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Silcocks Funland

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The summer holidays are one of the best times of the year for children but one of the most challenging for parents. To keep the children entertained without breaking the bank balance is no mean feat! To help you all enjoy the holidays we have put together this guide to all the local happenings which are available throughout our summer months and beyond. From cooking to arts and crafts, book reading to a good old rough and tumble … there is every activity you can think of and many of them are free! With such busy lives these days it can sometimes be difficult to find the time to sit down and do something as a family. That’s why we have included many activities which are for everyone … children, parents and grandparents alike. So rather than sitting watching the kids putting their creative skills to the test, you can join in too!

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Family Days Out New Pleasureland 01704 532717 If you fancy a day at the funfair but worry about the cost, New Pleasureland in Southport may be the place for you. It is free to enter so you can pay as you go, avoiding rides you don’t want to pay for. There is a huge amount of choice with fairground rides and daily shows with laser and paintballing activities nearby. The whole funfair experience can be topped off with a visit to one of New Pleasureland’s many eateries for a burger, hot dog or even fish and chips.

Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre 0151 966 6868 If the kids fancy an active day out or you are trying to encourage them to take a break away from the television or their computer games, Crosby Lakeside is the place to visit. Forming part of the gateway to the Mersey Estuary the £10 million development has a whole host of water sports available as well as a gym, fitness classes and bar and bistro.

Botanic Gardens 01704 822644 The Botanic Gardens is situated in Churchtown, Southport and is nationally renowned for its beautiful floral displays having featured in Gardener’s World. In the summer there are events most weekends from brass bands to flower shows to concerts all of which are free or very reasonably priced to watch. There is also a Fernery, an aviary, mini golf, a nursery shop and a café.

Woodvale Rally 0844 740 9172 Woodvale International Rally is back again at a brand new location! Victoria Park in Southport town centre will be home to model boats, fairground rides, classic and vintage cars, fire engines, model aircraft and much more! The rally takes place on the 28-29 July and tickets can be bought now either online at their website or by calling the number above.



Rock and River 01704 822644 Outdoor pursuits specialists who’ve been running adventurous outdoor activities since 1996 and are based on a 180 acre farm in Mawdesley, near Ormskirk. They run activities for schools, colleges, youth and corporate groups as well as scouts and guides. All of their instructors are fully qualified and experienced and take pride in offering a friendly, flexible service, tailoring all programmes to meet the specific needs of each and every group. Rock and River are open to the public throughout the summer months offering various packages and families can book in and experience some great outdoor activities.

Rufford Old Hall 0844 800 1895 rufford-old-hall/ Step back in time at one of Lancashire’s finest 16th-century Tudor buildings, where it is rumoured a young Will Shakespeare once performed. Enjoy a tour around the hall and complete your visit with delicious local food in the tea-room. Enjoy a family picnic in the grounds. Browse in the shop and our peat-free plant centre.

Camelot Theme Park 01257 453044 There’s dozens of rides for kids of all ages to enjoy and several live shows, including amazing medieval performances with horses and knights! There is also a bird of prey animal centre where kids can look at and even stroke the spectacular birds. If this wasn’t enough a visit to Merlin’s School of Wizardry will top off a great day with the children lining up to become the next Harry Potter.

WWT Martin Mere 01704 895181 WWT Martin Mere is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine. Visit over the summer for a huge selection of family activities including pond dipping, den building, story time, crafts, otter feeds and flamingo talks. Explore our Roundhouse Village, Mere Tun and step back in time to discover how people lived on the banks of the mere and live like a Viking by dressing in traditional clothing, have a go at weapons training, sit around the camp fire and make wooden crafts. You can also enjoy a close encounter on the canoe safari experience. Enjoy getting close to nature as you can meander around wetlands in a canoe for up to an hour with family and friends – a great experience for all ages!

Family Days Out Underwater Street 0151 227 2550 This is an interactive discovery centre perfect for inquisitive kids who want a day out. There are over 60 exhibits, many of which require brain power and physical exercise, to keep the kids entertained all day long. From climbing walls to science labs to dressing up to making giant bubbles and fishing games there is something for everyone. Underwater Street is a 5 minute walk from James Street, 10 minutes from Moorfields, and 20 minutes from Lime Street. Situated right next to the Mersey Ferry and a short walk to Albert Dock, it is right in the centre of many of Liverpool’s tourist attractions. There is disabled access and is open 10am-4pm Tuesday - Friday and 10am-5pm at weekends.

Cedar Farm 01704 822038 Nestling in beautiful countryside, Cedar Farm is a unique and creative shopping experience. The wonderful array of unique shops, selling contemporary crafts, clothing, home furnishings and mystic gifts is complemented by a group of creative working artists. Here visitors have an opportunity to purchase artwork made by some of the most talented people in the region.

Speke Hall 01704 822644 For children who are interested in history, Speke Hall is the ideal day out. Surrounded by beautiful gardens the hall is a perfect example of a grand Tudor residence with the gardens being perfect to relax in on a beautiful summer’s day. From audio guides, to guided tours, special children’s activities and summer events Speke Hall is perfect for the whole family.

The cafe@cedarfarm, serving delicious freshly prepared food and the Coffee Roastery are both award winning places to eat and drink so if you fancy something to eat you have come to the right place! With regular exhibitions, free parking, a children’s playground and farm animals to feed, it’s a perfect place to spend an hour or two with the children. At the end of your visit, if you can’t face going home to cook, drop into The Food Shop for a scrumptious home cooked meal to take away with you.

Ness Gardens 0845 0304063 If you would like somewhere to relax and let the kids enjoy the plant life and nature Ness gardens is the place to go. The gardens, part of the University of Liverpool, are full of rare and unusual plant life with a great event programme in the school summer holidays packed with exhibitions, workshops and even outdoor theatre productions. There is also a tearoom serving homemade food, cakes and scones and speciality teas.



Croxteth Hall and Country Park 0151 233 6910 Here’s one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites with attractions including the historic hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the Victorian Walled Garden, adventure playgrounds, Jungle Parc, café, horse riding and a gift shop packed full of souvenirs perfect to remind the kids of their visit. There are also extensive grounds and a picnic area, great if you want to bring your own food and enjoy the summer weather.

Formby beach and pinewoods For a day out close to nature Formby pinewoods are a great place to take the kids and unwind with a long walk and some squirrel spotting. The pinewoods are full of rare red squirrels who are so tame they don’t think twice about coming to take a nut from your fingers! At the end of the pinewoods is Formby beach which is beautifully unspoilt with clean sand and water, perfect for the kids to enjoy in the summer holidays.

Farmer Ted’s Farm Park 0151 526 0002 Farmer Ted’s is an interactive children’s activity park, sited on a working farm within the beautiful Lancashire countryside. The Farm Park’s aim is to provide a fun, family orientated atmosphere where mums and dads will feel just as comfortable as the Kids. The attraction offers an educational, safe and fun place for the whole family to visit. We also run a membership scheme, birthday parties and a range of activities all year round! But on top of all that Farmer Ted’s also specialise in providing educational day trips for the North West’s schools by covering the national curriculum, in order to teach the children about farming, animals and food.

World Museum Liverpool 0151 478 4393 This splendid museum, based in William Brown Street, Liverpool gives children an opportunity to see the culture, history and living creatures from around the world. There is a planetarium, aquarium, bug house and live shows and performances and even some Egyptian mummies! There is wheelchair access and people with sight and hearing impairments are catered with guide dogs being welcome. There is limited pay and display parking outside the museum and there are bus and train links nearby so getting here shouldn’t be a problem! Open daily from 10am - 5pm and it is completely free!

