Formby Wetherspoons Beer Festival

Pub-goers will be able to enjoy a selection of beers from independent British craft brewers during a 12 day festival at a Formby pub.

The festival is taking place at The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane from Wednesday, October 10 to Sunday, October 21 inclusive.

Wetherspoons October 2018

Each of the brewers is a member of SIBA – the organisation that promotes small independent brewers and their beers.

Among the beers on offer are those brewed exclusively for the festival as well as award-winners.

The beers include Blueberry Classic Bitter (Coach House), Jurassic Dark (Dorset), Jemima's Pitchfork (Glamorgan), Freddy Brewger (Robinsons), Hope & Glory (Brentwood), Hop Twister (Salopian), Big Job (St Austell) and Wheel of Fortune (Castle Rock).

In addition, the pub will serve five UK produced ciders.

The ciders include Toffee Apple (Mr Whitehead's), Legbender (Rich's) and Premium Perry (Broadoak).

All beers and ciders are priced at £1.99 a pint.

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said:

The festival is the perfect opportunity to showcase the wonderful range of beers from independent British craft brewers.


The Atkinson and Your Family

How important are the Arts in local public life?

The AtkinsonBetween 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


Formby Live 2018

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Starting Friday night 22nd June, with Live Music in local venues then the action moves into the weekend of 23 & 24 June. 

At Formby Pool, there will two days of family fun activities, including children's rides and BBQ tent and, of course, live music from the Merseycats stage. Meanwhile, in the Village, there will be a stage outside the Chapel Lane surgery from 2 - 6 pm presenting a variety of musical talent from the young and old.

Local venues, Café D'Art and Woodwards will have live music throughout the days from 2 pm 'till late, a Beer tent, BBQ and Prosecco & Gin bar too!

Keep up to up to date on the latest news and schedule of performances by visiting the Formby Live facebook page.

Real Ale & Cider festival being held at local pub - March 14-25 inc

Beer and cider enthusiasts will be able to enjoy up to 15 real ales and five ciders from the UK and overseas during a 12-day festival at The Lifeboat.

Beer Festival 2018
The pub, in Three Tuns Lane, Formby, has sourced beers from brewers in Greece, Italy, Australia, Canada, USA and Republic of Ireland, with one of the ciders from Northern Ireland.

The festival will run from Wednesday, March 14 until Sunday, March 25 inclusive.

It will feature a selection of beers brewed exclusively for the festival.

All beers and ciders will be priced at £2.19 a pint.

The overseas beers on sale are; Old World New England IPA (Grapes & Gratification, Greece), Hot Night At The Village (Birrificio Foglie D’ Erba, Italy), 3 Bolt Pale Ale (Green Beacon, Australia), Talisman (Strange Fellows, Canada), Bru Red Ale (Bru, Republic of Ireland) and Lo-Res (Sixpoint, USA).

The UK beers will include Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Black Sheep), Old Engine Oil (Harviestoun), Game of Stones (Wadworth), Twisted Edge (St Peter’s), Warlord (Purity) and Springfest (Otter).

The ciders include; Snails Bank Rhubarb (Snails Bank Cider), Cockeyed Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider) and Tempted Elderflower (Tempted Irish Cider).

The Lifeboat manager, Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe, said: "The festival will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of UK and international beers as well as a choice of ciders.

"Many of the beers on offer have not been available in the pub beforehand and I am looking forward to serving them.

"The festival promises to be great fun and I am certain that customers will enjoy themselves."

Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.

Tasting notes on all of the beers and ciders will be available in the pub.