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2014 Events

--------------------- April 2014 -----------

Friday 18th to Sunday 27th April 11am - 4pm
Art Exhibition at the Coach House Royden Park

Come and see a variety of paintings all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
Including a children's workshop all within the Coach House.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments.

Sunday 20th April 1.30pm - 3pm
Easter Happenings at Royden Park

Have ago at an Easter Egg hunt and enjoy the Easter Happenings at Royden Park
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments and visit the Art Exhibition within the Coach House. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Thurs April 24th 8pm
BIRDS OF THE GEELONG AND THE OTWAY REGION

These important migration areas are where birds winter from Tasmania and summer from Northern Australia. Paul Kenyon
Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake CH47 0LL
Wirral Bird Club www.wirralbirdclub.com

Fri 25th April 7 for 7.30pm
Wirral in Turmoil

A talk by Dr Paul Booth FRHistS uncovering Wirral in 1353 AD
St Bridget's Centre, West Kirby CH48 3JT
Tickets 5 (2.50 for Friends of West Kirby Museum)

Fri 25 April 7.30pm
A Separation

Tensely performed Iranian drama starring Leila Hatami and Peyman Moaadi as a middle-class couple living in Tehran, whose differing ambitions for the future lead them to the family courts.
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat April 26th, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
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Sun, 27 April 12noon to 2pm
Breaking the De Gruchy Code

Hidden Wirral Myths & Legends presents Breaking the De Gruchy Code.
We will be meeting next to the train station, outside of the concourse. We shall be walking the walls of Philip De Gruchy then on to the Old Village of West Kirby, finishing at Hickory's Bar & Grill. For more details and to book a place, see
www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breaking-the-de-gruchy-code-tickets-10856583333

Mon 28th April
Wirral 3Ls Summer term begins

Check our website for more details
www.wirral3ls.co.uk

--------------------- May 2014 -----------

Fri 2nd May 7.30pm
Wirral Symphony Orchestra presents a Choir concert at Hoylake Chapel

A concert with visiting French choral ensemble Vocal Renaissance from Le Havre
Bizet - L'Arlesienne Suite
Delius - The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Holst - The Perfect Fool
Durufflé - RequiemTroupers at Gilroy
www.wirralsymphony.co.uk

Sunday 4th May 4.30am - 6.30am
Dawn Chorus at Royden Park

Listen to the fantastic sounds of nature as birds sing at this very early time of year. If you have them, bring a pair of binoculars.
Meet: Court Yard/Coach House at Royden Park.
Sorry no dogs. Warm and waterproof clothing. Booking requirements/numbers: *Booking essential* Please contact Royden Park on 0151 677 7594 E-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk

Sunday 4th May 11am - 3pm
Animal Ark at Royden Park

Come and see a variety of exotic and native animals form skunks to chameleons, snakes to spiders and lots more!
Meet: In the Coach House at Royden Park. Special requirements: Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk

Sunday 4th May
Outdoor Theatre at Gilroy Allotment Site
Brought to you by Mikron Theatre Company. - the fabulous touring theatre company.
It's 1914. British entertainment is down on its uppers. Actor-manager Lena Ashwell (OBE) has a theatre but no audience.
So she assembles a motley bunch of turns' and books a tour with a difference. For her TROUPERS won't tread the boards of Old Blighty but the muddy, bloody fields of France. In a little-told story of the Great War, TROUPERS brings to life the amazingly audacious Concerts At The Front - a hitherto unsung war effort that's full of guts, gusto and greasepaint.



Monday 5th May 10am to 4pm
Ashton Park May Fair

Stalls, fair, fun, refreshments and lots more!
West Kirby's family event of the year!

Wed 7th May 10am-2pm and 6pm-7:30pmHoylake Parade Language Centre Holiday Language courses
Enrolment for Hoylake Parade Language Centre Holiday Language courses

Holiday abroad this summer?
8 week course for complete beginners - learn language for typical tourist and holiday situations. Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Classes start in week commencing : Monday 12th May
For more information or to book: www.wirraltutorsnetwork.co.uk
T: 0151 200 2117 M: 07910 833 584
E: info@wirraltutorsnetwork.co.uk

Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May
65th Wilson Trophy

The 2014 British Open Team Racing Championship on West Kirby's Marine Lake
See the West Kirby Sailing Club website for more details.