Family Days Out Ribble Steam Railway 01772 728800 If you love steam trains or want to show the kids a little bit of history the Ribble Steam Railway is a great day out. Featuring a preserved railway running along Preston’s Docks it allows children to see a steam train in full working order, something they may not have the chance to experience otherwise. As well as the working line there are several other train exhibits to see plus a party train, great if your little ones have an approaching birthday!

Local Parks The council run local parks and gardens cannot be forgotten because as well as being beautifully cared for and run well they are absolutely free! Most have a children’s play area and several grassy areas where children can run and play games such as rounders and cricket. You can find out where your local park is by visiting the and start to discover what is just on your doorstep.

Windmill Animal Farm 01704 892282 The farm was first opened to the public in 1992 and offers visitors the chance to experience the every day running of an actual working farm while still having the chance to watch, feed, touch and play with animals. As well as these beautiful and unusual animals to see, the farm has three marvellous children’s play areas. The indoor play barn, one of the largest in the North West, the new outdoor play area by the main farm complex and the second new outdoor play area by Lake View, which can be reached by a beautiful miniature train that crosses the farm.

Spaceport 0151 330 1333 A £10 million attraction on The Wirral which takes you on an inspirational journey through space. Visitors will walk through several themed galleries, all which feature a large variety of interactive hands-on exhibits and audio visual experiences.



Get on your bike

Sefton and West Lancashire are partners in the Visit Sefton and West Lancs sustainable tourism and leisure project and as part of this project a series of events are currently being planned, including new guided walking routes, led cycle rides and new leisure cycle routes. As part of the project on the 18th of July we have a whole host of family activities at Formby Pool including a family cycle ride. Rides have also been organised in partnership with the National Trust. These rides will take you from Formby Point, across the beautiful landscape, past the asparagus fields into Formby Village. These rides are available for you to enjoy on 2nd August (10am), 13th September (6pm) and 27th October (10am). These popular rides are suitable for all ages and abilities; however, an adult must accompany children under

14 years of age. You will need to book for the National trust rides so call 01704 878591 for more details. There is a small charge of £3 per person for these rides and you may also hire a bike for a further £3. There is a full programme of cycling activities planned for the coming months including: • Cycle skills (children over 4yrs) • Ditch your stabilisers (children over 4yrs) • Adult cycle training • Adult bike maintenance sessions • Bike ability courses (children over 9 yrs) Further details can be found at www. or by telephoning Sefton’s Cycle Development Officer on 0151 934 4638.


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• Cycle skills (children over 4yrs) • Ditch your stabilisers (children over 4yrs) • Adult cycle training • Adult bike maintenance sessions Visit our website for times, dates and more details


Recipe Book COMPETITION The Strand Shopping Centre have teamed up with ‘Ykids’, and ‘Not Just Cooking’ to run an exciting competition in local schools. We are looking for Bootle’s most delicious recipes to create our very own cook book ! The 40 best recipes entered will all appear in the new book ‘A Taste of Bootle’ to be launched at a Food Festival in the Strand Shopping Centre in October. There will also be prizes for the overall winners including a 3DS with Cooking Mama for the winning recipe and £150 in book vouchers for the winning school. Anyone can enter aged 4-17 in the Bootle area, so dig out your family’s favourite recipes and get entering!!! For more information and to download a word version of the entry form, go to www.ykids. or the Strand Shopping Centre website

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Or complete the entry form below and attach it to your recipe.

Name .................................................................................................................................. Age....................................... School ............................................................................................................... ( so we know where to contact you!) My recipe is called .......................................................................................................................................................... CATEGORY ( Tick one)

Tea Time Treats ! Snack Attack! !

Delicious desserts ! Healthy Hunger Busters


Mouth Watering Mains ! Lush Lunch Boxes !

Now you will need to write your recipe on a separate piece of paper and attach it to this form. DON’T FORGET TO INCLUDE: 1. Why this is your favourite recipe 2. Ingredients - all the things you need and how much of it! 3. Method: How to make it ! 4. Cooking instructions: how long and at what temperature! Return your delicious ideas to;


Taste of Bootle Cookbook Competition, c/o Ykids, 508 Stanley Road, Bootle, L20 5AF or email them to: Closing date for entries · 15th August 2012!


School stops for summer, learning doesn’t have to Keep their brain active over the summer with Kumon Studies have shown that children who keep their brains active over the summer not only avoid boredom and a decline in skills but are higher achievers at school when the new term begins.

children to start on a maths or English programme. Following a Free Assessment your child with then have the time to settle into a new routine and progress more rapidly.

Daily Kumon study can help make all the difference when it comes to keeping in shape between school terms and throughout the year. At your local study centre, Kumon can help your child to excel in maths and English by offering individualised study programmes which build their confidence and allow them to develop selflearning skills. The Formby Study Centre is open twice a week all year round with the holidays providing the perfect time for

With over 67,000 students, Kumon is the UK’s leading supplementary education provider, offering tailored programmes to children of all ages and abilities. The Formby Study Centre is located at the Formby Methodist Church on Elbow Lane and is run by Instructor Debbie Lunt. To give your child a head start this summer, contact Debbie on 01695 575199 or email 01695 575199




It’s play time at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre has launched a brand new adventure play area: Rushes Play Space The play area, a £250K development, involves climbing structures, tree houses, swings, slides, sand pits and waterplay around a central boardwalk for adults to sit and relax in beautiful surroundings. The design reflects Martin Mere’s focus on the environment and natural play allowing children of all ages and abilities to play in a social and safe environment. Features include: Mini marshlands – Toddler play space with swings, see-saws, play houses and wobble dishes The wetlands – water play space with dams, bridges and channels to explore Fly like a bird across a cableway The reed bed – giant timber sculptures

with nets and ropes for climbing, jumping, sliding and clambering Giant tree house – climb up the nets into the giant tree house and fly down the slide The sand flats – sand play area with playful grassy mounds and smooth boulders Andy Wooldridge, Centre Manager, said: “The play area we had was so popular with families, but unfortunately it was over 25 years old and due for redevelopment. “The new one will a fantastic addition to the Centre and will actively encourage children of all ages playing and interacting together in a more natural environment.” The concept has been designed by Timber Play, one of the UKs largest play providers who have not only their own design team but a wealth of experience garnered from the UK and Europe. The

design was chosen after a period of visitor consultation last October. WWT Martin Mere is open every day from 9.30am to 5.30pm and parking is free of charge. Situated off the A59, it is signposted from the M61, M58 and M6. The Centre is also accessible via the Southport to Manchester and the Liverpool to Preston line by train from Burscough Rail Stations. Visit the web site to find out what’s on all year round at Martin Mere and the other eight centres.



Active Soccer Active Soccer provides fun, healthy and inclusive play through accessible, progressive and structured football programmes that compliment current government initiatives for all young people aged 4–14yrs. This spirit is fostered in an environment where everyone has a chance to play and learn, regardless of skill. Active Soccer’s long-term goal is to give its participants positive experiences of sport through a fun and engaging experience that will increase their chances of a more sustainable active lifestyle. Active Soccer says, “Through our wealth of experience we have experienced at first hand the wide reaching benefits of structured physical activity on young people. “More specifically our aim is to provide an experience that will benefit the child’s mental, physical

and social health in a way that will benefit all parties involved, from parents and schools to local communities and the child themselves.” Active Soccer is committed to delivering a fun and engaging experience to young people in order to facilitate their immediate, as well as long term, participation in physical activity. They say, “To achieve this all our courses and programmes are carefully structured to provide the most effective balance between competitions and play whilst also maintaining a recognisable environment similar to lessons attended during school.”

