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


Southport Food and Drink Festival

19th to 31st May | free admission

From 10:00 am until 6:00pm each day, in Victoria Park. Southport Food and Drink Festival is a foodies paradise, with a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Try food from different cultures – you can enjoy crepes, gourmet burgers, hot wings, churros, spiral potatoes, paella and curry from the Street Food stalls. Sample handmade cheeses, sausages, sweet and savoury pies, chutneys and pickles. Many different varieties of food.
Enjoy your food with a refreshing drink of real lemonade, cider, pimms, rum cocktails, craft beer or selection of non-alcoholic and healthy smoothies.
The weather forecast says Saturday may be the best day to visit.

Satnav: PR8 2BZ

7th June - The Westfield Street Music Festival

The Westfield Street Music Festival, last year, had Bands on in all the pubs and bars in Westfield Street and surrounding bars, as well as a fair and the Batala Brazilian Band playing in the Street. The sun shone and the bars were packed. The Batala Band was excellent, and they all had more energy than an energiser bunny.
This years festival is on the 7th of June. Starts at 12 noon. I will add a link to the list of bands, in each bar, when it is published.
For now visit the organiser facebook pages here

Win A Car in aid of the Royal Marines

Win an Aston in aid of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust

Raffle takes Place on the 11th September 2015

This is a raffle where you know where you get to choose the good cause.
This brand new Aston Martin has been donated to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund to raise funds for them. The car was donated by entrepreneur, philanthropist and RMCTF trustee David Weil. His intention was that the RMCTF raise at least double the car’s value. The tickets are £10 each and, even after costs, 90% of the money will go directly to the RMCTF.

Visit the site and find out about the car and the aims and accomplishments of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust. You may win an Aston Martin and you will definately help a really good cause.

powerboat racing

Powerboat racing at Carr Mill Dam

7th June | free admission

The Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club will be hosting The Lancashire Carr Mill Trophy, at Carr Mill Dam on Sunday 7th June.
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 2:00pm and run until 6:00pm. 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.

Liverpool Makefest

Liverpool Makefest

27th June | free admission

Liverpools first ever makefest is being held in Central Library, in William Brown Street, from 9.00am until 5.00pm.
. Liverpool MakeFest is a Free family friendly festival for all ages celebrating all things ‘makey’ in the north-west, showcasing things people have made, projects people are working on, inventions, gadgets and hands-on activities including, coding, hacking workshops and demonstrations. It’s a place to see how science, technology, engineering, arts and crafts are shaping our world… a place to get you thinking and learning about cool stuff you could make yourself.
Satnav: L3 8EW.

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.