Christmas All Wrapped up at The Atkinson

Christmas All Wrapped up at The Atkinson

Christmas is a time to be merry – and The Atkinson is here to help you get into the Christmas spirit  with a programme of music, art, workshops and comedy, festive food and  of course shopping to help you have the perfect holiday.

We start the celebrations on Saturday 19 November with our One Big Day event that includes the grand opening of the hugely anticipated  May The Toys Be With You exhibition  (Sponsored by Chris Tinsley Estate Agents) and the annual  Southport Christmas Lights Switch On Day.

Come and have the best seat in town to countdown to the Light Switch on between 11am – 6pm with lots of free arts and craft activities, Discover Ancient Egypt and the Museum for FREE, plus a production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs 2: The Magic Cutlass the hugely anticipated sequel based on the award-winning book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto. All aboard for a non-stop action packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs. Tickets are £9 / £7 child / £28 family (Ages 4+)

There is a special Sci-Fi themed Make It! Session in the Art Box inspired by the major new Star Wars exhibition. It’s free to drop in between 11am-3pm

May The Toys Be With You opens at 12pm with some very special guests and admission is £3 / £2 child / £8 family & £20 family season ticket.

Help Santa Save Christmas on Saturday 10 December, 11.30am & 2.30pm. Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the penguin as they help Santa save Christmas; then meet him for a special gift! Ages 2 – 7. Tickets: £9.50 / £7.50 child / £30 family.

The new bigger and better Christmas Vintage and Makers Fair takes over The Atkinson on Saturday 26 November 11am-4pm. In association with Pillbox Vintage the events will attract some of the region’s talented craftspeople, collectors and stall holders. Free Entry.

The now annual “Merry Hell Acoustic” returns to help us celebrate another great year of music from the Grateful Fred nights on Wednesday 7 December, 7.30pm. Tickets: £9 advance / £11 doors

On the same night (from 7pm) we invite you to Eat, Drink and Be Merry in a talk by Rose Tyler that looks at how we have traditionally used food and drink in celebrations. Tasters from historic recipes will be available. £5 pay on the door.

Another one of our monthly  events – the Jazz Cafe evenings continue into the festive season with  Sonorous Quartet on Thursday 24 November and the Christmas Special with Naomi Webber on Thursday 15 December at 7pm. Tickets are £5 (food available on the night from the Bakery).

The Christmas Cake and Classical Let’s Hear it for the Viola takes place on Monday 5 December at 1pm. In combination with clarinet and piano you can hear the famous Kegelstatt Trio by Mozart, KV498. Written in 1786 it is in the key of  Eflat major, a favourite of many composers. Tickets: £11 (includes a cup of tea and slice of Christmas cake!).

We have more classical music with The Sounds of Christmas that sees the L’Orchestra dell’Arte, together with their conductor Edward Peak  joined by soloist Kathryn Rudge, and the Choir of Holy Trinity Church, Southport for a very special family concert on Sunday 11 December, 7.30pm. Tickets are  £15 / £10 under 16s.  Hear all the favourites and a few surprises but all guaranteed to lift your spirits and help you see Christmas in with style!

We have a busy weekend of comedy with Radio 4’s  Mark Steel on Thursday 24 November and author Radio and TV personality, Gervase Phinn who is really at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience on Saturday 25 November.

Enjoy the run up to Christmas with some great nights out with concerts from blues from our friends The Stumble on Saturday 26 November, bringing her own Christmas cheer Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band on Friday 9 December, Tex-Mex favourites Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young on Friday 16 December and the fabulous foot-stomping Demon Barbers Lock in Christmas  on Saturday 17 December.

Bolshoi Ballet return with a second screening of their 2015 sell-out The Nutcracker (Recorded) on Sunday 18 December at 3pm. While National Theatre Live screen Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, (Live) on Thursday 15 December at 7pm. Tickets remain at £10.

A classic family tale takes us into the Christmas break with an adaptation of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe from Wed 21 December, 6pm and Thu 22 December, 11am & 3pm.  Come with us as we open the wardrobe doors, push through the fur coats and enter the wondrous land of Narnia. A new, festive adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ timeless story for all of the family. Recommended age 5+Tickets are £15 / £12.50 concessions / £50 family.

Join us in the Bakery throughout and enjoy Christmas treats, Mince pies, Mulled Wine Ginger cakes, Tiffin and more. While the shop is stocked with hampers, Stocking treats and one-off pieces of handmade jewellery for that someone special.

To book your tickets or for more information, please visit or call the Box Office on 01704 533 333.


Posted on 1 November 2016 under General news

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