Friday 30 June – Saturday 22 July

pARTicipate – Enriching lives through the visual arts

Festival Art and Photography Exhibition

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE

williamsonartgallery.org

10am – 5pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) Free admission

A Festival of Firsts Event in partnership with The Willliamson Art Gallery and Museum


Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July

Gallery Hoylake Preview exhibition

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

Saturday 2 – 4pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm. Free admission

A Festival of Firsts Event


Monday 3 – Saturday 22 July

Gallery Hoylake

Art in Shop Windows and Art Trail (follow the footprints!)

Market Street and Birkenhead Road, Hoylake

A Festival of Firsts Event


Friday 7 – Sunday 9 July

Deeside Art Group 70th Annual Exhibition

www.deesideartgroup.org.uk

Westbourne Hall, 59 Westbourne Rd, West Kirby, CH48 4DQ

Open Daily. Free admission

Art work on sale.

A Deeside Art Group Partner Event


Saturday 8 – Saturday 22 July

The Art of Printmaking

Wirral Society of Arts Exhibition

www.wirralsocietyarts.org

West Kirby Library Exhibition Room, West Kirby Concourse, West Kirby CH48 4HX

10am – 4pm Daily Monday to Saturday. Free admission

Art work on sale.

A Wirral Society of Arts Partner Event

 


Friday 7 July

Kitchener Waterloo Community Orchestra

On Tour from Canada

With Singing Our Socks Off

Presentation of the Stirling Dutton Memorial Photography Prize

Hoylake Chapel, Station Road, Hoylake, CH47 4AA

7.30pm Free Admission. Bucket collection in aid of Cancer Research UK

A Festival of Firsts Event in partnership with KWCO


Saturday 8 July

Siân Hughes Cyanotype Art Workshop

Williamson Art Gallery and Museum, Slatey Road, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE

10am – 4pm

Workshop includes materials and refreshments: £30

Pre-booking is essential as places are limited – BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event

Children’s Festival Day

Family fun for everyone

St John the Baptist Church, 142 Birkenhead Road, Meols, CH47 0LF

11.30am-2.30pm. Admission free. Jointly in aid of CancerResearch UK and Claire House

A St John the Baptist Church Partner Event – Supporting Fundraising for Claire House and Cancer Research UK

 

Robin Hood

Children’s pop-up theatre from Off Book Theatre

St John the Baptist Church, 142 Birkenhead Road, Meols, CH47 0LF

2.30pm. Tickets: £3 (children). Accompanying adults free.  BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event

Wirral Community Orchestra

Summer Serenade with the Melrose Singers and the Sunlight Quartet

http://www.wirralcommunityorchestra.co.uk/concerts.html

United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby, CH48 5DA

7.30pm Tickets £5. School age children free.

A Wirral Community Orchestra Partner Event

 

Our Irish Sea – Music and Songs

Tom Lockett, The Kirk Owls, Coast and Tippin’it up

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm Tickets £5

A Festival of Firsts Event

 


Sunday 9th July

Community Poetry Day

Open Mic Poetry and invited guest poets
Celebration of Poetry and Walking
Annual Poetry Competition Prize giving

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL

West Kirby Library, The Concourse, West Kirby CH48 4HX

2.00-5.30pm. Free admission, Get involved

A Festival of Firsts Event

 

Robin Hood

Children’s pop-up theatre from Off Book Theatre

Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre, Park Drive, BIRKENHEAD  CH41 8AU

2.30pm. Tickets: £3 (children). Accompanying adults free.  BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event

 

Simon Armitage

Reading

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL

6.00pm Tickets £12 – BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event – Sponsored by Bathgate Business Finance


Monday 10 July

Slimmed Down Hamlet

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm. Tickets £5

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event


Tuesday 11 July

StoryFest – the Final Performance

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm. Tickets £5

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event


Wednesday 12 July

Ian McMillan and Tony Husband

A Cartoon History of Here

Hoylake Social Club, 11 Trinity Road, Hoylake CH47 2BR

7.30pm   Tickets: £12, Children (18 and under): £8 – BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event


Thursday 13 July

Awake Sweet Love!

Songs of joy and sadness from the time of Shakespeare with lutes and other early instruments

Espérance – Clare Devine (soprano), Stewart McCoy (lute)

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm. Tickets £6

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event


Friday 14 July

Le Quatorze Juillet  (France’s national birthday!) Tea party with Chouette!

French for Children with songs, games and cake!

