The Atkinson Becomes the New Home for Children’s Centre Services

The Atkinson Becomes the New Home for Children’s Centre Services

A new Children’s Centre is to open within The Atkinson’s Children’s Library this September.

From September Linaker Children’s Centre will be delivering lots of their activities at The Atkinson, 3 days a week every Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 3pm.

Groups will run throughout the school terms, with additional activities organised during the school holidays as well as baby clinics being available throughout the year.

Linda Caven, Linaker Children’s Centre Manager said:

The Atkinson is the perfect place for the Children’s Centre. The Children’s Library is welcoming and relaxed and already attracts thousands of families and with our joint working we hope to showcase a new way of co-service delivery for Sefton Council. It’s position is perfect, within the town centre and with good transport links. We have a chance to test new ways of working with The Atkinson team to meet shared objectives and help as many families as possible with a truly diverse offer across the Museum, Theatre, Library, Bakery and Gallery spaces.”

Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding is Cllr John Joseph Kelly said:

“This is a great example of co-service delivery from organisations that both put families at the heart of what they do. The Atkinson is a great setting for the delivery of the children’s services to be based, with its central location, transport links and the larger cultural and learning offer it already delivers. It will be exciting to see how this partnership develop.

Family services will include Baby Massage, Baby clinic, First Aid, Pramble Snack and Chat, Beginners English, Baby Group Stay and Play, Baby Mindful, Parenting Advice, Breastfeeding Support and more.

A family open day is taking place to celebrate the launch on Saturday 24 September between 11am and 3pm which will give families across Sefton the chance to come along and see the new space and to talk to the staff about the new services available, as well as meeting The Atkinson staff.  Lots of free activities will be happening in the Children’s Library, the new Children’s Centre and across The Atkinson, as well as two ticketed performances of Ding Dong – a new interactive musical play about time from Cloud Cuckoo Land.

For more information about the family services available from Linaker Children’s Centre at The Atkinson please call 01704 532343 (option 2) or  visit or and search Linaker Children’s Centre.

Tickets for Ding Dong are £8 / £6 children / £24 family. Performances take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm. To find out more and book please visit or call the Box Office on 01704 533 333.






Family Fun Day

Saturday 24 September

11am – 3pm

Linaker Children’s Centre at The Atkinson



Cloud Cuckoo Land

Ding Dong

Saturday 24 September

11.30am & 2.30pm

£8 / £6 children / £24 family

1hr 15mins



Ding Dong puts children right at the heart of the story in this new play, full of music, sensory storytelling and movement games.

A cast of actor-musicians create a unique 360° immersive listening experience by playing a wide variety of instruments live, all around the audience.

Children join in with the music-making through clapping, singing, movement, call-and-response and imaginative suggestions. The post-show musical stay-and-play session offers hands-on engagement with acoustic instruments, as children develop their own musical ideas through play.

The performance lasts 1hr 5mins without an interval. The informal stay-and-play session afterwards lasts 25 mins. Suitable for Ages 4+.


Children’s Centre Services

From September 2016



Parent Steps

10am – 11am

Booking Required

For parents with children aged 0 – 2. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Pramble, Snack and Chat

10am – 11.30am

Drop In


Story & Rhyme Time in the Library

10.30am – 11.30am

Drop In


Baby Mindful

1pm – 2pm

Booking Required

A 7 step programme for you and your baby to enjoy through songs, play and relaxation activities. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Baby Massage

2m – 3m

Booking Required

For parents and children aged 8 weeks – before crawling. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)



Basic First Aid

9.30am – 11.30am

Booking Required

Provided by Southport College. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Talk Together Speech & Language Group

10am – 11.30am

Restarts in September

For parents with children who have a speech and language delay. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Parenting Advice Service

10am – 12pm

Drop In

For parents who are seeking advice on child development, housing, relationships and child behaviour.


Breast Feeding Support

1pm – 2.30m

Drop In

Baby Clinic

1.30pm – 12.30pm

Drop In


Basic First Aid

9.30am – 11.30am

Booking Required

Provided by Southport College. Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Baby Group Stay & Play

10am – 11.30am

Drop In

Meet new friends and help your baby explore their senses through play. Ages 0 – 24 months


Beginners English (ESOL)

12.30pm – 2.30pm

Booking Required

Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Baby Safe

12.45pm – 2.45pm

Booking Required for Friday 14 October

Are you eligible for a free place? Call 01704 532 343 (option 2)


Story & Rhyme Time in the Library

2pm – 3pm

Drop In


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


About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.


Posted on 24 August 2016 under Just announced

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