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Publication date:- 2017-05-26

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½ Term Family Fun at The Atkinson

THE Atkinson is a great day out, providing excellent value for money and just 3 minutes' walk from the station!   With so much to see and do and lots of drop in FREE activities to keep the kids entertained, The Atkinson is a great place for families to discover, learn and play together! The Atkinson's Museum and Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery offer interactive activities, stories of shipwrecks, comics, cars and mummies galore! Open every day in the holidays from 10am to 4pm and 11am to 3pm, on Sundays.

'Why Look at Animals' in the Atkinson's new major exhibition?  Well this exhibition gives visitors a fascinating look at our relationship with animals and how it has changed. Little explorers should pick up an Arty Apron (throughout ½ Term, subject to availability) to help them delve deeper into the work and with their own tools!

You can also help with countdown to Sefton hosting the 146th Open Golf Championship, to be held in July 2017, by visiting 2 exhibitions, within the complex, that look at the sport a little differently!

'Golf and Glamour'
explored the ever changing styles of the sportswear that has showcased on the famous Fairway from the blazers, top hats, corsets, and bonnets of the late 19th Century to the more functional fashion of the present day. While Hole in 1! gives you the opportunity to buy unique golfing cartoon artwork from some of the best loved illustrators, including:- William Heath Robinson, Louis Wain and Lawson Wood.

Kids have their very own 'Comedy Club' at The Atkinson, on Saturday, 27 May 2017, 2.30pm, Comedy Club 4 Kids, brings the best stand ups and sketch acts from the international circuit do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits. This is a great show for families of all ages to really enjoy together!

'Aaargh'
look out there is a 'Shark in the Park' of Friday, 2 June 2017, at 1.30pm and 3.30pm, with all 3 of Nick Sharratt's 'Shark in the Park' books live on Stage! Join them for a fintastic family musical following Timothy Pope (and his telescope). Suitable for ages 2 to 6 years.

The kids team also invites you to 'Hands On!'  ...on Tuesday, 30 May 2017, from 11am to 3pm, as a way of getting up close and personal with the Museum artefacts along with an opportunity for your kids to get creative in 'Make It!' sessions, to be held on Monday, 29 May 2017, from 11am to 3pm.

'Rhyme Time'
continues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, at the usual times and you can drop into 'The Art Box' anytime during your visit to do free arts and crafts. Don't forget the Children's Library is a great place to relax and spend time; and of course to pick up a book for home!

Dads and their young inventors get ready! Construction Club takes place on Saturday, 3 June 2017, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Come along let them take you back to being a kid again; with building castles, spaceships and more! 

To book your tickets for 1 of these fantastic events please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call our friendly Box Office Team on:- 01704 533 333.

Festival Season Arrives in Prescot

A month of culture and entertainment is on offer in the historic Market Town of Prescot, over June 2017. The Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs from Friday, 16 June 2017 until Sunday, 25 June 2017, but a packed month of cultural events kicks off on Saturday 3 June with the town's Elizabethan Fayre. Celebrating Prescot's historical role as a centre of culture and commerce in Lancashire, the fayre invites visitors to experience the life of a Tudor village. Stalls, games, drama and period costumes will help transport the town back more than four centuries for a day.

The following week, MATE Productions present Shakespeare's The Tempest in Prescot Woodland Theatre, in the grounds of St Mary's Church.

Performances are on Saturday, 10 June and Sunday, 11 June 2017, and the spectacular production will then tour Merseyside and the Bard's hometown of Stratford upon Avon; throughout the summer before returning to Prescot in late July 2017.

Then comes the pinnacle of the season:- The Prescot Festival itself, now in its 13th year. Highlights of this year's 10 day programme include Leyland Brass Band, Phoenix Concert Orchestra and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Girl Choristers. For the 1st time, a military band will take to the stage for the Proms style finale, with the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment making their Prescot Festival debut.

