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Top 10 things to do in July

Post by Wirral Council News » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:09 am

West Kirby Arts Centre will be hosting a virtual concert from Steve Knightley on Tue 28 July. The internationally acclaimed musician who has sold out the Albert Hall with ‘Show of Hands’, will be performing a full concert from 8pm on YouTube and there will be an optional ‘meet and greet’ session after the gig via Zoom. 

Not only will it be a great way to see live music from the comfort of your couch, but you can support the Arts Centre, which like many live music venues around the country, has been hit hard by months of canceled performances. Tickets cost £20 per household and full details about how to access the gig/Q&A will be provided 48 hours before on their website. 

West Kirby Arts Centre has hosted regular live music during lockdown and has lined up a series of ‘virtual gigs’ over the coming months, including Miranda Sykes, Phil Beer and The Edgelarks.

If you are looking for other ideas this July, here are our top 10 tips:


During lockdown, Chester Zoo’s future was cast in to doubt and its ‘Save our Zoo’ campaign was supported around the globe. The zoo is home to more than 35,000 animals and needs to raise at least £1.6m every month to survive - that’s a lot of hungry mouths to feed! Even though the popular tourist attraction re-opened in June, the lengthy closure, plus restrictions to the numbers who can now visit, means the zoo still faces challenges. 

There are lots of ways you can help. Most obviously, go and visit! Visitors (including members) must book online and there will be an array of new safety measures including self-scanning ticket lanes, hand sanitation points and indoor habitats will remain closed. You can also donate £5 by texting ‘OURZOO’ to 70085, or you can visit their website where you can become a member, learn about fundraising or even adopt an animal.

If you wish to hang around with orangutans, red pandas and (VERY cute) baby meerkats from the comfort of your own home, check out their library of ‘Virtual Zoo Days’ filmed during lockdown.



Williamson Art Gallery and Lady Lever Art Gallery remain closed for now, but a number of galleries in Wirral have re-opened their doors to the public:

Staacks in West Kirby has a special exhibition of Wirral Open Studio Tour artists. The gallery is open Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm. 
TAG Gallery in Birkenhead Market has re-opened with a one-way system and social distancing measures. The gallery provides a permanent space for Merseyside artists to showcase their work. You can visit Mon - Sat, 10am - 3pm. 
Blue Moon Framing and Gallery in Heswall has re-opened for reduced hours, 9.30am - 4pm, Tue, Wed, Sat and Sun. The gallery has two floors of original artworks by both local and international artists.
Although closed, Williamson Art Gallery has some great stuff on their website, including 90th birthday celebration of June Furlong, long-time model for Liverpool Art School and The Williamson Open Art & Photography Exhibition 2020.


Glastonbury may have been canceled this year (it was raining anyway) but some of the most popular musicians in the country have been performing exclusive sessions in the comfort of their own home for #RoyalAlbertHome.

Kaiser Chiefs performed hits including ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’, rock legend Cliff Richard sang some of his best-loved songs such as ‘Devil Woman’ and ‘We Don’t Talk Anymore’ and one of the UK's leading songwriters Guy Chambers played piano versions of hits he wrote for Robbie Williams including ‘Millennium’ and ‘No Regrets’. Other performers include KT Tunstall, Scouting for Girls, Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Heap and Katherine Jenkins. 



New balls please! Wimbledon tennis tournament might have been cancelled due to the pandemic but the BBC has pulled together loads of great tennis for you to enjoy. So grab yourself some strawberries and cream and enjoy classic matches like Borg v McEnroe in 1980 as well as 'Andy Murray's Greatest Hits'. Wirral-based travel blogger Laura has also written about everyone's favourite tennis tournament, Pimms and celebrity spotting!


