Artist Suhail Shaikh at The Atkinson in Southport

It’s another busy week at The Atkinson in Southport!

There’s not long to go until people can enjoy artist Suhail Shaikh’s sensational Paper My Wishes exhibition – which includes a life-size replica of a nose section of a World War Two Lancaster aircraft.

Members of the public have been busy creating poppies to create  truly moving element to this display.

The venue, on Lord Street, also has some Sold Out events this week – their shows are very popular! – as they build up towards the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime taking place this December.

New Exhibition:

Suhail Shaikh: Paper My Wishes

Date:  Saturday 25 November 2023  –  Saturday 24 February 2024

Free Entry

Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm.
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.

Paper artist Suhail Shaikh transforms the simple sheet of paper into multidimensional artworks. His work reflects the ideas, thoughts and reactions that arise from his perception of the evolving world around him.

Central to Suhail’s exhibition is a paper sculpture of the central section of a Lancaster Bomber. The work has been painstakingly put together to tell the story of WW2’s Bomber Command and to remember those that gave themselves for our freedom. We want to stop the memory of them from fading. The sculpture is covered in copies of ephemera, donated by veterans, their families and those who wished to assist in the acknowledgement of the sacrifice of so many. The documents help to tell this story in the words and pictures of those who were there.
Plan Your Visit

Tea Dance: Keep Warm Event

Monday 20 November 2023
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Atkinson – Studio
£3 on the door.

These events are aimed at the over 50s, with plenty of chance to get up and dance or to spectate and socialise.

So join us for a great time, show off your moves and raise some funds for Sefton Opera.

A Christmas Carol

Monday 20 November 2023

Now in its eleventh year of touring A Christmas Carol, Chapterhouse returns to The Atkinson with this most beautiful family-friendly rendition of one of the most memorable Christmas stories ever written.

More Theatre
Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story

Thursday 23 November 2023, 7:30pm

Frankie – The Concert

Friday 24 November 2023, 7:30pm

More Music

Santa’s Christmas Wish

Saturday 25 November 2023
11am & 2pm.

Santa’s Christmas Wish is a festive, song-filled, interactive family show particularly suitable for 2-8 year olds. It lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a special meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas himself!

More Festive Fun


Feelin’ Blue?

Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight. – John Ruskin.

All these beautiful items can be found in our shop. Perfect for Christmas gifts!

Shop Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm.

This November marks a decade since The Atkinson reopened its doors after undergoing a multi-million-pound restoration. In the past ten years, we’ve hosted over 3,000 events, sold more than 440,000 tickets, issued over one million books, and served over 38,000 ice creams! We are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support we have received during this time.

This Week’s Special Birthday Events:

The Atkinson in Conversation
Thursday 23 November 2023, 1pm.
Free, no booking required.

To learn more about our sculpture Bedtime Boy by Laura Ford with volunteer Dave, pop in to our galleries on Thursday 23 November at 1pm.

Dave has chosen this Sculpture as he has an appreciation and understanding of sculpture and says he “always enjoys seeing sculpture as part of our exhibitions and collection.”

The Atkinson in Conversation
Friday 24 November 2023, 11am.
Free, no booking required.

Learn more about our beautiful painting of Lilith by John Collier with volunteer Louise pop in Saturday 4th November on 11am.
John Collier’s 1887 painting, “Lilith,” is a stunning portrayal of the Jewish mythic figure, who is often depicted as a demon or a femme fatale. Arguably, she is The Atkinson’s most famous and most popular piece.

Love Folk Festival 2024

Join us at The Atkinson for Love Folk Festival; a celebration of traditional, upcoming and alternative folk music.

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 February 2024.
£50 Festival Ticket.

Headliners The Magpie Arc and Merry Hell are joined by Frankie ArcherNATIHarp and a MonkeyIona Lane and Chris Fox.

In addition to the main stage, Fatea will once again be hosting the Busk Love Folk acoustic stage.

The bar will showcase a series of guest ales and our award-winning café, A Great Little Place, will be providing a selection of delicious homemade food for you to enjoy.

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Upcoming Fun!

Jack and the Beanstalk

7 – 31 December 2023

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Morgan & West’s Massive Magic Show for Kids!

Thursday 15 February 2024

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