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A Great Little Place Becomes Part of The Atkinson Family

The Award-winning social enterprise A Great Little Place is opening a new café in The Atkinson.

From September A Great Little Place, run by Autism Initiatives, will take pride of place in its new home in the Lord Street venue that welcomes 500,000 visitors a year to its Museum, Galleries, Library, Theatre and Shop.

For The Atkinson it will mean working with an established local brand that is known for its high quality and value for money. We are able to work with A Great Little Place to maximise the programme with pre-show meals, themed events, festival food and more.

The two organisations have shared values and vision. They will be an extension of The Atkinson family and together we will be able to provide the best in quality to visitors.

Sue Yarnell, Manager of A Great Little Place said:

 

We’ve steadily been growing our reputation and customers from our first café in 2010, so moving to such a central and historic location is a fantastic development. It will provide even more opportunities for the people with autism we support in work placements.”

Emma Anderson, Director The Atkinson said: This is a really exciting partnership between two organisations who have a track record in working to improve lives in Sefton. A Great Little Place has a fantastic reputation and we are delighted to have them as part of our offer. They will be a massive asset to our visitors and will mean we can offer the very best food and beverage experience for day visitors, as well as increasing our capacity for pre-show meals and corporate events.”

 

This partnership is about more than just a café – its also about working together to improve the lives of people with autism and their families and by having the organisations together , new opportunities for training, work experience and training are going to be explored.

A Great Little Place will relinquish its lease on Houghton Street and staff will be relocated to the new town centre venue.

On Saturday 30 September at a special Coast themed Family Fun Day the actor, writer and producer Henry Normal (The Atkinson’s new patron) will officially open the cafe and the new Museum corridor that brings the story of the coast and all its creatures to life. 

Keep an eye out in local press and online at theatkinson.co.uk  or agreatlittleplace.org  for more information on the new partnership and the opening event

Bootle Schools Come Together to Celebrate Local History

A digital map of Bootle’s captivating history has been developed by pupils of Bootle schools.

Each of the schools focused on a specific aspect of local history and found out about the history of their schools and their connections with famous people; they discovered about mysterious buildings on the Leeds Liverpool Canal, as well as Johnson’s dye-works.

The pupils did their own research and investigations into their chosen area, taking part in ‘History Days’, outdoor visits and engaging with re-enactors who brought aspects of the history to life in the classroom and provided artefacts for the children to handle.  For many it was the first time that they had been able to visit The Atkinson.

The Atkinson has supported this project as part of the programme of activities linked to the museum development, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery.  This has enabled the schools to work with leading web designers Fuzzy Duck in creating the Bootle History Website – which means the schools are able to digitalise the map and add new important discoveries  all the time.

The Strand Partnership is a collaborative of 24 schools in South Sefton, who work together to improve the training and development of staff, programmes for pupils and to develop collaborative working across the sites.  

Every year the Strand Partnership schools come together to work on a project and this year we are delighted that it was with The Atkinson, who were able to help them develop this incredible  map of historical events and places for their local area. This new digital resource will be added to for years to come and act as an educational resource to teach local heritage in schools whilst helping to instil a real sense of pride of place in their home town. 

David Atkin – Strand Facilitator said:

Everyone agreed that the project was a great success, but we also agreed that it was just a start!  There was plenty of work left to do, much more research to undertake, many more things to be discovered!

The Strand Schools Council History Project, ‘Our Bootle History’ has engaged pupils and staff across South Sefton and created a very modern new resource which will benefit our schools forever.”

Emma Anderson, Director, The Atkinson said:

“This has been a fabulous project for us to be involved in. The schools have worked incredibly hard and have developed something very special and that they can be proud of and develop further. Bootle has such an interesting and varied history that it is important that local pupils learn about it and can feel proud of where they come from.”

The Bootle History Map is being launched on 6 July at a special event at Bootle Cricket Club for everyone who has worked and been involved in the project.

To see what the pupils discovered check out the digital map at  ourbootlehistory.co.uk.

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 theatkinson.co.uk 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.

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 theatkinson.co.uk 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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Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrows’ Wedding comes to The Atkinson

Straight from London’s West End The Scarecrows Wedding comes to The Atkinson on Saturday 6 May as part of the Southport Festival.

Based on the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler this truly heart-warming adaptation is bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales) and promises wit, drama, and wedding bells.

Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows). Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry, so they decide to get married and Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells.

However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake. Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day?

Director Eva Sampson comments, “I’m delighted that The Scarecrows’ Wedding will be heading out on tour again this year. It’s a great opportunity to bring the show to new audiences and share Harry and Betty’s epic love story!”

★★★★ Enchanting and hilarious. Bags of sheer family fun (The Stage).

Visit southportfestival.com or VisitSouthport.com for full information about the many festival events taking place from Friday 5-Sunday 7 May.

Tickets for The Scarecrows Wedding on Saturday 6 May at 2.30pm range from £9 -£5.

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

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