St Helens information website

Need somewhere to take the children, walk yourself fit, take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the countryside, or just walk your dog. See some Videos down this page.
Visit the Parks and places to visit section here

Fir Tree Farm

The last Fir Tree Farm farmers market of 2014 celebrates everything Christmas.
Saturday 20th, from 9:00am until 2:00pm is their regular Farmers Market with Christmas foods and Treats.
Sunday 21st, from 10:00am until 3:00pm, is a crafts, gifts and food spectacular for all your Christmas presents.
Freshly prepared refreshments will also be available in the Seasons Cafe in the farm building, where you will also find a shop selling organic produce, real ales and a good selection of wines.

Satnav: WA11 8RG

St Georges Hall

Father Christmas’s Magical Grotto sets the scene for an exciting festive season from now until 23 December.
Children will see live character performances along a treasure trail which leads to a traditional grotto. Here, they meet father Christmas who will present them with a Christmas gift.
Fairy-tale character Mister Grimm is joined by goblins, gnomes and yetis to welcome youngsters to the wonderland of fun activities. They will explore the Catacombs of St George’’s Hall, which are filled with eye-popping displays, to find clues to help solve a puzzle with a reward waiting for them at the end.
Tickets are pre-bookable and the grotto is also open to non booked entry at different times. The Grotto is very popular, so pre booking, if travelling from St Helens may be a good idea.
check out all the information at the Visit Liverpool website.

Satnav: L1 1JJ

St Helens Christmas lights Switch On

The Christmas lights switchon celebrations were excellent. Starting at 4:00pm with the Lancashire hotpots (really quite funny), and supported by more artists.
The switch-on took place at 6:45pm after even more artists and an appearance by two Saints players, the mayor and mayoressk as well as StHelens council leader Barrie Grunewald. It was well worth the wait.

Other places to take the children

I will add more information about each of these soon. In the meantime you could visit the websites for opening times and where to find them

For anybody with an interest in advanced driving, we have a page introducing the St.Helens Advanced Driving Group.
The main aim of the group is to improve driving skill, knowledge, awareness and attitudes of drivers of all ages, they also have their own website here shgam.org.uk

5 fun food tricks to entertain your children

A video of some short experiments you can use to entertain your children.
They are all easy. I would have redone the egg in glass one but didn’t have another toilet roll tube.

Quick Walk Around Siding Lane park and Picknick area, Rainford

There are many footpaths around Siding Lane, making it a good place for a country walk. With expert advice from St Helens Rangers often available at the Ranger Station on the Car Park.

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About St.Helens

St.Helens, is a town , in the North West of England, in the county of Merseyside. St.Helens has a population of around 175000 people according to the government census. Although St.Helens is well situated, in terms of access for road and rail, with easy access to motorways and two rail lines, there is little incentive for large high tech business to move to St.Helens, which is a great pity as the great transport infrastructure and the large number of parks and open spaces, in and around St.Helens, would make St.Helens an ideal place for IT and other high tech businesses to site their business. The old triplex factory site, for example, would have been ideal for the likes of Google, having both Taylor Park and Eccleston Mere right next door, as well as a good supply of houses nearby. The site itself has now been filled with houses and Eccleston Mere has been sold to a commercial Property development company with an, as yet, unknown intention. Though in the case of Eccleston Mere, it is just possible that it could be developed into a leisure facility. Eccleston Mere is in the middle of greenbelt, so we can only hope it doesn’t get developed into anything other than a leisure facility.
There are many places in and around the St.Helens area suitable for high tech business to locate and there are many people in St.Helens with the qualifications needed by these business. St.Helens, being so close to two major cities is also close enough to travel into for any external workforce needed.

St.Helens is situated between Liverpool and Manchester, though closer to Liverpool. There is a Theatre called St.Helens Theatre Royal, a cinema, a large Technical College, an excellent Transport Museum, an excellent glass Museum and exhibition centre called St.Helens World of Glass, The Smithy Heritage Centre and Museum, a few Hotels, a huge new Rugby stadium for the local Saints Rugby team, an older Rugby ground for the Liverpool St.Helens Rugby Union club (one of the oldest in the world), Golf clubs, some restaurants (mainly Chinese or Indian), many bars and pubs and many other visitor attractions such as the parks and open spaces and two themed Farms.
With St.Helens being very close to Wigan, Widnes, Prescot, Warrington, Liverpool and Ormskirk, you do not have to travel too far to find something to do.

There are many historic facts and many famous people having been born or Lived in St.Helens.