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Weekend larks (5-7 Aug)

Pride arrives; Jimmy Corkhill's muster plan; Gee-gees for the ladies and a summer cycle

Written by . Published on August 4th 2011.

Weekend larks (5-7 Aug)

Liverpool Pride
This weekend promises rainbows no matter what the weather.

There was outrage when the second Liverpool Pride officially relocated from Dale Street to the Pier Head but now it is upon us and we have outrageousness of a different kind.

Time, then, to get those leather hotpants on, dust off your rainbow flags and masks and join the festivities as the Pride returns on Saturday.

The Summer of Love stage will include Parr Street’s Steve MacFarlane, Cocobelle and poptastic princesses Oh My! Also expect Kym Mazelle, SIX-D, Rowetta, Sense of Sound and House of Suarez throughout the day.

The Pier Head site will also feature an enormous community market.

Meanwhile, Garlands is staging its own party outside the nightclub in Erberle Street where you will find a massive stage and dozens of acts, should you wish to stray from the official Pride line.

There is also a serious side. The date chosen by the organisers of Pride follows the third anniversary of the death of Michael Causer, the young gay man who was murdered in 2008.

*Liverpool Pride, Pier Head, Dale Street and environs, Saturday August 6, 2pm-late. Free.

Horse sense
You don’t need to get dressed to the nines just for Pride this weekend either. There is always the option to attend the final Summer Ladies Night of the year at Haydock Park Racecourse this Friday.

Ladies NightLadies NightDressing up might even gain you some spending money on more clothes, with the chance of a cash prize of £1000 to the 'Best Dressed Racegoer'. As well as six fast-paced races, the Ladies evening event is packed with entertainment for those not so interested in betting or animals. There are fashion exhibitions by Liverpool's 'Kirsty Doyle', free Mini Makeovers, Firefly Photography and Makeover Session for one lucky winner and Haydock Park's very own 'Silent Disco' hosted by Radio City's Rick Houghton to name but a few.

*Ladies Evening, Haydock Park Racecourse, St Helens, Friday August 5, from 4pm. Tickets from £12

Long John Sullivan
After all that Pride action you might be longing for something a little less sparkly and fancy.

No chance. It's over the water with you then to live it up with Dean Sullivan and bunch of pirates.

He and othet swashbuckling sorts will be marauding in New Brighton when the Mersey Pirate Muster takes place at Fort Perch Rock.

PiratesPiratesAnd to make sure things are ship shape, Mersey Ferries will be running a special Children's Cruise between 12.15pm and 3.00pm, sailing out to Fort Perch Rock (Brazil Buoy) to provide a grand stand view as the mock Pirate battle rages at Fort Perch Rock.

There’ll be pirates on board to interact with passengers and hand out treasure maps, includingex Brookie star Dean who will be playing the local legendary pirate Captain Fortunatus Wright.

On boarding, each apprentice pirate will be greeted by Captain Wright's motley crew, and issued with a certificate of piracy valid for one hundred years. The infamous hero will capture your imagination with his tales of shipwrecks and his dog Cracker smugglers before a big pirate battle.

The event will also be an attempt on the world record to have the most pirates in one place at any given time.

*Mersey Pirate Muster, Mersey Ferries, Wallasey, Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton, Sunday 7th August, Free

Cycle Speke – the city’s cycling scheme, which has got people on their bikes since 2009 – is inviting local people to join in a bike ride to Sefton Park this Sunday.

(Click here to add text)(The circular, two-and-a-half-hour ride leaves Lifestyles Austin Rawlinson in Parklands andwill makes its way along National Cycle Routes to Sefton Park, before heading back to where it started from. The route, including on-road stretches, will be led by qualified and experienced cycling instructors, so even less experienced bikers can feel safe!

It is a great opportunity to have fun, meet other people who enjoy cycling, get some exercise and take a fresh look at the picturesque park, which has just become the first in the city to be awarded Green Heritage status.

And even if you don’t have a bike, don’t worry! Cycle Speke does have, even if a limited number, of pool bikes available. Cycle Speke’s and Cycle Aigburth’s Cycling Sundays will continue throughout 2011, and additional rides will be organised by the Five Families Centre.

*Cycle Speke, Sundays throughout 2011, to book your bike call Claudia on 0151 233 5246

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