Yes, the kids are off school and it’s time to keep them entertained. Janet Tansley offers a few ideas to stop your nearest and dearest declaring they’re bored...
WAVERTREE FAIR: Today and all next week: Wavertree Playground, Wavertree
There are more than 20 rides and attractions to get the half term holiday off to a thrilling start.
And we have a FREE wristband offer for every reader running in the ECHO today (see page 31) for the Wavertree Fair which runs across the Diamond Jubilee holiday. The wristband MUST be redeemed either today or tomorrow (Saturday) ONLY and entitles the wearer to discounted rides of £1 each instead of the usual cost of £1.50-£2.50 each!
SPEKE HALL LIVE: Tomorrow and Sunday : The historic venue is playing host to its own Diamond Jubilee music extravaganza. X Factor stars Marcus Collins and Craig Colton will be performing on Saturday, Status Quo on Sunday and Russell Watson will be headlining a Last Night of the Proms concert on Monday. For tickets call 0844 8889991 or visit www.spekeconcerts.co.uk
FREE FESTIVAL: Sunday, June 3: Wavertree Tennis Centre, Wellington Road, Wavertree, Liverpool - Festival of Health and Activity 2012, 10.30am-4.30pm
Lots of free fun filled activities, for all ages: waterballs; trampolining; go-karts; cooking demonstrations; tennis; golf; fitness testing; exhibition stands offering advice; rugby; plus lots more activities and performances to enjoy.
MUSEUMS: Join in Jubilee celebrations at the Walker Art Gallery and visit the new exhibition, Rolf Harris: Can you tell what it is yet? which features Rolf’s stunning portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, amongst an eclectic range of Rolf’s paintings and memorabilia.
Families inspired by the portrait can make their own crown in workshops at the gallery from tomorrow until Tuesday, June 5, between 10 am and 4 pm.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum of Liverpool will be treating their visitors like royalty and will also be hosting crown-making workshops on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5.
For those who prefer to leave crown-wearing to the experts there is a flag-making workshop at the Lady Lever and Sudley House tomorrow between 1 pm and 4 pm.
Poet Roger McGough’s unusual exhibition Liverpool Doors combines poetry and doors to give a quirky, humorous view of the city. The Liverpool Tapestry captures the spirit of the city created by 150 embroiderers with 103 miles of wool and nearly five million stitches.
Visit www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk /events/ for more details.
ALBERT DOCK PIRATE FESTIVAL: Saturday and Sunday, June 9 - 10. Watch the action unfold from the quayside as Privateer Ships ZEBU and RUTH do battle with Pirate Ship VILMA, with dramatic sailing action in the Dock. Armed with cannons watch as they act out the tale of the Kings Navy Pirate Hunters in a live action battle under sail in Albert Dock.
Key events to watch out for:
11:15am Musket Salutes
11:45am - 5pm Pirate ships open for visitors
Musketry & Cannon Displays: 12:20pm - 12.40pm West Lock Knuckle
1:20pm - 1:40pm West Lock Knuckle and Children’s Pirate Parade
12pm - Meet Captain Hook at the Pumphouse
1pm - 1:20pm Process from Salthouse Quay to Anchor Courtyard recruiting young pirates along the way.
Action on the Water, displays 12:30pm - 4:30pm
(Times are subject to change)
PILLBOX VINTAGE FETE: Sunday, June 3, Woodcote House Hotel, 11am-4pm
Free entry to the fair with a mix of stalls selling men's and women's vintage/retro clothing, recustomised vintage/retro fashions, jewellery, accessories, homeware/collectables and retro inspired cakes and bakes.
DIAMOND JUBILEE POND DIP: Tuesday, June 5: Wirral Country Park, 11am.
Celebrate this special holiday with a pond dip, using nets and trays to explore this interesting habitat. This is a free family event and all children must be accompanied (not suitable for under-5s). Booking essential.
