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Journey around the World’s Landscapes at The Atkinson

On Saturday 24 June The Atkinson creates a whole new world for families with the family show –Landscapes.

Step inside Mimika Theatre’s white dome and experience a magical and intimate show that takes you on a journey around the world to four landscapes from desert to rainforest to beneath the sea to Antarctica.

No words are required,  just beautifully crafted puppets with an original musical score, stunning visual effects and an ingenious set to create a theatre which wonderfully captures the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of the natural world.

Performed to small audiences adult and children are captivated for the 45 minute show and are then invited to stay and see how the puppet creatures are made and articulated.

Mimika Theatre have performed this hugely successful show to children in Europe, U.S.A, Canada, South East Asia and China.

Ages 4 – 11

Landscapes takes place at The Atkinson on Saturday 24 June at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm tickets are £8.

For more information about the forthcoming family events such as Hairy Maclary & Friends Show this July, please visit or call Box Office on 01704 533333.

Don’t forget to visit our new exhibition ‘Why Look at Animals’ when you here!

Tickets are available online, over the phone or over the counter during opening hours.*

*Please be advised there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% credit card fee for sales at the Box Office. There are no booking fees for cash purchases at the counter.

BBC Radio 2 play-listed Jo Harman, to play The Atkinson

Jo HarmanFresh from being BBC Radio 2 play-listed, international touring and recording artist Jo Harman is playing The Atkinson on Friday 16 June.

She brings her own style of Soul, Blues, Gospel and Beatles-worthy pop to her new album that is rooted in the classic, timeless music of past generations

Jo is currently play-listed on RTE 1  and throughout Europe with ‘When We Were Young’ the first single, featuring soul legend Michael McDonald’s, from Jo’s new studio album recorded in Nashville, ‘People We Become’. 

The album has been described by esteemed critics as ‘an instant classic’.

Jo, who won ‘Best Female Vocalist’ at the 2014 British Blues Awards says “I’m not trying to fit in anywhere. I’m just trying to write classic songs, and present them with classic production. When you try to chase what’s going on at the moment, then it’s going to sound old very quickly.”

Jo has played around 100 festivals since setting out some 5 years ago – many as a headliner – across a number of countries. In 2013,  Jo was one of only 12 (otherwise household name) artists to play ParkPop in The Hague – one of Europe’s largest festivals – to 300,000 people. In 2015, she was one of Bluesfest’s headline acts alongside Tom Jones, Van Morrison and Tedeschi Trucks at the O2 in London. She has been doing her own headline tours for the last 4 years – flagship shows include Jazz Cafe (London), Paradiso (Amsterdam) and travels for the first time to New York in March 2017 to play her debut show at Joe’s Pub (Rolling Stone’s top 10 venues in America).

In 2013 her ‘Do-It-Yourself’ debut album ‘Dirt On My Tongue’ was released to much critical acclaim (making a number of ‘best of’ lists around the globe) and was subsequently licensed to major label V2 (Adele, Mumfords etc) in Europe where it made the Dutch album charts, following mainstream TV and radio appearances.

Amnesty International invited Jo to be one of a handful of artists to appear at Amnesty’s ‘Ambassador of Conscience’ Awards in Berlin in 2015. There she performed for, and with, the award winner Joan Baez (also Patti Smith). Jo continues to work alongside Amnesty in the fight for human rights.

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Jo Harman & Company can be seen at The Atkinson on Friday 16 June at 8pm tickets are £15 /£13.

To book please visit or call Box Office on 01704 533333. Tickets are also available over the counter during opening hours.

Sefton Filmmakers Shine at Clapperboard Event

Special film talent from Sefton has been recognised at a glittering awards ceremony in Liverpool.

 Sefton Council has been working in partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton.  

The films, submitted to the high-profile judges, covered the issues of mental health, asperger’s and autism. They were created by members of the Sefton Autism Hub who had been learning about making short films from script to screen.  

The members have since gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.

Chris Purcell from Sefton Creative Hubs won the Liverpool Echo Best Achievement Award, which was presented by Echo Journalist, Jade Wright, Hollyoaks actress Jacqueline Boatswain, and Karl Collins star of The Bill, Doctor Who, Casualty, Holby City.

The overall winning short film, Honest Dystopia was created by David Blakemore, also from Sefton Creative Hubs. Presenting the award was acclaimed Liverpool actress Alison Steadman and Film Producer Nik Powell. 

Alison Steadman, said: “I’m truly amazed by the work these young adults have produced. They should all be very proud.”

Event organiser, Maureen Sinclair, said: “Once again, the event has gone beyond my expectations.  We have been able to showcase the award-winning work of young adult film-makers from Merseyside – thanks to the support from many people and partners, including MerseyCare, PH Holt, Big Lottery, and the Sefton Autism Hub.”

If you would like to know more about the hubs and the other new projects, please contact Jo Seddon on 0151 934 3988 or find Sefton Autism Hubs on Facebook.

