
Rainford Library – 26th February to 16th March
Chester Lane Library – 19th March to 6th April
Newton-Le-Willows Library – 9th april to 27th april
Eccleston Library – 30th april to 25th May
Liverpool Central Library –  1st June to 30th June

For more information please visit http://lshheritage.co.uk/



25th February 2018.
Wedding Open Day at Totally Wicked Stadium 11am – 3pm.


01744 735436

Writing for Wellbeing
Wednesday 1pm-3pm £3
Good company and good writing lead to self-confidence!
This small, sensitive and supportive group share ideas, words and creative writing skills, and always welcome new faces. Whether you’re a beginner, or a more experienced writer, come along and join our group. The group is led by Terry Caffrey, a nationally recognised author, poet and script writer who is involved with numerous arts organisations in the North-West, as well as running projects in various schools and institutions throughout England. He has over 20 years experience as a Community Arts & Disability Worker.

Citi Dis Drama
Wednesday 6 – 8pm £5.50/£3
This group focus on many different techniques, such as improvisation, mime, physical theatre and script work. The group is friendly and informal and is always looking forward to welcoming new members.
The group works towards two performances a year and is led by Sophie Tickle, a professional drama practitioner who brings a wealth of experience to the group.

Sing Out Choir
Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm £5.50/£3
Our Sing Out Choir was formed in 2008 and has since gone from strength to strength. Led by an experienced choir master this community choir is open to people over the age of 16 and of all abilities.
The choir rehearse weekly and take part in several community performances throughout the year performing a wide range of songs from old time classics to contemporary hits.

Portrait Class
Thursday 10.0am – 12.00pm £3


Lucem House is a volunteer-led social enterprise in St Helens. Lucem House offers cinema, rehearsal space and meeting rooms for hire at competitive rates. 100 Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1SX. Phone: 01744 609325 https://lucemhouse.co.uk/ http://www.wegottickets.com/Lucemhouse

Friday 2nd February 7pm
Tickets £5 full £4 concessions
El Olivio(The Olive Tree)
|Comedy/Drama | Italy | 2016 |
Dir. Icar Bollain
Cast: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs Morena Films
A girl, her uncle and a friend start an emotional travel to recover a family tree.   https://www.wegottickets.com/event/420684



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/


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


Thursday 15th February
Award winning bakers Room Forty to bring their bread baking school to Rainford Village Hall. 5.45pm. Room Forty won a Silver Award at the World Bread Awards held in London last October for their bread baking excellence. £45, To find out more and to book a class contact Jen on 01925 357940 hello@roomforty.co.uk

Art Class – Every Wednesday 12-2pm at ‘Beautiful Things’ 8 Corporation Street, St Helens WA10 1DZ
More info from art tutor Little Liz https://www.facebook.com/littlelizhappyart/
Learn to paint with acrylics. Come and paint and chat. Full support and tuition from artist/tutor Elizabeth Grima aka Little Liz. You will cover landscape, portraiture, still life, animals and more. Classes are suitable for the absolute beginner up to more advanced artists. £10 for each 2 hour class (all art materials provided) OR 4 sessions for just £30 (all art materials provided).



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