Need plans for while the children are off school this gorgeous summer? We’ve got some ideas…
Free activities for children in Knowsley’s libraries
Parents looking for ways to keep your children entertained over the school summer holidays should check out the exciting programme of free activiites in Knowsley’s libraries.
With a variety of sessions from crafts and professional story telling to magic shows and Zoolab minibeasts, there’s something for children of all ages.
Mischief Makers Summer Reading Challenge
The exciting programme launches with special events in all of Knowsley’s libraries to promote the summer reading challenge. This year is all about ‘Mischief Makers’ inspired by the much-loved iconic children’s title Beano. Children signing up will join Dennis and his Beanotown buddies for a summer of reading fun!
Open to all primary school aged children of all reading abilities the Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read any six library books of their choice during the summer holidays.
There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way as your child becomes a Mischief Maker too! There’s a certificate for everyone who completes the challenge which runs in Knowsley’s libraries until Saturday 15 September.
Mischief Makers and much more
Staying with Mischief Making there are lots of Beano related activities in the libraries including comic crafts, treasure hunts and storytelling with professional storyteller Susanna Meese.
Zoolab ‘Motley Zoo’ sessions are full of fascinating facts about millipedes, snakes, lizards and many more – and, if you’re brave enough, you might even get the chance to hold one of the minibeasts! Meanwhile, The Magic Philip Fun Show promises a roller coast ride of comedy, fun, laughter and of course lots of magic!
There will also be virtual reality headset experiences and fun, creative worskhops.
Find out what’s on in your local library
For the full programme of children’s summer holiday activities in all the borough’s libraries visit: www.knowsley.gov.uk/kidssummerlibrary
Fun-filled summer programme in Kirkby
A family fun-filled programme of entertainment is coming to Kirkby Town Centre over the summer.
The programme starts with Urban Beach from 21 July until Saturday, 1 September. Urban Beach brings the beach to Kirkby and provides a great opportunity for you to relax and play in the sand, enjoy family entertainment with pop-ups from a number of local retailers.
Also on Saturday, 21 July, families can enjoy summer dancing entertainers.
The summer programme also includes:
- An ice cream workshop on Tuesday, 31 July – cool off and your own ice cream!
- A flower theatre on Tuesday, 7 August – Kirkby will receive a visit from some flowery friends.
- T-Rex Makeover on Saturday, 11 August – enjoy a close encounter with a T-Rex and pose for a photo with baby dinos!
- Superheroes on Tuesday, 14 August – pose with your favourite superhero and meet the famous Ro:Bot.
- Pirate Storytelling on Tuesday, 21 August – climb aboard the giant ship and enjoy a spot of storytelling from Captain Raggy Beard.
- Green-fingered fun on Tuesday, 28 August – decorate a plant pot and plant a seed in this educational workshop.
Activities with Knowsley Youth Mutual (KYM)
At Our Place Youth Facility on Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG on Friday 3 August from 4pm to 7.30pm, kids can enjoy an augmented climbing wall, a race car simulator, a caving unit, a zorbing arena and so much more.
Every Monday and Wednesday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm until 31 August, Our Place provides scooters and equipment for skateboarding and bmxing.
On Friday 17 August from 4pm to 7.30pm, there’s a KYM Fundraising Carnival at Halewood Academy, The Avenue, Halewood L25 1UU. Expect circus skills, carnival stalls, a rodeo bull and more!
All activities are free!
For more information about KYM’s events, visit their website or call 0151 443 5323
Children aged five to 12 can enjoy free sports, games, arts and crafts, and other fun at Stockbridge Neighborhood Centre, The Withens L28 1AB every Wednesday from 1 to 29 August from 1pm to 3pm.
Please note under eights must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Knowsley Flower Show and Feelgood Festival
The Knowsley Flower Show, the largest free horticultural show in the North West, will return to Court Hey Park in Huyton this summer. It’s a particularly special show this year as its celebrating its 20th anniversary, and set to be bigger and better than ever!
This year’s show takes place on Sunday, August 5. With more than 100 classes you can enter, in categories including general cut flowers, pot plants, vegetables, crafts, as well as categories just for novices and young people – you can feel comfortable whatever your experience or ability.
If growing isn’t for you, you can still enjoy a great day out for all of the family; expect the usual attractions from previous years including live music, crafts, a farmers market, a multicultural community zone, face painting, fair rides and much more. New for 2018 is the Merseyside Fun Dog Show so you can bring your dog along to join in the fun! Your best friend can get involved in a host of activities planned especially for them including ‘retrieve the sausage’ and ‘the waggulator’!
And, green fingered or not, everyone will be wowed by the large floral marquee at the heart of the show, which will showcase more than 400 beautiful exhibits, bursting with colour and creativity.
And it’s not just the Knowsley Flower Show to look forward to. There’ll be more fun at Court Hey Park that weekend, with the Feelgood Festival providing the perfect warm-up the day before (Saturday, August 4).
No matter what your energy levels are, you can enjoy the many health and wellbeing activities offered at the Feelgood Festival, such as physical activities to boost your heart rate, and calmer activities designed to relax and de-stress you.
You may find your talent or even a new hobby when you try your hand at some of the many activities on offer such as drawing, painting, knitting, crochet, dancing, mindful yoga and martial arts. You can also learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle on the day, with tips on how to eat better and cook healthier meals.
If health and beauty is more your thing, you will enjoy the various stalls set up that will leave you feeling pampered and refreshed; you can enjoy therapy taster sessions such as arm massages and try out some lovely beauty products. Lush, a favourite cruelty free cosmetics company, will also be there offering complementary treatments and spreading some lush magic.