"Prescot's pivotal role in the rich social and cultural history of the North West has really come to the fore in the last few years. Also we're incredibly proud that the Prescot Festival has taken a lead in celebrating that heritage. With the continuing success of the festival, the advent of the annual Elizabethan Fayre, and regular theatrical productions from MATE, Prescot is fast becoming 1 of Merseyside's top cultural destinations. It's the place to be for arts and music lovers this June." said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard,

The full festival programme, along with information on other upcoming Prescot events, can be found online.

Keep Cool In The Heat This Bank Holiday

NORTH West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is urging everyone to take extra care this coming Bank Holiday weekend as the Met Office forecasts soaring temperatures. Many will look forward to enjoying the hot weather, but it's important to remember that it can also be dangerous and knowing how to keep cool during long periods can help save lives. Despite dealing with the terrible events in Manchester it's still business as usual for NWAS services, which are urgently needed to reach those who are seriously ill or have life threatening conditions. Ged Blezard, Director of Operations said:- "The warm weather is a pleasant change, but it can cause various health problems, particularly for the elderly, people with respiratory issues, babies and young children and those who are fasting for Ramadan. Many will also be getting out and about to enjoy outdoor events in the sun, but should be mindful that during hot weather people are more likely to suffer from dehydration which is characterised by lethargy, cramps, dizziness or confusion. We always see a rise in the number of 999 calls during Bank Holidays weekends, but many incidents can be prevented with some extra care being taken. Simple advice such as staying in the shade and keeping cool wherever possible, wearing sunscreen and a hat as well as keeping hydrated by taking regular cool soft drinks, and not overdoing the alcohol. This might seem straightforward but will help prevent the incidents we see every day during hot spells."

By keeping ourselves and others safe we can all enjoy the Bank Holiday, here are some top tips to remember in the hot weather:-

► Drink lots of water – It is important to keep hydrated as you lose more fluid than you take in during hotter temperatures, this is also vital if you are doing any physical activity and when you are travelling long distances.

► Keep out of the sun – It is best to try to stay in the shade between the hours of 11am to 3pm, as this is when the sun is at its hottest.

► Wear sunscreen – Apply a sun cream of at least factor 15 that includes UVA protection.

► Loose clothing – Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes along with a hat.

► Call NHS 111 – If you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation call 111 in the first instance for help.

As always, the Trust will be on hand to attend emergencies, but 999 should only be called for life threatening or potentially life threatening emergencies.

Amazed by Science Festival returns to Cheshire for ½ Term

IF you're looking for something to do with the kids this ½ Term then check out this year's Amazed by Science Festival. The week long festival takes place between 27 May and 4 June 2017, with a packed programme of science, technology, engineering and maths events for all the family taking place across the county. Whether the kids fancy operating a robot, learning about space and aliens, messing around with slime, meeting beekeepers or making a lava lamp there is something for everyone.  The festival, now in its 4th fantastic year, was created by:- Marketing Cheshire and The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. The headline sponsor is Essar at Stanlow with other local sponsors including:- Urenco, Siemens, National Nuclear Laboratory and Waters.  The event aims to promote and celebrate Cheshire's rich science base, and capture children's imaginations. Venues taking part include:- Tatton Park, Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Chester Zoo, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Anderton Boat Lift and Lion Salt Works. Free events take place at:- Warrington Golden Square Shopping Centre, Crewe Lifestyle Centre, Chester City Centre (Town Hall square), Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet and Pedal Power and science events will be hosted by Essar at Ellesmere Port Sports Village and Ellesmere Port Arcades Shopping Centre.  For the full list of events visit online. Ian Cotton, Head of Communications and Community at Essar Stanlow said:- "Making science exciting and fun is the key aim of the Amazed by Science Festival and we're delighted to be able to support the event. We hope lots of local children will enjoy the events this half term happening across Cheshire."  Katrina Michel, Chief Executive at Marketing Cheshire, commented:- "We're delighted to host Amazed by Science for the fourth year, celebrating Cheshire's strong background in science and innovation. Amazed by Science aims to inspire a love of science in children and we hope families enjoy the fantastic range of hands on experiences taking place throughout the county this ½ Term."

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