Friday 9th May 8.30pm
Seacombe to Thurstaston kayaking event
Fundraising Night at Hilbre Court Pub, Banks Rd West Kirby
Free admission. Raffle. Live music with local singer/ guitarist Gary Stewart Smith and his band Liquorice Allstars
Sponsor the kayaking team on their 15 mile paddle from Seacombe to Thurstaston on Sunday 11th May at www.justgiving.com/teamkayak.
All proceeds to Claire House Childrens Hospice

Friday 9th May
Bat Watch

At Ashton Park, West Kirby
For more details see their website www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

Sat 10th May 2014 at 3.00pm
Family Treasure Hunt around Burton Manor Gardens.

Lots of fun for all ages - and maybe you will learn a few new interesting things about Burton Manor and its surroundings. Afternoon tea and cakes will be served in the Glasshouse after the Treasure Hunt. Prizes and Raffle.
The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens - Enquiries and Bookings: 0151 345 1107 (answer phone - please leave a message and we will call back) or e-mail: burtonmanorgardens@gmail.com

Saturday 10th May 7.30 pm
Hoylake Choral Society
Haydn - Missa in Tempore Belli
Mozart - Mass in C Minor
Amicus Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Jim Wrightson
Hoylake Chapel, Station Road, Hoylake, Wirral. CH47 4AA
www.hoylakechoralsociety.org.uk

Sun 11th May registration from 8.30- 11am
Wirral Coastal Charity Walk

Organised by the Rotary Club of North Wirral, this 15 mile charity walk from Seacombe to Thurstaston takes you around the scenic coastline of the Wirral Peninsula. This is your opportunity to raise money for a charity of your choice.
www.wirralcoastalwalk.orgThe Secret Gardens of Oxton

Sun 11th May 10am to 5pm
The Secret Gardens of Oxton

Discover around 20 gardens of every size and type in the lovely Conservation Village of Oxton.
With plant sales and advice, arts and crafts, live music, poetry and refreshments. A great family day out.
www.oxtonsociety.org.uk

Sun 11th May 10am to 7pm
Kayak Seacombe to Thurstaston

15 mile route via Hilbre Island. Leave Egremont slipway at 10am just after high tide passing Fort Perch Rock and New Brighton lighthouse, towards Harrison Drive, past Leasowe lighthouse then on to Hilbre Island for 3pm. Low water is at 4.18pm. Leave Hilbre Island around 5.30pm, getting to Thurstaston for 7pm.
All proceeds from the event go to Claire House childrens hospice.
More details: Mike 07791104428 www.justgiving.com/teamkayak

Sunday May 11th 12-5pm
Art in the Park.

Coronation Gardens, West Kirby. Admission free. Local artists, craftsmen, please contact artinthepark@f2s.com for details

Wed 14 May 7.15pm
New Ferry Butterfly Park

by Paul Loughnane
Hoylake & District Gardening Society
Venue: West Kirby Concourse
Talk followed by refreshments. Guests very welcome, 1.50.
... [click here for more info]

Sunday 18th May 10am - 4pm
Vintage Car Rally at Royden Park

Come and see a range of vintage cars parked in the main events field at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery at Royden Park is open for refreshments.

Tues 20th May - 10:30am - 3:30pm
Royden Park Volunteer Group

Join the Rangers and other volunteers and help with conservation tasks, such as woodland and heathland management, footpath construction and clearing, fencing and way marking and any other on site work.
We meet every Tuesday throughout the year at the Rangers Office Royden Park.
Suitable clothing and footwear and please bring food and drink for the day.
No booking required. For further enquiries telephone:0151 677 7594 Email:midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk

21 May
Coach Outing to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Malpas & Okells Garden Centre

Hoylake & District Gardening Society. Guests welcome.
For more information, please contact Rachel Ormrod, vice chairman, on 625 7604 or rachelormrod1@gmail.com

Thurs May 22nd 8pm
AGM & WIRRAL BIRD CLUB MEMBERS - A GOOD DAY OUT

Club members share their bird watching experiences over the last year through their photographs.
Coach booking opens for Leighton Moss (RSPB)
Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake CH47 0LL
Wirral Bird Club www.wirralbirdclub.com

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat May 24th, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
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Saturday 24th Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th May 10am - 4pm
Peninsula Arts and Crafts Display in the Coach House, Royden Park

Come and see a variety of crafts all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments.

