Event Guide – April 2018

This month’s event guide is sponsored by Britannia Taxis.

Featured Events

Shouldn’t Throw Stones – The View of a Night Watchman

A Photography exhibition and site tours of the ex Pilkington Glass HQ By Kevin Casey takes place in May. Tickets are FREE but limited in number.

This exhibition is the culmination of a two-year project undertaken by artist Kevin Casey. Part documentary photography, part archival re-presentation and part making ends meet, as Casey’s ‘night job’ as an on-site security guard at the former Pilkington Glass Headquarters became his ‘day job’ as an artist, the work presented tells the story of an uncertain future, tense present and captivating past.

Read more about the Shouldnt Throw Stones exhibition and tours and click to book tickets

Theatre Comes To The Forest – The Hunting Of The Snark

Are you ready to sail to a peculiar island in search of adventure? Then come with us and hunt the mysterious Snark!

The Hunting of the Snark, is a classic nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland. In April at Sutton Manor Community Woodland, part of Bold Forest Park, theatre company Burn the Curtain will bring it to life in a wonderful outdoor theatre experience.

Join the Butcher, the Banker, the Broker, the Barrister and the Bonnetmaker as they hunt for the ever elusive Snark. Take an unforgettable journey through the forest at Sutton Manor Community Woodland in Burn the Curtain’s new adaptation of this classic poem by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland. Come prepared for adventure and with your much needed help, a fresh attempt to find the Snark will take place.

Sutton Manor Community Woodland: Thursday 19th April, Friday 20th April and Saturday 21st April. 7.30 pm each evening. Minimum age is 6 years old.

Tickets available via www.burnthecurtain.co.uk Adults £10 Children (6-17 y/o) £6.

Participants must come prepared to walk 2 -3 miles and wear suitable footwear/clothing for weather conditions and all terrains.

  • Suitable for ages 6+
  • Participants must provide their own torch or head-torch.
  • Dogs are not permitted (except for assistance dogs)

If you have questions or would like to find out more about our show or app, please email theboots@burnthecurtain.co.uk, you never know what you might find out!


Other Events


01744 735436

Martin Barre Band -A Citadel 30th Anniversary event
Friday 6th April
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £18
Playing the ‘classic’ music from the Jethro Tull catalogue

The Stevie Nimmo Trio – A Citadel 30th Anniversary event
Saturday 14th April
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12/£14 OTD
An evening of blistering Blues with the legendary guitarist

Arena – A Citadel 30th Anniversary event
Friday 20th April
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £25 ADV/ £27.50 OTD
Classic Rock present an evening to celebrate the 20th anniversary of ‘The Visitor’

The Doors Alive
Saturday 21st April
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 ADV/ £15 OTD
Popular tribute recreate classic tracks by the legendary band

Definitely Oasis
Friday 27th April
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10
Playing fan favourites by the Manchester band.

Twinkle Twinkle
Sunday 29th April
Doors: 12.00pm & 2.00pm
Onstage: 12.30pm & 2.30pm
Tickets: £7/£5
There are melodies in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty whose songs and playtimes with his Dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself. A tale of love, loss and light. Perfect for ages 1-3 and all of the family.


St Helens Choral Society

Saturday 7th April at 7:30pm

Schubert Mass in G
Haydn Insanae Et Vanae Curae​
Mozart Requiem
Soprano Heather Highway
Mezzo soprano Jenny Bianco
Tenor Joseph Buckmaster
Bass John Rumford

Musical Director Stephen Newlove
St. Helens URC, Ormskirk Street, ​St. Helens.
Tickets can be obtained in advance by calling 01695 625500.
The price is £10 for all except students at £1.

Newton Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society present “A Musical Dream”.

A one off night of Musical treats from shows on their wish list, that will take you to Broadway and The West End. Both NADOS and NADOS Nippers will perform some of the most exciting numbers from current shows. Come and enjoyed a fabulous night of glistening harmonies, quality entertainment and lots of fun. Saturday 14th April. 7.30pm. Byrchall High School, Ashton-In-Makerfield. £7 Adults. £5 Concessions. Book via https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FGLGKF

St Helens Sinfonietta

Saturday 14th April. Andrew Wilde ( pianist). Pieces by Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin. 7:30 p.m. at Ormskirk Street URC. Tickets £10. Phone 01744 600846 or 07914 114635 for tickets.


Easter Woodland Trail at The Barn at Fir Tree Farm.

30th March to 2nd April. 11Am to 4pm.
Enjoy a walk through the woodland, spotting clues, along the way. Pick up your Easter Trail sheet from the café. £2.50 per entry. Follow the trail and answer the questions along the way…. Will you find the Easter Bunny???? Everyone will receive a chocolate Easter Egg on completion. The Barn at Fir Tree Farm, Pimbo Road, WA11 8RG

Fun Fair at Taylor Park

Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April. 11Am to 5.30pm.