The company looks to position itself within the already established platform from which young people can become involved in physical activity and as a result look to offer a route to the government recommended targets for leading healthy lifestyles.

Active Soccer adds, “At the heart of our company’s ethos is a commitment to the government’s target of ensuring young people receive five hours of physical activity per week in total, two of which are delivered by schools.


FUN, HEALTHY and INCLUSIVE SUMMER CAMPS • Week 1 w/c 30th July Play Football Crosby

• Week 2

w/c 6th August Larkfield Primary School - Southport

• Week 3 w/c 13th August Play Football Crosby

• Week 4 w/c 20th August Play Football Crosby

PLEASE NOTE • Sibling Discounts are available • Book more than one full course and receive discounts • 1/2 day bookings can be made please call • All coaches are CRB Checked and are covered by Public Liability Insurance

To book your child’s place please call 0844 822 3926

quoting ‘Loui the Lion’

Email Visit our website at Follow activesoccer Sefton on Facebook at The activesoccer Inflatables will be used on some of the camps


ALSO ON OFFER EXCITING FOOTBALL BIRTHDAY PARTY OPTIONS – please see the website SEPTEMBER 2012 Louie the Lion Skill School Saturdays – 4yrs – 8yrs Crosby and Southport activesoccer JUNIORS join our teams that play in the Hightown league

• All the camps run for 5 days What to bring • Ages : 4-14 years • Packed Lunch • Professional Fun Coaching • Plenty of drink for Boys and Girls • Sun cream • Camp times : 9am - 3pm • Waterproof Jacket (normal school hours) • The cost of a camp for 5 days is £55


CHILDREN’S SPECIAL MENU £2.95 including FREE Ice Cream & Soft Drink ADULTS LUNCHTIME SPECIAL Available 12-2pm Monday to Saturday

2 Courses £6.95 • 3 Courses £9.95 Daily Specials Board Also Available


Within The Alexandra & Victoria Hotel The Promenade, Southport CALL 01704 548549 TO BOOK NOW!


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123GO! has teamed up with Pontins to offer prices from £279* for 7 nights, in the summer school holidays, for a family of four, that’s under £10pppn on selected dates in July and August! Pontins is bursting with entertainment for all the family with the legendary ‘Sooty Show’ & ‘Rainbow’ performing their exclusive shows. X Factor finalist Sammi Brookes†, plus spectacular tributes to JLS and Robbie Williams. There’s new Summer Shows from the Bluecoats, plus Captain Croc and his Crew up to their usual mischief, with their kids clubs, special shows and providing laughter and games at Croc Crew Party Time!

Choose from four Self Catering UK Holiday Parks.

T&C’s: All places are subject to availability at the time of booking. Not all Parks available on all dates. *Under £10pppn/£279, is based on a family of four persons sharing a one bedroom Popular apartment for seven nights on a Self Catering basis on various dates during July and August 2012 at selected Holiday Parks. Half Board option available – please ask for details. ^Free family breakfast – one voucher for a family of up to two adults and two children is given. Voucher will be given on arrival at chosen Holiday Park and can be used on any day of stay. All other terms and conditions are as per 2012 Pontins brochure. Visit


Bring the family to Pontins and experience a Great British Holiday this Summer!



Zapatoes: for back to school quality you can trust Zapatoes are an independent children’s shoe shop offering a wide range of Start-rite and Continental shoes for girls and boys. From soft leather shoes for babies through to school, casual or fashion shoes for children we understand that suitable footwear is crucial to the growth and development of your child. Our range is designed to embrace all shapes and sizes from slim to wide fitting, half and full sizes.

Zapatoes 34 Wayfarers Arcade Lord Street Southport PR8 1NT Tel: 01704 500026 1110443

We believe that it’s really important to measure a child’s feet accurately before buying them shoes, because ill-fitting shoes can have a serious impact on your child’s foot health for years to come. We take great care to ensure that everyone in our team is expertly trained in shoe fitting, giving you complete peace of mind.

We pride ourselves on being able to find shoes to fit every child and for that reason we take special orders if needed. We like a challenge and thanks to a close relationship with our suppliers and other independent retailers around the country we go to every length to find a shoe that works best for each child. Find us in the beautiful Wayfarers Victorian Arcade, in Southport – we are open 7 days a week 10-5 Monday –Saturday and 12pm-4pm Sunday.



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Family fun Children’s play centres are not normally places parents can relax but somewhere to tire children out to make bedtime easier! However, the team at Giggles Gym in Birkdale place as much focus on the adult experience as the children’s - so that everyone can enjoy playtime their way. Whether that’s dancing in the disco area with their children, catching up and sharing good quality food with friends, or just having a well earned coffee and homemade cake on the couch. They focus on the little details like a great range of magazines and free WiFi. They even have catalogues to assist your Internet shopping! And it’s reassuring to know they have been awarded the Sefton Food Hygiene 5 Star rating again. We might all be hoping for a long hot summer, but a Summer Pass at £20 for 6 weeks (48 days!) for great fun, especially if it’s raining, sounds like good value!



n to Swim A Child Within Learn Dolls House & Miniature Specialists

We stock dolls houses, porcelain dolls, wooden dolls, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards, dado rails, doors, window frames, flowers, shrubs, food, tea sets and a wide range of accessories... everything for the beginner to the collector as well as junior ranges from age 3 years and much much more...

Find us just around the corner from Botanic Gardens, Churchtown

Opening Hours: Tues to Sat 10-4pm Telephone: 01704 232727 Email:



Classes in Musical Theatre, Pop, Dance and lots of Fun!!


88/90 Botanic Road, Churchtown, Southport PR9 7NE

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Gail Rickett is making news having taught several nonswimmers to swim in just a few hours. Gail is running a new four day Learn to Swim Course where children like Timothy Waters have completed amazing distances; Timothy gained his 100m breast stroke and 100m back stroke award starting as a non-swimmer. Gail’s secret is due to her special teaching methods, and over 20 years teaching experience. Gail has also been awarded by the Amateur Swimming Association for her ‘Dedication to Swimming’. There are two courses available, the VIP private one to one course available now, and a group 8 day intensive course coming up in the summer holidays. Ammie Hunt, a nonswimmer, attended the group course last year and gained her 300m breast stroke certificate, along with 200m back stroke. Ammie stayed on and had weekly lessons and just last week Ammie swam one mile in just over a hour! You can call Gail on 07988442897 for more details or visit to see more.

in Southport • NO POOLSIDE WAITING • CONSTANT SWIMMING • FAST RESULTS Classes for All Ages and Abilities, Mums and Baby Sessions


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Meet Erin Lovegrove … at 2 yrs old Erin swam 20 meters on her own and at 3 yrs old Erin swam 300 meters full back stroke see her video at

NEW VIP LEARN TO SWIM 4 x 1hr after school lessons = 99% of over 4yrs old pupils WILL LEARN TO SWIM 10 - 200 METRES



Call Gail now on 07988 442897 • 01704 562800 CALL TO ASK ABOUT THE 8 DAY LEARN TO SWIM COURSE IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS - COST £80



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Free Extra Scoop of Silcock’s Homemade Italian Ice Cream for everyone The Silcock family spanning 5 generations have been in Southport since 1949 and their impressive real homemade Italian ice cream, that was introduced last year, is offering everybody a free extra scoop with the coupon below. This is a great opportunity to sample the 50 flavours in their portfolio with 30 regularly on display and rotated at given intervals. A great favourite is Bailey’s with just enough of the famous liqueur to give it a great taste but not “put you over the limit” This year for the Queens Diamond Jubilee they have created a new

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champagne sorbet in the flavour of a bubbly drink so you can toast Her Majesty’s 60th anniversary in style. They are fanatical about quality and all their ice cream is made from locally sourced milk and cream and Fabri flavours made with real fruit and ingredients and it’s all made on the premises to special recipes supplied by their award-winning flavour house.