Sunday 25th May 1pm - 4pm
Walking Festival Royden Park Walk

Join the Ranger on a circular trail around Royden Park and discover its management and the flora and fauna that can be found here.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.Wear warm and waterproof clothing and suitable footwear.
*Booking essential* Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sun 25th May 2-4pm
St Helens Concert Band
Ashton Park Summer Concert Series

In the Upper Park Arena, Ashton Park, West Kirby
www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

25th & 26th May
Farm Feast 2014

Claremont Farm in Bebington will host this new Food & Drink Festival, with specialist food suppliers, local producers, cookery demos, music festival and fun for the kids. For more details visit ther website www.farmfeast.co.uk

Monday May 26th 11am - 5pm
Charities & Community Fair and Art in the Park.
Coronation Gardens, West Kirby. Admission free. Local groups, artists, please see www.coronationgardens.co.uk or ring 0151 625 5158.

Wednesday 28th May 1pm - 3pm
Look, Listen and enjoy at Royden Park

Come along on this half term children's event and look, listen and enjoy Royden park through a variety of activities.
This activity starts at the Coach House/Court Yard then promptly moves out into other parts of Royden Park.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear.
No need to book. Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Fri 30 May 7.30pmA Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death

Wartime romantic fantasy film starring David Niven and Kim Hunter, thrown together when he bails out of his plane and survives, against the laws of the "Other World".
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

--------------------- June 2014 -----------

Sunday 1st June 10am - 4pm
Static live Birds of Prey Display - Coach House, Royden Park

Visit Royden Park today and see these wonderful Birds of Prey from all over the world within the Coach House. These are all birds of Steve Dewsnap of Rockcliffe Raptors.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Sorry no dogs within the Coach House.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sunday 1st June 10.30am - 12.30pm
Up Hill and Down Dale

Enjoy a Ranger led walk over Heswall Dales, taking in the river Dee and the Dungeons
Meet at Heswall Dales/Dale Farm entrance off Oldfield Road, Heswall (CH60 6SN)
Wear suitable clothing and stout footwear. Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: dantravis@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sunday 1st June 1.30pm - 3pm
From Dinosaurs to Twitter

Join the Ranger on a trail through Royden Park and discover its past by looking at its geology and bringing us up to its present day management.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear warm and waterproof clothing and suitable footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sat 7th June
Moth Breakfast

At Ashton Park, West Kirby
For more details see their website www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

Sat 7th June 9.30am to 2.30pm]St. Bridget's Bazaar
St. Bridget's Bazaar

A people and earth friendly exchange.
A monthly event at St. Bridget's Centre, that brings together individuals, groups and businesses selling products and services that are local, sustainable, environmental and people friendly - including craftspeople, recyclers/upcyclers, repairers, fair-traders, food growers/producers, friends groups, community groups etc. The first Saturday of each month except September (when it will be on 13th September as part of West Kirby Earth Fest), & December. St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby www.stbridgetscentre.co.uk Enquiries to Andrew Gibb: argibb@btinternet.com or 0151 625 4109

Wed 11 June 7.15pm
More than a Day - Daylilies
by Martin Blow
Hoylake & District Gardening Society
Venue: West Kirby Concourse
Talk followed by refreshments. Guests very welcome, 1.50.
... [click here for more info]

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June 10am - 4pm
Peninsula Arts and Crafts Display in the Coach House, Royden Park

Come and see a variety of crafts all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments.

14th & 15th June 11am to 4pm
Wirral Open Studio Tour 2014

An event in which artists invite the public to visit their workshops and display spaces. It's an excellent opportunity to talk first-hand to the artists and to view their work in the environment in which it was created, to participate in free workshops led by the artists or to just enjoy having a nosey through the various venues. www.wirralart.com

Saturday 14th June 2014 at 4.00pm
Sausage & Ale - BBQ Event

At Burton Manor Gardens.
Enjoy a traditional afternoon BBQ in the Walled Garden using locally produced ale and sausages. Soft drinks and tea & coffee will also be available. Also 'have a go' at Archery under the supervision of our own Burton Manor Archers.
The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens - Enquiries and Bookings: 0151 345 1107 (answer phone - please leave a message and we will call back) or e-mail: burtonmanorgardens@gmail.com

Sunday 15th June
Buggy Park Fitness
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Mondays, 10.30 - 11.30am
Wednesdays, 10.30 - 11.30am

