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Something for the Weekend (08-10 August 08)

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Published on August 8th 2008.

Something for the Weekend (08-10 August 08)

Proving that more than their glass has the class, St Helens are hosting their annual and impressive free music festival this Saturday. Eclectica will take place in Victoria Square from noon and if the line up is anything to go by then it’s looking like a pretty decent party. Shed Seven and The Levellers are at the top end of the bill, while everybody’s hotly-tipped scouse-mob The Maybes? bag a comfortable afternoon slot. Quirks of the day include an opening performance by Chilli Con Carnival, the local Latin drum band and other St. Helens stars such as Ghengis Grimes, Mama Beani.

Eclectica 2008 @ Victoria Square, St. Helens, Sat August 9, 12noon, free, for more information visit www.visitsthelens.com or call 01744 456078.

Something for the kids
There’s plenty going on for children of all ages around William Brown Street this weekend. Imaginatively called Imagine, (catch 'em young in Beatles city, an old cynic might say), the action, including Sensazione; a human and enthusiasm-powered fairground and Oogly Boogly; an inflatable improvisation space for toddlers, is all part of the festival fun which comes to an exciting end on Sunday as it merges with the annual children’s festival. This means there will be twice as much action around the museum district including a beach, plenty of drumming, circus skills and a big parade. This fantastic, free programme of events really cannot be missed. Pack a waterproof, say forecasters.

Imagine/ Children’s Festival @ William Brown Street/St Johns Gardens, until Aug 10th, free, events begin daily from 10am, visit www.liverpool08.com for more information or call 0151 233 2459.

Open Air Cinema
Thinking of going to the cinema? Why stay indoors? As the second part of the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival dawns, the Open Air Cinema arrives. The outdoor screen- which is showing Al Pacino’s Looking for Richard on Friday and Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ on Saturday- is situated next to the Anglican Cathedral, in the heart St James Gardens. Potentially this could be really romantic or really eerie but we’ll have to see. There will be an al-fresco bar and bistro, selling homemade popcorn amongst other things and you can also pre-order a sit-down meal or family picnic basket. Brilliant.

Open Air Cinema @ St James Gardens Fri 8th and Sat 9th August, gates open at 8pm, film @ 9pm, tickets £6, £4 (concs) pre-book. Visit www.theliverpool
or call 0151 727 1703.

You can lead a horticulture....
Any green-fingered folk should head down to Court Hey Park this Sunday for the tenth Knowsley Flower Show which has proudly become the largest free horticultural event in the North West. The show is held in and around the National Wild Flower Centre and offers over 100 classes for any budding gardeners, to dive in and get their hands dirty. There’s also a giant flower-filled marquee boasting over 400 exhibits. You can also expect a heap of general entertainment such as displays in the arena, crafts and circus acts for the kids.

Knowsley Flower Show @ the National Wildflower Centre, Court Hey Park, Sun 10th Aug, 11am, free, visit www.knowsleyflowershow.com or call 0151 738 1913.

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