Stories of the people, the place and the areas surrounding Formby. Formby is a coastal town with a beautiful beach, fabulous sand dunes, pine woods, red squirrels all managed by the National Trust. The town boasts an attractive village shopping centre where there's much to see, eat and drink. Because of its popularity, parking close to the beach is limited, often full and large queues form by noon at weekends and bank holidays.
Lara Favaretto, Momentary Monument – The Stone, 2016. Photo: Mark McNulty
Liverpool Biennial is the UK biennial of contemporary art. Taking place every two years across the city in public spaces, galleries, museums and online, the Biennial commissions international artists to make and present work in the context of Liverpool.
Liverpool Biennial 2018 runs from 14 July – 28 October and celebrates 20 years of presenting international art in the city and region. The 10th edition, titled Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world in social, political and economic turmoil.
Bike hire scheme Bike & Go is challenging Formby residents to help them find the most Instagrammable bike ride in the region as part of a project to uncover the UK’s most social media-worthy cycle routes.
The #Instacycleroutes guide will celebrate the bike rides with the best photo opportunities in England and Scotland – the two countries in which Bike & Go operates – to help social media stars find new selfie locations while also showcasing nearby cycle routes.
The bike rides could take place anywhere across the region, as long as they feature at least one Insta-worthy hotspot.
The suggestions will then be compiled into an online guide which will be made available on the Bike & Go website.
To suggest a bike ride, users need to tweet @UKBikeandGo or upload to Bike & Go’s Facebook page using the hashtag #Instacycleroutes, or email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. All suitable entries will be compiled into the online guide.
The latest Bike & Go project follows hot on the heels of the Quirky Bike Ride Guide, which was published earlier this year to mark the wide range of unusual bike rides on offer across the UK.
Suzanne Grant, Bike & Go Commercial Director, said:
“We know from the interaction we’ve had with our users that many love to photograph their bike rides and share them on social media.
“We also know that social media users are always looking for ways to create new content, and believe that showing people some of the amazing sights you can see while out cycling could encourage even more people to take to two wheels.
“We’re appealing to everyone who knows of bike rides with some great photo opportunities to share them with us so that even more people can enjoy the best cycle routes the region has to offer and post their experiences online.”
Bike & Go offers bike hire facilities from 22 participating train stations across the Merseyrail network, including Liverpool Central, Moorfields, Aigburth, Ormskirk, New Brighton and West Kirby, in addition to a further 49 participating train stations across much of the North West, North East and Yorkshire, East and South East of England, and Scotland. There are also a bike hire facilities at Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Leasowe Castle.
To hire a Bike & Go bike, users simply need to register their card details online, which they can do via smartphones, tablets, or at home, and pay the annual £10 subscription fee. They will then receive a user number via email which will allow immediate bike hire at just £3.80 per 24 hours whilst they wait for their Bike & Go membership card. Bikes can then be returned to any participating train station.
Between 1980 and 1987 I spent some of my most enjoyable moments in public life serving as an elected Councillor member of Sefton Councils Arts and Library committee. Although the Arts weren't considered a front-line public service at the time, and probably, even now, It was the least politically contested function.
The Atkinson was restored by Southport Borough Council in the lead-up to the formation if Sefton in 1974,
In 1875, William Atkinson offered Southport Corporation £6,000 to build an art gallery and library for the town.
William Atkinson was a cotton manufacturer from Knaresborough who frequently visited Southport with his sick wife looking for the refreshing sea air. He eventually moved to Southport and generously donated approximately £40,000 to the town during his lifetime and played an active part in its development.
The architects Waddington & Son of Burnley designed the Atkinson Art Gallery and Library, which opened in 1878.
The Southport Arts Centre as it became known was closed again in 2010 for further refurbishment. Reopening its doors in May 2013.
The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport and just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th-century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a sturdy contemporary feel.
It offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and art enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. During the day an opportunity to visit the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters.
Here's the latest short video from The Atkinson inviting families throughout our local area to make use if its facilities