Call 0151 648 4371 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW: Thursday, June 7: Port Sunlight Village, 9.30am-4.30pm
The ever-popular programme is filming for its 35th series in the grounds of Port Sunlight Village and entry to the show is free. People with large pieces of furniture or other big items can send details and photographs of their objects to: Antiques Roadshow, BBC, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2LR or e-mail them to: email@example.com
WIRRAL FOLK ON THE COAST FESTIVAL: Thursday, June 7 to Sunday, June 10:
The eighth festival offers a weekend of family entertainment at new venue, The Whitby Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port. There are five main stage concerts, numerous fringe activities, workshops and rolling folk clubs. Barbara Dickson will be performing on the Saturday. For full details log onto www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com
WIRRAL KITE FESTIVAL: June 9-10, The Dips, Kings Parade, New Brighton, 11am-4.30pm. Free admission to this two day event for all the family with a variety of spectacular show kites on display, including artistic kites, giant inflatable kites, sports kites and power kites. For further details call 0151 666 3188.
BLUE LIGHTS HORSE OF THE YEAR TROPHY: Today until Sunday, June 3: Aintree International Equestrian Centre, Aintree Racecourse. This will see more than 60 emergency services workers saddling up to claim the Blue Lights Horse of the Year trophy.
On Saturday, June 2, the gates to Aintree Racecourse will open to bring visitors an action packed day of fun and excitement. Take the whole family along and wander around the market place, watch the displays, competitions and entertainment in the main arena. Gates open at 10am, event closes at 4pm. No tickets required.
Sunday, June 3 is open to public to take their horses and ponies along to compete in showjumping classes at this prestigious show, for full show details call 0151 296 4562.
CHILDREN’S FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL: Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10: Esplanade, Southport - Southport Children's Food and Drink Festival (part of main Southport Food and Drink Festival). The Children's Food Festival will feature a special children's foodie heaven with lots of exciting and interactive activities all themed around food and drink - perfect for mini Marcos and diddy Delias everywhere! Festival partner Playtown has a jam packed timetable of exciting games and activities which will provide a fun filled backdrop.
FUN DAY: Thursday and Friday, June 7 and 8: Jubilee Park Pavilion. Lincombe Road, Huyton - Bunting-making (free), 1pm – 3 pm.
Come along and help make some colourful bunting for our Fun Day, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All materials provided.
FUN DAY: Thursday, June 7: Court Hey Farm, Diamond Jubilee Celebration Event (free), 1-3pm
Fun filled afternoon with acorn farm, face painters, crown making and more. Contact:South Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843.
FUN DAY: Saturday, June 9:Jubilee Park, Lincombe Road, Huyton – Fun Day (free), 12-4pm. An afternoon of fun for all the family to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Fairground rides, bouncy castles, face painting, stalls and much much more. Contact: North Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 2431, mobile 07766 205541.
PARTY: Saturday, June 9: Sawpit Park - Diamond Jubilee Party (free), 1-3pm. Fun filled afternoon with face painting, craft workshops and more. Contact: South Huyton Ranger on 0151 443 3114 or 07771550843.
FUN DAY: Saturday, June 2, 11am-4pm: Church Square - Loads of family fun is promised including flag making workshops, face painting and a special appearance by jubilee joker Rumple the Clown, who’s ready to entertain the crowds with some hilarious stunts. Musical entertainment will be provided by the St Helens Youth Brass Band.
PICNIC IN THE PARK: Saturday, June 2: Bankes Park, Billing. An event which will culminate in the lighting of Billinge Beacon at 10pm. The focus is strictly on family fun with events including community picnic (bring your own food and drink) and entertainment available with a DJ, samba band, tombola and community stalls selling homemade produce.
POWERBOAT RACING: Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3: Carr Mill Dam - Powerboat racers from across the UK will compete for the 2nd round of the RYA British National Championships. Around 40 boats are expected to compete over the weekend in six different classes.
JUBILEE FUN DAY: Saturday, June 2, 1-4pm: Park Farm ACYP Centre, Carr Mill.
JUBILEE FUN DAY: Friday, June 8, 11am-3pm: Earlestown Market. Town crier Barry McQueen, with attractions that include face painting, a classic car show, street performances, jugglers and some great competitions to win goodies from local stores, will open it.
For more information about what’s happening in St Helens go to www.whatsoninsthelens.com or call 01744 675492.
WE have teamed up with the Albert Dock to offer one reader the chance to win a family meal for four at What's Cooking? and a ride on the Yellow Duckmarine and a family ride on the ECHO Big Wheel.
Just tell us what colour the Beatles’ submarine was.
Answers on a postcard together with your name and address by June 8, to: Albert Dock Competition, c/o Janet Tansley, Liverpool Echo, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L69 3EB. The first correct entry out of the hat will win. Usual ECHO competition rules apply.