THERE will be a chance to learn more about Wirral's past during a special event this weekend.

The History & Heritage Fair will be held at Hulme Hall on Bolton Road in Port Sunlight on Saturday (March 23) from from 10am–4pm.

On the day, there will be almost 100 stalls telling a different aspect of the borough's story – from the Vikings to the Cheshire Home Guard. It promise 'something to capture everyone’s imagination.'

The Mayor of Wirral and the borough’s heritage Champion, councillor Jerry Williams, said: "The Wirral History and Heritage Fair has grown to become one of the largest and most respected events of its type in the country, and is always an annual highlight for local people and visitors alike.

"This year's event promises to be even more special as we celebrate Wirral's year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture and shine a light on the incredible history and heritage of our borough.

"Whether you're passionate about history, or just looking for something a bit different to do at the weekend, there is something for everyone."

More information, including a list of exhibitors, is available at

Book fair

A book fair will be held at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton this Saturday from 10am- 2.30pm.

It promises ‘books, cards, ephemera and prints for all tastes and ages pockets and purses with plenty of local history titles about Wirral’. Admission free - refreshments available. There will also be a chance to meet author Cathy Roberts.

Family history

CHINA Farm Story is the subject of John Michael Corfe’s talk to Bebington Family History Group next Monday (March 25) at St Barnabus Hall in Bromborough (7.30pm).

Book fair A book fair will be held at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton this Saturday from 10am- 2.30pm.

It promises ‘books, cards, ephemera and prints for all tastes and ages pockets and purses with plenty of local history titles about Wirral’. Admission Free - refreshments available. There will also be a chance to meet author Cathy Roberts.

Bird club

NORTHWEST Year is the subject of Chris Galvin’s illustrated talk to Wirral Bird Club next Thursday (March 28).

It will take place at St Bridget’s Church Centre on Church Road, West Kirby (7.30pm). Admission £4. Details from Bill on 07795 148140

Join the bands

WIRRAL Pop Orchestra is looking for new members. Its repertoire includes pop, cinema and musical theatre. It rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm-10pm at St Annes Parish Centre on Highfield Road in Rock Ferry. There is currently no audition.

Wirral Big Band also needs trombone and trumpet players. It rehearses on Monday evenings from 8pm-10.30pm at the same venue. Interested in joining either band, email:


WALLASEY Gardening Society meets on the third Thursday of every month at St James with Emmanuel Church in New Brighton at 7.30pm. Details from Helen on 0151 652 2979.

Get snappy

HESWALL Photographic Society meets on Friday evenings at Saint Peters Church Hall in lower Heswall. Open to complete beginners or more experienced photographers.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Interested in joining, details from

Race For Life

ENTRIES are now being taken for this year’s Wirral Race For Life events in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Taking place in Birkenhead Park on Sunday, May 19, it is open to people of all ages and abilities where mums, dads, sons, daughters, grandparents and friends can choose from 3k and 5k events.

There will also be a chance on the day to take part in Pretty Muddy, a 5k mud-splattered obstacle course, and there’s a Pretty Muddy Kids option.

To enter, visit

Dance classes

CHILDREN’s ‘starter’ dance classes are at Merrall’s Dance Centre in Moreton every Monday from 5.15pm-6.15pm.

Details from 0151 606 1458 or

Get creative

ART classes are at Newton Village Hall on Mondays from 2.30-4.30pm and 7-9pm and Wednesdays from 10am-noon. For details, email or call 678 0834.

Rock ‘n’ roll

CHESHIRE Cats’ rock ‘n’ roll fundraising nights are every Wednesday from 7.30pm at The Poulton Victoria Club on Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey. Entrance £1.50. In aid of charities for sick children.

Family festival

THE main stage line-up has been confirmed for a family festival including a live music stage, dance music arena and a kid’s stage coming to Wirral this year.

The Wirral Family Festival is at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park ground on Saturday, May 11 from 12pm-11pm.

It will feature a live music stage on the pitch with tribute bands covering genres such as rock, pop, indie, ska and reggae.

There will also be a dance music arena including well-known local house music DJs. Also among the entertainment will be superhero shows, pony rides and talent shows.

The line-up for the main stage is:

  • QE2 (Queen tribute band)
  • Arctic Mondayz (Arctic Monkeys tribute)
  • Live In Technicolour (Coldplay tribute)
  • Rule The World (Take That tribute)
  • The Rocket Man (Elton John tribute)
  • Simply Sheeran (Ed Sheeran tribute)
  • The Oasis Experience Resurrection (The Stone Roses tribute)
  • The Beautiful Couch (tribute to The Beautiful South)
  • The Brightside Killers (Killers tribute).

Tickets from

Tiny dancers

A toddler dance class is at Lower Bebington Methodist Church every Saturday from 9am. Details from Karen or Wendy at

Folk club

WALLASEY folk and acoustic club meets on the first and third Sundays of each month at Misty Blues on Manor Road in Liscard (7.30pm). Details from the club’s website and Facebook page.

Over-50s swim

WIRRAL over-50s swim club meets at Calday Grange Swimming Pool every Friday (9-11am).Email or call Pam on 07884 972400 to arrange a taster session.


A BADMINTON club in West Kirby is looking for new members. It meets Tuesdays at Westbourne Hall Community Centre, Westbourne Road, from 8pm to 10pm.

Details from Ian on 07710 536953 or email

Country music

LEASOWE Castle Country Music Club meets every Thursday at Poulton Vics Social Club, Poulton Bridge Road, Wallasey (7.15 to 11pm).

Piano bar

THERE is live piano music at the Mess Cafe at Fort Perch Rock, New Brighton every Thursday night. Admission free (7pm start). The Fort Sessions’ - a night of live acoustic guitar and different singers each week - are at the venue every Friday (7pm).

Folk dancing

FOLK dance sessions are on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of every month at Victoria Hall, Bebington from 8 to 10pm.


Exercise class

DANCE exercise classes take place at Guide Headquarters on Leasowe Road, Wallasey every Thursday (2pm). Admission £5. Call Angela on 07786 360959 for details.

Ladies bowling

BEBINGTON Ladies Bowling Club meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Call 0151 608 8616 for details.


FLEXERCISE - described as fun and friendly exercise sessions for the over 60s - takes place every Wednesday (6.30 to 7.45pm) at St James’ Church Hall, New Brighton. Details from 07544 150112.

Charity cuppa

A CHARITY coffee morning is held every Tuesday from 10am to noon at St Alban’s Parish Centre, Liscard. No fee, just a voluntary donation in aid of the Lourdes fund.

Oxton U3A OXTON University of the Third Age (U3A) holds fortnightly meetings at Trinity with Palm Grove Church, Alton Road, Birkenhead.

If you are interested and would like more details, email

Badminton club

BADMINTON club nights are every Monday and Friday from 7.30pm until late at Upton Victory Hall on Salacre Lane in Upton.

New players (from beginner level) welcome.

Details from Lauretta on 07936 293350 or Tap dance A MONDAY evening tap dancing class in Wallasey is looking for new members. Call Angela on 07786 360959.

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