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Knowsley, Say Hello to Summer

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley’s three town centres will host a range of FREE and exciting, family-friendly events throughout the summer.

Superheroes, dinosaurs, carnivals and so much more will descend on Kirkby and Prescot Town Centres and Huyton Village Centre every Saturday for six weeks starting on 24 July.

Street entertainment, crazy golf and urban beaches will also be among the highlights for visitors to enjoy as Knowsley makes up for lost time following the disruptions of the pandemic.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “After having to sacrifice so much during the pandemic it’s fantastic to see so many fun, free family events lined up for our town centres. There will be something for all ages and I do hope you can come along and join in the fun! Not only is this a fantastic way for people to enjoy the summer and make up for lost time but also gives our town centres and villages a boost to their recovery.”

The following events take place from Saturday 24 July:

Huyton Village Centre
(all between 10am and 3pm)

Carnival Day
Saturday 24 July
Carnival style event including balloon modellers, circus acts and a strolling band.

Dino Invasion
Saturday 31 July
Come and meet the baby dinosaurs, including a T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

Sports Day
Saturday 7 August
Have a go on an enormous Scalextric or have some fun on the crazy golf (open till 8pm) but watch out for the ‘PE teachers’ parading the streets!

Random Acts of Entertainment
Saturday 14 August
Enjoy a full day of fun and frolics including an appearance from Titan the robot.

Urban Beach
Monday 16 – Monday 30 August
Relax, build sandcastles with the family, and enjoy our beach themed entertainment.

Princesses and Superheroes
Saturday 21 August
Meet a fire breathing dragon as well as your favourite princesses performing some of your favourite songs from stage and screen. Superhero fans will also have the chance to have their picture taken with the 1989 Batmobile and meet superheroes who will be filling the town with extraordinary powers.

Life’s a Beach
Saturday 28 August

Come and join in with some seaside style fun complete with Punch & Judy, circus acts as well as a Spanish musical trio bringing a Mediterranean flavour to Knowsley.

 

Prescot Town Centre (all between 10am and 3pm)

Princesses and Superheroes
Saturday 24 July

Meet a fire breathing dragon as well as your favourite princesses performing some of your favourite songs from stage and screen. Superhero fans will also have the chance to have their picture taken with the 1989 Batmobile and meet superheroes who will be filling the town with extraordinary powers.

Carnival Fun
Saturday 31 July

Carnival style event including balloon modellers, circus acts and a strolling band.

Random Acts of Entertainment
Saturday 7 August

Enjoy a full day of fun and frolics including an appearance from Titan the robot.

The ‘Have a Go’ event
Saturday 14 August
Show us your talents and enjoy a range of workshops from country dancing and drama to crafting. If playing games is more your thing, have a go on the crazy golf course and our selection of giant games including Connect4, Snakes and Ladders, Jenga and much more.

Urban Beach
Monday 16 – Monday 30 August Open every day except Sunday

Life’s a Beach
Saturday 21 August

Come and join in with some seaside style fun complete with Punch & Judy, circus acts as well as a Spanish musical trio bringing a Mediterranean flavour to Knowsley.

Dino Invasion
Saturday 28 August

Come and meet the baby dinosaurs, including a T-Rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops.

Kirkby Town Centre

Urban Summer Beach
Open every day (except Sundays) from Saturday 24 July –
Saturday 28 August
10am – 4pm
The whole family can enjoy Kirkby’s urban beach. Every Tuesday from 11am – 4pm take part in craft activities and throughout the week enjoy much more including sandcastle competitions. Incredible street theatre acts will take place every Saturday.

Stilt Walking Butterflies
Saturday 24 July
11.30am – 3.30pm
Come and meet the the breath-taking butterflies as they share their staggeringly colourful display.

Sports Day and Titan the Robot
Saturday 31 July
11.30am – 3.30pm
‘PE teachers’, Mr Stretch and Mr Armstrong are on a mission to get the nation fit using only their enthusiasm, a roving musical pommel horse and some PE kits rescued from the lost and found locker. Visitors can also enjoy a unique show from Titan the Robot with a blend of comedy, street theatre and music.

Granny Turismos
Saturday 7 August
11.30am – 3.30pm

When Doris, Mary or Marge arrive on their souped-up shopping trolleys with their pumping tunes, everyone takes notice. Fantastic and unique, the Grannies are loud and a force to be reckoned with.

Mr Flower Gardener
Saturday 7 August
11.30am – 3.30pm

Come see Mr Flower Gardner, the mesmerising Contact Juggling ball juggler.

Pongo & Bill
Saturday 21 August
11.30am – 3.30pm
Join Pongo, the inquisitive, affectionate, adorable, cheeky and world’s only eight-foot, chocolate egg laying Obobee bird.

Giant Tortoise
Saturday 14 August
11.30am – 3.30pm
Meet the incredible, giant tortoise who has walked the earth for hundreds of years, and now she wants to share her time with you. And what would the tortoise be without the hare? Join our acrobatic jumping stilts hare performer. And you never know there could be race.

Pree Hee men
Saturday 21 August
11.30am – 3.30pm
Take two potty cavemen and their beautifully themed crazy caveman car and mix it up with stone age music, sound effects and plenty of batty banter. The perfect recipe for the wackiest walkabout act in the land.

Superheroes
Saturday 28 August
11.30am – 3.30pm
Meet your favourite super heroes, or come along in your super heroes costume. A Superheroes craft workshop will also take place at the urban beach.

 

The town centre events have been supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Fund.

Other cultural events will also be taking place across the borough as part of our “Knowsley, Say Hello to Summer” programme. More details can be found here.