They spent many months’ trialling the different flavours getting them to the taste and quality they wanted. The New Flavours ice cream parlour can be found in Silcock’s Amusements on Nevill Street and it has an impressive range of ice cream sundaes, handmade waffles, delicious thick ice cream milkshakes made with two generous scoops of ice cream as well as tea, speciality coffee, cakes and biscuits. You can order ice cream to take home so you can carry on enjoying this delicious treat at home.



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The acclaimed outdoor theatre company rejoin Ness Gardens for another successful programme of plays on the lawn. Bring picnics and refreshments, something to sit on (nothing that will block the view of people behind you) and a brolly just in case! The intrepid Illyrians only cancel in the event of a hurricane!

For more information on Illyria visit Adults £12.50/children (5-18) £6. Under 5s free.

For tickets call 0845 030 4063 Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, South Wirral CH64 4AY

Tel: 0845 030 4063



Active Sefton This summer holiday, Active Sefton have a range of solutions to combat summer boredom for all ages whatever the weather. So whether it's an outdoor summer sizzling with fun in the sun or a British Summertime of wet play dates, Active Sefton have a range of fun activities for everyone to enjoy at leisure centres across Sefton.

Indoor and Outdoor Fun Running right through the summer holidays from Monday 23rd July Friday 24th August every weekday there's holiday fun for all ages. Proving popular with all children of all abilities whether you want to have fun and try something new or hone your skills over the summer break there's a level for everyone on Be Active. With previous attendees progressing to Olympic standard there's no wonder our activities prove popular. Suitable for all children aged 2-16 years activities range from specialist sports camps including football, athletics and learning to cycle to daily activities including cheerleading, hockey and swimming to name a few. Activities can be paid for on a pay as you go basis or you can purchase an annual membership at any Active Sefton leisure centre from just ÂŁ7.50

for a years membership. Although some sessions will require booking in advance (they are popular) others are available to attend as you wish. For full details on activities available throughout the Summer, log on to or alternatively, join us on Facebook at Active Sefton Online/Murtle Turtle or follow us on Twitter @ Active Sefton/ Murtle Turtle for daily updates on what's on near you.

Fun on the Lake For older children this summer why not try one of our popular adventure sports and send children back to school with a tale to tell of a summer adventure. Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre are offering all young people aged 8-16 years the opportunity to participate in one, two, three and five day adventurous activity camps. With a range of activities on offer ranging from multi sports to water sports including sailing, paddlesport, windsurfing and rowing there's something for everyone to try. Prices start at just ÂŁ32 for a camp and all sessions are coached by fully certified, trained instructors to ensure

all participants enjoy a safe and adventurous experience whatever your level of ability. For more information on activities log on to or contact the adventurous activities team direct on 0151 966 6860 or email lakesideactivities@sefton. to find out more.

Make a Splash Whether its making a splash in the sea, enjoying a dip in the pool or paddling on the beach being comfortable around water is a great way to ensure everyone has fun this summer. Active Sefton are this summer launching a range of new Active Aquatics activities for little swimmers to enjoy from adult and baby sessions for children under three featuring nursery rhymes and playing games to little swimmer session for children aged 3-4 to help toddlers feel comfortable in the water independently. For older swimmers there are a number of childrens swimming lessons available for children aged 4 years and above to learn to swim.


MOVE IT Go Murtle with the Turtle

All our sessions are based on FUN, we don't judge our swimmers on learning strokes and swimming distances rather, our qualified instructors use a variety of exciting methods to make sure that your child grows to become a strong, confident swimmer. As our swimmers progress they can work towards a variety of awards and build self confidence, water safety ability and improve their swimming technique. Not forgetting stronger swimmers, this summer why not learn skills for life with our Rookie Lifeguard sessions? Available to all children and young people who are interested in lifeguarding and lifesaving, all our Rookies will learn special lifesaving skills to help themselves and learn what to do if others get into difficulty in the water. To find out more about any of our Active Aquatics activities, just log on to, contact us on 0151 934 2927, email active.aquatics@sef ton. or contact us online via Facebook/Twitter at Active Sefton/Murtle Turtle.

For a family day out with a difference this summer why not join Murtle the Turtle and friends at Active Sefton's very own water theme park, Dunes Splash World. For a splashing great time for all ages this wet and wild water park has something for all ages with a selection of water slides, relaxing bubble spa, family play area and Murtle's very own poolside diner to grab a bite to eat after a fun day out. Located in Southport and open throughout the summer holidays in Sefton, there's never an excuse to be bored whatever the weather this summer. To find out more visit www. or join the turtle online for special offers and news on family fun over the summer, just look for Murtle Turtle on Facebook and Twitter.

MOVE IT is a fun FREE 6 week programme for children aged 7-16 years and Families. Move it will give you tips and encouragement to help you eat well, play well, feel well and move! Designed to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity in a fun and interactive environment, to be enjoyed by the whole family! MOVE IT will encourage you and your family to adopt a healthy lifestyle through family activities, healthy eating advice, behaviour change as well as fun ways to increase physical activity – all of which will help you and your family to lose weight naturally and build the foundation to maintain a healthy lifestyle for life. Every fun session is 90 minutes long and includes 30 minutes on healthy eating/ behaviour change and 60 minutes of fun physical activity and games. For more information or to register your interest please contact the Active Lifestyles team on 0151 934 2352 or email:


Croxteth Hall & Country Park

tourist attraction, pulling in visitors from around the North West. What’s New? New for this year is a small animal ‘petting area’, where children (under the careful supervision of the farm staff) will be able to get up close to some of the animals. Staff will be there between 2.30pm and 3.30pm to help hold the animals and answer any questions.

Now that better weather has arrived after a pretty dismal spring, crowds are flocking back to visit the City’s Parks and Greenspaces. Not a bad thing, as there is medical evidence that visiting a Park is beneficial to your health and wellbeing and is recognised as a significant ‘determinant of health’ by the NHS. In particular the ‘sleeping giant’ that is Croxteth Hall and Country Park is now fully awake for the season. It’s Liverpool’s biggest park and, with its stately home, farm, gardens and woodland, is also a significant

Feeding time is always a popular event – but morning visitors miss out, so now they can return to the farm in the same afternoon, re-present their ticket and watch feeding time at 3.45pm each day. The Farm attracts thousands of visitors every year and is especially popular for school visits. The Walled Garden is also now home to Liverpool’s famous Botanical Collection. This is one of the world’s earliest botanical collections, based on plants brought back to Liverpool from traders around the world. It was founded by the philanthropist William Roscoe in 1802. Today the collection is in a series of greenhouses in the garden, tended by a specialist gardening team employed the City’s joint venture partner Glendale Liverpool Limited. The greenhouses and Walled Garden are now open to visit all summer. Other new attractions in the Park are extra fun rides, including a ‘land train’ for visitors and pedal go-karts by the Hall.


Mini pedal tractors are also freely available for use by children on the farm with the purchase of a farm ticket. Sharland’s Children’s Fun Fair is also on site every weekend; and every day during the summer holidays. Please note though that these rides will not operate if the weather is bad. There are many events at Croxteth Hall and Country Park throughout the year, whatever the weather, visit for details.

