Need plans for while the children are off school this gorgeous summer? We’ve got some ideas…
Meet two authors
Knowsley Library Service is hosting events with two highly acclaimed authors where you can meet them!
Award-winning and internationally successful writer, Lesley Thomson, will be in Halewood Library on Monday 24 September from 2pm to 3pm, to talk about the latest story in her Detective’s Daughter series, The Death Chamber.
Her first novel, A Kind of Vanishing, won the People’s Book Prize in 2010 and her second novel, The Detective’s Daughter, was a number one bestseller!
Acclaimed local author Mary Torjussen, will visit Stockbridge Village Library on Tuesday 25 September from 11am to 12pm, and will be reading from her second novel, The Girl I Used To Be, a tense psychological thriller which was released this summer.
Eat somewhere new
A number of new independent and locally run restaurants will open in Prescot town centre this month. Why not visit and enjoy some great food and drinks and support these local businesses.
Also, on Saturday 15 September, Down in Albion on Atherton Street will host its private launch party and will open fully in the following couple of weeks. You can follow updates on Twitter.
On Monday 17 September, The Watch Factory Bistro will open in the Watch Factory residential development on Albany Road. When open to the public it will serve breakfast, afternoon tea and range of food and drinks. You can follow updates on Twitter.
On Friday 28 September, Pinion Bistro on Eccleston Street will open. Gary Usher, renowned Chef and entrepreneur, successfully raised £86,000 in 24 hours to kick start the launch of his new venture in Prescot. Follow updates on Twitter and visit the website to make a reservation.
Fairytale walkabout adventure
Join MATE Productions on a magical walkabout fairytale adventure in their performance, Willo the Wisp and the Fire Sprite.
The quest is to find the Wisp and save the Fire Sprite, Princess Ember. Along the way, you will meet lots of fairytale characters including tree elves, white witches, gnomes, and trolls!
The music, dance, lights, fairies, and fire will bewitch your mind and dazzle your senses!
Choose to go on your adventure during daylight or twilight – it depends how brave you are!
Make sure you wrap up warm for the outdoor adventure at:
Halewood Triangle Park on Saturday 20 October at 3pm and 5.15pm
Prescot Woodland Theatre on Sunday 21 October at 3pm and 5.15pm
Court Hey Park on Sunday 4 November at 2pm and 4.15pm
Tickets are £12 for adults and £8 for children. A family ticket (adults x 2 and children x 2) can be bought for £35
You can buy your tickets online by calling 0344 8000 410
Make a fairy lantern
Ahead of MATE Productions’ fairytale adventure Willo the Wisp and the Fire Sprite, MATE are running free arts and crafts workshops in Knowsley’s libraries.
Children and families can make a beautiful fairy lantern to take home on:
Saturday 29 September from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Huyton Library
Saturday 6 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Prescot Library
Saturday 13 October from 10.30am to 12.15pm at Halewood Library
Frankenstein related exhibition
Kirkby Gallery welcomes an exhibition of book art related to Mary Shelley’s legendary novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.
‘Book Art’ involves using books as the basis for a piece of art – it could be a sculpture made out of a book, or a piece of art inspired by the structural or conceptual properties of books. All the exhibits in the show are a different take on the same theme, but there are some very different interpretations!
The book art going on display in Kirkby has been created by local, national and international artists to celebrate 200 years since the release of Frankenstein, the classic gothic text that was arguably the earliest work of science fiction.
Artists involved in the exhibition have been inspired by the way the story is told in their art and others have made links with other classic gothic stories such as Dracula and The Golem. Some of the important themes seen in the book including ambition, free will, morality, ethics and empathy can also been seen in the art.
A smaller version of the Frankenstein Book Art exhibition opened in Liverpool Central Library earlier this year, but visitors will be treated to lots of new exhibits at Kirkby Gallery – with an extra 25 original pieces that were not displayed in Liverpool. Some of the pieces you will see are unique and luckily for arty gothic fiction fans, many are available to buy and own – but all are guaranteed to get you thinking!
The Liverpool & Knowsley Book Art exhibition: Frankenstein 2018 is open in Kirkby Gallery from 17 September 2018 to 26 January 2019.
‘This Sporting Life’ Archive Exhibition
A new archive exhibition ‘This Sporting Life’ is celebrating the first British Special Olympics games which took place right here in Knowsley!
Many Knowsley adult disability service users and staff participated in this landmark event at Kirkby Sports Centre in 1982 for people with intellectual disabilities.
Athletes from nine regions of the UK competed alongside participants from Barbados, Greece, Netherlands and The USA. In all, one thousand Special Olympians and escorts took part in the games with the competitors from Knowsley part of the North West team.
You can see some wonderful photographs, medals, and sportswear from the great event are on display in the ARK exhibition space in Kirkby Library until 16 October 2018.
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.