Children will be kept well entertained and will have plenty of fun learning opportunities including an entertainer, storytelling and lots of interactive science workshops. They’ll be able to try out some exciting ‘power peddlers’ to generate electricity and power the plasma balls at the Light and Energy funstation, as well as having a ‘hair-raising’ time with a Van de Graaff generator!
And, with slime being one of the biggest playground crazes of the moment, young visitors are sure to love the Slime Zone – where they’ll find out all about polymers and their uses in this ooey gooey substance! Plus, they’ll be able to take home their very own pot of slime.
All in all, it’s a weekend expected to be full of fun, flowers and feeling good – so get the weekend of Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August 2018 in your diaries. Knowsley Feelgood Festival is on from 1pm to 5pm, and Knowsley Flower Show is on from 11am to 5pm.
Both events take place at Court Hey Park, Huyton, and all-day onsite parking is available for £4 at the Knowsley Flower Show and £2 for Feelgood Festival.
Lost Castles will see hundreds of volunteers work with thousands of cardboard boxes to build monumental castle-inspired structures in each area of the Liverpool City Region.
The inspiration for Knowsley’s design comes from Elsinore Castle from one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, Hamlet and it will be constructed in Knowsley Safari.
If you want to get involved, there are workshops on 5, 6, 7 and 8 August, the build on 10 August and the demolition on 12 August.
You can find full details of the Lost Castles Project and book your places here.
The Tempest at Knowsley Hall
This summer, Shakespeare’s magical play, The Tempest, will be performed in the beautiful grounds of Knowsley Hall.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men will be back for their third year in Knowsley, telling the story of The Tempest with comedy, music and dance. The Tempest tells the story of a magician who plots his revenge for his brother’s betrayal. Betrayal, revenge, power and magic – it’s all going on in The Tempest.
Just as it would have been performed back in the day of Shakespeare, the play will have an all-male cast complete with brilliant Elizabethan costume and will be performed in the open air.
Bring a low backed seat or rug with some food for a picnic and you’ll have everything you’d want for a lovely summer’s evening in an incredible setting.
You can come and see Shakespeare’s classic show at Knowsley Hall on Thursday 9 August 2018 from 7.30pm to 9.45pm.
Tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for children. You can also make use of the family ticket (2 x adults & 2 x children) for £45. Postage and packaging is £2.
The performance will go ahead whatever the weather so be prepared – you may need sun cream and sunglasses or you may need a raincoat and a rain hat!
You can get an idea of what to expect by looking at tweets from The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’s performance of The Comedy of Errors last year.
Willowbrook Hospice gardens
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Willowbrook Hospice’s award-winning gardens this summer.
The gardens are spread over five acres and boast three Japanese gardens, beautiful water features and more stunning sights you will want to see for yourself.
The gardens are opening as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), a charity that helps open gardens to the public to raise money for nursing and caring charities. Since 1927, the charity has donated £55 million to deserving charities across the UK thanks to the generosity of all of the garden owners, volunteers and visitors.
Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “We’re really proud of our beautiful gardens which have been designed to provide patients and visitors with a picturesque and tranquil to unwind and relax. Last year, the gardeners and all our garden volunteers work so hard to maintain and develop the gardens. It’s wonderful that we’re able to invite people who wouldn’t normally see them to come along and enjoy them.”
You can visit the gardens at Willowbrook Hospice on Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August from 11am to 4pm.
Entry is £3 for adults and it is free for children. All proceeds go to the National Gardens Scheme.
You can find the gardens on Portico Lane, Eccleston Park, Prescot L34 2QT
Knowsley Park Run
Every Saturday from 9am to 10am at Stadt Moers Park, Whiston, the Knowsley Parkrun takes place!
It’s a timed 5k event that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get active and enjoy the great outdoors! If you’re an experienced runner or just want a leisurely stroll, you will be made to feel welcome and can enjoy yourself.
The park run is organised by a team of great and dedicated volunteers who give up a couple of hours each week to help out.
If you want to take part or volunteer, you can visit the Parkrun website to register.
Once you’ve registered, you will be sent a link to print off your own unique barcode which is scanned during your run to log your time and if you’re volunteering, the barcode will register that you’ve been kindly helping.
For more information, you can email the organisers on email@example.com
The James Greenop Legacy Kicks Project
Every Friday from 5pm to 7pm, the James Greenop Legacy Kicks Project offers free football training sessions at Prescot Leisure and Soccer Centre with coaches from Everton in the Community.
The training sessions are suitable for children aged seven and over of any ability.
For any more information, you can contact Russ on 07799620644
A Break with a Book (Dementia friendly)
Every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am, The Reader holds a free reading group at Prescot Library for Knowsley residents where everyone can get together to enjoy a good story over tea and cake.
The stories will be read aloud but there’s no pressure to join in.
It’s a great opportunity to relax and meet new people -just turn up on the day.
For more information, contact Megg Hewlett on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07807106869
St. George’s FareShare
A community shop at St. George’s church allows people who use foodbanks or those who are running low on food to buy a basket of food of up to 20 items for £3. There is also some free food to give away.
For the community shop, you can come along to St. George’s Church on Primrose Drive, Huyton on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11am.
Until 1 September 2018, you can visit the ‘Five’ exhibition at Kirkby Gallery – a special exhibition showcasing the world of five of the best artists living or working in Knowsley – Gary McGillivray, Leslie Briggs, Gill Cowley, Mike Kirkby and Nick Daly.
You can read more about the exhibition here.