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This year I am proud to announce that we will be producing the magical pantomime ‘Cinderella’ for our annual summer school which runs Monday 23rd - Friday 27th July .Why not let your child enjoy a week of dance drama and song, learning new skills and making new friends? It is open for all ages 5-16 and runs 10am to 4pm each day with a performance on Friday 27th July. We have excellent studio facilities and your child will be in the hands of experienced qualified teachers. This year we have the added bonus of West End and TV actor Robert Kendrick, writing and directing the show. Robert is a former pupil and loves to come and give something back to the community. As a special treat we will be getting some acting tuition from Sydney Rae White who plays Erin in CBBC 1 ‘Young Dracula’ television series as she finishes filming in July. She has also been on the West End starring in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Les Miserables. The Southport Dance Academy and The Crosby School of Dance runs classes throughout the year . We stage production shows at the Floral Hall each Spring and hold 4 exam sessions a year. Just recently 8 pupils successfully auditioned for the English Youth Ballet . The summer school will be held at The Southport Dance Academy, 2B Mornington Road, Southport. Classes for the Crosby School of Dance are held at Sacred Heart Sports College, Marldon Avenue, Crosby during term time. For all enquiries please ring 01704 545356 or 07722002451.

Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Street Dance Musical Theatre • Riverdance Cheerleading • Tiny Tots • Zumba


Ages 5 - 16 years

Mon 23rd - Fri 27th July 10am - 4pm CLASSES HELD AT Tel 01704 545356 or 01704 501395 Mob 07722002451


2B Mornington Road, Southport PR9 0TR

Throughout the summer we’ll be running events and activities celebrating some of the amazing Sefton Coast. Over the last couple of years we’ve made one of the huge prehistoric boars that left its footprints on Formby Beach 5,000 years ago, coloured in thousands of sand lizards, made birds that fly, worked with great artists and caught fascinating sea creatures. This summer we’ll be going to new venues and doing some of the favourite activities and introducing some great new ones.

CLASSES ALSO AT Sacred Heart Sports College, Marldon Ave, Crosby

Tel 07786 933177 or 01704 563884

The Landscape Partnership Scheme is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund until December 2013.

Great days out

and activities throughout Sefton Bootle

New Strand


August 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th (every Tuesday)


Ainsdale Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve Information Centre

DAMSELS & DRAGONS Thursday 2nd August

BUGS & BEASTIES Thursday 9th August

TREMENDOUS TREES Thursday 16th August

WETLAND WONDERS Thursday 23rd August

Ainsdale Beach

LET’S GO SHRIMPING Wednesday 29th August (Booking Required)

Wayfarers Arcade

August 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, 31st & 1st September (Friday & Saturday)


Across Sefton

See web for venues

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To find out times, availability and for more information: Email us on

Phone us on 0151 934 2964


Wayfarers Arcade Wayfarers Shopping Arcade is an ideal day out for families in the North West of England. While mum and dad explore the many independent shops, kids can enjoy a whole range of exciting events and activities. Discover the coastal landscape around us through craft and interactive learning, hold a real live owl or even a snake, or join in the fun with Rainbow the clown.

For more information, please ring 01704 539 077 or visit www.




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Under 5’s FREE


GATES OPEN AT 9AM 01704 533333

Available from August

* Advance tickets can be purchased until: Via telephone on Wednesday 5th September at 12:00, in person/counter sales on Friday 7th September at 17:00, online on Friday 7th September at midnight. Tickets thereafter are available on the gate at £9 per person. Online tickets will be subject to a surcharge at 4.5%. All children under 5 years of age will be admitted free with an accompanying adult.


Fascinating Boats The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port is the place to be this summer for relaxed family fun. The museum’s open spaces, atmospheric displays, historic cottages and fascinating boats are a great place to visit – and add in a boat trip, soft play area, picnic area, café and shop and the museum is a good venue for a proper old fashioned family day out. During the summer look out for trails and other activities every day and the big summer event is Horses At Work on Sunday August 5. At this event the museum will be demonstrating horse drawn canal boats – the way all boats were powered until the modern age – as well as pony rides and other fun attractions.

Pontins are giving away a fun-filled family break for up to four persons, staying in Classic accommodation, at one of its four coastal Holiday Parks. Choose from Brean Sands – Somerset, Camber Sands – Sussex, Prestatyn Sands – North Wales or Southport in North West England in this fantastic competition! There’s so much to do on a Pontins holiday whatever the weather, the biggest problem is fitting it all in! Take a plunge in the indoor heated swimming pools and check out the fantastic Water Walkerz, Inflatable’s and Slides, plus indoor and outdoor play areas, Crazy Golf, Human Table Football, Circus Skills and many more fun activities with the Bluecoats. Pontins is jam-packed with entertainment from a host of new Tribute Artists, Acrobats, Comedy and Illusion, fantastic new Live Bluecoat Shows, plus Captain Croc and his Crew of fun loving characters providing laughter and games at ‘Party Time! To enter simply answer the following question: “WHICH X-FACTOR FINALIST IS APPEARING AT PONTINS THIS SUMMER?” ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Postal entries, including name, address and daytime contact number to: Pontins competition, c/o Champion Newspapers, 166 Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0QA or e-mail your entry to (entries to be received by Friday 17th August 2012) Competition published by Champion Newspapers. Champion Newspapers normal terms & conditions apply. Editors decision is final. All places are subject to availability at time of booking. Prize is for a one bedroom Classic apartment, for up to 4 persons (adult or child) to be taken by 30th October 2012. Exclusions apply. Open to UK residents aged 18 or over. Only one entry per person is permitted.


(For the answer, find Pontins Reader Offer, 'School's Out Summer Holidays' - in your copy of 123Go!)


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Summer Entertainment BOOK Zombie-Kids by Julia Dweck This amusing book is full of poems and rhymes dictating the adventures of Zombies and what they get up to in the middle of the night. They bowl, dance, skate, and go to the movies just like we do yet it is all kept secret for when we are asleep….



DVD The Kid With A Bike (12) Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth facility. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends which signals the start of his adventures. Using a bike and some coincidences, the boy is able to track down his father who isn’t pleased to see him. Starring Cécile de France and Thomas Doret he film won critical acclaim when it was released in May and achieved a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The DVD is available to buy from 23rd July 2012.


Summer Entertainment MOVIE



The Amazing Spiderman

(Certificate PG) Brave is Pixar’s latest offering focusing around teenager Merida and is set hundreds of years ago. Three neighbouring clans decide they are going to fight for Merida’s hand in marriage but the feisty tomboy declares that if that be so she will fight for her own hand. Her mother disagrees with this and

(Certificate 12A) they fight, leading to the teenager running off and meeting a witch in the woods who casts a spell on the mother and turns her into a bear. With all the excitement and enchantment you would expect from an animated kids’ film, this is a great choice to transport you and the children into the land of magic for a few hours.

Spiderman, aka Peter Parker, is back and sets out to discover why his parents disappeared when he was a baby. Starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone this 3D film looks to be as promising as its predecessors with action, a love story and occasional humour all in the pot.


MOVIE Ice Age: Continental Drift


(Certificate TBC) Back with the hugely popular Ice Age series this instalment looks like it could surpass all the others at the box office. We meet up again with characters Manny, Diego, and Sid as they embark on another adventure. This time they’re all using an iceberg as transport around the

Parker’s journey to discover the truth about his past leads him face to face with his arch enemy ‘Lizard’ who has been waiting for him to appear. If you are a diehard Spiderman fan this is not to be missed. Big on ‘wow’ factor!

treacherous waters of the Arctic. As you would expect, the three wannabe musketeers get into all sorts of trouble along the way while meeting up with long lost relatives. Queen Latifa and Jennifer Lopez star alongside Ray Romano and Denis Leary In what could be the summer ’s smash hit.


