St Helens information website

Somewhere to take the children, walk yourself fit, take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the countryside, or just walk your dog.
Visit the Parks and places to visit section here

Take a look at the "Gig Guide", here, if you want an evening of music. Rock, classical, Blues, pop, jazz, Soul, Opera and others.

powerboat racing

Powerboat racing at Carr Mill Dam

March 28th | free admission

The Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club will be holding Carr Mills first race of the season on Saturday 28th March. The Turner Trophy
The powerboat club is a private members club, but they do open to the public on race days for the duration of the race.
Races start at 1:00pm and run until 5:00pm. Entry is free and everyone is welcome to use the facilities provided by the boathouse. Food and snacks are served from noon until 6pm and there is also a licensed bar.
Powereboat racing is exciting for all the family to watch and is an excellent day out for sports photographers. The dam itself also has a number of footpaths for leisurely strolls and there is a pub and car parking as you enter the dam from the traffic lights on the East Lancashire Road (A580).
Satnav: WA11 7LX.


Book Fair at Haydock Park

March 28th | £1 admission

Haydock Park Racecourse is hosting an antiquarian and Second-Hand Bookfair this weekend. Provinsial Booksellers Fairs Association, with over 40 exhibitors exhibitiong a wide variety of book types.
The fair starts at 10:00 am and is on until 4:00 pm. There is Free Parking and refreshments are available.

The PBFA are in their 40th year and their members follow a Code of Practice which ensures that items are correctly described and fairly priced

Contact - Ben Kelsall 01706 370244

Satnav : WA12 0HQ


Craft and Gift fair at Haydock Park

April 5th + 6th | £1 admission

Haydock Park hosts a Craft and Gift fair on Easter Sunday and Monday. Starting at 10:00am and finishing at 4:40pm on both days.
Around 70 stalls will be at this very well established venue, situated over two large halls with ample, free, parking and easy access.
The exhibition is organised by The Creative Crafts Association, which been established for over 26 years and has now grown to be the largest and most successful Craft and Gift Fair promoter in the North West.

Satnav: WA12 0HQ.

Other places to take the children

I will add more information about each of these eventually. 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

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.

IF YOU CARE ABOUT ANIMALS - help the cause. Join SAVE ME

SAVE ME is a group founded by Brian May C.B.E, (Guitarist with Queen, and Astrophysicist) to promote decent treatment for animals. SAVE ME believe that every creature deserves a decent life and a decent death. PLEASE JOIN THEM, and ask your friends as well... animals need our help.

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.