Event Guide – June 2018

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

Featured Event

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


Community clean-up events in parks


St Helens Sinfionetta.

Thursday 14th June. The Stonebridge Quartet, Pieces by Haydn and Borodin. 2:00 p.m. At Ormskirk Street URC. Tickets £6. Phone 01744 600846 or 07914 114635 for tickets

Made In Dagenham, The Musical

Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th June.

Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that the girls in the stitching room of Ford’s Dagenham car plant will have their pay grade dropped to ‘unskilled’. Quickly drawing on a strength she never knew she had, Rita leads her friends in a battle against the might of Ford and the corruption of the Union supposed to protect them. As the girls’ inspiring journey gets bigger than anyone could have imagined, the pressure is too much for some, but can Rita keep up the fight and the happy home she’s worked so hard for?

Funny, touching and timeless, Made in Dagenham shows how ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they stand together.

Rainhill Village hall, Dane Court, rainhill, St. Helens, L35 4LU.£10 for tickets email RainhillMTC@hotmail.com or call 07948 908693



Merseyside Dog’s Trust Fun Day

3rd June. Fun Dog Show, Doggy Dash, Have A Go Agility, Children’s Games and much more.

Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Ln, Rainford, Saint Helens WA11 8AE, UK

Artisan market at Inglenook Farm

10th June. 10am to 4pm. From pies, to cheese, to scones and sausages and just about everything in between you can get your fix of award winning food. We will be back with over 50 stalls packed with all manner of gorgeous treats and hand made crafts. There will be hot food, swing music and much more. Entry is free as always. Inglenook Farm, Moss Nook Ln, Rainford, Saint Helens WA11 8AE, UK

Open Farm Sunday – free entry to 300+ farms


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

Showcasing Student Talent; A First Look At Future Art Stars

May 2018 will see the historic Beechams building in the heart of St Helens Town Centre transformed into one of the borough’s largest art galleries, celebrating the achievements and talents of final year students from a selection of University Centre St Helens creative arts degrees, including BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting. Vortex, the annual end of year show, provides students with the opportunity to showcase their final pieces in a gallery setting to friends, family, visitors and local influencers.

Open to members of the public from May 16th to 21st June, Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm and is completely free of charge. More information https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2018/04/17/showcasing-student-talent-a-first-look-at-future-art-stars/


Sunday 24th June. Carr Mill Trophy – club race. Carr Mill Dam, Garswood Old Rd, Saint Helens WA11 7LZ, UK

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

1st June 2018

The Dream Trail Walk, Meeting At Jubits Lane, Opposite King George’s Playing Fields, Sutton Manor, St Helens. WA9-4RU. 6-Mile Strenuous Trail Walk With Hills Visiting The Dream.

8th June 2018

Billinge Trail Walk, Meeting At Roby Well Way, Billinge, Wigan. WN5-7PP. 6-Miles Very Strenuous Trail Walk Visiting The Lump & Shally Brow.

15th June 2018

9 Arches Trail Walk, Meeting At Wharf Road, Little Gravel Car Park Next To Penkford School, Newton Le Willows, St Helens. WA12-9XZ. 6-Miles Flat Trail Walk Around Sankey Canal & Gypsy Wood.

22nd June 2018

Griffin Wood Trail Walk, Meeting At Gorsey Lane, Clock Face Car Park,
St Helens.WA9-4XB. 6-Mile Flat Trail Walk Through Griffin Wood Leading Onto 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

Ranger Events







Wednesday 6th June 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 12th June 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.

Saturday 16th June Litter Picking in Taylor Park,1am till 12 noon Meet outside Taylor Park Boathouse, Grosvenor Road, WA10 3HX For more information contact Taylor Park Rangers on 01744-678073

Monday 18th June 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 26th June 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

Colliers Moss Events

Colliers Moss Wildlife Walk with Tom Ferguson – focusing on orchids and other flowers. Meet at the Millenium Bridge that crosses the railway. Sunday 10th June. 2pm.


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/

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.

St Helens walks programme – June and July 2018



Ten things to do in The Mersey Forest this Summer


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

Connoisseur Ales Open Days.

Saturday 2nd June
Midday to 10pm. Basement of Wolverhampton House, Church Street. (First Saturday of every month)


Wednesday 27th June
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.

Hear The Story Behind The Dream At Thatto Heath Library

Haydock Library concert to commemorate tragic 1878 colliery disaster


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

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


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

Land of Mine – June 1st 2018

Dir. Martin Zandvliet. Cast: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman

Thunderbird Releasing. In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant.

Tickets : £5 full price £4 concession on the door

Online : https://www.wegottickets.com/event/420692


7th June. Holiday Inn, Haydock. 5Pm to 7pm.

A glass of bucks fizz and view their suite all dressed for the occasion. The open lobby refurbishment is now complete and is looking absolutely outstanding. Wedding coordinators will be on hand to talk through your dream day, Free admission. No appointment necessary.


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


​Step Out in St Helens to support stroke survivors

Join the Great British Bee Count

Big Half Term Hedgehog Watch 2018


Open Farm Sunday – free entry to 300+ farms

Moonlight Colour Walk – Early Bird Offer

Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Sessions

Bring some stillness and calm into your busy week by visiting the Drop-in Mindfulness Meditation Sessions every Thursday 7-8pm at Rainford Village Hall, Church Road, Rainford,
St Helens.

Suitable for everyone, no experience necessary.

No need to book and no regular commitment required, simply come as and when you are able. £5 payable at the session. Full details at http://www.mindfulness-helps.com or email

The Big Walk




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