Protect yourself This summer there are lots of reasons for all the family to get active and enjoy the outdoors. Moderate activities that make us breathe harder, but still able to talk, are good for us. When you are out and about, make sure you are staying safe in the sun. It’s strongly advised that adults wear sun protection with UV factor 15 and above, and children and babies UV factor 50. Remember to regularly top up sun protection throughout the day. It’s also important for children to cover up with a sunhat and sunglasses and babies should be shaded by a parasol. Try and stay in the shade, particularly between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest. For more health advice visit www. For information on being active in Sefton call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or visit

My fostering experience Meet Alison. She was recently interviewed about her experience growing up as a foster child. Alison had this to say: “They were always there for us and did everything they could for us.” “We were looked after properly by people who genuinely cared about us and made sure we were going to school, going to Doctor’s appointments and doing all the things that kids should be doing.” “No family is perfect and things were difficult at times but my overall experience of foster care was great.” To read Alison’s interview in full, please visit: www. If you think you could make a positive difference to a child or young person like Alison, call Sefton Fostering Service on 0800 923 2777 or by email:


Swimming with babies ADVERTISING FEATURE

Swimming with Babies programs and techniques are designed to create an excellent foundation that will underpin your babies future in the water. We aim to encourage baby to move freely, to install confidence and contribute to the life long bond between baby and parent. Learning to swim provides enormous social and physical benefits for a baby. It also helps enhance co-ordination and motor skills as well as improving strength, while developing important survival skills along the way. Our programs commence for babies at 8 weeks old up to 4 years of age. A lot of our babies are now swimming 5 metres independently at 2 1/2 years old without any intervention. Classes are great fun using a variety of brightly coloured equipment and various songs to encourage participation in all swimming activities. If you would like your little one to join any of the Swimming with Babies classes and introduce them to the world water and its benefits please contact Jodie on 07730 300796. The ultimate baby bonding experience


to Victoria Leisure & Fitness with every course booked - just bring this leaflet!

If you love water play and want to experience something special and different, act now to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Non-Members Welcome!

29 Aug – 2 Sept 2012

0844 8000 400

For more info Call Jodie on: 07730 300796


Courses available for babies 8 weeks to 4 years at Victoria Leisure & Fitness, Southport.


We’re all about golf The Golf Complex at the Leisure Lakes where the Southport Golf Academy is based is a full size Par 3 Golf Course and 18 bay covered driving range. Designed professionally and with great thought to provide an ideal facility for all golfers. The golf course itself has been completely upgraded provides challenges golfers of all abilities will relish and replicates the lengths, hazards and distances to be found at 18 hole courses in the area. SGA prides itself on its condition, with permanent all weather tees, good quality greens which are kept on a par with the best courses in the area and excellent drainage. It’s open all year round and is ideal for golfers in the region to keep up their standards throughout the winter, and use when inevitably most of the courses close due to weather or heavy rain. With the backup of the 18 bay floodlit driving range, short game practice area and large putting greens we provide everything needed to improve players abilities. With very experienced PGA Professionals Richard Benyon and

Matt Chilman plus back up Junior PGA coaches on site all the time every aspect of the game is covered. SGA offers a whole range of facilities aimed at the beginner or golfer thinking of getting into the game whatever their age. Junior Courses take place every weekend through the year – starting from 5 years old, with special Summer Term and half Term Holiday three day Schools. Junior Memberships are also available which quite apart from giving unlimited golf throughout the year includes midweek club nights and Sunday competitions. The Pro Shop also specialises in providing a wide range of Junior players equipment and clothing and our staff are trained in fitting clubs properly for junior growth. We specialise in Wilson, and Masters Golf equipment and Adidas shoes and clothing. SGA Professionals will also visit Schools to provide Golf Clinics aimed

Junior Summer Golf School AUGUST

Juniors of all ages and abilities are welcome to a friendly relaxed atmosphere to learn every aspect of a great game. “We aim to develop every child’s confidence and ability to perform in any golfing situation” Three day courses

7th/8th/9th August 28th/29th/30th August 10am – 3pm (including lunch) All aspects of the game covered and competitions each day Fully qualified and CRB checked PGA Professionals Equipment provided if required See our website for more details


Lessons & Courses

Cost for the course £75 per person ages 7 and upward

throughout the summer holidays at anytime to suit 7 days a week

£15 per session

Similar group starter lessons available for men and women at weekends and evenings as well

New Junior Membership available includes weekly competition through the year and midweek club nights – see website for details. 41931


Contact James or Richie on 01772 815842 to discuss … or call in!

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at introducing the game to all School ages, we also host visits to our Driving Range from Schools in the area. Richie Benyon who has been teaching Juniors here for 14 years says “The beauty of playing golf is that it’s a game which can be enjoyed by all shapes and sizes and we find that by introducing young players we often find we encourage juniors into sport for the first time – not everyone is a honed athlete! Added to this we find parents like their children exposed to the attention to manners, behaviour and dress codes which help in their daily lives”. At SGA we have over 70 ladies learning the game too – most have decided that some coaching and a round of golf helps relieve stress and keeps a level of fitness going. Matt Chillman has helped many ladies in the area take up the game. He says,” I introduced free taster lessons for ladies in small groups many years ago and am really pleased at how many have gone to take up the game – not always to play at the top level but to enjoy the relaxation and health benefits – plus making new friends. Lots of the new ladies will give golf a try when their children are starting school for the first time – they don’t need any equipment to start with – and find a whole new social opportunity. A couple of hours spent with some coaching, 9 holes of golf and a coffee in our on site café have become quite the thing to do!” Director of Golf at Southport Golf Academy, James Carpenter, says” We welcome anyone to visit, look us over and chat about what they might like to get out of the game – our website is pretty comprehensive on what we do – but we can pretty much guarantee there is something here for even the very best handicappers to improve their game – give us a try!”


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Cyber bullying Bullying is one of the oldest forms of abuse and used to be most common on a school playground. However, in the last few years, social networking websites have become more and more popular and with that, bullying has shifted to the net. Parents are sometimes unsure of how they can protect their children from the internet so here is some advice on how to prevent and stop cyber bullying.

Always be there to talk It is very difficult to prevent your children from visiting social networking sites now that it is the norm. However, making it clear to them that you are always there to talk, listen and discuss any problems can help. If your kids know that you are on their side and will support them, they will be more inclined to come and talk to you. Kids can sometimes be embarrassed, upset or too afraid to talk about being bullied, but it is very important to get them to open up.

Be familiar with social networking sites

should be noted. Kids struggling with bullying may also lash out and become angry for no reason, channelling their upset and frustration onto close family members and friends. If your kids display any of this behaviour take them to one side and ask them what is wrong. They may not tell you straight away, but keep an eye on them and eventually they will open up.

Don't overreact This is one of the most important things to remember. If your child has come and confided in you about their bullying, do not march straight to the bullies themselves, their parents or their school.

If you have no idea how social networking sites work there is little chance you will understand the dangers and what your child is going through if they are being cyber bullied. Try to get to grips with at least one site you know your child is a member of and watch for signs of bullying. Try and involve your kids and ask them to help you learn the ropes.

First sit and discuss with your child what has happened and what they would like to happen now.

Watch for the warning signs

If you discover your child is being cyber bullied save everything you can which proves it.

When children are being bullied they can become withdrawn, depressed and may try and avoid all activities where they could come into contact with the bullies. The signs that someone is being cyber bullied are exactly the same and

Any private messages, photos, e-mails or even text messages should be saved carefully in case they need to be shown to the police, school or parents of the bullies.

