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Issue:- Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Atkinson's Annual Children's Festival Returns October ½ Term

OVER Saturday, 24 October to Saturday, 31 October 2015, aka ½ term, sees the return of The Atkinson's 'Annual Children's Festival' and this year it is bigger than ever, with events and activities with authors, poets, monsters, bears and bubbles for all ages.  This year the venue is working with Southport BID to celebrate Halloween and the Southport Children's Comedy Festival to bring you and your family lots of spooky funny fun!

We literally kick off the festival events with:- 'ComedySportz,' on Saturday, 24 October 2015, at 4.30pm. This all ages, all improvised show were 2 teams battle it out for laughs as players create quick witted sketches, scenes and songs from whatever suggestions are thrown at them by the audience. It's a show that's fast, chargel good and always unpredictably funny. There's a referee on hand to steer the entertainment, call any fouls and help the audience decide the winner. The show can't start without you! Tickets: £8 (£6 children / £24 family) plus booking charge.*

'Bear and the Butterfly' on Monday, 26 October 2015, at 2.30pm, will be Theatre Hullabaloo and Theatre by the Lake. Bear and Butterfly become best friends, but 1 day Caterpillar stops munching and looks sick. But if by magic, Caterpillar grows and stretches and from the leaves emerges a beautiful butterfly. Can Bear come to terms with this new version of his friend who flies high above the trees and has stories of his own?

Puppetry, live music and beautiful storytelling combine in this charming tale about love, loss and friendship, for ages 4+ and their families. Tickets:- £8 (£6 children / £24 family) plus booking charge.*

We are delighted to bring Louis Pearl, the:- 'Amazing Bubble Man' to The Atkinson on Wednesday, 28 October 2015, for 2 performances at 11.30am and 2.30pm, as he embarks on a tour of the UK with his unique show that has been delighting audiences of all ages around the world for 30 years.

The world's leading 'Bubbleologist' has been delighting family audiences around the world with the art, magic, science and fun of bubble since 1983. He explores the breathtaking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. Tickets:- £8 (£6 children / £24 family) plus booking charge.*

Get your wands at the ready as we show Cinderella (U) on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, at 2.30pm. This live action feature film inspired by the classic fairy tale, Cinderella brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece. Tickets:- £3 plus booking charge.*

On Thursday, 29 October 2015, at 11am, 'Living Story Music Ensemble' brings:- 'I Have A Duck Who Can Roar!' A quirky story about the world's strangest duck, wonderful illustrations by Ann Gilligan and a jaunty musical score performed by an amazing ensemble. Expect some very silly activities, super storytelling and improvisations that will entertain all ages. Tickets:- £8 (£6 children / £24 family) plus booking charge.*

Join Ballet Theatre UK in their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale ballet:- 'The Snow Queen.' This will take place on Thursday, 29 October 2015, at 6pm. This spectacular production follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell! Tickets:- £15 / £12 under 16's / £45 family plus booking charge.*

Blunderbus Theatre Company invite you to a Halloween treat with:- 'My Pet Monster and Me', on Saturday, 31 October 2015, at 2.30pm. 1 day, Sophie finds an egg. She keeps it warm, and out pops a cuddly, toothy, burpy, baby MONSTER! And this is when the fun begins.

Join us down on the farm for adventures with Sophie and her new friend George, the most lovable monster in the land! This big hearted fairy tale is especially for little monsters aged 3 to 7, and their grown ups. Told with magical songs, enchanting music and exquisite puppetry. Tickets: £8 (£6 children / £24 family) plus booking charge.*

Join us for hours of creative fun that the whole family will enjoy, from workshops and creation trails; there's so much to do!

On Saturday, 24 October 2015, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, we invite you to a morning of creative funny fun with:- 'Spooky Creation Trail' with the Creation Station and the Playtown team and 'Spooky Cartoon Workshop' with Southport cartoonist Paul Hardman.

'The Spooky Creation Trail'
is happening in different places around The Atkinson and gives you and your family the chance to take part in free arts and craft activities and ghoulish face painting. While the 'Spooky Cartoon Workshop' is in The Art Box. Both events are part of 'The Southport Children's Comedy Festival'. Suitable for children and adults of all ages and both FREE!

Why not stay for a special Halloween themed afternoon tea for all the family in the Bakery throughout the festival. We will be serving monstrous muffins, spooky sandwiches, creepy cupcakes, gingerbread ghosts and lots more. Plus we have our new children's menu available from October ½ Term with lots of tasty treats!  Kidsfest is kindly sponsored by

Come along to our Halloween Spooky Bunting Workshop, on Saturday, 24 October 2015, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the galleries. This is a chance to make Spooky Bunting that will send shivers up your spine with an artist on hand to help! Tickets:- £4.50 per child / £3.50 for sibling / £3 extra adult (1 adult per child goes free) plus booking charge* Suitable for Ages 5 to 14. Materials provided.

It's not just for the little ones… The Atkinson is also home to the Southport Children's Comedy Festival Young Persons Stand Up Comedy Workshop on Sunday, 25 October 2015, 1pm to 3pm. Come and learn the ropes from a professional comic in this fun and friendly workshop. FREE (limited capacity) for ages 10 to 16. Please visit:- SouthportComedyFestival.Com to book your free place.

The Atkinson's Children's Library is welcoming the award winning author Cathy Cassidy for a book talk and signing on Monday, 26 October 2015, at 4.30pm. You will hear about all her new books this year… and find out what's coming next! Books will also be on sale for signing. FREE (limited capacity) for ages 8+.

Then on Friday, 30 October 2015, at 11am, we support local author Donna Gowland as she launches her children's poetry book Goats Don't Wear Capes the 1st in her picture book trilogy, The Couture Collection. Join us for a fun filled afternoon in which we shall design our own outfits for animals, play dressing up and finish with a reading of her hilarious poem.

The popular Story and Rhyme Time sessions is FREE for ages 3 to  6 and will get a Halloween makeover with Spooky Tales, on Tuesday, 27 October 2015, Wednesday, 28 October 2015 and Thursday, 29 October 2015, 10.30am. There will be stories, rhymes, singing, instruments and colouring in. FREE for all ages

Don't forget to visit the Atkinson's 'Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery' and take part in the interactive family displays. Plus take a look at the new exhibitions 'ELEMENTAL' by Antony Gormley, Ghosts of a Restless Shore Modern History Vol.II and Rediscoveries are all on display.

For more information about Kidsfest or to book any of the events and activities, please visit:- TheAtkinson.Co.UK or call the Box Office on:- 01704 533333. Tickets can also be booked over the counter during The Atkinson opening hours. Please be advised that there is booking charge of £1 per ticket online and phone and 50p over the counter.

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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