Easter Scavenger Hunt at Inglenook Farm.

31st March to 1st April at 11am to 3pm
Don your wellies, explore the farm, hunt the clues!
Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Ln, Rainford, Saint Helens WA11 8AE, UK

Easter EGGstravaganza at Eccleston Park Golf Club

Sunday 1st April
With plenty of activities and prizes to be won its an event you and the family don’t want to miss. Activities include:Best Easter bonnet prize, Raffle prizes, Face painting, Children’s games PLUS… THEIR VERY OWN GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF COMPETITION!! £5 entry for children and FREE for adults. Children’s entry includes a complimentary Easter egg, FREE entry into the raffle prizes and a choice of hot dog or burger & chips. Hot and cold food selection available on the day along with offers on drinks behind the bar.For more information call us on 0151 493 0033 OR email ecclestonpark-gdp@crown-golf.co.uk

Easter Egg Hunt at North West Museum of Road Transport

Sunday 1st April 11am to 4pm.
Tickets for the egg hunt £7.50, other wise normal admission prices apply.

Easter Monday Carr Mill Activity Day

Monday 2nd April
Archery, Climbing Wall, Canoeing Taster, Hot and Cold food and drinks available.
Midday onwards. For more info on canoeing and booking please visit www.sthelenscc.co.uk

Artisan market at Inglenook Farm

Sunday 8th April. 10am to 3pm.Browse over 55 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. You will also find our courtyard full of stunning, award winning local produce to be sampled. There will be music and dancing with the Cotton Town Hot Club and fresh food and coffee in our cafe. Car parking and entrance is free


Town And Country: The Poet And The Painter Exhibition

In celebration of St. Helens 150th birthday, poet Sue Gerrard and artist Carole Ann Eaves, ‘The Poet and The Painter,’ are presenting a special exhibition ‘Town and Country’ at the Millennium Centre Academy of Arts until Friday May 11th.

The exhibition contains paintings by Carol Anne of some of the town’s best-known buildings such as St. Mary’s Lowe House Church as well as country scenes such as ‘The Crossing Point’ in Newton -le -Willows.

Sue’s poems complement these scenes and are enhanced by photographs and Sue’s Computer-Generated Images (CGI) creating beautiful pictures of St. Helens and its proud heritage.

St. Helens born Sue and Carol Anne have staged more than sixty exhibitions throughout the North West. Sue is also the author of the best-selling book ‘St. Helens Now and Then’ which also celebrates the town’s milestone birthday and is available from Wardleworths Bookshop, St. Helens.

The Millennium Art Academy Exhibition will be held at:

The Millennium Centre (St Helens) Ltd
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA10 1HJ
Tel: 01744 675131

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm
Weekend from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Visions of Another World.

Smithy Heritage Centre Saturday 31 March – Saturday 22 September 2018 Open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4pm. Admission is FREE!

2018 marks 200 years since the publication of what is often cited as being the first work of science fiction, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. H.G. Wells and Jules Verne conjured other realms, envisioning the invention of fanciful vehicles which could travel through time and space.

Technological advances have had a profound influence on literature, unlocking new possibilities for authors, artists and filmmakers; some modern gadgets have even been developed from fictional ones!

This fascinating and fun exhibition looks at the impact science fiction has had on popular culture. Come and spot your favourite characters and find out more about them. They will be hosting Smithy Con on Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September, 10am-5pm, feel free to dress up!

The Smithy is all on one level with limited on-site parking, accessible amenities and baby changing facilities. It’s Dog Friendly too, so the whole family can visit!

Kiln Lane, Eccleston, St Helens WA10 4RA smithyheritagecentre@hotmail.com 01744 730744

Fine Art Painting Exhibition

The popular BA2 exhibition, now in its ninth year, showcases the work of second year BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting students. It gives an opportunity to demonstrate their wealth of thematic and conceptual knowledge as they reach the culmination of their second year of studies. Providing students with the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience, the BA2 exhibition aims to provide students with real life, hands on experience.
The exhibition takes place at the Pilkington Gallery, Heart of Glass from 10am to 4pm daily. Running from Wednesday 18 April 2018 until Friday 20 April 2018, the exhibition is free to attend. They welcome visits from school groups and members of the public.


Saturday 7th April
Turner Trophy – Club Race
1pm to 5pm.
Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club, Cars Mill Dam, Garswood Old Rd, Saint Helens WA11 7LZ.

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

6th April
Sankey Canal Trail Walk, Meeting At The Ship Inn, Blackbrook, St Helens.WA11-0AB.
5-6 Mile Flat Trail Walk Around The Tracks On The Sankey And Carr Mill Dam.

13th April
Billinge Trail Walk, Meeting At Roby Well Way, Billinge, Wigan. WN5 7PP.
6 Mile Very Strenuous Trail Walk Around The Tracks Of Billinge Visiting The Lump.