The Wirral Bikeathon

Huge family bikeride raising sponsorship money for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (LLR)
For further information please contact the Wirral Bikeathon team 0151 327 3129 or visit their website www.wirralbikeathon.com

Mon 16 June - Evening Event
Private visit to Inglewood, 4 Birchmere, Heswall CH60 6TH

Hoylake & District Gardening Society. Guests welcome.
For more information, please contact Rachel Ormrod, vice chairman, on 625 7604 or rachelormrod1@gmail.com

Sat 21st June 7.30pm
Midsummer Night Concert

John Rutter - A Sprig of Thyme
John Rutter - Gloria
Works by Faure, Bach, Haydn and Parry, including a selection of our choral favourites by popular request.
For more details see www.birkenheadchoral.org
St. Saviour's Church, Bidston Road, Oxton, CH43 2JZ

Sunday 22nd June 11am - 3pm
Animal Ark at Royden Park

Come and see a variety of exotic and native animals form skunks to chameleons, snakes to spiders and lots more!
Meet: In the Coach House at Royden Park
Special requirements: Sorry no dogs. No need to book.

Thurs June 26th 8pm
STINKERS, PINTADOS & MOLLYMAWKS

Albatrosses and petrels of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean. These unique birds have specially adapted to this most hostile of marine environments. Brian Anderson
Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake CH47 0LL
Wirral Bird Club www.wirralbirdclub.com

Fri 27 June 7.30pmThe Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker

Taut and complex drama about the tensions among a three-man US bomb disposal unit working in Iraq, the devastating consequences of the erosion of trust and their addiction to front-line action.
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

Friday 27th June 9pm - 11pm
Bat and Owl Night at Royden Park

Join the Ranger on this evening stroll and discover where bats and owls live and hunt.
Meet at the Court Yard/Coach House at Royden Park.
Special requirements: Wind/waterproof clothing and stout footwear are essential. Sorry no dogs.
Booking requirements/numbers: *Booking essential* Please contact Royden Park on 0151 677 7594
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat June 28th, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
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Sunday 29th June 11.30am - 2.30pm
Wild flower and Butterfly Walk at Royden Park

Join the Ranger and discover the wealth of summer wildflowers, butterflies and other insects that frequent Royden park and Thurstaston Common
Meet at the Court Yard/Coach House, Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Special requirements: Waterproof clothing and stout footwear. Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sun Jun 29th 12 noon to 5pm
Art In The Park

A free to the public open air art fair which takes place monthly from May to September.
Run on behalf of the Friends of Coronation Gardens.
For more information see Coronation Gardens website.

Sun 29th June 2-4pm
Like a Hurricane Rock Band
Ashton Park Summer Concert Series

In the Upper Park Arena, Ashton Park, West Kirby
www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

--------------------- July 2014 -----------

4th-21st July
Festival of Firsts Art Exhibitions



Harry HillHarry Hill: My Hobby
A free exhibition of Harry Hill's paintings. Fans of Harry Hill's comedy may be interested to know that he also paints, and although he doesn't consider himself an artist he's a pretty good painter!
Holiday Inn Express, Hoylake. Free admission.

Gallery HoylakeGallery Hoylake
Two weeks of fabulous displays as all the shops along Market Street, Hoylake, show art works and vie for the award of best dressed window.
Look out for the Poetry Trail alongside.

4th to 13th July
Wirral Festival of Firsts

Hundreds of artists, performers and musicians come together in various venues in and around Hoylake and Wirral to celebrate the power and diversity of the Wirral art and music scene - while also raising money for local charities. Check out their website for more information www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5th July 9.30am to 2.30pm
St. Bridget's Bazaar

A people and earth friendly exchange.
A monthly event at St. Bridget's Centre, that brings together individuals, groups and businesses selling products and services that are local, sustainable, environmental and people friendly - including craftspeople, recyclers/upcyclers, repairers, fair-traders, food growers/producers, friends groups, community groups etc. The first Saturday of each month except May, September (when it will be on 13th September as part of West Kirby Earth Fest) & December.
St. Bridget's Centre, St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby www.stbridgetscentre.co.uk Enquiries to Andrew Gibb: argibb@btinternet.com or 0151 625 4109

