Bank Holiday Rundown

There’s loads to do in Wirral this weekend (August 26 – 28), so get out and about. Here’s some of what’s on around the area (If you know of any other events that aren’t listed, email us at theleftbank@nerdshack.com):

Hoylake

Hoylake Lifeboat Open Day (Bank Holiday Monday, 10am – 6pm, FREE, Prom closed to traffic)

1200: RAF Red Arrows Display Team
Also, the Yakovlevs Aerial Display Team, Helicopter, Trade Stands, Funfair and more.

Spital

First Annual Wirral Food and Drink Festival (Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, 10am – 5pm Sunday, 10am – 4pm Monday, FREE)

  • Around 50 local food producers offering the best food and drink from the area
  • Specialist beer marquee
  • Chef demonstrations
  • Live radio broadcast from Wirral’s Buzz 97.1
  • Children’s Teddy Bears Picnic, in aid of Claire House and much more.
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Hello, Sailor…

If maritime history is your thing, then get down to Wallasey Town Hall in the next fortnight to peruse retired Merchant Navy man, Gordon Sykes-Little’s cap badge collection.

The collection contains more than 120 badges, with many from companies that no longer exist, spanning from the early 1900’s, through to 2000 and includes badges from the White Star Line, amongst others. The exhibition was opened by former QEII captain, and Meols resident, R.A. Woodall.

Billy’s Smart Circus

The world renowned Billy Smart’s Circus rolls into New Brighton’s Kings Parade for a week from Thursday, August 31 until Wednesday, September 6.

With two shows a day except for the opening and closing days, everyone who wants to see this fantastic show should be able to. Prices start from £10 for kids and £12 for adults, but half price vouchers seem to be in every shop around (in Birkenhead, at least). It’s a brand new show for 2006, and it’s completely, 100% human – so no animals to worry about. For tickets, phone 0870 444 1505.

Blooming Marvellous!

If you’re at a loose end on Sunday, August 20, get down to Birkenhead Park’s new pavillion for the first annual Wirral Flower and Vegetable Show. Open to the public from noon until 4pm, the show will feature over 35 different classes of plants, fruits and vegetables. The Lord Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Peter Johnson, will present the prizes.

The show is sponsored by Gordale Nursery and Garden Centre and is supported by the Birkenhead Regeneration Community Partnership, the National Vegetable Society,  Wirral Allotment Society, the Birkenhead Lions, and Wirral Borough Council.

For more details, phone Adam King, Birkenhead Park’s Senior Ranger, on 0151 652 5197.

Looking For Work?

On Thursday, 7 September, Wirral’s retailers will be holding the Wirral Retail Jobs Fair from 10am until 4pm which is open to all members of the public.

The event will be held at the Lauries Centre, Claughton Road, Birkenhead and is aimed at getting local people into Christmas retail work.

It may well be too late to book a table, but for more information, phone the Employer Engagement team on 0151 801 5773.

Things To Do In August

Coming up this month (next week in fact) we have the Wirral Festival of Golf at Caldy Golf Club. It runs from August 13th until the 18th and has a numberof categories for all manner of stick and ball fans. For more info, contact Caldy Golf Club.

The bank holiday weekend sees the first ever Wirral Food and Drink Festival at Claremont Farm in Spital. Billed as a celebration of all things home grown, the festival aims to promote the great range of restaurants, bars, farm shops andchefs in the area. It runs on the 27th and 28th of August and more details can be found on the website.

Also on the bank holiday monday is the now traditional Hoylake Lifeboat Day. Star attractions, once again, are the world famous Red Arrows at 12pm. There’s a whole host of other stuff happening, too, so get down there. More details on their website (beware, though, it’s pretty graphic intensive).

If you know of, or have, an event not listed here, contact us by commenting below or emailing leftbank@nerdshack.com.

Saving Lairds

News came out this week that Northwestern Shiprepairers are bidding to purchase the Cammell Laird name and trademark. Cammell Laird’s administrators, KPMG, are auctioning off the assets to the highest bidder, and everyone with an interest in the company can only hope that Northwestern, who occupy and work from the northern end of the Lairds site, are successful. Good luck to them.