Although theatres remain closed, they are now taking bookings for new shows. Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight will stage an Evening with Jamie Carragher, Under the Boardwalk and Dom Joly's Holiday Snaps, as well as tributes to Elvis Presley and Cher. Floral Pavilion in New Brighton has lots of exciting stuff coming up too, including Horrible Histories, Only Fools and Boycie, Dirty Dusting and The Sound of Springsteen.



Being physically active doesn’t just help you lose weight, it lowers your blood pressure, significantly reduces the risk of heart disease and also helps boost your immune system. So even though the gyms remain closed for now, try to keep active! Walking, running or cycling is a great way to burn the calories but remember to observe social distancing guidelines. 

The NHS has produced a 10-minute home ‘cardio workout’ video to help you stay fit at home
The Council's leisure team Invigor8 continue to post workout videos, from chair-based exercises to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You can also find mindfulness, relaxation and breathing exercises. 
English National Ballet has released a series of online ballet classes with Artistic Director Tamara Rojo. The classes are for accomplished ballet dancers through to absolute beginners.
Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) has posted workouts on Youtube aimed at at kids - our favourite is the Spiderman exercise class! 
Don't worry if you don't have gym equipment at home, there are lots of ways you can exercise. Walking up and down stairs is good exercise and bags of sugar can be used instead of dumbbells... get creative!


What’s the most important thing to remember during lockdown? Making sure you practice social distancing? Washing your hands? No, it’s to have a laugh*. Jason Manford’s Lockdown Comedy Club for Kids #JMLCCFK has lots of rib-tickling jokes sent in by children... as well as a few gags from Jason himself.

* remember social distancing and to wash your hands as well!



Members of the public are being asked to contribute to projects which will help future generations understand the issues we faced during the coronavirus pandemic:

The Museum of Liverpool wants people to send them a visual ‘mind map’ of their world during the pandemic, including the places they went, their favourite things, people, pets and feelings. The maps will become part of a display when the museum’s doors open once again. 
Musicians, sound creators and noise makers are being invited to share their short sound recordings for the ‘Lockdown Sound Challenge’. The samples will be chopped up, spliced together, looped and made in to musical pieces to remember the lockdown by.
Another way you can help chronicle the pandemic is with The North West Film Archive. They want residents of the region to send in their videos of life at home, or at work, so future generations can see how lockdown affected the people of the NW.


If you are a fan of Tranmere Rovers FC and you’re looking to cheer yourself up after the club was unfortunate to be relegated from League 1, get yourself over to the club’s website and enjoy their video archive. You can see memorable goals and classic games to get you in the mood for next season’s promotion push.



Enjoy loads of fantastic content online and get your culture fix, including live shows and performances:

Nine Royal Shakespeare Company shows are available on iPlayer as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine programme. They include The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
For edge-of-the-seat gymnastic and acrobat acts, don’t miss Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Zed’, recorded live during a one-off show in Tokyo. 
Join The Royal Opera for a live stream of Puccini’s La Bohème, as part of their #OurHouseToYourHouse series.
Fancy a stroll this lunchtime? Why not wander around the gardens of the Taj Mahal?
Disney have produced an intriguing behind-the-scenes documentary showing how the award-winning musical The Lion King came together.


Here are a few links to some of the things going on around Wirral...

Wirral Libraries ‘Pause For a Poem’ is a weekly podcast posted 11am every Thursday.
Cheshire Wildlife Trust has created a webpage all about designing a wild-life friendly garden, including advice on ponds, nest boxes, bug hotels and wildflowers!
Take a ‘virtual tour’ of Birkenhead Priory, one of the jewels of Wirral and Merseyside’s oldest standing building.
Port Sunlight River Park Friends Group invite you to make a rag boa for the Port Sunlight Heritage Project. Find out how to make your boa here - the aim is that the boas will eventually be used in a new creation for the park.
‘Music on Wirral’ Facebook group contains regular live performances from local artists and bands.
If you love art and want to connect with other creative people, visit the ‘Art on Wirral’ Facebook group.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Fri, 10 Jul 2020

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