Sat 5th July 10am and 2.30pm
First Write - Writing workshops

Fiona Campbell and Susanne Christian offer tips on writing a feature article and developing your stock of knowledge and experience into a publication.
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5 each www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5th July
The Wro Talks

Four fascinating talks - David Charters the bard of Birkenhead on Wirral, Frankie Connors on Merseybeat to Merseystreet, Tim Quinn on Marvel Comix and Spencer Leigh on The Beatles, all served with tea and cake!
The Wro Loft, West Kirby 3 each www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5 July 12.30pm
David Crystal talk

The guru of the English language gives a lunchtime talk on where our global language is going!
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5 July 3-4pm
Wirral Co-operative Orchestra Popular Classics and Music from the Shows

Conducted by Jan Modelski, the rejuvenated Co-operative Orchestra return to the Festival once again.
United Reformed Church, West Kirby 4 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5 July 7.30pm
Phoenix Youth Theatre

Hoylake Actors aged 7 to 20 years.
Melrose Hall, 5 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 5 July 7.30pm
Big Sea-Side Sing-Song

A fitting end to a festive day in West Kirby.
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, CH48 4EL 3 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sunday 6th July 10.30am - 3.30 pm
Bumble Bee Workshop and Walk

Join the Ranger and Cheshire Wildlife Trust on this Bumble Bee workshop in the morning then on a walk to identify the different Bumble Bees that frequent this area.
Meet at the Court Yard/Coach House at Royden Park. The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Sorry no dogs No need to book. Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sun 6 July
Poetry Proms

Floral Pavilion, New Brighton
A friendly opportunities for poets to read or perform their poetry with many other poetry happenings! FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sun 6 July 7.30pm
Radio Script Competition finals

The three best scripts from the heats of the competition as chosen by the judges and the public. Come along and vote in the finals!
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sun 6 July
Family Film Fest: Grow Your Own Day and Tea at the Inn

  • 4pm Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • 5.30pm Greenfingers
  • 7.30pm Grow Your Own
Hoylake Community Cinema and Festival of Firsts come together to offer a film fest of three films for all the family with an opportunity to meet and talk with local grow your own enthusiasts 3, 3 and 5. The Parade, Hoylake Community Centre Another first!
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Mon 7 July 7.30pm
Johnny Kennedy: Simply Shakespeare

Simply Shakespeare - an evening of fun and delightful songs from the plays of William Shakespeare brought by a popular performer on stage, television and radio.
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Tues 8 July 7.30pm
Wilfred: The life, death and Poetry of Wildfred Owen

A week of new theatre by the festival that focuses on firsts.
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com
Willy Russell
Tues 8 July 2.30pm
Tea at the Inn: Willy Russell Films

A showing of Our Day Out and Shirley Valentine along with a scrumptious tea Holiday Inn Express, Hoylake 15
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Tues 8 July 7.30pm
An evening with Willy Russell

Celebrated for the films, Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine, Blood Brothers and Our day out, you'll have the chance to listen to Willy in conversation with John Gorman and to ask questions.
Holiday Inn Express, Hoylake 10
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Wed 9 July 7.30 pm
Craig Ogden Classical Guitar Recital
Join one of the world's finest guitarists with a laid back, effortless and naturally skilled approach to playing guitar for a summer recital.
Hoylake Chapel 10
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Wed 9 July 7.30pm
Mike McCartney Sex, Drugs and Rock n'Roll (I wish)
Mike McCartney brings his popular show to Hoylake, taking you on a rock and roller coaster journey through his life and times Holiday Inn Express, Hoylake Tickets 15 from Holiday Inn directly. www.festivaloffirsts.com

Wed 9 July 7.30pm
Secret Readings: new one act plays

Scripts workshopped before the Festival are presented for the first time.
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Ian McMillanThurs 10 July 7.30pm
Ian McMillan: Talking myself home
"The Shirley Bassey of performance poetry" aka "The Bard of Barnsley" shares his life in verses.
Hoylake Chapel 10 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Thurs 10 July 7.30pm
Rosa by Hyacinth Sweeney Dixon

A new play exploring the life of Rosa Parks who helped to trigger civil rights struggles in the USA when she refused to change her seat on the bus!
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Fri 11 July 7.30pm
Speeches before, during and after WW1

Following the success of the first "Speeches" performance in 2013, a new set of speeches is presented.
Melrose Hall, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Fri 11 July 7.30-8.30pm
The Wirral Mass