Nine Leaves Tea Lounge, 7-9 Albert Road, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2AB

4.30pm Free admission. Buy your own tea, free cake

Craig Ogden

Summer Guitar Recital

Hoylake Chapel, Station Road, Hoylake, CH47 4AA

7.30pm Tickets: £12, Children (18 and under): £8 – BOOK HERE

A Festival of Firsts Event  –  Sponsored by T L Care and Supporting Fundraising for Claire House

 


Saturday 15 July

Merseyrail Sound Station

Open Stage at Hoylake Station

Hoylake CH47 2JB

From 1pm   Free

A Sound Station Event

 

Born to Run

Special Carnival Day Mini Run

Start from Hoylake Roundabout

Meet at 1.45pm – Price TBC

 

Hoylake Carnival Parade

Wirral Through the Ages!

From Hoylake Roundabout to Queen’s Park

2.00 – 3.00pm Free

A Festival of Firsts Event – Supporting Fundraising for Claire House

 

Queen’s Park Family Day

Sandhey Road / Birkenhead Road, Hoylake CH47 5AU

From 2.00 – 4.30pm Free

Friends of Queens Park Partner Event –  Supporting Fundraising for Claire House

 

The Celebrated perform Leonard Cohen

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm. Tickets £6

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event

 

Bev Clark and the Hand in Hand Theatre Company

Jane Austen and The Woman’s Voice: an evening of two short pieces from the 1800s to the modern day.

www.handinhandtheatreproductions.co.uk/

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Admission free, Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event

 


Sunday 16 July

Get creative! An afternoon of workshops with experts in Art, Photography and Creative Writing

3 workshops on Writing for Theatre – 1 workshop £10 or all 3 workshops £20

Art and Photography with Adrian McGarry, Chris Branch and Dennis Spicer

3 workshops – £10 each or @20 for 3

Hoylake Parade Community Centre, Hoyle Road, Hoylake, CH47 3AG

1-5.30pm

Workshops are generally suitable for 16 years and above

A Festival of Firsts Event

Persephone – The Legend of Summer and Winter: A Play for Children

Greasby Community Association in Partnership  with The Greasby Players

The Greasby Centre, Greasby Road (Opposite the Co-op), CH49 3AT

Doors open at 2.15pm

Performance 3.00 – 4.00pm

Children’s crown-making 2.15-2.45pm

Tickets: Children £2.50 (includes crown-making and an ice-cream)

Accompanying adults £0.50 (includes tea or coffee at end of performance)

 

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Performance by young players from ReadNow WriteNow and Drama Central

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL

3pm tickets £5

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event

 

Big Easy Jazz Night

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30 for 8.00pm. Admission £3 on the door.

A Melrose Hall Event


Monday 17 July

Operation Lightfoot presents an evening of music and performance

with special guests Alx Green,  Gilmore & Roberts and Indigo Vibe Choir

United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby,   CH48 5DA

7.30pm Tickets £8. School age children free. Bucket Collection for Claire House

A Festival of Firsts Event

 

The Hoylake Moviemakers

An evening of Film

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Admission free, Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event


Tuesday 18 July

Ann Gater – Can I see a Rainbow?

Hoylake Flower Club Annual meeting and Presentation

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm. Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event in partnership with the Hoylake Flower Club


Wednesday 19th July

Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich)

United Reformed Church, Meols Drive, West Kirby, CH48 5DA

7.30pm Tickets: £12, Children (18 and under): £8 – BOOK HERE

www.kabantu.com

Bucket Collection for Claire House

A Festival of Firsts Event

Something Old Something New

The Melrose Choir and Guests

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Admission Free, Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event


Thursday 20th July

Trevor Carter The Bard of Windmill Hill Storyteller of the Year

Entertains with comic stories, poems and satire

www.windmillbard.co.uk

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm Tickets: £6

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event

 

An Evening with Oscar Wilde

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Admission Free, Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event


Friday 21st July

Port Sunlight Seadogs

Sea songs and shanties

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Admission Free, Bucket Collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event

 

The Jazz Worriers

Presented by Monotone Jazz

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL

7.00pm tickets £12; £10 in advance

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event


Saturday 22nd July

Summer Arts & Crafts Fair

Stalls and live music

West Kirby Concourse, Grange Road, West Kirby, CH48 4HX

10.00am – 6.00pm. Free event

A West Kirby Arts Centre Event

 

G and S Singalong with Loraine McKinley

Melrose Hall, 6 Melrose Avenue, Hoylake, CH47 3BU

7.30pm Free admission with bucket collection for Cancer Research UK

A Melrose Hall Event