Half term in Liverpool – events guide for Spring 2019
A week can feel like a long time when the kids are off school so it’s a good idea to have a few outings planned during 2019’s first half term break.
Our selection of events aims to entertain, amuse and educate in equal measure this February.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
Photo: Manuel Harlan
Catch a Dr. Seuss classic
The Playhouse | 12-16 February
An all-action production of ‘The Cat in the Hat’ opens the 2019 season at the Playhouse with a crash, bang and a wallop this February.
Based on the beloved Dr. Seuss yarn which has captivated children for decades, this energetic performance featuring stunts, acrobatics and live music is set to delight theatregoers of all ages.
Created in association with the National Centre for Circus Arts, ‘The Cat in the Hat’ comes to Liverpool courtesy of Curve Leicester and Rose Theatre Kingston, who brought ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ to the city last year.
Photo: Andy Payne
This is the Greatest Show
Aintree Racecourse | 15 February – 3 March
An exciting evening of traditional family fun at Aintree Racecourse as the circus comes to town.
Presented in a fully heated, 1,000-seater big top, the latest tour from Gandeys Circus is inspired by the outrageously popular movie ‘The Greatest Showman’.
Expect thrills galore as more than 30 international artistes join together for a dramatic production proudly presented by Hayley and Mariska, the fourth generation of the celebrated Gandey family’s circus dynasty.
Get lost in a Liverpool landmark
St. George’s Hall | 9-23 February
Liverpool’s Grade I-listed St George’s Hall will become the magical world of Wonderland this Febuary as the award-winning Alice Experience returns.
Visitors can expect a myriad of mind-blowing moments as they enter a forest of giant mushrooms with Alice and encounter a string of well-known characters including the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter himself.
The experience will last 90 minutes and is recommended for children aged three and over.
There will be an autism friendly performance on 18 February at 7pm, followed by a BSL signed performance at 7:30pm.
Young artists’ showcase in Kirkby
Kirkby Gallery | From 11 February
Artists of all ages who live, work and study in Knowsley will come together to exhibit their creations as the 18th Knowsley Open Art Exhibition gets underway.
Aside from the main competition, the Young Artists Open is reserved for budding artists aged 18 or under and aims to celebrate the work of emerging local creatives.
Prizes will be awarded for the most popular artworks, as voted for by visitors – watch out for coloured labels which denote pieces produced by young artists.
The exhibition concludes with an ‘Affordable Art Auction’ on 9 May when TV gavel basher Adam Partridge will sell off all the works.