Easter Holiday Fun at The Atkinson, Southport

This Easter holiday come and Discover Ancient Egypt, uncover stories of the sea, meet the Easter Bunny and take a trip to the merry old Land of Oz! Taking place from Saturday 1 – Monday 17 April, there is something to keep everyone entertained with free activities and fun events for all ages.

Families and children aged 2 – 7 are invited to discover the truth behind the tale of the Easter Bunny and meet him afterwards to receive a special Easter present! Easter Bunny’s Eggs-ellent Adventure is taking place on Monday 10 April at 11.30am & 2.30pm.

Tickets £9 / £7.50 child / £28 family

Starring Coronation Street’s Steve Arnold, families and children aged 2+ can join Dorothy as she befriends a brainless Scarecrow, a loveable Tin Man and a cowardly Lion on their quest to thwart the evil powers of the Wicked Witch of the West! The Wizard of Oz on Tuesday 11 April, 2pm & 6pm. Tickets £12.50 / £10.50 under 16s / £28 family (3) / £40 family (4)

Over the two week holiday, families are encouraged to get involved with our latest exhibition, the Sefton Open and its fun, free activities. The Sefton Open is an annual, large and vibrant exhibition that showcases talent from across Sefton. Many of the artwork is for sale and with the new Own Art Scheme – is affordable! Speak to a member of our team.

Pick up one of our Arty Aprons during your visit and explore the galleries with tools, every day from 11am – 3pm (subject to availability).  Families can get creative in an activity inspired by the Sefton Open at Make It! on Monday 3 & 10 April at 1pm – 3pm. All Ages.

The popular monthly Construction Club is also returning on Saturday 1 April from 10.30am – 12.30pm where young inventors, creators and builders are invited to join us and build with Lego.  Ages 5+

Why not take a trip in our glass elevator to the second floor and explore local history and the ancient Egyptians in our Museum? Open every day with free admission.

Between Land and Sea: 10,000 Years of Sefton’s Coast explores the history of the Sefton coast from prehistoric times to the present day showcasing the development of Sefton’s towns from Bootle to Southport. With lots of interactive displays – its fun for all the family!



We invite you to Discover Ancient Egypt and see the stunning Mrs Goodison’s collection un-seen for over 40 years until 2014. Here visitors are taken on a journey through what life was like in ancient Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs.

Come and handle some of our museum objects in the family Hands On! sessions Tuesday 4 & 11 April from 11am – 3pm.  Suitable for all Ages

To book your tickets please visit or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333. Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.

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Marvellous Mascots!

Just under 500 entries were received as part of the 2017 – The Year of Sefton’s Coast Design a Mascot competition.

Lydia Orvice-Gibson, Primary School Winner

There were two categories in the competition (primary and secondary school) and the age range made for a brilliant array of designs. The judging panel consisted of representatives from Sefton Council, The Atkinson, Sefton Coast Lansdcape Partnership and Tick Media.

They sifted their way through some beautiful wildlife inspired mascots as well as some that took inspiration from the marine heritage of the 22 miles of Sefton coastline. Others gave a nod to Antony Gormley’s Another Place and marine life that you may find in our seas but the two winners really stood out for their celebratory nature.

The winner in the Primary category was Lydia Orvice-Gibson from St Oswald’s C of E Primary School in Netherton who came up with a wonderfully unique design which the panel agreed captured the nature of the whole coast. Her wave character stood out from the others from the word go due to the level of detail and the fun factor which she cleverly managed to weave in. Emma Murtagh, headteacher at St Oswald’s C of E Primary, said:

“When we saw this competition we couldn’t wait to get the children started and send in some entries so I am thrilled that a St Oswald’s student has won in the Primary category. Lydia is a lovely student who thoroughly enjoys art. Well done Lydia!”

Saskia Williams, Secondary School Winner with her Art Teacher Miss Hannah Jones

Saskia Williams, a student from Maghull High was the winner in the Secondary category and again her design was unique and imaginative and the panel felt that they could use the design across a range of platforms and materials. Judges felt they could see her seagull character used across a range of materials and maybe even used as a flag or a kite as part of the celebrations.

Saskia’s art teacher, Hannah Jones encouraged her art students to enter the competition. Hannah said:

“Saskia is a joy to teach as she always puts in such effort and throws herself in to whatever challenges I put to her. I was so happy when I found out that she had won in the Secondary category, well done Saskia. Art is a big part of Maghull High School and we are proud of what you’ve achieved.”

Representatives from the Year of Sefton’s Coast surprised the shocked winners in front of teachers and class mates at their schools. Both winners were presented with their certificate and fantastic prizes which included a family pass to the Southport Air Show, the Southport Musical Fireworks Championship and an adventure on the Sefton Coast with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Both winners were also invited to Bootle Town Hall with their families to meet Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, The Mayor of Sefton, who took them on a tour around the Mayoral chamber.

Keep your eyes peeled for the mascots who will be making an appearance on various materials in the coming weeks and find out more about 2017, The Year of Sefton’s Coast at

Lydia Orvice-Gibson with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton
Saskia Williams with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton










The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall
The winners with the Worshipful, The Mayor of Sefton at Bootle Town Hall









The winning designs
The winning designs

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