A FORTNIGHT celebrating the arts begins In Heswall next month.
Heswall Arts Festival includes a vast programme of entertainment to keep the whole family amused.
The two-week event will have hundreds of professional artists unveiling their latest creations, and live entertainment for all to see.
Events include antiques valuations, family history sessions, calligraphy, philosophy, nail art, how to make canapés and starters, learn to sing, drama, jazz music, book readings and poetry, model railways, fashion, floral art, film shows, Heswall history, photography, astronomy and magic shows in venues across Heswall and on the street.
The popular Heswall Art Trail returns and will displays on show throughout the festival. There will be workshops and display at the Heswall Centre, including exhibits by pupils of Wirral Grammar School.
The festival takes place between September 28 and October 12.
Performances include a concert “Fiesta” on September 28 at Heswall Hall, featuring Orchestra dell’Arte playing Bolero, Rodrigo Guitar Concerto and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra Danzon No 2.
Billy Thompson will be performing on October 5 and playing a mix of gypsy, fusion, jazz and rock violin.
Closing the festival will be The Scaffold, with Mike McCartney, John Gorman and Keith Wilson performing on October 12 in Heswall Hall.
Some events are free to enter, while others are tickets only.
A programme will be on sale in shops in September.
Festival director Valerie Warr said: “The festival does not receive financial support from Wirral Council, so we rely on volunteers’ time, any donations and income from the programmes sold.
“Heswall is blessed with a variety of venue types and sizes and the organisers have tried to include most of them, from shops to pubs to churches and halls.”
Last year’s festival had no less than 105 events, and over 400 performers and artists.
It attracted an estimated 5,000 visitors.