Find out what you can get up to in Knowsley in July!
Northern Stone and Peat Smoke
Kirkby Gallery is delighted to present this new and never-before-seen exhibition, Northern Stone and Peat Smoke, by artist Anthony Ratcliffe.
Anthony is now a full-time printmaker after many years lecturing at Manchester School of Art. He has prints in many public and private collections including The British Council, the Parliamentary Art Collection, Manchester Airport, Manchester Royal Infirmary and MMU Special Collections.
Anthony works from drawings and material collected on-site, and has travelled extensively around Britain documenting remote landscape – particularly the way it shows evidence of past and usage, geology, and archaeology. He also researches literary descriptions and historical associations. All the woodcut prints are hand printed in small editions and the artist works from a studio in Mossley overlooking the Dark Peak National Park.
Recent projects across the North of England have included ‘Broken Ground’, ‘Rain Stone and Rust’ and ‘Shoreline and Watershed’ have included book art, watercolours and poetry as well as large woodcut prints. This is the second exhibition by Anthony in Knowsley, having shown his ‘Shoreline and Watershed’ exhibition in Huyton Gallery in 2013.
This exhibition and collection of recent work has involved the artist exploring remote landscape, in many cases using contemporary poetry and text as a way of focusing on specific locations and features in more hidden parts of Northern Britain.
The work records physical landscape and its relationship with flora, fauna and seasonal elements including the recent moorland fire damage. The show will contain large woodcut prints, watercolours, drawings and sketchbooks as well as material illustrating the technical print process used.
The woodcut prints are complex compositions in many colours and each one takes weeks of work to complete.
For this collection of work, the artist has explored the North West coast of Scotland, the Scottish island of Rum, the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales, Coniston slate mines and the Pennine hills near where he lives and has a studio.
This exhibition will be at Kirkby Gallery until 31 August 2019
Sewing machine taster session
Want to start a hobby sewing but don’t know how to use a sewing machine? Learn how during a taster session at Northwood Community Centre on Monday 1 July from 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Book your place with Jackie Croft by calling 07825 677 131
Free art workshops
Celebrate the Year of the Environment and join artist Joe Gibney in creating beautiful felt designs inspired by issues surrounding the environment.
The sessions are ideal for families and all young people, no matter what your ability.
Just drop in Huston Library on Saturday 6 July from 10.15am to 12.15pm
For more information, please call Dan on 0151 443 5617
Romeo and Juliet
This summer, Prescot-based theatre group Imaginarium Theatre (formerly MATE Productions) will be visiting parks across Knowsley and Merseyside to perform an amazing production of Shakespeare’s tragic love story Romeo and Juliet.
Known as ‘the greatest love story ever told’, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two young lovers destined for tragedy after attempting to escape their powerful, feuding families.
In Imaginarium Theatre’s production, expect Italian opera, thrilling fight choreography, fire dancing, and generally a brilliant spectacle!
You will watch the performance in the great outdoors – just as you would have watched Romeo and Juliet be performed in Shakespearean times.
The last date in Knowsley is Saturday 13 July at 2pm and 7pm at Prescot Woodland Theatre
Prices range from £8.80 to £15.40 including administration fees. You can buy your tickets online.
Visit Ten Acre Pits, Huyton from 12pm to 3pm on Saturday 13 July for a fun day!
Try out the traditional handcraft for Love Parks Week!
Come along to Stadt Moers Park Environment Centre on Thursday 18 July from 1pm to 3pm
You can call the ranger on 0151 489 1239 for more information
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Willowbrook Hospice’s award-winning gardens this summer.
The gardens are spread over five acres and boasts 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 in the UK.
Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook, said: “We’re really proud of our beautiful gardens which have been designed to provide patients and visitors with a picturesque and tranquil place to unwind and relax. Last year the gardens attracted over 500 visitors and we’re thrilled that we’re able to open them up to the public again. Our gardeners and all our garden volunteers work so hard to maintain and develop the gardens and 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 and Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019 from 11am to 4pm
Entry is £3 for adults and it is free for children. All proceeds go to the National Gardens Scheme fund.
You can find the gardens on Portico Lane, Eccleston Park, Prescot L34 2QT
MerseyCycle is organising a ‘Big Bike Safari!’
Come and take a short ride along the loop line to Halewood Park and look out for wildlife.
The local expert will tell you everything they know about what you find.
Meet at Court Hey Park on Friday 26 July 2019 at 10am and you’ll be out until around 1pm – after you’ve enjoyed some cake of course!
Please bring your own bike and helmet.
Beginners and families are welcome.
Register your interest on eventbrite.
Picnic in the Park
Pack a yummy picnic and bring it to Saxon Green Park on Tuesday 30 July between 3pm and 5pm for a full-filled afternoon. There will be face painting, reptiles, Green Space Ranger activities, and Morris dancing!