This new work composed by Clare Madeley with Libretto by John Gorman receives its world premiere under the musical direction of Clare Madeley.
St Lukes Church, Hoylake 8 www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July
The Big Welcome Parade

West Kirby-Hoylake-Meols A special parade to welcome the Golf Open featuring the first ever "Festi-velo" (A traffic free parade of cycling fun along Market Street in Hoylake - with decorated bikes, families, picnics and fun activities), samba band, marching band, Jazz Parade and wheelbarrows. FREE www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July
FIRST @ MEOLS

Meols cycle information and cycle attractions like a pedal-powered smoothie maker, the "Festi-Velo" prizegiving, the Big Knitted Seaside project, story tent, bouncy castle, music and other attractions at St Johns Church and Goose Green, FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July 2 - 11pm
Music Proms

Hoylake Satisfy your inner musician - find almost every kind of music you can think of at the Music proms in different cafes and bars in Hoylake including open air stages at Chantilly and Flavours FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July 2pm
Wirral Ukulele Orchestra

The popular and accomplished Wirral Ukulele Orchestra return to the festival for another scintillating performance.
St Lukes Church 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July 7.30pm
C-City and friends: a music extravaganza

C-City a four-piece instrumental combo from Liverpool will tip you up and shake you out of the nostalgia-mare where revivalist palpitations are mistaken for the pulse of progress.
St Lukes Church, Hoylake 5
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sat 12 July 7.30pm
Wirral Symphonic Wind Band Summer Pops

This award winning band described by one of the judges as "incredible", "thrilling" characterised by "very beautiful playing all round" gives a special festival performance with their usual panache and enthusiasm.
Hoylake Chapel 8
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sun 13 July 10am-4pm
Art on the Promenade

Art as far as the eye can see along the 2 mile stretch of Hoylake's promenade FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sun 13 July 10am-4pm
Art at the Parade

Hoylake Community Centre filled to the brim with art, crafts. displays, exhibitions, workshops. This year's feature artist is Margaret Ransome. Look out for Graffiti Dave back again to paint a wall!! FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sun 13 July 10am-5pm
Bside the CSide

Hoylake Promenade Pagoda Chinese Youth and River Niger Orchestras, World Poetry and a community singalong version of the Pirates of Penzance by Frank Lund's art installation: the Grace Darling. Unmissable! FREE
www.festivaloffirsts.com

Sunday 13th July 10.30am - 3.30pm
Animal Ark at Royden Park

Come and see a variety of exotic and native animals form skunks to chameleons, snakes to spiders and lots more!
Meet: In the Coach House at Royden Park. Special requirements: Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sun 13th July 2-4pm
Ellesmere Post Silver Band
Ashton Park Summer Concert Series

In the Upper Park Arena, Ashton Park, West Kirby
www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

13th to 20th July
2014 Open Championships

Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Meols Drive, Hoylake CH47 3AL
www.theopen.com

Thurs July 24th 8pm
WATER FOR LIFE

This talk investigates the challenges faced by those species of birds living in arid countries where water is scarce. Keith Offord
Kingsmead School Hall, Bertram Drive, Hoylake CH47 0LL
Wirral Bird Club www.wirralbirdclub.com

Friday 25th July 2014 at 7.00pm
Talk - The Liverpool Overhead Railway
At Burton Manor

Step back in time with renowned local author Ken Pye for an illustrated talk about the once famous 'docker's umbrella' - now sadly no longer a feature of the Liverpool waterfront.
Cheese and wine will be served after the presentation.The Sting
The Friends of Burton Manor Gardens - Enquiries and Bookings: 0151 345 1107 (answer phone - please leave a message and we will call back) or e-mail: burtonmanorgardens@gmail.com

Fri 25 July 7.30pm
The Sting

Robert Redford and Paul Newman chime in perfect harmony in this classic "Big Con" film set in 1930's Chicago, with unforgettable ragtime tunes from Marvin Hamlisch and Scott Joplin.
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat July 26th, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
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Sunday 27th July 10.30am - 3.30 pm
Owl Workshop in the Coach House

Join the Wirral Barn Owl Trust on this Owl workshop in the Coach House and identify the different owl pellets and other interesting facts about owls.
Meet at the Court Yard/Coach House at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear. Sorry no dogs No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sun Jul 27th 12 noon to 5pm
Art In The Park

A free to the public open air art fair which takes place monthly from May to September.
Run on behalf of the Friends of Coronation Gardens.
For more information see Coronation Gardens website.