It may be in the early stages and they simply wanted to flag it up so you could monitor it for them, so don't always assume drastic action is required immediately.

Keep the evidence

Otherwise everything could be denied and you have no way to prove it.


Proud to support




Entry Fee per person

Monday 20th

Sefton Junior Open

Singles - various categories


Tuesday 21st

Mens Open

Singles - various categories


Wednesday 22nd


4 Ball Better Ball


Thursday 23rd

Ladies Open

4 Player Team (7/8 handicap)


Friday 24th


4 Person Team (1 Pro)


For an entry form, please contact 0151 934 2365 or email: * Please note, if the competition is full we will return your application and fee, if it isn’t full the prize fund will be reduced accordingly.

The Festival Week is supporting the Marina Dalglish Appeal and is run by Sefton Council in partnership with the Park, Alt, Southport Ladies and Southport Golf Clubs



100 reasons to visit Southport Pleasureland has never been bigger, better and brighter and this year’s extra special as it celebrates a really big birthday. The park is 90 years old this year and all of the focus is on looking towards the next 100 years of family fun through a summer packed with treats, thrills, rides and amusements. Clean, tidy, freshly landscaped and brimming with colourful hanging baskets Pleasureland offers around 100 rides and amusements for families and groups of friends with rides for little ones and plenty to interest teenagers looking for ‘thrill’ rides.

In its fifth consecutive year of spruceup investment, the park has now confirmed its position as Southport’s anchor attraction and a big draw for families. Admission at the park remains free ensuring that a day at Pleasureland is always great value and can be tailored to everyone’s budget. The rides ‘landscape’ at the park is constantly changing so there’s always something new to try. This year’s landmark diversion is it’s new water flume ride, Piranha. The

forts, bunkers, cages and hideaways. Adults and kids 7+ can play out battles with state of the art infrared laser guns, no paint, no impact.

‘rapids’ of the park’s Piranha River Ride delivers a watery encounter with plenty of tension for thrill-seekers. For those who prefer their excitement a little drier the park has a beautifully refurbished indoor Casablanca family entertainment space. Casablanca, packed with amusements and newly available for children’s party bookings, is flexible enough to house anything from a dodgems track to a disco dancefloor. There’s a soft-play area, junior dodgems and carousels, a family restaurant and a lively games arcade. Alongside rides for all ages (height restrictions apply) sits the high octane sea-front Kart Track (drivers 1.3m+) and, after whizzing about the test track, there are plenty more thrills at Battlefield Live. Battlefield Live is Pleasureland’s massive outdoor battle arena laid out with

Rides start from just £1 and the park is open from 12 noon weekends, school and bank holidays (subject to weather conditions). To find out more follow our official Southport New Pleasureland facebook page and ‘like’ us for a chance to win ‘Fan of the Week’ and a VIP all free rides day at the park!





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Cinderella is one of the most popular pantomimes of them all, brought to life with a wonderful cast, stunning costumes and a lavish set. Watch how Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother makes all her dreams come true as she is whisked away to the ball in her gown fit for a Princess in a coach led by two real white ponies! Prince Charming falls in love with Cinderella and when she abruptly leaves at midnight losing her glass slipper, he leaves no stone unturned until he finds the beautiful maiden who the slipper fits. Helped along the way by her good friend Buttons and hindered by two of the funniest and grotesque Ugly Sisters you could ever wish to meet! Don’t miss this tale of rags to riches – Book your tickets now before the clock strikes midnight! FANTASTI C FAMI LY DIS COUNTS BAND A £14.50 PER TI CKET BAND B £14 PER TI CKET *


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TICKETS £12.50, £17.50, £19.50 G GROUPS 10 + £11.50 20 + £10, plus 1 in 20 free 50 + £9.50, plus 3 in 50 free SCHOOLS / UNIFORMED GROUPS £8.50 plus 1 in 10 free ATG THEATRE CARD Half price tickets Sat 8 & Wed 19 Dec evening perfs £5 off there after (excl. Sat, Sun and Christmas Eve) SIGNED PERF Wed 19 Dec, 7pm


0844 871 3021 (bkg fee) southport *Applicable for 3-6 people, minimum of 2 adults


Meningitis Warning Signs Seizures Occasionally, a child suffering from meningitis will have a seizure (fit). Babies and children can have seizures for many reasons and it may or not be caused by meningitis, but a seizure is a serious symptom of many conditions and diseases, so medical help should be sought immediately.

Stiffness in back or neck If you feel your baby’s or child’s neck or back appears stiff, this could be a sign of meningitis and should be checked out as soon as possible. Meningitis is a serious illness, however, if treated quickly most children make a full recovery, which is why it is so important to recognise the early warning signs and act fast. There are common signs and symptoms of meningitis in children and babies. It is important to note that not all children will develop all of these symptoms listed below and not all of the symptoms may occur at once. If your child develops one or more of these symptoms, especially a rash, seek medical help urgently.

Sudden on set of a high fever A high temperature or fever in a child can be a sign of meningitis and should be checked out by a medical professional, in babies this may occur while the hands and feet are cold.

Rash Meningitis has a characteristic rash, a cluster of pink spots under the skin that doesn’t fade when pressed under the bottom of a glass (the glass test).

A rash which doesn’t disappear under pressure may well be a meningitis rash and you should call an ambulance immediately.

Photophobia Being unable to tolerate bright lights. This is less common in younger children.

Unusual cry/moaning If your baby has an unusually high pitched cry or is constantly moaning or whimpering this could be a sign of meningitis, seek medical help as soon as possible.

Irritability or excessive sleeping Early onset of meningitis can cause your child to sleep far more than normal or to be very irritable, often crying more than normal. If your child is hard to rouse after a sleep, is floppy or becomes unresponsive you should take them straight to hospital.

Poor feeding Loss of appetite and poor feeding, can be a symptom of meningitis in babies and young children. If your child refuses to feed or appears uninterested, something could well be wrong.

For more information and to access a printable symptom checklist see NHS Choices …


A furry nice picture perfect scam After piles of 50-Euro notes kept going missing from a business in Austria, imagine everyone’s surprise when the swindler was revealed to be a mouse – not a cat burglar! The firm got so sick and tired of money being stolen from one of its offices that it decided to play cat and mouse with the thief and set up a hi-tech CCTV system to catch them. After watching the video footage, bosses realised there was a furry creature in the building that had developed a taste for a rather expensive lifestyle. But the mischievous mouse didn’t care about all the cheese the cash could buy him, he simply wanted to build his own lavish lair to relax in after a hard day’s robbing. After stealing the pricey paper, the rascal rodent took it all back to his house, ripped it into tiny pieces, chewed it up and pressed it into its nest. Police had already been on the prowl to try and find the crook and had interviewed staff at the company. Baffled, they thought someone was managing to sneak into the locked room, fill up a swag bag with bills, then sneak back out again without ever getting caught. Installing the security system was the only way to trap the bandit – no one expected such a big problem to be caused by a mousy moonlighter!

It’s a Fact! Two Chilean inventors have designed a pillow for waking up deaf people. The clever invention can be set to wake sleepers up at any time, just like an alarm clock. It works by gently shaking the owner’s head by inflating and deflating. One of the inventors, said: “We can help all deaf people to be more independent with this invention.”

Joker’s Corner Ha! Ha! Ha!

