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Something for the weekend – 10-12 August

It's upon us at last - the start of the new footy season, something that even God or man can’t ruin. But there’s other stuff going on as well. Here’s what’s what with our Shirl

Published on August 10th 2007.

Something for the weekend – 10-12 August

If you’re into bang into your dance music, The Dragon Bar’s the place to be tonight (Friday). DJs Danny Woods and Matt Childs will be taking the crowd on a magical journey through the ages of dance music history. Hear what really was “respectable in the 80s”, get your glo-stick out for those Cream classics from the 90s, and raise your hands in the air for the 21st century Garlands stalwarts.

Meanwhile, over on Hardman Street, Bumper is hosting a party, with the Lake of Stars DJs pitting wits (and tunes) against Bumper’s resident DJs.

*Why not? @ The Dragon Bar, Berry Street, Friday 10th August, 9pm-2am Price: Free

*Lake of Stars @ Bumper, Hardman Street, Friday 10th August, 8am-3am, Price: £1

Forget Concert Square. Southport Pier is the place to see the best birds…thousands of them in fact, all resting and feeding on the Ribble Estuary.

Be amazed by the 250,000 migrant water birds that make regular use of this food-rich estuary. From the end of the pier you will get fantastic views of flocks of a wide range of waders and wildfowl, including dunlins, knots, oystercatchers, godwits, plovers and shelducks, often being pursued by peregrines.

As well as the wide variety of birds that you will see from the end of the pier, experience a different view of Blackpool and be amazed by the breathtaking views of Snowdonia and the Lake District hills in the distance.

If you’re a bit clueless when it comes to birds, fear not, for an RSPB guide will be on hand to show you them close up and give you advice on how to handle them. And they've been around the block a few times.

*Aren't Birds Brilliant! Southport Pier, Saturday 11:00 – 16:30, Sunday 11:00 – 16:30. Just turn up.

We all remember manipulating our hands to create funny animals and naughty scenarios (speak for yourself, Ed). But if you’re looking to expand on your puppetry skills, The Bluecoat Display Centre is the venue for Art Circus who are presenting a shadow puppetry workshop at Hanover Street for 7-12 year olds on Saturday. The workshop will include drawing, shadow puppet making, storytelling, puppet performance and filming. All for £4. To secure a place email bluecoatdisplay@btconnect.com or call the number below. Places are going fast so act now.

*Art circus presents…A Shadow Puppetry Workshop, Saturday 11th August, Bluecoat Display Centre, Hanover Street. 5pm. Price: £4. 0151 709 1555

On Sunday, Django’s Riff on Wood Street is housing a ‘chill-out’ night that vows to nurse those comedown blues. It also promises to help “avoid those walk-of-shame nasties” and “ease you back into the real world!".

The pros certainly appear alluring. Pillows and blankets, free movies, ice lollies, a two-course Sunday roast for £5, and DJs playing hip-hop, reggae, soul and jazz. Masseuses, wireless internet access and Sludge Stewards.

Whooaa. Run that by us again. Sludge Stewards? Well, the night is called Sludge-a-thon and, rather curiously, another item on the inventory is an “oozy atmosphere”. If this doesn't sound slightly dubious, then by all means, head on down. It’s perhaps worth heading down anyway, if not just to heckle people when they finally ready to embark on their walk of shame.

*The Sunday Sludge-a-thon @ Django’s Riff, Wood Street, 6pm-12amPrice: Free.

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