Hairy Maclary from Donaldson Dairy and More this summer at The Atkinson!

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson Dairy and More this summer at The Atkinson!

Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy.’

Anyone with young children will recognise these immortal words instantly as the opening lines of the book ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd.

Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse – Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town.   With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. The Hairy Maclary & Friends Show is on Monday 31 July 1.30pm & 3.30pm. Tickets range from £10 – £6.

Big Wooden Horse returns in December with A Night Before Christmas Wednesday 13 – Sunday 17 December. A great festive family show for children aged 3-7 years – it’s the perfect Christmas treat. Tickets are just £9 (Early bird until 30 September) £12 from 1 October onwards. Book now to get the offer!

With so much to see and do and lots of drop in FREE activities to keep the kids entertained this summer, The Atkinson is  a great place for families to discover, learn and play together!

Our Museum and Discover Ancient Egypt Gallery offer interactive activities, stories of shipwrecks, comics, cars and mummies galore! Open every day in the holidays from 10am – 4pm and 11am – 3pm on Sundays.

We ask you ‘Why Look at Animals’ in our new major exhibition – a fascinating look at our relationship with animals and how it has changed. Little explorers should pick up an Arty Apron (throughout half term, subject to availability) to help them delve deeper into the work and with their own tools!

Our Summer Family films are just £3 and include Finding Dory (Wednesday 2 Aug), Sing (Wednesday 9 Aug) , Jungle Book (Wednesday 16 Aug)  and Beauty & The Beast (Wednesday 23 Aug). They all start at 2.30pm.

We invite you to get Hands On! Tuesdays throughout the holidays  11am- 3pm,  as a way of getting up close and personal with the Museum artefacts and to come and get creative in our drop in Make It! sessions on Mondays from 11am to 3pm.

Rhyme Time continues on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at the usual times and you can drop into The Art Box anytime during your visit to do free arts and crafts. Don’t forget the Children’s Library is a great place to relax and spend time – and of course to pick up a book for home!

The Zoo Man is back in the Children’s Library on Friday 4, 11 and 25 August. Come and see some of his animals, touch and learn about their behaviour and habitat. Tickets are £2.50 available from the library 2 weeks before.

Dads and their young inventors get ready! Construction Club every other Saturday 5, 19 Aug and 2 Sept, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

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The Hairy Maclary & Friends Show

Monday 31 July

1.30pm & 3.30pm

Tickets: 10- £6


About The Atkinson


The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly 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. 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.

Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.

Our lovely gift shop is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax and take in your day in our new café – A Great Little Place opening September 2017.

Posted on 28 July 2017 under General news

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