20th April 2018
Newton Racecourse Trail Walk, Meeting At (Old Engine Public House), Newton Road,St Helens. WA9-2JR. 6-Mile Slightly Strenuous With Few Hills, Leading Onto The Landfill Site & Sankey Canal.

27th April 2018
Garswood Trail Walk, Meeting At Toby Carvery (Waterside) Car Park, Carr Mill,St Helens. WA11-7LX. 6-Mile Slight Hills & Slightly Strenuous Trail Walk, Leading Up Through Billinge To Garswood.

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







Sunday 1st April Easter Egg Hunt in Victoria Park, 1-3pm Meet at St Marks Gate Lodge , Rutland Street, WA10 2EH For more information contact the Rangers 01744 678073

Wednesday 4th April 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 10th April 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 16th April 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 24th April 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 April and May timetable of walks


188BET Summer Saturday Season Opener
28th April 2018 | 11:30
The first Flat race of the Season
Opens 11:30, First race 13:30, Last race 16:45


Newton-Le-Willows Beer Festival

Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th April.
Newton-Le-Willows Sports and Social Club
£5 which includes commemorative pint glass and programme.

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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 7th April
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 19th April
St. Helens Townships Family History Society present Coal Mining Anecdotes, with Ron Shambley. Lucem House Community Cinema, 100 Corporation Street, St Helens. WA10 1SX. 6.45 for a 7pm start. Non-members are very welcome to attend.

Wednesday 25th April
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.

Chester Lane Library – 19th March to 6th April
Newton-Le-Willows Library – 9th april to 27th april

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


Greenslate Community Farm. Greenslate Rd, Billinge, Orrell, Wigan WN5 7BG

Be a Farmer for a day at Greenslate Farm

Monday 2nd April 1pm to 4pm. For 5- 11 year olds – Come and find out what it takes to be a farmer at Greenslate in this action packed day where you can get up close to all the residents on the farm, both domestic and wild! Feed the sheep, collect the eggs, groom the goats, grow your own veg and take part in a wildlife exploration to find out how nature helps put food on the table!

Saturday Farm Club

Each week will be packed with activities such as bug hunts, bush craft, den building, wildlife exploration, wild cooking, and of course, farm activities such as growing, harvesting and hands on with the animals! Best of all…parents do not need to stay! Places are limited so pre-booking is strongly advised. Saturday Farm Club every Saturday 1pm to 4pm.
for 5-11 year olds. Sessions are £7 per child.

Book via https://greenslatefarm.org.uk/kids-stuff-at-greenslate-farm/

The activities are a fun and interactive way to enrich your child’s learning, as all the activities are linked to the National Curriculum. They cover a wide range of topics from English, Maths and Science, to Geography, History and Arts, all in the natural outdoor environment. They  also cover essential life skills such as communication, team building and leadership through the power of creative play, fun activities and team challenges.

Healthy Walks

We are designed to walk, and it keeps us healthy. Humans are also meant to be social creatures, having friends and companions is another well known ‘extender’ of life expectancy. So why not combine the two and take part in a one-hour social walk in the beautiful countryside around Greenslate Farm? Supported by Wigan Council and ‘Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles,’ the one hour long walking sessions take placed every Thursday from 11:00 am until Midday. These walks will start and end at the farm. But best of all, they won’t cost you anything unless you end up going for a brew with your new walking companions at the Straw Bale Cafe. (all new walkers need to register 15 minutes before). For more information contact Tracy 07943 840 259


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 6th April 2018 – The Party
| Comedy /Drama | UK | 2017 |
Dir. Sally Potter
Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones Adventure Pictures, Oxwich Media
A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.
£5 / £4 (concessions) on the door. 7pm
Book tickets online here https://www.wegottickets.com/event/420686


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


Sunday 1st April – New weekly Sunday Carvery launch from 12pm until stocks last!
Saturday 7th April – Saturday Live Vocalist – Annie Luv from 9pm free admission
Saturday 14th April – Saturday Live Vocalist – Chris Jay from 9pm free admission
Saturday 21st April – Saturday Live Vocalist – Kadie Jo Green from 9pm free admission
Saturday 28th April – Saturday Live Vocalist – Martin Paul from 9pm free admission



Walk for World Autism Awareness

Sunday 8th April. Taylor Park. Midday to 5pm. Walk starts at 1.50pm. Childrens Fairground.

St Georges Day Celebration at Honeyrose Foundation

21st April With Hot Pot + Live Entertainment from Mr Nathan Heyes, we can expect BIG THINGS! Evening starting at 7pm, come along to the Wishes Function Room and grab some amazing bargains behind our bar. Get involved!! £10. 7pm to midnight Wishes Function Room, 2-4 Cotham Street, WA10 1SA St Helens, Merseyside




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