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The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport
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The Snow Queen revealed as January 2022 panto by All Souls Dramatic Club in Southport

All Souls Dramatic Club are pleased as punch to be presenting the post pandemic panto ‘The Snow Queen’ at The Atkinson in January 2022.  Leading the cast in the highly celebrated return of All Souls to the Atkinson are local NODA award winning actors Chloe Hughes, Ian Lawson, Hayleigh Griffin and writer, director and Dame Cliff Gillies.  They are joined

Brass Pig Dirty Fries at The Woollen Pig in Southport. Photo by Pad Thai Paul
Food Review: The Woollen Pig, Southport – awesome food which is excellent value

By Pad Thai Paul Eating & Drinking Review: The Woollen Pig – Duke Street and Cemetery Street junction, in Birkdale, Southport. This was my fourth visit to their new-ish location. It is fast-becoming a very popular venue. I picked a Wednesday, pre-5pm. Great, not too busy. The sun was out, so I chose to sit outside on one of their

Lots of fancy dress on display at this bar in Southport in May 1984
Southport Nostalgia: 80s images of the old bridge, SDC shows, Pleasureland and Ainsdale Show

Southport Nostalgia goes back to the 1980s this week, with some unique photos guaranteed to bring back some memories.  Do you remember watching Southport Dramatic Club performing shows? Did you enjoy days out at Southport Pleasureland? Do you remember when the coal lorry used to make regular deliveries to Southport homes?  Let us know your recollections of life in years

Southport Train Station
Southport Railway Station area could see new rules to curb crime as your views sought

People are being asked to share their views on how to improve the area in and around Southport Railway Station, and in nearby roads in Southport town centre after concerning reports of people being threatened, street drinkers and other issues.   Sefton Council’s Anti Social Behaviour unit now wants to impose strict new rules in the town centre to improve the

Tez Ilyas
Southport Comedy Festival
Tez Ilyas relishing Southport Comedy Festival gig saying ‘live comedy is back!’

Exclusive interview by Andrew Brown Acclaimed comedian Tez Ilyas is proud of his Lancashire roots.  Born in Blackburn in the mid 1980s, the star of Channel 4 TV comedy sketch series The Tez O’Clock Show looked back on his childhood in the Lancashire town earlier this year when he published ‘The Secret Diary of a British Muslim aged 13 3/4’. 

Disco Bingo
Southport Comedy Festival
Disco Bingo returns to Southport Comedy Festival with special night for Flower Show

Disco Bingo is returning to Southport this October!  This very special one-off event takes place as part of Southport Comedy Festival on Saturday, 16th October, to help raise funds for Southport Flower Show.  The evening is peppered with music and good-natured banter provided by comedian and presenter Brendan Riley. Special prizes will be available on the night.  The fun takes

Comedian Mike Wilkinson
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New monthly Evolution Comedy Club launches at The Atkinson in Southport

The first ever Evolution Comedy Club takes place at The Atkinson in Southport this Saturday (18th September).  The first line-up features Big Lou, Phil Chapman, Adam Staunton and Mike Wilkinson. Further Evolution Comedy Club nights will take place on the first Saturday of each month, presenting a side-splitting night of laughter. Expect to see the finest comedians on the circuit

British Musical Fireworks in Southport reveals running order, times and line-up

The line-up and schedule has been revealed for the much-awaited British Musical Fireworks Championship in Southport.  The spectacular event returns to Victoria Park in Southport from Friday, 24th September to Sunday, 26th September, after being postponed last year due to the Covid pandemic.  Tickets are on sale online at:  www.visitsouthport.com  People may be able to pay at the gate if

Sefton Council has officially welcomed former dancer and theatre performer Cllr Clare Louise Carragher as the borough's new civic Mayor
Beers and Brätwurst on offer as Mayor of Sefton hosts Oktoberfest fundraiser

Beers will flow and Brätwurst will burst at the 2021 Mayor of Sefton’s charity Oktoberfest night next month.  Hosted by Sefton Mayor Clare Carragher, the first of what is hoped to be an annual charity night celebrating all things Bavarian will take place at St William of York social club, Litherland on October 15th. Doors will open from 7.30pm and

Jason Byrne
Southport Comedy Festival
Comedian Jason Byrne brings new Audience Precipitation tour to Southport Comedy Festival 2021

Jason Byrne is fizzing with excitement as he prepares to return to Southport Comedy Festival this October, with his brand-new stand-up comedy show ‘Audience Precipitation’.  Jason has become a firm Festival favourite with a series of sell-out shows in Southport over the past few years.  He was very much missed when last year’s Southport Comedy Festival was postponed due to


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