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

Unless a local walking or cycling organisation or school would like to take over the running of this site. The MyStHelens site will be closing on the 13th of June.

The site was a pleasurable hobby and I enjoyed the correspondence from many of you over the years. The site takes more time than I have, so parts of it have not been updated in years. .. I hope a local organisation will take it on, but if not "Vita frui , frui S. Helens".

crafty fingers

If you have a burning desire to develop a new skill in crafting or enhance the skills you have already, then you may like to try the bespoke craft classes at Crafty Fingers of Lugsmore Lane.
Classes are taught by experienced tutors and cater to those learning just for fun or maybe want to start a new venture of their own.
Courses include Cake Decorating, Card Making, Quilling, Embroidery, Jewellery Making, Scrapbook making and stamping, Sewing skills, Knitting/Crochet, Homewares, Face Painting, Body Art and much more.
Satnav: WA10 3DL.

powerboat racing

Powerboat racing at Carr Mill Dam

19th and 20th May | free admission

The Lancashire Powerboat Racing Club will be hosting The Powerboat GP National Championship this month. Two of it’s members, Natalie Craddock and Ben Morse were seen in F4 racing on Bloomberg TV last month.
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.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker at The Citadel

20th May | see Citadel website for details | Photo coutesy of Nigel Lupton

To win the Best Duo category at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards is quite an achievement at any stage of an artists’ career. But just two years prior to this accolade Josienne Clarke (from West Sussex) and Ben Walker (from Worcestershire) were virtually unknown on the folk scene (or any other, for that matter). So their success is quite remarkable.
The elegance and sophistication of their music comes entirely from their own discipline, rigour and craft. The misery, mirth and sheer beauty of their performances has taken them to such auspicious stages as Cambridge Folk Festival, Bristol’s Colston Hall and London’s Purcell Rooms, a far cry from the pub backrooms where they began. Now signed to Rough Trade Records, Josienne and Ben will be touring extensively in the UK this Spring. Listen to them at their website at
Satnav : WA10 1PX

Other places to take the children


Wind Turbines at Billinge

Random Photo - The Wind Turbines at Billinge Hill

This was taken on my phone, whilst out for a bike ride on Sunday 14th February.
After a quick coffee in the Fir Tree Farm cafe, we rode up the footpath, off the farm car park, and towards the wind turbines. The Turbines can be seen from the farm but look and sound better up close.

Satnav : WA11 8RG

Taylor Park Quarry Gardens flooded

Random Photo 2 - Taylor Park Quarry Garden Flooded

Taken Monday the 7th of March. We went down to the Quarry Garden where we found the flooing level in the quarry garden had continued to increase since the first photo I took on February 12th. The seat of the bench nearst the ancient trees is now completely submerged and a moorhen was swimming in the pond.

Satnav : WA10 3HX

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.