Udderly surprised at the smell of cheese success Glastonbury farmer Simon Clapp has cause for celebration at the moment because his cows’ cheese has been crowned the best in the world at a recent competition. Simon reckons the team’s success is down to the soothing easylistening pop he plays at his milking parlour and thinks the tunes help calm the cows. “The music keeps the cows amused and the rotating movement combines to help keep them content,” he explains. “The more relaxed the cow the better the milk.”

When are the Why did the cook Why are teddy get arrested by best days in bears never the police? ‘Foodland’? hungry? ••• ••• ••• Because he beat Fry-day and Because they’re up an egg! always stuffed! Sundae of course!


Love packs knock-out punch

Sometimes husbands and wives fight, but one Russian couple had a full on boxing match – at their wedding ceremony! Lovebirds Nicolai Kibkalo and Natalya Karpovich hadn’t had a row and weren’t really trying to hurt each other, but seeing as they had first met in a boxing ring, they couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate their love and take t h e i r marriage vows.

Grin and wear it Toothless police officers in the Philippines are being issued with free false teeth in a bid to help them smile more. One chief superintendent explains: “Free dentures are a big boost to the morale of personnel.”

Bags of bravery from super Sizko When people are up to no good, who can you turn to for help? Your folks? The police? Helpful neighbours? Try Sizko the ‘Superdog’, who single-handedly stops crimes being committed! The sprightly golden retriever recently wowed onlookers by living up to his name and getting a stolen handbag back from a mugger, after seeing it taken and hearing calls for help. Giving the thief more than a run for his money, speedy Sizko chased him down, got his paws on the snatched bag and guarded it until the victim caught up to collect her things. Apparently Sizko is glad the mugger got ‘woof’ justice but says it wasn’t a walk in the park.

It all started when Nicolai became Natalya’s coach several years ago, helping her succeed so much that she made it as one of the top female boxers in the country. But end of round bells soon turned to wedding bells as the pair realised they had scored with each other and were so in love they were out for the count. So they got suited and booted in traditional bride and groom outfits, then donned their boxing gloves, stepped inside their ‘wedding ring’ and started throwing punches at each other until their hearts were content. The unusual event was attended by family and friends, but fellow boxers were invited too. Everyone agrees that the happy couple are a real knock-out and will never throw in the towel.


Southport Ainsdale Hesketh Park Southport Toddler Trail and Birkdale Botanic Gardens Southport

Brass Band Concert Sundays from 1 July, 14:00 A free outdoor concert organised by Southport and District Brass Band Association. In the event of poor weather this will be in St Cuthberts Church.

Rotten Row Southport

Garden Volunteers Various days and times Come and join the Friends of Rotten Row in some light gardening along the quarter mile long border. All tools are provided for this activity and the group meet up at the Park Lodge Greenhouses on Rotten Row.

Tuesdays from 3 July, 10:00 A guided walk with extras organised in conjunction with Linaker Childrens Centre. Please contact the centre on 01704 532343

Garden Volunteers Alternate Tuesdays from 3 July, 14:00 Come and join our small friendly team of volunteers who enjoy a couple of hours light gardening and chat, alongside the Park Rangers, in the gardens of the park. Meet at the CafĂŠ, tools and gloves provided.

Picnic in the Park Stories in 1 August, 13:00 the Park A family picnic in the park organised by Linaker Childrens Centre. Please bring your own Picnic. For more information contact the centre on 01704 532343.

8 August, 13:00 A story time in the park organised by Linaker Childrns Centre. For more information contact the centre on 01704 532343.

Kings Garden Southport

Community Practical Session Wednesdays from 4 July, 13:00 Come along and get involved with local residents in making Marine Gardens a better place for all to enjoy. All support, tools and gloves provided. Work to include pruning, scrub clearance, bulb planting, painting park benches, upkeep of children’s bog garden and rockery


Summer in the parks Sandbrook Rd recreation ground Southport

Waterloo & Seaforth Victoria Park Waterloo

RSPCA Dog Chipping Zumba and Agility Show Tuesdays from 3 June, 31 August, 12:00

A fun dog agility course for all dogs and why not get your dog micro chipped at the same time?

Formby Duke Street Park Formby

Diabetes Charity Fun Day Brass Band Concert Saturdays from 7 July – 21 July, 14:00 A free outdoor concert organised by Southport and District Brass Band Association. In the event of poor weather this will be cancelled.

Bedford Park Southport

Bug Hunt 24 July, 11:00 Come down to the park and join the Park Rangers in hunting for the life that lives in the park

14 & 15 July, all day A family fun weekend on the park featuring Silcocks Fun Fair. All funds raised with go the local Diabetes Charity.


Come down to the Pavilion for this fun exercise class run by the local community. For more information please contact Denise on 07791 319284.

Buggy Motion Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 July, 09:30 Exercise class for new mums bringing along baby in buggy run in conjunction with Waterloo Children’s Centre SureStart programme. The class will involve basic low intensity circuit of park with exercises. To book on a session please contact: 0151 928 6539

Churches Together Seaforth Gardens Waterloo In Formby Family Litter Pick Every 2nd Saturday of the Fun Day Month starting 14 July, 11 August, 12:00


The event will be a Family Fun Day and will include Bouncy Castles, Barbeque, Games, Music and Animals. For more information please contact June McGibbon on 01704 871244.

Come and join the Friends of Waterloo Seafront Gardens in cleaning up the Seafront Gardens. All tools and equipment is supplied, meeting point is posted in the notice board outside Marine Gardens


Bowersdale Park Seaforth

Buggy Motion Thursdays from 5 July, 10:00 Exercise class for new mums bringing along baby in buggy. The class will involve basic low intensity circuit of park with exercises.

Crosby Moorside Park Crosby

Moorside Park Games 21 July, 13:30 A free event for all the family featuring healthy walks, sports coaching, bike demonstrations, go-karts and much more. For more information contact the Friend of Moorside Park on 07765 624200

Coronation Park Crosby

Model Boat Club Regatta 22 July, 13:00 Regatta organised by the Model Boat club showing off the boats in the park.

Paddle in the Parks Fridays from 3 August, 18:00 A sports session in the park that will include canoeing as well as other more popular sports.


Summer in the parks Bootle North Park Bootle

BINGO in the Park 24 July, 13:00 House! Come down and join the Park Rangers in this fun activity for all the family – don’t forget your dabber!!

Activities For Everybody Various Parks

Street Games Various dates and times Sports coaching for children over 8 and in some parks will include the opportunity to have a go at canoeing.


Summer Fun Day Various dates, 13:00 Annual summer fun days in the parks catering for all the family. Each one will have different activities but may include face painting, climbing walls, sports coaching, arts and craft and much more. For more information please contact 0151 934 2932.

Derby Park Bootle

Football Tournament 11 August, 14:00 Come along and join in this football tournament run by the Park Rangers. For more details on how to enter a team contact 0151 934 4449.

Treasure Hunt 25 August, 14:00 A fun based treasure hunt in the park, organised by the Park Rangers – why not join in and see what you can discover.

Various dates, 10:00 A guided walk, lead by the Park Rangers, who will lead you in stages from Botanic Gardens to Bedford Park via Hesketh and Victoria Parks. This is over 3 sessions

Free Micro Chipping Various dates and times

27 July, 11:00 A free family fun day organised by One Vision Housing. This will be the 3rd year in a row that this popular and successful event has run.

Park to Park Walk

A free event to get your dog micro chipped. This is part of the Merseyside Dog awareness fortnight where free chipping is offered across the region.

Teddy Bears Picnic Various dates, 12:00 A picnic in the gardens for young children. Bring your favourite teddy down and you could be in for a big surprise.

123GO! in Sefton - 2012  

The summer holiday guide for primary school children throughout Sefton.

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