Sun 27th July 2-4pm
Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass
Ashton Park Summer Concert Series

In the Upper Park Arena, Ashton Park, West Kirby
www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

Wednesday 30th July 11am - 3pm
Ladybird Workshop at Royden Park

Come along on this summer's children's workshop and discover the wealth and range of ladybirds you can find in and around this area. This activity initially takes place in the Coach House.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. Booking requirements: *Booking essential*
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

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Sat 2nd Aug 9.30am to 2.30pm
St. Bridget's Bazaar

A people and earth friendly exchange.
A monthly event at St. Bridget's Centre, that brings together individuals, groups and businesses selling products and services that are local, sustainable, environmental and people friendly - including craftspeople, recyclers/upcyclers, repairers, fair-traders, food growers/producers, friends groups, community groups etc. The first Saturday of each month except September (when it will be on 13th September as part of West Kirby Earth Fest), May & December. St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby www.stbridgetscentre.co.uk Enquiries to Andrew Gibb: argibb@btinternet.com or 0151 625 4109

Sunday 3rd August 10.30am - 12.30pm
Up Hill and Down Dale

Enjoy a Ranger led walk over Heswall Dales, taking in the river Dee and the Dungeons
Meet at Heswall Dales/Dale Farm entrance off Oldfield Road, Heswall (CH60 6SN)
Wear suitable clothing and stout footwear. Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: dantravis@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Sunday 3rd August 11am - 3pm
Summer Fun at Royden Park

Lots of activities to join in and see at this fun filled day for all the family, on the main events field at Royden Park, with Animal Ark and Birds of Prey display within the Coach House.
The Tea Servery at Royden Park is open for refreshments. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wednesday 6th August 10am - 3pm
Buggy Park Fitness
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Mondays, 10.30 - 11.30am
Wednesdays, 10.30 - 11.30am

All about Owls at Royden Park

Join us and a selection of owls for an informal educational talk followed by some fun activities that will enhance your knowledge of owls for both young and old.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear.
Booking requirements: *Booking essential* Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wed 6 August - Evening Event
Private visit to 29 Dee Park Road, Gayton CH60 3RG

Hoylake & District Gardening Society. Guests welcome.
For more information, please contact Rachel Ormrod, vice chairman, on 625 7604 or rachelormrod1@gmail.com

Sunday 10th August 10am - 4pm
Static Live Birds of Prey Display - Coach House, Royden Park

Visit Royden Park today and see these wonderful Birds of Prey from all over the world within the Coach House. These are all birds of Steve Dewsnap of Rockcliffe Raptors.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Sorry no dogs within the Coach House. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wednesday 13th August 1.30pm - 3pm
Be a Nature Detective at Royden Park

Come along on this summer's children's event and have a go at being a nature detective at Royden Park. Collect your clues between the above times.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wednesday 13th August 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Bat night at Royden Park

Join the Ranger on this evening stroll and discover where bats live and hunt.
Meet at the Court Yard/Coach House at Royden Park.
Special requirements: Wind/waterproof clothing and stout footwear are essential. Sorry no dogs.
Booking requirements: *Booking essential* Please contact Royden Park on 0151 677 7594
E-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August 10am - 4pm
Peninsula Arts and Crafts Display in the Coach House, Royden Park

Come and see a variety of crafts all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments.

Sunday 17th August 1.30pm - 3pm
I-Spy Fun at Royden Park

Come along on this summer's children's event and enjoy an I- Spy fun Royden Park. Collect your clues between the above times.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Tuesday 19th August - Sunday 31st August 11am - 4pm
Art Exhibition at the Coach House Royden Park

Come and see a variety of paintings all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
Including a children's workshop all within the Coach House.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments.

Wednesday 20th August 1.30pm - 3pm
Wild Bug Hunt at Royden Park

Come along on this summer's children's event and have a go at a Wild Bug Hunt at Royden Park. This activity starts at the Coach House/Court Yard then promptly moves out into other parts of Royden Park.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wednesday 20th August 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Fun Scavenger Hunt at Heswall Dales

Come along on this summer's children's event and an excuse to explore and have fun collecting clues and learning about Heswall Dales.
Meet at Heswall Dales/Dale Farm entrance off Oldfield Road, Heswall (CH60 6SN). Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: dantravis@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat Aug 23rd, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
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Sun 24th August 2-4pm
Peninsula Jazzmen
Ashton Park Summer Concert Series

In the Upper Park Arena, Ashton Park, West Kirby
www.ashtonpark.btck.co.uk

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 1.30pm - 3.30pm
The beauty of Heathlands at Heswall

Join the Ranger and Cheshire Wildlife Trust on this guided walk and discover the beauty and wildlife of these heathland habitats within Heswall. The sites are Cleaver Heath and Heswall Dales.
Meet: Cleaver Heath on Oldfield Road, Heswall. Wear warm and waterproof clothing and stout footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wednesday 27th August 1.30pm - 3pm
Explore Royden Park

Come along on this summer's children's event and have a go at Fun Explore activities at Royden Park. This activity starts at the Coach House/Court Yard then promptly moves out into other parts of Royden Park.
Meet at the Coach House/Court Yard at Royden Park. The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Fri 29 Aug 7.30pmThe Big Easy
The Big Easy

Hugely enjoyable crime drama set in New Orleans. Starring Dennis Quaid as a police lieutenant and Ellen Barkin as a state district attorney investigating alleged police corruption.
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

Sun Aug 31st 12 noon to 5pm
Art In The Park

A free to the public open air art fair which takes place monthly from May to September.
Run on behalf of the Friends of Coronation Gardens.
For more information see Coronation Gardens website.

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Sunday 7th September 10.30am - 12.30pm
Up Hill and Down Dale

Enjoy a Ranger led walk over Heswall Dales, taking in the river Dee and the Dungeons
Meet at Heswall Dales/Dale Farm entrance off Oldfield Road, Heswall (CH60 6SN)
Wear suitable clothing and stout footwear. Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: dantravis@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Wed 10 September 7.15pm
Colour in Leaves by Anthony Norman

Hoylake & District Gardening Society
Venue: West Kirby Concourse
Talk followed by refreshments. Guests very welcome, 1.50.
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Sat 13th Sept 9.30am to 2.30pm
Wirral Earth Fest

A people and earth friendly exchange.
An event that brings together individuals, groups and businesses selling products and services that are local, sustainable, environmental and people friendly - including craftspeople, recyclers/upcyclers, repairers, fair-traders, food growers/producers, friends groups, community groups etc.
St. Bridget's Centre, and Fields, St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby www.stbridgetscentre.co.uk
Enquiries to Andrew Gibb: argibb@btinternet.com or 0151 625 4109

Sunday 14th September 10.30am - 3.30pm
Animal Ark at Royden Park

Come and see a variety of exotic and native animals form skunks to chameleons, snakes to spiders and lots more!
Meet: In the Coach House at Royden Park Special requirements: Sorry no dogs. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 10am - 4pm
Peninsula Arts and Crafts Display
The Coach House, Royden Park
Argo
Come and see a variety of crafts all on display in the Coach House at Royden Park. Browse, purchase or potter.
The Tea Servery here is open for refreshments. No need to book.
Contact numbers/e-mail: midwirralrangers@wirral.gov.uk 0151 677 7594

Fri 26 Sept 7.30pm
Argo

High-suspense drama retelling the rescue of six US diplomats during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Superb turns put in by Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston and Alan Arkin.
A Hoylake Community Cinema film, at Hoylake Parade
Licensed bar, fresh food. Doors open 6.30 & film 7.30pm
For more details or to book visit www.hoylakecommunitycinema.co.uk

West Kirby Farmers' Market
Sat Sept 27th, 9 - 1pm
West Kirby Farmers' Market

St Andrew's Church Hall, Graham Rd, West Kirby CH48 5DE
By popular demand - your monthly Farmers' Market in West Kirby. Today and the 4th Sat in every month. Only genuine local producers selling their own quality artisan foods. Organised by local volunteers, producers and Transition West Kirby.
twitter logofacebook logo www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk

Sun Sep 28th 12 noon to 5pm
Art In The Park

A free to the public open air art fair which takes place monthly from May to September.
Run on behalf of the Friends of Coronation Gardens.
For more information see Coronation Gardens website.

Monday 29 Sept 7.30pm
The Katona Twins

Playing D. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Handel
Hoylake Chamber Concert Society
At Westbourne Hall
More details at www.chamberconcert.co.uk